Raise Moving Parts Press from the ashes

This is a great beginning toward a new life for Moving Parts Press. We’ve met the original goal of buying new press equipment, materials for the next book, and we now are putting together starter money for Felicia's long-time dream of a new studio building. 

The new studio will be a 2-3 year process with design, permitting, community review, etc., and will require further fundraising down the  road. Felicia would be grateful for any amount you care to give to this fund for construction of the new Moving Parts Press. Now rising, with your help...

We appreciate all contributors taking this action at a time when our energies are needed in so many places. Ten percent of this fund will go to victims of the fires in the Santa Cruz Mountains. And keep an eye out for a new broadside, the proceeds of which will also benefit victims of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains.


Moving Parts Press  was founded in 1977 by Felicia Rice to create and publish limited edition artists’ books, broadsides, and prints. Her home and letterpress printing studio in the Santa Cruz Mountains along with 43 years of work went up in smoke in the CZU Lightning fire on August 20, 2020. Felicia and her husband Jim are safe and have relocated to Mendocino, CA, but Felicia is going to need to rebuild her workshop from scratch to be able to continue to work. Your generous donations so far have allowed a new dream to grow, of not just surviving, but thriving in a new building. 

Felicia writes, “As a printer, my job is to confront complex issues and render my response in book form. As an artist, my job is to do so with profound integrity. As a publisher, my job is to make these issues public. As printers have done every decade since Gutenberg, I’m here to argue for a more just society.”

Funds raised will provide for inkjet and laser printers, an 11” x 17" scanner, a Vandercook proof press, a platemaker and filtration system, a paper cutter, a print drying rack, the myriad hand tools and inks needed to print, and provide seed money for literally building a new shop for Moving Parts Press.

75% of the edition of her most recent book, The Necropolitics of Extraction , burned before it could be sold and distributed to buyers -- those copies would have funded her next project, Justice and Injustices. We would like to be able to fund the materials for that book as well, to get Moving Parts Press  back on its game producing new work.   Visit Moving Parts Press  for all of Felicia's work. More on her masterwork, DOC UNDOC  here.

A new article has just come out on KQED, titled After Wildfire a Family of Artists Faces the Cultural Loss of Climate Change .

There's also another GoFundMe page started the day of the fire by Felicia's son Will, here .

Much of what was lost in the fire is irreplaceable: type and presses handed down from mentors, an archive of source work that went into creating her lifetime of work, original artwork, and of course, her back stock of limited editions. Felicia is forward-thinking, however, and concentrating on what remains to be done, not what was lost.

I was a student at UCSC from 1984-87 and Felicia was one of my teachers there who helped and inspired me to become a letterpress printer. As a teacher, a collaborator, a publisher and an artist, she has influenced many people over her career. I hope Felicia’s community of friends and colleagues in the book and art worlds; artists, poets, and writers; and Moving Parts Press collectors will come together to ensure that this life-changing loss doesn’t end her career as a maker and an artist. 

Inkjet printer/ink $250
Laser printer/toner $250
Scanner $650
Vandercook printing press  $12,000
Anderson-Vreeland platemaker requested price $5,000
Filtration system requested price $5,000
Kutrimmer paper cutter $500
Drying rack $500
Hand tools $500
Inks $500
Total ~$25,000

Budget for next book:
Paper $3,000
Plates $3,000
Binding $12,000
Total ~$18,000

Toward building a shop for Moving Parts Press:
Architect, construction drawings, permits, contractor costs...
Total ~$77,000 and then some...

Total goal: $120,000


  • Elaine Smyth
    • $100 
    • 19 d
  • Jessie Cahill
    • $100 
    • 20 d
  • Jane A Christmann
    • $50 
    • 20 d
  • Shelly Errington
    • $250 
    • 20 d
  • Diana Rothman
    • $100 
    • 8 mos

Fundraising team (3)

Joel Benson
Raised $2,260 from 37 donations
Vallejo, CA
Felicia Rice
Raised $24,520 from 159 donations
Amelia Grounds
Team member
Raised $800 from 8 donations
This team raised $60,955 from 592 other donations.

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