Modati is a company that started operating early March 2006. The initial spark behind Modati was to take all the skill I knew my friends and I had and turn that into something that we could use to gain new skills, interact with people and make money doing things we cared about. Upset that most of my friends expected to work jobs that didn’t develop them in any way I also wanted an avenue to take the design company (Still Pondering Studios) I started in 12 grade and turn it into a design and print studio.
Starting with that idyllic perspective we grew very rapidly moving from one venue to another 3 times in 3 years. Here’s a short list of things we’ve done:
- We created a partnership with 10 bands doing an image trading gig where we’d appear at their shows selling merchandise, while they wore our line on stage.
- Working with local artists we put out dozens of designs and attended festivals all over the east coast.
- We rented out a storefront on Main St in Ann Arbor with our printing operations in the basement.
- Taught summer workshops and classes with the Ann Arbor Art Fair
- Through a partnership with the local teen center The Neutral Zone we teach silk screening every Friday during the school year.
- We run MATES (Make Awesome Tee Shirts and Enjoy Summer) a summer camp with the Neutral Zone for local kids interested in screen printing.
- Ran a Reform an event designed to raise awareness of the possibility of reuse in every day life. First in our studio, and in 2009 in The Gallery Project.
More recently we’ve become interested in developing interactive shirts and objects such as the twittering shirt:
And thermochormatic potholders that tell you when they’re hot:
Modati’s popular live screen printing events are a new means of both revenue and public interaction:
Four years after starting this company it’s still changing and growing. Watching it evolve I realize how important it’s been to my growth and development. Through this company I have been able to affect hundreds of peoples lives. I’ve been able to throw concerts, sponsor events, and be a part of a thriving artistic community. We’re currently directing the company to incorporate more of my sensory and engineering interests and I’m interested to see how far we can push the science of screen printing.