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12 images taken using electron microscopy are coloured and combined into a calendar, revealing the beauty of a microscopic world.
12 images taken using electron microscopy are coloured and combined into a calendar, revealing the beauty of a microscopic world.
66 backers pledged £2,256 to help bring this project to life.

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The Project

I am a biological electron microscopist and have worked in the field of medical research and electron microscopy for 13 years. For over a decade I have been fascinated by the tiny creatures and objects around us and how beautiful they are when viewed under an electron microscope. I want to share what I am lucky enough to see every day with others. I have used transmission and scanning electron microscopy to generate a collection of high resolution images showing bugs, pollen, cells and viruses and applied false colour to show the samples at their best. My website, www.miniaturehorizons.com shows a collection of my images. 12 of these images have been assembled into an A3 calendar for 2014.

Hairs on the abdomen of a honey bee
Hairs on the abdomen of a honey bee

What will the funds pay for?

Your support will cover the printing costs for the calendar, postcards, keyrings and fine art giclee prints of the images. Most printing companies require a minimum number of prints when publishing a calendar. The goal I have set will cover the minimum costs of printing the 500 copies of the calendar as well as the postcards, the keyrings and the fine art prints.  

What are the rewards?

The main reward is, obviously, a copy of the calendar (Please note this is available internationally!). As a supporter you will also receive acknowledgements on my website and on the inside back page of the calendar as well as copies of the images on postcards and as art prints and a new poster reward. I am also offering an afternoon (3 hour) experience on the electron microscope where I will provide basic training and help you to obtain some beautiful images for you to keep. I will also apply false colour to one of the images and provide you with a framed print. 

Cells from the lens of an eye
Cells from the lens of an eye

Will you tell us what the images show?

At the bottom of each page will be a caption detailing what the image shows and what the magnification is as well as some details of the specimen preparation. 

Calendar images, each month will have it's own page.
Calendar images, each month will have it's own page.
July layout
July layout

Can you tell me about the calendar?

The calendar will be A3 size wall calendar and will show 12 of my microscopy images, one for each month. I will also have a page at the back of the calendar showing how the samples were prepared and containing the acknowledgements, a list of names for all the wonderful people who have supported this project. 

When will we get the calendar?

I am aiming to have the calendars printed by October, so you should have the calendar in October/November, plenty of time before Christmas!

Caption competition!

As an added bonus I have included a new reward for an A4 poster featuring the best caption submitted and all rewards above this one will also receive a copy of this poster.  The image is of an ant and shown below. 

Ant, image awaiting your caption!
Ant, image awaiting your caption!

Risks and challenges

The images are already finished and selected. The format of the calendar has been finalised and will either be a dark, as shown above.

I have a printer arranged for the fine art giclee prints and have tested the quality. It is amazing, the images look almost three-dimensional. I have yet to decide which printer to use for the calendars and will get a test print done from those on my shortlist and I will select the one with the best final quality for the calendar. I will get the fine art prints framed locally and they have assured me that their turn-around time is a few days.

As always, when working with printers and external contractors, things can go wrong and be delayed. I will endeavour to keep all backers informed of any delay through social media.

The final challenge will be distribution at the end of the project. If this project is successful it will be a pleasure to meet that challenge.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $8

    Thank you for supporting this venture and your name will be included in the acknowledgements posted onto my website and the calendar to show appreciation of your contribution.

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    Your name will be included in the acknowledgements on my website and calendar and I will send you a keyring and postcard with one of the images from the calendar collection. Thank you for your support!

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    Pledge £12 or more About $18

    As well as being included in the acknowledgements on my website and calendar and receiving a keyring and postcard with one of the images from the calendar collection you will get an A4 sized poster featuring the image from our caption competition!

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    Pledge £15 or more About $23

    You will have a copy the calendar! You will also recieve a letter of thanks, a keyring and postcard and be acknowledged on my website and the calendar itself. Thank you for your support!

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    Pledge £45 or more About $69

    You will receive two calendars and 18 postcards (1 of each image from the calendar and 6 additional images not included on the calendar). You will also receive a keyring, a letter of thanks and be acknowledged on my website and the calendar. Thank you for your support!

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    Pledge £100 or more About $152

    You will receive a signed giclee art print (24"x 36") of one of the images from my collection, to be chosen by yourself. You will also receive two calendars, 12 postcards (1 of each image from the calendar), a keyring, a letter of thanks and an acknowledgement on my website and the calendar. Thank you for your support!

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    Pledge £250 or more About $381

    In addition to 4 calendars you will receive two high quality giclee limited edition prints (1/10), framed and signed (size 24" x 36" or less if you choose) of images of your choice, two full sets of 12 postcards (each set of 12 contains the images from the calendar, 1 image per postcard), a letter of thanks and will be featured on my website. you will also be acknowledged on the calendar. Thank you for your support!

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    Pledge £500 or more About $762

    You will have the opportunity to commission a microscopy session on one of the following topics, "Everyday objects", "Kitchen and food" and "Garden bugs". I will image 4 different samples from each topic, provide you with digital copies of all the images (approximately 10 per sample) and will apply false colour to an image you select. I will interact with you about the samples I will be imaging and you will be involved in selecting which ones you would micrograph of. You will receive a signed and framed giclee print of the image that you have chosen for me to colour.

    I will also take photos of the microscope and sample preparation process for you to see what happens in the lab to prepare the specimens.

    You will also receive 4 copies of the calendar, a letter of thanks and will be featured on my website and in the acknowledgement section of the calendar. Thank you for your support!

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,524

    You will receive the opportunity to come to Oxford and spend an afternoon with me on a scanning electron microscope. You will get to keep digital copies of any images taken and I will send you a framed art print (limited edition of 1) that I will false colour on your behalf and according to a colour scheme that you specify. You will also receive 4 copies of the calendar, a letter of thanks and will be featured on my website and in the acknowledgement section of the calendar.

    This reward can be for a group of up to 5 people.

    If you cannot come in person to Oxford you could either nominate another person in your stead as a gift experience or I will set up a live webcam session while operating the microscope, so that you can direct proceedings from wherever you are in the world.

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