Gigposter : Esben & The Witch 2014 (Process : And…ZipToTheEnd)

“It’s been a hard day’s night and I’ve been working like a dog”

So, hello 2015… it’s been a hard 6 months, and the Zoo is going to try and catch up with you now – blog followers, I apologise to you, not so much for the long cold absence you have endured, but for the onslaught of posts we are about to thwack your inbox with!

(“yeah right” – unlikely it seems, I know)

So to kick off we better address the last mission we were on – the cliffhanger we have so cruelly left you dangling on, the Esben & The Witch wolf print. Let’s just say that everything went well regarding the actual printmaking. There was much mucking around with different colours which was fun – and fun was in order on such a cold cold winter night…

photos of Petting Zoo Prnts & Collectables' studio process

Clockwise from top left : A positive used to expose one of the screens. An inked screen ready for washing. The drying rack stacked midway through the job. A birds eye view of the inkpots.

We ended up printing loads (blame a little December tipple) and definitely went a little brighter with the colours than originally intended – but still – the multi-variant edition  came out nice.

screenprinting with Petting Zoo in Brighton's North Star Studio

Clockwise from Top Left : Examples of base colour-ways hang while we print. The final screen. “Go on then my son, one more soft lager for me, cheers”. The rack fills as the job is completed.

But things couldn’t go well entirely – not on a print we chose to document and publish in  stages – Live.

Of course it couldn’t. WE KNEW IT COULDN’T

finished esben and the witch gigposter

Esben & The Witch, The Lexington, London – Screenprint 4-5 colours (many variants) – A2, several editions of 12 to 30

The Zookeeper got a proper chill just nights before the show – it was snowing, no accommodation plans were in place and trains were being cancelled willy-nilly…

…so the posters never made it to the show. -Gutted.

That is why we will never publish a process thread again (unless the process has already been completed and the poster delivered) …that is why the blogstrike began and that, reader, is why this is all your fault.

Ok – I guess not – but seriously – its May! its nearly Primavera time! and the Zoo has a done a bunch of exciting things that we want to tell you about, so let us out of the doghouse – please.

dog ate my homework

The ZooKeeper has guilt issues OK!

*Please note that the band did receive their share of these prints and have taken them to Berlin where they now reside and record. We are buddies I am proud to add and the Zoo is permitted to sell our share of these prints … but what with there being so many different variants, it’s going to be a headache to sort everything out for online sales – so either get one from the band, or from me in person, or if you’d like a random one thrown in a tube – then paypal just £15 (add £5 for postage beyond Europe)…

…do include your street address in the window when prompted or we can’t get you your tube!

Thanks and happy new year.

About Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables

We're a UK based print studio & toy workshop documenting the feral farce of nature and all its cute & quirky critters.
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3 Responses to Gigposter : Esben & The Witch 2014 (Process : And…ZipToTheEnd)

  1. Deborah Smith says:

    Hi spencer

    I was talking about you yesterday. I’m working on the beach next door to Dinah, the hat lady. I was telling her that I’ve ruined my singer picture by trying to trim it down to fit in a frame! I wasn’t sure what to do about it. She said that you are an amazing salesman.

    Hope all is well,

    Debbie x

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Ah I like Dinah …she is quite a character!

      Nice to hear from you Debbie… sorry to hear that your Singer has gone wonky… not sure what to suggest. We’re trying to sort out a new supplier of that lovely ivory paper/board as my paper chap retired and then the company he used to collect from went into administration and shut a load of branches! So much to do right now as we prepare for a festival, but I assure you we will be on it as soon as we can, the re-edition is well overdue.
      (I’ll do you a good discount my dear) take care!

  2. I may have exaggerated about the willy-nilly bit,

    a train, singular definitely was cancelled.

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