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Rare letterpress print celebrating chili peppers and the magic point when civilization changed.
Rare letterpress print celebrating chili peppers and the magic point when civilization changed.
217 backers pledged $12,126 to help bring this project to life.

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This project is about producing a limited-edition, letterpress print to celebrate the point when so-called Western Civilization took a blazing new path. I mean, of course, the year 1500, when the chili pepper arrived from the New World and Europe said arrivederci to the pre-chili Dark Ages. That’s when the pepper-powered Renaissance really caught fire.

No one who has enjoyed a good bowl of chili or the joys of a good hot sauce could ever willingly go back to a pre-pepper medieval menu.

Chili peppers—when the Renaissance heated up.
Chili peppers—when the Renaissance heated up.

Fine art. Sponsors will get a letterpress print in rich black on a sheet of Crane’s Lettra white—an acid-free, 100 percent cotton, 300 gsm sheet. Delivered in a 11" x 14" bevel-cut mat—ready for framing. The image is approximately 6" x 10" and will be lovingly bumped into the paper’s surface by master printer, Bryce Knudson of Bjørn Press.

Signed and numbered limited-edition print makes a zesty gift.
Signed and numbered limited-edition print makes a zesty gift.

It’s a limited-edition print. I’ll sign and number each copy and include a grandiose certificate of authenticity with each print to document its pedigree.

Image will be bumped slightly into the surface of an all-cotton sheet.
Image will be bumped slightly into the surface of an all-cotton sheet.

Obviously, the Chili-Making print makes a perfect gift. Think about getting extras for any friend who:

• Sailed with Columbus
• Cultivates chili peppers
• Cooks in a bold style
• Likes spicy food
• Practices witchcraft
• Collects early-Renaissance prints
• Needs artwork to enliven his or her kitchen

I’ve included pledge levels to make it easy to get extras. If you need more than 10, let me know.

SCHEDULE

When will you receive your rewards? I feel safe promising the end of May. There’s a lot of printing, inspecting, signing, mat cutting, and packing to do once the project closes. I’ll push to make it sooner.

SHIPPING

Free shipping in USA. If you live in the United States, there’s no additional charge to deliver your reward to your door.

International shipping. We apply the amount we’ve budgeted for U.S. postage to international orders, so international sponsors only need to pay the extra amount beyond what a U.S. order costs. Kickstarter will apply that cost when you make your pledge.

In some countries, customs duties may be applied to print shipments. I have no way of predicting if they’ll apply to your shipment. Customs inspections are all very arbitrary and willy-nilly. Most shipments slide through without any extra duties, but a few sponsors may find that a customs fee has been slapped on. I can’t predict it or avoid it.

Pay attention. If you are an international sponsor and receive a tracking number when we ship, track your package daily to make sure it doesn’t get hung up in the system and returned to me. Don’t just assume it will show up at your door. Shipments have a way of getting stalled when they are nearly at your house, and monitoring the status of the tracking number allows you to intervene promptly—before the authorities send the package back.

If you don’t want to bother with a custom framer, you can pop the matted print into any sufficiently majestic, standard 11"x14" frame.
If you don’t want to bother with a custom framer, you can pop the matted print into any sufficiently majestic, standard 11"x14" frame.

 

 Who’s the artist? Chili Making is the work of Don Moyer. I’m a retired graphic designer. I draw in my sketchbook each day in an effort to make myself laugh. When a sketch seems like it might make a good project, I use Kickstarter to find supporters for a production run. You may have seen my Calamityware, letterpress prints, designs on silk, or other Kickstarter projects. This is my 33rd Kickstarter project.

Two of the sketchbook pages that led to the Chili-Making print.
Two of the sketchbook pages that led to the Chili-Making print.

 

You can see Don’s daily sketches, doodles, experiments, and mistakes on display on Flickr.

Updates and progress reports. Sponsors of this project will receive periodic updates through Kickstarter as the project unfolds but not so often that you think I’m a pest.

Questions? Send me your questions and if I know the answer, I’ll add the Q and A to the FAQ section of this page.

Kickstarter has made a lot of strange products possible.
Kickstarter has made a lot of strange products possible.

Leftovers from my previous Kickstarter projects are available while supplies last at www.calamityware.com. Not only is this a good place to find some unusual gifts, but it is the only place you’ll find the world’s greatest shower curtain.

Don Moyer, Pittsburgh, March 5, 2018

Risks and challenges

I think the Chili-Making letterpress print is a low-risk project. The design is done. Proofing is done. Printing should be uneventful. When the printing is done, I need to sit down and sign the prints and pack them for shipment. I’ve done all this before on previous Kickstarter projects, so I don’t expect any surprises. It’s just drudgery and coffee breaks.

I assure you, you’ll get updates along the way so you know exactly what’s going on.

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    A: One Chili-Making letterpress print

    One letterpress print on acid-free paper. Signed, numbered, matted, and shipped flat with a certificate of authenticity. Free shipping in USA.

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    B: Two Chili-Making letterpress prints

    Two letterpress prints on acid-free paper. Signed, numbered, matted, and shipped flat with certificates of authenticity. Free shipping in USA.

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    C: 10 Chili-Making letterpress prints

    Ten letterpress prints on acid-free paper. Signed, numbered, matted, and shipped flat with certificates of authenticity. Free shipping in USA.

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