Bicycle Screen-Printing Shop

1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish:
The STAKE Grant would help me to create a bicycle screen-printing shop. Specifically, I want to outfit a cargo bike with a one-screen printing press, storage, and a water station. This mobile printing press would allow people from the community to print their own t-shirts. The bicycle would be set up to generate energy from stationary pedaling. I have already begun conversations with a local Philadelphia custom bike company and know that this idea, although not done before, is possible. I am thrilled for the opportunity to combine two of my passions; screen printing and cycling.

2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $800 is your imaginary budget:
This grant money would go towards the cost of the bike and materials needed to turn it into a print shop. I currently have screen-printing materials (inks, screens, etc.) in my studio, so would put all the money towards the actual bike materials.

3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal):
I am a Philadelphia artist who has worked primarily with ceramics, sculpture and screen-printing. Two years ago I decided to follow my dream of opening my own small business, offering custom screen-printing and ceramic work. The first year was extremely challenging, trying to make ends meet, get my name out there, while remaining positive. I persevered and now know the hard work, passion and optimism required to achieving dreams. Although my business is still in beginning stages, I envision opening a community art center one day, and see this mobile printing shop as one step closer to realizing my dream.

4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community?
I believe in the power of art to bring beauty and unity to a community. Screen-printing is a particularly personal art form since a person designs, creates and then wears his/her art. People are very interested in this art form, yet it‘s not often visible in pubic. I hope to bring this art form to the community by riding the bike to public places, parks, street fairs, etc. and providing the opportunity for people to take part in printing. Because this print shop would be sustainable (man-powered energy), it would also allow people to start considering other forms of energy.