WePress is social enterprise community makerspace that would provide access to equipment and training for DTES residents and organizations for artistic development and capacity building. This innovative space will blend older technology such as the W2 (Woodwards) Reynolds letterpress and an industrial sewing machine with the newer technology of 3D printing. 3D printing can be used to print replacement parts for machines in the makerspace as well as being used to print out type plates for the letterpress that can be used for new printing projects, including many other creative projects with shared technologies. We also have a large historic collection of both English & Chinese typefaces that were saved from the Woodwards shop and the Ho Sung Hing Print Shop.
A group of stakeholders including Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV), Ho Sun Hing Project Community, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver Letterpress League and several independent artists have been collaborating to create and develop a safe, accessible, affordable makerspace in the Downtown Eastside. Our goal is to have the space become self-sustainable through grassroots participation and social enterprise. The space will welcome diverse populations, including those marginalized by class, sexuality, gender, race, culture, disability, mental health, and addictions. Our collective experience working with wide demographics of oppressed and marginalized people has given us the skills needed to create this accessible space.