Ink+Smog Editions is Rosemary Dardick and Robin Belcher. Just over a year ago, we began working together to build a small letterpress print shop and urban paper goods company here in Los Angeles, California.
We've been working really hard making greeting cards and prints inspired by our love of cities and urban environments. Right now, we print everything by hand on a bottlejack press we built from scratch in our living room here in Koreatown. But everything is about to change!
We are very excited to announce that Ink+Smog Editions is expanding! Over the summer, we found out that good friends of ours who run L'appât, a small print shop in Rosemary's hometown of Montréal were moving to Europe and would not be able to take their equipment with them. After much deliberation, we decided to buy their 1960s Heidelberg Windmill letterpress, industrial Chandler&Price Craftsman paper cutter as well as their lead type and tools. Basically, we bought their whole shop!
This will be a complete game changer for us, it will allow us to function as a print shop for other people's projects as well as continue to offer our own line of urban paper goods.
We'll also be able to run community workshops, and start an artist residency program for emerging artists in collaboration with The Pretty Gallery here in Los Angeles. The Danielle DeMers artist residency will give an emerging artist the opportunity to work with us in Los Angeles each summer in order to produce a special editioned work. This project is near and dear to our hearts, in memory of our dear friend who passed away recently. She was a printmaker and artist who herself would have benefited from this residency.
We're literally in the middle of moving into our new studio right now, and our new equipment is about to start it's cross-country journey from Montreal to Los Angeles. But we can't do it alone!
The Goal of our Kickstarter Campaign:
- Help with some of the transportation costs for relocating the equipment from Montreal to Los Angeles and properly set up our new larger workspace.
- Founding the Danielle DeMers Residency program in collaboration with Pretty Gallery.
- Creating the framework to provide community workshops and artist collaborations.
Your help and generosity mean the world to us as we work to grow our business in an intelligent and responsible way.
If you believe in what we're trying to do but can't contribute financially, the best thing you can do is share our project with your friends, family and followers on social media, every little bit helps!
Thank you for all of the encouragement and support you've given us over the past year, we can't do it without you!
Risks and challenges
Any project involving complicated logistics and crossing international borders has the potential for unforeseen delays and unexpected obstacles. We've been working with a team of experienced machinery movers and customs brokers. So far, everything is going according to plan. We now know more about moving heavy machinery than we ever thought possible!
The equipment is currently wending it's way west from Montreal to our new studio here in Los Angeles. Once our new equipment arrives here in L.A., we are going to need to make sure that everything is still in perfect working order. We've reached out to some of the more established printers that we know in order to benefit from their knowledge and experience.
We're not going to lie, this is a really big change, and while it's incredibly exciting, it's also a little terrifying! We've been building our business carefully over the past year and believe that while this change is big, it's also necessary in order to meet our growing demand.
We look forward to becoming your neighborhood Los Angeles print shop in the new year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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