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Here’s some photos from Chip Shop’s second outing at the Red Art Cafe, in Dalston.

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That was the last day for word submissions for the official London Word Festival 2010 Poem, which will be unleashed by Ian McMillan at the Art of Storytelling Event on 31st March. (More about that later)

Next up is Keep Printing and Carry On, at Stoke Newington International Airport, Saturday 20th March. We will be there with the Chip Shop, doing 3 print collaborations with Darren Hayman, Jo Neary & Murray Macaulay (by courtesy of the Universettee). Where else on a Saturday night will you find live music, cutting edge comedy and also a lecture/demo of screen printing via a mobile workshop in the form of a chip counter? Not to mention the potato printing in the village allotment….

Here’s the flyer! Hope to see you there!

Chip Shop 1 Photos up!

March 10th, 2010 | Posted by Ping Henningham in Chip Shop | Live Shows - (0 Comments)

Chip Shop’s appearance at Toynbee Studio Arts & Café Bar, our 1st official outing was a roaring success – from the minute we opened to the moment we ran out of chips to sell (by popular demand, closing time was delayed by half an hour) we were rushed off our feet!

Here’s some photos from our point of view:

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And for some photos from the other side of the Chip Shop counter, see here.

If you missed it, or just want to come see it happen again, we’ll be at the Red Art Cafe (113 Kingsland Road, Dalston) this Sunday 14th March, 12-5pm. It’s also the last chance to submit words for the London Word Festival 2010 Official Festival Poem to be written by Ian McMillan.

Lauren Laverne has been championing the London Word Festival on BBC6 Music, one of our favourite stations, especially making mention of the Chip Shop. She also writes for Grazia magazine and here we are again:

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your local family press mentioned between Sandra Bullock and Drew Barrymore? Apparently.

The Guide 6.3.10

March 6th, 2010 | Posted by David in Chip Shop | Live Shows | Press Cuttings - (0 Comments)

The Guide has featured the London Word Festival, particularly drawing attention to the Keep Printing Show at STK, describing our creative process in detail:

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We now have TWO confirmed café dates for the Chip Shop. Both events are FREE, drop-in events where you can order individual words to be printed on chip board. No formal performance, just a cheerful chippy in a friendly cafe, so a great one to stop-by with kids and/or a sunday paper. All prints will be just £1!

Sunday 7th March Toynbee Arts Bar & Café (28 Commercial St, Aldgate E1 6AB), 12-5pm.

Sunday 14th March New Date Added! Red Art Café (113 Kingsland High St, Dalston, E8 2PB), FREE entry, 12-5pm.  This one is really on our home patch so we’d love to see you there, especially if you’re local!

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Both these dates have been commissioned by London Word Festival, so if you’d like to see more details or descriptions of what to expect, hop along to their website here.

I was going to put up some pics from the Chip Shop‘s first outing at the London Word Festival Launch Party on Wednesday night, but the LWF team beat me to it!

So here’s a taster shot:

And if you want to see some more pics, click here.

Some of you may remember the ballad we printed live with Jon Bilbrough at the London Word Festival 2009 .

This year we have created a new show called ‘Chip Shop’, featuring a fully functioning mobile screenprinting workshop. “Built from chip-board and replicating a full-size chippy, The Chip Shop is a fully functioning temporary screen printing workshop, serving up words printed on wooden board.”

Come and add your favourite word to our catch of the day menu!

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A silkscreen print, on chipboard – yours for the price of a bag of chips! Is it really possible? Yes! The Chip Shop will be appearing at least 3 times in March as part of the London Word Festival:

  • March 7th Toynbee Arts Bar & Cafe, a FREE event where we’ll be frying solo.
  • March 20th ‘Keep Printing and Carry On’, Stoke Newington International Airport – an eclectic night of music, mini-lectures, cake, featuring Murray Macaulay doing a Universette reprise on Sister Corita (the screenprinting nun), Darren Hayman, and more from our good friends the Universettee.
  • March 31st, “The Art of Storytelling”, St. Leonard’s Church, we’ll be tying up all the loose words printed throughout the festival into another live print with the help of a very special guest poet.

More details to follow in our March Newsletter, but meanwhile we point you to the festival website and coverage at Amelia’s Magazine.

On Saturday February 27th, from 11am to 4pm, we’ll be at the Finsbury Art Festival. Our little contribution to this positive cornucopia of fun things to do in the Art Zone will be showing off the pamphlet stitch. This simple little stitch, used for centuries by anyone from teeth-grinding political radicals to quaint little crafts-people, only takes seconds to learn yet will hold your bits of paper together in the form of a pamphlet for hundreds of years! And for those of you who like reading as much as fiddling with bits of paper and string, we’ll be binding some of the contributions from our guest bloggers, David Barnes, Eddie Farrell and Julie Rafalski. Plus one of the stories by David Henningham from Erroneous Disposition of the People.  All this and much more, absolutely free! Can it be true?

Come and find out! I gather it will be a very child-friendly, as well as adult-friendly event. What better way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon?

St Luke’s Centre
90 Central Street EC1V 8AJ
020 7549 8181

InterInterInterview

November 24th, 2009 | Posted by David in Live Shows | Press Cuttings - (0 Comments)

David Helbich (second from left) recently gave an email interview here with Eirik from Oslo’s Ultima Festival about our plans and the shared interests that drive the InterInterInter collaboration.


We bought a cheap suitcase to wheel some of our bulkier tools to Oslo in, the cheapest we could find at a mere £23! However, the wheels broke 4 mins after leaving our front door. The number of breakages in this single trip was really quite amazing:

  1. Wheels break immediately and eventually disappear completely on final stretch
  2. Foot breaks off bottom giving it a mournful tilt
  3. zip handle pops off on back pocket
  4. Back pocket goes all saggy
  5. nipple for resting on side comes off leaving exposed screw
  6. expansion zip gets stuck
  7. compass in handle does not point north
  8. Baggage handlers dent metal strut underside, probably with one finger
  9. telescopic handle starts getting stuck

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This gave us an idea for a game. Two friends going on holiday buy a really cheap suitcase each and gain points for every major malfunction. Bonus points may be given for flashy and useless accessories like said compass.

You must use lifts and escalators when available. All use must be within reasonable limits i.e. pulling off and up kerbs is acceptable, but not out of first floor windows. Obviously can’t exceed airline baggage limits. Believe me, you won’t have to resort to such measures anyway.