This year we were very lucky to receive funding from the The Kindling Fund to create a fellowship program for our Printers Without Margins Project. This program will offer a one-month printmaking fellowship to six individuals in 2018 who want to create radical printed matter for a larger community. Pickwick will provide access to our printshop, instruction, materials, creative guidance and a small stipend to each fellow. The fellowship is intended to give someone who wouldn't otherwise have access to the equipment and community support that Pickwick provides it's members. One edition of 100 signs, posters, pamphlets, zines, postcards, etc. will be created related to the issue they bring to the table. Possible topics can include issues such as: racism, LGBTQIAA+ rights, incarceration, homelessness, gentrification, environmental change, politics, healthcare, and so forth. Distribution of the printed matter to the public for free is required; for example: posting in public spaces, passed on during canvassing conversations, sent via post, or any other creative method of dissemination.
We will be featuring each of these fellows, projects and their experiences on our blog and our social media throughout the year. There will be multiple events and opportunities to meet the Fellows and see the work that they make. Sign up for our newsletter and follow our instagram to keep up to date!
The Kindling Fund is a statewide regranting program for artist-organized projects in the state of Maine, administered by SPACE Gallery and part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Network.
Brief bios of our fellow are below, please stay tuned for more information each month about each person and their projects:
Quincy Brimstein: April
Quincy Brimstein is an artist based in Portland, Maine. Brimstein has been an advocate for programs that engage at-risk youth. As a Printer Without Margins, her mission is to produce a resource guide for community members to get involved and volunteer with programs that encourage dialogue and creativity with at-risk youth.
Kat Blaisdell : May
Kat Blaisdell is a writer-woodworker who helps those affected by substance abuse. Her Printers without Margins fellowship will be utilized to help reduce the stigma shame that both active addicts and people in recovery face. As a recovering person, she knows the judgement and stigma that both active addicts and people in recovery face. Addicts and alcoholics, whether actively using or not, are judged as less than, as other, as bad — even as something to be feared.
Dee Clarke: June
Dee Clarke is the founder and director of Survivor Speaks USA. Survivor Speak USA (SSUSA) is a Maine-based, survivor-led organization working to end sex trafficking and sexual exploitation through centering the experiences, healing, voices, and leadership of survivors. She will us her fellowship to create work based in the belief that proactive and informed public policy is a key way to end, prevent, and intervene in sexploitation.
LaLa Drew: July
LaLa is a local poet, writer and organizer. When they're not busy worrying about the current state of our existence, they run a poetry night for Queer and Femme People of Color. They are also a contributor to Black Girl in Maine and recently began a column in the Phoenix called, Unpacking the New Normal. They're excited to utilize the skills gained in this fellowship to make tangible the energy of the POC arts community. LaLa will create work which highlights the strength and vibrancy of the POC community.
Celia Jailer : August
Celia Jailer is a 22 year old artist from the California Bay Area currently finishing her last semester at the University of Massachusetts, where she studies Social Thought, Political Economy, and Art. Her project for Printers without Margins will be an edition of books about the struggle for Palestinian liberation, as seen through the lenses of the border wall between Israel and Palestine and the implications of US/Mexico border wall.
Titi de Baccarat: September
Titi de Baccarat is an artist who possesses many facets at once painter, sculptor, jeweler, clothing designer, and writer. Dedicated to justice in a hostile political context, he was forced to flee his country, Gabon, with only the wealth of his artistic ability. He has lived in Portland since February 2015. He believes that Art rehabilitates love, bringing together people of all countries, of all backgrounds, of all cultures, and all ethnicities. His upcoming work as a Printers Without Margins fellow will describe his experiences as an immigrant in the United States: his pain, fear, uncertainty, and his hope for his future here. “Immigration is not a color, it is pain and hope.”