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Newsworthy letterpress tidbits, featuring Partners in Print.

Print Futures Call for Presenters (image by Maddy Underwood)
Image: Maddy Underwood

Print Futures Winter 2022: Open Call for Presenters

Print Futures is currently soliciting presentations from emerging letterpress printers who have an interesting project or experience — including work in book arts, design, printmaking, or other related areas. Speakers 18 years or older are welcome to apply.

Hamilton × PiP: Celebrating All Types

Celebrating All Types is a print movement that aims to inspire reflection and civic action among letterpress artists and the community at large. To kick off this initiative, over 35 letterpress artists attending the 2021 Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum Wayzgoose have put their wood type to good use by creating posters celebrating diversity and inclusion. The online gallery debuted at the ‘Goose in November 2021.

PiP’s 2021 End of Year Fundraising Campaign

Partners in Print is living proof that grassroots generosity and community action are powerful forces for good. As you reflect on the meaningful experiences you have had through our classes, free events, and community collaborations, we hope you’ll consider PiP in your end of year giving plans.

Partners in Print's PRESS POWER letterpress event with Bureau of Fearless Ideas / Art Sanctuary (Seattle 2021).
Press Power at Bureau of Fearless Ideas

In November 2021, PiP led a letterpress printing workshop for kids at Sanctuary Art Center hosted by the Bureau of Fearless Ideas in Seattle. Our poster design prompt: What do you want to say to your community (in 5 words or less)? Their responses — set in wood type, inked, and printed by hand — came directly from the heart and showed insights that come from being a kid during the stressful time we find ourselves in. Here is a sample: Kindness is the Best Solution; The World Loves You; Be Brave; Just Breathe; Be Nice to Art; Fulfill Your Dreams; Be Confident and Be Yourself; Black Queen; This is a Beautiful City; and — as a PSA— Cocoa & Oreos are Good!

Sticker Giant Customer Stories: Partners in Print clear sticker sheet

Sticker Giant × PiP: Letterpress for the Greater Good

In-kind support plays an important role in Partners in Print’s ability to amplify our impact and further our mission. We’re deeply grateful for Sticker Giant, suppliers of the festive stickers we use for events, community projects, and packaging. Learn more about our partnership in this Customer Stories feature by Andrew Matranga.

A Next Fest visitor holds an "Insist on Humanity" letterpress print in front of a wall of rainbow-colored prints at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA), October 2021.

BIMA × PiP: We Are All Connected

For our first in-person Press Power event, PiP joined the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) and local LGBTQ organizations in elevating and commemorating transgender lives at the opening of Molly Vaughan: Project 42. Visitors created messages of radical love and acceptance, then added them to a rainbow wall of color emphasizing that We Are All Connected.

PiP × OneAmerica: Immigrant Power, Collective Change

Immigrant Power, Collective Change

On September 11th PiP put the finishing touches on a special print celebrating OneAmerica’s 20th Anniversary. Founded immediately after 9/11/2001 to address discrimination against immigrant communities, OneAmerica builds movements led by people of color and their allies to create a more just, democratic, and compassionate society.

Letterpress news from PiP: Building Print Futures

LEAD × PiP: Building Print Futures

Print Futures supports new voices in letterpress by building bridges between emerging printers working in educational institutions, community centers, and professional shops. This free, quarterly series was co-produced by Letterpress Educators of Art & Design (LEAD) and Partners in Print (PiP) and kicked-off in the Fall of 2021 with a 2-hour virtual event.

Commissioned letterpress print of poem by Rena Priest.

Commissioned Poetry Broadside: Rena Priest

PiP was commissioned to print an edition of broadsides of Beach Fire, written by Washington state Poet Laureate Rena Priest. The letterpress prints will be distributed at upcoming Poet Laureate events.

Letterpress news from PiP: Ladies of Letterpress Conference 2021 • Everyone Welcome

LoLP × PiP: Everyone Welcome

In September 2021 PiP partnered with the Ladies of Letterpress Conference (LoLP) for 3 events. We co-produced two online workshops (Demystifying the Windmill with Jami Heinricher and Destressing Reduction Prints with Mike Hepher), and PiP’s own Annabelle Larner spoke on the Printmaking as Advocacy panel about using the printing press to effect social change.

Letterpress news from PiP: Seattle Art Book Fair • Makeready 2021 Studio Visit
PiP Studio Tour: Seattle Art Book Fair (May 2021)

Partners in Print joined SABF for Makeready 2021, a free virtual event exploring the process of making an art book from start to finish. Online programming occurred over 3 weekends and included conversations, studio visits, workshops, and more. On May 29, Sukhie Patel and Jenny Wilkson gave a presentation about PiP’s history, programming, and projects.

Letterpress news from PiP: Nothing Impresses Like Letterpress (by John D. Berry for Alta magazine)
Nothing Impresses Like Letterpress

In the Spring 2021 issue of Alta magazine, Seattle typographer John D. Berry celebrates the persistence of the Pacific Northwest letterpress print community amidst a pandemic defined by digital connections.

Letterpress news from PiP: GiveBig Spring 2021 Fundraising campaign.
PiP’s Spring 2021 Fundraising Campaign

Partners in Print thanks all who contributed to GiveBIG, Washington state’s annual nonprofit fundraising campaign. With your support we surpassed our financial goal, keeping our presses rolling and programs growing in our inaugural year.

Hamilton Hang: Jenny Wilkson of Partners in Print

A pandemic can’t stop the presses — or the letterpress community! In this video event hosted by Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Jenny Wilkson discusses the evolution of PiP and how the letterpress community can collaborate in a time of social distancing.

Engage, Inform, Print, Repeat: How Printers Work and Play in Democracy

Representatives from Partners in Print, the Press at MICA, and the Amalgamated Coloured Printers Association to lead a discussion with civic leaders on the power of the printed word, better communication through art, and mobilizing communities! It was presented by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCOC)

Letterpress news from PiP: Hope is Action! Print Exchange
Hope is Action! Print Exchange

“Hope is not an emotion, it’s an action.” That powerful reminder sparked the Hope is Action! Print Exchange, hosted by The Printing Museum. Letterpress printers across the country created meaningful works to share with their communities, inspire positive change, and put hope into action.

Letterpress news from PiP: Words of Courage article from SAL/ON
Words of Courage with Sierra Nelson, Ann Teplick, and Jenny Wilkson

WITS writers and PiP printers share the joy and heartbreak of helping young poets and patients of Seattle Children’s Hospital craft their own stories. The decade long collaboration between the Writers in the Schools program, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Partners in Print illustrates how letterpress printing makes a meaningful impact in our community.

Letterpress news from PiP: Plan What You Can, But Prepare for Twists and Turns
Creators: Plan What You Can, But Prepare for Twists and Turns

“We had no idea what we were getting into.” Follow the twists and turns of the Kickstarter campaign to print and publish the epic poem One River: A Thousand Voices by Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna. PiP’s Jenny Wilkson and Castro Luna offer valuable insights on navigating the uncharted waters of a crowdfunded letterpress project.

Letterpress news from PiP: ACPA Voter Mobilization Initiative
ACPA × PiP: Voter Mobilization Initiative

PiP partnered with the Amalgamated Coloured Printers Association (ACPA) in 2020 for a nationwide voter mobilization initiative, in which printer affiliates provided communities with posters encouraging voter engagement.

Letterpress news from PiP: Words of Courage Highlight with Ecological FIbers
Words of Courage Highlight with Ecological Fibers

Eye-catching portfolios house the letterpress broadsides of young poets receiving treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Bookmakers and letterpress artists from Partners in Print share the process of lovingly handcrafting fine book cloth donated by Ecological Fibers into an elegant presentation for this purpose-driven project.

Partners in Print at the Seattle Design Festival 2020

Design in Public’s Seattle Design Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary with the theme “About Time.” In partnership with Design in Public, artists from PiP amplified your messages of hope, community, social justice and resilience. Watch the power of your words cut through the digital noise as printers crank on vintage Vandercook presses with old school ink and paper.