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					Jack	
  Oughton	
  –	
  21.03.11	
  –	
  There’s	
  Something	
  Different	
  in	
  Haringey.	
  


Nestled	
  in	
  the	
  flourishing	
  cultural	
  hub	
  of	
  The	
  Bernie	
  Grants	
  Art	
  Centre	
  in	
  
Tottenham,	
  you’ll	
  find	
  a	
  little	
  paint-­‐stained	
  treasure.	
  Not	
  quite	
  a	
  design	
  firm,	
  not	
  
quite	
  an	
  art	
  studio,	
  Different	
  Prints	
  is	
  a	
  quirky	
  mix	
  of	
  both,	
  fusing	
  old	
  world	
  
painted	
  fabrics	
  with	
  cutting	
  edge	
  digital	
  tricks.	
  
The	
  studio	
  is	
  almost	
  a	
  work	
  of	
  art	
  in	
  itself.	
  A	
  wonderful	
  explosion	
  of	
  color,	
  pop	
  
art,	
  eastern	
  philosophical	
  imagery	
  and	
  mechanical	
  objects.	
  Paint	
  stains	
  the	
  floor	
  
and	
  the	
  room	
  feels	
  alive	
  with	
  new	
  work	
  and	
  creativity.	
  As	
  I	
  enter,	
  head	
  honcho	
  
Andreas	
  ushers	
  me	
  through	
  the	
  wonderful	
  chaos	
  over	
  to	
  a	
  spot	
  where	
  the	
  
computer	
  sits	
  and	
  begins	
  to	
  tell	
  me	
  the	
  story	
  of	
  this	
  eclectic	
  organization.	
  
Started	
  by	
  in	
  early	
  2009,	
  the	
  company	
  is	
  now	
  going	
  strong.	
  Its	
  accomplishments	
  
so	
  far	
  have	
  included	
  national	
  exposure	
  on	
  the	
  People’s	
  Supermarket,	
  which	
  aired	
  
on	
  Channel	
  4.	
  Different	
  Prints	
  designed	
  the	
  signage	
  and	
  the	
  visual	
  branding	
  used	
  
by	
  the	
  food	
  cooperative	
  and	
  both	
  companies	
  found	
  that	
  they	
  shared	
  a	
  similar	
  
outlook.	
  

Different	
  Prints	
  gained	
  further	
  national	
  exposure	
  during	
  the	
  Obama	
  Inauguration	
  
by	
  designing	
  and	
  displaying	
  an	
  iconic	
  mural	
  of	
  the	
  new	
  president	
  which	
  was	
  
shown	
  on	
  the	
  BBC	
  News.	
  It	
  was	
  later	
  purchased	
  by	
  a	
  private	
  buyer.	
  
Andreas’	
  story	
  is	
  something	
  of	
  an	
  inspiration	
  to	
  struggling	
  creatives	
  everywhere.	
  
He’s	
  a	
  Tottenham	
  resident,	
  who	
  ‘escaped’	
  a	
  corporate	
  design	
  job	
  when	
  he	
  found	
  
himself	
  deeply	
  unsatisfied	
  with	
  his	
  work.	
  This	
  drastic	
  change	
  came	
  in	
  response	
  
to	
  a	
  searching	
  question	
  he	
  asked	
  himself	
  one	
  day;	
  why	
  couldn’t	
  he	
  be	
  creatively	
  
fulfilled	
  and	
  still	
  make	
  a	
  living?	
  Turns	
  out	
  that	
  he	
  could;	
  “I	
  believed	
  that	
  as	
  long	
  as	
  
I	
  did	
  what	
  I	
  believed	
  in,	
  my	
  belief	
  would	
  carry	
  me	
  through”	
  

Andreas	
  believes	
  that	
  although	
  Tottenham	
  has	
  something	
  of	
  a	
  bad	
  reputation	
  
from	
  the	
  outside,	
  the	
  impression	
  of	
  residents	
  is	
  positive.	
  He	
  sees	
  it	
  as	
  part	
  of	
  his	
  
role	
  an	
  artist	
  to	
  present	
  a	
  positive	
  image	
  of	
  the	
  borough	
  and	
  encourages	
  others	
  
to	
  do	
  the	
  same,	
  however	
  they	
  can.	
  

So,	
  what’s	
  next	
  for	
  Different	
  Prints?	
  Well,	
  for	
  a	
  start	
  the	
  development	
  of	
  an	
  eco	
  
friendly	
  clothing	
  range	
  based	
  around	
  their	
  philosophy.	
  I	
  got	
  to	
  sneak	
  at	
  a	
  
preview	
  of	
  the	
  shirts	
  that	
  they	
  were	
  working	
  on,	
  which	
  was	
  exciting	
  (I	
  can’t	
  say	
  
much	
  more!).	
  More	
  personally,	
  Andreas	
  is	
  looking	
  to	
  exhibit	
  his	
  own	
  artwork	
  at	
  a	
  
gallery.	
  Though	
  times	
  are	
  hard	
  on	
  small	
  businesses	
  at	
  the	
  moment,	
  when	
  asked,	
  
he	
  was	
  optimistic	
  for	
  the	
  future.	
  “Onwards	
  and	
  upwards!”	
  
More	
  colorful	
  things	
  are	
  brewing	
  at	
  the	
  Bernie	
  Grant	
  Arts	
  Centre..	
  

See	
  more	
  at	
  http://www.differentprints.co.uk/	
  




                                                                                                                                          	
  

				
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