About this project
I've been making posters and prints for around 12 years. I do a little bouldering and indoor climbing too. One day, walking around a local climbing centre, I thought 'Wouldn't it be cool to make a poster using climbing grips?' Get a Grip is a project that's been floating around my head for years, and after a whole heap of effort I'm pleased to share it now as a series of limited edition posters.
Helvetica + 300 climbing grips
Get a Grip depicts over 300 climbing grips – each painstakingly drawn from studies of footholds, jugs, slopers, crimps, pockets and volumes – intricately set in Helvetica. The amount of time involved in each design warrants a special finish. Now I need your help to produce a run of A2 foil posters.
The limited edition foil posters come in a choice of silver and gold, stamped onto shades of Colorplan stock. Each poster is a standard framing size and won't cost the earth to frame.
Get a Grip is the fifth print project I've launched on Kickstarter, following Citee, Great Minds and two Waveform campaigns. I love print and wouldn't produce these projects any other way.
A2 posters – choice of silver and gold foil on black or white stock
Any A2 poster delivered in a brushed silver or gold aluminium frame
Get a Grip T-shirt
'Get a Grip' or 54 different climbing grips printed on premium quality, 100% polyester t-shirts made by American Apparel. Comfortable and lightweight, these super-soft unisex t-shirts feel great to wear. The design is effectively dyed into the fabric: unlike silkscreen-printed clothing there is no stiffness to the printed area, the ink won't crack or peel, and the colours don't fade in the wash.
Colorplan paper by GF Smith
Founded in 1885, GF Smith have a deserved reputation for quality. The paper used for each Get a Grip print is from the Colorplan range, a premium uncoated stock used by artists and designers all over the world. Launched in 1972, Colorplan is a British-made, iconic paper with a wonderful texture and superb colours.
Foil stamping by Generation Press
Calling friends in the design industry for foil printing recommendations, the same name kept coming up: Generation Press. They've handled work for the V&A, Jaguar and Rapha to name but a few. Hand-operated on a Heidelberg press. As well as being great printers they're carbon-neutral, fund tree planting through out the UK, and use renewable energy sources.
Risks and challenges
I've produced and shipped over 1,000 limited edition prints, and over 1,000 t-shirts. I know what I'm doing. The only hindrance to this project is the speed of the postal service.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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