With so many printers reaching out to their communities for support in funding their projects, we've decided to set up this page where our members can post their own funding requests. To have yours posted here, send a description with your link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As some of you may know, my good friend, and prospective business partner/investor suddenly passed away this past November from complications arising from a severe and aggressive brain tumor. Sarah was going to take over the day-to-day running of Holyoke Paper so I could focus on being the pressman for Manifesto Letterpress and National Letterpress. Along with Sarah joining the team, she was to be making an investment in Holyoke Paper. Sarah's ongoing struggle this past year, and her inability to join us as planned, has left us in a bit of a pickle. Besides my less than stellar attempts to run both businesses single-handedly as I awaited Sarah's arrival, I am mid-stream with a new paper line.
We are looking to generate a small amount of immediate capital to finish production for our newest color in the line, "Pure" bright white. Once we have reached our goal, we will stop offering the cards.
We are launching our Kickstart Card to help us meet our commitments. This is not being run through the kickstarter website, but is instead our own program run directly on our site at holyokedirect.com.
Basically, we are offering significant discounts in the form of store credit and free paper to anyone who might purchase one of our Kickstart Cards. So if you're looking to make some purchases from Holyoke Paper over the next 150 years, this would be a good chance for you to secure a 20% discount on future purchases, as well as help out an independent paper company that caters to the letterpress printer.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
(posted January 31, 2014)
Pope Press Olympia Letterpress
My name is J. Hukee. I'm opening a community print shop, Pope Press Olympia: Letterpress and Book Arts Center in Olympia, Washington. Pope Press will offer classes and workshops in the art of letterpress and book making.
Pope Press will offer a space for artists, writers, letterpress enthusiasts, anyone interested in expanding their creative outlets, or those wanting to satisfy their letterpress curiosity to come and explore the art of letterpress and bookmaking. We'll offer classes in how to operate the presses; explore and experiment with pressure printing; business and calling card design and printing; linoleum block carving; printing limited edition artist books; teaching different techniques in bookbinding; and more. We'll also offer print residencies at various times during the year.
Our opening party is Saturday, March 15th from 5-8. If you are in the area, please come! Our first class, Pressure Printing, is scheduled for Sunday, March 16th from 12-5. We've started an indiegogo campaign to help raise the needed funds to pay off the letterpress equipment and purchase all of the supplies necessary to get the studio ready for students. Please check out our campaign to see how you can help and to learn more about Pope Press Olympia.
(posted February 19, 2014)