The Raubdruckerin project, which means female pirate printer, started in Germany as a way to create one of kind pieces using patterns and prints in the Berlin streets. From manhole covers to other urban features, artists used found patterns to transfer designs to shirts.
Most pieces in the project are made where the design is found, so on the sidewalk or in the street. That means anyone, anywhere can create their own version of these prints by applying paint to the design and then placing a shirt on top of it. They're always careful to make sure to clean the object they're using to make a print, so they don't leave any mark behind.
Patterns found on water meters or man holes can also be used to inspire stencils that can be brought home and used anywhere. This allows the size to be changed and applied to a wider variety of items, from shoes to bags. These designs work best with fabric, so applying Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium to Angelus Paint will ensure the painted item stays soft.
The idea behind Raubdruckerin was to fully explore the city and find often overlooked elements of daily life. The project proves that design is everywhere, even on the street.