Whether they’re screenprinting in Marcus’ courtyard, gocco-ing in the Studio Bomba showroom in Leederville, tucked away in Dan and Bec’s bedroom covering every light source to expose their screens (which graphic designer Michelle promises is not as dodgy as it sounds) or collaborating virtually, members of the Johnny Two Tone Club (JTTC for short) get together to create things aimed at making people smile. We decided to find out more about the collective of cool creatives behind this Perth and Melbourne based screenprinting initiative.
You may have seen their handiwork when they unleashed their Sony Walkman Day project. Being big kids who grew up in the ‘90s here at We Love Perth, this project definitely caught our attention. It also won them a HOW Poster Design Award last year, thank you very much.
Their International Walkman Day project was part of series of posters that Marcus explains they create every year to promote a fictional public holiday in celebration of an event or invention that they think is underappreciated. If you’ve ever seen a website reblog a poster for International Sputnik Day or International Donut Day, well, that’s the work of the JTTC.
New member Natasha points out the pretty cool fact that the group’s works are always different and unique because they’re getting back in touch with traditional mediums. People who buy their work “know they’re buying something special”. Plus, for her, there’s the added bonus of “being around people who love getting their hands dirty”.
For Dan, who by day runs a small brand consultancy with his wife Rebecca called Lost & Found, JTTC is “a chance for like-minded creative homies to hang out, come up with crazy ideas and make a heap of mess, whilst screenprinting said ideas”.
For Lauren, the best part about being a member is the democratic and motivating process of creating each project. “There’s nothing like defining the brief with a bunch of awesome people, then having the group push each other to do really well”, she explains. She adds that the JTTC reminds her that “design is not all about the commercial”. Member Herb sums up the group in four words: “Friendship. Fine Arts. Fun”.
So what do they hope the future holds for the JTTC? Member Bohie just wants them to “get rad. Or, stay rad, really. To maintain radness”. The general consensus is, understandably, to keep on doing what they’re doing, and to do it more often. Oh, and if you’re Dan, to “design a poster that involves a sloth and/or llama because they’re amazing creatures”. Now that we’d love to see!
Obviously, being a member of the JTTC sounds awesome but unfortunately membership is closed for now. You can still check out what they get up to and create at www.johnnytwotoneclub.com or buy a print or two at their Etsy store over here.
The Johnny Two Tone Club are:
• Marcus Taylor
• Michelle Leslie
• Angela Mitchell
• Leah Dent
• Duncan Roylance
• Ben Hagley
• Lauren Jury Armitage
• Natasha Muhl
• Daniel McKeating
• Rebecca McKeating
• Stasha Nikakos
• Gemma Jones
• Bohie Palecek
All the cool photos of the Gocco printing night for Johnny Two Tone Club at Studio Bomba are by Dan Grant.