Print Club London x Help Refugees
Over the past two years Print Club London have been collaborating with emerging and established artists on the Choose Love collection. Through the sales of the exclusive prints and fundraising exhibitions we raise money in support of the charity Help Refugees. The project launched with an exhibition at Somerset House on World Refugee Day in 2018 and the collection has grown since, travelling to Pikes Ibiza, a second show at Somerset House and producing sell out prints for Help Refugees Choose Love pop up store.
Pikes Ibiza x Silken Favors Choose Love – £30
From print making to collage and photography each artwork in the collection is completely unique in its design and available to buy from our gallery with all proceeds going directly to support the charity. Artists to date who have worked on the project include Stanely Donwood, Quentin Jones, Morag Mysercough, Noel Fielding and Anish Kapoor. The exclusive artworks are on sale via our website and we hope you will join us and Choose Love!
Shop the collection here.
Watch the video below to find out more about our project.
Video by Adrian-Florin Ardelean
Since the launch Print Club London have raised over £150,000 for the charity Help Refugees to date.* This couldn’t have been possible without the generosity of our artists using their talent to produce pieces of art for our gallery and our customers who invested in the beautiful art and the cause! Here’s where your money has gone and how much of a positive impact it has had!
*Amount raised as of Oct 2020
£5,000 has gone towards diapers for Lesvos.
There are 8000 refugees currently living in Moria camp – which was designed for 1500 people. Help Refugees fund many of the services and support available to people living in there and the diaper programme is a big one as there are almost a thousand babies in the camp.
£8,000 has gone towards Refugees4Refugees on Samos
Refugee4Refugees have done incredible work and equipped thousands of people with non-food items over the past months in their distribution centre. Meanwhile all women and children have access to non food items, which consist mainly of clothes, hygiene-items and sleeping bags. In March and April, our partner organised NFI distributions for all male residents of the camp using a ticketing system. Furthermore prams were distributed for babies in their free shop and provided to different projects around the island. New arrivals get 2 sets of everything including a hygiene package, shoes and a jacket. The organisation is still only sustainable actor on the island that provides NFIs in large quantities.
People reached: 4,000
£8,000 has gone towards Medical care on Samos.
Due to overcrowding on the island, the hospital and the doctor in the camp are overwhelmed. Therefore Help Refugees’ partner Med’equaliteam offer additional medical care. Their clinic is visited daily by 70 – 100 patients and is open 6 days a week. The clinic collaborates with and makes referrals to the hospital. Furthermore, they run medical workshops in the community centres on a weekly basis.
People reached: 600
£12,000 has gone towards supporting community and educational needs. We have supported centres including the Orange House offer language classes and vocational courses for displaced people, as well as psychosocial and legal services.
£11,500 has gone towards dry foods and nutritional provisions. Our money supports partners such as InterEuropean Human Aid Association which provides meals for communities in Northern Greece. We’ve also funded food baskets to Pikpa, and independent community living in Lesvos so they can cook communal meals with their kitchens.
Additional food is provided at the following projects:
We are One‘s safe space for women and babies: The team offers fruit, eggs, fresh salads and drinks for all the participants. Babies under 2 years receive bananas and other snacks. Pregnant women get some extra food, such as nuts. Each Monday, on the ‘pregnant women only’ day, a warm, nutritious meal and a fresh salad is served that is explicitly aimed at the needs of pregnant women.
Mazi Youth Centre run by Still I Rise: Breakfast and lunch is given daily as well as dinner once a week for all the students (unaccompanied children).
Baobab Community Centre for Families: Light meals are cooked on site and available in the centre. In the last weeks they were preparing up to 250 – 300 meals a day. There is hot tea and water to drink.
Action for Education‘s Banana House: One hot and fresh meal is provided for each of the participants daily. Every month they serve around 2500 meals.
Thanks to your support, together with our partners we are currently looking into options to start providing supplementary food for babies from 6 months – 24 months.
People reached: 1,000
£3000 has gone towards the monthly running costs of Say it Loud Club in London, a team of staff and volunteers that support LGBTQIA+ refugees and asylum seekers. The Say It Loud community provides a valuable support system for LGBTQIA+ refugees as they gain the right to live freely in the UK.
£10,000 has gone towards a grant to SOS MEDITERRANEE so they can resume live saving search and rescue missions in the central Mediterranean Sea. Since March 2016 their team has rescued 31,618 children, women and men.
We want to thank everyone that has supported this project so far. If you would like any more information about how your money has been spent do get in touch with [email protected]
A massive thank you to all our supporters, artists and of course Katharine Hamnett and the Help Refugees team.
Shop the collection here.
We’re super excited that our next Guest Curator is Emma Jane Palin (@emmajanepalin) We just know that you’ll feel inspired after taking a peek into her rented home in Margate! Filled with bohemian style, lots of colours and of course lots and lots of artwork, scroll down to have a nosey…
Blow Up by Rose Stallard
Edition of 200, £60
I’m a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer creating content around creativity, design, interiors and culture with a colourful twist.Based in Margate, I live in a rented maisonette apartment, aptly titled ‘The Margate Maisonette’. A mix of bohemian influences tied with a love of colour, make the home bold and different, with ‘organised clutter’ providing mementoes of travel and moments in time.
Living in a rented abode has ignited a passion for injecting my personal style onto my home. No room for magnolia walls here. Or brown carpets come to think of it. My blog aims to help those who are unsure of how to decorate in a rental property, You’re welcome.
Sure! I live in a four bed floating house. I know that sounds ridiculous but we essentially don’t have a ground floor – cars can drive underneath us. It’s split over three floors and we use two of the bedrooms as an office and a dressing room. It’s rented but because we live in Margate, it’s about half the price of a one bedroom flat in London!
I’m a minimal maximalist. I like things to be sleek and laid-back but don’t like loud patterns or lots of clashing bright colours.Â I’d say that my bedroom is the perfect example of my style in motion. Joshua and I are both into mid-century furniture but I also like boho styling – our interior reflects both! It’s a little bit retro, a little bit Californian, but always design led. I like my decor to have a story.
There are loads of things in my home but I think at the moment it has to be my bed. Honestly, I spent such a long time saving up for it and as soon as I bought it, I wished I had sooner. It’s a rattan platform bed and it’s just such a statement piece.
I’ve been working on a lot of personal projects that have been in my head for years. I’m redesigning my website at the moment and I’ve also been blogging regularly. I’ve also just been enjoying the freedom of not being busy. Sometimes it’s just nice to have the chance to sit and chill.
We’re pretty sorted on most fronts in the house now, but the next thing we really need to look at is some kind of storage system for our clothes. I know that’s such a boring answer but I find clothing storage really hard – it’s all just so big and intrusive! We’ve also just purchased a new piece of art from Print Club (obviously) – it’s a little bit of an investment but as a big Doors fan, this Jim Morrison piece by David Studwell is the bomb.
Jim Morrison – Gold by David Studwell
Edition of 30, £300
I’m currently listening to Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams on Audible and it’s brilliant so far. I’ve just finished reading Hippie by Paulo Coelho which I really enjoyed and I’ve also been dipping into 2LG Studio’s new interior book ‘Making Living Lovely’ which I’d recommend for anyone into design.
I’ve always been into styling and I’ve always had an affinity to a more retro style of interior. Even when I look back to the home I was in at 18, I was constantly arranging my belongings so that they looked curated. Of course my interiors tastes have changed as I’ve matured, but I think I’ve always had a natural draw to making my home look me. I think you experiment with your style a little more when you are younger and you work out what you do and don’t like moving forward. Just like fashion I guess.
Absolutely a classic. There’s no doubt about it! Is this one a debate in the office?
I love anything by David Studwell, Dave Buonaguidi and Rose Stallard. They’re my go-to artists to check in on. These are my current faves in the new-in section though.
Let’s Go All The Way by Oli Fowler
Edition of 18, £90
Love Is Fun 1 by Dave Buonaguidi
Open Edition, £60
I swear by any recipe that Gem of The Mothercooker creates. She just has a way of pulling together simple recipes that anyone can recreate. Iâ€™m also a fan of The Green Roasting Tin cookbook – my favourite recipe from it is the roasted tomato and bay orzo with black pepper.
My favourite weekend would be spent in Margate, out of lockdown of course. We’d have breakfast at Cliffs, browse records in Transmission Records before heading into Old Town for some vintage shopping at Peony Vintage and more records at Elsewhere. We’d then head to the beach in the afternoon sun, grabbing drinks from Little Swift and fish and chips from Po Boy. Sunday would be spent in bed before heading out for a roast at New Street Bistro and wine at the George & Heart. Margate is magical in the sunshine, so I hope we get to experience it again soon.
This week we’ve been speaking with Kim Turkington, you may well already follow her on Instagram (@loveclothblog) well, we’ve been chatting all things home with Kim! Scroll down to check out her scandi-inspired home, her favourite pieces from our online gallery and what she’s been getting up to in lockdown!
Hi, I’m Kim, originally from Northern Ireland, I moved to London about 6 years ago. I work full time as a social media manager and on the side run my blog, Love Cloth. A bit of a visual diary full of fashion, travel and everything in-between.
We recently moved in to a temporary space being renovated by Simon and his family. So it’s very much a work in progress – trying to make it feel as homely as possible. It’s been amazing to see the space change and evolve. We filled it with all our own furniture alongside building a make shift temporary kitchen during lock down.
Simon and I have quite similar style (thankfully) when it comes to interiors. We love natural fabrics and textures. Contemporary but not too minimal, taking elements from Industrial and Scandinavian design.
The most treasured pieces are the photos around the house. I love photography and capturing memories and these always make a place feel like home.
I’m a sucker for breakfast out with a great coffee followed my exploring London and meeting up with friends
I think it’s a classic, however I’m not sure we have any print in the house.
I love photography and have always had an interested in Guy Bourdin. I have also been looking at lots of Slim Aarons photography lately, I guess living vicariously through his summer vibes.
Some how filling my days with a lot of faffing around the house but also trying to get creative with my instagram @loveclothblog – Finding new ways to share content in lock down is new as I’m usually shooting out and about in London. Not forgetting the usual, lots of baking.
It’s taken us a while to build our style and it continues to change… We are trying to invest more in quality timeless pieces that will last, adaptable to new spaces as we move on.
Tight Around The Waist by Alexandria Coe
Edition of 25, £95
I’m a sucker for a Sunday roast and this weekend we did Mary Berry slow cooked lamb. Weekdays I love to cook from “The Roasting Tin” – so simple but delicious veggie options too.
The Ace by Bonnie & Clyde
Edition of 60, £675
Palm springs Weekender by Lucy Mahon
Edition of 25, £70
Red Nude 02 by Alexandria Coe
One Off Original, £450
Oil Pastel on Cartirdge Paper
My phone. I FaceTime my family most days. It’s been such a great thing to have in lockdown to keep in touch with everyone. Plus the essentials, joggers and a good wine. Ha!
We recently took a trip to the Tate Modern to explore the amazing new exhibition showcasing the work of Anni Albers. As the first major exhibition of her work in the UK the extensive collection explores the career of the Bauhaus artist from her well known weavings to unseen screen prints and original paintings.
Albers studied at the famous Bauhaus school in Weinmar, before moving to America with her husband Josef and studying at the experimental Black Mountain College. A pioneer in textile design she explored the relationship between functionality and aesthetic and was heavily inspired by grid like architectural forms. She looked to explore a new modern language through a traditional craft process.
The retrospective exhibition shows a lot of the work made throughout her time in the Bauhaus As well as Albers personal projects the exhibition also shows her more commercial textiles including fabrics for hotels and the drapes for the Rockefella’s guest house. There is also an amazing collection of antique textiles from around the world and you can see the influence of the couples travels on her creations.
The exhibition runs until January 27th 2019.
Tickets and more information can be found here.
Feeling inspired? Shop Bauhaus inspired prints from our collection.
Grand Designs by Jonathan Lawes
Edition of 50
Wellbeck Street, London by Angus Vasili
Edition of 25
We recently visited Somerset House for the Private view of one of their latest Exhibitions ‘GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN!’. The exhibition takes a close look at the famous artist Charles M. Shultz and his comic book creation Peanuts.
The first part of the exhibition takes a look at Charles’ younger life, and shows the preliminary work that led up to the creation of Peanuts. This felt very intimate and was interesting to see how many aspects of his childhood influenced the subject matter of his work later on in life. For comic book fanatics details about the sort of pen he used, as well as a look into how he uses speech in his work are also present.
The Exhibition is covered in amazing Peanuts objects that have been made over the years. Most of them are toys and little interesting collectables with a beautiful stand out typewriter towards the end of the exhibition.
The upstairs wing of the exhibition shows a great range of curated works by contemporary Artists based on Peanuts, some of which were created solely for the exhibition. Stand out pieces include some large painting (left) by Artist Mark Drew and a Snoopy banner (right) by Des Hughes. This long room is also full to the brim with more original Peanuts comics, tables of books to read, and a side room reveals a big cinema room to watch some cartoons and more visual works by other artists.
The final part of the exhibition includes a lovely drawing station that encourages people to create their own Peanuts comics by drawing on a light box. Although light hearted Peanuts often touches upon quite serious topics, and so the room also includes a Psychiatrist stations where patients can come to ask questions about art and life!
It all concludes with a great shop full to the brim with Peanuts Merchandise. There are dozens of books, games, clothes, prints and way more. The exhibition runs until March 2019 and is an absolute must for any comic book fan, and for any who aren’t you surely will be by the end of it.
Tickets and more information can be found here
Merry Christmas all!
As a reminder any framed print orders made after the 14th December will not arrive in time for Christmas, unless ordering a 500 x 700mm print framed in smooth black/white, flat or box framed.
Last print orders will be by midday on the 21st December to arrive in time!
Our Printernship scheme has been going on for some time now and we have had some amazing artists and really cool work produced! We had such a high standard of work this time around that we couldn’t just pick one.. We decided to get in two VERY talented recent grads to be a part of Print Club for two months!
Introducing Rozalina Burkova & Francesca Tiley..
Rozalina is a freelance illustrator and occasional animator based in London. Born and raised in Bulgaria she moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins College where she graduated in 2015.
Her work is a mix of hand drawn and digital elements united with the magic of Photoshop. Her animations are 2D, jittery and really fun to make. She enjoy rich colours, imperfect lines and subjects caught in dreamy states.
I am so looking forward to improve my screen printing skills and to get a better understanding of the craft. Also I usually work with colours only digitally so mixing inks and finding the right combinations is something I am both scared from and excited about!
Vivid colours, textures, imperfect (often naked) bodies and fun utopia.
At the moment I am thinking of focusing on imaginary landscapes where people and creatures are having a chilled time, but two months is a long time so nothing is certain.
Francesca’s work is defined by vibrant colours, decorative patterns and playful lettering. She is influenced by the naïve and expressive qualities of folk art and has a big love for anything hand made. Having recently completed her BA at Brighton University, she hopes to learn more about sign painting and other traditional crafts.
For the coming months I’m mostly excited to refine the basic screen printing knowledge I have and to start making new work.
Bright colours, fun lettering and expressive characters…usually accompanied by decorative patterns.
Big and bright images with lots of lettering…
Keep your eyes peeled for new work in the next few weeks!
We feel it’s finally time to start thinking about… CHRISTMAS!
Join us with the inky festive fun print your own Xmas cards or hold your very own Xmas party with us! Add something personal to the presents you give, by attending our Xmas card workshop!
You can book yourself into a Xmas card workshop here
One of our regular studio members and Print Club artist Lucille Clerc currently has a show running in Paris all themed around her new collection of botanicals and we can’t get enough of these! Check out some of the photos we have form the opening night…
SLOW GALLERY, PARIS
ON UNTIL 1ST OCTOBER 2016
Emily is an artist we haven’t seen in the studio in a while but it seems she has been very busy. Taking a step away from her commercial work, Emily has created a collection of her process sketches and material that you wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to see.
We visited the KK Outlet on Hoxton Square that houses Emily’s passion for buildings & spaces both real and surreal. Her sketchbook comes to life in all forms including collaborations with Charlie Mckenzie and Ceadogan producing funky furniture and a geometric rug. The exhibition is a personal combination of Emily’s thoughts combined with the disciplines of architecture, graphics, interiors even product design. With plenty to see it’s well worth a visit.
Neverland is part of London Design Festival and the Shoreditch Design Triangle on at KK Outlet till the 30th September.
Photo & Blog content by Gabrielle Taylor
We have been doing our twice weekly beginners workshops for a while now with rave reviews. We get a wide variety of attendees that keep us on our toes. Our technicians have so much fun getting to see your designs and demonstrating how to turn them in to your very own limited screen prints.
The day starts with a nice cup of tea as you get to know the group, then an interesting talk about the history of print screening. Followed by a look at some examples of our artists work.
So a quick simplification of the process & what you get to have a go at:
1. How to make your design in to a stencil
2.Coat then expose your screen with that stencil
3. Mask up your screen & set up printing bed
4. Align your design and print!
We cover everything from the importance of setting up your registrations and testing on scrap for the first few squeegee pulls to the cost of different inks. You get to experience a window in to the world of a Print Club artist and find out some of our great membership benefits including Big Bertha, the very professional exposing unit its saves time and speeds up the prep process.
It’s a really fun way of learning how to screen print but also a must have workshop if you are thinking of becoming a Print Club member. It’s open to all with dates available to book now.
Photograph & Blog content by Gabby Taylor
Print Club London are really excited to announce our first artist spotlight, we caught up with Rose in the beautiful Harris home in Chelsea. Rose has had a wonderful creative journey from discovering etching at University to joining us at Print Club as an intern and now getting to see her work enjoyed even on the other side of the world.
Rose knew art was her destined subject feeling comfortable with the departments’ informality. She had only ever done paintings, until completing her degree where she had to trial different process as part of the course. She wanted to learn a craft to give her focus and direction, a re-surging trend amongst artists.
Pink Stairs // Edition of 50, £120
‘It suddenly all clicked, this is what I am interesting in, its what I love, I was surrounded with it and it suddenly made sense’.
From interiors magazines and a talented family Rose finds inspiration in the world around her. By giving her unique perspective she creates a distinct style that is easily admired and accessible.
Etchings slowly took a back seat to silk screen-printing as Rose started her Printernship. By giving her space to work she developed direction alongside a whole new process to experiment in. Rose has always been relaxed about precision, admitting her registration is never on point and we love that about her work, giving it a handmade look with each print usually being an edition 1 of 1.
The ‘Vase in my Bedroom’ series is her latest works with several colour-ways available exclusively from Print Club’s online shop. She is currently working on translating etching designs to silk screen prints.
Vase In My Bedroom // Editions of 10, £265
All photos and content was created by: Gabrielle Taylor
We were invited along to The Big Feastival by Amy’s Kitchen to show the lovely festival goer’s how to print, customise their own tote bags and get a little bit inky with us! The screen printed works were designed by our talented artists Claudia Borfiga, Margaux Carpentier and Aleesha Nandhra. Our technicians Oli, Simon, Craig, Claudia and Louis were armed with squeegees, ink and our portable print beds to supply printing to everyone all weekend long! Here’s a few snaps of the weekend filled with fun, sun & food!
“Zoe and I would like to thank you so much for all of the hard work from Print Club London in the lead up to and during the Big Feastival last weekend. They worked exceptionally hard to make sure that the event was a success for us and were wonderful with all our visitors. The printing workshop was hugely popular and went down a storm with everyone. Please could you pass on our thanks too the whole team who participated and made it such a huge hit. It was great knowing that we could rely on them to look after their part of the project so well as there were so many other things that we needed to be engaged with elsewhere! ”
Edward, Amy’s Kitchen – The Big Feastival 2016
Our super talented technician and artist Oli Fowler has an upcoming show at Indo on Wednesday 3rd August 6-9pm
Oli’s solo show will be guaranteed to be filled with BRIGHT, BOLD and STRIKING works, we can’t wait!
Check out some of Oli’s work on his artist page here!