Hi there! I’m Erin Fae and I love all things related to print and cities. I need your help to build and run a portable letterpress print studio in New York City.
I want to build a mini studio that that takes letterpress printing outside and into different communities, which is why I am running this Kickstarter.
I have a small printing press (an Adana 3 x 5--Here's a bit of history on Adana printing machines):
and I’ve found the perfect tricycle:
and some very nice people who are going to build an enclosure and surface for the studio (Nightwood, who create remarkable furniture out of reclaimed wood):
and now I invite you, the community of people who believe in crazy urban art schemes, to help make this happen.
How will it work?
At least once a fortnight, I’ll wheel the studio—comprised of the press, the tricycle, miscellaneous letterpress equipment and a wooden box that both holds the press and acts as a surface for printing—to a public place in New York City and teach people how to print. Anyone who comes across the press can try it out and take home a print for free.
This project will hopefully run from the Summer Solstice through the Autumnal Equinox—a full season of open air, open road, open arms and inky fingers.
I love teaching people about print. For me, there are few things as wonderful as seeing someone print for the first time and discover what a little ink, paper and person-power can create. People have often heard of painting or sculpture and have a general idea of how those art forms work. However, printmaking and letterpress are often limited to those who choose to learn about it. Many people have never even seen a printing press. I want to change this. I want to introduce as many people as possible to printing and give folks a chance to try it out.
This project aims to activate public spaces with more art and get people thinking about the way things work. The Press Cycle has a Twitter account (@PressCycle) so people can follow along and know where the press is going to be. Plus: Printing is so much fun and I hope this project can bring extra joy into people’s lives this summer!
This is a project about print and community, and I can't do it alone. For me, DIY doesn't mean doing it all by yourself, but reaching out to a wider community so that everyone can help each other make magic. I’m so excited to run a Kickstarter so Press Cycle is not solely limited to New Yorkers, but so people from all over can take part and we can make this happen together.
Thank you so much for the support. I hope to send you notes from the sidewalks and parks of NYC very soon.
Where will the money go?
The funds from this Kickstarter campaign will be used to:
- Purchase that sweet blue tricycle, get it tuned up and road ready
- Buy a lock to keep the Press Cycle safe
- Get the press in ship-shape, including buying new rollers
- Order custom magnesium dies to make prints
- Ink and paper. How can we make fabulous prints without these two crucial elements?
- Pay Nightwood and other artists whose hard work is making this project a reality
- Shipping and packaging your reward goodies
- Amazon and Kickstarter fees
One thing that I didn't fully consider was where the Press Cycle will live when we're not on the streets helping people make prints. Since we reached $2,500, I can rent a space to safely and easily store the Press Cycle.
Our second stretch goal is especially colorful. Since we reached $2700, I can buy more cans of ink. This means more prints in more colors.
Thanks to the awesome tricycle print gang (you!), we reached these goals! Thank you.
Thank You Rewards
We’ll be making great little prints on the streets of NYC and I want to post you some to thank you for your support. Some of my very talented artist friends (like Sarah McNeil and Julie Schneider) are collaborating on this project by creating images for us to print, and you’ll get some of their great work in the mail. I’m also designing some buttons just for Kickstarter backers. I’ll be sharing the image of those buttons soon.
If you’re throwing a party, we can create a custom block for you and your guests to print at your event. I’m also designing and printing a commemorative mini-poster and I hope you’ll hang it on your wall to remember this fabulous summer of print.
Thanks and love to Aimee P. for helping film the video, Sarah McNeil for drawing the awesome cover image, Jessica White and Julie Schneider for brainstorming words and names, @rmi for last minute feedback, the amazing folks at Kickstarter and most of all, you.
Thank you for reading this, backing this project and telling your pals about it. See you on the streets of NYC!
Risks and challenges
I'm just one person working on this. There's the chance that something could happen to me or the equipment, but I'm pretty careful out there. If something bad happens, I'm confident I will be able to fix it.
At this stage, I'm collaborating with some other artists and artisans to pull the Press Cycle Project together. They could get stalled or something could happen to them to slow down the process, but I believe it will work out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (22 days)