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a future Kansas City community printshop looking to inspire the artist in all of us.
a future Kansas City community printshop looking to inspire the artist in all of us.
a future Kansas City community printshop looking to inspire the artist in all of us.
219 backers pledged $12,743 to help bring this project to life.

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PRINT LEAGUE KC

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Print League KC will be a community printshop allowing artists and art enthusiasts — yes you! — access to printmaking equipment, classes, and an open work space. Print League KC will be able to establish and provide an environment that nurtures creativity and collaborative growth in our community.

For members as well as the general public, we will offer a wide variety of printmaking and paper-related classes giving anyone the chance to learn a new skill or brush up on an old technique. 

We currently have a fully functional letterpress facility with the goal of adding intaglio, relief, screen printing, and lithography equipment.

Membership Levels: 

  • Level I : 16hr Punch-Cards
  • Level II : Monthly
  • Level III : 3-Month
  • Core : 6-Month with 24-hr access

Levels II and III are available through this campaign at an introductory rate!

This Campaign is a crowdfunding effort to expand our current offerings beyond letterpress printing. Our main goal will be the purchase of an Intaglio/Etching press. After securing the press, we'll acquire start-up supplies that include silk screen setups, inks, press blankets, etc.

  

Random Letterpress card [1 of 3 possible designs]
Random Letterpress card [1 of 3 possible designs]

 

All Three Mystery Letterpress Cards [designs are... secret. shh]
All Three Mystery Letterpress Cards [designs are... secret. shh]

 

Print League KC Heavy Duty Canvas Tote
Print League KC Heavy Duty Canvas Tote

  

Kansas City T-Shirt [artwork pending final approval]
Kansas City T-Shirt [artwork pending final approval]

  

Limited Edition GOLD Print League KC Apron [artwork pending final approval]
Limited Edition GOLD Print League KC Apron [artwork pending final approval]

 

 

 

Work in Progress: No Wrong Roads Linework [final design pending]
Work in Progress: No Wrong Roads Linework [final design pending]

  

Work in Progress: Missouri Linework [final design pending]
Work in Progress: Missouri Linework [final design pending]

 

Work in Progress: Kansas Linework [final design pending]
Work in Progress: Kansas Linework [final design pending]

  

 

LEGO Letterpress Workshop
LEGO Letterpress Workshop

 

Silk Screen Workshop
Silk Screen Workshop

 

Typesetting Workshop
Typesetting Workshop

 

Book Binding Workshop
Book Binding Workshop

 

Paper Marbling Workshop
Paper Marbling Workshop

 

Thanks to our early success, we can reach higher with a stretch goal.

If/when we crest $11,000, one enamel pin can be included for FREE in all pledge levels of $20 and higher.
Backers can choose either our new "Happy Brayer" pin or the "Hello" word bubble pin from Two Tone Press.

 

Hello Enamel Pin Final
Hello Enamel Pin Final

 

Our Current Equipment:

  • Vandercook SP-15
  • 10x15 Chandler & Price Platen Press
  • 6 cabinets of type
  • Guillotine Paper Cutter

 

Back Studio Space
Back Studio Space

 

ANI VOLKAN - Future Director of Print League KC. Master Trail Runner. Family History Enthusiast. Armenian Storyteller. Loquacious Instructor with a Printmaking MFA. [anivolkan.com]

MICHELLE DREHER - Expert Linocutter. Letterpress Printmaker Extraordinaire. Marvelous Molder of Young Minds. Quiet Extrovert. Coffee Lover. KCAI Graduate. Two Tone Press Owner. 

ANGIE DREHER - Art Dabbler. Sci-Fi/Fantasy Nerd. World Traveler. Loud Introvert. Purveyor of Accidental Antics. Spreadsheet Aficionado with a Business Degree. [twotonepress.com]

For the curious... Where's all the money going?

 

Risks and challenges

Challenge #1: Physical Space
Print League KC is fortunate enough to be housed in a space owned by Founders, Michelle and Angie Dreher.

Challenge #2: Equipment
If the crowdfunding is successful, we will purchase a great majority of the pieces we need.
If we do not meet our goal, we will open Print League KC with the complete letterpress facility already in place thanks to our sponsor, Two Tone Press, and the journey to full fledged community printshop will just be a slightly longer road.

Challenge #3: Operating Costs
The largest challenge will be covering operating costs by establishing and maintaining memberships, as well as by filling workshops. Since Print League KC is a new endeavor, we've structured our overhead costs to be manageable within the bounds of the printshop's growth.

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    Air *High-Five* from afar

    Backer receives an Air *High-FIve* from afar and our humble gratitude!

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    ONE Mystery Letterpress Card

    Backer receives a random mystery letterpress card to use at their leisure.

    [1 of 3 possible designs]

    Designed & printed by Two Tone Press

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    all THREE Mystery Letterpress Card

    Backer receives all 3 mystery letterpress cards to use at their leisure.

    [3 of 3 possible designs]

    Designed & printed by Two Tone Press

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    Print League KC Tote

    Backer receives a sweet Print League KC Heavy Canvas Tote.

    14"W x 15"H x 4"D

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    Kansas City T-Shirt

    Backer receives a limited edition Gold ink Kansas City T-Shirt.

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    Limited Edition Printmaker's Apron

    Backer receives a limited edition Gold ink Printmaker's Apron.

    Size: 30"L x 23"W
    poly-cotton twill
    2-piece slider neck adjustment

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    Limited Edition KANSAS Block Print

    Backer receives a limited edition 3-color Linocut Block Print of Kansas designed and hand-carved by Michelle & Angie Dreher of Two Tone Press.

    This is a work-in-progress!
    The image shown is our most recent sketch.
    Stay Tuned for updates on the final print!

    Final: 3-color Reductive Linocut
    Edition of 50
    Size: 11" x 14"

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    Limited Edition MISSOURI Block Print

    Backer receives a limited edition 3-color Linocut Block Print of Missouri designed and hand-carved by Michelle & Angie Dreher of Two Tone Press.

    This is a work-in-progress!
    The image shown is our most recent sketch.
    Stay Tuned for updates on the final print!

    Final: 3-color Reductive Linocut
    Edition of 50
    Size: 11" x 14"

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    Limited Ed. NO WRONG ROADS Block Print

    Backer receives a limited edition 3-color Linocut Block Print of No Wrong Roads designed and hand-carved by Michelle & Angie Dreher of Two Tone Press.

    This is a work-in-progress!
    The image shown is our most recent sketch.
    Stay Tuned for updates on the final print!

    Final: 3-color Reductive Linocut
    Edition of 50
    Size: 12.5" x 12.5"

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    Paper Marbling Workshop

    Backer receives ONE spot in a Paper Marbling workshop!

    Max Class size: 10
    Length: 3 hr session
    Date: Saturday, July 29th
    Time: 1pm - 4pm
    Instructors: Kim Foster

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    • All necessary supplies
    • Light refreshments
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    Lego Letterpress Workshop

    Backer receives ONE spot in a Lego Letterpress workshop.

    Great for Ages 5 to Adult!

    Max Class size: 16
    Length: 3 hr session
    Date: Saturday, July 8th
    Time: 1pm - 4pm
    Instructors: Michelle & Angie Dreher

    Includes:
    • One child [5 to 12 yrs old] may accompany a parent/adult
    • All necessary supplies
    • Light refreshments
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    Silk Screen Workshop

    Backer receives ONE spot for a Silk Screen Workshop.

    Project:
    2 color separation 11" x 17" poster print

    Max Class size: 10
    Length: 3 hr session
    Date: Saturday, August 5th
    Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    Instructor: Jackie Niekamp

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    Silk Screen Workshop - Morning

    Backer receives ONE spot for a Silk Screen Workshop.

    Project:
    2 color separation 11" x 17" poster print

    Max Class size: 8
    Length: 3 hr session
    Date: Saturday, August 5th
    Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
    Instructor: Jackie Niekamp

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    ONE Month Membership

    Backer receives a special introductory rate for our ONE Month Membership to the Print League KC. [$75 value]

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    • Voucher for ONE month of your choice
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    Typesetting Workshop

    Backer receives ONE spot for a Typesetting Workshop.

    Project:
    one-color 5"x7" flat note cards with envelope

    Max Class size: 6
    Length: 3 hr session
    Date: Saturday, June 17th
    Time: 1pm - 4pm
    Instructors: Michelle & Angie Dreher

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    Typesetting Workshop - Morning

    Backer receives ONE spot for a Typesetting Workshop.

    Project:
    one-color 5"x7" flat note cards with envelope

    Max Class size: 6
    Length: 3 hr session
    Date: Saturday, June 17th
    Time: 9am - 12pm
    Instructors: Michelle & Angie Dreher

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    Ltd Ed MISSOURI & KANSAS Block Prints

    Backer receives BOTH limited edition 3-color Linocut Block Prints [Missouri & Kansas] designed and hand-carved by Michelle & Angie Dreher of Two Tone Press.

    These are works-in-progress!
    The images shown are our most recent sketches.
    Stay Tuned for updates on the final print!

    Final: 3-color Reductive Linocuts
    Edition of 50
    Size: 11" x 14"

    Includes:
    • Mystery Letterpress Card
    • FREE Shipping in the US
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    Lego Date Night

    Backer receives TWO spots for a Lego Letterpress workshop where partners will collaborate.

    Project:
    two-color 12.5" x 12.5" print

    Max class size: 16
    Length: 3 hr session
    Date: Saturday, July 8th
    Time: 6pm-9pm
    Instructors: Michelle & Angie Dreher

    Includes:
    • All necessary supplies
    • Light refreshments + Wine
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    Book Binding Workshop

    Backer receives ONE spot in a 2-day book binding workshop. Learn 3 different binding techniques.

    Max Class size: 8
    Length: 2 sessions [3 hrs each]
    Dates: Sat. Aug 5th & Sun. Aug 6th
    Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Instructor: Thayer Bray

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    THREE Month Membership

    Backer receives a special introductory rate for our THREE Month Membership to the Print League KC! [$210 value]

    Includes:
    • Voucher for THREE months with a start date of your choice
    • Start date of your choice
    • Ability to extend pricing for add'l 3 months!
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    ALL THE STUFF

    Backer receives One of All the tangible things!

    Includes:
    • Air *High-Five* from afar
    • All 3 Mystery Letterpress Cards
    • Mystery Letterpress Card
    • Print League KC Canvas Tote
    • KC T-Shirt
    • Printmaker's Apron
    • Ltd Ed No Wrong Roads Block Print
    • Limited Edition Kansas Block Print
    • Limited Edition Missouri Block Print
    • FREE Shipping in the US
    • Invitation to Exclusive Grand Opening Party
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    SIX Month Membership

    Backer receives a special introductory rate for our SIX Month Membership to the Print League KC! [$420 value]

    Includes:
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    • Ability to extend Pricing for add'l 6 months!
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    PRIVATE Small Lego Workshop

    Backer receives ONE private workshop for up to 8 people.

    Project:
    two-color 12.5" x 12.5" print

    Max class size: 8
    Length: 3 hrs
    Instructors: Michelle & Angie Dreher

    Awesome for:
    Team-building, field trips, parties [birthday, bachelor/ette, etc.]

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    PRIVATE Medium Lego Workshop

    Backer receives ONE private workshop for up to 12 people.

    Project:
    two-color 12.5" x 12.5" print

    Max class size: 12
    Length: 3 hrs
    Instructors: Michelle & Angie Dreher

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    Team-building, field trips, parties [birthday, bachelor/ette, etc.]

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    PRIVATE Large Lego Workshop

    Backer receives ONE private workshop for up to 16 people.

    Project:
    two-color 12.5" x 12.5" print

    Max class size: 16
    Length: 3 hrs
    Instructors: Michelle & Angie Dreher

    Awesome for:
    Team-building, field trips, parties [birthday, bachelor/ette, etc.]

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    The Benefactor

    Backer receives the undying gratitude of WE, the founders, for being a gracious and humble supporter of the arts.

    Includes:
    • a Private Studio Tour with the Founders
    • Invitation to Exclusive Grand Opening Party
    • ACTUAL *High-Fives* from each of the Founders
    • Same as ALL the STUFF Reward
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Funding period

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