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We are raising funds to make a great print shop to grow our business, and host workshops and classes.
We are raising funds to make a great print shop to grow our business, and host workshops and classes.
240 backers pledged $27,822 to help bring this project to life.

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People I’ve Loved is a small print shop based in Oakland, California, founded by women working together to make art objects that inspire human interaction and hope for our shared future. We specialize in home goods, prints and greeting cards with a focus on positivity, productivity, and communication. 

We believe in our business and have watched it grow over the past 2 years into a 2-person company with products in over 150 stores in 29 states, and 7 other countries! Right now we're facing growing pains. We're cramped in our space and barely have room for a much needed third team member. We are committed to hosting creative job opportunities that pay a living wage, and funds from this campaign will be used to raise our cash flow during the expansion, allowing us to secure a space and get us started with another employee.

We currently rely on an off-site studio to do some of the production as our studio can only hold the one large press that we have, with no room to expand. Being that we're in the Bay Area, space is at a premium, so after much research and number crunching, we are looking for 1000 sqft at a cost of $1-2/sqft for our print shop, which will give us enough space to work, with room left over to invite you over to print! 

We have a ton of great rewards to offer for all levels of donation. From greeting cards to custom wedding invitations, the rewards are a sampling of some of our best selling items. To see the rewards up close, CLICK HERE, and stay tuned because we will be adding one of kind works as the campaign continues! 

LAST MINUTE PRINT! Now Available as a Reward
LAST MINUTE PRINT! Now Available as a Reward
Throwing My Hands Up
Throwing My Hands Up
Shit Doesn't Have to Make Sense
Shit Doesn't Have to Make Sense
Available Card Rewards
Available Card Rewards
Prints and Gifts Available
Prints and Gifts Available
Our Wink Wink Pillow Is Also Available
Our Wink Wink Pillow Is Also Available
#1-#9 Original Paintings
#1-#9 Original Paintings
Palms
Palms
Mountain of Gratitude
Mountain of Gratitude

For up-to-the-second information about People I've Loved, follow us on instagram!

Risks and challenges

We are prepared for a busy season between now and the end of 2015, and know that we will be working longer hours until then. With a successful kickstarter campaign, we will immediately need to hire someone that can alleviate some of our work load and process rewards with us. With this 3rd employee, we have projected a two week turnaround for most rewards, but have built in some extra time in case other business overwhelms us. We are promising a delivery by December 24th, but realistically believe most things will be shipped by November 20th. We already have contacts for the position and a couple people interested in helping with production.

In preparation for moving forward with our studio expansion, we have spoken with several of our colleagues in the Bay Area print community about challenges they have faced with running a print shop, and are strategizing to deal with those challenges, and using that knowledge to avoid pitfalls. There are more costs that we will face when we move out of our current space (rent, utilities, insurance, etc.), but we are already setting money aside and predicting yearly costs so that we have funds to keep the business afloat and thriving.

To sustain our business after we have moved, we have built-in a space for hosting classes and workshops to offset the new costs associated with the move and act as a new revenue stream for People I've Loved.

The aim of expanding the studio is for us to create a space where we can become proficient with and experiment with new tools, and also make room for our staff to learn the production side so that we can continue to grow the business. We met while in the master of fine arts program at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. For us, the learning component is multifaceted. It has been a true challenge to couple our skills as fine artists with the knowledge it takes to run a sustainable workshop. We are constantly pushing the limits of what is considered “art” and how these objects/prints can interact with people in various environments, beyond the traditional gallery setting. With our background loaded with craft and historical knowledge, we are able to experiment with the boundaries of traditional printmaking. By intermingling classical process’ with new techniques and technological advances, we learn and grow, as people, artists and members of the community.

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    ~ THE BENEFIT OF JEALOUSY ~
    99% Happy For You Card
    Letterpressed card with envelope
    3.5 x 5"
    Link - https://goo.gl/ENAKWt

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    ~ CHEERS TO THE HAPPY COUPLE ~
    Happy Beginnings Card
    Letterpressed card with envelope
    3.5 x 5"
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    ~ IT'S UNDER THERE ~
    I Like You I Love You Card
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    3.5 x 5"
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    ~ THE INEVITABLE AWARD ~
    Fuck It Card
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    3.5 x 5"
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    ~ REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES ~
    Only Good Things Notebook
    Letterpressed cover with embellished pages
    5 x 7", 40 pages
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    ~ THE PERK OF SOLITUDE ~
    Alone Time Door Hanger
    Letterpressed on 100% cotton paper
    8.5 x 5.75", double sided
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    ~ USEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL ~
    William Morris Print
    Letterpressed on 100% cotton paper
    8 x 10"
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    ~ I REALLY MEAN IT ~
    I Like You I Love You Print
    Printed on 100% cotton paper
    8 x 10"
    http://goo.gl/OtxeWo

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    ~ THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST ~
    Things Will Work Out Print
    Letterpressed on 100% cotton paper
    11 x 14"
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    ~ LOOK FORWARD TO THE FUTURE ~
    2016 Calendar
    Letterpressed on 100% cotton paper
    11 x 17"
    http://goo.gl/wwuXKv

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    ~ LATE EDITION ~
    We're Not Meant To Be Happy Print
    Letterpressed on 100% cotton paper
    11 x 14"

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    ~ KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ~
    Shit Doesn't Have to Make Sense Print
    Letterpressed on 100% cotton paper, with water color embellishment by hand
    11 x 14"
    Can ONLY be found here, get it in 2016 for $60

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    ~ THE HALF-FULL HOPEFUL ~
    Hope Is Essential Print
    Letterpressed on 100% cotton paper, with water color embellishment by hand
    11 x 14"
    http://goo.gl/Ly2NPL

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    ~ THE HAPPINESS MAKER ~
    You Are My Sunshine Print
    Letterpressed on 100% cotton paper, with water color embellishment by hand
    11 x 14"
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    ~ NUDGE NUDGE ~
    Wink Wink Pillow
    Screenprinted and handmade 100% cotton pillow cover
    24 x 24"
    http://goo.gl/o6YaZH
    (Ships with pillow insert to USA only)

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    ~ LEAVE YOUR CALLING CARD ~
    Letterpressed Business Cards (single color)
    We will print 200 business cards for you using your design. (We can also design something for you for an additional fee.)

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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #1~
    To Whoever You Might Be
    18 x 24" Original Painting

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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #2~
    Hand Pyramid
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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #3
    Shh, I'm At Work
    18 x 24" Original Painting

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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #4
    We're Not Meant to Be Happy All the Time
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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #5
    You Don't Have to Bring Flowers
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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #6
    Fade Into Each Other
    18 x 24" Original Painting

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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #7
    Hanging Plant
    18 x 24" Original Painting

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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #8
    Actual Size Varies
    18 x 24" Original Painting

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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #9
    My Ideal Schedule
    18 x 24" Original Painting

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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #10
    Throwing My Hands Up
    18 x 24" Original Painting

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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #11
    Palms
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    ~ORIGINAL PAINTING #12
    Mountain of Gratitude
    18 x 24" Original Painting

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    ~ DREAMS DO COME TRUE ~
    100 custom designed wedding invitations, including an invitation card, an information card, and RSVP, and three rounds of edits.

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    ~ WE NEED A HERO ~
    Let's produce a custom dream letterpress project together! We'll make an edition of 100 of this collaborative project.

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    ~ SUGAR SUGAR ~
    We'll teach you how to letterpress, give you studio time for a year, and give you guidance. We will be eternally grateful.

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