Hi there! I'm Lisa, a 24-year-old Psychology student from Germany. I live in Sydney now to finish my Masters. Being new to the city, I love to get around and share my impressions with you. Hope you enjoy reading my stuff :)!
Published June 30th 2013
Random nights often turn out to be the best nights! The best parties happen when you don't expect them and you'll find special places when you don't look for them.
Last Friday definitely counts as such - an awesome, random night where I discovered a hidden treasure in St Peters.
We were just on our way home from dinner in Newtown, when we met a couple of people who were on their way to a party just down the road. The night was still young, so we decided to join.
As we were getting closer to the place, I heard some band playing and it looked like it was packed with people. When we entered, it turned out that what I had mistaken for another warehouse party, was in fact an art exhibition. We made our way through the crowd to check out the displayed pieces; printed posters, all related to rock' n' roll in some way in all colours and styles. Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, skulls, and "fight for your right to pastry" embellished the plain paper.
For the ultimate rock' n' roll feel metal band, Bruce, let the walls of this unique venue tremble. Damn, I wish I had my camera with me right now!
After asking a couple of people about the owner/organiser of this place I was directed to Steve. Steve, who is an illustrator and graphic designer, started this place called "Arcade" six years ago.
He specialises in custom-made screen prints in all kinds of sizes, on all kinds of material. It's an easy principle: you send him your design and Steve and his crew will print it for you. On paper, shirts, tea towels, tote bags .You name it!
Steve, the owner of Arcade and organizer of "Rock, Screen, Paper
But it doesn't stop here. Steve is a real all-rounder and loves to inspire people and encourage them to do their own art and design. So he started teaching screen printing a while ago.
Classes are designed for absolute newbies up to experienced illustrators, designers and enterprises. Steve's aim is to teach the technique behind the craft of screen printing while giving his students maximal artistic freedom. The event that I accidentally walked in on was the first exhibition Steve organised in Arcade. And it was purely to create a lobby for his student's talent and work! "If this one goes well, we'll do it again in the future!" And it looked like it was going pretty damn well.
The place was buzzing and I left Steve to his other fans and poster rolling and decided to come back the next day for pictures and more info. Through the backdoor I went out into the garden where people assembled around the fire place. And I stayed until late at night, drinking free beer, meeting people, keeping the fire burning. This place has a great vibe!
When I came back the next morning (braving the afterpains of the previous night) the fire was still burning, the beer had been replaced by coffee, many of the posters were sold out and Steve was busy as ever talking to people, rolling posters and spreading the good vibes in the place. I'm happy that he found a minute to pose for a picture!
Why am I telling you with this? Because I think people have to know about this place and Steve and you need to visit! They are planning to be part of annual Fringe Festival in September and have another exhibit around Christmas, probably of printed shirts "like you have never seen them before!".
In the meantime why not take one of the classes at Arcade Screenprint Factory? Experience is not necessary, creativity a must. No matter what your idea or inspiration is, Steve and his people will help you to get it out of your head and onto paper (or on anything you want it on). You might discover a hidden talent. And who knows, maybe you'll part of the next exhibit!
All info about classes (ranging from 1 day workshops to a four weeks intensive course) and on custom prints you'll find here.