|The name Pedal Power Press is added to the screen press on the back of the bicycle.|
One exhibitor seemed to be getting more traffic than the rest at a UMD Sustainability Fair — Justin Anderson ’16, who was an anomaly among his green-thinking neighbors.
Flanked by vendors on either side, Anderson, an art studio major at UMD's School of Fine Arts, demonstrated his Pedal Power Press. As the name would suggest, his creation is a screen printer fastened to the back of a bike.
It’s an attention getter with a purpose. It’s also a practical way to pursue two passions. “The idea is to make it not dependent on fossil fuels. You simultaneously promote a culture of sustainability and a bike culture,” he explained.
That pragmatism drives other decisions in Anderson’s life. His major, for example, shifted from civil engineering to studio arts when he decided he needed to continue to create with his hands, something he’s been doing all his life.
Inspired by Shepard Fairey, the graphic designer known for his Obama “Hope” poster, Anderson created his first printing press as a teen. “I figured out how to print posters and then started teaching other people how to do it.”
Anderson’s outward generosity might be part of the reason that he attracted a crowd at the Sustainability Fair. For him, empowering others with what he’s learned is essential. “I’m more loudly promoting the things I’m working on. Other artists do it, too, but with more subtlety.”
Written by Lori C. Melton. May 2015.
The School of Fine Arts offers a variety of opportunities to learn about and experience the arts. Inquiring minds will find great programs, performances, and passion. For more information, visit sfa.d.umn.edu.
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