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59
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 28 2016 8:47 PM UTC +00:00

About

 

The Present Workshop is a project setup by Entrepreneurs in 2014 to provide an accessible friendly workshop space for artists, creatives and designers who are looking to screen print or learn how to screen print. Our workshop is currently located on the first floor of the Entrepreneurs Store in Hanley and has been growing in popularity over the past 2 years. 

Print in Process — Bilos
Print in Process — Bilos

 

Print in Process — Krek 'Your Mother Should Know'
Print in Process — Krek 'Your Mother Should Know'

 

We host regular workshops teaching people of all abilities how to print and offer the space and equipment out for our members to use. We also work closely with the Upstairs Gallery in producing limited edition art prints for exhibitions, as well as dipping our toe into more commercial print jobs from time to time. We also host an assortment of guest workshops such as sign painting and bookbinding. 

Sign Painting workshop with Pez & Pencil
Sign Painting workshop with Pez & Pencil

 We are proud to be sponsored by G.F Smith paper who provide materials for all our practitioner-led workshops.

Proudly supported by G.F Smith
Proudly supported by G.F Smith

Jay from Grey Jam Press is re-locating from London to Stoke-on-Trent to become our resident printer. He has extensive experience printing for some of the best artists in the UK, and is a huge asset for us and the city.

Grey Jam Press places it’s focus on smaller printed editions and items, specialising in sticker printing. Jay offers a die-cutting service for stickers and has available other printed services such as art prints and t-shirts.

Type & Ermsy, by Grey Jam
Type & Ermsy, by Grey Jam

 

Grey Jam at Pick Me Up 2016
Grey Jam at Pick Me Up 2016

 

Darren John & Pref by Grey Jam
Darren John & Pref by Grey Jam

 

We need your support in order to expand. The popularity of the workshops has increased significantly over the last 2 years and we have outgrown our current space. We are looking to move the workshop into its own dedicated location, allowing us to offer better more suited facilities for members and for hosting workshops, as well as increase our capacity to take on print jobs. It will be a new space for us to work but more so it will be your new space too!

This would involve setting up the workshop at it's new location. New kit and equipment for members to use. Expanding the services we can provide and allowing for a resident printer to run workshops and assist with members. 

 

Our city is brimming with creatives from every discipline. Recently there has been a renaissance in ceramic heritage and a boost in artistic ventures and organisations locally. Two local universities and several colleges are home to hundreds of young creatives who have very little access to the kind of environment and tuition we have on offer. We believe that printmaking is accessible on many levels but the main drawback is the size and cost of the right equipment. By opening our doors to the public they have the potential to broaden their skill set, get advice from like minded creatives and even turn their talents into new business opportunities by producing their own prints, stationery or clothing lines.

 

Despite living in an increasingly digital world, screen printing is still a much loved and widely practised form of printing. The quality and texture that can be achieved is unrivalled at producing artistic prints. T-shirts tote bags and other garments are also most commonly screen printed and it also has more technical applications such as ceramic transfer or vinyl printing. There are many small print studios around the world that really kept the personal hand crafted beauty of screen printing alive. People of Print, Burlesque of North America, Print Club London, Waste Studio all names that have worked with renowned designers and illustrators on some iconic and masterful screen prints.

Entrepreneurs is the company which the Present Workshops is a part of. 

The forefront of our business is a retail store 'Entrepreneurs' based in Stoke on Trent's Cultural Quarter. Entrepreneurs is the umbrella, and underneath sits the projects, initiatives and events that all drive forward our reasons ‘why’ — whilst bringing attention to the store and our vision for the city.

The store sells premium branded streetwear alongside a small range of emerging clothing brands from throughout the UK and world. We also sell spray paint and artist supplies and facilitate the use of a legalised 'Hall of Fame (HoF)' graffiti wall at its own dedicated site in the city. Wall space on the shop floor and gallery is used to host exhibitions from local and international artists. The shop, gallery and workshop area has enabled Entrepreneurs to become a creative hub within the City.

We also continue to work with the City Council, Arts Council England and other authorities and businesses to develop Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas involvement in current cultural trends through high profile events and art installations across the city.

Entrepreneurs Store, by Daniel Moore
Entrepreneurs Store, by Daniel Moore

 

The biggest expense as part of the expansion will be new equipment and materials that will be the backbone of the new workshop. We plan to install a 4 arm carousel, providing a dedicated t-shirt printing area, as well as an additional hand printing bench, bigger exposure and washout units, dedicated finishing/cutting area and improved storage facilities for our members.  

The studio build is covered in more detail further down the page, but the space we have chosen is a large unit in the newly rennovated artist studios by ACAVA on the historic Spode factory site. It's a fantastic space and the potential to be surrounded by such a great mix of makers, thinkers and doers is very exciting.

10% of our target is going towards the production costs of the rewards. All of our rewards will be printed ourselves thanks to the generous submissions of our associated artists. We have a lot of printing to do in the coming months, so we need to stock up on t-shirts, paper and ink!

Estimated Timeline
Estimated Timeline

 

This is the best part! What will you get for your pledge?

Pledgers Print 

You will receive a copy of the exclusive Pledgers Print only available to those who pledge! Your name will be included on a limited edition Pledgers Print. The print will be a typographical art print containing the name of every person who has made a pledge.

Artist Print 

Choose one of a limited edition screen print by one of the following artists:

Gent 48 (Large Print)
Gent 48 (Large Print)

 

Ermsy (Large Print)
Ermsy (Large Print)

 

Ziner (Large Print)
Ziner (Large Print)

 

Jasmine Simpson (Large Print)
Jasmine Simpson (Large Print)

 

Know1 (Large Print)
Know1 (Large Print)

 

Jade Simpson (Medium Print)
Jade Simpson (Medium Print)

 

Dave Newey (Medium Print)
Dave Newey (Medium Print)

 

Ventza (Medium Print)
Ventza (Medium Print)

 

Piano (Medium Print)
Piano (Medium Print)

 

Mr Gauky (Small Print)
Mr Gauky (Small Print)

 

Bilos (Small Print)
Bilos (Small Print)

 

Weather (Small Print)
Weather (Small Print)

 

Famous When Dead (Small Print)
Famous When Dead (Small Print)

Check back for updated Associated Artist prints throughout the campaign!

Present Workshop Totes/T-shirts  

Exclusive Present Workshop Editions T-shirts and Tote bags, printed in-house.

 

PW Editions Tote Bag
PW Editions Tote Bag

 

PW Editions T-Shirt
PW Editions T-Shirt

Beginner Workshop

3 Hour practitioner led workshop giving you an introduction to the screen printing process (for more information visit www.ntrprnrs.com/present-workshops).

Advanced Workshop

3 Hour practitioner led workshop giving you a more advanced insight into the screen printing process (for more information visit www.ntrprnrs.com/present-workshops).

A4 2 colour prints

We will produce a run of prints for you. You can submit a design to us which we will print in up to two colours and at a max size of A4.

A2 4 colour prints 

We will produce a run of prints for you. You can submit a design to us which we will print in up to four colours and at a max size of A2.

Single colour T-shirt (front and back)

We will print a single colour design on a run of T-shirts for you. The design can be printed on both the front and the back of the T-shirt. Shirts printed on are standard Gildan stock and can be chosen in any colour.  

Although we are trying to raise £10,000, it doesn't mean donations have to stop there ;) If we surpass our goal then we have a series of stretch goals that we would love to meet to make your workshop even more awesome! 

£11,000 — Purchase tunnel dryer for curing garments.

£11,300 — Sofa area for members, prefect for taking 5 minutes away from your print job.

£12,000 — Computer with design software for members to use

£13,500 — Industrial paper trimmer, crop your entire print run precisely in one go! 

£15,000 — Website update. We will create a dedicated Present Workshop website with online membership and workshop booking. 

Studio 37 in the Spode Studios offers a space almost 3 times the size of our current workshop. Here is a look at the work stations and areas that we want to include. 

New (empty) Workshop
New (empty) Workshop

 

New (empty) Workshop
New (empty) Workshop

Washout areaWashout booth with sink, draining rack, drying rack, storage for brushes spray bottles, pressure washer, lightbox for checking screen.

Exposure area
Exposure unit, clean prep area, storage for acetates, Screen dark cabinet (bigger unit), coating, storage for emulsion, screen storage racks,

Hand print beds and Drying racks

Garment printing area
4-arm carousel, platen storage, flash dryer, tunnel dryer (stretch goal) curing area with secondary flash dryer, rails and hangers, heat gun, iron / ironing board, spot cleaner gun.

Finishing area
Paper storage, guillotine, industrial paper trimmer (stretch goal) plan chests for paper storage. Packing area. Sewing machine for labels? Adequate clean surface space.

Front end
Computer station for members (stretch goal), scanner + printer, filing admin office area.

Workshop area
Large flat tables for using the 3x single arm press’

Storage
For screens, ink, chemicals equipment etc.

New Workshop Floor Plan
New Workshop Floor Plan

 

Risks and challenges

Since we started business in 2014 we have encountered and overcome numerous obstacles, Including the total renovation of our store (a late 19th century 3 story building) in less than 14 weeks with ourselves as the main contractors! We constantly adapt to any situation we find ourselves in and so far our resourcefulness and determination to succeed has seen us through.

There could always be new obstacles that crop up as we expand into this new space and we have numerous contingency plans in place to deal with any potential setbacks. Obviously our costs will increase due to renting an extra space and additional staff and tutors that will be required due to the expanded workshops program.

The fact that we also have multiple sources of income from both Workshops and Memberships but also more commercial print jobs means that we can cover the cost of our increased overheads through different avenues. Having Jay from Grey Jam press as our resident screen printer working full time in the studio will also increase our reach and profile.

After consulting with business advisers, our accountants and fellow industry professionals, it's obvious that the expansion of the workshop is crucial to the long term growth of our business as a whole. Allowing us to spend more time on the creative projects and collaborations that set our business apart. We pride ourselves on our resourcefulness and feel confident that we can make this a success no matter what problems we may encounter.

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    Workshop Bundle 1

    Always wanted to have a go at screen printing?
    Receive a 3 hour beginner screen printing workshop plus a workshop goodie bag, Pledgers print and a launch invite!

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    Artist Print (Large)

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    Workshop Bundle 2

    Want a more in depth class in printing? You will receive a 3 hour beignner workshop and a 3 hour advanced screen printing workshop.
    Not forgetting your Pledgers print and launch invite and Present Workshop goodie bag

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    Workshop Membership Deal

    For those of you who want to dive right in and become one of our first new workshop members!
    You will receive a 3 hour advanced workshop
    and a months membership along with a present workshop editions goodie bag.

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    • 1 months Present Workshop memership
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    Artist Print Run (small)

    The reward for any artists out there who would love to get some of their work printed.
    You will receive a run of 50 x A4 2 colour screen prints of your own work. If you sold them for £5 each you would get almost twice your donation back!

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    Group Workshop Bundle 1

    Get your own private 3 hour beginner screen printing workshop for 5 people, plus select 5 small artist screen prints and 5 Pledgers prints!

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    T-Shirt Band/Business Deal 1

    Get some of your own merch printed! We will print you 50 x Single colour T-shirts of your design, both front and back. Are you in a Band? Starting your own clothing range? Do you run a business that would like its own T-shirts? This could be the reward for you.

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    Workshop Bundle 2

    5 x 3 Hour beginner and 5 x 3 Hour advanced classes. Get a full day of private workshop tuition for a group of 5 and select 5 artists prints

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    Artist Print Run (Large)

    Get 50 x 4 colour screen prints (max size A2)
    Perfect for any artists out there who want to get a large run of prints done!

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    T-Shirt Band/Business Deal 2

    Even bigger T-shirt bundle for Bands or Business! You will receive 100 T-shirts printed front and back (singe colour)

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    Artist Print Run (extra large)

    This is a great value deal for artists wanting to print multiple pieces of work.
    You will receive 2 separate print runs of your own work. Maximum of 4 colours at A2

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    Classroom Deal

    For this donation you will receive 25 full day workshops split over 5 days. Each day will consist of a beginner and an advanced workshop for 5 people. You will also receive 25 artist prints, 25 Present Workshop edition Tote bags and 25 Pledgers prints!

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    • 25× 3 Hour advanced screen printing workshop.
    • 25× 3 Hour beginner screen printing workshop.
    • 25× Artist Print (Small)
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