one69A Screen Printers began in the basement of Folk cafe/bar in West Didsbury where Sally Gilford & Mark Jermyn printed the folk fanzine in 2009. Things progressed from there with the first client job, a record sleeve print for the Johnny Miller Remix of Radiohead’s Reckoner.
This point on saw a steady influx of print jobs for local businesses, notably the first ever print run of tote bags for Manchester record shop Eastern Bloc. The first invitation to a charity event to provide live screen printing soon followed. The live screen printing would go on to form a staple of the business. This has become one half of one69A’s model managed principally by Sally.
As things began to flourish there was a need for a bigger space to operate. A mutual friend Stephen Campbell informed Sally & Mark about Islington Mill the Salford based arts hub based in an old cotton mill. The guys took up residence in a shared workspace in a corner unit in the courtyard of the mill. One69A screen printers had found their first real home!
Vans & Workshops
Shortly after taking residence at the mill local art organisation Z Arts kindly donated a van that was lovingly referred to as the donkey. This meant company van privileges for Sally and the opportunity to expand further the on site workshops for clients in and around the north west.
Meanwhile the garment and fine art printing continued to expand with a major commission from Forever Manchester to print a series of limited edition screen printed posters designed by world renowned illustrator Si Scott which helped pay for upgraded equipment to take the business on to another level. That same year Grotto opened on Oldham St, it was the first of a number of popup shops that would follow over the years. Grotto was the first bricks and mortar outlet for one69A and friends to sell artwork & garments and proved a massive success. An invitation to speak at a design symposium held by print client Umbro the same year meant Mark got to meet a creative hero and local legend Peter Saville.
New Islington Mill
After a successful project with Forever Manchester x Si Scott the business was able to invest in new equipment. At this point it was also time to expand the studio too. One69A was moving again, this time to a studio in neighbouring New Islington Mill. one69A continued to go from strength to strength in it’s new, bigger home. 2015 saw another major commission from Forever Manchester this time screen printing artwork by Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow for the Manchester With Love charity art auction.
In 2016 Mark and one69A were commissioned by the Manchester based restaurant & bar the Refuge to create and print original artwork. The artwork featured as a several week long marketing campaign by the venue that encompassed original art installations by Mark AKA Moderate Realism. Some of the artwork remains on show in the venue still. This opened up a new job in the screen printing business, which was taken on by recent Salford University graduate Nathan. Wanting to start his own street wear label and with a passion for printing Nathan fully embraced the opportunity.
The Club Space
The close of 2017 brought with it the chance to once again relocate and take residency in Islington Mill this time in the former club & event space on the ground floor, a place that one69A still resides. It’s a fitting location for a shared workspace. Serving as a music and events space for over a decade. It has a rich creative history that’s played host to internationally renowned musician, DJs and performers. If walls could talk.