'Mackie' is a creative studio based in Cornwall. The Studio's photography celebrates the cornish coastline, particularly the local beaches where we work, surf and live. We began taking images on iPhone a few years ago, editing them in VSCOcam and sharing them on our Instagram page. A chance conversation between us led to us taking the images off the computer and into print. This was the seed for the #openspaces book. Our photos strive for a minimalist feel, and the book has been designed to reflect this, with the only text being the monthly dividers and the page numbers. We want to see how others capture the seas and skies around them, which is why the name of the book is a hashtag - #openspaces
This is a book for the coffee table - it is 280 x 280mm, printed on smooth naturalis paper with a hardback cover. By the time we finish taking the photos at the end of December, we will have around 100 photographs, all snapped on iPhone and edited in VSCOcam. The book will go to print in mid January, and we hope to be sending out the finished books in February.
Most of our photos are taken down the beach, but there are a few which give a glimpse into the coming and goings at Mackie Studio.
We want to initially print 200 copies of the book, all on premium paper with luxury hardbacks. Designed in our Newquay studio, we are keeping the printing of the book in the South West and are going to be using FSC certified paper.
Everyone that contributes to help us make the book will receive a selection of Mackie branded postcards, stickers, iPhone/desktop wallpapers and a keyring!
We've got 20 Mackie handplanes as rewards, these are great fun to play around with on smaller days and in shore breaks!
Our 2nd and 3rd best prizes are a great incentive to help us out! We've got half-day and full-day options for a workshop with Karl. Learn how to capture those minimalist beach scenes with the big skies, and show us with the hashtag #openspaces. We are already thinking ahead to making this book a yearly volume, and this workshop provides the opportunity to contribute to the Mackie Studio Instagram account, meaning your image could make it into the 2015 Instagram book, #openspaces - Volume 2!
Our top prize is The Weever. A hand shaped surfboard by Mackie founder Karl Mackie. This board promises a lot of fun in small waves. You will be able to have this board custom made to your specifiactions. The Weever also comes with a signed copy of the book, a printed acknowledgement, a signed print, 10 postcards, a sticker pack and the infamous Mackie keyring. The owner of the weever can expect to receive their board in Spring 2015.
Risks and challenges
#openspaces is the first book that Mackie Studio have made, its been designed and marketed by us in house and we will also handle the distribution. We have already spoken to a printer and chosen paper stock and had a book made.
The final book has been refined since our demo copy was printed to include more images, page numbers and location index.
If you choose to collect said rewards from the Newquay Studio we will refund your postage costs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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