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Hope is Action Print Exchange

hope is action letterpress print

We're excited to share with you the print we made for the Ladies of Letterpress print exchange. The inspiration for the message came out of a virtual conference held last fall.

"At the Ladies of Letterpress 2020 conference, Jenny Wilkson of Partners in Print (formerly the SVC Letterpress Program) reminded and inspired us that hope can be more than a feeling, it can be a call to action. By the same token, taking action—working with meaningful purpose—inspires hope. As artists and printers, let’s use the power of print to create and disperse messages of hope amongst each other and throughout our communities. Messages that will inspire action, new ways of thinking, and new ways of being."

When we started to think about what our submission would be, the decision was made to use a polymer plate on our Vandercook SP-15 because we've been having great success with it. The idea of doing a reduction print was very appealing both to explore the technique, and as a cost saving measure. Is it possible to do a reduction print with polymer? After a few tests with older plates we determined we could not make deliberate cuts into the polymer and it did not seem like it was something that would produce results we were happy with. But then, we decided to do an untested technique we'll call 'destructive printing'!

destructive polymer letterpress printing

The first colour, blue, was printed using the plate as we normally do, with some extra packing to ensure we get an impression in the paper. For the green colour run, we used a painters tool and a rusty hacksaw plate to chop, hack, and scratch the polymer. It felt so counterproductive to how we normally treat polymers! Bits and pieces were flying off, and a mess was made, but would it be enough? Would it have any impact on the next print run? It did!

hope is action letterpress print close up

We were so pleased to see how the scratches and indentations on the polymer translated to the print. Not only did the destructive marks translate visually, they resulted in an impressive tactile feel on the final print.

Thanks to Ladies of LetterpressPartners in Print and the Printing Museum for arranging the print exchange, and to Jenny Wilkson for the inspiration for the print. We look forward to seeing what others have created. Remember, hope is action!

Printed on a Vandercook SP-15, January 2021 by Inkwell Originals
Polymer plate from Boxcar Press
Light grey 92lb coverstock from Reich Savoy
Printed with Pantone process blue and Pantone 2255

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Made in Nova Scotia Father's Day Gift Box

Made in Nova Scotia Father's Day Gift Box

Looking for a one-of-a-kind Father's Day gift? We've curated this Made in Nova Scotia Father's Day Gift Box that will treat your dad to local handmade products to make his day.

Included in the box is:

  • JAW Pottery Mug
  • Third Generation NS Preserves
  • King & North Chocolate
  • Small History Chapbook
  • Laughing Pear Soap
  • Inkwell Originals Glad Your My Dad letterpress printed card

Special price: $75 + tax (normally $90 + tax)

Ordering Instructions:
Available for free curbside pickup or porch drop delivery for $5 (within 15 km of our Halifax shop) only. Email hello@inkwellboutique.ca to place your order. Order by 12pm Friday, June 19th to ensure delivery or pickup on Saturday, June 20th. Supply is limited, and colours and flavours/scents may vary.

Looking for a different price range or interested in making your own gift box? Check out our Handmade Father's Day Gift Guide for inspiration!

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Black Lives Matter

Martin Luther King Jr. Injustice Quote

Like many of you, these past several days I have been reflecting on the recent (and historical) heartbreaking events affecting the Black community. We interrupt our pretty pictures to speak up about these racial injustices and to say #blacklivesmatter.

I acknowledge as a white Canadian woman, I'm able to travel through life with a privilege not felt by many.

To be honest, I was/am afraid to make this post. Afraid to say the wrong thing. But I am also afraid to say NOTHING. But I choose love for any person who is afraid for their lives because of their differences.

Change means discomfort and is part of how we learn and grow. I can do better, we can all do better and it all starts with small actions.

In addition to reading, listening and reflecting, I have donated to Black Lives Matter Solidarity Fund NS and if you have the means to, I encourage you to do so too!  There are also petitions you can sign your name to like the Color of Change petition against police brutality and justice for George Floyd.

I vow to make positive meaningful changes on both an individual and business level in educating myself on the things I can do to further make a difference. One resource in particular that I referenced to compose my thoughts is Save the Tears: White Woman's Guide.

At Inkwell, we value love, connection and support and know that you, our community do too. We're on the precipice of major and hopefully lasting change. Let's do better. Let's be better. I hope you will join me in doing the anti-racist work necessary to help move our world forward to lift up voices of the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) in our community.

💗 Andrea

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Made in NS Gift Box for Mom

Made in Nova Scotia Mother's Day Gift Box

Looking for a one-of-a-kind Mother's Day gift? We've curated this Made in Nova Scotia Mother's Day Gift Box that will treat your mom to handmade delights to make her day and surround her with love.

Included in the box is:

  • JAW Pottery Mug
  • Third Generation NS Jam
  • King & North Chocolate
  • Keephouse designed Swedish Dish Cloth
  • Hello Crow Handpainted stud earrings
  • Inkwell Originals Queen Bee letterpress printed card

Special price: $75 + tax (normally $90 + tax)

Ordering Instructions:
Available for free curbside pickup or porch drop delivery for $5 (within 15 km of our Halifax shop) only. Email hello@inkwellboutique.ca to place your order. Order by 12pm Friday, May 8th to ensure delivery or pickup on Saturday, May 9th. Supply is limited, and colours and flavours may vary.

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Free Rebuild NS Poster

Rebuild Nova Scotia Poster and Article
Paul MacKinnon, CEO of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission reading the Rebuild Nova Scotia insert.

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce has made the "Rebuild Nova Scotia" poster that appeared in the Saltwire.com flyer bundle across Nova Scotia available as PDF.

You're welcome to download and print one of your own posters to display with pride.

For those looking for a high quality, larger hand printed version, the 16x20 print is available for purchase here.

 

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Gift Certificate Printing Video

We recently reprinted more of our gift certificates! You can purchase one as a gift for a friend or for yourself to use in our downtown Halifax shop once things settle down.

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Freebies

Please enjoy these free printables!

We'd love to see your finished artwork or posters hanging! Tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @inkwellboutique!

Nova Scotia Mayflower (We Bloom Amid the Snow) colouring sheet

Halifax Street Car Paper Toy activity

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Free Halifax Street Car Paper Toy Printable

Enjoy this free printable colouring page that you can cut out and make into a paper toy! Click here or on image to download. We'd love to see your finished toys! Tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @inkwellboutique! Check out our other printables here!

Halifax Street Car Paper Toy Printable

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New loyalty program - Inky Perks!

inky perks

Inky Perks is a new loyalty + referral program in our online shop that allows you to earn points for every $1 you spend and rewards you with $5 for referring a friend. Inky Perks is currently available online only; however, we do have a similar (separate) loyalty program available in-store. Look for the rewards graphic in the lower right-hand corner of our website to sign up.

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