When I woke up on November 9, 2016, I felt exhausted, sad, and powerless, both as a woman and as an immigrant. But after watching Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, I felt differently - energized to stand up, take action, and fight for equality and respect for women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, Muslims, and anyone whose freedoms are threatened under this new administration. Hillary’s speech made me want to lend my hands to that work in whatever way I could, and I felt a need to create art with a positive, action-oriented message.
One quote resonated above all the rest: “Never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.” That month, I created a short run of letterpress prints carrying that quote, and it motivated me to bring this project to life on a larger scale and reach more people.
With your support, I will produce a new limited-edition run of letterpress prints, notecards, and tote bags, all featuring quotes from Hillary Clinton’s concession speech. I want to share my prints with 100 of you, and in return, you can help me establish myself as an independent artist.
The funds I raise through this Kickstarter campaign will pay for the paper, custom photopolymer printing plates, press rental, inks, eco-friendly canvas bags, shipping materials, and all costs associated with producing these rewards, as well as contribute to the foundation of my printing business, The Chain Press, 100% woman-owned and operated.
Sustainability & letterpress
A printer’s greatest expense is paper and printing plates, and it’s important to me to procure these materials from environmentally-friendly suppliers, all of whom I’ve worked with before. Boxcar Press in Syracuse, who produce the recyclable plates that will be used for my project, have a company initiative that plants a tree via American Forests for plate orders over a certain size, like this one, absorbing roughly 740 pounds of carbon dioxide.
My paper will come from French Paper Co. in Niles, Michigan, a family-owned plant that has been powered by hydroelectricity since 1922 and produces paper from recycled fibers. All my production materials are made in the USA, and the edition will be printed at The Arm, a public-access letterpress studio and print shop in Brooklyn, where I make all of my prints.
How letterpress works
Nothing equals the tactile beauty of letterpress - it can’t be matched for quality or style. The inks are mixed by hand according to the Pantone formula system, and are then applied to the press and printing plate that bears the design. Each piece of paper is hand-fed through the press individually and rolled over the inked plate, creating the impression in the paper. Letterpress, once the predominant method of printing books and newspapers, has been around since the 15th century, and it’s vitally important to keep this artisanal craft alive.
I am very excited to produce this new edition of prints, cards and bags that I hope will inspire positive action in others, and allow me to take my printing business to the next level.
Rewards & Tiers
Pledge $8 or more
One (1) one-color 5” x 7” letterpress print. 100lb cardstock, fits most standard photo frames. You will also receive a handwritten thank you note, and a digital thank you on www.thechainpress.com!
Pledge $15 or more
One (1) set of ten (10) 4” x 6” letterpress notecards with matching envelopes. The set of ten includes two different designs; five of each. Blank on reverse for your message. 100lb cardstock. You will also receive a handwritten thank you note, and a digital thank you on www.thechainpress.com!
Pledge $20 or more
One (1) two-color 8 x 11.5” letterpress print. 100lb cardstock, ready for framing.You will also receive a handwritten thank you note, and a digital thank you on www.thechainpress.com!
Pledge $30 or more
One (1) 8 x 11.5” two-color letterpress print, plus one (1) printed canvas tote bag. You will also receive a handwritten thank you note, and a digital thank you on www.thechainpress.com!
Risks and challenges
The Chain Press is a one-woman operation, and letterpress is an art form that is both time-consuming and physical. To account for this, I have given myself the ample lead time necessary to produce and ship the rewards on time and avoid any last-minute rushing. Due to the nature of the printing process, no two letterpress prints are exactly alike, so backers can expect minor variations in color and ink coverage from one print to the next (that’s part of the beauty of letterpress!) I will try my best to deliver all rewards in a timely manner, but some delays are possible due to unforeseen circumstances. However, I am 100% committed to making all 100 of my backers happy with their rewards for supporting my dream and my business, and helping to spread this message.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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