My name is Rachel Yoder, I’m a senior at Ashford University (Clinton, Iowa), studying graphic design and photography. This summer I’m an apprentice letterpress printer under the guidance and instruction of Peter Fraterdeus at SlowPrint Letterpress Studio in Dubuque's Historic Millwork District.
I'm creating a series of a half-dozen or so postcards and/or posters using the collection of historic letterpresses at SlowPrint to be distributed in the Dubuque community. These pieces will incorporate works from local artists, designers, poets, and writers.
The postcards and posters will be produced on any of four presses at Slow Print: a 1960’s Original Heidelberg “Windmill”, a 1940’s Vandercook 219 flat-bed proof press, 1930’s Miehle Vertical Cylinder Press or the 1900’s Chandler & Price Gordon Old-Style press. We will first curate the compositions to be published through an editorial submission process. We'll then work with each collaborator to best display their work, whether visual art or literary.
Each piece will be rendered through digital images and type or hand set wood type. The postcards will be distributed for free in local cafes and galleries and also by subscription for people who want to be sure to receive the whole series as produced.
I hope that this project will accomplish three main objectives for Dubuque and the larger global community:
The postcards will inspire. The artwork and literature provoke further thought and creativity.
The works will promote the artists behind the compositions, as well as giving me hands-on experience in my apprenticeship. This helps shape the community, making Dubuque and the world aware of the many creative minds at work around the area.
Finally, the project brings joy. Distributed locally for no cost in cafés, galleries, art museums, co-ops and bookshops, and globally by subscription, the postcards could be pinned to bulletin boards, set on desks, displayed in homes, and would be a reminder of the simple joys of community life.
The final compositions will also be displayed in the Dubuque Letterpress Blog http://j.mp/dbqletterpress . The artist/writer featured on each postcard will be credited, and a brief explanation of the thought behind each piece provided.
With your support, funding will help to cover materials and studio costs and allow the printer to distribute the postcards locally free of cost, and to continue working on future volumes of collaborative printed art. We need your help to keep letterpress alive!
Any Kickstarter funds raised beyond the initial budget will be used to help insure the continued survival of Dubuque's only high-touch, humanistic letterpress studio. Supporting patrons will be guaranteed full editions of the artistic output of the studio for two years or forever!
Please keep in touch! Either Peter or I will answer any other questions you may have about the project!
We are also thankful to Dubuque's wonderful Art Gumbo community for our initial seed grant!
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