(I'm not entirely sure this is Graphic Design worthy, but since screen printing is a favorite medium of graphic designers for posters and the like and is certainly one of the popular commercial printing methods for the work we do, I hope it is valid...)
My question, broadly: what does one need to set up screen printing at home?
More specifically, can it be done without the need of a power washer (and, ideally, avoid the nastier chemicals)?
The big hurdle to doing this at home, from what I see, is that back when I did this in a studio, I needed a power washer to clean out the emulsion to prep the screen for the next template. As much as I love excuses to get new power tools, the fact that I currently reside in an apartment means it's probably not a practical option.
Are there ways to now burn screens and clean them for reuse without needing the power washing step (or using nasty chemicals) to clean the screens?
The Japanese Gocco screen printing kit product seemed popular, but appears to be now out of production. Speedball sells some kits, but I don't see what makes them DIY (is the emulsion a different type that doesn't require the power washing?)
Is anyone doing in-home/personal screen printing with a rig they like that a) doesn't use a ton of home-unfriendly chemicals and b) doesn't require a power-washer?