When the war ended in Sri Lanka in 2009, my husband; an advertising photographer and tsunami survivor and I, a former insurgency / security risk analyst, wanted to 'be the change we wanted to see in the world' by doing something good for the country and good for us; something original and uplifting that would raise positive awareness about this remarkable island's rich heritage and stunning natural beauty all around the world. For too long Sri Lanka had been associated in most overseas peoples' minds with terrorism, the tsunami and human rights issues. We wanted to cast light on the other side of the story on this island of extremes. What better way to tap into the aspirations, the heritage and the journey of a nation then through a celebration of its poster art movement? So there began the making of Stick No Bills™.
Ten years on and, with huge gratitude for the collaboration of our second-to-none suppliers, partners, clients and re-sellers, the dedication of our amazing, all-female gallery sales teams and the enthusiasm of our myriad customers, we are three years into the expansion of our proposition to another island of astounding natural beauty: Mallorca.
Thus the Stick No Bills™ story has become a tale of two islands; our high quality prints promoting both Ceylon and Las Islas Baleares can now be found on the walls of literally thousands of homes, hotels, restaurants, cafes and offices all over the world. We have grown rapidly from our roots in the coconut groves, paddy fields, jungles and wild beaches of southern Sri Lanka, to become a premier international resource for high quality poster art and poster design.
Our flagship gallery is spread out through every main room of an old Dutch colonial merchant's townhouse situated at the heart of Church Street which has now become the 'golden mile' for cultural tourism in Sri Lanka; a historic and peaceful road lined with boutiques, jewellery stores, cafés and high-end hotels that intersects Galle Fort, the incredible UNESCO World Heritage City located on Sri Lanka's tropical southwestern coast. From inception we have specialised in authenticating, raising the profile of and, where copyright and usage rights permit, digitally remastering antique posters dating from the late 1800s through until the 1980s. The preeminent Ceylon / Sri Lanka and Iberia / Mallorca vintage and retro collections we are proud to exhibit are the most extensive in the world.
As de facto pioneers in post-war Sri Lanka's fast-growing art market, Stick No Bills™ also began to offer a first class framing service and to print limited editions and "mega-sized" posters in 2012. In 2014 we began designing bespoke vintage posters for luxury brands in the travel industry. Integrating these capabilities into our offering has made us a one-stop shop for leading international hoteliers and interior designers.
When we expanded into the Iberia / Mediterranean region in 2016, electing Palma De Mallorca as our base, we began experimenting with European leaders in the fine art printing and framing arenas with the intention of becoming a centre of excellence in this regard. These past three years of dual Ceylon and Iberia image design innovation and product development have enabled us to open a flagship gallery in the heart of Palma's old town show-casing museum standard limited edition prints of many of the images in our collection.
We shall be launching a new, much improved bi-lingual Spanish-English website to do justice to the increase in our product variants and our Made-To-Order capabilities shortly. In the meantime, we welcome you to enjoy using this website as a means by which you can view our collection and procure high quality poster prints of the Stick No Bills™ images.
We believe in giving back. Proceeds from sales of our Mallorca / Iberia posters go to Medicos Sin Fronteras and to Asociación Ondine's eco-maritime conservation efforts to promote more sustainable and environmentally sensitive travel in the Mediterranean. We are also founding members of Greener Galle and sponsors of the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society, the Galle Heritage Foundation and The Humming Bird Initiative to bring direct access to water to remote villagers in East Africa. When you buy our posters you help us fund these important humanitarian, eco, archaeological and conservation projects so we thank you for your support.
Hats off to planet earth’s seven time surf champion Stephanie Gilmore for letting us interrupt her sublime victory at the final, Hawaii-leg of her 2017 world championship tour to sign ten limited editions of this poster to help us raise funds for the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society's vital efforts to protect the island's 6,000 remaining elephants. We elect the 29 year old Australian super star as the Stick No Bills™ heroine for 2018 because she is at the top of her game and she represents everything we love. Stephanie is free, she is brave, she is indefatigable, she surfs with style and grace and she is always humble when she wins. As such she stands warrior-like at the crest of the female emancipation movement. Stephanie also shares our passion for clean waves, for protecting the environment and the world's most endangered species. For more information regarding purchase of one of these ten limited editions signed by Stephanie, from which 100% of proceeds go to the SLWCS, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.