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As part of Kickstarter Gold, we present our newest broadside portfolio Subversion, together with our past two in a handsome slipcase.
As part of Kickstarter Gold, we present our newest broadside portfolio Subversion, together with our past two in a handsome slipcase.
356 backers pledged $23,839 to help bring this project to life.

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Subversion - A Broadside Portfolio

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TLDR: As part of the Kickstarter Gold initiative, we are launching our third broadside portfolio on the theme of SUBVERSION, along with a handsome slipcase containing all three portfolios. These portfolios are carefully curated, designed, and printed by master craftsmen. Please consider supporting this literary and artistic endeavor, as we continue the perpetuation of ideas that matter.

Subversion turns history.

As the technicians of siege warfare learned long ago, the favored method of breaching a fortress is to sap its walls. So too is subversion the favored method of bringing down authority. Subversion has always marched arm-in-arm with art. As the great Civil Rights leaders looked to Thoreau's doctrine of civil disobedience, as the great muckrakers looked toward Blake's investigative poetic wanderings, as the great feminists looked to the stoic passion of Dickinson and Lowell—so too do we reflect, with this portfolio, on the marriage of subversion and art.

The provocative social anarchist Mikhail Bakunin said that Man had only two instincts: to think, and to rebel. Surely, without thought, rebellion is a meaningless thrash; and without rebellion, thought is inconsequential. Art, for many, has been the answer. Art communicates not just to the present, but to the future. It resonates with our subversive instinct and has the power to turn history.

Thus, with one eye on the past as we forge onward, we are proud to present these broadsides of Subversion

What you get.

As part of our ongoing broadside initiative on Kickstarter, we are launching a two-week campaign to get our third portfolio off the ground. You will receive the Subversion Broadside Portfolio which holds ten broadsides printed letterpress.

You will receive an archival portfolio, which contains ten broadsides printed letterpress. This is simply a magnificent collection.
You will receive an archival portfolio, which contains ten broadsides printed letterpress. This is simply a magnificent collection.

 

Each broadside is a work of art. They are printed on heavy archival stock on our Heidelberg printing press, the height of letterpress technology. Most importantly, they have been curated to inspire and endure.
Each broadside is a work of art. They are printed on heavy archival stock on our Heidelberg printing press, the height of letterpress technology. Most importantly, they have been curated to inspire and endure.

The politics slipcase. 

As part of the Kickstarter Gold initiative, we are launching Subversion beside our previous two broadside portfolios, on the themes of American Protest and Alternative Facts. These are presented together in a handsome slipcase which is perfect for display.

Nb: our past backers made this project possible. For all backers who supported American Protest and Alternative Facts, a complimentary slipcase will be included with their pledge for Subversion by itself. Thank you for your continued support; it means a lot to us.

When you pledge for all three of our broadside portfolios, you will receive them in our handsome archival slipcase.
When you pledge for all three of our broadside portfolios, you will receive them in our handsome archival slipcase.

Limited eight portfolios on handmade paper.

We are offering eight portfolios in a limited run on handmade paper; they are signed and numbered by the Publisher. These bring the quality and texture of the portfolio to another level. They are truly a unique addition to your collection.

Subversion: The Titles

  • A Rat Surrendered Here, by Emily Dickinson.
  • Caution, by Walt Whitman.
  • Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau. 
  • Common Sense, by Thomas Paine.
  • Holy Thursday, by William Blake.
  • My Testament, by Taras Shevchenko.
  • Etienne de la Boece, by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  • Sonnet LXIII, by Michael Drayton.
  • The End, by Amy Lowell.
  • London, by William Blake.

Alternative Facts: The Titles

  • Falsehood, a poem. 
  • Come Together, a list. 
  • Non-Euclidean Geometry, an overview. 
  • The Second of July, a history. 
  • Contronyms, a grammar. 
  • The Sign of the Devil, a puzzle. 
  • Peace For Our Time, a delusion. 
  • Captain William Martin, a deception. 
  • The Shape of the Earth, a lineage. 
  • Famous Lines That Weren't, an invention.

American Protest: The Titles

  • Ain't I A Woman? by Sojourner Truth.
  • 172 Years Late, by Hubert Humphrey.
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic, by Julia Ward Howe.
  • All-Pervading Light, by Frederick Douglass.
  • We Hold These Truths, the preamble to the Declaration of Independence.
  • Liberty or Death, by Patrick Henry.
  • They Ask For Equal Dignity, the opinions of Obergefell v. Hodges.
  • Crime Against Kansas, by Charles Sumner.
  • Opaz, Utah, a poem of Japanese internment.
  • We, The Whole People, by Susan B. Anthony.

More about The Broadside Library.

Last September, through Kickstarter, we launched The Broadside Library. The dream is to print a great collection of broadsides, offering titles old new, famous and obscure, flamboyant and refined. We originally designed sixty broadsides to begin this collection, and have, ever since, been expanding. Check out the video from that original project to learn more.

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The video from our original 'Broadside Library' project. Learn more about this ongoing mission!

More about Thornwillow.

In 1985 Thornwillow was founded by Luke Pontifell, then sixteen, who spent his summer vacations printing and hand binding books. What started as a labor of love has grown into one of the leading purveyors of specialty books and custom stationary in the United States, consolidating centuries of craft and technique under one roof in Newburgh, New York.

Luke Pontifell, publisher of Thornwillow, in his natural habitat—at the factory.
Luke Pontifell, publisher of Thornwillow, in his natural habitat—at the factory.

For more than thirty years Thornwillow has been committed to enhancing the relationship between the reader and the written word. Our paper, printing, binding, and books are meant to be a lasting and powerful method of communicating and preserving ideas in the modern world. Ultimately, what we do is a very simple thing. It's black ink on white paper, and from that very simple combination, one can open up visions of the universe.

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Risks and challenges

We have run several successful projects in the past, including two previous broadside portfolios. We hold ourselves to a high standard of quality, and communicability. While we have prepared for every stage of the project, unforeseen challenges may present themselves. If so, we will communicate these with our backers as we work to overcome them.

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    Subversion - A Broadside Portfolio

    Subversion turns history. Celebrate subversive acts of art with this hand-crafted portfolio containing ten letterpress broadsides.

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    • Portfolio box - letterpress on archival stock.
    • Ten broadsides of 'Subversion'.
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    2 Subversion Portfolios

    Subversion turns history. Celebrate subversive acts of art with this hand-crafted portfolio containing ten letterpress broadsides.

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    • Portfolio box - letterpress on archival stock.
    • Ten broadsides of 'Subversion'.
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    Subversion + Alt. Facts + Am. Protest

    All three of our broadside portfolios, on the themes of 'American Protest', 'Alternative Facts', and 'Subversion' together in a handsome slipcase.

    Includes:
    • Slipcase.
    • Portfolio box - letterpress on archival stock.
    • Ten broadsides of 'Subversion'.
    • Ten broadsides of 'Alternative Facts'.
    • Ten broadsides of 'American Protest'
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    3 Subversion Portfolios

    Subversion turns history. Celebrate subversive acts of art with this hand-crafted portfolio containing ten letterpress broadsides.

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    • Portfolio box - letterpress on archival stock.
    • Ten broadsides of 'Subversion'.
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    Subversion - Limited Handmade Paper

    We are printing a limited edition of only eight 'Subversion' portfolios on handmade paper. They will be numbered one through eight, and signed by the Publisher.

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    • Portfolio box - letterpress on archival stock.
    • Ten broadsides of 'Subversion' on handmade paper.
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    X2 Subversion + Alt. Facts + Am. Protest

    All three of our broadside portfolios, on the themes of 'American Protest', 'Alternative Facts', and 'Subversion' together in a handsome slipcase.

    Includes:
    • Slipcase.
    • Portfolio box - letterpress on archival stock.
    • Ten broadsides of 'Subversion'.
    • Ten broadsides of 'Alternative Facts'.
    • Ten broadsides of 'American Protest'
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    X3 Subversion + Alt. Facts + Am. Protest

    All three of our broadside portfolios, on the themes of 'American Protest', 'Alternative Facts', and 'Subversion' together in a handsome slipcase.

    Includes:
    • Slipcase.
    • Portfolio box - letterpress on archival stock.
    • Ten broadsides of 'Subversion'.
    • Ten broadsides of 'Alternative Facts'.
    • Ten broadsides of 'American Protest'
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