A West Philly silk screening shop aims to help residents earn their own money -- and maybe change the world.
Reclaim Silk Screen Print Shop is the brainchild of Beth Pulcinella and Quan Blanche, two West Philadelphia artists and activists. The pair, bonded by a love for screen printing and a commitment to social justice, started Reclaim Print Shop as a way of offering a much-needed resource to the community.
Reclaim’s vision is to be a for-profit production print shop that shares its resources with community members. The doors of its shop at 49th and Baltimore are open on Wednesday nights from 6:30 pm until 9 pm, free to all who are interested in learning or practicing screen printing. . A large part of their mission is to teach usable skills that can provide autonomous ways of generating income. They are also committed to working in partnership with various social justice movements throughout Philadelphia, printing posters for organizations like Casino Free Philadelphia and Friends of the Philadelphia Free Library.
"It's mostly just me and Beth," Blanche says. "Out of our pocket, out of our time, we're like just putting all of that stuff forward to launch and get it going."