Tiga is a collaborative effort by three energetic Southeast Asian artists, Vince Low, Kerby Rosanes and Peisy Ting, with a goal to share with you three – tiga means three in Malay – of our biggest passions: sketching / line drawings, beautiful paper, and inspirational art.
With this in mind, we set out on a mission to create an awesome, classy and high quality sketchbook (or journal) with a little bit of our own art and soul in each one. We hope our Asian infused flavour will get you excited enough to come along with us on this lively journey and perhaps it will help spark your own creativity, whether it’s simple doodles, elaborate colour drawings, or perhaps just your everyday musings on whatever piques your interest.
There are many sketchbooks in the marketplace which achieve their simple goal, but few really capture the passion of artists who work with them everyday. We decided to challenge this notion by leaving a little bit of ourselves in each and every one, with a goal that you may be inspired along your own artistic or thought provoking odyssey. Thus, we created tiga and leave it to you to become the artist, doodler, writer or thinker you aspire to be.
Starting with the cover, we did not compromise on style or quality. Each of the three A5 (5.8" x 8.3") hardcover sketchbooks is wrapped in a black cover paper from the Classy Covers line by Favini of Italy. Favini is a leading global producer of natural fibre-based (cellulose, algae, fruits, nuts, etc.) packaging for the luxury and fashion industries and traces its roots back to Rossano Veneto, Italy where it was founded in 1736.
On the cover of the three sketchbooks is a unique sketch that is emblematic of the respective artists particular style and is hot stamped in black foil – giving a subtle yet somewhat mysterious clue of what lies within. The spine includes the artists name again in black foil along with the tiga logo stamped in reverse in flat gold foil. The back cover is minimalistic with the Palm Republik logo in black foil and our place of origin, which is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Inside the three sketchbooks are eight sketches by the respective artist printed in either black, gold, silver or white ink on an eclectic range of premium coloured paper also from Favini. This paper comes from two separate Favini product lines, one is called The Tube, from which we chose six colours including Mud, Graphite, Sage, Ketchup, Petrol S1 and Black, while the other two papers are Marble White Pearl and Casino Gold from the Majestic Classic line of pearlescent and metallic papers.
All sketches have been selected and matched with the different coloured ink to the paper, reflecting our individual connection to each drawing and infusing a little bit of our own soul into each and every tiga Sketchbook. Think of the sketches as your own mini art gallery that works alongside of you, as our goal is not only to inspire, but to also motivate you as you work through the sketchbook.
The choice for the 128 blank inlay pages was no less challenging. After testing many papers, the 150gsm/100lb slightly off-white semi-coated Favini Vintage was selected for its balance of optimum weight (thickness), colour, opaqueness, and smoothness, but most of all for its ability to carry a fine line of ink with virtually no feathering – which for line artists and others who work in pen is critical. Each of us has used the paper for our own work and all feel that it's a great choice and hope you will agree as well.
The eight coloured papers are each individually “wrapped” around 16 blank pages to make a single signature (thus each signature is 20 pages including the coloured paper). These eight distinct signatures are then thread sewn together using a binding technique called Smyth Binding allowing the 160 page (8x20 pages) sketchbook to open relatively flat in the hard case. Inclusive of the covered hardcover the total thickness is approximately 19mm or 3/4".
In order to add to the utility to the sketchbook, final touches include an expandable pocket sleeve inside the back cover along with a black elastic so that you can keep the sketchbook firmly closed when not in use.
Given the care, attention to detail, beautiful paper, and of course the carefully selected artwork, we feel that each and every tiga Sketchbook offers a level of uncompromising quality, subtle elegance and just the right amount of utility which will fit in with whatever your desired plans for it may be.
We know that you will enjoy your tiga Sketchbook as much as we have enjoyed the process of designing it, and sincerely hope it will become one of your prized possessions to be cherished for many years to come!
Three artists, three different styles, but three common bonds: sketching, paper, and art. This is why the name tiga just seemed to fit so well as we saw a great opportunity to shape the everyday sketchbook in our own vision and which led us to get together for this project.
Despite the physical distance between us (with Kerby in Manila and Vince and myself here in Kuala Lumpur), over the course of the past five months we have been communicating and discussing all facets of the project, along with determining the eight pieces of art (nine including the cover) each of us would like to contribute... However, to add a little suspense, one sketch from each of us will be released during the project campaign – and who knows, we may release a few more later ... so stay tuned!
Below the short bio on each artist are the seven sketches (plus one to come during the campaign) as they will be printed on the eight coloured papers. To view a larger image of the original artwork just click anywhere on the images.
Vince is a life long resident of Kuala Lumpur and has spent most of his professional career in advertising, first as a graphic designer and now as the head illustrator at an international ad agency. His signature portrait “scribble” style has blazed a trail which has put him at the forefront of new and up and coming artists who are capturing the eyes of art lovers everywhere. Learn more about Vince on his Facebook, Instagram or Behance sites.
Click on any image to see the original black and white version.
NEW ART WORK ADDED JUNE 26, 2015
Kerby is a young, hard-working, and very accomplished doodle and sketch artist who lives in Manila, Philippines. He left his full time job only a short year ago and set out on his own to build his ever expanding range of designs which delight millions of people around the world. His incredibly detailed and imaginative drawings can be found on his Facebook page, Instagram or personal website.
Click on any image to see the original black and white version.
NEW ART WORK ADDED JUNE 21, 2015
Peisy grew up in Penang, Malaysia later moving to Kuala Lumpur as a child. She completed her studies in visual communications in the UK with a dream of a career in the advertising industry. After 13 years in the creative field of advertsing, she formed Palm Republik in late 2013 after launching her first Kickstarter campaign which was successfully funded. She continues to expand her style and looks forward to working in other creative areas such as jewellery and ceramics. You can also catch Peisy on FB or Instagram.
Click on any image to see the original black and white version.
NEW ART WORK ADDED JULY 2, 2015
NEW 5th NOTEBOOK DESIGN ADDED JULY 14th!
After some consideration – and as practical as the tiga Sketchbook is – it just seemed natural to pair it with a smaller notebook that can be used for more everyday note taking or lighter sketch work. Thus, we decided to also produce a B6 sized notebook (4.9" x 6.8") with 12 different cover designs showcasing four sketches from each artist.
The 12 notebooks come in four cover colours – nero (black), blu (blue), and vino (purple) by Fedrigoni, and Casino Gold (copper) by Favini – with each design printed in either gold, silver or black. On the back, there is a simple tiga logo stamped in black foil, while inside are 64 blank pages of 90gsm Favini Vintage which are thread sewn to the cover with either silver, gold or black thread to match the ink colour.
For the cover, we wanted a paper that was a little thicker and thus more durable than a regular softcover but also had some surface texture to it. After considering a number of papers, we settled on a relatively new paper to the market called Sirio Tela E20 from Fedrigoni of Italy.This high quality 290gsm cover paper is very strong and scratch resistant and we know first hand that it will withstand many of the rigours of daily use! For the fourth cover set, we felt that using the 340gsm Favini Majestic Classic Gold (copper) was a must as it is such a standout colour as well as adding an unparalleled level of richness.
5th Notebook Design - Copper ink on Steel Grey Satin metallic paper
As much as each of us loves to draw in our own sketchbooks, sometimes it's nice to see your work being displayed and enjoyed by others whether it's in their home, business or other venue. We like that feeling too, so we are offering a broad range of art prints in either A3 size (11.7" x 16.5"), or limited edition signed and numbered prints (#1 - #50) in the larger A1 size (23.4" x 33.1").
Each of the 26+ art prints will be reproduced by either Giclée (archival inkjet) or screen printing (serigraphy), as our goal is to deliver to you the highest quality art print that will last you a lifetime without fading away.
Integral to a high quality print is the choice of paper it is printed on, therefore with this in mind we have chosen some of the finest paper available for these prints:
- Giclée – Hahnemühle of Germany was founded in 1584 and arguably makes some of the highest quality paper in the world for archival ink jet printing. For the smaller A3 prints we will be using their 305gsm Photo Rag 100% Cotton Ultra Smooth paper, while for the limited edition A1 prints we will using Hahnemühle's top of the line 350gsm Museum Etch. Output is performed on a large format 10 colour professional Canon printer.
Screen Printing / Silkscreen – For prints where a layer of either white, black, silver metallic or gold metallic ink is needed over a coloured paper, we will use the more traditional screen printing process (also known as serigraphy). Depending on the design, we will print on either the 340gsm The Tube or 290gsm Majestic Classic papers from Favini, or the 300gsm Artistico Extra White Hot Pressed 100% ultra smooth cotton paper from Fabriano.
Each of these papers are rated as acid-free (PH neutral) and elemental chlorine free (ECF), thereby ensuring a long lasting paper which can be used for archival purposes. Hopefully your prints will be passed down to future generations for their continued viewing pleasure!
As traditional artists, each of us loves paper and everyday we spend literally hour upon hour in both our professional and personal lives interacting with it on so many levels, mostly with pen in hand, head down sketching away. There is just something so special about paper – from the physical touch sensation to the different sounds it makes when you handle it – that gives you a warm satisfaction which can’t be met with an electronic device or screen.
With its many unique characteristics, endless uses and simple utility, paper will undoubtedly continue to endure the test of time for as long as we need to communicate through physical means.
Choosing the paper for this project was a difficult task, and as anyone involved in the creative world knows first hand (sometimes frustratingly so), that the number of choices available in the market is vast. As line art artists, it was critical that the paper used in the tiga sketchbook was up to our demanding standards and we found that in the Favini Vintage from Italy.
For the papers used in the various component pieces of this project, we carefully sought out a range of papers that reflected our desire to not only utilise products that were of the highest quality, but also adhered to sound environmental practices as well. We found all of this and more in the papers we have selected from Favini, Fedrigoni and Fabriano of Italy (you just gotta love those Italian names!), and Hahnemühle of Germany.
What is FSC and why is it important?
FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council and is an international non-profit organisation founded in 1993 in response to deforestation, with global headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Its primary mission is to promote responsible management of the world's forests by setting and establishing standards along with certification and labeling of a large range of forest derived products. It carries out its goals through six programme areas: Forests, Chain of Custody, Social Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation, Quality Assurance and Ecosystem Services.
For consumers, products that bear the FSC logo are an indication that a strict set of standards have been met, proving the paper products are truly environmentally friendly, economically viable and socially responsible. FSC certified products go through a "chain of custody" from the forest to the manufacturer to the merchant and finally, to the printer.
We strongly believe in doing our part in helping lessen the impact of deforestation and have chosen products which adhere to this goal.
All rewards include shipping! If you wish to add additional items to your reward tier please see the “Add-On Guide” section below ...
We will also consider variations of the rewards based on customisations (logos, company names etc.) which may be a nice fit for your organisation, event etc., or perhaps you may wish to suggest something altogether new to us! Please message us here directly with any questions you have, as we are open to ideas and will do our best to meet whatever your needs may be.
We are offering a wide range of rewards that hopefully will appeal to you, however, if a reward does not fully meet your needs you can easily “add-on” to a reward level (including Early Bird levels) by simply choosing the additional item(s) you desire and then adding in the extra amount to your total by “editing” your pledge. Remember, delivery is included!
For example, if you decide you want the Sketchbook Twin Pack reward and would also like one softcover notebook but no reward tier offers this combination, you would simply go ahead and choose the Sketchbook Twin Pack reward and then add an extra $12 for the notebook to the original pledge amount of $85 for a new total of $97. If you later wish to add an A3 print as well, you would again access your account and add a further $60 to your pledge amount to make a total of $157.
To help us track your Add-on, you can either send us a message to confirm the additional items you want, or after the campaign is over we will send you a survey questionnaire which will verify and match the pledge amount to the correct items you have chosen.
Please remember that regardless of the reward you choose, all colour and design choices will be made after the campaign is over through a survey that will be sent to your Kickstarter account. If you have any questions regarding “Add-ons” or anything else about the campaign, please send us a message!
To create, plan and execute a project with this many component pieces, it is important to have the right partners lined up ahead of time so that you can test them and judge their responsiveness, attention to detail, and of course, their quality.
All products photographed on this page are actual prototypes and test prints of the various rewards offered. I am lucky to have been able to source all my production partners right here in Kuala Lumpur and each has proven to be able to live up to my exacting standards, and as they all know, I like to make things happen on time with quality results!
Print and bindery: Percetakan Imprint (M) Sdn. Bhd. is a FSC Certified printer led by the always excitable and knowledgeable Raymond Liew, who is assisted by the steady hand and guidance of Ms. Loo, along with a team of very competent production staff. For the better part of the past two years, Imprint has proven to deliver the goods time and again as they have completed for us over 30 different print projects including a 60 page 4 colour hardcover book which was delivered on time and budget only a few months ago.
Art prints and silkscreen printing: The Giclée art prints are produced internally on our 10 colour professional inkjet printer from Canon. We use dye pigment inks for long lasting results and premium acid free 100% cotton papers from Hahnemühle. Our silk screen partner is Peak Marketing and are located only a few doors away from our printer Imprint, making it very logistically convenient for a project of this size.
Hot Stamping and Embossing: Goldlight Hot Stamping is a specialist in foil stamping, embossing/debossing and UV coatings, and approaches each project with the measured hands and discerning eyes of artisans.
Photography: Local commercial photographer Elson Ong of Elson Ong Photography shot many of the photos used both here on the project page as well as the video. Elson's website can be found here.
Video: Peisy lent her considerable multitasking abilities along with the help of W.L. Tang on the camera to make the video possible. The music track Make Your Wish by Edward Malov, is licensed under a Creative Commons License: soundcloud.com/edwardmalov/make-your-wish.
We will make every effort within our power to deliver your rewards according to our schedule which we are targeting to be no later than the end of November, 2015. Due to the various production schedules of the products some rewards may ship earlier than others. Delivery times from Malaysia to most countries takes from 10-15 business days. However, depending on your Customs Department, weather, as well as a myriad of other factors, this time frame is only an estimate and actual delivery times may be longer.
Please note that all import taxes/fees (if applicable) are the sole responsibility of the Backer.
Kerby, Vince and I are very excited to bring this project to you! Over the past five months we have invested countless hours, as well as capital, to develop the tiga Sketchbook and Notebooks to the point where we now have the actual prototypes in hand! However, getting to the next stage – manufacturing the real products –- will take additional resources and commitment to our suppliers. Here is where we need your assistance by backing this project and helping spread our passion through your various social media channels!
At the top of this page, please click on the Share this project button and it will reveal several options to help share this project to with your friends, families, work colleagues, as well as any web sites, media or bloggers who you feel may have an interest in it.
Our sincere thanks in advance for all your support!
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Risks and challenges
This project has many component pieces so the main challenge will be ensuring the tight organisation and logistical co-ordination of the production and subsequent delivery of the rewards. Fortunately, this is what we do everyday here at Palm Republik, which was founded right here on Kickstarter two years back (http://kck.st/ZdVkqT)!
That being said, as I learned during my first Kickstarter, things can and do go invariably wrong, therefore one must be prepared to do all they can in order to solve any potential "unforeseen" challenges which may occur such as:
1. We have carefully chosen all the paper which is made by different paper mils in Italy and Germany. Some paper at the time of order may not be available and thus a decision will be made on whether to swap for another paper or wait for the chosen paper to be available which may lead to a slight delay.
2. We are fortunate that all our production partners are located within a 15 km radius of our office so we can keep a close eye on every part of the production process. However, there is no guarantee at the time we place an order with them that they will have an opening in their production schedule.
If a slot is not available for an unacceptable period of time we may need to find an alternative vendor (and have identified vendors for each part of production) which may cause a delay. We are somewhat fortunate that all of our production partners are smaller outfits who we have worked with in the past, and thus far have been very accommodating and flexible which can be of benefit if we run into problems :-)
3. The elephant in the room for many Kickstarter campaigns, however, is the fulfillment and actual mailing/delivery of the rewards! Having hundreds or thousands of packages to be mailed is a large and daunting task which poses many challenges - from adequate packaging to the possibility of increased mailing prices. If need be we will hire additional personnel to help with this critical task in order to ensure estimated delivery times are adhered to the best of our abilities.
4. I learned in my first KS campaign the importance of communication and how it helps even when things don't quite go how you wish. My pledge to you is to deliver a constant stream of updates with both good and bad news, but if difficulties should arise we will always keep you up-to-date and never sugar coat what the problem is.
During a campaign a large number of inquiries may come in and we will do my best to answer you within 48 hours, however, if we are inundated we will look to add help as well post answers to the FAQ section which hopefully will answer your question or concern.
Finally, during the project (especially during the inevitable slow period during the middle part of the campaign) I may post information during the journey which brings you on "the inside" so you can have a first hand look of how it all comes together, battle scars and all... oh, and on occasion, I may just babble away on various topics such as food, travel etc., so please enjoy :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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