During the weekend I attended the “Screenadelica” gig poster event in Liverpool after keeping an eye out for the event ever since learning about it almost 2 years ago. It was a chance to meet like minded people like myself who share a similar passion in the gig posters and the screenprint industry. On show they had artists ranging from Luke Drozd, Drew Millward, Anonymous Ink plus many more, it was a chance to actually see posters in their full glory where you can truly appreciate the time and effort put into them, where as upon the computer screen alot of this is lost and often ignorance is shown to such a amazing art form.
I myself happened to make a purchase of a stunning print for the band “Dinosaur Jr” by the ever so talented Luke Drozd, showing support for fellow printers that I hope to one day step into their league and appreciate the given support myself. As well as not being to help myself when surrounded by such lovely pieces on display and decided to add to the ever growing collection of mine now numbering over 7 prints.
As a whole the day was both inspirational to me as someone who wants to go into such a field and educational towards the talent/opposition in the industry that I shall have to face sooner or later. But it gave a clear insight into what it is that I’m going to do with my future, and also spurred me into applying for a scholarship in print. Allowing great progression in my work and advancing in the techniques that I already know in screenprint, increasing my talent hopefully as well as works for when I step into the industry full time. More about the scholarship shall be done in greater detail within the next post, highlighting all criteria, demands and as well as what I will actually get out of it.
p.s wish I had now purchased this as well for “The Raconteurs”!
Approaching the time of placements and finding somewhere to seek experience in my field of graphic design come graphic illustration, I’ve come to the conclusion that it needs more than the basic research and asking about. I need people in places that already have their foot in the industry that I do so desire. Thus, through the connections of my uni and it’s variety of lecturers at hand, I plucked up the courage and enquired whether there is much on offer within my area and outlying counties for me to go and gain experience in the art of print. Having asked, I was soon told how people within the area running anything within the print industry, can not offer me the greatest of opportunities that I seek, its all the same bread & butter, they feed you. With the printing of for sale signs, plain brochures or the general bland objects within society.
The problem I was told, is that nobody really screen prints these days, not with the combination of graphics and the techniques of traditional acrylic based prints. Its all digital printers, or digital screen print discarding the pushing and pulling of printing by hand, which I have come to realize first hand through contacts and witnessing the industry, its a place that has no real room for anything no digital based. To me it seems as though such a amazing and wonderful skill set is being forgotten, the only evidence of it still being about in the Uk, is through the likes of Luke Drozd, Army of cats, Drew Millward, mostly guys from the north, alot of them set within the districts of Leeds and the capital, London. Where as screenprinting of gig posters, the area I want to step into, is huge within the USA. With posters being produced as one off’s for all gigs, no gig goes by without having its own unique poster produced. While the Uk just adopts a boring style for its posters and no true imagination, it’s just columns of info on a page with a photo of the band positioned at the top of the A4 page. This to me is my chance to aim towards a niche that is untapped and not reaching its true potential.
I don’t want to end up in some print studio where all they do is print the plain, I want to illustrate and bring characters alive upon paper to represent varying bands and gigs. Its the exciting graphics I want to do, like the role models and icons I look upto for inspiration. Its time to pull strings, use my contacts and dedication to step up into the role I want, this will be carried out and give me what I want. This year most of all shall hopefully see me get the experience and fingers crossed get myself a position within the Print Fair in Manchester.