Designed By Micah Purnell ‘E’, Nick Chaffe ‘N’ and Dave Sedgwick ‘D’
It’s with a heavy heart I confirm the end of Print & Paste, but I’m also extremely proud of what we all achieved together. The project took a considerable amount of time, from planning artists and designers to printing and pasting up the work. We all invested large chunks of our own personal time for Print & Paste and it has certainly been worth it.
I am grateful of the opportunity to work with and meet the likes of Michael Place (Build), Darren Newman, Jeffrey Bowman, Stan Chow and Anthony Burrill as well as work in collaboration with some likeminded and talented individuals.
We always felt the project would last somewhere in the region of a year or two but in many ways it went much further than that. The work produced for the board will live on as will the memories! Thanks for all the support given to us by artists, designers, photographers and those who took the time to tweet, like and share.
Back in 2012 when our landlord in Manchester approached me with an idea for a billboard, it seemed only too obvious to open the invitation out to the rest of the talent on our floor. The P&P collective was formed and we made the exciting decision to open the billboard project up even further – worldwide! Each Print & Paste member would invite an artist from anywhere on the planet for our traditional 16 sheet billboard.
For me it was a delight to establish new contacts within the creative world and offer them a free poster! We also had many people contacting us (sorry for those that didn’t get chance) but we decided on a variety of artists, some established names and some lesser known, but all produced something visually spectacular.
Unfortunately projects like this can’t last for ever, we paid for it all ourselves and spent many a Saturday morning assembling scaffolding and pasting up poster sheets with our bare hands.
I would personally like to thank the people who took the time out of their busy schedules to work with me on this especially those artists in the UK that came and even helped in the dark depths of winter. So in order of appearance Christian Wallenius (Sweden), Hitotzuki (Japan), Jon Bland (UK), Per Englund (Sweden - who let me paint over his beautiful photo :) and last but by no means least Matt Kendall + team from Retrofuzz (UK)
Public space is being looted for commercial use these days. My work attempts to pull that back in favour of the public. I want 10% of all advertising space to be dedicated to art for the people as a kind of tax. And so, excited by seasons and change I look forward seeing what seeps out of the cracks and with each season we share and learn and move and fight and laugh.
Thanks to the artists I was able to work with: Steve Lambert (USA), Anthony Freda (USA), both of whom I was able to meet in NY, Si Scott (UK), Jon Bland (UK), AJ Wilkinson (UK) and Daniel Jones for providing the space and belief in the project - even if I did want the space for myself; he saw a better way and it evolved into a great concept due to the collective as a whole.
Thanks for watching - now it’s your turn.
Anthony Burrill has produced a new piece of work for Manchester’s Print and Paste collective. Entitled North and South, it is a collaborative piece between Liam Hopkins of Lost Heritage , Dave Sedgwick (part of P&P) and Anthony.
Dave contacted Anthony early in 2013 and asked if he wanted to be part of the art/design project, which takes an unused billboard in the city centre of Manchester and asks different artists or designers to produce a piece of work to be pasted up monthly.
“I contacted Anthony as I have always really admired his style of work. Around about the same time I was working with Liam at Lost Heritage and he said how cool it could be to make some oversized wooden type blocks for the board. We started to talk and it seemed a great idea for Anthony to take on” says Sedgwick.
“As soon as I mentioned it to Anthony he was interested and intrigued. Anthony designed the individual letters and Liam set about making them over a period of time in his workshop”.
The piece is called North & South in a reference to the wooden letters being made up in the North, yet printed in the South at Adams of Rye. It’s also a reference to Anthony originally being from the North but now living and working in the South.
Each individual letter was then printed on the Heidelberg press as limited edition runs and a complete set of these are pasted onto the billboard as part of the project.
“It was a great project to be involved in” says Anthony, “As soon as Dave contacted me I was happy to be part of it. The idea of using wooden type blocks at actual billboard size was great and it really lends itself to my work.”
is taken from the record design artwork for The Swimmer released on 26-2 Recordings on 21.10.13. Phil Kay worked with me on the record and wanted to have a go at the artwork. He has a background in graphic design but works as a music composer/producer/arranger formerly with Working For A Nuclear Free City. I was looking for something along the lines of ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’ and ‘Don Juans Reckless Daughter’ by Joni Mitchell artwork wise ie.collage and Phil came up with this dystopian vision of a submerged world which is also perfect collage wise. Nick Chaffe then added more birds to this poster image (at my request). My studio is on the same floor as Nick and Daniel, Dave and later Micah, thats how this came about.
began life as the son of a plumber, which meant that the bathroom was always on the change, this constant change was to signify the many years of family struggles and lies.
To escape these troubles he found the medium of photography to focus my thoughts, first I lived the life of the rock’n’roll photographer only to find the boredom of the everyday hindered my view. 1989 Staffordshire Polytechnic came into my life, which gave me a new focus of exhibiting photographer and educator. Twenty years down the line and many national/international exhibitions and two books (English Candies/Driving Blind) have been part of my achievements as a photographer. I am still is a photographer/educator and a dad.
Male sexual abuse/ male rape is widely denied by Society at large. National Surveys
suggest that 8% of the male population are sexually abused, but experts believe that
20% is a more credible figure, and it could be higher. UK Government/Police figures
evidence that only 1% of reported cases are taken to court.
In the mid-seventies the housing estate was a wonderland with clipped hedges and ashfelt drives which fuelled my 12-year-old imagination. Every place of refuge and expanse which surround these homes, felt like an unconquered playground, unknown, but somehow familiar and safe. This familiarity and security was pushed into the darkest regions of my yet undiscovered sexuality, when those spaces that were once uncharted land became soiled by someone’s idea of ‘fun’. ‘Alan’ explores my playland memories and creates the tension evoked when I now visit these so-called utopian/homely spaces. In this work I am looking to recapture a part of my childhood that has been left behind somewhere within these spaces.
At the invitation of Print and Paste, a group of five design students from Manchester Metropolitan University have been working with stroke survivors from the Stroke Association’s ambassadors programme, to create a poster for the space which represents the experience of a stroke survivor.
I love the incredible variety that we’ve had so far on the P&P billboard: from world-renowned graphic artists to 17-year-old photographers. This piece aims to spread that variety even further, through a collaboration with our local University and an amazing local charity.
Chris Larkin from the Stroke Association approached me to collaborate on something. After kicking some ideas around, we decided to invite some students to produce a piece of design that truly draws on the experience of the Stroke Survivors. I facilitated a sharing session at the glorious educational space at Hyper Island in the Northern Quarter. The survivors shared, and the designers listened. They took the insights from the session and worked up this clever design in a couple of weeks.
Katie Lea was one of the students: “After a four hour discussion with stroke survivors, we came away with a clear direction - life after stroke, particularly seeing things differently. We wanted to create an optical illusion, which draws people in and illustrates this shift in perspective. The poster wording ‘things were right, now they’re left’ also addresses the fact that a stroke in the left side of the brain can affect the right side of the body, and vice versa.”
Paul Edgerton is a stroke survivor and took part in the workshop: “It was enjoyable working with the students - we seemed to find a great respect for each other. They were in the dark about what a stroke is and we shared our experiences with them. We all came up with ideas for the poster, and I can’t wait for it to be in place for all to see.”
Professor David Crow, Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at MMU, said: “I’m very proud that our students are engaging with sensitive areas of social concern. It’s wonderful to see them grounding their practice in real issues that affect so many people.”
For me as part of Print and Paste this has been such a successful collaboration. The stroke survivors were amazingly open during the workshop, giving the students something honest and affecting to work with. The students did such a great job in turning these abstract ideas and concepts into a final piece that totally reflects the experiences of the survivors.
The poster is also being shown in conjunction with MMU’s Mortality: Death and the Imagination exhibition at the Holden Gallery, curated by Clive Parkinson of Arts for Health.
For those who know little about the condition, a stroke is a brain attack which occurs because of a clot or a bleed in the brain, causing brain cells to die. One person has a stroke every five minutes in he UK. For more information about stroke contact the helpline on 0303 30 33 100, or visit stroke.org.uk.
Can’t wait to see what’s coming up next…!
Jim (1/5 of Print and Paste)
RetroFuzzManchester based creative agency RetroFuzz has created this special image for Print and Paste to coincide with the first ever ArtCrank exhibition later this month in Manchester’s Norther Quarter.
"For this piece I wanted to work with the repetitive pedaling motion needed to propel a bike forwards, and how at some stage your brain keeps them revolutions going subconsciously.
Wanting to tie this in with Manchester, I began to think about the many revolutions that have come from Manchester – the industrial revolution, the first computer was invented here, the acid house revolution, and now of course, the British Cycling revolution is based here, so I really wanted ‘Revolution’ to be the key idea behind the piece.
Finally, I thought about Cinelli - who are one of favourite cycling brands for the way they have embraced artists and designers such as Keith Haring with the customized disc wheels he created for the Laser. That was the point where everything dropped into place as I have a Disc wheel sitting unused at home, which gave us the opportunity to create some artwork by pedaling the bike and painting directly onto the disc. True pedal-powered art!”
Matt Kendall (RetroFuzz)The show will open on Friday, July 12 at 2022NQ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, working with RetroFuzz, Lezyne, and Colorplan Papers to celebrate bikes and local artists whilst supporting Simply Cycling, a nonprofit organization that works to make cycling more accessible to people with disabilities.
ARTCRANK is a show of bicycle-inspired poster artwork that introduces people to talented local artists and sends them home with affordable, original works of art. Since it’s 2007 debut in Minneapolis, they’ve held shows in bike-lovin’ cities like Portland, San Francisco, New York, Austin, Los Angeles and London, and now Manchester.
Per Englund (1981) lives in Stockholm and works internationally in photography, publishing and print production. Published photobooks by Englund include Passenger Seat, Risk, Rocks, Life Geos On and The Beautiful Struggle.
The photograph shown on the Print&Paste billboard was taken in my Stockholm apartment in 2008. It depicts a plastic bag with cans of cheap Swedish beer and our traditional sausage “Falukorv” stacked on top. Nick Chaffe came up with the the brilliant idea of adding the famous ice cream clown “Clovve” and painted it onto the image.
I’m not sure where I discovered Per’s work, but his fruit sculptures photographed like film stars grabbed my attention first. Check out more of his work and you can see his ideas and ability to capture such a contemporary look are outstanding.
Per sent me a batch of photographs yet to be published, as I had suggested the possibly of collaborating together. It was very difficult for me to add my illustration as I love the pure starkness of the shot we used. I am half Swedish myself, so for me I understood the beers in the “Systembolaget” (the government owned and only place you can buy strong alcohol in Sweden) bag and uniquely Swedish “Falukorv”. But the smile in the sausage eventually said to me GB Glace clown! The clown I have seen every time I visit Sweden in the summer. You can read about the history of the clown here: http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=sv&u=http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/GB-gubben&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dgb%2Bgubben%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den
Self Portrait 1 (2013)
Plaster cast, expanding foam, duct tape, photocopied mono-prints.
Taking advantage of the public platform, a piece was created that would actively engage with passers by. With a heavy emphasis on process, the sculptural elements combined with the hand made marks of the mono prints appear seductively tactile, yet out of reach. Devoid of text, the abstracted lines swallowing the figure are left open to interpretation.
Thanks to Sophie Farrar, David Atkinson, Nick Chaffe and Daniel Jones for their tremendous help.
Jon Bland is a designer, artist and curator working at Manchester studio, Music. Since joining Music in 2012, Jon has worked for London Fashion Week, Leeds Print Festival, the British Fashion Awards, London Collections, Manchester City FC and ‘The office is dead’ for Property Alliance. Jon is currently curating the self initiated project ‘No Fly Posters’, which he plans to culminate in a retrospective book.