Taking my love of letterpress to the next step; bringing my dream of starting a printshop to life, and creating limited edition prints!
My name is Minna So, and Minna May Letterpress Studio is a project of mine that i've been dreaming of for quite some time! I am currently a graphic design student living in Washington, DC, and I am also a freelance designer and illustrator. My hope is to have a letterpress studio of my own where I can create beautiful handmade paper goods for the public, and design unique invitations for weddings and events. I often create illustrations that I post on my blog, or portfolio, and I always receive requests to create prints of them!
Here are a few examples of my most requested hand-drawn prints that I wish to make into letterpress prints: ( you can see more here )
What is Letterpress Printing?
When I purchased my beautiful refurbished tabletop press, I fell in love, and was so excited to get started on the printing process. It is over 100 years old, and still works perfectly! Presses are scarce in the world, which is why I want to share the works of this great machine! What is letterpress you ask? Well, it is a relief printing method where a raised surface, like a polymer plate, or wooden type, is inked and pressed onto paper, creating an impression that only presses can create. Each piece of paper is hand-fed, one by one, and takes a lot of time and patience! You can see and actually feel the quality and craftsmanship in each printed piece!
The money raised, will be used to help start up my business and will go towards the process of printing all of my products. Having a printshop can be pretty costly, so the funds will definitely help with supplies such as: ink, paper, wood type, shipping supplies, photopolymer plates, a large paper cutter, and of course your rewards! Hooray!
Don't forget to check out all of the rewards that are available! I wanted to make sure that there was a variety of options for you to choose from!
All letterpress cards and prints are made of 100% cotton, heavy card stock from Savoy Reich Paper. Screen print posters are printed on heavy stock paper from the French Paper Co.
I am also a huge fan of screen-printing, and I eventually wish to expand my letterpress shop into a place that offers a wide variety of printing methods. If I raise more than my initial goal, I would love to create some limited edition screen print posters, such as this illustration of mine:
I will also use the additional funds to develop a website for my shop, purchase unique letterpress wood type, and maybe even purchase a bigger & better press that I can use to create huge posters and prints! Since I have a tabletop press, I am limited to the size of my prints, so having a larger press would be so helpful! In addition, I will use some of the funds to help set up my (currently empty) studio space!
Throughout the process, I will continue to update you all on how things are going, and I will post images of the printing process of the prints! Even when the project is completed, I will give updates on the printing and packing of the rewards, and a whole lot of other good stuff Along the way, I may even add some fun new rewards, so be sure to keep a look out! (:
A Final Note
I want to thank you in advance for your support! I am super excited just thinking about what the future will hold!
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This project is a one-woman show, and being a full-time student, I'm sure I will run into a few problems dealing with deadlines, but no worries! I will get done all that needs to be done, and I will put lots of great care into your rewards!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on November 14, 2012.
Oct 15, 2012 - Nov 14, 2012 (30 days)
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One special letterpress greeting card with envelope, along with a big thank you and a virtual hug!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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A pair of mini staple bound jotters with a sweet letterpress cover, perfect for doodling, or writing down your thoughts. Each contains 20 pages (40 front and back).Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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One lovely 5 x 5" limited edition letterpress print., numbered, signed, and shipped to your door!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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A variety pack of five awesome letterpress greeting cards with envelopes.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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One 8" x 10" limited edition "stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and focus on what could go right" screen print poster that will surely lift up your spirits! Numbered, signed, and shipped to your door!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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One 12" x 18" limited edition "if opportunity doesn't knock, build a door" screen print poster. Numbered, signed, and shipped to your door!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Combo Pack! Five letterpress greeting cards with envelopes, one 5" x 5" letterpress print, and one 8" x 10" screen print poster!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012Add $5 to ship outside the US
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A set of 25 custom letterpress stationary! A2 size (5.5" x 4.25") flat note cards with envelopes, featuring your name/monogram in calligraphy or print! (one color, one sided) Made of 100% cotton heavy stock paper.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012Add $5 to ship outside the US
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A set of 100 custom letterpress calling cards or business cards! (one color, one sided) Made of 100% cotton heavy stock paper. You can provide a design, or you can choose from our in-house designs! Size of cards must be 2" x 3.5" OR 2.5" x 2.5" OR smaller.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $5 to ship outside the US
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Special Combo Pack! A set of 150 custom letterpress calling cards or business cards (one color, one sided), a pack of five letterpress greeting cards with envelopes, and one 8" x 10" screen print poster.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $10 to ship outside the US
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Super Combo Pack! A set of 150 custom letterpress calling cards or business cards (one color, one sided), a set of 50 custom letterpress stationary (A2 size flat note cards with envelopes), and a variety pack of ten letterpress greeting cards with envelopesEstimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $10 to ship outside the US