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Expand your art collection with a bustling swarm of urban cephalopods.
Expand your art collection with a bustling swarm of urban cephalopods.
Expand your art collection with a bustling swarm of urban cephalopods.
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Octopedestrians Letterpress Print

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My sketchbooks mysteriously filled with beguiling, urban octopuses.
My sketchbooks mysteriously filled with beguiling, urban octopuses.

A few months ago, I became infected with a mysterious urge to draw octopuses. I couldn’t get enough of their big eyes, sinuous tentacles, and languid poses. Now I’m ready to share my pointless obsession with you! 

Could you use more whimsy in your art collection? If enough sponsors pledge, we can justify a production run to print my Octopedestrians drawing on heavy, museum-quality paper that you can frame.

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Expand your art collection with wily cephalopods.

Fine art. Sponsors will get a letterpress print in rich black on a 12"x16" sheet of Crane’s Lettra white—an acid-free, 100 percent cotton, 300 gsm sheet produced by the same paper mill that makes paper for U.S. bank notes. The image is approximately 9"x13" and will be lovingly bumped into the paper’s surface by master printer, Bryce Knudson of Bjørn Press.

This print is the same size and on the same paper as the Sea Monster Jamboree print I produced last year. (Those rare collectibles are now impossible to acquire.)

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

The whole oddly attractive image.
The whole oddly attractive image.

Flabbergasting gift. Obviously, the Octopedestrian print makes a superb gift. It’s especially appropriate for friends who are oceanographers, seafood lovers, or invertebrates. A perfect housewarming gift for someone moving to a new city. So consider getting more than one.

Bedizener? If you are an adult-coloring-book enthusiast, you might enjoy getting out your pencils, pens, and brushes to embellish this scene. You’ll probably discover that it is the most luxurious paper you’ve ever had the pleasure to color.

Image will be impressed into the surface of the sheet just like the earlier sea monster print.
Image will be impressed into the surface of the sheet just like the earlier sea monster print.
 

Because I love my Kickstarter supporters, I plan to include a flabbergasting, unexpected, astonishing, surprise, mystery bonus gift with each print. I’m not going to tell you what it is, but you’re going to think I’m wonderful. I will bask in adulation.

When will you receive your rewards? I think it could be as early as March. There’s a lot of printing, inspecting, signing, and packing to do once the project closes. But the opportunities for fiascoes are relatively narrow. (I can’t believe I just typed that. Has experience taught me nothing? Remember, Don, the range of things that can go wrong is always infinite.)

Even if everything goes wrong, I can’t imagine prints being delivered later than May. (Again?) You can help by answering the Kickstarter address survey quickly when requested and making sure all your address details are accurate when the time comes.

International shipping. The Octopedestrians letterpress print can ship anywhere in the world. Orders outside the U.S. have a postage charge that varies depending on where the package is going. International postage costs are shockingly high. But for a treasured heirloom that may last generations, you might be able to justify the expense.

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.

WHAT ABOUT MORE CALAMITYWARE PLATES?

Yes, more Calamityware designs are coming in 2016—bowls, small plates, and big dinner plates. I don’t want to launch any of those projects until I have perfect prototypes...soon I hope. I’m working on making them perfect before I share them with you.

Watch for email updates or like the Calamityware Facebook page for fresh news. Meanwhile, if you have gaps in your Calamityware plate collection or need gifts, visit Calamityware.com. You’ll find BADbandanas, jigsaw puzzles, and other foolishness there too.

Risks and challenges

I think the Octopedestrians 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. Even if lots of things go wrong, I can’t see how this can stretch beyond May. But, in the past, fate has rebuked my optimism with astonishing swiftness.

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

I promise you, I will share updates to let you know what’s going on and I won’t rest until you all get your rewards.

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    Ten Octopedestrians letterpress prints on acid-free cotton sheet. A marvelous collection of peripatetic, urban octopuses. Signed and numbered and shipped flat. Includes ten surprise bonus gifts. Also includes an unframed, original octopus drawing from Don’s sketchbook. Free shipping in USA.

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