The Detroit Printing Plant

Every little bit helps build the DPP building fund AND move 13 presses 13 hours northwards ~
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Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.
Art
Somewhere, Alabama
United States
2 Team Members

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

As a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all of the wonderful contributors to the campaign thus far, Proceed and Be Bold!, (the feature length documentary about my life and work) is being posted online for free for everyone to watch for the remainder of the campaign. Thank you, 20K Films. Please enjoy and share with your friends.

http://youtu.be/i251DDffUzY

Here’s the doc website too:

www. proceedandbebold.com

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Amos

I am letterpress printer, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., and I am asking for your support to help me build a printing plant in Detroit, MI for people who are interested in letterpress printing and need a space to practice it.
 
When I first started printing, it was the generosity of older printers that helped me grow and develop and I think it is now my responsibility to pass on this generosity to others.
 
What I want to do is develop a space that if you have an interest in letterpress printing, you can come and experience it and decide if this is what you want to do with your life. 
 
We all have dreams and aspirations of doing things, and this is about helping people accomplish their dreams. 
 
always choose happy
 
What I want to do is have people help me create a model for sustainable industries built to human scale. I want others to explore this model so that they too can pass on your love and devotion of a craft.
 
The Detroit Printing Plant is about sustainability: it's not about being so big that you have to maintain your bigness, it's about being just big enough that your craft can maintain you. 
 
If we reach our fundraising goal to create The Detroit Printing Plant, then you know we can make your dreams happen too. 

If we make MORE than the fundraising goal, we will also create an on-site printer's hostel and bakery. 

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To serve as a model for developing human-scale, sustainable industries and to also provide a model to make a living by following your dreams and to affirm that you can make living from your craft. This is a place for stuff makers. (Stuff is material to be worked upon or to be used in making something.) We are printing, but we are not confined only to printmaking. This is an open-source model to help you create your own sustainable space.
 
life

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1) Print Shop

The print shop will have multiple printing presses, printing equipment, and space where people can come to share their ideas and get their print on.

 

2) Book Bindery

The book bindery will be a space to learn the craft of bookbinding and to manufacture handmade books.

 

3) Handmade Paper Mill

The handmade paper mill will be a small paper mill for people to experiment with papermaking. 

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APPRENTICES!
 
Letter from an apprentice

(Like this 23 year old from Maine.)

 

STUDENTS!

students

(Art students @ St. Benedict and St. John's University, St. Joe, MN)

 

OTHER PRINTERS!

other printers

(Shout Out to Bruno Press!)

 

ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO PRINT! 

anyone and everyone

(Like this fine young man sitting on my lap.)

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1) Follow Kennedy Prints on Facebook

2) Share the campaign on your facebook page

3) Tweet it

4) Blog about it

5) Send the campaign out to your letterpress, craft, and art news groups

6) Volunteer to help me move at the end of this year

7) Buy more Kennedy Prints! Online

8) TRUST IN YOURSELF

Use the power of the social network to make good things happen!

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The Economist Blog

American Craft Council

Garden and Gun Magazine (p.68)

Fine Books and Collections 

Printinteresting

Tuscaloosa News

Eddie Campbell's Fate of the Artist Blog

Kennedy Prints! 

Proceed and Be Bold!  

 

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thank you!

life is short

 

ABOUT PERKS:

We guarantee that we have underpromised and will overproduce the perks.

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$35,690USD
raised by 387 people in 1 month
119% funded
No time left
$30,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on December 17, 2012
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  • $5USD
    KP! POSTCARD

    For $5, Kennedy will mail you a cool postcard that will also serve as a 10% discount for all Kennedy prints and services bought in 2013.

    15 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $10USD
    KP! MYSTERY PERK

    You receive the $5 perk, plus a secret undisclosed sweet letterpress something ... you have to see it to believe it, and you have to contribute to see it.

    53 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $30USD
    KP! POSTER

    You will get one 12.5 in. x 19 in. signed and numbered poster just for this campaign. SECRET BONUS: Kennedy will also send you something else cool in the mail.

    124 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $60USD
    KP! TINY POSTER SUBSCRIPTION

    Like small surprises in your mailbox? Subscribe to Kennedy Prints tiny poster a month program. You'll get one 6 in. x 8 in. standard frame size tiny poster a month mailed to you for every month in 2013.

    157 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $500USD
    KP! POSTER SUBSCRIPTION

    Like big surprises in your mailbox? Subscribe to Kennedy Prints 12.5 in. x 19 in. poster a month program. You'll get one poster a month mailed to you every month in 2013.

    7 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $700USD
    LETTERPRESS WEEKEND VACATION 1

    You get a 2-day weekend (Sat/Sun) with 16 hours minimum press time with you, another student, and Kennedy to print a minimum of two 12.5 in. x19 in. posters. All you have to bring is the text you want to print. All materials, press, paper, ink, type are provided. You're responsible for getting to and from the shop. All meals are vegetarian, not vegan. (Details will be emailed to you.) BYOB.

    4 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $1,200USD
    LETTERPRESS WEEKEND VACATION 2

    You get 2 days (Saturday/Sunday) with 16 hours minimum press time one-on-one with Kennedy to print a minimum of two 12.5 in. x 19 in. posters. All you have to bring is the text you want to print. The rest of the materials, press, paper, ink, and type are provided. You're responsible for getting to and from the shop. Kennedy will feed you vegetarian meals, not vegan. (Details will be emailed to you.) BYOB.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $1,500USD
    ONE DAY TEAM BUILDING WORKSHOP

    One-day team building workshop, Kennedy-style, for up to 5 people from one business, non-profit, or graphic design firm, to build team spirit, and print a 12.5 in. x 19 in. poster that you can hang in your office or use for your next business campaign. All meals included. Get unlimited access to Kennedy, his presses, and Kennedy's knowledge of printing, and his modern, cutting-edge ideas about running a business, and doing your own marketing and sales as an artist. BYOB.

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $2,500USD
    LETTERPRESS WEEKEND VACATION 3

    Kennedy WILL COME TO YOU for a 20-hour workshop weekend (Sat/Sun), if you have access to a letterpress shop. Kennedy will work one-on-one with you or your group. Groups of people, letterpress shops/collectives, art organizations are definitely welcome to purchase this collectively. BYOB.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $5,000USD
    LETTERPRESS WEEKEND VACATION 4

    You and 3 friends can come spend 5 consecutive days at Kennedy's shop and print with him. You'll one-on-one corruption with Kennedy himself. Vegetarian food and lodging provided at the shop. BYOB.

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $50,000,000USD
    MOVE IN SPECIAL

    Kennedy will pull up with three 18-wheelers full of letterpress equipment and move into your living room. Just so you know Kennedy is a vegetarian and his favorite vegetable is liquid hops.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
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