Phew: illustrations as screen printed posters

Phew is commissioning and producing limited edition screen prints by some of the world's most talented illustrators & artists.
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Mike Pierce
Art
Berlin
Germany
7 Team Members

Important note: If pledging from outside of Germany, please note the extra costs for shipping. These needed to be added to your pledge amount. Apologies for forcing you to do maths, but it's a limitation of Indiegogo.

What is this?

Phew has commissioned six of our favourite artists to create illustrations for us, and with the help of some of Berlin’s finest print studios, we’re going to turn them into limited edition hand screen printed posters.

We need your help to raise the funds required to reward the amazing artists for their work and to fund the production of the posters. Anything left over after that will go towards building an online platform that will offer ongoing poster editions that will continue the cycle of support for artists.

Please help in any way you can. Shares and likes are nice, buying a poster is even better! But even the smallest donation will help us to achieve our goal of supporting great art and artists.

Why are we doing this?

As fans of art ourselves, we wanted to find a way to support great artists and enable them to be rewarded for the beautiful things they have given to the world that have either inspired, brought joy, sparked critical thought, or all of the above.

What we figured was that for an artist to do their best work, they needed space and time to be free from distractions and responsibilities, to simply be and to create.

So we got in contact with some of our favourite artists and provided them with an open brief to create the illustration that they felt best represented them.

The result is some of the nicest illustrations we’ve ever seen, that we’re now making available as limited edition screen prints for you to purchase here on indiegogo.

What's the money for?

We've asked the six artists listed below to create original pieces specifically for this indiegogo campaign. We put our own money where our mouths and paid an upfront commission to each artist, so that they're at least partially compensated regardless of the outcome of the campaign. But we really need your help to make up the difference and to fund the production of these screen prints so we can get them in to your hands.

The Artists

Pat Perry — Free Soil

Hailing from Michigan, Pat Perry’s work crosses over from natural to urban landscapes, with his signature pieces showing the silhouettes of people filled with the textured worlds of a city, forest or dreamlike escape. Perry’s work has been featured in The New York Times, in works for Atlantic Records & Bonnaroo, and on the front cover of the popular book Bike Art.

Pat Perry — Free Soil

 

Pierre Ferrero — Ishtar

French illustrator and graphic novelist Pierre Ferrero’s style is best described as apocalyptic. Ferrero has been dropping jaws since 2005 as an active member of the Lyon based Arbitraire Editions — a series of books interspersed with drawings by both members of the collective in addition to invited guest artists. His work can also be found within the pages of the Arbitraire Magazine.

Pierre Ferrero — Ishtar

 

Doppeldenk — Vogelbeere

DoppelDenk aka Marcel Baer and Andreas Glauch from Leipzig, make you both look and think twice at and about their work. The Orwellian inspired artists work in a close relationship with colour creating perfect balance and chaos on the canvas.  The duo have exhibited during Art Basel week in Switzerland, Stroke Art Fair in Munich and Urban Art Basel.

Doppeldenk — Vogelbeere

 

Øivind Hovland — Tree Houses

Based in Bristol but hailing from Bergen in Norway, Øivind Hovland is the author of two illustrated books published by Tabella, and his work has been shortlisted for The Serco Award, Best Norwegian Newspaper Illustrator, IMAGES and the Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Exhibition in the UK. His work has fitted perfectly in the folds of many publications including Esquire, The Independent and books published by Random House and The BBC.

Øivind Hovland — Tree Houses

 

Sharmila Banerjee — The Mirror

An illustrator originally from Köln in Germany, Sharmila now sits comfortably on the list of rising artists in the Berlin scene. Her work can be seen on LP covers , magazines,  posters, on the walls of various galleries in Berlin and through Salmiak, a small press she runs with Martim Ernsten which publishes zines and art books. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, with solo shows in Germany & Italy and group shows in Sweden. Sharmila's work can be seen in such publications as American Typewriter, Missy Magazine, Nobrow and Page Magazin.

Sharmila Banerjee — The Mirror

 

Alexander Palmestål — Service

Alexander started his career working with swedish indie label Service, doing artwork for artists such as Ikons, The Embassy, Forest and Jens Lekman. Another Berlin based artist, Alex first became interested in graphic design when he bought Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures and realized that he liked the cover more than the music. His influences from such renowned artists as Peter Saville, Barney Bubbles and Bridget Riley, intertwine effortlessly with his own unique style to create beautiful pieces mostly found on gig posters and record covers, although his work has also been published internationally in Sonic Magazine in his native Sweden.

Alexander Palmestål — Service

 

Who are we?

We’re three enthusiastic art and illustration lovers — Mike, Flo & Shana — working together in the beautiful German capital of Berlin. As a side project to our day jobs, we decided to focus as much of our energies and resources on to this project, to see if we could make an impact and be a part of creating something meaningful and tangible that we can all be proud of. Art and design is our passion, and the people that are brave enough to try to make their living from doing it are our super heroes.

Pulling it off

It’s important for us to explain just why it is that these prints cost as much as they do, and where the money goes.

We feel that artists deserve to be rewarded generously for their contributions to our culture, and are adamant that for too long, artists have had their skills and talents unfairly exploited. So first and foremost, we have to ensure our artists are paid a larger percentage of sales than is common practice for the industry.

On top of that, screen printing is expensive when done properly, and we’re certainly not going to take shortcuts on reproducing these fantastic illustrations cheaply to end up with a second-rate product. Materials and skilled labour make up a large portion of the overall costs.

There are also several additional costs involved in promoting the campaign, packaging and shipping the artworks, and general coordination of the entire project.

If there is anything left over after all of that, we’ll not only look at it as a bonus, but we’ll put that money directly into supporting more artists with future projects like this. Our plan is to develop phewstore.com as a permanent platform for enabling artists to focus on creation and be rewarded for their passion.

Risks

We’ve minimised the potential risks of the project running into problems as much as possible. The illustrations have already been created and are ready to go into production. There are always delays that could possibly come up in the production process, but we will be using several different print studios across Berlin to mitigate any potential problems. The logistics and shipping process is a challenging one, but we’re working together with a professional fulfillment team with plenty of experience and knowledge that should help to smooth the process considerably.

The biggest risk would be simply not meeting the funding goal we’ve set for ourselves. We’ve set it as low as possible, but are under no doubt that €9000 is still a significant amount of money. We feel our idea is really strong and that a lot of people will connect with it, but if we’re wrong and we don’t meet our goal, then there’s very little we can do about it. But the important thing is that for you as a contributor, there is absolutely nothing for you to lose.

Pitch in!

If you think we’re on to a good idea, then we can ask nothing more of you than to vote with your wallet and stake your claim on one or more of these fantastic prints. Of course, whether or not you’re able to help out financially, your help in spreading the word about our campaign would be just as much appreciated.

Links to all our relevant channels and accounts on various social media sites are just below. Choose the one of your preference and share it with your friends and followers. And use this link if you're posting it elsewhere: http://igg.me/at/phew

Help us to support some amazing artists and all of the other talented and passionate people that make it possible to get these incredible screen printed posters into your hands.

Press

We've been lucky enough to have some great coverage for Phew.

 

Alexander Palmestål - Service

Doppeldenk - Vogelbeere

Øivind Hovland - Tree Houses

Pat Perry - Free Soil

Pierre Ferrero - Ishtar

Sharmila Banerjee - The Mirror

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  • €5EUR
    Donation

    Our undying gratitude for your support of the project. Your donation goes towards enabling more hardworking artists to do what they do best. You can always adjust the donation higher if you'd like. Thanks so much.

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    Two postcards

    Two postcards of your choice of any of the six illustrations mailed in an envelope to you (so you can reuse them if you like), plus our undying gratitude for your support. Price includes postage in Germany. For postage in rest of Europe add €3. For postage outside of Europe add €5.

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    All postcards

    All six of the illustrations as postcards mailed in an envelope to you (so you can reuse them if you like), plus our undying gratitude for your support. Price includes postage in Germany. For postage in rest of Europe add €3. For postage outside of Europe add €5.

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  • €39EUR
    Alexander Palmestål — Service

    One copy of Alexander's illustration entitled "Service" as a single colour, silk screen printed poster with dimensions of 50cm x 70cm (19,5" x 27,5"). Price includes postage in Germany. For postage in rest of Europe add €6. For postage outside of Europe add €11.

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    Sharmila Banerjee — The Mirror

    One copy of Sharmila's illustration entitled "The Mirror" as a four colour, silk screen printed poster with dimensions of 30cm x 40cm (12" x 16"). Does not include frame. Price includes postage in Germany. For postage in rest of Europe add €6. For postage outside of Europe add €11.

    2 out of 200 claimed

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    Øivind Hovland — Tree Houses

    One copy of Øivind's illustration entitled "Tree Houses" as a three colour, silk screen printed poster with dimensions of 50cm x 70cm (19,5" x 27,5"). Price includes postage in Germany. For postage in rest of Europe add €6. For postage outside of Europe add €11.

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    Doppeldenk — Vogelbeere

    One copy of Doppeldenk's illustration entitled "Vogelbeere" as a four colour, silk screen printed poster with dimensions of 50cm x 70cm (19,5" x 27,5"). Price includes postage in Germany. For postage in rest of Europe add €6. For postage outside of Europe add €11.

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    Pierre Ferrero — Ishtar

    One copy of Pierre's illustration entitled "Ishtar" as a four colour, silk screen printed poster with dimensions of 50cm x 70cm (19,5" x 27,5"). Does not include frame. Price includes postage in Germany. For postage in rest of Europe add €6. For postage outside of Europe add €11.

    1 out of 150 claimed

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  • €109EUR
    Pat Perry — Free Soil

    One copy of Pat's illustration entitled "Free Soil" as a two colour, silk screen printed poster with dimensions of 70cm x 100cm (27,5" x 39,5"). Does not include frame. Price includes postage in Germany. For postage in rest of Europe add €6. For postage outside of Europe add €11.

    4 out of 150 claimed

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  • €189EUR
    Bundle — One of each price

    Includes one copy of Pat's "Free Soil", AND one copy of either Pierre's "Ishtar" OR Doppeldenk's "Vogelbeere" OR Øivind's "Tree Houses" AND one copy of either Sharmila's "The Mirror" OR Alexander's "Service" all in the same amount of colours and dimensions as the rewards above. Does not include frames. Price includes postage in Germany. For postage in rest of Europe add €11. For postage outside of Europe add €16.

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  • €319EUR
    Bundle — All of the posters

    Includes one copy of Pat's "Free Soil", one copy of Pierre's "Ishtar", one copy of Doppeldenk's "Vogelbeere", one copy of Øivind's "Tree Houses", one copy of Sharmila's "The Mirror" and one copy of Alexander's "Service" all in the same amount of colours and dimensions as the rewards above. Does not include frames. Price includes postage in Germany. For postage in rest of Europe add €11. For postage outside of Europe add €16.

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    Original Alexander Palmestål

    The original drawing of Alexander's illustration entitled "Service" that was used as the basis for the screen printed poster. Indian ink on paper. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity from the artist. Does not include frame. Price includes postage to anywhere in the world.

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    Original Pierre Ferrero

    The original drawing of Pierre's illustration entitled "Ishtar" that was used as the basis for the screen printed poster. Pencil and pen on paper. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity from the artist. Does not include frame. Price includes postage to anywhere in the world.

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    Original Pat Perry

    The original drawing of Pat's illustration entitled "Free Soil" that was used as the basis for the screen printed poster. Pencil and pen on paper. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity from the artist. Does not include frame. Price includes postage to anywhere in the world.

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