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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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Customer Appreciation Day - 2020

Comfort & Joy

You are invited to our annual Customer Appreciation Day - this Saturday, November 14th from 11-5!

We are offering TAX-FREE SHOPPING on orders over $45.00 in-store and online as our gift to you!*

BONUS! Receive this free letterpress printed ornament with purchase!**

*Not valid on previous purchases. Cannot be combined with a coupon code. No code necessary. Valid 12:00 AM (AST) to 11:59PM (AST).
**While quantities last.
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Nocturne Halifax - Image & Sound

Echo Location Inkwell Nocturne 2020

Nocturne will be a little different this year. Spanning October 12-17 within K'jipuktuk/Halifax and virtually everywhere, Nocturne: Art at Night is a free event that showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax / Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Now in its 13th year, the festival brings art and energy to the streets.

For the past 10 years, Inkwell has been an exhibit location with a participatory component. This year with Covid-19 introduces new creative restraints. We're looking forward to presenting an audio visual display or our printmaking process. Here is our exhibit description:

Echolocation inspired printing project that will evolve daily over the five days of Nocturne. As echolocation can be defined as using sound rather than light to build an image, each day the project will be revealed online using sound only. On the last day (October 17th), the final art will be revealed and a free, limited edition print will be available at Inkwell (while quantity lasts).

Follow along daily from 10/13/20-10/17/20!

Keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for the guide to enjoy all of the projects. If you're a collector of our letterpress keepsakes, the limited edition prints will be available on October 17th while quantity lasts.

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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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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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Nocturne Halifax - Monumental Signage ✨

Nocturne Halifax 2019

Nocturne is Saturday, October 19th!

Nocturne: Art at Night is a free event that showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax / Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Now in its 12th year, the festival brings art and energy to the streets between 6pm - midnight on Saturday, October 19th.



Come crank the wheel on our antique letterpress and print your own keepsake! This year’s theme is SCAFFOLD and we’ll reveal the design that visitors will be printing closer to the day of the event. This year’s project will truly commemorate the night and all ages are welcome!



Here is our exhibit description:

Downtown Halifax is in a state of flux. Almost everywhere you turn there is scaffolding staged to help build new or improve existing structures. Halifax once had illuminated scaffold signage in its downtown core too. For one night, participants can mix the old with the new and print by hand a Nocturne sign keepsake using a century-old letterpress.

Keep your eyes peeled for the guide to plan your route. We look forward to seeing you out! Until then, check out the post that Nocturne has put together to Have the Best Nocturne Ever!

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Lunar Landing at Inkwell! 🌕

lunar landing at inkwell

COME PRINT YOUR OWN FREE LETTERPRESS KEEPSAKE!

 

Have you heard!? We'll have our letterpress set up from 11-2 on Saturday, July 20th.

 

Come print your own free moon-themed coaster in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing!

All are welcome!

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Uppercase Print/Maker book Feature

We are through the roof ecstatic to see an 8-page spread of our handmade creations showcased in this new book Print/Maker by Uppercase Magazine! We are truly humbled to be included alongside so many talented peers, friends and artists we've carried over the years!

The book contains 48 profiles, 368 pages and over 660 images from all sorts of printmaking mediums like silkscreen, letterpress, risograph, linocut and more by artists from all around the globe!

Available now in our Halifax shop!

Uppercase Print/Maker book Inkwell Originals Inkwell Boutique

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