HipCat Printery - Lawrence Finn Artist Printer is creating Artist Printery - Letterpress
16

patrons

$138
per month
Hi, I am HipCat,

My dream to create an artist access printery & gallery is now well and truly underway, I've done this without external help; aside from the assistance and support of friends, my children and my patreon supporters! People like you that believe that a healthy arts and cultural sector makes for a healthier, and a more stimulating and invigorating society. 

I love teaching the myriad of techniques and disciplines within printmaking.I am fortunate that I am able to teach people, techniques which allow them to create the works that they have dreamed about and facilitate their saying the things which they need to say.

I've been a practicing artist printer since I was 16. Back in the day I did artwork for the Dead Kennedys art director John Yates. I did work for Memoria Pulp in Germany and got my work into the National Gallery of Australia before I turned 21. I've been at this for a while as I've just turned 48.

I print on some lovely old presses, I set type, I cut lino, I engrave wood. I'm producing artistsbooks & prints; editioning for artists and teaching people how to create and print by hand.

Inspired by Artnoose (an amazing letterpress printer whose also on Patreon) I'm producing my own letterpress printed bi monthly zine. I'll also be producing my prints, my broadsheets and working on a number of artist book projects.

Long ago I worked at Redback Graphix under the late Michael Callahan. I learnt from him that Australia as a country doesn't really support the arts and that to make art in Australia you have to create your own space. Its a trend everywhere that the funding for the arts is reducing, but in Australia there never has been reasonable funding for the fine arts. Artists access spaces are virtually non existent. In the USA & UK there are spaces made for artists which are supported by artists but this is not how it is in Australia. This is me creating the space, for myself, for others...   

I've always done this on my own, I've never received any funding except from sales of my work, with three kids to support (single dad), I'm reaching out to get some consistency to my income and get others to join me on this ride. I want to join that community of artists that exists just beyond the reach of my arms.

Thank you so much for coming with me on this journey, reading this far I hope you will consider becoming my patron, and supporting the arts in Australia  (through me and through this project), and for making a difference...

Tiers
Howdy handshake
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
This is a baseline show of support. A dollar a month is a small way of saying thanks for everything. And I'll say thanks with a letterpress printed thank you note mailed to you!
 
  • You will have access to all of my digital content

HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
$3 or more per month 6 patrons
Subscription to the bi-monthly letterpress printed zine (with a wood engraving or linocut cover). Mailed anywhere in the world and including the letterpress printed thank you note with the first issue. Coming out: Feb, April, June, August, Oct, Dec (mid month).

You will also receive:
  • Access to all of my digital content.
Pin Collectors Monthly Treat Membership
$10 or more per month 9 of 35 patrons
I’ll mail to you something that I’ve letterpress printed each month for as long as you subscribe. This may be a linocut, a wood engraving, a small broadsheet, a sheet of stamps (or a first day of issue stamp release) or a card (or even a combination of these things).

You will also receive:
  • HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
  • Access to all digital content
Bi Monthly Poster Club Membership
$35 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
In case you want a little of everything, this level is for you! You get a letterpress print every single month (normally a set of stamps, a poster or a broadsheet).

You will also receive:
  • HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
  • A birthday present treat (I’ll need your date of birth)
  • Pin Collectors Monthly Treat Membership
  • An opportunity to suggest a poster theme, text or image.
  • Access to all digital content.
The Printmakers Club Membership
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
This is a special reward, different from the rest in that you will be able to come and attend a 2 day workshop twice a year at the HipCat Printery. I will teach you to print on a press of your choosing (flatbed or platen), you could choose to learn handsetting, wood engraving, etching and or lino cut.

I will also assist you with a project such as a poster or artist book or whatever you envision. Think of this as a chance to work with and learn from a master printer in an environment which is enviable.

Once you have done a workshop with me then you will be able to come and use the workshop for the very modest fee of $10 per hour.

This reward is designed for practicing artists, graphic designers or those who would like to get their hands inky.

I am located in Central Victoria, Australia. This reward is primarily suitable for people who are located in Australia but I would be very happy to pick you up and drop you off at the airport; and I welcome anyone from anywhere.

Travel to and from the printery is your responsibility; accommodation may be available at minimal or no extra cost. Happy to make you a meal for the first night (I’m vegetarian).

You will also receive:
  • HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
  • A birthday present treat (I’ll need your date of birth) for the duration of your membership.
  • Access to all digital content.

The Bibliophiles Club Membership
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
A small stack of Victorian era styled letterpress printed calling cards or a pack of Ex Libris cards for your books (customised to your name and interests so we will need to chat about the design which suits you and your library). 50 in a single color every two months, or 50 in two colors every fourth month.

You will also receive the Bi Monthly Poster Club membership, the zine supporter benefits and access to all digital content. At the end of the year you will receive a small Christmas present from me (Most likely an assortment of ex libris plates and printed ephemera from the years work).

You will also receive:
  • HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
  • A birthday present treat (I’ll need your date of birth)
  • Pin Collectors Monthly Treat Membership
The Private Press Membership
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
A customised letterpress printed thank you note mailed to you with your first artists book! Inclusion of your name in the thank you section of the prospectus and or in the colophon of the artists books produced during your subscription.

Every December you will be able to choose a single copy of one of the artist books editioned during the year (normally no less than 2 options will be available to you per year).

These books are held in major collections within Australia such as the Australia National Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW, National Library of Australia, State library of Queensland, State Library of Victoria. If you are a lover of private press books then this is the subscription for you.

Due to the high cost of producing these books in time and materials, subscribers must be onboard by Sept of the year to receive the option of choosing a book in December. A prospectus for each book produced will be emailed to you.
I will also print you a pack of Ex Libris cards for your library (customised to your name and interests; so we will need to chat about the design which suits you and your library). 70 in a single color each year or 35 in two colors each year.
You will also receive:
  • HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
  • Pin Collectors Monthly Treat Membership
  • Bi Monthly Poster Club Membership
  • At the end of the year you will receive a small Christmas present from me as a thank you for your support (this will most likely be an assortment of ex libris plates and or printed ephemera from the years work as well as a thank you note).
  • Access to all digital content.
Goals
$138 of $250 per month
When I reach $250 per month, I'll send every supporter a wood engraved print as a thank you for being so smashingly good to me!
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Hi, I am HipCat,

My dream to create an artist access printery & gallery is now well and truly underway, I've done this without external help; aside from the assistance and support of friends, my children and my patreon supporters! People like you that believe that a healthy arts and cultural sector makes for a healthier, and a more stimulating and invigorating society. 

I love teaching the myriad of techniques and disciplines within printmaking.I am fortunate that I am able to teach people, techniques which allow them to create the works that they have dreamed about and facilitate their saying the things which they need to say.

I've been a practicing artist printer since I was 16. Back in the day I did artwork for the Dead Kennedys art director John Yates. I did work for Memoria Pulp in Germany and got my work into the National Gallery of Australia before I turned 21. I've been at this for a while as I've just turned 48.

I print on some lovely old presses, I set type, I cut lino, I engrave wood. I'm producing artistsbooks & prints; editioning for artists and teaching people how to create and print by hand.

Inspired by Artnoose (an amazing letterpress printer whose also on Patreon) I'm producing my own letterpress printed bi monthly zine. I'll also be producing my prints, my broadsheets and working on a number of artist book projects.

Long ago I worked at Redback Graphix under the late Michael Callahan. I learnt from him that Australia as a country doesn't really support the arts and that to make art in Australia you have to create your own space. Its a trend everywhere that the funding for the arts is reducing, but in Australia there never has been reasonable funding for the fine arts. Artists access spaces are virtually non existent. In the USA & UK there are spaces made for artists which are supported by artists but this is not how it is in Australia. This is me creating the space, for myself, for others...   

I've always done this on my own, I've never received any funding except from sales of my work, with three kids to support (single dad), I'm reaching out to get some consistency to my income and get others to join me on this ride. I want to join that community of artists that exists just beyond the reach of my arms.

Thank you so much for coming with me on this journey, reading this far I hope you will consider becoming my patron, and supporting the arts in Australia  (through me and through this project), and for making a difference...

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Tiers
Howdy handshake
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
This is a baseline show of support. A dollar a month is a small way of saying thanks for everything. And I'll say thanks with a letterpress printed thank you note mailed to you!
 
  • You will have access to all of my digital content

HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
$3 or more per month 6 patrons
Subscription to the bi-monthly letterpress printed zine (with a wood engraving or linocut cover). Mailed anywhere in the world and including the letterpress printed thank you note with the first issue. Coming out: Feb, April, June, August, Oct, Dec (mid month).

You will also receive:
  • Access to all of my digital content.
Pin Collectors Monthly Treat Membership
$10 or more per month 9 of 35 patrons
I’ll mail to you something that I’ve letterpress printed each month for as long as you subscribe. This may be a linocut, a wood engraving, a small broadsheet, a sheet of stamps (or a first day of issue stamp release) or a card (or even a combination of these things).

You will also receive:
  • HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
  • Access to all digital content
Bi Monthly Poster Club Membership
$35 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
In case you want a little of everything, this level is for you! You get a letterpress print every single month (normally a set of stamps, a poster or a broadsheet).

You will also receive:
  • HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
  • A birthday present treat (I’ll need your date of birth)
  • Pin Collectors Monthly Treat Membership
  • An opportunity to suggest a poster theme, text or image.
  • Access to all digital content.
The Printmakers Club Membership
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
This is a special reward, different from the rest in that you will be able to come and attend a 2 day workshop twice a year at the HipCat Printery. I will teach you to print on a press of your choosing (flatbed or platen), you could choose to learn handsetting, wood engraving, etching and or lino cut.

I will also assist you with a project such as a poster or artist book or whatever you envision. Think of this as a chance to work with and learn from a master printer in an environment which is enviable.

Once you have done a workshop with me then you will be able to come and use the workshop for the very modest fee of $10 per hour.

This reward is designed for practicing artists, graphic designers or those who would like to get their hands inky.

I am located in Central Victoria, Australia. This reward is primarily suitable for people who are located in Australia but I would be very happy to pick you up and drop you off at the airport; and I welcome anyone from anywhere.

Travel to and from the printery is your responsibility; accommodation may be available at minimal or no extra cost. Happy to make you a meal for the first night (I’m vegetarian).

You will also receive:
  • HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
  • A birthday present treat (I’ll need your date of birth) for the duration of your membership.
  • Access to all digital content.

The Bibliophiles Club Membership
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
A small stack of Victorian era styled letterpress printed calling cards or a pack of Ex Libris cards for your books (customised to your name and interests so we will need to chat about the design which suits you and your library). 50 in a single color every two months, or 50 in two colors every fourth month.

You will also receive the Bi Monthly Poster Club membership, the zine supporter benefits and access to all digital content. At the end of the year you will receive a small Christmas present from me (Most likely an assortment of ex libris plates and printed ephemera from the years work).

You will also receive:
  • HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
  • A birthday present treat (I’ll need your date of birth)
  • Pin Collectors Monthly Treat Membership
The Private Press Membership
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
A customised letterpress printed thank you note mailed to you with your first artists book! Inclusion of your name in the thank you section of the prospectus and or in the colophon of the artists books produced during your subscription.

Every December you will be able to choose a single copy of one of the artist books editioned during the year (normally no less than 2 options will be available to you per year).

These books are held in major collections within Australia such as the Australia National Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW, National Library of Australia, State library of Queensland, State Library of Victoria. If you are a lover of private press books then this is the subscription for you.

Due to the high cost of producing these books in time and materials, subscribers must be onboard by Sept of the year to receive the option of choosing a book in December. A prospectus for each book produced will be emailed to you.
I will also print you a pack of Ex Libris cards for your library (customised to your name and interests; so we will need to chat about the design which suits you and your library). 70 in a single color each year or 35 in two colors each year.
You will also receive:
  • HipCat! Zine Supporter Membership
  • Pin Collectors Monthly Treat Membership
  • Bi Monthly Poster Club Membership
  • At the end of the year you will receive a small Christmas present from me as a thank you for your support (this will most likely be an assortment of ex libris plates and or printed ephemera from the years work as well as a thank you note).
  • Access to all digital content.