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A Place Full of Hope

Our studio is evolving, expanding and improving. We have big plans and lots of ambition but need a little help to achieve them.

A Place Full of Hope

Our studio is evolving, expanding and improving. We have big plans and lots of ambition but need a little help to achieve them.

£2,346
pledged of £12,000pledged of £12,000 goal
45
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, July 14 2019 9:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 14, 2019

About

We've spent the past three years realising our dream of forming a studio where people can come to experiment and explore; and we are proud of what we have created. 

We get a huge amount of satisfaction from seeing people use the studio but to keep putting smiles on faces we need to continue to evolve and become sustainable.

All of the investment made so far has been exclusively by us but we've hit reality that more investment is needed to improve our creative offer and to generate more income streams to support us with doing what we do best... providing opportunities to learn, create and enjoy.

ffowndri is a not-for-profit open access art and crafts studio in North Wales, UK.

ffowndri aims to promote and educate others in the history of heritage arts and crafts including letterpress, linocut printing, bookbinding, book arts, paper marbling and calligraphy. We provide flexible and varied opportunities to visit and use the studio.

Over half of our studio floor area is dedicated to the restoration and use of old printing presses, as we are passionate about preserving as much of the old equipment as we can and educating others in their use. 

Our education space at ffowndri.
Our education space at ffowndri.

Our vision is one where the studio is used to teach others about our heritage, to provide artists with inspiration to create and collaborate and offer more opportunities for artists to sell and exhibit their work.

Our progress so far has been substantial but there is still a lot more that we would like to do. 

In the next three years we are aiming to:

  • Increase our printmaking offering (expand into etching, screen printing etc.) for artists who use the studio
  • Provide better facilities for artists
  • Continue to inspire young people and kids through craft workshops
  • Increase our engagement with Universities, Colleges and Art Groups
  • Continue to restore equipment and teach others about it
  • Create an online store for artists who use or compliment our commitment to art within the North West of the UK, to sell their work on
  • Provide exhibition opportunities for local artists
  • Continue to run art and craft workshops
  • Feature more artists and run masterclasses
  • Create a larger ffowndri community

One of the most exciting and immediate advancements we are hoping to make at ffowndri is the introduction of a very large hand iron press. 

We've located a Stanhope printing press that would be perfect and have a plan to move it and restore it at ffowndri if we get the backing we need through this campaign.

Once operational the printing press will be available for use by artists booking access to the studio, it will broaden our printmaking offer at ffowndri and support us with engaging studio users, visitors and children groups in our rich heritage of printing.

Over the next three years we will need to continue to make investments in the studio to get to a position where the studio is truly sustainable. Your pledges will be used to support us with bridging the gap and to make the investments needed to improve our creative offer.

Kickstarter is all or nothing so any pledge you can make will be gratefully received.

We have a wonderful range of rewards available for those who support us, all of which have been handmade at ffowndri.

All of the materials we are using for the rewards are being funded by us personally and we are not charging for any time to make them, so ffowndri will benefit from the full pledge.

To help you understand our rewards and to enable you to gauge the quality of what is on offer we have produced some proofs of the rewards available and more photos will be shared on our social media throughout the campaign.

Everyone who backs us will be kept up to date with how we are doing and the status of the reward up to the point they receive it. 

01. 'Thank You' Postcard

  • A handset letterpress printed 'Thank You' postcard with a little thank you message on the back.
  • The postcard has been printed with rare 96pt Cooper Tooled metal type, the largest metal type we have at the studio. 
  • The postcard has been printed on one of our restored table top Adana printing presses.

02. 'A Tote Full of Hope' Bag

  • Letterpress printing typically uses paper and card stock but it looks great on fabric too.
  • We've printed these fun light grey tote bags using wood type and our Gem proofing press. 
  • The totes we are using are ethically sourced, reusable, recyclable and bio-degradable, as this is important to us. 

03. 'Ahead of the Curve' A5 Print

  • This print combines handset letterpress and hand carved linocut printing; and celebrates the invention of the Stanhope printing press.
  • This print features rare and beautiful type face design by ATF called Whitin Black.
  • As this is letterpress/linocut and is inked and printed by hand no print is exactly the same. 

04. 'Hope to do' Pocket Accordion Book

  • This charming pocket accordion book has been hand folded using a linen effect card in either mustard or turquoise (your choice); and Esme Winter light grey patterned paper inside.
  • The pocket book features 6 inserts that have 'Hope to do', tick boxes and lines that have all been letterpress printed, for you to add your to do's to.
  • The back of the inserts are unprinted, so are perfect for notes.
  • You will also be sent 4 more replacement printed inserts. 

05. Hope Print Bundle

The hope print bundle includes:

  • A handset letterpress printed 'Thank You' postcard with a little thank you message on the back and a spare one with no message for you to pass on to someone else.
  • A4 Letterpress Print: “Hope is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all.” - Emily Dickinson 
  • 3x Pin Badges: 1x Heart Shape, 1x 'Hope' & 1x 'Hero'printed with letterpress type and made into a badge at ffowndri. 
  • 4x Beer Mats: A random selection from a variety of designs 
  • Greetings Card: 'Thank you' handset letterpress printed, blank inside for your own message.

06. Handmade Hardback Note Book

  • These are examples of our hand stitched and bound books.
  • The books feature a marbled front cover, that has been marbled at ffowndri and have a complimenting book cloth spine.
  • The book will be A5 size, multi sectioned and feature approx. 128 pages.
  • The marbled paper will be selected at random from our collection of paper.

07. 'Have, More, Kept, Give' Limited Edition Letterpress & Linocut Print

  • This is a digital representation of the print. Due to the size of the print we aren't able to make the print until we have the Stanhope but we have printed each letter and scanned them in.
  • The light blue 'HOPE' in the print will be carved from lino and the rest of the text will be printed using very old, large and rare wood type that will give it a very distinctive feel and compliment and contrast with the lino.
  • The print is likely to be about A1 in size (594 x 841 mm, 23.4 x 33.1 in) and comes unframed.
  • As this is letterpress that will be inked and printed by hand no print is exactly the same. 
  • No more than 50 of these prints will be made and sold.

08. 'HOPE' Limited Edition Linocut Print

  • This is a digital representation of the print. Due to the size of the print we aren't able to make the print until we have the Stanhope.
  • This print will be completely carved from lino and will be printed on the Stanhope using bright fluorescent pink ink.
  • The print is likely to be about A1 in size (594 x 841 mm, 23.4 x 33.1 in) and comes unframed.
  • As this is a linocut that will be inked and printed by hand no print is exactly the same. 
  • No more than 100 of these prints will be made and sold.

09. A Quote About Hope, (Very) Limited Edition Letterpress Print 

  • We've used beautiful wood type, some of which is over 120 years old and a bit of metal type to create this print. 
  • The print is a quote from Martin Luther King Jnr about Hope.
  • The size of the print is approx. 520mm x 700mm (20.4 x 27.5 in) and it features four colour shades, transitioning from a dark grey to copper.
  • As this is letterpress and is inked and printed by hand no print is exactly the same. 
  • No more than 20 of these prints will be made and sold.
  • The photo above is of an early proof of the print, the final print will have a smaller and different footer. See the final version on our Instagram.

Risks and challenges

The only real challenges that face us are:

- Getting all of the printing done quickly so our supporters aren't waiting for long.
- Finding dates that work for everyone and organising the workshops, visits and parties at the studio.

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    'Thank You' Postcard

    We will send you a handset letterpress printed 'Thank You' postcard with a little thank you message on the back.

    Photos and details of the postcard are included within the campaign details (01).

    Includes:
    • Letterpress Printed Postcard
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    'We Hoped, We Conquered' Card

    We will send you a handset letterpress printed 'We Hoped, We Conquered' card with a little thank you message inside.

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    Dedication

    We will add your name to our dedication handset letterpress print which will be printed on the Stanhope, framed locally and displayed next to the press.

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    'A Tote Full of Hope'

    You will receive a 'A Tote Full of Hope’ bag.

    The tote will be light grey and beautifully hand printed with letterpress wood type on our Gem printing press.



    Photos and details of the tote bag are included within the campaign details (02).

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    'Ahead of the Curve' Print

    You will receive a ˋAhead of the curve´ A5 Print

    The print has been created using hand carved lino and handset letterpress type, on one of our beautiful antique presses.

    Photos and details of the print are included within the campaign details (03).

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    'Hope to do' Pocket Book

    We will send you a charming hand folded pocket book with letterpress 'Hope to do' insets and Esme Winter paper inside.

    A photo and details of the pocket book are included within the campaign details (04).

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    Hope Print Bundle

    You will receive a hope print bundle which will include beer mats, badges, a thank you card and an A4 print.

    Photos and details of the print bundle are included within the campaign details (05).

    Includes:
    • Letterpress A4 Print
    • Letterpress Printed Pin Badges
    • Letterpress Printed Beer Mats
    • Letterpress Printed Greeting Card
    • Letterpress Printed Postcard
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    Handmade Hardback Note Book

    We will send you a hand stitched and bound A5 hardback book. The book cover features marbled paper, printed at ffowndri.

    A photo and details of the note book are included within the campaign details (06).

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    'HOPE' Print

    You will receive a limited edition (edition of 100) large linocut print at a very special price which is exclusive to Kickstarter, which will be printed on the Stanhope once restored using lino.



    In addition... We will add your name to our dedication letterpress print and send you a copy.

    A photo and details of the print are included within the campaign details (08).

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    • Dedication Letterpress Print, Copy
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    Limited Bundle

    You will receive 'A Tote Full of Hope' bag, hope print bundle
 and a handmade book.

    Photos and details of the print bundle, note book and tote bag are included within the campaign details.

    Limited to 20 so get it while you can.

    Includes:
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    • Hand Stitched & Bound Small Book
    • Hope Print Bundle
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    'Have, More, Kept, Give' Print

    You will receive a limited edition (edition of 50) large letterpress and linocut print which will be printed on the Stanhope once restored using wood type and lino.



    In addition... We will add your name to our dedication letterpress print and send you a copy.

    Photos and details of the print are included within the campaign details (07).

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    • Dedication Letterpress Print, Copy
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    Exclusive Poster Workshop

    You will get a code to book a place on one of two exclusive poster workshop at ffowndri taking place on the 12/10/19 & 26/10/19. At the workshop you will get to use the Stanhope press and wood type to create your own prints with our support.
    No experience necessary.


    In addition... We will add your name to our dedication letterpress print and give you a copy.

    Includes:
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    • Hope Print Bundle
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    A Quote About Hope, Print

    You will receive a limited edition (edition of 20) large handset letterpress print, with the quote:

    “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” - Martin Luther King Jr

    In addition... We will add your name to our dedication letterpress print and send you a copy.

    Photos and details of the print are included within the campaign details (09).

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    Exclusive Private Poster Workshop

    We will hold a private day workshop using the Stanhope for you (and one guest if you would like to attend with someone else), on a date to suit between September and December. No experience necessary.

    In addition... We will add the names of everyone who plans to attend to our dedication letterpress print and provide you with copies.

    Includes:
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    • Dedication Letterpress Print, Copy
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    Exclusive Group Visit

    We will host your group or organisation of up to 10 people at ffowndri for four hours on a date to suit between September and December.

    During the visit we will provide a tour of the studio and introduce you to the history of letterpress and you will all get to have a go at printing a keepsake on the Stanhope.

    In addition... We will add the names of everyone who plans to visit to our dedication letterpress print and provide you with copies.

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    Exclusive Private Workshop for 4 People

    We will hold an exclusive private day workshop using the Stanhope for you and three guest, on a date to suit between September and December. No experience necessary.

    In addition... We will add the names of everyone who plans to attend to our dedication letterpress print and provide you with copies.

    Includes:
    • Exclusive Private Poster Workshop
    • Dedication Letterpress Print, Copy
    • Hope Print Bundle
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    Exclusive Private Party for 8 People

    You will get private party at the studio for you and 7 of your friends, colleagues or family (over the age of 16) on a date to suit between September and December.

    The party will include lots of food, prosecco and refreshments. 

During the party you will get to print your own wood type posters using the Stanhope.

    In addition... We will add the names of everyone who plans to attend to our dedication letterpress print and provide you with copies.

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    Hope-Full

    For sharing our hope and giving so generously we will not only hold you in the highest esteem and be eternally grateful but we will also reward you royally.

    Includes:
    • Exclusive Private Party
    • All 3 Limited Edition Prints
    • Hope Print Bundle
    • Handmade Pocket Book
    • Hand Stitched & Bound Small Book
    • Letterpress Printed Tote Bag
    • Letterpress Printed Postcard
    • Letterpress & Linocut A4 Print
    • Dedication Letterpress Print, Copy
    • Plus some other yet to be determined treats.
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    Let's Collaborate

    We will collaborate with you on a project that could be to make your own set of Letterpress Prints, Linocut Prints, Branded Stationery, Product Packaging Design etc.

    This includes materials (unless highly bespoke or of a size over A2), 28 artist hours and all necessary consultation.

    If you would like to discuss this more before pledging, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

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Funding period

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