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SIGNAL 04: Punchclock Printing Collective

SIGNAL 04 is out now! I eagerly look forward to every issue of SIGNAL, a treat which miraculously appears roughly once a year. Editors Alec Dunn and Josh MacPhee bring together fascinating content about the world of political graphics and cultural organizing.
I’m especially looking forward to getting my hands on this issue — along with articles about Palestine, New Zealand, the Bay Area, West Germany, and Mexico — I wrote a piece about Toronto’s own Punchclock Printing Collective.
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This article is the result of conversations with former members of the collective — who I’m deeply grateful to and admire very much — as well as reflections on my own experiences with organizing. I’m really happy to be able to share this story — or at least my interpretation of it — with such gorgeous photos of their artwork.
As part of my MES studies at York, I wrote a much longer (and personal) essay focusing on Punchclock. Now I actually rent at Punchclock, producing my own work and art in collaboration with friends — primarily in support of activist organizing.
I’ve had the privilege of meeting and learning from the current cast of Punchclock members, who are all great at what they do, and have continued to keep the space alive and evolving in new ways.
I feel like I’ve only taken baby steps so far, but I’m happy to be in a position where I am building with people across the city who are interested in making screen printing as accessible as possible.
Photo 3 by jmacphee

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