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Uber Cool ‘Pirate Printers’ Use Manhole Covers to Print T-Shirts

Emma France Raff has discovered Berlin’s cast iron manhole covers make attractive prints for fabrics.

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Artist and fashion designer Emma France Raff has discovered Berlin’s cast iron manhole covers make attractive prints for fabrics, like clothes and bags.

France Raff uses it them a beautifully designed block from which she can make a perfect print. She applies paint directly to the raised surfaces of drains, or manhole covers, using them as moulds or as a letterpress.

Her inks are biodegradable, as are her fabrics, so they don’t harm the environment.

Raff France believes her work explores the relationship between materials, especially their opposites and contrasts.

(With inputs from AP)

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