Thursday, September 15, 2011

Moveable Type: Cross-Country Letterpress Truck Recap!

Posted by Crystal Pepperdine, Founder and Executive Director of Flint Handmade

In the summer of 2010, I learned about

Kickstarter is a website that allows individuals to post electronic fundraising pitches for their creative projects.  Visitors to the site can then become financial "backers" of those projects in exchange for special rewards.

As a micro-philanthropist particularly interested in art and craft, I felt an immediate connection with this website.  What an awesome way to find out about and support creative folks all over the country!

Then, in November of 2010, I found Kyle Durrie's Kickstarter Project...and fell in love with the idea of a young woman striking it out on her own for a cross-country tour of the United States in a truck outfitted with letterpress equipment!  I immediately became a backer of Kyle's project in exchange for 5 letterpress postcards mailed to me from her travels.

Now, here we are almost a year later and I am so excited that Flint Handmade was able to bring Kyle and her Moveable Type Truck to the Flint Farmer's Market on Tuesday, September 13, 2011! 

Kyle Durrie shows off the awesomeness that is her Moveable Type Truck!

The truck in all of its glory at the Flint Famers' Market!
Becky hops on the truck!  

Kyle made a very special "Flint: The Vehicle City" print just for us!

Kyle introduces us to the art of letterpress printing.
Tyler smiles at her "I GOT YER e-BOOK RIGHT HERE" bookmark!

Maria from d'Vine Wines in the Farmer's Market took a break to make her very own print.

Hayley with her print in front of the Moveable Type Truck!

Kyle shows Rachel and Harrison how to ink the letters.

Jim from the Flint Farmer's Market records Kyle talking about her presses.

Jessica, Mary and Penelope (l-r): Moms, Grandmas and Babies LOVE Moveable Type!

Crissy (l) and Bethany smile with their prints.  And, at just 3 months old, we're pretty sure Roy was the youngest person in attendance!

Yaz shows off all of her great prints!
Kyle shows Connor how to ink the letters.

Kyle watches as Sam from Buckham Gallery lines up the letters.

Harrison (l) and Jaden: Cute kids with a letterpress print in the truck...'nuff said!

Of course, we had to give Kyle a Flint Handmade Knuckles shirt....and I had to have my picture taken with her wearing it!

Kyle's map in the truck shows all of the places she has been...see the red pin marking Flint?!? 

One last photo of the truck near the Flint Farmer's Market sign!

For more photos, visit our Moveable Type Flickr Set.


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