About

>>> ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE PRESS <<<

 
    The Collective Press consists of the following equipment:
  • Rotary screen printing press
  • Small magnetic sign press
  • Vandercook 325G cylinder press
  • 8X10 C&P platen press
  • 1 type cabinet full of metal and wood type, mostly Futura
         and the following desires: 
    • To make art that is affordable to purchase
    • To make art that is affordably made, often using scraps or fall-off
    • To send out conscious, insightful, forward-moving energy
    • To help people connect in a tangible, lasting way
    • To stay within the old letterpress tradition of using metal type, wood type, printer's blocks and carved surfaces. Polymer plates are not used in this shop. Everything is hand printed from a raised, inked surface.

     

     

    >>> ABOUT ME <<<

     

        Trained in graphic design and painting I spent several years doing gig posters, sign painting and murals. Being for-hire ran it's course and I wanted to explore making my own goods and find a way to share them affordably. I was gifted a screen printing press by a kind soul in 2008 and a neighborhood/community print shop was the obvious evolution. Several Bloomington-inspired T-shirts emerged while the equipment was shared with others.

        As life moved forward, my love for letterpress---an older form of relief printing--- expanded. I had learned a moderate amount at IU a decade before but I lacked the experience in a modern day letterpress shop. So for the next 3 years I visited my old professor, 1040 miles away, on a regular basis to help keep his shop in order. I began acquiring equipment in 2011, opened my own retail shop and rooted myself in 2 different artist communities over the next 5 years. Many life lessons and 3 moves later, I am now happily out of the public eye and onto the land where I live. Slowly but surely I am renovating an unfinished garage into a private studio for letterpress and screen printing equipment.

        I love selling directly to the public at craft fairs and different functions, and at times I will invite the public to a few incidental sales at my shop. Keep an eye out for all the good changes to come.  

    -Kim Ransdell
    2695 S Smith Rd
    Bloomington, IN
    47401