Dead Feminists

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Dead Feminists

1664 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

DeadFeminists is taking a short break


Note from shop owner The shop is currently closed for summer break—we'll reopen on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. See you then!

Chandler & Jessica

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 12, 2016

The shop is currently closed for summer break—we'll reopen on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. See you then!

Chandler & Jessica

Chandler and Jessica

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Chandler and Jessica


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

jmarieand on Jul 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful cards, prompt delivery. Can't wait to send these out!

Susan Kinzel

Susan Kinzel on Jul 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Great cards with history attached. Bright & colorful, high quality, nice enough to put on wall. I love sending these cards!

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The (girl) power of the press!

In the autumn of 2008, the U.S. Presidential election had the country whipped into a crazed frenzy. Artists and designers everywhere seemed to have their two cents to share, and we wanted to contribute something for the record as well. We soon realized we couldn’t produce an election broadside without, well, getting political—but our printing predecessors gave us a long history of incendiary broadsheets, so we took heart from that. And hey—we wanted to take "freedom of the press" into our own hands. So we put a little inflammatory writ in print—our first broadside, "Come, Come" (quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton)—though tempered with a gentle reminder of the right and responsibility to vote. The prints were extremely popular, and the "Dead Feminists" series was born.

We have some rules for the series--the women we feature have to be dead, and we really avoid quotes that are simply focusing on "we can do anything men can do!" We’ve made a effort to find women who may be relatively unknown, or despite being famous might not be considered a feminist. We also donate a portion of the proceeds of each print to charities linked to the issues we highlight through the series. Lastly, we never reprint a letterpress poster once it sells out—so once they're gone, they're gone! (Which is why we have digitally-printed postcard reproductions of each broadside, to keep the image out there in the world.)

Each broadside begins as a completely hand-drawn illustration, including painstakingly lettered original typography. Chandler draws the design in pencil first, then cleans up the lines in ink and scans them into a digital file. Then we take that file, have it made into a film negative, and make our own photopolymer plates for printing. Jessica takes over from there, printing each poster by hand on an antique Vandercook press, carefully aligning the complex color registration on each piece.

There's a long tradition of artists acting as mirrors to what's going on in society, but more than that, we're literally using the power of the press to try to incite change and enhance knowledge. Broadsides (posters) were the first form of mass communication—the great-great grandpappy of the modern poster, going back to the early days of printing and public literacy. Today the media of mass communication have moved on, but the broadside is still a device employed by printers that has evolved into an art form. The Dead Feminists series hearkens back to the original purpose of the broadside: the idea of posters as rabble-rousers.

Thanks to YOU, our amazing audience of collectors and enthusiasts in every US state and countries all over the world, we're thrilled to know that the words of these historical women are still relevant—and that art really can change the world, one broadside at a time.

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Shop members
  • Chandler & Jessica

    Owner, Illustrator (Chandler), Printer (Jessica)

    Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring began the Dead Feminists letterpress series in 2008—taking quotes by historical women and tying them to current social and political issues. Each poster is hand-lettered and letterpress printed in limited editions.

  • Offset printer

    Greenville, SC, United States

    We have our reproduction postcards printed at an offset printer to ensure the highest quality available and the lowest price we can offer our customers. Each postcard is printed in the U.S., and color-corrected to stay true to our poster designs.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 9, 2014
Welcome! The Dead Feminists series highlights the accomplishments of women throughout history. We produce limited-edition letterpress posters. We don't reprint them once we sell out, so we also offer reproduction postcards of each print in the series. To make sure you don't miss out on the posters, grab 'em while they're in the shop, because once they're gone, they're gone!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
We accept Pay Pal and credit cards. Washington state orders are subject to sales tax.

Sales outside the USA may be subject to taxes or duty upon receipt of shipment. The buyer is responsible for any customs duties that may be incurred. For items that require customs forms to be filled out, the item will be declared as merchandise, and its value listed—no exceptions. Thank you for your patience.
Items ship within 2 business days. If for some reason shipping needs to be delayed, we'll send you a message as soon as possible to let you know. If you are a resident of Tacoma, and would like to arrange pick-up to save on shipping, please convo BEFORE purchasing.
Refunds and Exchanges
Because they are hand-printed in small quantities, and often sell out very quickly, we cannot accept returns or exchanges on letterpress prints and lemonade journals. All items are packed extremely carefully to ensure safe shipment. We will accept exchanges on pieces that arrives damaged (or if a poster becomes sold out, we will refund your money if your print arrives damaged), but because of careful packing, we've never yet had a problem. Thank you for your understanding.
Additional policies and FAQs
Because of the labor-intensive process behind our work and the social subtext behind each piece, we are not able to make custom pieces, or add any custom alterations to any existing piece. We hope you'll understand.