WVU ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - BASE CAMP PRINTING CO.

WVU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, NOVEMBER 2020

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CREATIVE COLLABORATION LEADS TO PROMOTION, FUNDRAISER FOR WHITESVILLE COMMUNITY PROJECT

WV HUB, FEBRUARY 2019

"As we see from Adam’s and Emily’s collaboration, local cooperation can create powerful images. With matching funding for the project, Adam and Emily were able to expand the scope of work to include more poster designs for Whitesville. The posters were sold to help raise money for additional community projects to happen in Whitesville."

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PRESSING MATTERS

WV LIVING, DECEMBER 2017

"The shop looks straight from the Industrial Age, except for the Mac computer Sokolosky uses to run her online shop and the iPad that serves as a cash register. Drawers contain rows and rows of antique wood blocks, each featuring a different character in a host of typefaces. When she’s designing a new print, Sokolosky lays out and locks these blocks into wooden frames known as chases, with the negative space filled in by blank pieces of wood called furniture. “It’s like a puzzle,” she says."

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THE OTHER CHARLESTON ON THE RISE

SOUTHERN LIVING, OCTOBER 2017

"It used to be that only outdoor enthusiasts—climbers, rafters, or people who display more mental fortitude than I when confronted with great heights or drops—ever talked to me about vacationing in my home state of West Virginia. The only state wholly in Appalachia, full of rugged mountains, powerful rapids, and a mere 1.8 million people, West Virginia is not known for its cities. But when I was a kid, that's exactly what Charleston was: the city. Our capital, located about two and a half hours southwest of Morgantown (where I grew up), was bigger and more exciting than anything else at home."

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YOU'RE GOING WHERE? CHARLESTON, WV

THE WASHINGTON POST, JULY 2017

"Like a dream come true, every shop I entered in the Elk City Historic District on the West Side had a shop dog. But I also saw a neighborhood beginning its renaissance. Thanks to affordable commercial space and a rebranding campaign, the creative class has set up shop here. Base Camp Printing, next door to Kin Ship Goods, is a storefront letterpress print shop. Nearby: Mi Cocina de Amor and Bully Trap, a walk-in only, cash-only barber shop."

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TO BE YOUNG IN A DYING STATE

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, MAY 2017

"And though the state ranks second-to-last for entrepreneurship, some millennials are finding success.

Take 25-year-old Emily Sokolosky, a Charleston native who Davis and Harrison allow to use part of their space for her letterpress printing business, free of charge. The West Virginia University graduate says she and her work were immediately welcomed by the community."

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MAKING IMPRESSIONS

WVU COLLEGE OF CREATIVE ARTS, APRIL 2017

"There’s a wave of artisans breathing new life into the Mountain State. West Virginia University School of Art & Design graduate Emily Sokolosky is one of them.

Sokolosky, a Charleston native, transferred to WVU’s School of Art & Design after her freshman year at Syracuse University to be closer to home."

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: LETTERPRESS PRINTING COMPANY OPENS ON WEST SIDE

CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL, MAY 2016

"Base Camp Printing Company opens today. After interning at the well-respected Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee, Sokolosky launched the small printing company in September, 2015.

For months she’s been printing greeting cards, posters and specialty orders like wedding announcements from her parents’ garage. Some of her most well-known designs she even carved and pressed by hand with a wooden spoon."

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