$5,603
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
57
backers
18days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, December 7 2019 10:18 PM UTC +00:00.

First Proof Press

A Community Printmaking Studio Located In The Heart Of Brattleboro VT

First Proof Press

A Community Printmaking Studio Located In The Heart Of Brattleboro VT

$5,603
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
57
backers
18days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, December 7 2019 10:18 PM UTC +00:00.

About

I'm opening up a green printmaking studio in the heart of Brattleboro VT! For those of you who don't know me yet my name is Dan and for the past 5 years I have been working on setting up a community based printmaking studio. Printmaking has been my passion ever since I  took an etching course in college, it was after I pulled my first print, or as its formally called a "First Proof" (hence the studio name), I was hooked. 

I want to support a community of printmakers and artists that need the space, equipment and expertise along with first time printmakers who have been wanting to try the medium out. I want to provide these creators with a green, earth friendly, way to create.

"Mainstay" Etching

 What Will First Proof Press Be? 

  • A Teaching Facility 
  • Community Based Studio With Various Memberships
  • Home To Artists Needing Access To Printing Equipment 
  • A Consignment Shop For Artists Looking To Sell Prints 
  • Classroom 
  • A Venue For Daily Arts Events 
  • Model For Green And Safe Printmaking 
  • A Destination For Art Walk 
  • Contract Printing Services 
  • Employer Of A Diverse Staff Of Teachers
  • A Studio Equipped To  House Multiple Forms Of Printmaking Media 
  • A Safe And Open Studio That Welcomes All 
  • Future Home For Resident Artists 
  • Research Facility To Expand On Safer Alternatives In Printmaking Practices 
The future home of First Proof Press!

Located directly on the main street of a thriving downtown, First Proof Press will tap into an already bustling arts scene in Brattleboro. Excitement and buzz around the studio has spread, and First Proof already has members and teachers on board with the studio! First Proof will be located in the former Mitchell Giddings Fine Art Gallery, the space is an open floor plan model will 2200 square feet, the perfect size space for a studio. First Proof will be sharing the old Brattleboro town hall with various other arts spaces including, Insight Photography and Mitchell Giddings Fine Art. There is strength in numbers. Collectively we will act as a home for various artists and mediums. The location is perfect for a printmaking studio, right below an art gallery and downtown from a prominent museum.The entire building will act as a home for various artists mediums and will attract a massive crowd of artists from all walks of life.

"Reflection" Etching

I have been offered this once in a lifetime opportunity to achieve my dream! I have been given limited time opportunity to build in this downtown space. Most of the contracting I will be doing myself as well! The location is perfect for a printmaking studio, right above the studio is an art gallery and down the street is the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. There is already a strong arts community with passionate artists, unfortunately there is no community based printmaking studio even with the high demand for one, I aim to change that!  

Downtown Brattleboro

Due to the size of printing equipment and the cost it is not feasible for most artists to have their own studio. At First Proof Press we would accommodate all artists, no matter their skill level and allow for many different membership levels to fit any budget!

Printing First Proof Press Tote Bags
 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

For the past five years I have been working on honing my craft and establishing a network of artists, building a strong community of printmakers. Directly after my undergrad I pursued an internship at Zea Mays Printmaking, there I learned various, safer and less toxic methods of printmaking, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals and dangerous studio environments. I continued my education in green printmaking for years to follow, assisting in classes, creating a massive body of work, showing in galleries and visiting various other printmaking studios to learn as much as I could. Acting as a teacher and shop technician the entire time I learned the skills needed to run my own studio!  In short I truly believe with all my being that I am the best suited individual to run this studio. 

"The Hollow Earth" Etching

Any support towards the project will go directly to the business. A printmaking studio requires a lot of specific equipment that is unique to the medium. Equipment such as spray booths, air filters, printing presses, exposure units and photo sensitive materials will need to be purchased to allow members to create their one of a kind works of art. Here's a rundown of the equipment I will need to purchase before opening up, 

  •  Spray Booth (Ductless) - $3,500
     
  •  Screen Printing Exposure Unit - $575
     
  •  Track Lighting (LED)- $400
     
  •  Photopolymer Exposure Unit (Second Hand) - $1200
     
  •  Contracting Materials - $450
     
  •  Tempered Glass Surfaces - $1500
     
  •  Moving Company - $2200
     
  •  Raw Materials (Consumables) - $625
     
  •  Renovations - $1250
     
  • Metal Brake (Used) - $500-700
 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Over the past 4 years I have been fortunate enough to have saved up enough to purchase some of the equipment needed to start ( thanks craigslist!). Most of this equipment such as printing presses and flat files lay dormant on my basement or storage lockers. Your help will give them a new home!  No more lonely storage lockers. So far I have been able to save up enough on my own to purchase, 

  • Craftool 18”x33” Etching Press - $2500
  • American French Tool Etching Press- 3’x5’ - $15,000
  • Blick Econo Etch Model 2- 12”x20” - $800
  • Blick Econo Etch Model 1- 11”x18”- $525
  • Craftool Printmaker Press -24”x 35” - $5000
  • 18”x24” Heat Press - $500
  • 11” x 14” Heat Press - $200
  • 3x Sets of large metal flat files - $1500
  • Ferric Chloride Acid Tank- $200
  • Kruegs Letterpress - $625
  • Screen Printing Washout Booth - $500
  • Utrect Relief Printing Press - $215
  • Mini Craftool Press - $125
  • Various Shop Consumables Such As, Brayers, Tools, Inks, Tareletan, Water Baths, Squeegees, Clamps, Putty Knives, Scrapers, and Modifiers - $325
  • 24”x36” Hot Plate- $1200
  • Various Press Blankets - $500
Sad and lonely printing equipment

Look for First Proof Press to open its doors in January 2020.  Help me start a community based studio that supports artists of all levels to create in a safe and inspired studio. Your support will allow me to start work immediately on this endeavor! 

"Standpoint" Etching

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for taking time to hear my story and I look forward to what the future has in store!

Please free free to contact me at any point at, firstproofpress@gmail.com , with any questions or information on the studio.

All my best,

-Dan
 

"By and By" Etching
"Foundations" Photopolymer
"Too Far From Close" Etching and Plate
"Dwelling" Etching

Risks and challenges

Its a hard task starting a studio from scratch. This is a huge learning process for me and everyday I learn something new about running a business.
My background is in fine art, I've been a creator all my life and handle each project with a fierce tenacity, I aim to bring that into my business.
Hiring teachers, movers, plumbers etc. will be a massive feat. Learning how to keep books, taxes and everything else involved with that aspect of a business is new to me, luckily I have a lot of amazing people with lots of experience in my corner. Along with the community I have built over the years, I am more than confident this will come into fruition.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Make a pledge without a reward

    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    "One Day" Etching

    A hand printed copper plate etching with drypoint and aquatint. The copper plate was etched using traditional printmaking methods. Each print was hand pulled by yours truly. This is a limited edition etching printed on rag paper using oil based etching inks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (47 left of 50) 3 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    "Too Far From Close" Etching

    This humble 4"x4" copper plate etching was made to invoke a sense of place and homesickness. Various step etches give this print a full tonal range with focal points directed at the light sources. This etching is printed with warm black oil based etching ink on archival rag paper. Limited edition of 15.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (12 left of 15) 3 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    "Foundations" Etching

    This little print was created using a photo based etching technique called photopolymer, just one of the various ways to achieve a print.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (18 left of 20) 2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Mystery Print+ First Proof Press Sticker

    I will personally select a print from my archives and send it out to you! This print will be of high quality and taken from a limited edition. Pledgers will also receive a First Proof Press Sticker, show off you printmaking pride with this custom vinyl sicker. Perfect for laptops, presses, bathroom stalls, car bumpers etc.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (21 left of 25) 4 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Cat T-Shirt

    A T-shirt of cats lounging on a printing press. A blend of two of my favorite things. Hand screen printed by yours truly.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (16 left of 20) 4 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    First Proof Press logo T-Shirt and Print

    Recieve a T-Shirt with my hand carved logo on it! This logo was carved out of linoleum by hand and was printed by yours truly using fabric based block printing inks. Those who pledge will also receive a mystery print along with the shirt.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (15 left of 25) 10 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    First Proof Tote Bag and Mystery Print

    A custom tote bag bearing the First Proof Press logo! use this bag to carry whatever your heart desires. Pledges of this tote will also receive a mystery hand printed etching!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (14 left of 20) 6 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    "Dwelling" Etching

    A beautiful hand printed etching with aquatint and burnishing. This etching captures a full tonal ranged achieved by utilizing the airbrush aquatint process. Each print is one of a kind and is part of a limited edition. The image size is 7"x10.5" and is printed on rag paper using oil based inks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (15 left of 20) 5 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $65 or more About $65

    "Standpoint" Etching

    An etching made on copper. This print has dynamic use of perspective and multiple layers of aquatints to get various tones of grey. With very small details this etching invites the viewer in for a closer look. Limited edition print run

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (12 left of 15) 3 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    "Mainstay" Etching

    This copper plate etching has been a fan favorite for years. For the start of First Proof Press I will create an edition of this print for you all. Utilizing intaglio techniques such as drypoint, aquatint and soft ground, this etching captures a lush tonal range inside a unique setting.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (5 left of 8) 3 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $225 or more About $225

    One Day Relief Print Intensive

    Learn the basics of relief printing in this one on one intensive session at First Proof Press. Students will be guided through how to design, carve and print their own relief prints out of linoluem. At the end of the session students will have the knowledge and skills to print graphic, one of a kind linoleum relief prints as well as a set edition to take home.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited (4 left of 4) 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    "Gentle On My Mind" & Name A Press!

    An etching I made after living out of my car during a roadtrip. With this print you will also be allowed to name a press! Im open for any names just as long as they are not offensive in any way. Keep it weird, keep it plain, it's up to you to decide. The name you pick will live on with the press forever! I will crate a custom nameplate so the press can wear the name with pride.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited (1 left of 1) 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Screen Printing Intensive

    Spend a day at First Proof learning the basics of Screen Printing! Students will be guided through making an imagine on the screen, printing techniques and set up, running an edition and studio set up! This will be a one on one instructional course.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited (3 left of 3) 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,200 or more About $1,200

    "Voyage" Framed Etching

    A large scale copper plate etching framed using archival materials. This 20"x16" etching rests inside a contemporary black frame with an 8ply mat surrounding the art. By utilizing aquatint and soft ground techniques I created this fantastical scene that draws the viewer in with its immense detail. The print is professionally framed with UV filtering glass and is ready to be hung upon arrival!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (1 left of 1) 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,200 or more About $1,200

    "Steal Away" and Name The Biggest Press

    This massive 3'x5' woodcut was hand carved and hand printed. Due to the size I was unable to use a printing press, so instead I used a wooden spoon to print the image. This print was carved from plywood and is printed with oil based ink.
    With a print this size it's only fitting one would get the honor to name the largest press, The American French Tool Etching Press. This is the cadillac of the print shop and will be the workhorse for all of the workshops. Im open for any names just as long as they are not offensive in any way. Keep it weird, keep it plain, it's up to you to decide. The name you pick will live on with the press forever! I will crate a custom nameplate so the press can wear the name with pride.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (1 left of 1) 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,200 or more About $1,200

    Etching Workshop and Comemorative Plaque

    This reward is perfect for anybody looking to learn the art of copper plate etching. I will personally guide you in a one on one 3 day session at First Proof Press! Participants of any skill level are welcome, first time printers or seasoned artists. You will leave with the knowledge of how to create etchings and with a set edition of prints to take home. I will also include any one of my etchings as well.
    On top of that I will have a commemorative plaque made to show my appreciation. This will be mounted in the studio where it will rest for the entire life of First Proof Press.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited (2 left of 3) 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    "The Hollow Earth" Framed Etching

    One of the largest etchings I have created to date. This beautiful hand printed copper plate etching sits inside a custom hand built walnut frame. The image is set back with a minor shadow box inside the frame and is framed using archival materials. The print is glassed with museum quality UV filtering glass which is nearly invisible to the eye and cuts down on glare. The print rests within a second fillet frame which further adds to the depth and a tangible quality to the frame. Metal accents line the corners of the frame to reflect elements in the etching itself to create a cohesive feel that is completely unique to the print. This is the only frame of its kind, perfectly suiting for an etching that is one of a kind.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (1 left of 1) 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Portfolio of Etchings

    I will assemble a custom portfolio of Intaglio etchings I created. This will be a very limited edition created exclusively for this fundraising campaign. The prints will rest inside a hand bound, archival portfolio. Each print will utilize the various processes of etching including aquatint, drypoint and soft ground.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (3 left of 3) 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Guided Year Long Membership and Plaque

    The highest honor at First Proof Press. Your pledge will grant you access to the printmaking studio for an entire year, open to all skill levels, be it experienced artists or first time printers. Participants will be guided through all the mediums and equipment at the studio with one on one instruction upon request. A plaque will also be made in your honor and placed predominantly in the studio.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited (2 left of 2) 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  21. All gone!
  22. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    "Easy Does It" Etching & Name A Press!

    Receive a one of a kind hand printed etching and the honor of naming a Printing Press! I will create a custom nameplate for the press and for the entire lifespan of the press (which is practically forever) it will go by the name you choose. Please keep it PG folks, no salty language or offensive titles. Feel free to make it as unique as you'd like.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  23. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    "Comfort" Etching and Name A Press

    An etching I made to instill a sense of warmth and home. This detailed etching was etched from copper and was hand printed. With this print you will also be allowed to name a press! Im open for any names just as long as they are not offensive in any way. Keep it weird, keep it plain, it's up to you to decide. The name you pick will live on with the press forever! I will crate a custom nameplate so the press can wear the name with pride.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.