The London Printworks Trust have launched a “Counter Feat” project to aid fundraising and save the printmaking facility in Brixton. The charity is resorting to a brave and innovative approach to keeping their much treasured services open, including art notes designed by Victoria Beckham, Hemingway Design, Zandra Rhodes and Jonathan Saunders.
London Printworks Trust is positioned as a center of excellence for textile print, and is based in Brixton, South London, UK. “Our passion has continued for twenty years since establishing ourselves as a charity to encourage professional artists, designers and emerging talent to learn, to share ideas, to produce new work and to fulfill their creative potential” (via London Printworks Trust). The Trust’s fully equipped textile screen-printing workshop can be booked by anyone with prior experience in textile screen-printing, and a subsidized open access is available for a wide range of printers including interior designers, fashion designers, artists and small business owners, making accessibility affordable. A selection of print courses are also available and are taught by professional and high profile printers, designers and artists.
The charity has operated with funding from the Clothworkers Foundation, historical support from Arts Council England, Lambeth Arts and The Leverhulme Trust, and has recently improved services, workshop facilities, courses and curatorial programs. Now due to imminent cuts of 100% of the Trust’s funding, LPT is “fighting for survival by creating our own quantitative easing – by printing emergency money.” With the help of some distinguished colleagues from the art world and some well known celebrities the Counter Feat project plays on the forgery idea of a printworks; artists have created and donated art work to be hand printed as special limited and numbered edition prints, and sold as face value “art notes” to raise the much needed funding.
Holly Fulton, one of the artists involved, told Vogue.com;
“When I was approached by the London Printworks, I had no hesitation in supporting them by designing a note. It’s a fundamental facility for designers and makers in London and the withdrawal of all funding is a huge blow for them. London is renowned as a creative hub and it is essential for the facilities that provide the services and materials designers need to work to continue to flourish and grow. The threat to LPW and its future represents a sad symptom of the times and the highlights the need for funding in design in the UK.” (via Vogue.com)
Well known signer turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham said;
“I am proud that my business is based in London and it is important that we nurture the skills and talent within the British Fashion Industry, The London Printworks is one of the few remaining facilities in the UK that offers the opportunity to create bespoke textiles and their great work has to be supported.”
One of the Trust’s printmakers, Fiona King says;
“I run a youth program for school children in the area to come and learn textile printing here for free. We also have students from St Martins and LCF coming here because their print rooms in college have been downsized. Jonathan Saunders printed his final collection here and we work with brands like Topshop too, so the facility is really important for a big cross section of people who want to learn to print or make textile prints here in London. There’s no where else exactly like it.” (via pop.com)
The limited edition ‘art notes’ were created by: Pat Albeck, Will Broome, Sarah Campbell, Holly Fulton, Hemingway Design, Eley Kishimoto, Zandra Rhodes, Heikki Salonen, Jonathan Saunders and Bill Woodrow. Also sponsors London Print Studio and John Purcell Papers and can be bought online a counterfeat.co.uk