The Incredible Massive Letterpress Giveaway!

Howdy from Chicago. My name is Kelly and I have a little letterpress shop called Paper Stories. Back in December I decided to organize a letterpress swap, thinking I would be lucky if I found 10 printers to participate. After putting the word out and sending emails to some of my favorite printers, I ended up with a HUGE print exchange with a wonderfully diverse group totally 38 printers. With a little trial and error on my part trying to figure out the best way to exchange everything, the basic premise was this: Everyone creates an original letterpress art print, make enough copies for everyone in the swap, & send them all to me with a few bucks for shipping. The printers had until March to complete their prints and it wasn't until just a few weeks ago that the massive undertaking of sorting, arranging, packing and shipping the prints back to everyone was complete.

Involved in the swap are not only some well-known seasoned veterans but first-time printers alike. Yet regardless of their experience behind the press, everyone participating took the time to create a well thought out and unique piece and as the organizer of the swap, I couldn't be more proud. I think the best part for me was the opportunity to meet some amazing folks. Quite a few of us actually met up at the National Stationery Show in May and have become cyber pals since. I have already been getting requests from folks about next year's swap or even the possibility of a holiday letterpress ornament swap. Hmmm. We shall see.

prints by Green Chair Press, Paper Stories & Night Owl Paper Goods
photo courtesy Eva Jorgensen


Now to the part you really want to know about... The Incredible Massive Letterpress Giveaway part! All of the printers were kind enough to include a few extra prints for giveaways and Jan was kind enough to let me share our giveaway with the lovely Poppytalk readers. So here is the scoop; We have not one, not two, but THREE prizes to give away to some lucky readers. You will have until the end of the day on Thursday to enter. Winners will be chosen on Friday.

Prints by Hijirik & Bon Vivant Press
photo courtesy Eva Jorgensen


1st Prize
a COMPLETE set of all 38 prints from the swap
-with a value of over $800-

2nd & 3rd Prizes
each get 1/2 a complete set - 19 prints each
(the half-sets will be evenly divided for a good mix)
-with a value of about $400 each-

So here's what you need to do. Below is the list of participants. Visit the websites from at least two of the participants whose work you really like. In the comments below, let us know your what your two favorite works are.



For a full peek at all of the prints/printers involved in the swap, visit this Flickr page complete with photographs and names (documented by Bon Vivant Press) . Many of the prints were limited edition runs and several of the printers have a few copies left for sale on their various websites so if you aren't a lucky winner, you can still pick up some kick-ass art.

GOOD LUCK!

Editors Note: We are honoured that Kelly and the swap participants have chosen Poppytalk to share this wonderful giveaway. Safari browsers note: You many not be able to comment using Safari after the list gets to 80 comments or so. If this is the case, please use another browser such as Firefox to leave a comment. If you do not have Firefox please email us at poppytalkblog[at]yahoo[dot]ca and we will enter your name for you. One comment/entry per person. Comments/entries at this post only. We are so stoked about this! Good luck to everyone!

Jan Halvarson

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Ash said...

Oh my goodness, I want to win so bad!

I LOVE the wood journals and retro aesthetics of Night Owl Paper goods-- the whole shop is fantastic!

I also love "Make the Numbers Dance" by Green Chair Press, and "Onward Upward" by Seesaw Designs.

It was really hard to pick favorites... they're all so wonderful.

Chrissy Coole said...

I have taken so long to post because it's too hard to pic faves! For sure my favorites in the exchange are:
Ligatures by A. Favorite (so great!!!)
Yellow Floral by Sycamore Street Press
Pink Peony by Sara Parrott
Iris by HIjirik Studio

Outside of this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious giveaway, I am a HUGE fan of Night Owl Paper Goods, and always drool over their wood line, especially the new Dancing Daffodils!

Thank you so much for putting this all together!

Chrissy Coole said...

I have taken so long to post because it's too hard to pic faves! For sure my favorites in the exchange are:
Ligatures by A. Favorite (so great!!!)
Yellow Floral by Sycamore Street Press
Pink Peony by Sara Parrott
Iris by HIjirik Studio

Outside of this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious giveaway, I am a HUGE fan of Night Owl Paper Goods, and always drool over their wood line, especially the new Dancing Daffodils!

Thank you so much for putting this all together!

Cindy said...

My two favorites are Poppy Print by Delphine and You Just Gotta Twirl by Enjoy Design. Delight in the bright!

Elaine said...

My favourites:
- Golden Folksy Floral Rosette by Night Owl Paper Goods
- Pink Peony by Sara Parrott

What a wonderful contest. A great way to introduce us to new letterpress artists.

jen said...

This give away is awesome!!

It's so hard to pick two favorites, but I have to go with "Cronology" by Albertine Press and "Rotary Telephone" by Roll & Tumble.

There are some great prints in this assortment, pick me!

kirsten said...

holy cow! how i'd love to win these - i like the ones from sycamore street press and hijirik press!

Danielle said...

So much amazing talent here- who could resist these awesome prints?? My 2 favs are Teapots and Loops by Paper Stories and Antlers by Zara Gonzalez :D

Sara said...

so many amazing pieces.

I really like 12fifteen's lollipop letterpress cards - the gold color and sharp design really works.

YeeHaw's 'I BRAKE FOR ROBOT ZOMBIES' poster is just brilliant :D

Thanks for the chance to win :)

*kim* said...

what a splendid giveaway!
*crosses fingers*

what great work by all of these printers. I love Roll and Tumble, in fact I just got a print from them in the mail this week. the vintage camera, "smile". LOVE IT!

I also like 12fifteen and the simple, yet stunning way their prints pop off the page.

good luck to all!

♥ JB said...

OmGOODNESS!!!


I want it.
I want it.

It's sooooo lovely...

I hope I win.

fingers crossed

seeksomething said...

I love night owl papergoods' see saw and albertine press's chronology. So simple and cute. @hearts;

Micheline said...

There is some exceptional work in this group. It must have been an honour for anyone participating.

Picking two favourites was nearly impossible. Forced to narrow it down I would pick Golden Folksy Floral Rosette by Night Owl Paper Goods and the piece by Star Shaped Press.

Thank you for offering this contest. I would love to win.

j.chong said...

so hard to decide i love them all!

two favorite Night Owl Paper wood feather and love the work from julia juliette but also love robin beths work!

fyi the link for kissing bug press isnt working

indigorchid said...

Wow, what an amazing giveaway! I fell head over heels for Golden Folksy Floral Rosette by Night Owl Paper Goods (love that color!), and Unfinished American by Mark Maroney (Mire Ink Press). So much yummyness!

Jill said...

This is pretty much the most wonderful giveaway I have ever hoped to win!

Pop Culture Casualty said...

My favorite is Bon Vivant and Sycamore Press! But they are all so cool, it is hard to pick!

Tiffany said...

Amazing artwork from everyone. I've made a few purchases! I really like Roll & Tumble's Blue Raspberry You Are All I Need. And...Night Owl Paper Goods Hydrangea Flower Pot Single Card.

Christina Lowry said...

Thanks for a great opportunity to check out some wonderful letterpress pieces! I love the 'Vintage Chair - yellow' by bespoke press and 'Bird Conversations' by parrot designs.

:)

JG said...

I love the yee-haw industries "Chocolates" large print! in fact I love all their stuff, its so fun!

Parrott Design studios is also a lot of fun. Their prints are light, whimsical and beautifully done. I love the Poppy screenprinted flat notes

vanessa an lim said...

This is great! Thank you :)

I love these,
Dear Deer By Seesaw Press & Roll & Tumble Press Sittin' Pretty,

Sandra said...

Greetings from Toronto, Canada. What a wonderful blog. I have added you to my reader and enjoy all the updates.

My favourites have to be Bon Vivant Press, and Parrot Design Studios. All however have such unique and amazing work.

Sandra said...

Greetings from Toronto, Canada. What a wonderful blog. I have added you to my reader and enjoy all the updates.

My favourites have to be Bon Vivant Press, and Parrot Design Studios. All however have such unique and amazing work.

threebysea said...

Oh, I'm so sick right now- I completely lost track of time this week and didn't enter this contest in time! I retweeted it and everything! Such beautiful stuff, such a shame it won't be mine. ;(

kattmd said...

wow. this is the best contest ever :)
how divine would it be to win?
I am especially partial to Sara Parrott's Peony and the frog surgery by Bon Vivant Press. Fantastic.

Leah said...

love love love
a. favorite and
sycamore street
:)

Sugarcube Press, The Sweet Girly Duo said...

What an amazing group of talent. We hope we can participate next year! :)

Everyone was unique...but Sugarcube Press's favorites were...

Poppy Print by Delphine...we love the layering and colors and pattern...

Bird Dog Press Spring Print...we love the folksy layering from her inspirational feedsacks.

Hope to join you next year Kelly/Paper Stories!
Poppytalk, we're big fans...

Caroline said...

All of the prints are gorgeous--and even better when you view them together on Flickr...really makes their uniqueness stand out!

I love me some color and foliage, but the industrial looks of "Rule" by Mire Ink Press and "Tools" by Elizabeth Weston are so cool in letterpress.

emilee rose said...

It is hard to just pick two! Sycamore Street Press is beautiful; their frames are so clever. And I love Chairs by Bespoke Press. I have the perfect spot for them in my kitchen.

What a wonderful giveaway!

Amy Bruss said...

Starshaped Press might be my new fav! Very refreshing and fun. LoVE their baby announcements and wedding invitations! ALSO, the gift swing tags from Bespoke are so cute and fun. LoVE, love.

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