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I'm building a coworking space for book artists with everything you might need—all that's left is an etching press.
I'm building a coworking space for book artists with everything you might need—all that's left is an etching press.
163 backers pledged $7,422 to help bring this project to life.

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I want book artists to have a home—a place with everything they need and people who get them.

I have such a passion for sharing this work with others.  When I learned bookbinding and letterpress printing at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, I loved working alongside other binders, printers, and artists.  I loved our camaraderie and how we were always learning from each other. When I left NY, I struggled for years to be able to keep doing this work that I loved because I couldn't afford all the tools and equipment I needed, and where was I going to put a 3,000 pound printing press, anyway? My bindery was my living room, and more than a few projects were ruined when I was silly enough to leave my children unattended long enough to go to the bathroom.

I want to help the people like me.  People who love book art, paper, printmaking, letterpress, all of this, but don't have the resources to have their own set up.  

I currently have just about everything you need for this kind of work, but I really want to add an etching press. Currently, I'm only set up for intaglio.  The etching press I'm looking at is about $5000. I'm hoping to use this Kickstarter to jumpstart the coworking space and acquire this final press.

Press on shirt
Press on shirt

 

Press on shirt
Press on shirt

 

Press on tote
Press on tote

 

Rollin' shirt
Rollin' shirt

 

Shirt color swatches
Shirt color swatches

 

Business card design and print service
Business card design and print service

 

Wedding Invitations design and print services
Wedding Invitations design and print services

 

Letterpress stickers
Letterpress stickers

 

Paper engineering class
Paper engineering class

 

Bookbinding kit and Bookbinding 101
Bookbinding kit and Bookbinding 101

 

Bookbinding 201
Bookbinding 201

 

Intro to handset type
Intro to handset type

 

Into to hand set type
Into to hand set type

 

Business card design and print service
Business card design and print service

 

Bookbinding 101: Paste paper
Bookbinding 101: Paste paper

 

Bookbinding 201: Photo album
Bookbinding 201: Photo album

 

Marbled paper
Marbled paper

 

Risks and challenges

It is definitely going to be a challenge to fill all of the rewards by December, but I've done a lot of the design work already and only need to execute. I'm committed to delivering before Christmas, just in case you selected a reward as a gift.

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    3 Bookmarks

    You will receive 3 letterpress printed bookmarks in protective plastic sleeves.

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    The Bookbinder's Patch

    An embroidered patch featuring a crest worthy of any bookbinder.

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    The Printer's Patch

    An embroidered patch featuring a crest worthy of any printer.

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    121 Letterpress Stickers

    Yup. I did that. Letterpress printed on chipboard and turned them into alphabet stickers. Great for sticking all over the house, adding text to photos, or gazing at, fondly. So fondly. You get 121 stickers. I followed the same frequency formula foundries use when deciding how many of each letter to cast. Numbers, too.

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    3 Letterpress Postcards

    Three letterpress printed postcards printed on heavy watercolor paper featuring the words Love, Jive, and Enough in floral lettering. Perfect for the watercolor and coloring enthusiast. It's a special balance.

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    Press On Tote

    Sturdy canvas tote bag featuring my "Make like a bookbinder and press on" book press print.

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    They See Me Rollin' Tote

    Sturdy canvas tote bag featuring my "They see me rollin'" ink brayer print.

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    They See Me Rollin' Linoprint

    My "They see me rollin'" ink brayer linocut, printed on my trusty printing press.

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    Press On Linoprint

    My "Make like a bookbinder and press on" book press linocut, printed on my trusty printing press.

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    Double Patches

    You want the print and the bookbinder patch? You got 'em.

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    Press On T Shirt

    Comfy T shirt featuring my "Make like a bookbinder and press on" book press print. Choose pink, blue, orange, gray, or white.

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    They See Me Rollin' T Shirt

    Comfy T shirt featuring my "They see me rollin'" ink brayer print. Choose pink, blue, orange, gray, or white.

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    The Bookbinder's Bundle

    Because you want it all, I've combined the Press On tote with the Bookbinder's patch and EITHER three letterpress bookmarks OR 121 letterpress stickers.

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    The Printer's Bundle

    Because you want it all, I've combined the They See Me Rollin' tote with the Printer's patch and EITHER three letterpress bookmarks OR 121 letterpress stickers.

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    Bookbinding Kit

    Everything you need to bind your own hard cover, flat back book, including video instructions.

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    Introduction to Letterpress

    Four-hour class, Saturday, November 18th. Bring a short poem or quotation that you would like to set in wood or lead type and print enough copies to share with everyone in the class.

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    Paper Marbling Class

    Four-hour class, Saturday, December 2nd. Learn the art of paper marbling, where you can be as unstructured or traditional as you want to be.

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    Linocut Block Printing Class

    Four-hour class, Saturday, December 9th. Learn techniques for carving linoleum blocks for relief printing. Bring an idea for what you would like to depict.

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    Gift Certificate to one Saturday class

    You want to take a class, but can't commit to a one of the scheduled dates just yet? That's totally fine. Here's a gift certificate that you can spend any time in 2018.

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    10 Hours of Studio Time

    Studio rental will be $10/hour, but as an early supporter, you get your time for less. As a renter, you have access to three printing presses, a nipping press, a backing press/plough, a Schärf-fix leather parer, PVA, linen thread, wood and lead type, ink, wire binding machine, corner rounder, and a flat file drawer to store your projects.

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    1 Month of Studio Time

    Studio rental will be $200/month, but as an early supporter, you get your time for less. As a renter, you have access to three printing presses, a nipping press, a backing press/plough, a Schärf-fix leather parer, PVA, linen thread, wood and lead type, ink, wire binding machine, corner rounder, and a flat file drawer to store your projects.

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    Gift Certificate to weekend intensie

    This reward will allow you to take a weekend intensive class at Editions, to be redeemed by the end of 2018.

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    Paper Engineering Class

    Four-week class meeting every Wednesday at Editions in Seattle, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM. Starts in February. Learn all kinds of mechanisms for animating paper in your art projects, like pop ups, pull tabs, and many more.

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    Custom Wedding Stationery

    I will design and letterpress print 200 5x7, single color wedding invitations, just because I like you. Send me a message if you'd like to work out something a little different.

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    Custom Business Cards

    I will design and letterpress print 400 single color business cards, because you are wonderful and your business cards should be, too. Send me a message if you'd like to work out something a little different.

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    Bookbinding 101

    Six week long class, meeting every Wednesday at Editions in Seattle, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM. Starts November first, skips the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. You will learn all about paper grain, sewing book blocks, paste papers, and casing in.

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    Bookbinding 201

    Six week long class, meeting every Wednesday at Editions in Seattle, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM. Starts in January. You should already know all about paper grain, sewing book blocks, and casing in. This class will dive into leather dying, leather paring, endbands, and edge decoration.

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