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Our goal is to build and maintain a creative screen printing space where we, and other like-minded artists, can create.
Our goal is to build and maintain a creative screen printing space where we, and other like-minded artists, can create.
61 backers pledged $3,310 to help bring this project to life.

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THE STORY :: 

After screen printing out of various basements, apartments, co-ops and print labs, throughout a multitude of cities and continents, we are collectively looking for a new, permanent spot to call our own, and house a throng of creative amblings.  

Once Michael realized his band’s warehouse practice space was well-suited for bigger and other artistic visions, he went looking for help. Which is where print nerd Paloma entered the fray. The two have set sights on developing a full-time screen print studio, in the model of Screwball in Chicago, or Artist Screen Printing Co-op in Austin, in order to grow a like-minded community of creators.       

The end goal isn’t only a home to print in and a spot to store all this ink, but the creation of a communal bastion for other Milwaukee-based printers/artists/creatives. We'd one day hope to host one-on-one classes, tutorials in DIY T-shirt printing and lessons in life, for others to not just learn, but share in our little screen printing utopia. 

THE PROJECT ::

The goal of this project is to raise the necessary funds needed to build out the space, located in the Bay View neighborhood on Milwaukee's south side and maintain it as a fully functional water-based print shop capable of printing on fabrics and flatstock. 

Your generous contributions will help fund the below list of supplies/materials/and additional needs in order to make the space operational.

  • Electrical work/supplies to get the exposure unit running
  • Chemicals used to coat and maintain screens
  • Screens
  • Squeegees
  • Flash dryer to cure ink onto fabrics so they don't wash off
  • Vacuum tables (to hold down paper while your printing), shelves, and light-tight storage units for coated screens that still need to be built
  • And several misc. items needed to keep everything in tip top shape

WHO :: 

Michael Arms

After a 12 year stint living in Brazil, Michael came back to the US where he set down roots in Milwaukee. While in Brazil, he got into screen printing, working on collages and large format wallpaper and some how managed to get all his Brazilian inks to come back home with him too. Originally hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee and getting his learnings on at the Atlanta College of Art, Michael became well-versed in the art of animation, specifically stop motion, having at one time worked out in LA at Creature Effects. He likes robots, gorillas, and tall buildings and is the master of repurposing anything and everything. He can make you something from nothing in no time. FUN FACT: He worked on some stop motion animation for one of the Puppet Master sequels and a Tool video. His Portuguese is also really, really good.

Paloma Chavez

Living in the screen printing mecca known as Chicago, and withstanding far too many decibels at way too many rock shows, Paloma stumbled headfirst into the world of gig posters. She learned to print with Steve Walters at Screwball Press and worked out of his co-op before helping run Discovery World’s top-shelf print lab (thanks to the Little Friends of Printmaking) in Milwaukee. Outside of her 9-5 as a graphic designer, she's taught intro to screen printing classes and ran a bi-monthly working session for artists looking to ink their vision. Paloma's done posters for Jim Gaffigan, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Leon Russell, Volcano Choir, and many bands you’ve never heard of. FUN FACT: She managed to find her way into the gig poster documentary Just Like Being There by Scout Shannon featuring screen print poster artists from all over the country and beyond. 

The two met at a Megafaun concert at Club Garibaldi where Paloma was selling posters for the show.

...and Primetime. The moving van.

THE WORK ::

The following artwork serves as examples of our creative styles, individually. Not all photos shown depict the exact artwork received as rewards, but do visually illustrate the quality of work you can expect.

10" Robot guys and Space Chimps. Bendable fabric dolls, each hand printed and sewn.
10" Robot guys and Space Chimps. Bendable fabric dolls, each hand printed and sewn.
Large-size, 36" robot dolls. Hand printed and sewn.
Large-size, 36" robot dolls. Hand printed and sewn.
Gorilla Posters
Gorilla Posters
Monkey Collage
Monkey Collage
Dog Collage
Dog Collage
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears poster
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears poster
Bonobo Poster
Bonobo Poster
Leon Russell Poster
Leon Russell Poster
David Byrne & St. Vincent Poster
David Byrne & St. Vincent Poster
Jim Gaffigan New Years Eve Poster
Jim Gaffigan New Years Eve Poster

THE REWARDS ::

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Risks and challenges

If the project is successfully funded, the majority of the supplies still needed will be ordered through suppliers online and would require adequate shipping time to arrive. Once they arrive and we get everything set up, we would need to test everything out to ensure that everything works as it should. This includes our light source (exposure unit) used to burn designs onto the screens. Should there be any kind of set back, we will let you know and give you an acceptable timetable in which you can expect to receive your artwork. We anticipate the majority of our rewards will be out the door and on their way to you, the backers, by late June/early July.

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    Receive a personal thank you shoutout from Primetime - the dopest moving van on the block. He's, on occasion, in need of a jumpstart or two... or three, but once he starts up - no one drives with the kind of pride he does. NO ONE.

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    The above + 1 hand screen printed Thank You card from either Michael or Paloma. Yessssssssss.

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    All of the above + a special edition Primetime T-shirt. Printed with glory. Worn with pride. Will smell like victory after every use.

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    All of the above + a hand printed and sewn 10" doll. Comes in a variety of robot and/or space chimp.

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    All of the above + 11x17 art print poster series (set of 3).

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    All of the above + a one-on-one orientation print session in our new space. You have the option of printing posters or t-shirts. Must be willing to walk/run/scoot/bike/drive to Bay View. Session is a full 8 hour day so bring a lunch!

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    All of the above (with exception of the orientation print session) + dinner AND a show! Come to the new space where our excellent studio mate, Nate will cook us all a group dinner in a studio kitchen he's built. He also happens to be a line cook for Braise in Walker's Point, which if you don't know, IS REAL GOOD. After dinner, listen to Michael and Nate play all kinds of awesome music as the studio space doubles as their band practice space. And who knows? Maybe we'll end up having an impromptu print session.

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Funding period

- (30 days)