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Fatherless is answering the call to the "Pick Me Up" art fair in London, UK.
Fatherless is answering the call to the "Pick Me Up" art fair in London, UK.
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WHAT IS GOING ON?

A collective of artists, designers, graffiti writers and educators from Rockford, Illinois, Fatherless is a creative group consisting of Corey Hagberg, Jarrod Hennis, Javier Jimenez, Greg Lang, and Dave Menard. We are set to embark on a journey to the UK, for an international arts fair.

Since, 2010, the Somerset House has hosted Pick Me Up, the UK’s first contemporary graphic arts fair. It's an annual exhibition of international rising stars of the graphic arts world specially selected by an industry panel, with a goal to inspire and delight with distinctive, bold and imaginative work from around the world.

THE EVENT

Pick Me Up 2013 takes place in April, and we have been selected to participate. This is an opportunity for Fatherless to join a select few of world-wide collectives and galleries, and represent our body of work. While at Pick Me Up, we intend to create one-of-a-kind, hand-printed images specifically for the event, reflective of our Rust Belt Power Pop esthetic. Along with our eclectic mix of graphics, we will create prints, T-shirts, broadsides and handbills each day, engaging visitors with our process, esthetic and energy.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The stage is set, now we need to get there. Every journey starts with the first step. Unfortunately, one cannot simply walk to London. This is where you can make an extraordinary difference! Your donations will exclusively fund the shipping costs and travel expenses (which we determined our goal above to be the minimum), for not just us, but our supplies as well. Our process requires several, and often large, silkscreened frames to be prepared ahead of time. Not to mention the amount of heavyweight paper, numerous squeegees, dozens of ink jars, printing surfaces/tables, and the tools & hardware required for manning our booth and producing our artworks on a daily basis, for 11 days! It will be a chunk in freight. 

We appreciate your support as we prepare to take advantage of a calling to sling our ink and display our work, talent, passion and care for Graphic Arts on an international stage!

MORE ON WHO WE ARE

Again, we love to describe our process as a "Visual Mix-tape" of sorts, and our MO is live screenprinting. Similar to a band's jam session, we come together and sling ink to not only have fun, but to create valuable works of art that are not alike. It can be a challenge to produce 1 off works though screenprinting since the process traditionally revolves around the cost-effective, repeated application of an image.

Some samples, courtesy of the amazing Britney of Foto Pirates ...

Wall of Fatherless
Wall of Fatherless
Going big
Going big
Fun for All
Fun for All

Be sure and check the Updates! We will be keeping up with details on our preparation and progress. And for a glimpse of us at work, here's a video by our good friend Matt Youngblood. Our summer 2011 show was centered on our community and Rockford's top 10 ranking of "Most Dangerous Cities in America"... we saw it as an opportunity to reflect a better attitude.

Cheers!

Risks and challenges

The risk was answering the call for entry for the opportunity on an international stage. Turns out, it was a reward. Outside of unlikely Customs delays, we do not anticipate any challenges.

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    POSTCARD PACK.
    For your donation, a collection of hand-screened Postcards that are like snowflakes... no two ever alike.

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    BUTTON PACK.
    For your donation, we will gladly put together a selection of custom buttons sure to make your collar or lapel POP!

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    WALL COVER.
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    MINI PRINT & T-SHIRT.
    For $50 you will get both, a limited edition print for your walls, and a limited edition T-shirt for your torso.

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    SET SAIL MINI PRINT & T-SHIRT EXCLUSIVE. For $50 you will get both a limited edition print, a limited edition T-shirt, along with a VERY LIMITED, 1 color, hand-pulled screen print (19" x 25") for your wall. Only 5 of these exist and yet no two are alike!

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    BLACK ON BLACK MINI PRINT & T-SHIRT EXCLUSIVE. For $50 you will get both a limited edition print, a limited edition T-shirt, along with a VERY LIMITED, New Era 9Fifty Snapback hat for your dome. Available in all black, featuring the Fatherless logo silhouette in black. These have never been available until now, and may not be for sale outside of this offer for a while to come.

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    SCREEN PRINT COMBO.
    For your donation, you will receive a limited edition Screen Print, collection of postcards, a button pack and an online shout-out.

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    NO SWEAT SCREEN PRINT COMBO EXCLUSIVE. For your donation, we've decided to include a VERY LIMITED edition "London Calling" hooded sweatshirt IN ADDITION to the original offer of limited edition Screen Print, collection of postcards, a button pack and an online shout-out.

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    YOUR TOP HALF EXCLUSIVE COMBO.
    Good things come to those who wait! For a short time, we are offering, TOGETHER, 5 Limited Edition, New Era 9Fifty Snapback hats (Charcoal Grey with Logo in Black) and a matching, pullover Hooded Sweatshirt. These are not available for sale anywhere else! Get an exclusive combo to cover your torso and dome!

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    SCREEN PRINT COMBO ROYALE.
    You will receive a 12.5" x 19" Screen Print, along with an online shout-out, a souvenir keychain and hand-written postcard from London.

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    CUSTOM 18" x 24" PRINT.
    Our thanks for this amount of help, is a one-of-a-kind screen print. No telling how crazy we could get or what we may print on?

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    CUSTOM 24" x 36" PRINT.
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