Kickstarter Campaign Wants Support To Create New Printmaking Tool

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The Ink Dial cleanly and precisely dispenses any amount of ink, without guesswork. It allows color mixes to be accurately & repeatedly, thus reducing waste, time & money.

“I am looking for support from the type of people who care about encouraging young people to start businesses of their own in this country,” remarks Chouinard.

The Ink Dial, a Kickstarter campaign for printers & printmakers, began nearly two months ago and is now in its final throws of fundraising this week. A letterpress printer-turned-inventor is hoping to take a novel approach he developed in his small print shop in rural Alabama and introduce it to the world and make it available to others in his small craft community.

In certain areas Terrence Chouinard thinks doing things the old-fashioned way is best, especially when it comes to the disappearing art of letterpress printing. This is why Chouinard, a graduate of the University of Alabama and a recent transplant to Limestone County, Alabama from upstate New York, launched a campaign to strengthen this art form by the creation of a device that measures inks to ensure accurate color mixing. The device which Chouinard has named the Ink Dial™ is in the late stages of design and he hopes to be beginning the production stages as soon as possible.

The Ink Dial cleanly and precisely dispenses any amount of ink, without guesswork. It allows color mixes to be accurately & repeatedly, thus reducing waste, time & money. It's not just a tool but a simple color mixing system that allows more control over this essential part of printing. The Ink Dial will help small artisan printers more easily measure their ingredient inks when mixing a custom color for clients. It will save the printer time and money, will reduce waste and will improve the printer's work.

"It's an alternative technique uniquely suited for very small printing operations." says Chouinard. "Sure I could have left things well enough alone, but 'well enough alone' still has its problems. MY tool not only addresses the problems everyone still puts up with, but solves them." The creation of such a device is not cheap. Chouinard is currently seeking supporters in his effect to make the Ink Dial a reality.

“My goal is to raise enough funds in order to manufacture sets of the last generation of prototypes and get them in the hands of some qualified testers so they might really put the system through its paces,” states Chouinard. After that the final improvements will be made and the Ink Dial placed into production and available for sale at a reasonable price from the get-go. “Acquiring patent protection will allow me to display & discuss the Ink Dial publicly. In many instances I may travel along with the sets to install and offer a demonstation of my own strategy for proofing color as well.”

In return for supporting his Kickstarter campaign Chouinard is offering some very special rewards. For each $35 pledge you’ll be able to choose one of 15 signed, limited edition, poster-size letterpress prints by 15 nationally known artists whose work all involves lettering to some degree or another. Those artists include designers responsible for the fonts on your computer to the lettering on your cars to the calligraphy on your greeting cards. Rewards are available for pledges beginning at $1.

"Raising such capital through public funding is no walk in the park," says the 39-year old father of two. "Banks aren't lending and I don't know any one person with the finances or interest to float such a venture." And Chouinard has no time to waste. His deadline is 1 AM CST on Friday, January 13. "Better make that Thursday night" Chouinard says. If he doesn’t reach his goal, he won’t be eligible to collect the large sum of funds he’s raised thus far.

“I am looking for support from the type of people who care about encouraging young people to start businesses of their own in this country,” remarks Chouinard. “From those who are interested in seeing someone actually make something of lasting value in this country, and not formed of some cheap plastic overseas. Printing is the art which supports all other arts and I feel the Ink Dial will serve as a tool to make letterpress printing a more attractive trade option.”

To learn more about the Ink Dial project, visit http://www.inkdial.com or contact Terrence Chouinard directly at 256-497-8495.

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