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Hand made, paper cut, cards, invitations, and curios.
Hand made, paper cut, cards, invitations, and curios.
59 backers pledged $2,611 to help bring this project to life.

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Shipwreck Letterpress is the culmination of 5 years of work showing paper art and making things for galleries, friends, and fundraisers.  This kickstarter will fund the first line of cards and help introduce the brand to the Brooklyn area and the internet (a slightly bigger area).

It's as simple as that. I love making paper things, always have. Down the line I would like to develop Shipwreck into a full press with the ability to make business cards, wedding invitations, posters, you name it. But let's start with right now.


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The Line

Each card focuses on a different iconic shape or image and features a blank interior that coyly invites and brazenly demands to be written upon. Meet the kids!

"Eureeka" 
The aha moment made physical. It's about illumination, which your words will surely provide when they are made of light itself. A great card to thank someone for their guidance and wisdom, or to provide some of your own.

"Wall of Sound"
A picture is worth a thousand words (is that all?), but what about a sound? Many speak for themselves, but do they have the proper amplification? Yours will, when a boom box wall is trumpeting your call.

"View Master"
It's not just what you see, but how you see it. And though sadly this card is not a working view-master, it captures some of the fun. Comes with a viewing disk, the perfect place for a secret message or a bunch of cat drawings.

"The Door"
This one should look familiar.  One of my very first card designs and a favorite to this day.  Doors symbolize so many things.  You figure them out, I'm not doing all the work here.

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The Rewards

$10 or more:  Whether or not the project gets funded I will personally write you a letter designed to accentuate some of favorite eras of correspondence.  This is a serious thank you, because I'm seriously thankful.

$25 or more: A card designed exclusively for this kickstarter! Read more!

"Giant Leap"
Any pen can be a space pen when it travels over the surface of the moon that lines the inside of this card.  A great backdrop for a message of celestial significance, space monkey jokes, or giving the man on the moon a tattoo.

$50 or more: A Polaroid frame designed for Instagram prints (based off the sizing of the Kanvess model, 3"x3").  The frame will come with original art designed by Shipwreck Letterpress, which can be removed or replaced at your preference.  Make your Instagrams somehow even more precious by dressing them up like their analog cousins (uncles?).

$100 or more: A set of five Polaroid frames with five original pieces designed by Shipwreck Letterpress.  Each piece is removable to accommodate Instagram prints.

$250 or more: The first two contributors will receive an original piece of either my space shuttle piece "Re Entry" or my Buster Keaton portrait "Buster."  These are two of my favorite pieces and I have stopped trying to sell them, because I like them so much.  But it's time for new things, and so you big spenders can make a new friend.  Each piece was originally listed at $250. Fair's fair.

$500 or more: An original commissioned cut paper piece of 8.5"x11" or smaller in more more than 6 layers.  Look forward to working with you.

Risks and challenges

The automation, design, manufacture, packaging, shipping, and bookkeeping this project will require are all new skills for me. This kickstarter is an opportunity to force myself to learn the things that will make my press a success in general, but ultimately, after the project is funded this is all on me. I have a lot to learn and much organization and planning to work through and it will take some hard work and patience. Two things I have a lot of, here's hoping I have enough.

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    A thank you letter and a moon card designed specifically for this kickstarter. Your pen will dance over the surface of the moon. How many pens can say that?

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    Thank you letter, moon card, and specially designed polaroid frame with original artwork (sized to hold 3" x 3" instagram prints).

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    Thank you letter, moon card, 5 polaroid frames with 5 original mini-pieces.

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    Thank you letter, moon card, 5 polaroid frames with original mini-pieces, and the first two contributors will win a signed framed piece, either my space shuttle piece, "Re Entry" or the Buster Keaton portrait, "Buster."

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    Thank you letter, moon card, 5 polaroids with original mini-pieces, AND an original commissioned work in cut paper of no larger than 8.5 x 11 and no thicker than 6 layers.

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