TREAD ON IT!
A WORKSHOP/ACTIVITY PRINTING T-SHIRTS WITH CAR PARTS AND TIRES
FOR ALL AGES—ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED—FLEXIBLE STRUCTURE
This workshop/activity is extremely flexible. I will do my best to describe the various possibilities, but if what I describe doesn’t fit your situation, please ask about a format that might work for you. The topics covered in these pages include: product, fees, format, theme and materials.
PRODUCT—Participants take home a wearable art project
FEES–$325 a day, $200 a half day plus mileage. (see discussion below).
EXPERIENCE—I have presented this workshop/activity at numerous festivals, schools, and art centres since 2010. I am a recipient of both Artists in Education and Arts Education Project grants from the Ontario Arts Council. I can provide references.
ARTIST PROVIDES—Paint, t-shirts, rollers, plastic, all printing materials, clothesline and pins.
VENUE PROVIDES—tables, access to water, a large space (indoor or out), masking tape, somewhere to dry shirts and at least one volunteer. (small workshops with mature participants will not require a volunteer though one would still be helpful) For some workshops, the venue will provide coloured markers or pencils (see below) I ask that venues assist me in finding and collecting the free t-shirts we will use for printing though ultimately, I will provide them if no local source is found.
STURCTURE–TREAD ON IT! Can be structured as an activity or as a workshop.
As an Activity—Run as a partial or all day activity. Participants join in for a period of time, print one side of their t-shirt, hang up the shirt and return in 15-20 minutes to get their dry shirt.
The number of participants is determined by the numbers of “staff” working the printing stations. 2 staff (myself and one volunteer) up to 3 printing stations. Each station should process 3-4 participants per hour. I have run TREAD ON IT! With 11 printing stations and 5 volunteers for a large event. All ages. Children under 9 should be accompanied by an adult—both can print a shirt.
As a workshop—Basic Formats–Run as either a print one side or print both sides workshop.
The shortest format is 45-60 minutes. This includes a demonstration followed by participants printing one side of their shirt and hanging it up to dry. Ages 9-adult (ages 4-8 can participate if accompanied by an adult-both print shirts) Some younger children’s attention span doesn’t last for the full 45 minutes and can be provided with a print of a car part to colour as an additional t ake home project.
Longer formats for two side printing are from 90-120 minutes. Typically the participants print one side of their shirt, I make a short presentation about my work and then the participants print the second side. An alternative is for the participants to bring a fabric item of their own to print while the first side of their t-shirt is drying. A lecture/presentation is at the end of the workshop while the projects dry.
Possible Alternatives include printing a “mural” for the venue (there will be a fee for the fabric)
combining TREAD ON IT! With another activity. For instance, Amherst Island School’s program included TREAD ON IT! In the morning and fastening car parts to their chain link fence. (I provided parts ahead of time for painting)
THEME—TREAD ON IT! Is based on recycling and my concerns about our dominant transportation mode—the car. All materials in the workshop/activity are reused/recycled. I use unwanted t-shirts that are already printed (we print right over what’s already printed on the shirts), but generally unused or occasionally, minimally used. The paint is mis-tint paint. The car parts are junk from transmission and repair shops. In addition, I wrap the rollers I use in plastic and re-use them without washing for multiple workshops avoiding adding paint to our water resource. My presentations include information about the effect of the car on our society and our planet.
SHIRTS (this is generic–schools or festivals may have specific needs)
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 whatever 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.