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July 25 2011 12:00 AM

South Park's Make Good store will host the Moveable Type truck on Tuesday, July 26, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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When Kyle Durrie posted her project idea on Kickstarter, she didn't know if people would respond. But, oh, did they ever.

The Portland-based letterpress artist wanted to combine her love of letterpress printing and road trips with a cross-country tour that involved a
1982 Chevy step van converted into a fully functional—and mobile—letterpress print shop. She set her Kickstarter goal at $8,000 and, just a few weeks later, saw pledges skyrocket to more than $17,000.

After a lot of preparation, Durrie hit the road and kicked off a yearlong journey that, she hopes, will turn people on to the simplistic beauty of handmade letterpress print. She'll be driving around North America in what she calls the Moveable Type truck, making stops to teach workshops, do demos and spread "the good word about printing the old-fashioned way." She's wants people to get inspired and perhaps figure out ways they can do something handmade and creative themselves.

"I thought that was totally aligned with what we do here," said Sophia Hall, owner of Make Good, a shop in South Park that specializes in local, handmade goods.