TREAD ON IT! is a t-shirt printing project using car parts and tires. Typically, I am in a school for one day with a TREAD ON IT! workshop. ART FACTORY mimics a factory to produce a mini public art piece. Students are organized into teams and flow through the various work stations created for their particular piece of public art. Typically ART FACTORY is a multi-week project funded through a grant. Schools often use discretionary funding or small grants to bring TREAD ON IT! to their school.
FEES $275 a day plus mileage (.25/km) All Materials are included
MATERIALS Mis-tint Low VOC acrylic/latex housepaint, pre-printed unused t-shirts, car parts and partial tires.
Fees I also offer a half day (up to 2½ hours of programming) This option is best for the Kingston area. I can often double up travel with other venues so, though I have overnight expenses, I can offer a significantly reduced travel fee. Assistance with finding other nearby venues is appreciated.
Materials I provide: paint, cardboard inserts, t-shirt,s smocks, rollers, plastic to cover tables, tarp for floor, tables, access to water, volunteer(s)*, masking tape, sharpies and assistance sourcing free t-shirts*, a fan or two may be necessary to help drying if time is tight, access to a digital projector or similar.
Volunteers–I need at least one volunteer for grades 4-9 to help with the paint table. This can be an older secondary school student or a parent. It is important for me and the teacher to be able to interact with the students during the workshop.
I provide the shirts we use. I will always provide the shirts your venue needs. This workshop is based in recycling so REDUCE,REUSE,RECYCLE applies here well. I can reduce the number of shirts I need to bring with me by having you help me source new free shirts; I have maxed out Kingston, where I live.
I reuse unwanted shirts that have already been printed. A typical source is non-profits with fund raising events. They will print a shirt for the event and aferward have shirts left over they no longer need. We print right over what’s already there. We can’t guarantee that we’ll cover all of the old printing. You want to include in your information about your event that participants can bring their own items of clothing
What I’m asking you to do.
Spread the word that you are looking for unwanted shirts for my workshop/activity.
Use whatever resources you have to spread the word. E-mail, Newsletters, articles (if you want me to do an interview, that’s fine) Your students (if a school) staff or members (if an organization) may know of a likely source. For instance, they may be involved with a team and the parent organization of the team may have many unwanted shirts.
Contact likely sources or help me find likely sources.
You know your community and may know of likely organizations to contact. You can contact them yourself or provide me with contact information. You may already have a relationship with a t-shirt printing company, they can be a great source for unwanted t-shirts. I guarantee there are unwanted t-shirts in your community; we just have to find them.
Gather the shirts.
Now that we’ve found the shirts we need to gather them. I usually am not able to do any gathering in your location as I am only there for a short time. The more flexibility you have the more likely that shirt donors will try and arrange a drop off to you or that you can involve volunteers in picking them up. Getting the word out early helps the process.
Some additional notes.
I will take whtever shirts we don ‘t use with me at the end of the day.
Unless you’ve gathered over 500 shirts. If you have please let me know ahead of time and I won’t bring shirts with me.
Please accept all shirts sized adult large and smaller.
Even though we may only be using kid sizes at your venue, I will use others at my next venue.
Please don’t accept shirts sized adult XL and larger.
I will bring those sizes with me if we need them. I am swamped with them as they are commonly the left over ones– so please be aware.
If you expect more than 500 participants per day at my activity we’ll need to talk more.