The preparations have been made, the crafts crafted, and tomorrow is showtime! Visit us from 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday at the Olympic Centre, 2304 Hunter Street. We’ve got 80 awesome Crafters for you, including a line up of Fresh Catch Crafters that you’ve never seen before. The Coast readers awarded us ‘Best Craft Show’ in town for the second year running, come see what we are all about!
Here’s one last Meet the Crafters interview for you before the show: They’ve been called the ‘Princes of Print’ and we think it’s true – Yorodeo Poster Co. have been around the block once or twice – these guys know what’s up when in come to screen printing and design.
What do you make?
Screenprints, doodles, illustrations, artist books, comics, a mess…
What is your process?
Our process is pretty traditional. We start with some freestyle yoga, then we swirl colors for three minutes, set the silkscreen to 350 degrees, squish for an hour then hang out on the clothesline. It’s a lot of collaborative mish-mashing and high five jam sessions.
How long have you been a crafter?
Since the day we were able to part with our work.
What is your background/How did you get started?
We met and started working together in 2003. We both came from backgrounds of zines, photocopy art punk posters, weirdo comics and stuff like that, and thought it would be fun to work together on some stuff. There were no other people doing screenprinted posters in Halifax at the time, so we decided to try that out. Over the last nearly 10 years we’ve shifted our focus from poster and design work to art prints, books, objects, etc..
Why do you do what you do?
Because it’s better than working on the railroad all the live long day. Also we just really like to draw and make things.
When you’re not selling at Crafters markets, where can I find your work?
On our website, on Gigposters, and on Seth’s website.
How long have you been involved with Halifax Crafters?
Maybe 5 years?
What makes Halifax Crafters different from other shows?
Lots of fresh ideas, cool stuff you wouldn’t really find anywhere else. There’s also a pretty great sense of community in Halifax that the Crafters has really embraced.
What are you excited about seeing at the Winter Market?
What inspires you to create?
Other artists and works, movies, books, moods, jokes, food and critters.
How do you begin a new project?
With a wiggly line, and a weird idea.
Where do you do your work?
We have a penthouse studio in a schoolhouse. We share it with ALLCAPS Design, and a crow named Dave who eats our apple cores.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work?
Seth: Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Krzysztof Penderecki. It freaks me out.
Paul: I’ve been listening to Los Saicos an awful lot lately.
A place you love?
The ocean and the forest.
An artwork or artist you love?
Seth: Hard to name one but I’ve always loved René Magritte’s ‘Lovers’.
Paul: Someone wrote “Eat It All” on a wall near our studio. I love it a lot. It says everything that needs to be said.
Favourite time of the year?
Three things you need in order to create?
Seth: A clean surface, green tea and my laces tightened.
Paul: Hot tea, scraps of paper, and the internet turned off.
A favourite quote?
“There are certain areas of feeling and reality—or unreality or innermost yearning, whatever you want to call it—which are notably inaccessible to words. Music can get into these areas. Painting can get into them. Non-verbal forms of expression can. But words are a terrible straitjacket.” – Stanley Kubrick.
A film or book you love?
Seth: BOOK – Naked Lunch, MOVIE – Eye’s Without A Face.
Paul: BOOK – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, MOVIE – It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
What’s your favourite way to procrastinate?
Going for treats.