Watching: Speedball Art Products Factory Tour

17 May, 2012

in Art & Art Journaling,Learning: Read, Watch, Listen

Hello, my friend! I hope your week is going well!

I’m totally geeking out over this video! As someone who’s always wondering about the thing that made the thing that I make with (do you follow?) this video is right up my alley. I’ve been using Speedball products for my lino block cutting and printing, so I was thrilled to learn most of it’s products are made right here in America, a family-run company no less.

Need more reasons to give 3 minutes of your life?

  • Big, juicy vats of paint!
  • The background bluegrass music is by one of the employees!
  • Shots of vintage art products!
  • This video actually shows some (not all) of the facesof the people making and assembling the products at the factory.

This is really important to me – that we keep emphasizing that Someone Somewhere had a hand in every product and that every pair of hands is attached to an intrinsically valuable person.

As this video shows, even “machine made” items are processed by people.

As much as we complain about the companies that get it wrong, we need to support the ones that get it right. Really knowing where more of my stuff comes from makes me no end of happy!

So, pass this video around to all your friends!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

MandyNo Gravatar

Thanks for sharing. I have some of the Speedball products in my workroom here in the UK. I use their screens and printing inks.

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ElizabethNo Gravatar

You’re welcome! Wasn’t seeing that great big vat of ink so great? I love shots like that.

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Connie | Daydream In ColorNo Gravatar

This is super awesome. Factory tours are my fave especially since I’ve worked in many! I love seeing how they make the pen nibs & just thinking about that vat of paint & its possibilities makes me happy!

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