This weekend, our print shop suffered major damages in a fire that spread from the warehouse next door. In order to get back on our feet, we need to do something that doesn’t come naturally to us: Asking for money.
Amy, Peanut, and Honey were in the office at the time, but thanks to our functioning smoke alarms and concrete ceiling, we managed to leave the building in time. Some of our neighbors were not so lucky.
We are grateful to be alive and for the community’s support. Our big printing equipment is mostly ok, but we lost all of our paper stock, computers, and a million other small but essential pieces of equipment and documentation to smoke and water damage. We are seeking to raise $50,000 in order to keep afloat and start printing (and reprinting) again. Please help and spread the word if you can. We are so thankful for your support. Now please go check your own smoke detectors!
…it’s been a rough year, here at 1984. Amy had 3 deaths in her family, including her beloved grandmother, Lillian. She was an amazing woman who left her permanent mark on this world, and Amy was lucky to have learned so much from her experience and strength of mind and character and to have experienced so much love from her.
After 4 trips back to Ohio in 6 months, life finally feels like it’s back to the status quo around the shop which means less stress and more productivity, and hopefully, more time for Legos.
We’ve been happily very busy lately making zines and comic books and printing posters and postcards, and we’ve finally uploaded the new and improved price list and info guide to this website (here) AND Amy even added two new 5 x 5 Ikea shelves in her office to hold our overflowing samples (did I mention we’ve been busy?)
At long last, we are back to blogging, back to updating our website, and as always, continuing to print and bind awesome work for awesome people! Finally just added a “new” pdf with pricing for 7″ diecut and glued pockets, innersleeves, 7″ and LP fold-over covers, LP inserts, 18″ x 24″ posters! Download pricing here.
Dear blog, sorry we’ve neglected you. We’ve been busy playing with our new press, and it’s helping us print more things than we were able to before.
Here’s a spotlight of some recent projects that we especially love.
– Girls I’ve Run Away With, a novel by Rhiannon Argo that Amy is excited to take home to read this weekend! It’s Argo’s second novel and the first publication of Moonshine Press, a new queer, feminist micro-publishing house.
In the beginning, nearly ten years ago, Amy hand-collated projects in her living room and printed from negatives. A women’s studies major, Amy found how-to books on ebay and taught herself everything about the business, from building her own darkroom to operating a stitching machine.
As sole-proprietor, Amy is part curator, part designer, and part heavy lifter. One of her goals, in starting a small business was to find creative work to do with her husband, Richard Northam. They met back in Ohio when Richard was working as a roadie and driving a bus for the Primate Freedom Tour. Their partnership allows a fair division of labor. On a perfect day, Richard, a union contractor, never has to deal with computers, and Amy doesn’t have to pour concrete.
What the very end of the article says is true. We love our work, but the best part is all the people we get to work with.
There’s a lot we love about our work–running our own shop, playing with machines the size of a small house, always learning something new or improving a process, and getting to support creative radical endeavors. We love all of it, from greeting cards to poetry books to posters to zines and in between.
Here are two projects we printed this week that made us feel especially excited about our chosen line of work.
We recently started using recycled black ink, and we love it. It shows up by the pallet–we’re expecting a new shipment any day now.
Our own excess black ink no longer gets wasted; it goes in a drum that we ship back to Wisconsin to be recycled again. The company is almost ready to unveil full color CMYK recycled inks too, which we are of course excited about.
Some jobs use more ink than others, and this metal magazine is one of them. We used 25 pounds of ink on this–that is a lot of ink!