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Partner with us to build a letterpress printing and bookbinding studio dedicated to community creativity, classes, and workshops.
Partner with us to build a letterpress printing and bookbinding studio dedicated to community creativity, classes, and workshops.
348 backers pledged $41,004 to help bring this project to life.

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(Lots of backers have been asking about getting more than 1 reward, and that is possible! Just email us with what you're interested in (info@iglooletterpress.com), and pay for the total amount of the multiple rewards when you check out.)

Igloo Letterpress is moving! Our new space is around the corner from our current digs. The new spot – part of the old Worthington hardware building on High Street – doubles our size and lets us bring our retail gift shop and our production studio together under one roof once again.

Community
Community

We want to share our new space with our community. That's what brings us here. We are raising this money to build out a print and binding studio solely dedicated to community creativity. We will use the funds to:

  • build a second print studio
  • buy a printing press
  • dedicate these for community classes, public projects, and personal rentals

Our backer rewards offer a little taste of what's to come, including prints, books, classes, and workshops. In providing our rewards, we are already getting the chance to collaborate with some of the most creative minds in the country, including Emily McDowell, House of Krauss, Genre Creative, and our own Rachel of Imaginary Beast.

(Scroll down for photos of our great rewards!)

Have you heard people say, “Print is dead?” Well, if you’ve ever visited Igloo Letterpress, you know it’s not true. Print is more alive than ever. And Igloo wants to share it with you.

Grandad
Grandad

The History

Igloo's founder and owner, Allison Chapman, learned letterpress printing from her Grandad when she was a child. She founded Igloo as a home-business in 1996, and moved it with her family to Columbus in 2008. Since then, it has thrived as a cornerstone in the Columbus creative scene and as a pillar in the Worthington community. 

We have been outgrowing our current home for many years now, and have had to turn down opportunities for larger classes, expanded card lines, and more community tours due to our lack of space. But now we have a new home in the old Worthington hardware store and will be able to stretch our legs a bit and grow.

The Plans

What we are building is a space for us to offer more education, a more varied class list, and a gathering space for creative endeavors. To do this, we need stools and tables, supplies and tools, and (most importantly) a new printing press.

Igloo Crew
Igloo Crew

We have already had incredible support, not only from our community, but from Elevate Pictures, who did our (awesome) video, Glodan and Legion for paper, and our whole Crew for the work that went in to the video signs and posters.

The Numbers

What are we going to do with your hard-earned dollars? Every penny will go into building an inviting, friendly, and (most importantly) functional space to create. What does it cost? Here is a general breakdown of our budget so far:

  • build a second print studio and dedicate it to community classes, public projects, and personal rentals, equipping it with tables, chairs, lighting, storage and supplies ($22,000) 
  • buy a printing press dedicated to class work ($15,000)
  • producing all the awesome rewards for our supporters ($2000) 
  • advertising our new community space to columbus ($500)
  • offering free walk in projects on farmers market saturdays ($500)
Igloo Letterpress T-Shirt
Igloo Letterpress T-Shirt

The Rewards

We are overwhelmed by the talent and generosity in our community, and have assembled a great group of rewards. Check our "Updates" often to see images of new rewards as they are released, and the story behind them.

Ceramic Igloo Coffee Mug
Ceramic Igloo Coffee Mug
Letterpress Coaster Set
Letterpress Coaster Set
Igloo Tri-Fold Pop-up Card
Igloo Tri-Fold Pop-up Card
Tools of the Trade Mini-Journals
Tools of the Trade Mini-Journals
Tools of the Trade Poster Series
Tools of the Trade Poster Series
              

Risks and challenges

When moving a business, stuff happens. And when moving 10 tons of equipment, big stuff happens. We fully expect everything to go smoothly and we expect our dear presses to make the transition as well as we do, but you never know. We will do our best to fulfill the rewards in a timely fashion, and we appreciate your patience if we have to move the dates.

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    We will print cute paper keys that we will hand-letter your name on, and display prominently in the new Igloo space. Everyone who backs our project at any level will get their name on a key.

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    Get our adorable letterpress printed tri-fold card to create your very own tiny Igloo for your desk or home! (See updates for images)

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    You will get 8 greeting cards and envelopes with our awesome Tools of the Trade on them, 2 of each of 4 designs. (See updates for images)

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    Tools of the Trade Mini-Journals: Get 4 mini-journals with letterpress-printed covers, 1 of each design!

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    Check it out - you get one Limited Edition Igloo t-shirt made by State of Devotion AND a markdown on Igloo products at the register anytime you wear it to Igloo's shop! Shirts are sized from XS-3XL and are 100% cotton. (This is an ultra-soft, ultra-comfy unisex T-shirt that feels like you've owned it for years the moment you put it on.)

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    Mug and Coaster Set - Inspire your morning with our shiny new Igloo Letterpress ceramic mug and a set of 8 letterpress coasters printed with our Tools of the Trade patterns.

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    Tools of the Trade: Beekeeper. Jason Krauss's Queen Bee is a 2-color 8x10 letterpress print exclusive to #moveourigloo (See updates for images)

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    Tools of the Trade: Artist. Designed by Suzy Ultman, this is a 2-color 8x10 letterpress print of a sweet girl creating her garden of flowers. (See updates for images)

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    Tools of the Trade: Advertiser. Designed by Typehunter Keith Tatum, this is a 2-color 8x10 letterpress print using vintage images from Igloo's block collection. (See updates for images)

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    Tools of the Trade: Photographer. Classic and timeless, Robin Oatts' 2-color 8x10 hints at the soul of the camera. (See updates for images)

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    Tools of the Trade: Adventurer. Mark Eberhardt created this amazing 2-color 8x10 letterpress print exclusive to #moveourigloo (See updates for images)

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    Tools of the Trade Poster: Chef. Designed by Patrick Moore of the Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream design team, this is a 2-color 8x10 letterpress print with a split fountain of color on a stack of pots and pans. (See updates and main page for images)

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    Poetry & Printing Class with Amy Turn Sharp - Is your inner poet ready to break free? Get your creative juices flowing with Amy as she provides an evening of poetry prompts and encouraging feedback on how to unleash your writing to the world. You'll workshop poetry and flash fiction, print a poem on the press and leave with your own writing journal. (Date will be selected soon)

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    Printing and Pie Tasting with AJ of Sassafras Bakery - Try your hand at pulling a "Keep Your Fork, There's Pie" letterpress print to take home, while sampling some of AJ's delicious pies!

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    Printing (and Donuts!) with Nick - ORDER UP! Join Columbus' Breakfast Czar for a morning of all-you-can-eat-donuts (!!!) and letterpress poster printing of your favorite diner order - do you like em' scrambled, poached, or sunny-side up? (October 10th, 9-noon)

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    Yes, You Can Draw Workshop - Type Hunter Keith Tatum will lead both non-creative and creative folks through engaging and hands-on excercises to leverage simple drawing techniques in daily work and life. It is sure to be both fun and memorable. (September 18th, 6:30-9pm)

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    Inaugural Intro to Bookbinding Class: Be in the first group to take this class in our new space. Put a (letterpressed) bookmark in that! Sept 5, noon-3pm

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    Typecase Jewelry Holder Workshop - Make your Pinterest pins come to life! Each participant will get to create their own holder out of an antique typecase. All materials provided in the class. (November 7th 6-9pm)

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    Inaugural Intro to Letterpress Class: Be in the first group to take this class in our new space. Wear it with a (letterpressed) badge of honor. Sept. 3, 6-9pm

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    VIP OPENING PARTY! Get an invite for 2 for our exclusive opening party, and an opportunity to be some of the first people to check out the new space and everything we have to offer! (Kids are free)

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    Wood Type Cutting Workshop - Learn about and create authentic wood type! Scott Moore from Moore Wood Type is one of 3 people in the WORLD cutting wood type by the historic pantograph method. Join his class to learn about wood type history and design, cut, and print your own piece!

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    Wood Type Cutting Workshop PART DEUX- Learn about and create authentic wood type! Scott Moore from Moore Wood Type is one of 3 people in the WORLD cutting wood type by the historic pantograph method. Join his class to learn about wood type history and design, cut, and print your own piece! (October 24th noon - 4pm)

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    Photography for Sellers and Bloggers Workshop - Do you make things? Do you write about things? Do you take pictures of the things you make or write about? You'll want to take this class with Allie Lehman of The Wonder Jam and Death to the Stock Photo - learn ways to light items on white and how to approach lifestyle product shots. 4 hour (October 17th noon - 10am)

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    Typophile Workshop - Learn from the master! Allison Chapman will lead students through an intensive history of letterpress, font design, lead type, and typesetting. Each student will get to set a project using antique lead type and print several copies to take home.

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    Beginner Calligraphy Workshop with Lindsey of The Hive Studio -Learn the basics of holding & understanding your pen & nib, dipping ink, practicing upstrokes & downstrokes, scribing the alphabet, & practicing your own alphabet writing style. Your kits will include (2) nibs, 1 nib holder, ink well + black (& a colored) ink, notepad & practice papers, 10 gift tags for Christmas & holiday wrapping, & a resources sheet in a nice, wooden tray box made here in the USA. (Date will be selected soon)

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    Honorary Class Stool - we will purchase a comfortable studio stool, hand-letter your name in your honor, AND you will get one registration good for a letterpress or bookbinding class in the future.

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    Emily McDowell's Wholesale: What's Next? Class - (Yes, THAT Emily McDowell!) So you've got a handful of wholesale accounts, and people dig what you make. Now what? This workshop is for people who already know the basics around things like pricing for wholesale and selling on Etsy, and who are ready to take the next step in building their creative business. We'll talk about how to find and work with sales reps, the pros and cons of doing trade shows, how to get your products in front of buyers, what buyers look for, when to release new products, and more. (One registration)

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    Amy Butler Color Class - Join Amy for this colorful image inspired workshop packed with ideas, techniques and inspiring insights on building unique and signature color palettes for your design work. Amy will begin with an inspirational presentation and then guide you as you create a collage from your personal inspirational images, fabric, ephemera and photos. In addition, the Igloo studios will be open to the class for exploring different ink and paper color combinations. (Will be scheduled in Summer 2016)

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    Print and Pour Party - Gather 6 friends together to print a personalized letterpress poster, and then walk across the street to The Candle Lab and each get to pour a candle. Select a date that works for the group.

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    School Class Group Outing - Select this level to purchase an outing for a school group to come and learn about the history of printing and book arts. We will tailor a workshop and tour to your students' age and interest, and each participant wil get to make and take a project or book they create in the class. Up to 25 students, flexible scheduling in 2015.

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    Print and Pour Party - Gather 6 friends together to print a personalized letterpress poster, and then walk across the street to THE CANDLE LAB and each get to pour a candle. (Select a 2015 date that works for the group.)

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    Pizza and Printing Party - Get a group of 8 people together, choose your print project (personalized notecards, poster, or hand-bound journal), and we'll order Dewey's Pizza and salads for the group! Select a date that works for the group.

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    Printing Party! Gather 12 friends together and prepare for a night of poster printing, bookbinding, cookies, and fun in our new space! (Your party can be scheduled at any time after the delivery date.)

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