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Please help Ingrid to acquire an etching press for IS Projects, a communal book arts and printmaking studio in Fort Laurderdale, FL
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Thank you all SO very much!! We made it and the press has its ticket to South Florida! This press will make such a huge difference in the shop and will be a great asset to any artists who are looking for a place to make prints in South Florida. I hope to have it up and running for artists to use by November 4th!

Please join IS Projects on October 25th from 6pm-11pm for the Praga Welcome Party! We'll have the Vandy inked up with a Praga promo poster and we'll have some cuts ready to print on to tshirts with the Praga! Please feel free to BYOTee and we'll print the cuts onto the t-shirt of your choice! We'll also have some plain cotton tees available for purchase and printing. This Kickstarter campaign covers the very basics that we need for the Praga but there are lots of other things ISP would love your help to purchase!

New Stretch Goals:

$575 over will buy a boxcar base for the Vandercook which would allow artists to use photopolymer plates on the press!

$875 over will purchase the boxcar base for the Vandercook and a Boxcar base for the the 10x15 C&P which would be a huge help in getting the more commercial side of the shop up and running. 

New Stretch Goals: $575 over will buy a boxcar base for the Vandercook which would allow artists to use photopolymer plates on the press! $875 over will purchase the boxcar base for the Vandercook and a Boxcar base for the the 10x15 C&P which would be a huge help in getting the more commercial side of the shop up and running. 

Hello! My name is Ingrid Schindall and I need your help to get an etching press for my communal print studio, IS Projects, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida! 

Praga 36" x 72" Etching Press
Praga 36" x 72" Etching Press

The Project

I have spent the last 6 months acquiring printing equipment and moving from Baltimore, MD to South Florida in order to open a communal printmaking and book arts studio called IS Projects. It will be the only one of its kind in south Florida that is not attached to an institution. Printmaking equipment (presses, inks, rollers, etc.) is expensive which means that most artists and art students learn how to print while taking classes but then have no place to practice once its over. 

The mission of IS Projects is to provide equipment, training, and a supportive working environment for all artists who wish to work in book, paper, or print media. The studio will be accessible through affordable workshops, hourly rentals, memberships, as well as private commissioned assistance for artists working on specific projects.

All of the equipment is now safe in the IS Projects studio in the FATVillage Arts District in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The letterpress equipment is up and running. The studio doors will open to the public on September 27th from 6pm-10pm in conjunction with the FAT Village Artwalk.

Current Studio Equipment

Vandercook SP15 Proof Press, two 5x8 Kelsey Excelsior table top presses, 6x10" Craftsmen Imperial Press, loads of lead type, some wood type, 44" Board Shear, Challenge Paper Guillotine, Belt-Powered Leather Skiver, cast iron book press, one-hole paper drill, corner rounder, pamphlet stapler, and several large flat files that will be available for monthly rental

I need your help!

A big part of the IS Projects mission is to provide artists with a space to make fine art prints, unfortunately letterpress has its limits, especially when it comes to larger format fine art prints. In order to fulfill this part of the mission I am planning to acquire a 3'x6' Praga etching press. The press is waiting in Canada to be sent down to sunnier weather, all it needs is a ticket!

This Kickstarter campaign will cover a beautiful Praga 3'x6" etching press ($4200) with delivery ($1,000) that will be available for artists to use! It will also cover felt blankets, a pair of brayers and some high quality ink, all very necessary for making fine art prints. ($1000)

Prizes

Here's the best part, prizes! Each prize is a unique way for me to thank you for helping to get IS Projects started. The prizes fall into four basic categories:

Prints and books made by me for you

Just Added! $10 will get you this adorable journal with a letterpress printed cover that says it alll!
Just Added! $10 will get you this adorable journal with a letterpress printed cover that says it alll!
$30 Prize: A handbound 48pg Soft Cover Wrap Journal! You can customize the color!
$30 Prize: A handbound 48pg Soft Cover Wrap Journal! You can customize the color!
$50 Prize - A gorgeous Astral Sketchbook customized just for you!
$50 Prize - A gorgeous Astral Sketchbook customized just for you!
$350 reward, Misprint Series from top to bottom: The Break Between the Planes, Sight Thinking: Capri, Wandering Details, Imagined Shoreline I, Inverted Planes, Imagined Shoreline II, Dueling Memories, The Break Between the Planes II
$350 reward, Misprint Series from top to bottom: The Break Between the Planes, Sight Thinking: Capri, Wandering Details, Imagined Shoreline I, Inverted Planes, Imagined Shoreline II, Dueling Memories, The Break Between the Planes II

 Custom Letterpress printing: 

Who doesn't want fancy new business cards, calling cards or coasters? This reward is a great way to support a new, woman-owned, small business. I would love to work with you!

Opportunities for you to get your hands inky in workshops at IS Projects:

Come on in and see what its all about. We can make books and posters, eat sandwiches, and learn about the history of the craft.

Different membership levels at IS Projects

This studio isn't only for me, its a resource for anyone who would like to spend time using their hands and my beautiful antique equipment to make the art they want to make. If you are a fellow South Floridian with a love of printmaking or book arts I would love to have you in the studio making art along side me.

A Little About Me

I am a south Florida based artist and the owner and operator of Nocturnal Press, a small bindery producing high quality blank journals. I received my BFA in printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012, where I learned the art of letterpress, fine art relief printing, and book arts. I have honed my craft around the world, taking classes in Fabriano, Italy, a residency in Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico. Then in early 2013 I was taken in as a junior printer at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg, South Africa. There, I improved upon my collaborative skills while working with many well known artists on etching and relief prints as well as a special pop up book project. I'm so excited to get IS Projects up and running. My dream is for it to be a major player in the future of printed matter as a world class book arts center and fine art print studio. 

Risks and challenges

Starting a new business comes with many, many challenges. I have leaped several of the hurdles already and I hope to continue to build on what I have accomplished already.

My main challenge will be making the rewards and getting them sent out in a timely manner while running and promoting the studio. Because of this, I have set the rewards delivery dates to October and November of this year to give me enough time to get everything together once the studio is up and running.

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    Thank you for your donation! You will receive a letterpress printed postcard expressing my gratitude in writing!

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    Thank you so much! You will receive a limited edition Kickstarter only letterpress printed IS Projects promo poster! You will also be mentioned on the Thank You page of the IS Projects website

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    Just added! You will receive the "Damn it feels good 2 print" book. It has an adorable handset wood letterpress cover and 30 pages of medium weight cream colored paper waiting for your words and images. This will come with a hand written thank you and you will be mentioned on the Thank You page of the IS Projects website.

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    House on Wheels broadside: limited edition broadside with hand carved linoleum image. The story is about an mysterious train of white houses filled with expansive scenes of nature. This will come with a hand written thank you and you will be mentioned on the Thank You page of the IS Projects website.

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    Thank you thank you thank you! You will receive a hand made, 48 page, soft cover, leather wrap journal along with a thank you card! You will also be mentioned on the Thank You page of the IS Projects website.
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    You are a champion! You will receive a hand-painted galaxy hard cover journal and a hand written thank you card. You will also be mentioned on the Thank You page of the IS Projects website.

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    Be a part of the IS Projects first class! You will be one of the first to print in the studio. We will some set type then print posters and broadsides so drink a lot of coffee before you come! You will also be mentioned on the Thank You page of the IS Projects website.
    The first class will be held on Oct. 4 from 10am-3pm.
    Note: there is a 5 person minimum for this class, if this is not reached your credit will be applied to another scheduled workshop.

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    Book Arts 101 Workshop! Come on in and learn 4 different book structures! You can use this base of knowledge to experiment with making your own artist books in the future! Add $50 to bring a friend (max 4 people per workshop) You will also receive a Thank you card and be mentioned on the Thank You page of the IS Projects website.

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    Letterpress 101 workshop for you and a friend! Come to the studio and see how letterpress works. We'll set some type and ink up the Vandercook! You'll leave the studio with an edition of prints or cards (depending on what you would like to print) and a deeper understanding of the ins and outs of letterpress printing. Add $75 to bring another friend! (5 per workshop max) You will also receive a Thank you card and be mentioned on the Thank You page of the IS Projects website.

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    Special Kickstarter price for one of the "Misprint" series, a 25" x 37" two layer linoluem print, unframed. Each print in this edition was made using different monoprinting techniques so no two prints are the same, please email me for closeups. You will also receive a Thank you card and be mentioned on the Thank You page of the IS Projects website. Please specify which print you would like so I can take it off the list.

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    Custom Letterpress Printing! See your designs come to life! This covers a 3 color, 400 count run of business cards, calling cards, or coasters. We will have one consultation meeting to discuss paper and colors. You will also receive a Thank you card and be mentioned on the Thank You page of the IS Projects website.

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    Early member bundle! This includes membership for 2 months so come in and print whenever you'd like. This includes 2 months flat file rental so don't worry about lugging prints back and forth every time you come in and 1 free workshop of your choice. You will also be noted on our members page on our website with a link to your website and receive a hand written thank you card.

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    Special Kickstarter 1 year membership! You will be one of the first members of the Workshop! Feel free to come in and work in the studio all you like for 1 year and also enjoy 1 free workshop and a hand written thank you card. You will also be noted on our members page on our website with a link to your website.

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    Naming rights for the press! You are the IS Projects Angel! Words could not describe how thankful I would be. This reward gives you naming rights for the press, name it anything you want (profanities excluded) and I will have a plaque made and affixed to the press proudly displaying the name of your choosing. This also includes a 1 year membership, 1 year flat file rental, and 3 workshops of your choosing.

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