A BIT ABOUT PRINT CLUB
Print Club London was established in 2007 and is run by managing director Fred Higginson (Sculptor/ Illustrator M.O.L.) and director Kate Higginson. The duo work closely with iconic illustrator and creative director Rose Stallard, who brings the Print Club brand to life with her inimitable 1970s fanzine-style-artwork and edgy typography.
Alongside running the studios Fred, Kate and Rose also curate an annual exhibition ‘Blisters’ one of the UK’s largest poster shows, it introduces a wider demographic to affordable, original artwork, bringing a contemporary art scene to a brand new audience. Whilst providing studio space and selling work is a key focus of the studios, the trio work with clients on projects ranging from bespoke bags for Stella McCartney to live printing projects in store with Nike.
CLIENTS inc: Channel4, Sony, Universal Music, Selfridges, Disney, Stella McCartney, Levi’s, Tate Modern, Starwood Hotels, Jestico & Whiles, Havanna Rum, Red Stripe and Puma.
WHY BECOME A MEMBER?
Open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We have six screen beds, two t-shirt carousels, t-shirt dryer, Apple Macs, storage facilities, a washout room and the mother of all exposure units. We supply the facilities and members supply their consumables such as ink, paper, screens and emulsion. Emulsion can be bought at the studio at £30 per Kilo. We ask that if you have not screenprinted in the last 6months that you complete one of our workshops before joining the studio. These are bookable from the workshop page.
HOW IT WORKS
Membership is from the 1st of each month. You must be confident with the entire process of screen printing and with the responsibilities of being a studio member. You must complete at least 2 days while a technician is in the studio. These can be booked through our studio manager once you’ve paid.
You can pre-book 3 screen printing sessions a week.
A session is made up of 3 hours of booked time on a screen bed or the T – Shirt carousel. Any coating, cleaning of screens and art working can be done outside of your (3x) three hour session. However if you have used up your weekly sessions, any un-booked sessions that aren’t being used by other members can be used at no extra cost.
We have a studio technician from 10am – 5 pm , every day of the week.
Session Times 9-12am / 12-3pm / 3-5pm / 5-9pm / 9-12pm
The nightshift will not be connected to allocated time; we will admire your dedication, and be slightly nervous of your vampire qualities.
COSTS FOR PRINT CLUB MEMBERSHIP
£100 ( including VAT ) a month gives members unlimited access to the studio and 9 hours pre-booking time per week.
Sign up for 6 consecutive months of membership and it’s £75 per month (including VAT). For more information or to arrange a chat about membership, please email email@example.com
CREATIVE DESKSPACE – MILLERS JUNCTION
Next door to Print Club, Millers Junction is a new creative studio with deskspace for over 30 illustrators and designers ideal for freelancers and small collectives..
Included in the £220pm price of your desk-space:
• 10hrs screen printing at Print Club London per month.
• A free screen printing workshop!
• Meeting room for client bookings
• Use of gallery space for your own or collaborative events
• Library with sample books, design books and magazines
• All rates (water, electricity, broadband)
For more information or to enquire please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR CLIENTS
Thanks Print Club! Not only did we learn and leave the workshop a more knowledgeable person, but we also walked away with lovely exclusive prints. So get to a workshop or try it yourself at home!
Neon Stash, Jan ’13
“Thanks for yesterday – it was great fun, and everyone was so helpful and cheerful. The team here are all very chuffed with the results – there is a lot of love from Faber!”
Paddy, July ’12
FABER & FABER
“They were so great – really helpful, lovely guys – everyone really enjoyed it – worked brilliantly as an away day! Thanks for all your help”
“The team at Miss Jones & Co wish to say thanks to you for your wonderful contribution towards Havana Club’s Paladar last week at Land of Kings. Was a pleasure working with you, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Muchas gracias! – Caroline & the Team”
Caroline Jones, Director
MISS JONES & CO,
“We all had an absolute ball at Print Studio, I can’t speak highly enough of all the guys who worked with us they were great.”
Sarah McCullough, Windows & Concepts Manager
“ART FOR SALE, Up-and-coming talent and the big-name artists that you don’t need to save up for “
ELLE, Oct ’10
“Print club is a brilliant initiative set up by three screen print officiandos’
STELLA MAGAZINE, Feb ’10
“Its low-tech, low-cost high art: the screen-print makes it mark again”
VOGUE, May ’10
Print Club London screen print buying guide:
Screen-printing – also known as Silkscreen Printing or Serigraphy
Screen printing is a laborious printing technique wherein each individual colour or layer is hand-printed using a squeegee which pushes ink through a screen with an image (stencil) that blocks some areas and places a beautiful inky flat finish on to the paper or fabric beneath the screen. The process is repeated with a different screen for each layer of colour. The technique first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and was popularised by Andy Warhol and other pop artists in the 1960s .
A limited edition print is restricted to a specific number of copies according to the artist and once the edition is sold out no additional prints will be made or available to sell. This has the potential to make a limited edition print more expensive.
A signed artwork means that each individual print is signed by hand by the artist, giving the artist final confirmation of approval of the work.
The difference between hand-pulled screen prints as opposed to screen-printing machines is that each layer of the print is pulled individually by the printer using different coordinated screens and colours. This, of course, takes longer to produce but is more of a celebrated art form as opposed to a machine which can print multiple colours and many prints in one go.
Number of Colours (or Layers)
The number of colours is often mentioned because each colour is made with a different screen and ink squeegee individually. It not only multiplies the length of time to print but dramatically increases the mistake ratio, also known as the sodding mis-print pile! The reason: being human, you WILL make mistakes. If you are skilled enough to only make 5% mistakes per print run, the mistakes that you do make will never be on the same print , so if you print 100 pieces of paper with 4 colours, you will be lucky to not have 20 rejects.
Overlays, halftones, CMYK and colour merges
To maximise the impact of an image whilst still using fewer layers, screenprinting illustrators use tricks of the trade to artwork their designs to get the maximum out of each layer. These include semi-transparent inks that overlap each other to get third, fourth, fifth colours. Halftones can trick the eye into thinking that there are gradients of colour when the tonal range is actually made of different sized printed dots on the paper. CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) means that the four colours are printed in layers using four separate screens of small dots that trick the eye in thinking there are more colours, for example your eye will see green if a blue dot is next to a yellow one. Together, these four layers create an image that, if done skilfully, can look as detailed and well coloured as a photograph. Colour merge is when inks are mixed on the screen itself while you are printing which creates a colour gradient. Because the ink is mixing as the squeegee is pulled it takes careful manipulation to keep control of the mixing of the colour and constant tweaking. This process means that each print will be slightly different depending on how the colours are mixing together on the squeegee and makes it very difficult for big editions.
Artist proofs are a designated set of identical prints outside of the numbered copies in the edition that are retained by the artist or publisher. They are often more desirable because of the limited availability.
Printers proofs are identical prints to the numbered copies but are the property of the printers responsible for pulling the edition. They are outside of the numbered copies. Again, these are often more desirable because of the limited availability.
Buying art with the intention to sell straight away to make a quick buck. We keep the costs of our prints very low so that they are affordable to more people. We want people to buy because they love the artwork or the artist or illustrator. We don’t sell multiples of the same prints to the same individuals to avoid flipping and forcing costs up for the real print lover.
Screen printing is a physical form of printing and often it is the artist themselves forcing ink through a meshed screen to create each layer. This means that because it is not a digital, immaculate, sterile process there may be small imperfections or slight variants, but this is what makes screen printing special. We would never sell artwork that we felt was not printed to our high standards. But we would never reject a print, for example, that had the artist’s inky finger prints on the back. For us it shows a real connection of the craft.
How to choose a print
We have prints by established and emerging artists, all of which, we feel, are amazing prints and at great prices. We have done a lot of begging with the big names to produce an affordable print for us and have collaborated with artists that are emerging and want to get their work out there. We hope you see, as we do, the skill and craftsmanship in the design and the prowess in the printing.
Our advice in buying a print is buy what YOU like. If you feel it’s great art other people will think so too. You never know, you may buy from an artist that becomes the next Banksy.