TAKING CITY SELFIES
Manholes, drains, pavement and tracks. The oft-overlooked pieces of a city inspire Emma-france Ra . She’s the founder of Berlin-based experimental printmaking company Raubdruckerin, which makes
urban structures wearable by transferring images onto clothing like T-shirts, sweaters and totes.
Ra and her fellow That could be a surface that you ind on the street, work to festivals, and the that some people think the Raubdruckerin printmakers that says Barcelona, a piece and you say ‘nice pattern,’” concept expanded from pirate part of the name is travel across Europe, inding of sidewalk with an imprint she said. there. provocative, since it means small details to turn into of a bike in Amsterdam, or The idea started out as The name Raubdruckerin to copy something. designs. tram tracks in Lisbon. a collaboration between means pirate printer. “It’s “Actually, it’s more about
“It’s nice to ind But sometimes, Ra is Ra and her father, who is a feministic statement, appreciating and giving something that has a inspired by any interesting a painter, when they lived because most of the attention to overlooked relation to the city,” Ra pattern or surface. in Portugal. After a few test [names] in Germany are objects, and giving them a said. “[It could be] old wood prints, they brought their masculine,” she said, adding new life.”
Find a cool surface: tiles, drains, even trash. Then clean it up.
Use a small ink roller to evenly spread an ecofriendly waterbased textile ink.
Lay the fabric (Ra recommends fair trade certi ied organic cotton).
Carefully lift the imprinted fabric from the surface.
When done, clean up using a waterbased ecological ink and scrubbers to get into cracks.