This summer we ran a drop in tote bag printing workshop for WARP Festival in collaboration with the Whitworth Young Contemporaries.
We printed hundreds of bags with visitors alongside other amazing artists and performers across a free 2 day festival which took place in the beautiful Whitworth Park in Manchester.
Whitworth Young Contemporaries is our programme developed by and for young people, aged 15-25.
Whitworth Young Contemporaries is part of Circuit, a four year national programme connecting 15-25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums working in partnership with the youth and cultural sector.
Led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it provides opportunities for young people to steer their own learning and create cultural activity across art disciplines. Circuit involves Tate Modern and Tate Britain; Tate Liverpool; Tate St Ives and partners from the Plus Tate network: firstsite, Colchester; MOSTYN, Llandudno; Nottingham Contemporary; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; and Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridgeshire.
We have been working on the Tale of Two Cities for the past 18th months to deliver a series of projects in Manchester and Liverpool to raise awareness of the importance of re introducing native wild flowers.
We have worked in both secondary and primary schools, community groups and the public at the National Wildflower Centre. We created textile based artwork which told the stories of the Tale of Two Cities and the Lost Tribes of Everton which has been exhibited in Liverpool, Everton and Manchester.
The final outcomes featured designs which were created using a combination of processes including collage, illustration, lino prints and screen printing. Some of this work has been exhibited as stand alone textile pieces, others have been made into a prototype product range which will be going into prodcution early next year with the aim to make the project self sustainable.
As part of the Liverpool Buisness Festival, several of the designs were also selected to decorate one of 20 beach huts on the docks which housed a mini gallery for the project throughout August.
We were asked to print some beautiful artwork created by Stanley Chow and Dave Sedgwick for charity, Forever Manchester. All the artworks are of famous locations around Manchester with Stan concentrating on the illustrations and Dave the type faces. This was the most difficult job to ever come through the studio. The attention to detail and the accuracy needed for each print was unbelievable, mix that with the time constraints put on the job and the number of prints needed. We are really happy with how all the prints came out!
We have been working with the members of the Bee-ing Well group to help them to design and screen print their own range of garments and gift items which feature limited edition prints and a new logo identity. Using collage, drawing and screen printing, the group have explored the use of text, symbolism and positivity within their work.
They have produced a range of quality retail items which will go on sale locally and all money raised from the sale of the items will go directly back to the group, therefore enabling them to become self-sustainable and to continue to fund their own projects and activities.
Bee-ing Well with Blue Pits is the new name for the collaborative activities hub from Newbarn Ltd and Bluepits Housing Action Service. This weekly group is open to clients from all similar services and it offers a range of activities that promote holistic well-being.
Newbarn Ltd is a provider of bespoke social housing and supported living options, within the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale areas. They provide creative support solutions for people with complex mental health conditions and learning disabilities, including those with a dual diagnosis. Blue Pits Housing Action is a registered charity and registered provider of social housing. Through a preventative and enabling agenda, provide single tenancies, delivering individual support with all aspects of daily living for people with long term mental health conditions.
“Sally and her team of dedicated and engaging staff from One69A delivered a ‘Bee-ing Well’ themed screen printing project over the late Summer to our group of adults, many of whom experience mental illness and learning disabilities. Some of our group had never drawn or painted in their lives, but Sally and her team’s warm and emphatic way of working, unlocked people’s creative imagination and self-belief, and within a short time, all were happily and confidently discussing and designing their personal affirmations. The results were amazing, being both inspirational and humbling.”
Lynn Collins, Service Manager of Newbarn Ltd and Blue Pits Housing Action
While I was away on tour I got asked to exhibit at the 10×10 exhibition for DesignMCR. I was researching Chaos Theory while on the beach and tried to work out how I could put chaos into my design work. I managed this by creating some patterns then really quickly deleting lines off the patterns to add that element of randomness. I started reading about the philosophical term Qualia as part of the Chaos Theory and a line jumped out at me:
Qualia – Individual Instances of Subjective, Conscious Experience.
The exhibition was sponsored by GF Smith paper so I ordered in some lovely 270gsm stock. The weekend after getting back I printed the work then got the line about Qualia laser cut out of acrylic mirror.
We got asked by our good friend Toby from New Analog to print some official Lee Scratch Perry and Horace Andy t-shirts of his designs. As massive fans of both artists this was an honour and privilege to do. As you can see below the designs are top notch and the printing came out pretty damn good too. These are available to buy from their official online stores.
Starting this September we have the return of our “Print Your Own Tshirt” Saturday workshops . These sessions are a great way to spend a saturday afternoon over at Islington Mill.
We are also running our 6 week Introduction to Screen Printing course which starts on the 3rd September every Wednesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm at ZArts in Hulme. This course is the perfect way to learn the photosensitive process and it also demonstrates how easy it can be to create your own screen printing set up at home or in your studio.
Bookings are now being taken for all of the above sessions and vouchers are also available if you would like to buy a place as a gift.
For bookings, follow the links above and if you have an questions, please contact email@example.com.