HOW BETH AND ARIANNA CAME TO SET UP PRINT CLAN.
Beth Farmer and Arianna Mele, who are the friendly faces behind Print Clan, met at the start of 2018. Having moved to the city the previous year, Arianna was curious to find an open access textile screen printing studio in Glasgow so that she could continue to print fabric for personal projects. When she realised that there was no equivalent to the one she had worked at in London their discussions grew arms and legs and the pair were quickly planning to build an empire of screen printing studios called Print Clan.
Arianna is a practising Fashion and Textile designer who works on consultancy basis. She completed a BA in Fashion & Textiles at Middlesex University in London and was then granted a scholarship to study an MA in Fashion Design Technology at London College of Fashion. She has been immersed in the art world since birth and in the past 10 years has developed considerable expertise in the field of printed textiles specifically in the technical aspects of textile printing; working to industry standards.
Beth is a practicing textile artist and also works part time as an expressive arts facilitator for Creative Therapies. This work focuses on enabling art making for group members to help them experience personal transformations which build resilience and empower them to effectively face personal challenges. Beth has a background in photography and worked for many years in the Netherlands where she developed a passion for printed textiles.
The duo are immensely passionate about what they do and believe that by setting up Print Clan as a social enterprise the focus is on enabling others to be creative and find therapy throughout the creative process, either by giving them the space to print their own projects or teaching them to screen print via workshops and courses.
Print Clan aspires to offer children and adults across Glasgow regardless of background, the opportunity to try out screen printing and potentially learn the skills which could enable them to start their own initiative and ultimately improve their capacity to gain employment.