I've been the studio manager and apprentice printer at a local letterpress studio for about two years. I've always dreamed about having my own press and a complete stationery line. Unfortunately, the studio is relocating. I'm taking that as my sign to strike out on my own! I have seven years of stationery experience (both retail and wholesale) and over 10 years of graphic design experience - I just need help procuring the tools
I have recently designed a fourteen card line and plan to incorporate many more designs into additional cards. The completed designs have already been drawn, scanned-in, edited and are now ready to be made into plates.
After finding a press and getting it up and running (about $2,000 for the press, shipping, cleaning, new rollers and a new printing base), I will use the roughly $1,500 remaining for purchasing supplies including: paper, ink, envelopes, packaging materials, a paper cutter and a scoring machine.
This Kickstarter will get Wildes of Port Press started. I understand that the dream is free but the hustle is sold separately. Any funds above and beyond the Kickstarter will go towards furthering the business: a digital camera, upgrading my computer and software and starting a website.
Wildes of Port Press will be sold both wholesale and retail. I have an Etsy shop as well as a business plan for getting into retail shops across the country. I will also participate in local artisan fairs and hand-made events.
Risks and challenges
[Willy Wonka] But Charlie, don't forget what happened to the letterpress printer who suddenly got everything she always wanted.
[Charlie Bucket] What happened?
[Willy Wonka] She lived happily ever after.
Since I'll have absolute minimal overhead (the press will live in the in-laws' garage) the biggest challenge I see is balancing my part-time graphic design job. Since I am a one-girl operation, any illness or injury could effect production times.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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