Cubans do a great deal with very little, and these artists are no exception. Often supplies and basic necessities simply aren’t available. Making a screen print poster by hand often requires rethinking the design because the necessary inks aren’t available or the printer doesn’t have enough water to make the image. Their supplies are limited so they have to maintain what they have.
The silk screen machines they use are in a workshop in Old Havana where 100+ year old linotype machines are still in active use. Each poster print is carefully created by hand.
They use sharpies, pens, acrylic paint and ink. Specific supplies are shown below.
While these are the supplies they use most often, this is primarily because these are the supplies to which they have access. Artists in Cuba aren’t able to order from Blicks, stop by Staples, or pick up the latest Design publication.
As we’ve told our story to friends and family, people have asked us how they can contribute to these artists. They ask how to send the artists extra supplies and magazines they have. If you would like to donate funds toward purchasing and sending supplies to the artists, click here to make a tax deductible donation to Cuban Artists Network, a non-profit organization. If you would like more information on how to donate your supplies to the artists, please complete the form below: