The latest project from Why Not Associates started life as a wedding present. Founder Andy Altmann is an avid collector of printed ephemera of all kinds, and experimented with silk-screening an image over a 1950s film poster as a gift to mark Andy Stevens’ (of Graphic Thought Facility) nuptials.
With his creative interests piqued by the process, Andy asked his friend the artist Charming Baker if he could print some of his drawings onto both the movie posters and some 1970s British wrestling ones.
He worked with Jealous Print in Shoreditch to create the final pieces, defined by their unpredictability. “It was fascinating to see how the ink of the silk-screen reacted with that of the old posters. some colours bled through, some did not. Various colours seemed to intensify.
“It was quite random and we were never sure what would happen but that was the fun of doing them. As each was an original we were creating a unique poster – there was no going back once the ink was down!”
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