Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
“Lost Things” is a beautiful little artists’ book that intends to break the heart of its reader in five photos and three poems.
“Lost Things” is a beautiful little artists’ book that intends to break the heart of its reader in five photos and three poems.
47 backers pledged $3,203 to help bring this project to life.

About

"Lost Things" Limited Edition Artists' Book project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$3,203

47

“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.

"Double Arrow" cover photograph: available as a limited edition archival print as one of the rewards.
"Double Arrow" cover photograph: available as a limited edition archival print as one of the rewards.

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)

Poems: 3

Imprint: Kyoudai Press (find out more about our imprint on our WordPress site: http://kyoudaipress.wordpress.com/

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.

Sincerely,

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.

Timing:
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!

Hardware:
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.

Suppliers:
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

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You have our undying gratitude! We’ll also post your name as a contributor and your personal web-link on our WordPress site (if you so desire). http://kyoudaipress.wordpress.com/

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    You get a postcard that features the “Double Arrow” photograph from the book’s cover! + our gratitude and credit as listed under Reward #1

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    You get a copy of the limited edition artists’ book “Lost Things”! + a postcard of the “Double Arrow” photograph as described in Reward #2 + our gratitude and credit as listed under Reward #1

    ---If you will need the book shipped internationally, please add $20 for international shipping.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 35 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    You get a limited edition archival, ink-jet print of the “Double Arrow” photograph from the book’s cover: 11.876 by 9.5 inch print size, 17 by 22 inch paper size! (This is an edition of 5 with 2 artist’s proofs) + a copy of the limited edition artists’ book “Lost Things” + a postcard of the “Double Arrow” photograph as described in Reward #2 + our gratitude and credit as listed under Reward #1
    ---If you will need the book and print shipped internationally, please add $100 for international shipping.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $800 or more About $800

    You get a limited edition archival, ink-jet print of the “Double Arrow” photograph from the book’s cover: 30 by 24 inch print size, 36 by 30 inch paper size! (This is an edition of 5 with 2 artist’s proofs) + a copy of the limited edition artists’ book “Lost Things” + a postcard of the “Double Arrow” photograph as described in Reward #2 + our gratitude and credit as listed under Reward #1
    ---If you will need the book and print shipped internationally, please add $100 for international shipping.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (22 days)