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A small Riso and screen printing press, bringing affordable + awesome printing & zine distribution to the local art community & beyond.
A small Riso and screen printing press, bringing affordable + awesome printing & zine distribution to the local art community & beyond.
132 backers pledged $5,635 to help bring this project to life.

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Because we made our initial goal so quickly, we are creating a stretch goal of $5,000. Our initial goal was essentially the bare minimum we would need to start up and this new goal would make it much easier.  This new goal will help to fund:

+a studio space
+master rolls for the Risograph
+more riso ink
+more screen printing ink
+more t-shirts & paper
+tables for our space
+wood to build display shelves for future storefront/booths
+paper trimmer & cutting mats
+scanner & printer for studio space

Again, we are so grateful to EVERY one of you. You are helping to make our dreams come dream and we are forever appreciative. We cannot wait to reach our new goal!!!!!!!

Perigee Press

Perigee \ ‘per-ə-(,)jē \ noun - the point in an object’s orbit (such as the moon) when it is closest to the earth.

Perigee Press is a small but mighty living room print shop in Nashville, Tennessee, run by two passionate art graduates who love all things ink and printmaking. Our goal is to form a company that creates works of art for ourselves and others, brings more risograph printing to Nashville (and our online customers), and distributes awesome and beautifully printed zines locally and worldwide. We will specialize in risograph printing and screen printing and will offer affordable, high quality print services for an indeterminate variety of projects - pretty much anything that we can feasibly make happen. This includes but is definitely not limited to: zines, comics, postcards, mailers, art prints, t-shirts, patches, stickers, envelopes, labels of any shape, packaging, greeting cards, business cards, and huge tapestries (a big undertaking, but totally possible)!

The beginning of our dream is to fund the equipment we need to begin offering freelance design, illustration and printing services for any work of art or publication that might need to find its way to paper. As our client base grows, we intend to buy more supplies, obtain studio space to work, and begin supporting artists as often as possible through an online store, zine distribution, workshops, open studios, events, social media and eventually our own store front.

All of this starts with you! If we can raise enough money to make the beginning happen, we will work hard to make the rest fall into place. A donation to our startup will help our big dream become a reality. In return we promise to expand the meaning of quality art and printmaking services in our local community and through our online presence to the rest of the world.

WHAT IS RISOGRAPH?

If you’ve ever seen a Risograph printer, chances are you mistook it for a run-of-the-mill copy machine. Risograph has made it far from the office cubicle, however, and has fairly recently been reclaimed (or just claimed) by the art community all over the world. Risograph is a combination of laser printer, photo copier, and screen printing set up, offering quick and quality prints on a small budget that beautifully imitate the look and feel of screen printing without the cost and mess. Though screen printing is highly enjoyable and perfect for many projects, Risograph opens a whole new world of possibilities for a print shop. Risograph printers are ideal for zine printing, as they are capable of handling large numbers of prints, and can print booklets just like a laser printer. Imagine screen printing a 20 page, 2-sided, 3-color zine. Imagine printing 100 copies of it. Now imagine doing that in a fifth of the time, with beautiful and rich colors, and the same unique look of screen printed art. Risograph offers many wonderful ink colors as well, including florescent pink and flat gold. We’re pretty obsessed, but if you don’t want to take our word for it, check out the photos below and do a little research. #risograph on Instagram is a wealth of awesome images. A quick Google image search for Risograph yields more art than it does images of the actual machines. If you need convincing, you won’t need it for long!

An example of a one color, two layer Risograph print.
An example of a one color, two layer Risograph print.

WHAT YOU’RE FUNDING

+ risograph printer + exposure unit
+ pressure washer
+ frames and mesh to build screens
+ chemicals
+ emulsion
+ screen printing inks (fabric and acrylic)
+ ink drums
 + risograph ink
+ table clamps
+ paper goods
+ blank tee shirts (for rewards)

BIG, FUTURE DREAMS (Beyond the Campaign and Across the Universe)

Offer workshops locally on Riso printing, screen printing, zine making, and collaging (just to name a few ideas). SPACE! First, a small studio space for printing, and eventually a larger studio with room for a small shop. Have a store-front and studio where we can sell local zines, comics, prints, and other goodies. Sell our work at craft fairs, zine fairs, book fairs and other community events. Have open studios for the local art community to learn more about Risograph and screen printing through hands on experience and a positive environment. Make a push to distribute and support local zine makers online and locally, allowing them to grow their craft and sell their work!

REWARDS

1. Three two-color Risograph printed buttons (blue + florescent pink)
2. 5 x 7 in, 3-color Risograph print (blue, florescent pink, yellow)
3. One color screen printed Perigee Tee
4. 8 x 10 Three color Risograph printed poster, exclusive print run (blue, florescent pink, yellow)
5. OUT OF SPACE, Perigee's first zine, 20 pages printed on Risograph (federal blue and blue)
6. An example of an illustrated pattern for a wall tapestry.
7. For example of screen printed word banner, see project photo (Perigee Press banner)

* keep in mind that reward photos are mockups and will look slightly altered and (even better!) when completed. Colors and designs are proposed and subject to change.

And last but certainly not least: 

A huge, special thanks to all of the people who have and will be supporting us through this journey, but an extra special thanks to everyone who made this Kickstarter campaign possible.

SUPPORT AND WISDOM: Rhea & Bob Borzak, Melissa & Greg Baldwin, Dan Johnson, Arden von Haeger, and Jennifer Haston

VIDEO MUSIC: Warrin

PHOTOS: Bobby Becker

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

We are but small girls embarking on a big journey! The first stage of our dream (what you’re funding, and getting rewarded for) is just a small part of what we want to eventually give to the art world. We have big ideas, and are recent art graduates looking to share our skills, services, and love of printmaking with our community and beyond. That being said, though we are committed and determined, and have a solid and well-researched business plan, neither of us have a solid background in running a business (as this is technically our first!) There will be many challenges in the long run in regards to the technical side of business-owning (spreadsheets, taxes, accounting, paperwork, etc.), but we are both experienced in freelance, creating and delivering art and products to customers, managing personal expenses, and communicating with clients online and offline. Our biggest challenge is self-educating on the parts of business and production that we haven’t yet experienced with our smaller, independent artistic endeavors. We are lucky enough to have a world full of intelligent, knowledgeable people that we call our friends and who are here to support us and give us advice when we need it. We promise to update consistently, be open and friendly, and express any setbacks and issues transparently to our backers and clients.

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    Every little bit counts, your name will be on a huge list of THANKS on our site. If you spend that extra dollar you found on the ground in a parking lot on our campaign, you'll help us get closer to our goal and help us get noticed! And that's nothing small.

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    Thanks for being a star!

    You will receive 3 exclusive 2-color riso printed buttons!

    *View proposed designs in the incentives section of our page.

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    We really appreciate your awesomeness!

    You will receive a 3-color Risograph print (5x7in) AND 3 exclusive 2-color Risograph printers buttons!

    *View proposed designs in the incentives section of our page.

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    Pssssst, we think you're really cool.

    Everything from $10 + an exclusive Perigee Press t-shirt! Because we like our funders how we like our men...clothed!

    *View proposed designs in the incentives section of our page.

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    You're a superhero, helping us bring happiness and printmaking to the citizens of the world!

    Everything from $25 + a signed/numbered copy of Perigee's first three-color, Risograph printed zine "Out of Space".

    *View proposed designs in the incentives section of our page.

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    If we had a little trophy with your name on it, we'd give it to you in a heart beat! But we don't, so you'll receive:

    Everything from $50 plus an exclusive 8x10 three-color Risograph printed poster (mock up shown in incentives section of page) OR a custom 8x10 2-color Risograph printed portrait of a person or pet.

    *View proposed designs in the incentives section of our page.

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    You are truly one of our top 100 favorite people right behind our moms because we love our moms. Hi moms!

    Everything from $100 AND a custom screen printed felt word banner saying anything (50 characters or less) that you want it to say! For an example see our Perigee Press banner.

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    Thank you so much! We've turned into two of those heart-eyes emojis and are confused because we no longer have bodies which makes it extraordinarily hard to print or eat, but as our ancestors before us, we will persevere.

    You'll receive 3 buttons, a t-shirt, and a custom screen printed wall tapestry (5 feet x 7 feet). We will work with you to create a pattern out of 5 of your absolute favorite things and print it on a fabric color of your choice. For an example of what that pattern might look like, check out our incentives section of the main page.

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    Oh my gosh, we might give you our first born children, except for Johnny because you'll hate him as much as we do. Curse you unborn Johnny!

    Not really, but you WILL receive a custom mural on ANY wall (or ceiling) of your house! Hand painted and designed by us, up to 3 colors, and within reason (15 feet wide max). Always wanted constellations above your bed? Perhaps a sleeping lion behind your dinner table? A giant portrait of your cat behind your couch? Now's your chance! Limited to backers within 200 miles of Nashville, TN.

    Also we love you.

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