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Start-up of an independent letterpress studio. All items are hand illustrated and printed on an antique press in Newport, Rhode Island.
27 backers pledged $4,076 to help bring this project to life.

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 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

Hand drawn Aquidneck Island card
Hand drawn Aquidneck Island card

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.

Sketches before they are scanned and edited
Sketches before they are scanned and edited

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.

Behind the scenes of a mini photoshoot
Behind the scenes of a mini photoshoot

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.

Hand-drawn anchor holiday card
Hand-drawn anchor holiday card

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.

File for Thank You card
File for Thank You card

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.

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    Letterpressed Crossed Oars Thank You card and envelope. I'll leave it blank on the inside so you can use it!

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    Box of 6 letterpressed Holiday cards and envelopes. Choose from three festive, nautical designs!

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    25 custom nautical flag cards and envelopes. I'll hand-draw your name, city or state in nautical flag letters

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    25 custom hand-drawn map cards and envelopes. I'll hand draw the outline of a state of your choosing and place a heart anchor over your favorite "port" (whether its on the water or not!)

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