Ink on Mesh Community Print + Textiles Studio

by INK on MESH in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

£28,297

£30,000 stretch target 2 days left
235% 350 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 19th April 2021 at 9:00am

Support this Edinburgh Community Screen print & Textile Studio, providing classes for all and professional development memberships.

by INK on MESH in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target


WE DID IT AGAIN! With the help of the CROWD we've hit over £15,000 and Creative Scotland Crowdmatch of £10,000 has taken us over our stretch of £25,000 on Day 3..incredible support so far!

WE DID IT AGAIN! With the help of the CROWD we've hit over £15,000 and Creative Scotland Crowdmatch of £10,000 has taken us over our stretch of £25,000 on Day 3..incredible support so far!

I want to share my plan for additional donations and a new stretch of £30,000. We can now afford to equip the studio with some fabulous technology like a Mac computer and high quality printer which students can use to develop & print out their designs/ transparencies and advance their digital skills. 

We can develop research into a socially engaged program of projects with local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups. Creating new visual art together, sharing skills, connecting through craft. 

Support portfolio preparation and mentoring for individuals applying for FE/HE courses in textile related courses.  

A NEW STRETCH TARGET of £30,000. It really is time to DREAM BIGGER....

Another £5,000 would bring 12 Scottish based artist/maker/designers working with textiles to INK on Mesh for a monthly CONNECTING COMMUNITIES program of talks and demonstrations. Supported at Scottish Artists Union rates of pay, each month will introduce and celebrate a different maker and textile discipline by sharing their practice, inspiring and connecting with the local Ink on Mesh community.

I am truly excited by this prospect..hope you are too.



 


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My project is part of the Creative Scotland Crowdmatch - I am 1 of 20 shortlisted creative projects in Scotland - that have the opportunity to win a share of £75,000 in match funding, up to £10,000 per project. 

I need your help to raise £12,000 start up costs for Ink on Mesh.

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ABOUT ME

Under my business name, Blessed Unrest, I hand screen print my own fabric collections, textile artworks and make/manufacture more functional products for interiors and fashion. Exhibiting and selling throughout the UK at design fairs, galleries and lifestyle retailers and working to commission.

Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with a 1st Class hons degree, post grad diploma in design and a further teaching qualification in Further and Adult Education from The Edinburgh College, I’ve worked as a freelance designer and educator for over 25 years.

With your support I’m looking to achieve my dream of establishing INK on MESH in the heart of my local community. The studio will allow me to continue to develop my own textiles brand as well as providing invaluable space and specialized equipment for developing, emerging and graduate textile practitioners. "I know just how challenging it is to pursue your professional career as a textile graduate without access to screens, studio space and the support networks that college life offers". 

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ALL WELCOME

Ink on  Mesh will be a new welcoming and creative space for all the community. Based in North Edinburgh the studio will provide affordable communal studio space for the intergenerational community, artists, makers, graduates and hobbyists to meet, learn, explore and connect through the craft of screen printing and stitched textiles.

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CONNECTING COMMUNITY

The Ink on Mesh community will have access to a fully equipped studio space, a wide range of classes and expert technical support. It will provide a learning environment that nurtures creativity at any age, stage and ability and offers one off experiences, progression routes and professional development in screen printing, textile dying, machine and hand stitched textiles. Post - pandemic I believe this studio can become a space to bring people back together, to re-establish community connections and build creative confidence through these hand craft and heritage skills. 

Free access spaces will be offered each term with the intention of making these valued craft skills accessible to all with barriers to creative education. 

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MEMBERSHIP

Members will be inducted through a short technical workshop program which will allow them studio access to work unsupervised but with technical support to hand. Members will be able to use the studio via the open access booking system and will have a small personal storage space in the studio. Becoming a member creates opportunity for artistic exchange and collaboration. You'll receive discount to materials and screen hire and premium access to creative workshops, talks and demos hosted by guest professionals from the contemporary printed, stitched, embellished, woven, knitted, quilted and constructed textile community. 

CLASSES

Extending a strong sense of community, for the development of skills and practice, whether your a curious beginner or a trained practitioner, there will be a range of evening, day and weekend classes on offer. Classes can be a ‘one off’ learning experience or a progression route to a more advanced skills level, option to become a member and link with wider education courses. "A lot of thought goes into developing class programs that cover all the essential skills but are fun, experimental and let the students express who they are". As well the programmed  classes I'd love to develop crafting community socials, where people can get together, have coffee, show, share and support each others project work.

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LOCATION

Newhaven is my home, a former village and harbour, in the neighbourhood of North Edinburgh and Leith. With enduring affection for it’s fishing heritage and ship building past it is now a thriving, multicultural and expanding community. The Print studio is one of the partners planning to potentially set up in The Heart of Newhaven Community Hub, one of the first dedicated intergenerational centers in the UK, awaiting funding for their purchase of the local Primary School in Autumn 2021. Alternatively I will set up Ink on Mesh in another local commercial space.

Why £12,000? - THE STUDIO 

I have the foundations of a print studio through investing in equipment for many years which includes a 6 meter print table, screens, exposure unit and vacuum printing press. 

Your support will go towards setting up the new studio space with:

  • A dark room.
  • Upgrade exposure unit and upgrade to current equipment.
  • Screen wash out area with wash out bay.
  • Light box and photocopier
  • Class screens – A4, A3, A2 size paper and cloth mesh.
  • Eco printing inks, screen printing emulsion and cleaning system 
  • Tools, materials to run classes.
  • Storage, shelving and drying racks, chairs and work benches.
  • Cutting and sewing table, sewing machines and over lockers.
  • Website, booking system 

Make a pledge and receive a reward

As a huge thank you for believing in this project you receive an invite to the launch party. You also receive a very special creative soundscape download  – The Blessed Unrest. This collaborative audio between Blessed Unrest and Malba offers you a moment to breath, to slow down, to re connect with your creativity.  

£5 Reward - Brooch Badge

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£10 Reward – Origami/craft paper bundle

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£15 Reward – Limited edition Gift Cards set

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£22 Reward – Organic Cotton Tote and Sketchbook 

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£30 Reward - Exclusive 'Flourish' make up bag

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£30 Rewards - Specially designed Giclee Art Prints.

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£55 Reward - Make at Home lampshade kit.

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CLASSES/MEMBERSHIP

Pay it forward class, you can give the opportunity of a free class to someone that is unable to afford it.* 

£50 Reward - Taster class 3 hrs.

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£80 Reward -  Day class & sweet treats 5.5 hrs1616100095_day-class-web.jpg 

£170 Reward - Weekend class with sweet treats 5.5hrs x 2

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£170 Reward - Weekend Book Binding Collaboration 5hrs x 2

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£255 Reward - Membership 3 months

£540 Reward - Annual membership

£630 - Group Experience Day (for 6) with treats & glass of fizz

Timeline, rewards and risks

Currently I will continue to print and run socially distanced classes from a temporary hire space for six months where I can also start to roll out the product rewards. When you sign up for memberships or classes today through Crowdfunder, this will guarantee you a place at the reduced rate and the included extras. This will also help create the perfect environment for you to work in when Ink on Mesh opens towards the end of the year. You can also support this through smaller donations and help the studio become a reality.

*experiences that are paid forwards by your generosity will be honoured once Ink on Mesh moves in to it’s new home in Winter 2021 . In the event that the studio move is delayed I will offer the print experiences at an alternative location.

Terms & conditions:

The rewards offered by Blessed Unrest will be posted or hand delivered locally from end of April - mid May 2021.

Classes will only go ahead if 6 people sign up. In the event of us not reaching this target you will be offered alternative dates/times or to defer starting a block of classes. If we cannot come to an arrangement we will offer a full refund.

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Thank you so much for being part of the CROWD that made this happen and I look forward to inviting you to the big celebration launch party when Ink on Mesh becomes a reality later in the year.

Please continue to spread the word and share the Crowdfunder link.

@inkonmesh          @print classes

@inkonmesh           @blessedunrest

#inkonmesh #blessedunrestscotland

 

 

 

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

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Pay it Forward Class Fund

Would you like to gift someone the opportunity to access Ink on Mesh classes? Pay forward fund creates an opportunity for us to offer a free space to someone facing financial barriers to these creative opportunities. Ink on Mesh aims to be an inclusive learning environment whenever possible and lack of cash is too commonly an excluding factor for many to creative education.

£5 or more

39 of 40 claimed

Small Brooch Badge - Lucky dip

My Brooch Badges are a little piece of wearable Art. Each made from a selected hand print 'off cut' piece of textiles and worn with maverick style on your chunky knits, scarves or jackets or the perfect little gifts to pop in the post and brighten up someone's day. I'm sure you'll love the 'lucky dip' brooch you receive.

£10 or more

19 of 20 claimed

12 pack of Craft Origami Papers

A lovely pack of 12 different hand drawn designs by Blessed Unrest on 120gsm 15cm x 15cm square paper. Perfect for origami, booking and paper crafts.

£15 or more

15 of 20 claimed

'Silk Squares' Gift Card Set

A set of exclusive Blessed Unrest Gift cards showing 6 designs from the 'silk squares' collection. Printed locally by Doricmor Printers on paper manufactured from trees grown in sustainable forests

£15 or more

17 of 20 claimed

'Flourish' Gift Card Set

A set of unique gift cards showing 6 designs from the 'Flourish' collection by Blessed Unrest; based on drawings from Starbank Park. Printed locally by Doricmor Printers on paper manufactured from trees grown in sustainable forests.

£22 or more

13 of 20 claimed

Ink on Mesh Tote & Journal

Organic cotton tote bag and note book made from 100% recycled paper, both with a Blessed Unrest design from the archive of fine art hand pulled screen prints combined with the studio logo.

£30 or more

12 of 20 claimed

'Now is the Time..' A4 Giclee Art Print

'Now is the time...' A bright burst of blooms created exclusively by Blessed Unrest using drawings, photos and mark making digitally collaged and printed by locals Bare Branding on their museum quality acid free heavyweight cotton paper. A4 size including border.

£30 or more

8 of 20 claimed

Lily Pad Pond

'Lily Pad Pond'..A4 Giclee Art Print From an an original drawing in the glass house at Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Gardens then digitally re colored, this has been and printed locally by Bare Branding on their museum quality acid free heavyweight cotton paper. A4 size including border.

£30 or more

11 of 12 claimed

'Flourish' print make up bag

This popular 'flourish' print inspired by Starbank Park drawing sessions during lock down 1, is now available exclusively on durable cotton with a bright orange lining and zip. Assembled by local micro manufacturers Kalopsia Collective.

£55 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Make at Home - Lampshade Kit

Make at Home 30 cm Lampshade Kit. This assemble pack includes everything you need to create a stunning lamp/pendant shade for your home in one of Blessed Unrest's favorite archive textile prints - Kimono Kick; a nod to Japanese textiles. Make it at your leisure by following a step by step prerecorded instructional video online with Lorna.

£170 or more

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Weekend Screen Print Workshop

Two days in the studio learning how to print using photographic imagery, paper cut stencils, mixing & blending colour. By exploring these layered, fun and experimental print techniques over 2 days you can work towards producing designs for a 30cm D light shade or 40cm cushion. Coffee break and lunchtime treats hand baked by Nat from our local favorite, The Haven Cafe. No previous experience required 5.5hrs x 2

£255 or more

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Membership 3 Months

3 Month membership gives you regular access to the print space to develop your work independently but with technical support to hand. Induction certificate to the studio workings and equipment, 5% discount on screen hire & starter kit costs, A small space to store your items, 1 creative tutorial session, Ink on Mesh Tote and sketchbook, 10% Discount on talks and creative events, 5% discount on classes.

£540 or more

1 of 8 claimed

Annual Membership

Annual membership gives you regular access to the print space to develop your work independently but with technical support to hand. Induction certificate to the studio workings and equipment, 5% discount on screen hire & starter kit costs, A small space to store your items, 3 creative tutorial sessions across the year, Ink on Mesh Tote and sketchbook, 10% Discount on talks and creative events, 5% discount on classes,

£630 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Group of 6 Day Class Experience 5.5 hrs

Bring your family/friends/work colleagues to the studio. Celebrate a special day creating together. Learning and sharing the fun of how to screen print using paper stencils and exposed photographic images. Options to work towards finished products like a cushion, lampshade or bag... lets make something personal. Real Tea, Artisan Roast Coffee, prosecco in the afternoon & treats hand made by our favourite local Haven Cafe.

£45 or more

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Screen Print Taster - 3 hrs

This taster workshop designed for beginners, gives you a chance to experience screen printing on cloth, working with colored inks and paper cut stencils. Learning fun and immediate techniques, you will produce a whole range of dynamic textile samples which can be made into products, gifts, artwork or kept as part of a technique’s portfolio. No previous experience required. 3hr Class

£80 or more

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Screen Print Day Class - 5.5 hrs

A productive day in the workshop learning how to print using photographic imagery, paper cut stencils, mixing & blending colour. By exploring these layered, fun and experimental print techniques you'll produce your very own dynamic textile designs and sample fabrics. Coffee break and lunchtime treats hand baked by Nat from our local favorite, The Haven Cafe. No previous experience required 5.5 hr class

£170 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Print & Book Binding Collaboration Wkend

This very special collaboration brings local Newhaven artists Book Binding with Cass (Cassandra Barron) and Blessed Unrest together for an exclusive weekend of making. Day 1 in the print studio with Lorna you'll be developing a whole range of dynamic, experimental paper and cloth samples. Day 2 with Cass you'll be learning how to stitch, bind, cut and fold Artists' & usable books using the prints from the previous day. 5hrs x 2

Let's make 'Ink on Mesh Community Print + Textiles Studio' happen

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