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BURNT TOAST STUDIO reworking love and fostering the silk screening community For Karolina Gajewska, who serves as the president of the Board of Directors at Burnt Toast Studio, building out artist studios to be accessible and usable has gone hand in hand with supporting a creative community. Burnt Toast, as happily described by Gajewska, “provides studio spaces to artists at an affordable rate and welcomes many artists. Though the emphasis is on silk screening we have painters, designers and sculpturists; and anybody is welcome to rent a space.” Hosting 23 members is no small job, and the studio has opened a show space, completed renovations and plans on creating lesson plans to help beginners and others learn about the silk screening process. Regardless of commitment level, Burnt Toast hopes to offer affiliate memberships to allow involvement in the community, and use of their equipment and expertise. Including an etching press as well as a woodshop so users can make the contraptions they need to work on their art and printing. With a focus on music, after printing the Sled Island Poster Show for the last 3 years and working out of Burnt Toast studio for 5 years, Gajewska successfully helped host Burnt Toast’s first poster show last year -which is how the upcoming “Love Show” was born. In an attempt to rework Valentine’s Day, a showcase created for Burnt Toast Studio’s artists “[brought] designers together in an attempt to highlight them and give them a chance to meet other people in the community.” Gajewska says, “it’s given us a chance to design something that isn’t necessarily work but that can be presented and celebrated.” Valentine’s Day seemed like a natural choice for a show, but the concept quickly took on a life of its own. “It’s been a great way to bond the various designers and silk screeners working both in and out of BY ARIELLE LESSARD Burnt Toast Studio and work on something collaboratively. After some conversations, we thought about going back to our elementary years when we gave cards to our friends and family to show them love and care instead of keeping it to romantic partners. A lot of us are single or not in traditional relationships, and there’s not a day where we celebrate our friends specifically.” As a collective their artists decided to get nostalgic and design cards in a move to build community around silk screening: “some are romantic and traditional, some are less than romantic, some are very sexual, and some are awfully cute.” In the studio, Gajewska describes how artists can link up with one another, “share their own designs, discuss and get feedback about their inspiration and techniques […] We never had any community events in the space or with each other because the old space didn’t really allow for us to do a tone so it’s been fun to bring everyone together. So much of it is word of mouth, so we’re excited to launch these events and future projects so we can get more people in the studio to learn how to silkscreen, understand the concepts and grow the community.” Burnt Toast is a place where people can come and do art, but Gajewska hopes it can continue to grow and double down as a resourceful and lively common space, perhaps even a first thought “for people in need of an illustration or a chat with someone who understands the concepts of design.” Burnt Toast can help you find an artist, and those links have and are being patiently built, “there are a lot of people that aren’t necessarily part of the studio but could be referred to from here.” Burnt Toast is teeming with opportunities for peer support, knowledge sharing and collaboration. Visit burnttoaststudio.com for more information and to sign up for updates on workshops and poster shows. Feb 1: Chris Gheran Feb 8: El Niven & The Alibi Feb 15: Amy Hef Feb 22: Brent Tyler 12 | FEBRUARY 2018 • BEATROUTE ARTS
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