WePress is an unique community artspace that is blending old and new technology!
Here is a list of the equipment and supplies that we currently have our space:
- Reynolds Printasign Model 40 Duplicator (proofing letterpress) with assorted type letters (wood, metal, and polymer English and Chinese characters) and chops (historical etched metal and polymer blocks from the Ho Sun Hing Print Shop and Woodwards). The letterpress and English type are from the original Woodward’s Department store, and were donated to the Community Arts Council of Vancouver who then sold this precious equipment to WePress for $1 in January 2017 so that we can share it with the community. The Chinese type was purchased from the Ho Sun Hing Print Shop, which closed its doors in 2014, by the Ho Sun Hing Project, which became WePress in 2015.
- Tinkerine DittoPro 3D Printer
- Mason Industrial Sewing Machine
- a regular Sewing Machine
- Photocopier, Scanner and Printer (All in one)
We also have a set of 8000+ Chinese characters, and 2 Gestetner Machines, which are currently in storage, but which we will have available to the community sometime soon.
WePress is currently working out the logistics of renting equipment to individuals. Our long-term goal is make the equipment available to anyone with a personal project who just wants to use the equipment on their own. As a volunteer-run organization, WePress will do its best to accommodate your needs. However, because the space does not yet have regular operating hours (something we hope to establish in 2017!), please contact us directly at WePressVancouver [at] gmail.com about your project and what you need, and we will work with you to try to make arrangements for you to rent our equipment and space at a cost that works for you. Thanks for your patience as we develop our our equipment rental opportunities!
We require that people renting equipment take an orientation / intro workshop on the equipment you would like to use, and sign a waiver, before booking time to use the machine for personal projects. Please contact us at WePressVancouver [at] gmail.com for more information and / or to book time.
Once you have made arrangements for rental time, you can either pay when you come to the space (cash or cheque) or pay through PayPal. The funds raised from equipment / space rental go towards sustaining WePress (i.e. paying rent) for the coming months, and we’re hoping, years!