About this project
I am Carmel O'Mara-Horwitz illustrator/author. Do you love Pop-up Books? Well so do I! I also love to make them myself! In this Kickstarter project I hope to make a limited edition of my pop-up book "Gypsy Circus".
"Gypsy Circus" is a counting book that I have collaborated on with my mother, Allwyn O'Mara, a fine art bookbinder. In it Gypsy Animal Acrobats pop-up and spin around in their own little tents while readers read a poetic prompt to see what they should count. You will count from 1 to 10, counting down to a big finale. Allwyn designed a unique system of tent pages so you really feel you are wandering through the circus.
We have been working on this book on and off for many years. I sent it out with my literary agent to publishing houses. She said many editors love it, but the publishing industry in not producing many books right now, especially pop-ups. So my pop-up book has been sitting on the shelf. Every time I take down this book and share it I find yet another person who says it is wonderful and I should finish it.
I looked into what I could do myself. I discovered I need to pay experts to help me. I can make pop-ups. As the illustrator I have overseen the printing of my other books, but I have never created a sheet for die cuts, or scoring, ganged up images or looked into a right kind of glue to use. So this $6,800.00 is a rough estimate of what I need to get the experts in certain fields to help me.
When I finalize this book I hope to make a sequel that will be set in a Renaissance Faire, utilizing the same tent format.
So, "Come one, Come all!!" and help us raise the money we need to make "Gypsy Circus" a real book! When you donate your support you will be rewarded with special gifts from us! Thank you all for looking into our project.
See more about me at my website: CARMELOMARA.COM
We appreciate anything you can do: being a kickstarter donor I have seen that no donation is too small. Thanks
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