What’s Your Story? is a monthly series in which we find and talk to interesting people in our local community, whether they run a business, have an interesting job or do something else that we think is worthy of wider attention.
Tidy Print is a screen-printing studio and shop situated in Brighton’s North Laine. They run print classes as well as printing jobs for clients and have become part of the Brighton art community. We spoke to Dan & Jade to find out more about them and how it all works.
HOW WAS TIDY PRINT STARTED?
Jade: Over dinner in Morocco…! We had been thinking about opening our own print studio but hadn’t talked about the additional shop until we were chatting over dinner in Morocco. We wanted to create a space that helped make art accessible. Whether that be as a customer buying art and making sure it was affordable. Or coming on a workshops and getting creative, to being an artist and needing a space to create your own work or a platform for you to showcase it.
Daniel: The core reason is because I love screen-printing. It comes out of a love of print making in general.
When we opened the shop/studio we wanted keep our art accessible, screen printing offers this, you can buy a hand printed original piece of artwork at an affordable price as it’s often a small run although it can be a one off.
YOUR OPERATION IS IN AN AMAZING LOCATION –WHAT WAS THE REASONING BEHIND IT?
Daniel: The North Laine is a truly free and independent community of shops and locals where we knew Tidy Print could thrive.
DO YOU CREATE YOUR OWN WORK ALONGSIDE TIDY PRINT?
Jade: Yes absolutely, if I leave it too long without making my own work I get itchy feet! We have a few of our own exhibitions in the pipeline so watch this space!
Daniel: Of course! We try dedicate time through out the week to making our own work.
NUMBER 1 MUSIC FOR A PRINT JOB?
Daniel: Public Service Broadcast or any good movie soundtracks
Jade: At the moment Ahohni’s album ‘Hopelessness’
WHAT KIND OF CLIENTS DO YOU PRINT FOR?
Daniel: A complete range, from artists who want editions of their own work, design studios getting artwork for shows and clients, to people walking in off the street who spot us printing through the window.
Jade: I am from Brighton originally and I was living in South London with Daniel when Tidy Print was forming, so we needed a place that we felt Tidy Print would fit. I couldn’t think of a better place than Brighton’s North Laine. I brought Daniel down and showed him the area and he immediately fell in love. The artist community here is so inspiring and everyone enjoys helping each other flourish we couldn’t be luckier with our location.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR TIDY PRINT?
Jade: New exhibitions, expand our range of our own prints, launch our own small t-shirt line and to broaden our current range of screen printing workshops in the studio as people are really enjoying them. Watch this space!
Daniel: Like Jade said we really want to expand the workshops to include the image making process as well as the printing itself. We are about to launch some two-day workshops where people can spend the whole weekend with us.