Tind means “This Is Not Designed”. We embrace the motto “everything goes according to no plan” and we don’t follow any manifest. We firmly believe that creativity and technique go together with our business line so we enjoy designing and producing projects with the main emphasis in the correct design instead of good design. We use serigraphy and program coding as our main form of expression though we always integrate and look for new forms of technology in our arsenal, so we can further drive our projects step by step. We are thinkers, solvers and enablers of your dreams.
We would love to know you better. When did you start and how did you launch Tind? Why have you chosen serigraphy?
On the whole, I think I’ve spent most part of my life in my printing studio, more than in any other place, even my own house. I was born there, in a certain way, my mother breast-fed me with inks and my dad sang cradle songs in the dark room while he revealed print reels. Serigraphy chose me and not opposite. Tind arrived very late in my life only to tell the obvious, that “this is not designed”.
You seem very active. Could you explain us more about your latest collaborations?
Collaboration is progress and progress is unavoidable. If you exclude some very personal projects, one can say that most of our work is based in collaboration. There can be an order as a basis or it can be merely for our love to printing, but anyway collaboration is the basis for a good printing project. I really liked Synergastirion project this year, a place in the center of Athens City, which occurred during 7 months as an open space dedicated to experimental design and studio printing. There were organized lots of activities, from live screen printing open to public to typography, illustration, letterpress and papermaking workshops, music concerts, puppet shows, to mention a few. This provided an opportunity to lots of people to collaborate under the same roof for a while. Either as an amateur or as a professional in a certain area, there was for sure something for everybody in Synergastirion. It is still an ongoing process, so you can check it in www.facebook.com/synergastirio
“Peace, love and serigraphy” is really a statement of principles. It seems that serigraphy is not only a job for you, but a lifestyle, right?
It is a variation from a famous musical quote, and serigraphy is a little bit like music, especially in the last years through the internet boom. One can not only see prints and get inspired but also you can upload your own work and inspire others. You can have the opportunity to see a lot and in a very short lapse of time exhibit your expressiveness.
Not only expressions of the design but also the feel of a print, the variations in the technique itself, even the way you present your work thus creating a global jam, kind of like different musicians can improvise on stage. We are now in a global scale stage and we are not even close to a "single", we are still "jamming", trying to form and absorb the new parameters and rules, but who knows, one day we may have beautiful "records" that withstand the test of time, kind like Rock and Roll did.
Which is the project you are more proud of?
It's like asking a parent who their favorite child is. Every project has something to be proud of, even the projects that not everyone was pleased with. I am proud of every project that goes through my hands and I work hard for it. It is a slow process growing up as a printer and with every new work you become better, always appreciating and remembering where you come from.
Have you had problems to make some of the projects? How did you solve them?
Once we took a quote from an old carpenter in Syros, an island on the Aegean sea, that stated "Error is Superior to Art" and we transformed it into a poster and a way of life.
Every problem in a way it's an error or an anomaly you have to fix. That's where beauty is. There is always a puzzle you are trying to solve, an answer you must give. Having a problem is one of the most important aspects in our trade, you only evolve when you have to overcome yourself.
Personally, I love problems, mistakes and misprints. They are unique.
Do you make self publications?
As much as I can. Although I am running out of space at the moment, I need to sell them to make room for more!
Tell us about your influences (in handmade printing or other ranges like music, arts, etc.)
Everyone should check out Art Lebedev www.artlebedev.com !