We've all heard that we are stardust, but what exactly does that mean? It's an incredible idea that's pretty hard to hold. This book is a contemporary artist's contemplation of our inherent inseparability with everything, organized simply, delightfully and comprehensively around the elements of the Periodic Table: where you find them in objects from thunderstorms to the screen you're looking at, to the eye that's looking.
Hannah Burr is a contemporary artist who grew up in Boston MA and now lives in Ann Arbor MI. In 2013, and in 2015, Kickstarter and hundreds of backers helped her raise funds for and build two artist books that still get high praise and are found to be relevant and useful in times of churn, change and uncertainty. They were designed to stop you in your tracks and help you plug back in. This book is gearing up to do the same, but instead of prayers as the topic, it's the Elements of the Periodic Table.
"In the past six years, I've poured through everything I can find, to bring you a comprehensive list for each element of exactly where it can be found, the nouns, adjectives and verbs that make it a real thing, inside and outside of you, in the ten thousand things.
While major change surges on all levels all around the world, I've been steadily working on this book, a love letter to all stuff, including our bodies, the objects that we carry about with us and rely on, eat and see through telescopes. When it's all framed in a certain way, a new perspective emerges, reconnecting you to your vastness and inseparability: Who you are before your name, skin color, viewpoint, outcome and story.
I consider my projects a success when someone age 8 can *get* it as much as someone age 80. No special training needed, no expert language used. This is that kind of project, a bridge between art and science, us and them, you and the world around you.
I've opted for crowdfunding because it's a way to widely share and get feedback and insight into the project, while making friends and building community with people all around the world. I've met some wonderful people through these adventures, and I look forward to meeting you! Please watch the video, ask me questions, and share this far and wide! Thanks for checking it out, backing it, and helping this book get printed."
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Risks and challenges
This is a significantly larger project than my first and second books. There are two sets of 93 drawings - one for each naturally occurring element - and a great deal more information, text and design decisions to make this book accurate, a pleasurable read, and beautiful. This requires more hands on deck throughout the creation process: more editing and design help, early readers, and will result in a book with close to four times the content of the first two books, color on many of them, and close to 400 pages!
I've been researching and picking brains left and right to find the right people for the job, and comparing prices on printers. I've been workshopping and focus-grouping for the past four months and getting feedback throughout the early creation process. I've dug deep into my last two successful campaigns and new research to make sure that I make the fulfillment of rewards even more streamlined than the past two projects (which got the books out on time and on budget).
Some risks involved in this project: I will be working with a new printer, and there's always some unknowns in this scenario. I am going with the most responsive and recommended printers within my budget that I can find, relying on comrades in the Art Book Fair and design circles I know, but there are still unknowns! Whenever you bring on other people, there's also the lag time of waiting for their responses and turnaround times. These may add unexpected delays, but I am madly finishing my work: digital editing about 190-200 images, laying out the element index lists, finding the best collaborators, while this campaign is underway and after.
I am about 3/4 of the way through the work of this project. This campaign is a huge boost toward finishing - provided we meet or exceed our goal that is - as is sharing the project here in Ann Arbor and regional art book fairs and on social media. I've gotten immediate and enthusiastic responses from art peers, complete strangers, scientists, explorers, kids and their parents, and I've even had a highschool chemistry teacher look through the book and say "Wow! I didn't know that. That's really interesting..." while looking through it and giving me feedback. This for me, has been a true confidence boost.
I am knee deep in this project and up for the challenges ahead! I have been seasoned by the two previous campaigns and the 5000+ books I've gotten out into the world since my first campaign. I stay in contact and communicate as I go, see my last two projects to get an idea!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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