Fast Food Prints, by Portland printmaker Shawn Brewer, was born from an interesting confluence of ideas. Shawn worked at a restaurant while completing his degree in printmaking from the Maine College of Art. While daydreaming on the job, Shawn noticed that the motions needed for prep-cooking and dishwashing were eerily similar to rolling out slabs of ink or running a silkscreen press. Shawn wondered what printmaking would be like if it functioned more like a fast food restaurant, so he conceived of the idea of injecting “fast” into printmaking by creating ready-to-order imagery that is convenient and personalized.
Since its inception in 2011, Fast Food Prints has found a unique niche in bringing art to the public. Fast Food Prints specializes in demonstrative screen-printing at community events, churning out prints specific to the hosting organization. Notably, Fast Food Prints teamed up with the Portland branch of the League of Young Voters to design and create political t-shirts and posters. For taht event, Fast Food Prints collaborated with established Portland artist Kenny Cole to create a series of screen-print options based on Cole’s highly political work.
In addition to Fast Food Prints, Shawn is currently program staff at The Art Department, an alternative art space in Portland that engages individuals with developmental disabilities working in film, animation, and visual arts.
His “menus,” prints, and more information are available here.