Raubdruckerin is an experimental printmaking project, that uses urban structures such as manhole covers, grids, technical objects and other surfaces in the urban landscape, to create unique graphical patterns on streetwear basics, fabrics and paper. Every piece is hand printed, mainly on-site in the public space, as a footprint of the city. Raubdruckerin is based in Berlin, but works regularly in other metropolis such as Amsterdam, Lisbon and Paris.


Raubdruckerin is an experimental printmaking project, that uses urban structures such as manhole covers, grids, technical objects and other surfaces in the urban landscape, to create unique graphical patterns on streetwear basics, fabrics and paper. Every piece is hand printed, mainly on-site in the public space, as a footprint of the city. Raubdruckerin is based in Berlin, but works regularly in other metropolis such as Amsterdam, Lisbon and Paris.


Raub Druckerin means Pirate printers, summing up the public printing process they undertake. Printing in public spaces means that passers by become observers of the process and offers an alternative viewpoint to the mass production we see so much in fashion production nowadays.

The main focus is to explore the surfaces of cities, searching for overlooked, seemingly insignificant details on the pavement, which turn out to be true urban design. They reveal unobserved parts of cities, that are full of history, diversity and creativity.


The process of converting a detail of the city into an image, displayed on somebody’s chest, can be considered as reversed street art. A part of the city is being extracted from its origin and brought to new life in a different context. By carrying the image around, people become part of the project themselves. To stimulate our perception regarding the relationship to our surrounding, refine everyday routines, as well as being sensitive to the beauty hidden in the unexpected, are main motivations of the project.

Paris and Athens




Copenhagen: A City Of Design

Sophie Wade - Design and Colour

Sophie Wade – designandcolour@gmail.com

Having always loved Scandinavian culture and design, I was really excited to take a trip to Copenhagen. Before leaving I had heard from many people that the design shops there were brilliant and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The crisp winter weather gave us even more of an excuse to hop in and out of beautiful shops and galleries to keep warm.

I always like to start by reading a guide book and then I tend to wander off and explore the areas a bit more myself. This time I used the CITIx60 Copenhagen book as my bible and I have to be honest that I bought the book mainly because of the gorgeous print on the cover. Full of great design coverage with categories such as ‘cultural & art spaces’ and ‘markets and shops’, it knew exactly what I was after.


My trusty travel book described this shop as a ‘Mecca for minimalist-design lovers’ and a ‘must visit’ so it was the first shop on the list to visit. The loft-like space covers two floors with a mini market full of gorgeous stationery products and beautiful open plan living spaces. Sarah has been to the Hay shop that has opened in Bath but their products are also available through Next and nest.co.uk



Finish design house Marimekko is Scandinavian print design at its best.

The wonderful shop in the centre of the city showcased both fashion and interior prints with their statement black and white graphic designs as the focus of their displays.




In the quirky district of Vesterbro lives this beautiful treasure trove of Scandinavian goodies. With the creaking wooden floorboards and the mix of old and new fixtures, this shop is more like an exhibition of great individual products than a shop.

https://www.shopdora.dk/  sold in UK

Stine Goya

Stine Goya was a massive source of inspiration for me in my final year of university. Her collections really celebrates print with very complex, detailed placement designs and subtle, textured repeats to create beautiful cohesive ranges.

I was unable to take any photos in the store, however as her studio is based in Copenhagen, I thought it would only be right to mention her here and take a look at her great work.


Les Amazones d’Afrique


Sarah Glyn-Woods – designandcolour@gmail.com

What is print?

A print can be defined as a mark made on a surface for effect. This may be to decorate or to transfer information but ostensibly it is a means to communicate in colour, images, numbers or words or a combination of some or all of the above. The transfer maybe abstract or frightfully precise. A print in whatever form should be capable of provoking a reaction whether it be sentimental or intellectual.


Les Amazones d’Afrique: left to right, Mariam Koné, Nneka, Mouneissa Tandina, Rokia Koné, Mariam Doumbia, Pamela Badjogo, Kandia Kouyaté and Mamani Keïta. Photograph: Tiago Augusto/ Zack Dangnogo

I saw the picture above in the Guardian G2 and was totally captivated by the riot of colour, the photographs of the women and, of course, the prints. The colours were daring and the juxtaposition so exotic and interesting. Bluntly I am tired of all this harmonious coordination, let’s shake it up.

These portrait photographs are extraordinarily rich and bright. Each being of a famous solo singer from West Africa, mainly Mali, each is also part of the all women group, Les Amazones d’Afriques.


The strength of these images reflect the boldness and importance of the campaign that this protest band are leading. Describing their album as a “ love letter to men”, it is a plea for the end to violence against women in Western Africa and a demand for gender equality. The music blends jazz, funk, ancient traditional rhythms with a touch of dub to make rich and sensational sound.


Kandia Kouyate, Photo: Zack Dangnogo


Nneka, Photo: Zack Dangnogo



These are pictures of the all women band performing at various festivals around France over the last couple of years.




Photo C.Fillieule/FSD


Photo Paul Amouroux


Peter Gabriel’s record label World Records will shortly release their album “Republique Amazone”


Have a listen:   https://dai.ly/x4jnjck

3D Family and the Music and Social Change Lab at NYU are promoting this album as they aim to raise awareness among musicians and audiences on the issues related to the status of women worldwide and to the inequality between men and women. http://musicsocialchange.org/projects/les-amazones-dafrique/


A new chapter

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Hi, there! I’m Alannah, a co-founder and previous member of The Print Affair team. Sarah and I started this blog 2 years ago after meeting at a Company Magazine fashion event – Sarah wanted to talk about print design and I wanted to blog, match made in heaven!

As you may know, after seeing our job advert, I’m sadly moving on. I owe so much to The Print Affair – it helped me to realise my love of writing, blogging and social media.  This love helped me become the Digital Marketing Intern for the outdoor discovery app, ViewRanger, and they recently offered me the permanent position of Marketing Assistant.

14600952_10155419539099942_4921253813398463969_nMy typical day starts with checking our social media accounts for comments and messages, as well as looking at what we’ve been tagged in on Instagram (my favourite part of the day – I get to scroll through lots of stunning landscape photos). I could be doing anything for the rest of the day from creating blog posts and meeting about new app features to organising our email marketing, or planning the social media schedule for the week. 


I wouldn’t have gotten to this position without working on the blog with the most amazing team – Sarah, Alice and Laura are incredible and every experience was invaluable. Editing posts, choosing imagery, writing, researching, interviewing – it’s all so important in this new digital age.

16491624_10209839946128610_367037620_oSophie, our new writer, graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Textiles. She’s worked in many different aspects of print design and will bring an exciting new dimension to the team.

I wish every luck to The Print Affair team – it’s a wonderful blog that will continue to do many great things in the print design world! And who knows, you may see my face pop up again from time to time.


Louise: Digital designer in San Gimignano


Sarah Glyn-Woods – designandcolour@gmail.com


While on holiday this summer in Tuscany I visited the magnificient fortified city of San Gimignano. In one of the delightful squares, Piazza della Cisterne, we bought what claimed to be the best ice cream in the world from the shop of a flamboyant gentleman.

Mr Sergio Bacone

Mr Sergio Bacone

I came upon an interesting boutique right next door to Monsignor Gelato. It was quite out of place sandwiched between the above and tourist tat shops brimmin3g with venetian carnival masks, postcards, Murano glass animals and the like.

This shop was small and understated and had an exquisite collection of digital prints.


Louise is Swedish and designs and manufactures all her garments in Tuscany, Italy where she has been living since 1993.

She must be some smart lady to have built a small business in one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a captive audience, no competition in the vicinity, heavy foot traffic 6 months of the year located next door to the best ice cream in the world.





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Alannah’s Visit to Amsterdam


Amsterdam is a beautiful city and I was lucky enough to visit for a short weekend break for a friend’s 21st birthday. The weather was great so we were able to cycle and wander around to our heart’s content. Market stalls and shops were filled with wonderful, bright prints as shown in my photographs below. I hope you enjoy taking a peek into my view of Amsterdam.


Flower market

Flower market

‘Marbles’ Vintage Store


I actually ended up buying this cardigan – oops!



The Albert Cuyp Market




Kimonos were everywhere!

Kimonos were everywhere!




The African/tribal trend

The African/tribal trend

Lots of bright, Spring florals

Lots of bright, Spring florals

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