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I would like to create a collection of art prints and cards that celebrate the beauty of everyday things through letterpress printing.

My name is Nicole Docimo, and I'm an artist living in Boulder, Colorado.

Everyday I wake up, and if I take the time to pay attention, I realize everything is astounding and simply beautiful---there is the dim blue softness of morning, clouds sailing in over the mountains, sunlight sifting down onto my face through the glistening summer trees.

One of my favorite poets Mary Oliver wrote in her poem "This World:"

"I would like to write a poem about the world that has in it 

nothing fancy.

But it seems impossible.

Whatever the subject, the morning sun

glimmers it."

This is what I like to make my art about---the small, everyday "unfancy" things and moments that we so often forget to pay attention to, but when we do, they glimmer. For the past four years, I've been bringing together my love of words and poetry with my love of simple whimsical imagery to create illustrations with playful poetic messages.

Now with this Kickstarter project, I would like to build on this work by creating a collection of art prints and cards "In Praise of Small Things." This collection will make you stop and appreciate the world around you through original poetic messages and hand-carved linoleum block and vintage images, and it will come to life through the historic printing craft: letterpress.

You may have heard of letterpress before: it's the process of printing that was used for centuries to produce written material using movable lead type (think Gutenberg). Since the advent of faster technology for printing, letterpress is now being used mainly on a small scale by artists and craft printers because of the beautiful effect it creates with letters and lines pressed into the surface of the paper.

I would like to use this medium in particular to create this new collection of prints and cards because the process in itself is an appreciation of small things: I would like to work in the traditional way with pieces of lead and wood type, linoleum block carved and vintage letterpress images, setting each letter and piece by hand. I can think of no better way to appreciate words, language, and letters---small things that we constantly overlook but can change your life and have changed mine.

Would you like to help me get these messages out into the world to inspire more people to pay attention to the beauty all around them every day?

I'm here on Kickstarter because I would like to ask for your help. In order to make my new collection of letterpress prints and cards, "In Praise of Small Things," I need to raise money to buy all of the necessary equipment and supplies.

As a contributor, your money will go towards me buying my first letterpress printing press, paper, ink, lead and wood type, and all of the other necessary tools to create this project. I have my eye particularly on a table top proofing press that would allow me to make both art prints and cards. I just saw one of these go up for sale in my area, so if I raise this money very soon, I might just be able to grab up this unique piece of machinery locally (check out a photo of it below).

I'm so excited for you to be a part of this project and to share in the appreciation of small beauties! In thanks for contributing, I will be sending you some of my very first letterpress creations! See the right sidebar of this page for more details.

I also need your help in one final way. If you like this project and want to help me get it out into the world, please spread the word any way you can---tell your friends, talk about it on twitter, facebook, your blog, and  wherever else you visit to share things you're excited about. I'm @bluebicicletta on twitter and here on facebook. And the link for this project is: http://kck.st/o48QVd

And here's a badge you can use for your blog to show your support:

Thank you so much for taking the time to find out more about my project. To find out more about me and my work, check out my website

Pssst: here's a picture of the tabletop proof press I would like to get. Isn't it cool!!??

****BACKERS OUTSIDE THE U.S. AND CANADA****

Thanks so much for supporting my project from lands far far away! In order to cover international shipping costs on rewards, would you be so kind as to add a little extra to your pledge? This would help me keep your pledge money working towards my project! Thank you so much!

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FAQ

  • I've been admiring letterpress printing for the past three years and took a beginning letterpress class at San Francisco Center for the Book last year which hooked me even more. Learning how to operate my own press will be a learning process for me, but I have experience doing linoleum block printing on a flatbed press (similar to the one I'm looking to buy), which will help me along the way.

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  • My main medium for the past three years has been pen and ink drawing, but I've also dabbled quite a bit in linoleum block printing, have always played with painting, spent a number of years in college focused on black and white (darkroom) photography, and have tried many other media through studies in art. I love to play around! Since taking a course in letterpress printing, I've been anxiously waiting until I could find a way to play around with this phenomenal medium! I'm so excited that that time has arrived!

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  • Once the project is funded, I will be needing to purchase my printing press and supplies and learn the finer details of printing through some playing around. While it's difficult to know how long this will take, I will be giving all backers updates of how things are rolling along, and I hope to start printing rewards within 1 month of funding my project and have them all sent out within two months.

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  • The first thing I ever wanted to be was an artist---when I was a little girl, I went around telling people I would be an artist and would fill sketchbook after sketchbook with cartoons and paintings. I studied art seriously all the way up until the end of high school, but at the same time I was getting interested in writing and poetry. Poetry and words won out once I got to college, where I studied English and creative writing. I also studied black and white photography as a side interest. A few years after college {and several dead-end jobs later}, I felt like something was really missing from my life, and soon realized that what was missing was art. Ever since then, I've been on this creative art path, and I've never turned back. It is a beautiful wild path, and I couldn't ask for a better direction in my life. Somewhere in there, my writing and poetry fused with visual art, and I feel so happy to see both of these loves of mine working together side by side.

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    My deep thanks for your support in making my new collection a reality, and updates on how my project is coming along.

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    A hand printed letterpress postcard from my new "In Praise of Small Things" collection to inspire and delight you, with a handwritten thank you note from me on the back!

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    One hand letterpress printed postcard and one note card (blank inside) from my new "In Praise of Small Things" collection, ready to inspire you as miniature wall art and/or be sent to a friend. And a handwritten thank you note from me.

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    A set of three unique letterpress note cards (blank inside) from my new "In Praise of Small Things" collection, ready to inspire you as miniature wall art and/or be sent to a friend. And a handwritten thank you note from me.

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    One beautiful, unique, inspired and inspiring letterpress art print (8.5 x 11 inches) from my new "In Praise of Small Things" collection, and a set of two unique letterpress note cards ready to inspire you as miniature wall art and/or be sent to a friend. And a handwritten thank you note from me.

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    A beautiful set of two unique wonder-filled letterpress art prints (8.5 x 11 inches) from my new "In Praise of Small Things" collection, and a set of two unique letterpress note cards ready to inspire you as miniature wall art and/or be sent to a friend. And a handwritten thank you note from me.

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    A gorgeous trio of unique, beautiful, inspired letterpress art prints (8.5 x 11 inches) from my new "In Praise of Small Things" collection, and a set of five letterpress note cards ready to inspire you as miniature wall art and/or be sent to friends. And a handwritten thank you note from me.

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    A gorgeous trio of beautiful inspired letterpress art prints (8.5 x 11 inches) from my new "In Praise of Small Things" collection, and a set of 10 letterpress note cards and 4 letterpress postcards ready to inspire you as miniature wall art and/or be sent to friends. And a handwritten thank you note from me.

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