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a. favorite design is moving our letterpress studio to a space where the community can create & learn through workshops and shop local.
a. favorite design is moving our letterpress studio to a space where the community can create & learn through workshops and shop local.
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Make Dreams Reality: Community Letterpress Workshop Studio

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a. favorite design is moving to Albany Park in Chicago! Our new space is on the first floor with its own entrance. This will allow us to offer community workshops, have a small retail area in front filled with our goods and other letterpress artist goods, vintage finds and stationery type products. Our main focus will be creating a community letterpress space and sharing our love of snail mail.

who
Hi! I’m Amber Favorite, creator of a. favorite design, a letterpress print shop on the north side of Chicago. Our mission at a. favorite design is to encourage long distance warm fuzzies through snail mail. All our goods are handmade by a small and caring staff. 

I created a. favorite design in 2005. After leaving the corporate world and branching out as a freelance designer, I discovered community letterpress classes. I was immediately smitten. I’ve always had a passion for design and typography; letterpress printing became a magical, creative world filled with both. I quickly learned people liked my style so I created a line of greeting cards & stationery. In June of 2007 I acquired a 1913 C & P hand-fed press and I haven’t looked back. My part-time passion quickly became my full-time gig. 

Until now, my focus has been creating greeting cards. Each card is lovingly fed through my antique press two to four times. The process is time consuming but I am committed to craftsmanship and feel the beautiful impression of each piece is worth it. My goods are truly a labor of love. I believe in the magic of snail mail and the idea that a long distance warm fuzzy can change someone's day and maybe even their life. 

what
While I love creating greeting cards I’ve been daydreaming about a space where I can offer workshops, a creative space that will inspire people of all ages, a space where I can share my goods as well as help others create. I want to offer letterpress printing workshops, letter writing workshops, handwriting tutorials, as well as vintage office finds and greeting cards for every occasion. I want to share my passion for all things paper and printing with my community. I want others to feel the excitement, creativity and magic of letterpress like I did over 12 years ago.

how
In order to create my dream workshop space I will need to move my current studio. Moving antique printing presses, paper cutters and plate makers is a huge undertaking. Professional equipment movers will need to be hired, as well as movers to safely transport thousands of greeting cards and envelopes.

I also need a tabletop printing press that is safe for everyone to use. This press will be dedicated to our students for learning the art of letterpress printing. 

I’ve found a perfect first floor space in the Albany Park neighborhood. At the moment it’s being gutted and needs a lot of love. In addition to moving and purchasing a new press, we need to purchase new light fixtures, paint the space and build some shelving. We’ll also need additional work tables, stools for our students & more type for classes. All of these things add up pretty quickly. That’s where you come in. Just like one warm fuzzy can make someone’s day, one contribution can make a big difference in our little paper community. I’m offering a great variety of letterpress goods, workshops, events and even a press in exchange for investing in our community workshop studio.

when
Here’s my plan:

August
–get the keys to the new space! Start painting, electrical work, build an office area, build shelving and create a card wall.
–start moving in product, organize, prepare for presses & equipment
–move all our equipment to new space

September/October
–host opening party
–workshop schedule sign up begins!
–workshop launch 

What you can expect – Rewards will start shipping in October, while rewards involving workshops will be offered dates and times closer to November. 

Here’s where the money will go: 
equipment moving - $3,000
tabletop press - $2,500
improvements to space - $4,500
general movers - $3,000
wood type - $1,500
stools and tables - $2,000 

why
You’re probably wondering why I want to take on such a big endeavor. I’ll be honest. Creating is a passion and inspiring others is my life’s purpose. I love helping people create and dream. I want to build an environment people want to be in, a place people feel comfortable to express themselves and play, a space where you’re able to get so involved in a project you don’t even realize an hour has gone by. A space where your hands are busy and mind can wander. I want to create a magical community of paper lovers who believe in the magic of snail mail. This new shop & letterpress print space is the start to making my daydreams reality. Thanks for investing in my community dream!

rewards

make dreams reality metal-typer coin - pledge $17 

custom message metal-typer coin - pledge $25

set of six notecards (music) - pledge $28   

10x8 be kind print - pledge $33


10x8 make dreams reality print - $33 (will be letterpress printed)

 

16x12 sweet home chicago print - pledge $44


16x12 heartbeat chicago print - pledge $44 (will be letterpress printed)

 

 chicago craft beer lover - pledge $45 

 card of the month club - pledge $55 (actual cards may vary)
 3 card of the month club - pledge $153
 

 letterpress holiday card making workshop - pledge $75 

six 6 packs of cards - pledge $90
(you choose six different or the same packs of our thank you, holiday, new year's or hanukkah cards)
 

your name on a studio stool for our students - pledge $200 

hobbyist letterpress business cards - pledge $260
professional business card printing - pledge $533
 

set of custom stationery - pledge $260 
 

letterpress party for 6 - pledge $480
letterpress party for 12 - pledge $950
 

buy bennie our 10x15 c+p automatic - pledge $2,533 or more 

special thanks to tom (mr. favorite) for creating my video & heather for editing all my text. you guys rock!
music - Paper Planes by Durden ft. Airtone

Risks and challenges

There is always a chance for mishaps during moves. Especially when dealing with several tons of brittle cast iron equipment. We are hiring the best heavy equipment movers in the Chicago area. We expect our move to go smoothly and all three presses, the paper cutter and platemaker to arrive safe and sound. We are also dealing with construction on the new space. While our lease starts August 15th, our old lease doesn't expire until September 30th. We scheduled the overlap as a cushion. We don't plan on it taking one and a half months to move but just in case the construction isn't complete or there are any hold ups. We have some time. We intend to stick with our expected ship dates in October for rewards. We create and ship thousands of greeting cards weekly, it shouldn't be a problem.

That all being said...Please keep in mind when dealing with construction and moving, dates shift, stuff happens. We'll keep you abreast of any issues.

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    warm fuzzy

    every warm fuzzy counts! get a shout out on the website.

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    air mail

    we're making supercute paper airplanes that we'll hand-letter your name on and display in our new & improved space. every backer at $10+ level will get their name on a plane.

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    long distance warm fuzzy

    enjoy a little snail mail love. you'll get a "make dreams reality" letterpress printed, handwritten thank you note.

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    make dreams reality metal-typer coin

    we have an amazing old-school metal typer and we want to share its awesomeness with YOU! get a "make dreams reality" good luck coin & a handwritten thank you note. we're excited to display this machine prominently in our new space.

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    custom message metal-typer coin

    have a mantra you want to keep in your pocket? or need a creative marriage proposal? we can help! get a custom (up to 32 characters) good luck coin created on our vintage metal-typer.

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    set of six notecards

    do you love letterpress? do you love writing? we'll send you six different letterpress cards to use. you can choose your theme: music, seed packs, summer road trip or food and drink.

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    10x8 print

    your choice! choose one of our two supercute 10x8 letterpress prints. either "make dreams reality" or "be kind to one another".

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    12x16 33rd ward print

    we love chicago! we love the number 33! imagine our excitement when we realized our shop relocation was in ward 33. consider this our little homage to two of our favorite things.

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    12x16 choice of chicago print

    have we mentioned we think chicago is the best city ever!?! well, we do. consider these prints a little warm fuzzy from us. Choose from: cross stitched inspired sweet home chicago or skyline heatbeat.

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    chicago craft beer lover

    chicago loves it craft beer, so does mr. favorite. keep your pints cool with two of our Chi-Style pint glass coozies, they come with a window so you can see when you need a refill. be polite, use a coaster! two sets of four chicago theme coasters. plus, keep notes about your favorite brews with a craft beer pencil set, eight no.2 pencils with styles corresponding to their color. perfect for the craft beer lover or homebrewer!

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    card of the month club

    our mission is to encourage long distance warm fuzzies through snail mail. you get 12 cards - a card for each month of the year to send some snail mail love.

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    letterpress holiday card making workshop

    come typeset your christmas, hanukkah or new year's card. attend a two and a half hour workshop in our new studio, covering general type setting and printing. you'll leave with a set of cards you designed and printed.

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    VIP opening party for 2

    are you a VIP? we think so! not only will you get to see our space before anyone else, we'll send you an invite to our super-secret old studio dance party. shhhhhh....

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    • super secret old studio dance party send off
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    six 6 packs

    our mission is to encourage long distance warm fuzzies through snail mail. you get six different 6 packs of letterpress cards. choose from hanukkah, holiday, new year's or thank you note packs or a couple of each. send some snail mail love.

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    3 card club

    our mission is to encourage long distance warm fuzzies through snail mail. you get 36 cards - three cards for each month of the year to send some snail mail love.

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    grab a seat

    we'll purchase a studio stool that will permanently bear your name. your legacy will allow students to create comfortably while in our studio.

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    hobbyist letterpress business cards

    everyone is a business now, or has a skill to sell. let us make your business cards stand out. we'll print 100 letterpress cards on 100-140# paper, 2 colors on one side.

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    • 100 letterpress 2 color business cards
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    set of custom stationery

    you get a set of 50 letterpress flat notes with return address printing on envelope flap. one color on 140# paper.

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    letterpress printing party for six

    gather your friends and come print with us! we'll have beer and cheese on hand. choose from coaster printing or poster printing. your group will design, set up and print. each guest will leave with a finished project.

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    professional business card printing

    got a skill or product to sell? let us make your business cards stand out. we'll print 200 letterpress cards on 140# paper, 2 colors on one side, 1 color on other.

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    • 200 letterpress 2 color over 1 color business cards
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    letterpress party for 12

    gather 11 friends and come print with us! we'll have beer and cheese on hand. choose from coaster printing or poster printing. your group will design, set up and print. each guest will leave with a finished project.

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    table top press naming rights

    we're purchasing a new table top press. all of our equipment is lovingly named. this is your chance to be part of a print shop legacy! you will have the honor of naming our press. we'll get a beautiful custom plaque to display with our press. you'll also get one 2.5-3 hour workshop of your choice. dates vary and will be announced starting november and offered monthly. plus you'll get an invite to our opening party.

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    • plaque bearing name of your choice for our table top press
    • VIP invitation to opening party - date TBD
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    kluge naming rights

    we've got a 12x18 kluge press patiently waiting for a name. this is your chance to be part of a print shop legacy! you will have the honor of naming our press. we'll get a beautiful custom plaque to hang above the press. you'll also get one 2.5-3 hour workshop of your choice. dates vary and will be announced starting november and offered monthly. plus you get an invite to our opening party.

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    • plaque bearing name of our 12x18 kluge press
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    buy bennie - 10x15 c+p automatic

    we have a craftsman automatic printing press, bennie. he needs a new home. one where he will be used regularly and loved. he has an ok set of four rollers on him, he comes with one chase and an extra set of roller cores. he also has the original manual, receipts and paperwork from the previous owner. he has a bin of random parts and pieces as well. FREIGHT NOT INCLUDED. must be picked up in Chicago, IL 60613 by September 14th. we have a loading dock and freight elevator. you'll also get one 2.5-3 hour workshop of your choice. dates vary and will be announced starting november and offered monthly. plus you get an invite to our opening party.

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Funding period

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