About

>>> ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE PRESS <<<

 
    The Collective Press consists of the following equipment:
  • Small magnetic sign press
  • Vandercook 325G cylinder press
  • 8X10 C&P platen press
  • 1 type cabinet full of metal and wood type, mostly Futura
  • Rotary screen printing press*

     and the following desires: 

  • To make art that is affordable to purchase
  • To make art from scraps, fall-off, and other materials thought of as "waste"
  • To help others move forward via hope-filled messages, ideally in the public eye
  • To help people connect in a tangible, lasting way
  • To seek out continuous education through assisting others
  • 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.

*Currently on loan to http://www.americandeathparty.com/take-action/ to help their cause.

     

     

    >>> 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.

        Over the next couple years 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. For the next 3 years I visited my former 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 several years. 

        Many life lessons and too many moves moves later, I am now happily out of the public eye and prefer to keep my business private. Instead of a shop, I love to sell my goods at craft fairs and different functions where I can meet my customers personally. Hope to see you down the road.

    -Kim Ransdell
    PO Box 3494
    Bloomington, IN
    47402