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we ♥ letterpress is planning to organize an international letterpress exhibition.125 spots are waiting for you...
we ♥ letterpress is planning to organize an international letterpress exhibition.125 spots are waiting for you...
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Our plan

we ♥ letterpress is the place for all letterpress printers and lovers. To make this beautiful traditional craft accessible for everyone, we ♥ letterpress is planning to organize an international letterpress exhibition in collaboration with Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio USA from 20 April to 19 May 2012.

How it works – For letterpress printers

For this exhibition international letterpress studios/printers can rent different sized spots and submit letterpress work for that spot. The motto of this exhibition will be: "Show us YOUR letterpress art!". Therefore, we ask you to consider fresh, inspiring, contemporary letterpress art that reflects your work for this exhibition. Submissions can include all different kinds of letterpress art such as posters, cards, coasters, mobiles, etc.

Your work should demonstrate at least one element of traditional letterpress printing (i.e., using a traditional printing press; e.g., Vandercook, C&P, Heidelberg); other types of printing can also be included.

There is no jury process with regards to the design; all submissions that fulfill the criteria above will be accepted. Our visitors will decide if they like and buy your prints.

All letterpress studios/printers who want to participate in the exhibition apply online exclusively through this Kickstarter project. Just choose a spot size that fits your needs and reserve it by pledging the necessary amount of money (see below).

As part of the exhibition concept you can (but don’t have to) sell your work through YOUR Exhibition (and choose the sales price for your prints, of course). In case we sell your print you will receive 100% of the sale price.

All studios/printers will not only be introduced in the exhibition in Cleveland but their art will also be featured on weloveletterpress.com to maximize the attention for every studio as well as to increase the likelihood that items are sold.

This means, you will become part of a very special exhibition where we showcase your work and help you to attract new customers. Additionally, we will try to find a potential buyer and sell the piece you send us.

How it works – For letterpress lovers

For all of you who aren't letterpress printers but would like to support the exhibition, we also have great perks for you including original letterpress prints. Just choose the best amount (and gift) for you on the right.

We really appreciate your support! You help our letterpress printers to keep rental costs for space in the exhibition super-low and enable them to earn as much money with their beautiful work as they deserve. If we are successful with this project we hope to see as many of you as possible at the opening reception of YOUR Exhibition in Cleveland.

THANK YOU!!

Because,

we ♥ letterpress

FAQ

  • Letterpress is a very old printing technique. Raised letters are inked and pressed to the surface of the paper to reproduce an image in reverse. Typically, metal or wooden type have been used but modern letterpress studios also work with photo polymer plates to be able to print images designed by hand or computer.

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  • Sure you can!! We would be more than happy to have our Kickstarters around! Make sure you join us for the opening reception on 20 April in Cleveland and let's celebrate YOUR Exhibition!

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  • We are planning to film the opening reception and the gallery and publish the video online. This way you can be part of YOUR Exhibition although you can't physically be here. Additionally, we'll make sure to post photos on our blog and Facebook fan page.

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  • Given the super-low exhibition rents for printers you probably understand that we can't cover shipping costs. Therefore, we ask that you take care of shipping to the exhibition. Also, in case you want us to send your print back to you after the show (in case it wasn’t sold or you were not interested in selling it) please include a self-addressed envelope with appropriate postage when you send us your print.

    To keep your shipping costs low and make handling easier for us we would like to ask that you don't send any frames. Just send us your prints, we'll make them look good on the wall!

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  • No, you only need to reserve a spot size by pledging the necessary amount of money (10-30 USD) and take care of shipping. No additional sales or advertising fees.

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  • In case you need more space than our largest spot offers just do the following: You want to show two large prints, just pledge 60.- USD, select the reward for the large spot and we will make sure you get two large spots in the exhibition. You need even more space? Pledge 90.- USD and so on.

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  • Our goal of 1,000 USD will cover gallery cost and basic marketing materials. All additional money will be used for additional marketing campaigns and to support Zygote Press, the fantastic organization that gives Cleveland's artists and printers a place to work.

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    THANK YOU! We really appreciate your support and will include your name on our founders page on weloveletterpress.com.

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    Get your own personal SMALL spot in the exhibition! The spot size is 10 x 15 cm/ 4 x 6 inches. Enough to hang a letterpress postcard, two coasters,...

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    Support the exhibition and get an original hand printed letterpress Christmas card (including matching envelope) from we ♥ letterpress! (We will try our best to get it to you in time!)

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    Get your own personal MEDIUM spot in the exhibition! The spot size is 20 x 30 cm/ 8 x 12 inches. Enough to hang a nice little letterpress print, two cards, four coasters,...

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    Support the exhibition and get an original hand printed we ♥ letterpress calendar for 2012 (size 20 x 30 cm / 8 x 12 inches) (We will try our best to get it to you in time!)

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    Get your own personal LARGE spot in the exhibition! The spot size is 40x 60 cm/ 16 x 24 inches. Enough space for your letterpress posters, calendars,…

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    Support the exhibition and get your personalized YOUR Exhibition catalog with all pictures from the exhibition!

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    Support the exhibition and get an exclusive letterpress print from a SURPRISE designer!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Support the exhibition and get your personal letterpress workshop at Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH USA and learn how to print! We'll be happy to join you for this fun session. Happy printing!

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