Tiny Fish Printing – WXXI Arts InFocus

Tiny Fish Printing – WXXI Arts InFocus


(EVAN) HAVE YOU EVER LOOKED AT A T SHIRT AND
THOUGHT, WHAT A COOL DESIGN! OR MAYBE YOU’VE SEEN A PIECE OF ARTWORK AND THOUGHT, “I
WANT THAT ON A T-SHIRT, I’D WEAR THAT!” WEARABLE ART CAN BE HIGH FASHION, AND FOR
ARTISTS, CLOTHING CAN BE A GREAT MEDIUM FOR THEIR WORK. THERE ARE SEVERAL ARTISTS IN ROCHESTER
WHO SCREEN PRINT SHIRTS AND OTHER KINDS OF CLOTHING. SOME ROCHESTER-BASED DESIGNERS HAVE
THEIR OWN PARTICULAR PROCESS AND VISION. WE TALKED TO THE PEOPLE AT TINY FISH. (MUSIC) (PETER) MY NAME IS PETER LAZARSKI, I’M A GRAPHIC
ARTIST, I DO SCREEN PRINTED SHIRTS AND PRINTS AND COMICS AND OTHER THINGS, BUT DEFINITELY
SHIRTS. AS FAR AS, LIKE, THE COOL THINGS ABOUT SCREEN PRINTING SHIRTS AND GARMENTS AND STUFF
IS, I WENT TO SCHOOL FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN, SO, WHILE I WAS THERE, I GOT REALLY INTO LIMITED
COLOR DESIGN, TWO COLOR DESIGN, THREE COLOR DESIGN, SO, WHEN PRINTING SHIRTS YOU’RE DEALING
WITH COLOR SEPARATIONS, SO YOU HAVE A FINITE AMOUNT OF COLORS TO WORK WITH, SO I ALWAYS
GOT A BIG KICK OUT OF THAT. JUST SEEING REALLY VIBRANT COLORS, LIKE A SINGLE PAIRING POP
ON DARK CLOTHING OR LIGHT CLOTHING. (ANTONIO) MY NAME IS ANTONIO ESTEVES, I’M
CO-OWNER OF TINY FISH PRINTING HERE IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK. WE PRINT ON A NUMBER OF THINGS INCLUDING
APPAREL, BOTTLES AND PAPER. FOR ME, WHAT REALLY SETS SCREEN PRINTING APART FROM EVERYTHING
ELSE IS ACTUALLY, YOU CAN ACTUALLY FEEL THE PRINT, SO MUCH IN THE SAME WAY I IMAGINE AN
ARTIST CAN FEEL THEIR PRINT YOU CAN ACTUALLY RUB YOUR HAND OVER A SCREEN PRINT AND FEEL
ALL THE LINES, ALL OF THE DIVITS, THE FLAT AREAS AND I THINK THAT JUST GIVES A LOT MORE
LIFE TO THE PRODUCT THAN THE WAY WE’RE ALL USED TO GETTING DIGITAL OFF A BIG UV PRESS
IT COMES OUT ITS PAPER IT FEELS DISPOSABLE, WHATS NICE ABOUT THE SCREEN PRINT IS THAT
AT THE END OF IT THERE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN ACTUALLY FEEL. AND IT FEELS A LITTLE BIT MORE
PERMANENT. (PETER) AS FAR AS T-SHIRTS OR APPAREL AS A
CANVAS FOR ART, ITS KIND OF INTERESTING, AND PARTLY TOO BECAUSE YOU KNOW, I STARTED OFF
DOING 2D PRINT DESIGN AND I WASN’T REALLY THINKING ABOUT SHIRTS AS MUCH, BUT THE MORE
PEOPLE I WOULD MEET AND PEOPLE WOULD SAY I WANT THIS ON A SHIRT, I REALLY, THIS IS COOL,
I WANNA LIKE WEAR THIS TOO. AND JUST LIKE, HAVING A PRINT OR GARMENT ON A SHIRT OR ON
ANOTHER PIECE OF CLOTHING, PEOPLE APPROACH IT IN A DIFFERENT WAY. AS FAR AS, YOU KNOW,
ART ON YOUR WALL IS NICE BUT IT CAN BE A PRIVATE THING BUT AS FAR AS SOMETHING I CAN WEAR OR
PEOPLE CAN WEAR AND BRING OUT INTO THE PUBLIC IT DEFINITELY HITS INTO THAT NOTE OF LIKE,
PERSONAL EXPRESSION, SO PEOPLE GET EXCITED AS FAR AS LIKE, I’M REALLY COMPELLED BY THIS
IMAGE OR I REALLY LOVE THIS DESIGN OR I LOVE THIS PERSONS WORK AND I CAN WEAR IT AND SHOW
IT AND LET PEOPLE SEE WHAT I’M INTO ITS THIS NICE PUBLIC ICE BREAKER IN A WAY THAT IT WOULDN’T
BE IF IT WERE JUST IN YOUR OFFICE. (HEATHER) MY NAME IS HEATHER SWENSEN AND I’M
AN ARTIST WORKING AND LIVING IN ROCHESTER, AND I HAVE A STUDIO IN THE HUNGERFORD BUILDING
AND I DO SCREEN PRINTING AND COLLAGE AND PAINTING AND A LOT OF INTERDISCIPLINARY WORK. I THINK
PEOPLE LIKE SHIRTS BECAUSE THEY CAN WEAR THEM AND EVERYBODY CAN SEE THEM AND ITS LIKE A
FUNCTIONAL THING THAT THEY FEEL VALIDATED FOR BUYING. ITS LIKE, WELL I DO NEED THIS,
ITS CLOTHING TOO, BUT ITS ALSO THIS REALLY COOL PRINT, WHEREAS I THINK JUST BUYING A
PRINT, WELL ITS JUST GONNA HANG IN MY HOUSE SO, I THINK THERES KIND OF A LITTLE BIT MORE
MAYBE POPULARITY AS TO BUYING A SHIRT INSTEAD OF A PRINT, EVEN THOUGH SOME OF THEM MIGHT
BE THE SAME EXACT PRICE POINT, LIKE, A PRINT THATS TWENTY DOLLARS AND A SHIRT THATS TWENTY
DOLLARS I THINK PEOPLE WILL, LIKE, GO FOR THE SHIRT BECAUSE YOU CAN, MAYBE ITS A MORE
PERSONAL, YOU CAN LIKE, WEAR IT EVERY DAY, IT HAS THAT FUNCTIONAL ASPECT TO IT, I GUESS. ON THE PRESS WE’LL MAKE ALL THE SCREENS WITH
LIKE, REGISTRATION MARKS IF ITS A MULTI COLOR PIECE AND THEN LINE THEM ALL UP. SO ONCE YOU
HAVE THE SCREENS AND THEY’RE DRY THEN YOU CAN JUST PRETTY MUCH PRINT THE INK THROUGH
THE STENCIL AREA. SCREEN PRINTING HAS SO MANY COMMERCIAL ASPECTS AS WELL AS FINE ART ASPECTS.
IT CAN BE ADAPTED IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS LIKE THE WAY THAT I USE IT AT MY STUDIO IS
SO DIFFERENT FROM HERE. SO I THINK ITS INTERESTING THAT THE SAME PROCESS CAN BE USED TO DIFFERENT
ENDS. (ANTONIO) YOU KNOW, WHEN WE STARTED WE GOT
DRAWN IN BY THE APPAREL BECAUSE WE WERE IN THE APPAREL SIDE OF THINGS, BUT I THINK WHAT
REALLY DREW US INTO THE SCREEN PRINTING BUSINESS WAS THE VERSITILITY OF THE ACTUAL PRINTING
METHOD, AND THEN I THINK WHAT DRIVES US DAY TO DAY IS HAVING DIFFERENT ARTISTS COME TO
US WITH ALL KINDS OF CRAZY IDEAS AND PROJECTS AND JUST FIGURING OUT THE BEST WAY TO ACHIEVE
THEIR VISION WHETHER IT BE ON BOX ON PAPER ON APPAREL ON METAL ON GLASS. SO I THINK THAT’S
WHAT REALLY KEEPS ME GOING WITH THE SCREEN PRINTING SIDE OF THINGS AND WHAT REALLY DRAWS
US INTO THE SCREEN PRINTING SIDE OF THINGS BECAUSE ITS SO VERSITILE. AT ITS BASE THATS
THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT SCREEN PRINTING IS THAT IT’S SIMPLE, ITS JUST INK THROUGH
A STENCIL ONTO A SUBSTRAIGHT WITH A SQUEEGEE WITH WHATEVER YOU CAN PUSH THE INK THROUGH.
THAT’S IT. (MUSIC)
(EVAN) YOU CAN SEE MORE OF THEIR WORK AT TINY-FISH-PRINTING-DOT-COM-SLASH-PORTFOLIO, THEY’VE GOT SOME PRETTY COOL DESIGNS.

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