The Printhaus Collective @ Studio 5
“Although this has been quite a stressful and trying time, the positive, warm and kind comments from residents have really moved us!” – Tom Whitehead.
Over the course of the move we've attained a really strong relationship with our residents and we’re really happy to be able to say that everyone is ok and now has a new studio to work from. Some of our residents are moving into Market House and whilst the move means they will become tenants of Chapter and no longer Printhaus tenants, we will still be in close quarters and continue to support each other wherever we are.
The space in Market House which will house our residents was previously used as a dance studio; large, ground-floor, open-plan studio which will become a shared space between Nigel Draper (Amplifier Press), David Pike (artist and printmaker) Nuria-Muñoz (illustrator), Maki Kita (artist and painter) and Andy Morris (designer and maker). They moved in on the 19th August and have adopted a new name for their group as, ‘The Printhaus Collective @ Studio 5’.
Nigel began printing in 2017 after his son bought him a letter-press course in Bristol for Christmas. He thoroughly enjoyed the course and it brought back a sense of nostalgia for him, as he'd worked for a print studio in the 80s. So much so, that he got himself an Adana press and started printing in his garage. He found this very nourishing and soon conceived the Amplifier Press Manifesto, out of the developments of Brexit at the time. He’d always been involved in activism and found himself creating images that portrayed a voice otherwise too angry to comprehend.
He wanted to get out of his garage and into a studio in Cardiff. However, finding one was not as easy as he would have imagined. That was, until he stumbled upon The Printhaus. “It was such a welcoming space without boundaries to what people could make or do.” – Nigel.
Nigel first joined up as a print workshop member in May 2017 and then in April 2019 he took on a studio space, even though he was made fully aware of the circumstances at that time.
“The Printhaus were fab! They spent well over a month seriously looking at several premises that would allow us all to stay together, including Market House, just opposite Chapter.”
We are grateful that we get to stay so close to each other and even more so looking forward to dropping in on each other for a cuppa!
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