Chattanooga's Open Press Launches KickStarter Campaign

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Open Press, Chattanooga's letterpress, printmaking, and book arts co-op, is launching a KickStarter campaign.

"Thanks to a 2012 MakeWork grant and the generosity of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the Open Press established to provide access to letterpress and fine printmaking resources," said Co-Founder Matt Greenwell. "Our ultimate goal, of course, is to build a local community of designers, fine artists, and craftspeople in Chattanooga, around beautiful, unique equipment and technical expertise." 

Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Open Press will offer workshops, classes, and studio time in printmaking and in letterpress. Funds generated through regular programming will be supplemented by commissioned projects produced by Open Press members, for local clients and design agencies – helping create a self-sustaining and vital addition to Chattanooga's creative culture.

"Chattanooga is ready for this," said local artist, teacher, and Director of Printmaking Juanita Tumelaire. 

"Through the KickStarter campaign, we hope to raise $15,000 to purchase inks, press blankets, plates, and other materials; to clean and restore our presses; and to cover the costs of targeted facilities improvements necessary to make the OpenPress functional and safe for our members and guests," said Co-Founder, Paul Rustand. 

The Open Press is located in downtown Chattanooga, on the corner of Market and 14th street. Join in the launch of the Open Press: Chattanooga's Letterpress, Printmaking, and Book Arts Cooperative by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign at www.kickstarter.com (search "The Open Press"). Or follow the KickStarter link at www.theopenpress.org.



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