WE ARE IN THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! Thank you to all of the wonderful people who backed and posted about the project. We did it! We made our goal! But don't stop pledging (those of you out there that still haven't done so). We could really use funds to build a darkroom for the platemaker! Thanks for taking a look!
*Smokey Road Press: We are a letterpress shop and bindery in Athens, Georgia.
*What we do: We are a print, book and design studio. We are a community center for letterpress and bookbinding classes. We work with artists from around the globe to edition prints and books. We host a residency program with an international scope that brings artists to Athens to make work. We employ local and visiting artists and crafts people with national and international reputations to teach courses. We are unique to Georgia. We are unique to the Southeast.
*What we need: We need equipment for the shop so that we can reduce the cost of future projects.
*What you get if you pledge: Amazing prints by well-known artists for great prices! We will also offer framing advice for those who need it!
WHO IS SMOKEY ROAD PRESS
My name is Margot Ecke and I have been printing and binding books for over 17 years. I love everything about the process: the smell of the ink, the feel of the paper, the sound and feel of the machines. Two years ago, after years of teaching at universities and workshops around the country, I decided to open Smokey Road Press. The press does commercial letterpress and binding work (like greeting cards, weddings and business cards) as well as fine art publishing, where we work with artists to create editions of prints and artists’ books. We will be adding design, letterpress and binding workshops to this list when we move into a larger space in the historic Leathers Building in Athens, Georgia in December of 2012.
Most of the equipment that we use at Smokey Road Press is from the first half of the twentieth century, however, much of the design work takes place on the computer and those image files are then made into polymer plates. A polymer platemaker is a machine that exposes and develops these plates. We spend quite a bit of money each year on plates. Our Kickstarter hopes to raise funding to purchase a platemaker, which would allow us to make our plates in house and reduce our platemaking costs by two-thirds the price!
The purchase of a platemaker would also free up funds to create more artist editions. We work with artists who create pieces that we ourselves would like to own. In other words, the creation of each edition is made with years of experience and lots of enthusiasm for the final product. We love each print that we pull and love the process that made it happen.
This particular project is especially exciting because we have been itching to work with these artists for some time. These six artists have made their mark in the fields of art and design. Each one has produced an image that will look beautiful on the printed page. Throughout the Kickstarter, you will see updates about the printing progress for each edition.
LET'S MEET THE ARTISTS AND SEE THEIR WORK
Shelly DiCello Ahern (image above) received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002 and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1999. She is a visual artist with an emphasis in intaglio and relief printmaking. She exhibits prints, drawings and installations at various galleries across the country. Shelly was a visiting professor at the University of Georgia, where she taught printmaking, papermaking and book arts from 2006-2009. She is on the board of directors of the Morgan Conservatory and is currently the Department Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Saint Joseph Academy. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Shelly's piece, Nine Shuttlecocks, is seen above as a digital image. Once printed, it will be a three color print on 110 pound Crane's Lettra paper. It measures 11 3/4" x 14 3/4" . Edition size: 250. The price of this print will be $150 once the Kickstarter has finished. However, during the Kickstarter, this print can be yours for a pledge of $125! (please add $20 for international shipping)
Press talk: This print was proofed just the other day and it is yummy. The transparent overlays look fantastic on the white of the page. Shelly is known for her line work and mark-making, which beautifully translate into letterpress.
Libby Black (image above) was born in Toledo, Ohio on June 19th, 1976. She received a BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1999 and an MFA in Painting from the California College of the Arts in 2001. Her work has been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach), Jersey City Museum (Jersey City), and numerous galleries in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Libby has been an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and Montalvo Arts Center. Libby's work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Zink Magazine, Flash Art, and The New York Times. She is represented by Marx and Zavattero in San Francisco. Libby lives and works in Berkeley, California. See more of Libby's work here: http://www.libbyblack.com/
Libby's piece, Damn You Smell Good Too, is seen above as a digital image. Once printed, it will be a six color print on 110 pound Crane's Lettra paper. It measures 15" x 21" . The price of this print will be $225 once the Kickstarter has finished. However, during the Kickstarter, this print can be yours for a pledge of $150! (please add $20 for international shipping)
Press talk: The quality of Libby's line drawing translates beautifully into letterpress. We are looking forward to that tight registration at press time. We just love a challenge.
Ian Hargarty (image above) is a painter. He received his BFA and MAT from Maryland Institute, College of Art and his MFA from Indiana University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting at Marshall University in West Virginia. He has taught at the University of Georgia and the Herron School of Art and Design. See more of Ian's work here: http://www.ianhagarty.com/
Ian's piece, Untitled, is seen above as a digital image. Once printed, it will be a four color print on 110 pound Crane's Lettra paper. It measures 12 7/8 wide" x 14 3/8" tall. Edition size: 250. The price of this print will be $175 once the Kickstarter has finished. However, during the Kickstarter, this print can be yours for a pledge of $125! (please add $20 for international shipping)
Press talk: This is Ian's first letterpress piece and we think his work lends itself beautifully to the medium. The piece will require some tight registration work at the press. There will be subtle additional colors that will emerge when the transparent overlays work together to create new tonal values.
Moon Jang Jung (image above) is a graphic designer, visual artist, and teacher. She was the co-founder of the Korean design firm, AGI Society (Active Graphic Imagination), which she managed from 2002 to 2005. She moved to the United States in 2006 to pursue an MFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Moon Jung’s primary research interests involve the relationship between space and configuration, visual value and relativity, and design rhetoric in visual communication. Her work has appeared internationally in such exhibitions as The Tranava Poster Triennial (Slovakia); Ten Images for Ithaca (Greece); The International Poster Triennial (Japan); The International Poster and Graphic Arts Festival of Chaumont (France); 365: AIGA (New York, USA); AIGA SEED Award GALA (Atlanta, USA). She is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, Georgia. See more of Moon's work here: http://moonjung.org/
Moon's piece, Minor Arc, is seen above as a digital image. Once printed, it will be a one color piece printed in two runs on 110 pound Crane's Lettra paper. It measures 18.5" x 22" . Edition size: 250. The price of this print will be $150 once the Kickstarter has finished. However, during the Kickstarter, this print can be yours for a pledge of $125! (please add $20 for international shipping)
Press talk: This print will be just one color but because the solids require more ink than the line work, we will be splitting up the printing into two runs to retain the correct ink coverage. We love that this piece is an alphabet yet is very sophisticated. A perfect solution for the child with design-savvy parents. A perfect solution for anyone, really.
Kelli Sinner (image above) is a ceramicist. She received her MFA from Penn State University and her BFA from Utah State University. Her work is composed of narrative drawings, infused with humor and historical reference and focuses on notions of how we live and what we value in contemporary society. Kelli is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, where she teaches ceramics and papermaking. She has taught at Marymount College, the 92nd Street Y and the Educational Alliance. Selected exhibitions include Santa Fe Clay (Santa Fe, NM), Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN), Chester Springs Studio (Chester Springs, PA), and Plains Museum of Art (Fargo, ND). See more of Kelli's work here: http://kellisinner.com/
Kelli's piece, I Hunt For Your Love, is seen above as a final letterpress print. It is a two color print on 110 pound Crane's Lettra paper. It measures 10 3/4" x 17 7/8" . Edition size: 250. The price of this print will be $150 once the Kickstarter has finished. However, during the Kickstarter, this print can be yours for a pledge of $125! (please add $20 for international shipping)
Press talk: This print has already been printed (you can see more photographs of the work in the updates section at the top of this Kickstarter page). Kelli created the spear images using Sumi ink. The drawings were then scanned and made into plates. We used a classic red and black palette. It is a very handsome piece- so handsome in fact that we already have one framed and hanging in the shop!
Erika Adams was born in Seattle, Washington and received a BA in both Art and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and studied at the Tamarind Institute, where she became a Master Printer. Her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has been an artist in residence at the Hall Farm Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, Penland and Djerassi. This fall, she is joining the faculty at Concordia University in Montreal. See more of Erika's work here: http://www.erikaadams.com/
Erika's portfolio of owl portraits, Little Hoots, is seen above as a final letterpress edition (you can see more photographs of these pieces in the updates section at the top of this Kickstarter page). We think these pieces will look lovely framed in a grid. There are six two color owl portraits, each measuring 8.5" x 8.5". Also included in the suite is a colophon printed in red ink. The edition is housed in a paper enclosure. The edition is printed on 110 pound Crane's Lettra paper. Edition size: 95. Signed on back bottom right hand corner of each print by the artist. This portfolio of 6 prints can be yours for a pledge of $250! (please add $20 for international shipping)
Press talk: This suite was completed recently and is very charming. The presentation is quite sophisticated, while the depictions of the owls are sweetly awkward. The color combination of mustard and red is lovely.
OTHER INCENTIVES (THESE WERE DESIGNED BY MARGOT ECKE)
Pledge of $75 (choice of images above): Halitosis is better than no breath at all or Dog breath is better than no dog at all. These small sweet prints were printed in early 2012 on 110 pound Crane's Lettra paper. They measures 9 5/8" x 8". Either can be yours for a pledge of $75. Edition size: 170.
Pledge of $50 (your choice of one of the images above) The Measure Once series is a suite of ten prints, which were printed in early 2012 on 110 pound Crane's Lettra paper. They measure 9 7/8" x 10". Each print is an edition of 140. Pledge $50 for 1 print from the series (your choice), $100 for 2, $150 for 3 and so on.
STATIONERY: New pledge reward at the $50, $100 and $200 level! Perhaps you like these prints but you don't have the wall space. Maybe these pieces just don't go with your Colonial Revival style interior decorating theme. No worries. For a pledge of $50 or $100 you can get thank you cards- a perfect solution for anyone! (24 cards and envelopes for a $50 pledge, 48 cards and envelopes for a $100 pledge, and 24 cards each of 4 different designs (96 cards and envelopes total) sent to you 4 times in the next year for a pledge of $200)
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE REACH OUR FUNDING GOAL AND BEYOND That would be amazing! And with the move to a larger space, there are plenty of ways to spend any additional funding. Eventually we will build a darkroom for the platemaker and storage space for all of our paper. Down the road, we hope to purchase a few more presses to make classes more manageable. All Kickstarter proceeds will go directly towards Smokey Road Press. Together we can build something wonderful!
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUR FUNDING GOAL Kickstarter operates on an all or nothing basis. If we do not reach the funding goal, then we do not get the money that has been pledged. Unfortunately, this also means that the incentives would not be distributed.
A NOTE ON SHIPPING AND CUSTOMIZING YOUR ORDER If you decide that you would like one of the guest artists' prints for a pledge of $125 and, for instance, the Halitosis print for a pledge of $75, go ahead and pledge $200 and send us a message to let us know. We tried to offer what we thought would be popular print order combinations, but if you don't see the combo there that you like, Smokey Road is here to accommodate you! In most cases, you will be charged the higher of the two shipping fees.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
THANK YOU FOR TAKING A LOOK We really believe in this Kickstarter project and are excited about the prints we are offering. We appreciate any sort of support you choose to give. Thank you for taking the time to get to know Smokey Road Press and remember to stop on by if you are ever in the Athens area.
A special thanks to Justin Plakas, who did the video work for this Kickstarter.
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