print it forward
You know the feeling when people trust you, believe in you, and no matter what support you? The feeling
you have when you think these people may have made a mistake, and you are not sure if you can really
do it? The moment when you want to be proud yet your stomach is in a knot and you are full of worry?
This perfectly describes me, well, about 5 years ago. Full disclosure, I still worry a lot, but that’s a moo point… After a major I no longer wanted to embrace, a job that was not creative, my family, friends and a school of advertising art believed in me. They gave me a chance (and a scholarship) to become who I wanted to
become: a print designer. Obsessing over design details, fondling paper (not kidding), thinking of inks,
I also quickly realized that for me—to really connect with paper and inks—letterpressing was the answer.
I just knew this form of printing was my calling. So I embarked on running a stationery studio called paperreka.
I have bought (and sold) a few presses, purchased type cabinets, print blocks, gage pins, inks, tympan paper, furniture and quoins, you get the drift. Now I obsess over finding and rescuing everything letterpress related.
A recent, very significant expansion to my type collection and a friend’s daily design project got me thinking.
I want to create something that is inspirational and meaningful. I want to do a project that is taking a chance on me, designing with analog methods (paper, wood or metal type, ink & amelie) and to give back. Well, forward to be exact.
I’m calling the project print it forward.
One design each week. 10 limited edition prints. 10 dollars each. For a whole entire year.
The project is called print it forward because a lot of people believed in me and allowed me to become who I am. The project is called print it forward because I want to make prints that will inspire other designers, letterpress enthusiasts, and type nuts. The project is called print it forward because I want to raise money for the Dan Johnson Student Scholarship fund so future generations of print designers at saa will hopefully also print it forward.
So that’s what I will be doing. Thinking–typesetting–printing–selling–mailing–giving. Forward.