A2 screen printed poster of a vintage 'Ciclista' Swedish Safety Matches Label - The second print in artist Tom Love's series
Who am I?
I'm Tom Love, a designer based in London. My project aims to bring my collection of vintage packaging, and their extraordinary stories to life through beautifully crafted screen printed Art.
With Kickstarters help, I have already successfully completed my first piece which was a limited edition screen print of a vintage Lucky Strike Green packet, and now I'm launching my second…
An A2 print of a Ciclista Swedish Safety Matches Label.
What are you supporting?
I want to be able to recreate and share my fascinating collection of vintage packaging and other curiosities in a unique way. By blowing these up in size and recreating them as prints, these beautiful and original examples of design can be truly appreciated as not just disposable objects but as pieces of art within their own right. Small pieces of history that can tell stories of social changes and events that together build a graphic portrait of the 20th century.
I will use the funds from this Kickstarter to purchase the materials, and pay for the printing of 100 screen printed Ciclista posters. The prints will be hand pulled by Gary Parselle, a master of one-off, limited edition short run prints. His hand crafted approach guarantees an attention to detail which is unrivalled.
My end goal is to produce a series of prints which when curated within a gallery setting can become a graphical timeline which acts as a social commentary of the 20th century. All backers of this project and future projects will be invited to the launch of the show as and when the series is complete and ready to curate as a show in the near future.
I've chosen to re-create this magnificent label not just because of it's outstanding beauty as a piece of art (which it should be recognised as such), but because I think it's fascinating that 100 years on, cycling has once again become hugely popular. From single speed city hipsters to weekend mountain bikers, cycling is no longer just a mode of transport. It's an Olympic sport, a way around town, a hobby and increasingly, a social scene, with coffee shops, bars and concept stores popping up to cater for this new 21st century crowd. Cyclists are sportsman, commuters, a travellers, city workers, hipsters, and trend setters.
Ubiquitous, cheap and disposable, the matchbox has since been adorned with advertisements for everything from refrigerators to motor oil. It has been a vehicle for empire-building as much as for promoting the local corner restaurant. The state-controlled production of matchbox labels was exploited as a means of publicising political initiatives, promoting public health and safety, and selling products and ideals both at home and abroad.
The safety match was invented by the Swede, Johan Edvard Lundstrom. Before the safety match was invented, matches were dangerous for the production workers in the factory because of the use of the very poisonous phosphorus that they were inhaling. After some years of exposure they could get infected from the poisonous phosphorus and get a disease called “Phossy jaw” and could lose their teeth.
In 1847 Johan Edvard Lundstrom set up a production plant and bought an estate on the coast of Lake Vättern where they built a large match factory. Today, their original factory is a museum.
The Lundström safety match won an award at the much coveted “World Exhibition” in Paris 1855.
Postage & Packaging
All prints will be sent to you wrapped in acid free protective tissue paper and rolled in a high density premium 4 inch poster tube.
The cost includes postage to all worldwide destinations through Royal Mails Air Mail service.
THE LUCKY STRIKE PROJECT
The Lucky Strike Project was successfully funded through Kickstarter at the beginning of this summer. A limited edition of 50 were produced and this is how it finished up looking. You can see more of the Lucky Strike project at www.tomlovecreative.com/screen-prints
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I've read some real horror stories about Kickstarters over the last few days and just wanted to assure everyone over this project. Firstly, your rewards are guaranteed as long as the funding target is met. I have a pre-arranged price and production agreement with the screen printer so funds are not a problem for this project.
Secondly, this is the 2nd print in a series. My previous kickstarter was successfully funded in June and all prints were delivered to backers. The quality of the prints is backed up by the fact that many of the pledges made already for this project already are from people who also backed the Lucky Strike project.
If you do have any questions please feel free to ask me anything. I understand that everyones money is hard earned and I want to make sure everyone who backs me is 100% comfortable with this project, I'm truly appreciative of every pound pledged and will be glad to answer any questions.
These A2 prints will be produced in 2 colours -Silver and Dark Blue - on a high quality, GF Smith White Colorplan 350gsm paper. by the extremely talented Gary Parselle at A New Star in the Sky. Each piece will also be hand signed. And part of a limited edition, which will be defined by the number of backers I get!
I will keep all funders and supporters up-to-date with the production through regular emails.
Posters will be sent out in 4inch high quality poster tubes and protected with acid free tissue paper.
I'll get your address from the survey, so please make sure your address is 100% accurate to avoid any shipping problems. If there are mistakes, I'll contact you, or you can contact me, simples.
The prints are A2 in size which is 841 x 594 mm or 33.1 x 23.4 in
This should ensure that you can frame it in an off-the-shelf frame if you wish to.
Yes I do and what's more the £45 includes shipping to all worldwide destinations.
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