Everything You Need To Know About Saturday's Screenprint Showdown

After months and months of the planning, creating and connecting not to mention running the Design Contest, the Screenprint Showdown Event is almost here. There are no proper words for how excited we all are to be putting on this event and celebrating San Jose's screenprinting culture with you!

Now, we have a whole lot of things going on at Saturday's event as you can see from the image above. Let's walk you through each item listed above.

 

Screen Team Live Screenprinting Booths (11 AM to 5 PM)

The primary component of the Screenprint Showdown Event is the presence of four elite super major-boss-level professional screenprinting squads: Authentic Imprints, Cukui, School of Visual Philosophy and Silicon Valley De-Bug

Each team will be bring with them original limited edition designs of their own, which they'll be live screenprinting at the event. This is your chance to:

1. Meet the teams.
2. See the process up close.
3. Learn everything you wanted to know about screenprinting.
4. Buy something with that special one-of-a-kind feel that only real screenprinting can bring you. The number of designs and the goods for sale will vary from team to team. 

Get to know the four Screen Teams...

Authentic Imprints
An awesome high-volume print house based in North San Jose with a host of tools and techniques to pair with their innovative ideas and over 40+ years of experience.
Read: http://www.screenprintshowdown.com/blog/authentic-imprints-screenprint-showdown

Cukui
An absolute San Jose establishment in Japantown rooted in chicano, south pacific-island tattoo and graffiti cultures.
Read: http://www.screenprintshowdown.com/blog/cukui-screenprint-showdown

School of Visual Philosophy
An incredible place for creating, learning and advancing art in Silicon Valley.
Read: http://www.screenprintshowdown.com/blog/2016/1/25/school-of-visual-philosophy-screenprint-showdown

Silicon Valley De-Bug
An amazing local platform based in San Jose for building community and enterprise with its media training facilities.
Read: http://www.screenprintshowdown.com/blog/silicon-valley-de-bug-screenprint-showdown

Screenprint and Stamp Stations (11 AM to 5 PM)

If you went to the Screenprint Showdown Pop-Up at Camera 12 or the one at Curate Good or the one at SJMA or the one at Adobe, you know we'll be bringing some interactive fun to Saturday's event.

Swing by and stamp your own "What is your San Jose?" postcards for FREE utilizing one of our many rubber stamps featuring prominent San Jose symbols (click here to see which ones). These stamps will also be for sale along with ready-made postcards featuring those symbols.

And while you're at it, why not give screenprinting a try of your own at our mini DIY screenprinting station? If you're not sure what that means, see the picture of Marie Millares of San Jose Made below.

Screenprint Showdown Design Contest Finalists on Display (11 AM to 5 PM)

A little over three months ago, Screenprint Showdown started asking the people who live in San Jose and the people who love San Jose: What is your San Jose? From there, we wanted people to engage this question from a design perspective. We wanted people to come up with their own version of new, modern visual identity for the city of San Jose. 

This formed the premise of the Screenprint Showdown Design Contest. Over the past few months, people from within and from outside of San Jose have submitted designs that have beautifully interrogated their own San Jose experience for a visual realization that could be both accessible and meaningful to the denizens of San Jose.

The Screenprint Showdown Team then invited a panel of esteemed judges to do two things:

1. Select 50 Finalists to be put on display at the Screenprint Showdown Event.

2. From those 50 Finalists, select four (4) Winners of the Screenprint Showdown Design Contest, who will be announced at Saturday's Screenprint Showdown Event and who will take home $500 from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, who funded Screenprint Showdown, and a year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud from Adobe, one of Screenprint Showdown's sponsors.

You will be able to view all 50 Finalists at Saturday's Screenprint Showdown Event. Click here to see if you or someone you know is a finalist: 

http://www.screenprintshowdown.com/blog/screenprint-showdown-design-contest-finalists

Screenprint Showdown Design Contest People's Choice Voting (11 AM to 3 PM)

We also will be asking the people of San Jose to vote for their own favorite designs at the Screenprint Showdown Event. As described in our blog post "How to Vote for San Jose's Next Great Symbol at Saturday's Screenprint Showdown", anyone attending the Screenprint Showdown Event will be able to vote for their favorite design at one of the iPad stations near the display of the 50 Finalists. Voting will be open from 11 AM to 3 PM. One vote per person.

Once voting ends, we will tally up the votes. We will announce the winner later on at the event. The winner will take home a $500 grant from San Jose's Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) to go toward professional development as well as a year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Screenprint Showdown Design Contest Winner Awards Ceremony (2 PM to 2:15 PM)

As we mentioned above, a panel of esteemed judges has selected four (4) Winners of the Screenprint Showdown Design Contest from the 50 Finalists. 

The Winners will be announced at Saturday's Screenprint Showdown Event. For their win, they will take home $500 from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, who funded Screenprint Showdown, and a year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud from Adobe, one of Screenprint Showdown's sponsors.

*NOTE: If you are an Adobe employee, you will not be eligible to win the Creative Cloud part of the prize.

Screenprint Showdown Screen Team Competitions (will begin at 2:15 PM)

Of course, the Screenprint Showdown wouldn't be living up to its name if there wasn't some friendly competition involved! 

All four teams will compete in a series of three competitions testing their quickness, quality, adaptability and overall skill in the art of screenprinting. Those competitions are:

1. The "Fastest Printing" Competition

  • Each of 4 teams is given a screen that is already burned into
  • Each team is given a stack of paper, ink (each team is a different ink color), clamps, and the screen
  • A representative from each team must screen on paper as quickly as possible
  • The winner is whoever has the most qualifying prints at the end of a proposed time frame

2. The "Mystery Box" Competition

  • A team is given the following items in a mystery box: mesh, pencil, paper, mini crafters frame (circular), 3 ink colors, vinyl, scissors, sharpies, tape, mini squeegee, bin of water, and a surprise 3D item that can be printed on.
  • A representative from each team must transform that 3D item with screenprinted imagery.
  • The winners are awarded based on categories set by the judges AFTER the contest is completed. i.e. "Team that used the most tape." or "Team with brightest design" etc.

3. The "Build a Design" Competition

  • Each team is given a pre-burned screen that has a series of shapes/designs
  • Other tools given are: mini squeegee, vinyl, inks, clamp, paper, tape, pencil
  • The substrate is paper
  • The best design created is winner

All the competitions will be adjudicated by a panel of esteemed judges. Those judges are:

Kerry Adams-Hapner, Director of Office of Cultural Affairs
Sean Boyles, Owner and Operator of The Arsenal, local artist-owned supply store
Gregory Hom, Creative Director at Liquid Agency
Joe Miller, Independent Designer and Lecturer at SJSU
Linda Terrell of Screenprinters Resource
Traxamillion, Hip Hop Producer from San Jose, CA

Screenprint Showdown Design Contest People's Choice Winner Announced (4 PM)

At this point of the event, we should have all the votes tallied in order to determine and announce the Screenprint Showdown Design Contest's People's Choice Winner.

As we said above, the winner will take home a $500 grant from San Jose's Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) to go toward professional development as well as a year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

*NOTE: If you are an Adobe employee, you will not be eligible to win the Creative Cloud part of the prize.

Meet the Exhibition District (11 AM to 5 PM)

This will be located just outside of Blanco Square on San Pedro Street aka, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7, Super San Pedro.

The Exhibition District debuts its 24' pop-up mural at Screenprint Showdown! Artists of any age and skill level are invited to participate in this community mural. Explore new and interesting materials including water-based cans, stencils and a palettes of paint.

They will also be hosting Exhibition District Artist and Dynamite Stencil maker Mathew Scicluna, who will be creating live art. Mathew will be using his own designs on-site to create one of a kind pieces with his original stencils.

San Jose Made Makers Market (11 AM to 5 PM)

This will be located just outside of Blanco Square on San Pedro Street aka, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7, Super San Pedro.

It wouldn't be a San Jose Made event without some amazing local makers. The following local makers will be popped up on San Pedro Street:

Bravissimo Studios
Classic Loot
Corinne Okada Takara
Khela Designs
Le Petit Elefant
Manic Designs

San Jose Made will also have a #shopsmall #shoplocal for Valentine's Day Shopping event in the same location the following day called SUPER Maker Market. More info here.

Meet MTCA's "Longest Screenprint Artists" (11 AM to 5 PM)

This will be located just outside of Blanco Square on San Pedro Street aka, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7, Super San Pedro.

MTCA will be showcasing live art by local artists who will be developing artwork for the screen print world record, which go down at on a future date TBD. The artwork will be shown at a local gallery at a date TBD to be auctioned off to raise money to go toward the costs of acquiring the Guinness Book of World Record.

The artists that will be showcasing their talents this Saturday:

Abel Gonzales
John Barrick
Orly Locquiao
Harv Gonzales
Sid Enk

The premise is to set/break the world record for the longest screen printed fabric by hand.  MTCA plans to involve a group of at least 10 artists and 10 print shops/screen printers, as well as participants from the community to assist in achieving the world record.

MTCA will construct a 150 foot frame out of wood to adhere the screen to. Every 5 yards or 15 feet will be dedicated to an artist designing around the theme of San Jose which is the city where this will be taking place. The production of the print will done by each print shop and members of the community. They will pass the squeegee every 5 yards to the next printer.  

MTCA wants to bring more awareness to the Art and Culture that exists in San Jose. San Jose is known as the capital of Silicon Valley.

However, many people don't consider San Jose as a center for Art and Culture and is usually over-shadowed by it's bigger sister city to the North, San Francisco.  There are many artists that contribute to the cultural fabric of San Jose and we would like to bring more awareness to the larger community through this World Record.

Installation of City Artists Cross Walks (11 AM to 5 PM)

This will be located just outside of Blanco Square on San Pedro Street aka, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7, Super San Pedro.

Downtown San Jose’s first customized crosswalk designs were installed on June 23, 2015, connecting Paseo de San Antonio across First and Second streets. Since then, the Downtown San Jose Street Life Plan has seen several beautiful, freshly art-forward crosswalks installed throughout downtown.

During the Screenprint Showdown Event, two more crosswalks will be installed. One will be at the St. John Street and San Pedro Street intersection. The other will be at the Santa Clara Street and San Pedro Street intersection. Both have been designed by local artist Lacey Bryant.

If you've ever used these beautiful installations to cross a street in downtown San Jose and have wondered what it looks like when these things get installed, Saturday is a great opportunity to see!

Where is event taking place?

In downtown San Jose at Blanco Square, located at 12 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA 95110.

What is the parking situation?

If you're getting there by car, we recommend parking in the lot at 45 N. Market St. We do not validate parking. San Pedro Street will be closed for the entirety of the event for Super San Pedro. If you're getting there by bicycle, there are bike racks near San Pedro Square Market.

Will there be food at the event? 

Yes! SoFa Market's very own On The Flip Side Burger Bar will be at the event, deliciously taking care of all your lunch and/or dinner needs.

For dessert, the incredible, amazing local cupcake maker Franci Cakes will be serving up the following cupcake flavors: That Cookie Dough, Red Velvet Oreo, Vegan Chocolate Vanilla Almond, S'mores, Vietnamese Coffee and a Special Edition Super Bowl 50/50. 

I heard I could possibly win a year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud at the Screenprint Showdown Event. Is that true?

Yes, it's true!

As you may know, Adobe is a sponsor of the Screenprint Showdown. To further show our love for the San Jose community, Adobe has given us a year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud to raffle, and we've decided to award this subscription to one randomly drawn person from the Screenprint Showdown Facebook Event's RSVP list!

That's right! All you need to do is RSVP for the Screenprint Showdown Facebook Event (https://www.facebook.com/events/331757143614833/) and you'll be entered into the drawing. We will announce the winner at the Screenprint Showdown and you must be present during the announcement in order to claim your prize. 

Sound easy? Sound good? That's because it is. 

*NOTE: If you are an Adobe employee, you will not be eligible to win the raffle.

Wait, who is running all this?

San Jose Made, FutureArtsNow!, Content Magazine and Kooltura Marketing came together to form the Screenprint Showdown Team. San Jose Made is led by Marie Millares. FutureArtsNow! is led by Demone Carter. Content Magazine is led by Daniel Garcia. Kooltura Marketing is led by Omar Rodriguez.

Screenprint Showdown was funded by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

Screenprint Showdown was sponsored by KQED, Adobe and City of San Jose

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