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‘Street Art’ doesn’t get any more literal than printing direct from manhole covers

‘Street Art’ doesn’t get any more literal than printing direct from manhole covers
Source: raubdruckerin.de

This ‘Pirate Printing’ project uses urban structures like utilities covers to create unique graphical patterns on streetwear, fabrics and paper.

Each unique piece is hand printed, mainly on-site in a public space, as a footprint of the city

Berlin-based raubdruckerin is an experimental printmaking project, that uses urban structures like manhole covers, grids, technical objects and other surfaces of the urban landscape, to create unique graphical patterns on streetwear basics, fabrics and paper. Each unique piece is hand printed, mainly on-site in a public space, as a footprint of the city. While raubdruckerin is based in Berlin, the collective also works regularly in other major European cities like Amsterdam, Lisbon and Paris.  

This 'Street Art' literally comes from the streets raubdruckerin make direct printing from city drain covers on T-shirts, Hoodies, Bags, Posters...
The stamping process is happens manually and in front of the public, which adds a new and different dynamic to the project. Source: Facebook/ThisisInsiderArt

By carrying the image around, people become part of the project themselves

The main focus of the raubdruckerin project, say the art collective, is to explore the surfaces of cities, searching for overlooked, seemingly insignificant details on the pavement, which turn out to be true urban design pieces. They reveal unobserved parts of cities, that are full of history, diversity and creativity.

They say on their website — the process of converting a detail of the city into an image, displayed on somebody’s chest, can be considered as reversed street art. A part of the city is being extracted from its origin and brought to new life in a different context. By carrying the image around, people become part of the project themselves.

raubdruckerin was formed and is still mainly run by Emma-France Raff. Back in 2006, when she was still living in Portugal, she developed the idea together with her father, painter Johannes Kohlrusch, in his studio in rural Alentejo. First experiments took place on a road towards Lisbon and after seeing the results, the journey began. Initially named estampatampa they presented their creations at the Festival "Musicas do Mundo" 2006 in the town of Sines.

raubdruckerin is inspired by the german word Raubdruck. Raubdruck (pirated edition) is the name for an unauthorised reprint of an original printing unit by a competitive publisher that obscures its own identity in general.

You can see more of their original artwork below, or on their Facebook page.

Based in Berlin, the raubdruckerin collective also works regularly in other major European cities like Amsterdam, Lisbon, Paris and (pictured) Madrid.
Freshly printed garments hang by a Madrid Metro station Based in Berlin, the raubdruckerin collective also works regularly in other major European cities like Amsterdam, Lisbon, Paris and (pictured) Madrid. Source: Facebook/raubdruckerin
raubdruckerin is inspired by the german word Raubdruck. Raubdruck (pirated edition) is the name for an unauthorised reprint of an original printing unit by a competitive publisher that obscures its own identity in general.
Berlin Hoodie raubdruckerin is inspired by the german word Raubdruck. Raubdruck (pirated edition) is the name for an unauthorised reprint of an original printing unit by a competitive publisher that obscures its own identity in general. Source: Facebook/raubdruckerin
raubdruckerin make direct printing from city drain covers grids, technical objects and other surfaces of the urban landscape, to create unique graphical patterns on streetwear basics, fabrics and paper.
Tote bag with Lisbon utilies cover print raubdruckerin make direct printing from city drain covers grids, technical objects and other surfaces of the urban landscape, to create unique graphical patterns on streetwear basics, fabrics and paper. Source: Facebook/raubdruckerin
A part of the city is being extracted from its origin and brought to new life in a different context.
Manholecover printing in Neukölln, Berlin A part of the city is being extracted from its origin and brought to new life in a different context. Source: Facebook/raubdruckerin
Initially named estampatampa, raubdruckerin presented their creations at the Festival
Portuguese utility covers in 2006 Initially named estampatampa, raubdruckerin presented their creations at the Festival “Musicas do Mundo” 2006 in the town of Sines. Source: Facebook/raubdruckerin
raubdruckerin is hosting regular ‘street printing’ workshops at selected events, festivals and neighborhood fiestas with focus on creative exchange, encouraging involvement of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Street printing workshop at NuArt Festival in Stavanger, Norway 2016 raubdruckerin is hosting regular ‘street printing’ workshops at selected events, festivals and neighborhood fiestas with focus on creative exchange, encouraging involvement of people of all ages and backgrounds. Source: raubdruckerin.de
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