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Hand-drawn, ready-to-send portraits of thirty-six neighborhood gems, architectural oddities, and lesser-known Philadelphia landmarks.
Hand-drawn, ready-to-send portraits of thirty-six neighborhood gems, architectural oddities, and lesser-known Philadelphia landmarks.
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Hi there-- I'm an artist, architectural historian and historic preservationist living in Pennsylvania, USA. I'm also a compulsive sketcher, and for more than a decade I've been filling sketchbooks with drawings of buildings, street scenes and architectural details that capture my attention and stir my curiosity. Sometimes these sketches are the beginning of more extensive research projects or preservation efforts; other times they are just a good excuse to slow down and focus on something for longer than it takes to snap an Instagram (though I do that too). Now I'm forming a small publishing project, Archivolt Press, to engage a wider audience of fellow architectural aficionados and curious urbanophiles.

I'm launching Archivolt Press with 36 Views of Philadelphia, a postcard book assembled from my many wanderings through the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. This isn't your standard Liberty-Bell-and-Rocky-Steps tourist fare; the collection includes buildings from every corner of the city, from the Center City skyline to abandoned North Philadelphia factories, from Art Deco jewel boxes to Mid-Century Modern behemoths, West Philly storefronts to South Philly churches. 

The postcard book will include 36 different 4x6 cards and will be bound in a hand-printed letterpress cover. Tear them out and send them to your friends, or keep them together as a bound set. Or get two and do both! If this campaign is successful, I have plans for additional Archivolt Press postcard collections, poster and pamphlet projects, architectural guidebooks, and collaborations with other artists, photographers, and historians. Not only will your pledge help cover start-up business expenses and printing costs for this first project, it will underwrite future exploration and documentation of Philadelphia and points beyond. Plus, everybody loves getting postcards in the mail, right?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The ink is dry on thirty-six (and then some!) images-- one challenge will be to stop drawing new ones long enough to make a final selection. I'm partnering with a local commercial digital printer for the cards themselves, but am still prototyping the binding and cover, which I'll be designing and letterpress printing by hand. I'll track this process through project updates.

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    Thank-You Postcard

    A special limited-edition thank-you postcard signed by the artist

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    36 Views of Philadelphia

    The main thing: a set of thirty-six Philadelphia postcards, bound in a hand-printed letterpress cover. Keep them together as a set, or tear them out and mail them off. Plus a special bonus thank-you card signed by the artist.

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    Philadelphia and Beyond

    36 Views of Philadelphia, plus a special 12-card bonus preview pack of future "36 View" postcard collections from Archivolt Press. Choose between Mexico, Germany, California, Lancaster PA, or a surprise assortment.

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    36 Views of Philadelphia X 2

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    36 Views + 8x10 Print

    36 Views of Philadelphia, plus one ready-to-frame 8"x10" archival digital print of a postcard image of your choice, signed and embossed by the artist

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    36 Views + 11x14 Print

    36 Views of Philadelphia, plus one ready-to-frame 11"x14" archival digital print of a postcard image of your choice, signed and embossed by the artist

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    36 Views + Original 4x6 Postcard

    36 Views of Philadelphia, plus one original, hand-drawn postcard-sized ink sketch of any Philadelphia building of your choice, signed by the artist

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    36 Views + Original 11x14 Drawing

    36 Views of Philadelphia, plus one original, hand-drawn 11"x14" ink sketch of any Philadelphia building of your choice, signed by the artist

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    Collector's Choice

    One of each! The postcard book, preview set, two digital prints, an original hand-drawn postcard, and an 11"x14" original ink drawing of any Philly building of your choice

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