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Spudnik Press Cooperative embarks on an epic mission to expand the boundaries of community printmaking!

This Spring, Spudnik embarked on an epic mission to expand the boundaries of community printmaking! Through unveiling our "Space Race", we hope to spark unprecedented support for community arts and democratic printmaking. We recently moved into a larger space but cannot utilize our equipment with out completing a major press refurbishing project.

We are creating a campaign to bring to life 3 letterpresses & an offset press. Once we complete this project, we can share our movable type and photo polymer plate equipment with Chicago artists. We will also provide unprecedented opportunities for Chicago artists to use offset printing to create self-published zines, newsletters, comics, chapbooks, and other printed ephemera.

Our kickstarter campaign will culminate in a permanent series of community letterpress classes and affordable use of our presses through our Open Studio program.

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We will be adding the following equipment to our facilities:

AB Dick 360 Offset Press: Prints up to 11x17. Ideal for high volume self-publishing. Lino-O-Scribe Proofing Press: Ideal for high volume relief printing, including linoleum blocks, woodblocks, and letterpress. The Pilot Platen Press: 6"x9" chase. Ideal for small to medium runs of invitations, cards, and other printed ephemera The Pearl Platen Press: 7"x10" chase. Power-driven press. Ideal for experienced printers creating high volumes of letterpress art Nu-Arc Plate Maker: Exposes photographic plates that can be used for letterpress printing, as well as offset, lithography, and etching. 

We are raising funds to cover the following costs:

Electrical Work: Improving electrical supply that powers our presses. Replacing aged unsafe wiring on the presses. New Rollers: Our Pearl press is missing the rollers. Other presses need the rubber on the cores replaced. Initial Supplies: Before offering classes, we need to acquire addition fonts of type, a few more composing sticks, and bases for polymer plates. Not to mention ink. Press Repair: We will be working with an experienced offset printer to fix up our AB Dick press. He is donating his time, but we will need a budget to cover the cost of materials. General Studio Improvements: There are a few larger items that we are in desperate need of, such as a drying rack for all of our presses to share, a case for our letterpress furniture, and cabinets. We are looking for all used equipment.

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    Letterpressed Thank You card, plus collection of 10 miniature prints selected at random from our Print Vending Machine.

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    Limited edition print by Lilli Carré. Available only to Kickstarter funders! Will be our first run of prints on our new Line-O-Scribe letterpress. Plus letterpressed thank you card and a miniature print.

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    Harmonica Workshop: Skip Landt from the Old Town School of Folk Music will share introductory harmonica skills, songs, and really cheap tricks for any style of playing (blues, jug band, country, gospel etc.) No need to read music. Harp is included! Class is scheduled for June 11. Plus letterpressed thank you card and a miniature print.

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    Relief Printmaking Workshop: Artist Liz Born will walk students through the process of making a print from a carved surface in this hands-on class. New and experienced artists are welcome. Class is slated for mid summer 2011. Plus letterpressed thank you card and a miniature print.

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    Collaborative Print by Paul Nudd and Onsmith, with hand coloring. Created through our Artist Residency Program. Spudnik Press will choose between "Teething Peas", "Frothy Drippings", Bile Syphon", and "Behold The Moistened". The prints are varied editions of 10, 11"x15", and all valued at $125. Plus letterpressed thank you card and a miniature print.

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    Complimentary enrollment in any letterpress class offered in 2011 or 2012. Plus letterpressed thank you card and a miniature print.

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    Up to 200 hand-printed business cards. Work with a Spudnik printer to design a simple one-color business card printed on heavy-stock paper. Plus letterpressed thank you card and a miniature print.

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    Private screen printing lessons for two with artist and designer Megan Klawitter. Class will be customized to meet the needs of the student. Plus letterpressed thank you card and a miniature print.

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    75 custom silkscreen posters (up to 11"x17") or record sleeves (12"x12" 2-sided). Up to 3 colors. Printed by the talented Edie Fake. Provide your own design or work with Edie to create the print of your dreams. Plus letterpressed thank you card and a miniature print.

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    2011 Subscription: Receive select works from our Artist Residency program, publishing program, exclusive prints by invitational artists, commemorative posters, and collaborative projects, shipped quarterly through out the year. Plus letterpressed thank you card and a miniature print.

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    Naming rights to our dark room. Be part of the Spudnik Press Legacy! Your name, etched into a bronze placard, will be displayed prominently by our darkroom entrance. i.e. "The John B. Doe Darkroom". Plus enrollment in an above-listed class of your choice, a letterpressed thank you card and a miniature print.

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