We had a great weekend at Ladiyfest.
A local festival celebrating the achievements of self-identifying women and oppressed genders in music and the arts. 9th – 11th October 2015.
It was a weekend of marching, music and making… Badge making.
Caz joined us this time, and made a brilliant set of lino stamps with foam and cardboard backings.
Wooo keeping the DIY motto going. They gave a great impression.
We discovered the joy of combining badgemaking and ‘kitchen sink etching’
and in fact, the mini etchings we created looked brilliant in badge format.
Just Remember- ‘everything looks better in a badge’
Next up – Loft6d Open studio 6-9 Nov
This summer has been the trial of the bike trailer. Once built, it has been a case of taking it out and about, finding response and drumming up interest. I have to admit, once built it was a little bit nerve-wracking to test how easily it could actually be transported. I mean in theory- sure portable printing press, sounds great, but also my legs aren’t exactly built of steel. However, she moves, a little it of a shaky start (which involved the whole thing falling to pieces on stokes croft- due to someone forgetting to tighten up the screws!).
But getting back on the metaphorical bike- She Works! Even loaded up with a lighter model, yet still heavy as hell, printing press and kit, she works and she works well. First stop, Easton Arts trail!
Pedalling down to Felix rd. adventure playground. It was great, load of bike-themed activities going on, which was beautiful. A lovely sunny day and a lovely outdoor spot.
Next to me was a lady creating pedal powered music and paint spinning art.
After a bit of a tentative start, Tandem Print caught the eye of one child and then straight after that it was one kid after another. They loved the home-made press, being able to pump the car jack. The feed-back has been really great.
Lots of interest from schools and potential collaborations, also for private lessons. For which we will be happy to take. The kids over-ran the joint, they went wild, some loved the printing machine, others the messy inks and some were caught up making their own lino prints- which you can see on our new gallery!
The day was topped off by a tasty Caribbean curry, proving just how lush Bristol is!
We were also at the St Werburghs art trail, which although was quiet at times, still had a large crown of people in the afternoons. I like these quieter sessions sometimes, it meant that the kids could really concentrate, and some of the best fish and dinosaurs I have ever seen were produced.
So we are really grateful to everyone who donated us their monies!!! It was so great for such an amazing feedback and to know everyone was so generous and all that.
SO to say thank you, we have been busy sending out some personalised Tandem Prints!!! Just for you, you lucky people!
And then the money came in! All 800 pounds, more than I think we’ve ever had in one go. So we did what any responsible, 20-somethings would do. We went down the pub, and made friends with everyone in there!
No I am joking my dears, we were wise, even kept the receipts.
We bought a trailer- a beautiful sturdy, dutch rolling machine. Something reliable but cool, halfway between France and Germany.
And thanks Holland bike stores- a super fast delivery- they even put up with 10,000 emails of changing my mind about what to get and being a fool about missing nuts. Which incase you ever need to know are called Mutters in Dutch, or also achsmutters
(axle nuts) well there you go then.
Then came the press.
Now thanks to Charles Morgan at http://www.mossworks.com/
Who has published for free some fantastical plans for building a printing press. Complete with step by step guides and a full shopping list. It was actually pretty simple, once any inches were converted into CMs and all that americanisms were taken into account.
Thanks to the university tools- drills, big saws, Metal cutting thingies. The whole job actually took only 2 full days. Which was nice.
So hopefully it all seems to be working, nicely-ish. All up and ready for the Easton Arts Trail this weekend, which looks to be a beautiful day!
We made all of the funding, And then some.
It is fantastic news, we are so happy, already oggling bike trailers, getting our connections down
and looking at Press templates. All very exciting to be up and running now.
We would like to thank all of the supporters, you have all been incredibly generous.
We will have our print centre up and running by the end of the summer and should have a little bike
shindig to get it going!
So watch this space, expect updates and progress as we get the project up and rolling.
If anyone has any exciting ventures or projects/ events we can attend- don’t hesitate to drop us a
We are currently on a crowdfunder mission, trying to raise enough funds to get our portable print studio off the ground.
Its all very exciting and so far we have over £600, with less than a week to go.
Take a look at our video, Hopefully this will explain a bit more about what we are up to,
How are project is coming along and to see whether you would like to work with us in the future.
Please check out our crowdfunder site- Help us by making a donation and see this project come to light!