the prints project

The prints project started as a mystery that became a challenge that has now become a feature at PRJ.

The challenge? We sent original linocut and woodblock prints to writers and asked them to respond (or not). We gave the writers no length or genre requirement.

The mystery? The writers had no idea what the print would be.

So what’s with the prints? We created a series of 12 handcut prints, each a portrait of a writer. Some prints are printed on mulberry paper and sent out in envelopes; some are printed directly on postcards and sent naked into the world of machines and hands. We could have just emailed an image, but there’s something special about the tactile, about holding something, about the preciousness of paper and handwriting and handwork, about the idea of a tangible gift. And we wanted all of that to be part of the project.

Eight of the prints are out in the world right now (to 70 writers). Every few weeks, we’ll release another (in batches of 10 signed and numbered copies per print). As the responses arrive, we’ll share them with you here. We have no idea how many responses we’ll see. That’s one thing we love most about the project; it’s in the hands of the makers out there.











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