As part of our In Conversation series, David Valliere from Speedball came to the Jackson’s Studio to share insights into the company’s history, philosophy, and why the artist community is at the heart of what they do. Based in North Carolina, Speedball Art Products have their roots in calligraphy at the end of the 19th century, but they have grown to encompass a comprehensive range of artist materials, including screen and block printing inks, surfaces, tools, and accessories.
Contents – In Conversation with David Valliere of Speedball
0:16 How did the company begin?
1:43 Where did the name Speedball come from?
02:03 What is Speedball known for?
02:40 When and why did Speedball begin producing block and screen printing materials?
03:18 Why do you have so many different ink ranges for block and screen printing? And how do the different ranges differ?
05:55 You have a few different lino surfaces to choose from. What are the differences between these and who do they cater for?
07:00 You work closely with artists when formulating and innovating your products. Can you tell us about some key collaborations?
10:26 How many people are in the team today?
11:33 What does an average day look like at Speedball?