We bought a new shelf this week. A big, steel shelf to hold our screens and get them out of the growing number of boxes and bags we've stored them in until now. Now we can just flip through and find the screen we want instead of digging for them. A big leap forward in organization. Looking around our studio last night after we put up the shelf, I realized that this shelf is the only new thing we've bought for the studio, except our 4 color press. Everything else we have either made or found.
Freddy built the poster press out of materials in his basement. We scavenged a table off the sidewalk to mount it on, a book shelf put out for the trash to store our inks and a we found the desk to mount the 4 color press on when we moved into the studio. We have several large platens we've made from sink cut outs that were left as trash outside a kitchen counter top company. We bought our 1 color press used. The piece of glass we use to expose the screens was formerly the door to an entertainment center and it's mounted above an old light unit I bought used back in the 80's. We also have a scavenged locker and milk crates (turned sideways and zip-tied together to make them into a shelf unit) for storage, We bought used store fixtures that we use for our show booth backdrop and a clothing rack. We've saved a lot of money and we are so green! We even use environmentally safe inks and cleaning products, which work amazingly better than the non-environmentally safe ones. This is really what I wanted to be as a company. I love it.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
— Mahatma Gandhi