“Lost Things” is a beautiful little artists’ book that intends to break the heart of its reader in 5 photographs and 3 poems, you can finish it over breakfast, but chances are you’ll keep returning to it again and again. The work bears the weight of compulsive rereading and opens new discoveries every time you come back to it.
Robert Huddleston – the poet – and Alexandra Huddleston – the photographer – are brother and sister. We’ve grown up discussing our ideas about art, literature, philosophy, and life with each other, but this artists’ book is our first real collaboration. We’ve been working on and refining this little book (and figuring out the ins and outs of our publishing options!) for over a year. In the end, we decided that a self-published, self-printed limited edition of 50 would best reflect the work’s intimate form and message while at the same time providing the highest quality of photographic printing. We hope you agree.
The 2 minute video that introduced this project should give you a good sense of the book, but here are the specs:
Title: Lost Things
Photographs: 5 (including the cover)
Medium: Archival Ink-Jet Printing; Saddle Stich
Colors: 1 page of full color; rest printed as Advanced Black and White
Size: 6.5” by 8.5” / 20 pages + cover
Paper: Red River; 60lb Polar Matte 2 Sided
Number of copies: 50 + 2 artists’ proofs (Full disclosure: a small number of gift and trial versions have been previously printed and gifted. However, we do not intend to publish any more versions of this book after completing this commercial edition.)
Year printed: 2012
Each book will be dated, numbered, and signed by both Alexandra and Robert.
If we don’t reach our funding goal, we won’t publish. Our goal is the cost to print and ship the work.
You may well ask: “Why does such a small book cost this amount?”
Reason #1: It’s a Limited Edition. After we print these 50, we won’t be printing it again. Scarcity adds value. Also, if you believe in our work and our careers, you’ll believe that the value of these limited artworks will increase in time.
Reason #2: This is how much it costs to hand-make these things!
Hours of time that are not included in the cost have already gone into creating the photographs and poems, and designing and proofing the book.
Moreover, Alexandra will be printing them herself.
This means she will have to load the paper individually into her printer 600 times. She will have to make 1,200 cuts to trim the paper, and score and fold 300 sheets of paper to make the books.
Reason #3: This is a beautiful, richly made item.
The paper we are using is a photo weight matte paper with an acid free coating and an ultra smooth surface.
The printer we are using is an Epson 3800 with archival inks.
Reason #4: Every contribution supports the Kyoudai Press. As a small, independent, imprint, we bear all the costs of creating, producing, and distributing this book ourselves. Your contribution not only makes it possible for us to publish "Lost Things" but underwrites future Kyoudai Press publications.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Robert Huddleston and Alexandra Huddleston
Risks and challenges
Everything is set to print the edition. The PDF is complete, and two artists’ proofs have been printed and approved by both artists.
Our biggest challenges will be the timing and the glitches that may potentially occur with our hardware and with our suppliers.
We hope to raise the money in the next few weeks because Alexandra will be out of the country from mid-October until mid-November. Her plan is to order the necessary supplies right before she leaves. Once she returns, she’ll start the printing right away, with the goal of getting the books out before Christmas.
That said, she has never printed this many books before, so she’s not sure precisely how much time it will take to make them all. We are also hoping that Robert will be in Santa Fe in December at precisely the right time to sign the books – if all goes as planned!
What can we say? Machines sometimes break. Everything is currently working smoothly, but if Alexandra’s printer or computer decides to malfunction, the process will be delayed slightly.
All the supplies that need to be ordered are normally in stock and readily available. That said, a delay in receiving our supplies could delay the printing. Fortunately, we have given ourselves a month to receive the supplies.
Hopefully, all will go well, but these are our known contingencies.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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