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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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