gutwrench press & the keep writing project is creating letterpress postcards and asking questions
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patrons
Hello!
My name is Hope. I am a letterpress printer, zine writer and chief correspondent at gutwrench press. Aaaaannnnd every month I print and mail a letterpress postcard and call it...

...the Keep Writing project!
I love mail. In 2008 I started the Keep Writing project as a way to keep in touch with friends and pen pals . Now I have subscribers 200, from all over the US and even a few international friends (Hi Gro! Hi Lasse! Hi Henry!) Each month, every subscriber receives a folded card--one part is a postcard to keep, the other tells a story and offers a prompt for response. Responses are archived and also shared in public art shows that are glorified excuses to have strangers read my mail. I've written about 100 of these questions but over and over I come back to the themes include home, food, language, and maps. Sometimes I do all the work, sometimes I ask someone to work with me! 

Why am I on Patreon?
This project allows me to talk to people about what I am thinking about.  I can be a bit introverted and I really love hearing how differently people respond to the same question. When you subscribe here, you get a little bonus, a little something extra I can't offer through a regular monthly subscription--you can choose to get a special letterpress postcard stamped and ready to mail to a friend, or a one of a kind collage!  Your subscription to the Keep Writing project through Patreon gives me a little more economic stability , so I can worry less about my month to month and focus on...

..the future
Now that the Keep Writing project is nearly 10 years old, I am thinking about what to do from here. First of course we will celebrate making it this far with a party in November. It will also be the release of the results of the 2018 Summer Census.

I have a show of collage works coming up in November too. 

Ok, also I want this to be my full-time, main focus. I want to send postcards as my job.

For future Keep Writing postcards, I'd like to start connecting the questions I ask each month, maybe beginning a conversation. There are so many things we need to talk about! Your support means I don't have to treat this project as a labor-of-love but as my focus, my work, and my love too. Your support means I can begin to think about how to use this project as tool in my community, as a place to begin a conversation, as a framework how we can better understand each other. If all that seems too lofty for you, at lease you can appreciate a postcard every month! and for that--

Thank you! 
I really could not do this without you. I would be sending postcards to myself.
Tiers
hello. is it me you're looking for?
$2 or more per month
  • I'll send you a postcard from my collection of letterpress prints, letterpress accidents, and vintage travel postcards, thanking you for your patronage!
  • access to my behind-the-scenes Lens videos sharing peeks at upcoming projects and insight into my process
  • monthly email newsletter with sales, news and cat GIFs
just give me one thing
$5 or more per month
  • a subscription to the Keep Writing postcard project--one letterpress postcard mailed to you every month, usually including a tear-off part for you to send back to me after answering a question
  • access to my behind-the-scenes Lens videos 
  • monthly email newsletter
send me a postcard
$8 or more per month
  • a subscription to the Keep Writing postcard project
  • access to my behind-the-scenes Lens videos
  • monthly email newsletter
  • AND one letterpress postcard a month  designed and printed by me, stamped and ready to mail 
there's no one like you
$15 or more per month
  • a subscription to the Keep Writing postcard project
  • access to my behind-the-scenes Lens videos
  • monthly email newsletter
  • AND a one-of-a-kind, postcard sized collage made just for you when you sign up and goodie bags sent with new or one of a kind work at least every other month
you can have it all
$20 or more per month
  • a subscription to the Keep Writing postcard project
  • a one-of-a-kind postcard sized collage or a goodie bag every other month
  • a blank and stamped letterpress postcard every month
  • access to my behind-the-scenes Lens videos
  • AND a public thank you in my monthly newsletter
you're amazing
$50 or more per month
all the benefits listed above PLUS
  • a gift subscription to anyone you choose
  • the opportunity to co-design one Keep Writing postcard with me, with credit of course
Goals
6 of 10 patrons

let's start small! when I reach 10 patrons, I will release a video Q&A with my cat, Yzah-yzah, who is quite photogenic even if he isn't very excited about my questions.
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Hello!
My name is Hope. I am a letterpress printer, zine writer and chief correspondent at gutwrench press. Aaaaannnnd every month I print and mail a letterpress postcard and call it...

...the Keep Writing project!
I love mail. In 2008 I started the Keep Writing project as a way to keep in touch with friends and pen pals . Now I have subscribers 200, from all over the US and even a few international friends (Hi Gro! Hi Lasse! Hi Henry!) Each month, every subscriber receives a folded card--one part is a postcard to keep, the other tells a story and offers a prompt for response. Responses are archived and also shared in public art shows that are glorified excuses to have strangers read my mail. I've written about 100 of these questions but over and over I come back to the themes include home, food, language, and maps. Sometimes I do all the work, sometimes I ask someone to work with me! 

Why am I on Patreon?
This project allows me to talk to people about what I am thinking about.  I can be a bit introverted and I really love hearing how differently people respond to the same question. When you subscribe here, you get a little bonus, a little something extra I can't offer through a regular monthly subscription--you can choose to get a special letterpress postcard stamped and ready to mail to a friend, or a one of a kind collage!  Your subscription to the Keep Writing project through Patreon gives me a little more economic stability , so I can worry less about my month to month and focus on...

..the future
Now that the Keep Writing project is nearly 10 years old, I am thinking about what to do from here. First of course we will celebrate making it this far with a party in November. It will also be the release of the results of the 2018 Summer Census.

I have a show of collage works coming up in November too. 

Ok, also I want this to be my full-time, main focus. I want to send postcards as my job.

For future Keep Writing postcards, I'd like to start connecting the questions I ask each month, maybe beginning a conversation. There are so many things we need to talk about! Your support means I don't have to treat this project as a labor-of-love but as my focus, my work, and my love too. Your support means I can begin to think about how to use this project as tool in my community, as a place to begin a conversation, as a framework how we can better understand each other. If all that seems too lofty for you, at lease you can appreciate a postcard every month! and for that--

Thank you! 
I really could not do this without you. I would be sending postcards to myself.

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Tiers
hello. is it me you're looking for?
$2 or more per month
  • I'll send you a postcard from my collection of letterpress prints, letterpress accidents, and vintage travel postcards, thanking you for your patronage!
  • access to my behind-the-scenes Lens videos sharing peeks at upcoming projects and insight into my process
  • monthly email newsletter with sales, news and cat GIFs
just give me one thing
$5 or more per month
  • a subscription to the Keep Writing postcard project--one letterpress postcard mailed to you every month, usually including a tear-off part for you to send back to me after answering a question
  • access to my behind-the-scenes Lens videos 
  • monthly email newsletter
send me a postcard
$8 or more per month
  • a subscription to the Keep Writing postcard project
  • access to my behind-the-scenes Lens videos
  • monthly email newsletter
  • AND one letterpress postcard a month  designed and printed by me, stamped and ready to mail 
there's no one like you
$15 or more per month
  • a subscription to the Keep Writing postcard project
  • access to my behind-the-scenes Lens videos
  • monthly email newsletter
  • AND a one-of-a-kind, postcard sized collage made just for you when you sign up and goodie bags sent with new or one of a kind work at least every other month
you can have it all
$20 or more per month
  • a subscription to the Keep Writing postcard project
  • a one-of-a-kind postcard sized collage or a goodie bag every other month
  • a blank and stamped letterpress postcard every month
  • access to my behind-the-scenes Lens videos
  • AND a public thank you in my monthly newsletter
you're amazing
$50 or more per month
all the benefits listed above PLUS
  • a gift subscription to anyone you choose
  • the opportunity to co-design one Keep Writing postcard with me, with credit of course