About this project
Update | New Year of the Horse Lasercut Rewards
Thanks to the amazing support of the backers, I'm thrilled to announce that we have met all of our stretch goals! The Year of the Horse limited edition Lasercut has been added to the reward tiers. We are also allowing a few Custom Rewards for those who don't see their perfect tier
Please scroll down to the REWARDS section for details on updating your reward selection.
Last year, thanks to the amazing contributions of Kickstarter's fans, we met all of our wildest goals. This year, our fingers are crossed to repeat that success and share even more imagination, wonder and the textured, transient beauty of paper.
About the Calendar
The 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar is a compilation of 12 favorite images created entirely from paper (and occasionally wood), to inspire you each and every day of the next year. It includes both American and Japanese holidays, and there's plenty of space for you to fill it with all the things you love to do.
I love making art from paper. Just paper and, more-and-more often these days, a beautiful wood base. No paint, no ink, just (mostly) handmade Japanese washi and chiyogami - intricately sketched, cut, layered, and glued together into images and ideas yanked from the depths of my mind.
Thanks for checking out my project. I hope you'll join us!
First, I'm deep into making one final piece of art for the calendar: a white horse companion piece to the black horse (below, or in video). 2014 is the Year of the Horse, so one or both of these pieces will greet you when you open the calendar to January. I'll be sharing work-in-progress updates as the project moves along.
The calendar portion is coming along nicely as well. The basic design will be the same as last year's. Of course, the dates need changing - that'll happen as soon as we hop over the goal line. Then, I'll switch out one or two of the older images and off to the printer we go.
2014 seems like the right time to change the cover image, doesn't it? In my own little way, I've been self-publishing the calendar since 2008, always with the same cover. As much as I love those mysterious owls, it feels like time for something new, and we're hoping you can help us choose an amazing cover image that will lead us through the next few years!
We've narrowed the choice down to three of our favorite images (note: the designs below are early concepts; although we will use the image which gets the most votes, the overall design might change).
Pick The Art for the 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar Cover Image!
Click on the link above to choose one of these 3 images for the cover:
Where the Money Goes
Printing mostly. The pledges you make cover the cost of printing the full-color A4 size wall calendar (around 8 1/4 x 12 inches, or 16 1/2 inches high when open). It also includes the cost of packaging for safe shipment all over the world from here in Fukuoka, Japan, and the shipping costs for all your rewards (unless otherwise noted).
If we go over the goal, the excess will go to re-printing postcards and purchasing more rewards materials. The goal covers printing 100 calendars, so if we get more than 100 backers, we will need to up our order to 250 calendars, and so on.
Should we be lucky enough to surpass our goal, it will allow us to refill our supplies of rewards, print a larger cache of calendars, PLUS we've got some very cool ideas to make this project even more fun!
*Reached!!* If we reach $3,000, the extra support will go to reprinting Postcard Packs 1 & 2
*Reached!!* At $3,500, we'll add the first Thank you gift to all rewards which include the 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar - we're thinking of a magnet featuring my artwork (if printing's a problem, we'll go with a sticker instead).
*Reached!!* $5,000 will allow us to create the Year of the Horse limited edition Laser Cut Print. There will be 200 made in total, half of which will be offered as a new reward tier for a nice discount.
*Reached!!* If we get super-lucky, at $6,500 and again at $7,500 we'll add a second and a third Thank you gift to all rewards which include the 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar - I'm hoping to do a set of 3 magnets (or stickers)
(more images coming soon!)
The 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar
The Calendar is the main reward - a wonderful way to share in the paper artwork you enjoy all year long. Thanks to the weakening ¥en, I've even been able to drop the cost of many of the rewards a little!
NEW | The Year of the Horse Limited Edition LaserCut Print
The Year of the Horse Limited Edition Lasercut Print is now available as a reward selection.
100 signed and numbered LaserCuts have been earmarked for Kickstarter backers. As thanks for your support, these limited editions are being made available at 50% off of the usual asking price for a limited time (see below). You must be a backer to take advantage of this price.
Basic YOH Reward Tiers
There are 3 Basic Reward Tiers available for the YOH LaserCut (Year of the Horse LaserCut)
- $75 | (1) 2014 calendar + YOH LaserCut
- $90 | (1) 2014 calendar + 20 PostCards + YOH LaserCut
- $95 | (2) 2014 calendars + YOH LaserCut
IF one of the Basic Reward Tiers fits what you want perfectly, please update your Pledge and change you Reward Selection appropriately.
Custom YOH Rewards
IF the Basic YOH Reward Tiers don't meet you needs, Don't Worry! It's (kinda) easy to select a Custom YOH Reward.
- Contact me through Kickstarter (NOT a comment). Let me know which rewards you would like to receive. If you don't see your special reward listed below, I'll let you know how much to pledge.
- Update Your Pledge to the full amount
- Change Your Reward to one of the Basic YOH Reward Tiers. Please choose whichever is closest to what you want. (i.e.: if you want the Lasercut + 1 calendar + 1 print, please choose the (1) 2014 calendar + YOH LaserCut tier)
- Remind Me about your custom reward on the Backer Survey you receive after the campaign ends.
And that's all!
Custom Reward Pledges
Here are some pledge amounts for custom rewards. These should cover most requests. If you don't see yours, please contact me.
- $100 | (1) 2014 calendar + (1) giclée print + YOH LaserCut
- $110 | (2) 2014 calendars + 20 Postcards + YOH LaserCut
- $140 | (1) 2014 calendar + (3) giclée prints + YOH LaserCut
- $150 | (1) 2014 calendar + Snake LaserCut + YOH LaserCut
The period of availability for the Year of the Horse Lasercuts - at the discounted price to backers - ends November 30, 2013.
It just seemed like the nice thing to do so all the backers who want one can get one (seeing as the campaign ends 10/7/2013). This offer is only available to backers.
If you decide to add the horse lasercut to your reward package after Oct. 7th, 2013:
- please send me a message through Kickstarter.
- Additional payments must be made through Paypal.
- If your original reward has already shipped, additional shipping will be necessary.
- I'll send you a message letting you know the balance due, and your reward(s) will ship after payment has been received.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.
The Postcard Packs
Each pack contains 5 full-color 10x15cm postcards (it's close to 4x6") featuring papery goodness. for details, check here.
Postcard Pack 1
Postcard Pack 2
Postcard Pack 3
Postcard Pack 4
Open Edition Giclée Prints
Images Coming Soon! For now, please check out the 13 prints currently available on my Website's Print Page. I plan to make perhaps 2 more prints available (tho I haven't selected which images yet).
Limited Edition Laser Cut Prints
Based on 2013's chinese zodiac animal original artwork, Among the Petals a White Serpent, The Year of the Snake Laser Cut Print is an intricately designed example of the beauty of simplicity. Each is signed and numbered by the artist. Frame not included.
If we meet our stretch goal, a second laser cut print for the Year of the Horse will join the list of possible rewards. Want a reward you don't see? Drop me a line and I'll see what can do!
No project like this is ever successful without the contributions of a bunch of people - first and foremost the backers.
My deepest appreciation to my namesake, Patrick Washburn. Not only did he create the template for the Wobblehead dolls, and let me offer them as a reward, but he also will be handling the conversion process that makes the Laser Cut Prints possible!
Also, my gratitude to the guys at Shinakiya, a great shop for all kinds of beautiful Japanese wood. Without them, my work would be a lot less special.
Find out more...
To find out more or check out my work, hop on over to my website.
My blog PaperCuts has my newest work and news.
I'll be posting more art from the Calendar periodically, along with work-in-progress updates. Should we be lucky enough to exceed the goal, bonus rewards and loftier targets shall follow!
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges associated with any creative project. Last year was a big learning experience - especially with the Laser Cut Print, so I'm a step or two ahead of the game.
I already have a relationship with the calendar's publisher, and have much of the artwork optimized for their press. The calendar itself is laid-out, and only dates, the cover, and a few images need to be changed. Having completed one Laser Cut Print, and finally finding an amazing company to work with on it, I'm confident this year's will go much more smoothly (if we make the stretch goal, of course).
My personal goal is to have the calendar printed in time for an exhibition I'll be holding at the end of October, which admittedly is kinda a tight schedule. The plus side of that is that it will be ready for the backers much earlier than last time and long before the new year. I'm going to be doing my best to get all of the rewards shipped in time for the holidays. If any unforeseen delays pop up, I'll try to prioritize those of you who want to give the calendar or other goodies as gifts.
The only other variable I can think of would be a sudden and drastic swing in the ¥en/Dollar exchange rate, which would make me cry, but wouldn't affect the backers much.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
2014年切絵カレンダ --> これがメインの商品です
ポストカード 5枚セット --> 各セットに５枚のフルカラーのポストカード（10x15cm）が含まれます
オープンエディションのジークレープリント --> 私のウェブサイトからご確認頂けます。現在、13点の作品があります。近々、2作品を追加する予定です
リミティッドエディションのレーザーカットプリント --> 今年の巳年にちなんで製作した蛇のレーザーカットプリント（額縁なし）
リミティッドエディションのレーザーカットプリント --> 来年の午年にちなんで製作した馬のレーザーカットプリント（額縁なし）
Limited (1 left of 1)
切絵原画（6 x 9インチ）＋2014年切絵カレンダー＋ウェブサイトとカレンダーにて「スペシャルサンクス」を記載（EMS送料込）
カスタムメイド切絵原画（8 x 10インチ／ご要望の切絵を製作します）＋2014年切絵カレンダー＋ウェブサイトとカレンダーにて「スペシャルサンクス」を記載（EMS送料込）
A Giclée is a high-quality inkjet print using, in this case, 6-color archival inks on high quality Deep PV 186 g/m2 Fine Art paper. Each is inspected and stamped with my personal hanko seal.
The paper is a thick, textured matte finish which has a depth of color and detail that normal printing cannot match. These are meant to be framed and displayed. If you want to see a closeup image, hop on over to my website's print shop and scroll down to the bottom. Check out the larger images for either the Rabbit or Tiger prints to see some detail photos (of course, the internet has less detail than the prints, but it will give you an idea). http://www.pgannon.com/pgannon_shopPrints.htm
There is no limit to Open-edition prints (unlike limited edition, which have a pre-determined finite print run). To find out more, check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giclée
Take a look at Update #1 for some photos of last year's calendar. While not exact (different cover, some different artwork, and the dates, of course), it should give you a good idea of how the color should look.
I'm using the same printing company as last year, and if I may say so myself, I think it came out great. When I share my work, I want to show it in the best possible way. The paper is called コート110kg. It has a semi-gloss coating on both sides, is excellent for color reproduction, and is about the same thickness and weight as a high quality poster. In fact, it's typically used to print posters. The cover is a heavier weight stock (135kg).
Wow. I had no idea about the local handling fees. That's terrible. EMS is handled by the Post Office here in Japan, the US, etc. and there are no handling fees. It's one of the only affordable international shipping options from Japan. I actually thought it WAS the Post Office.
If you select a reward to one which includes EMS shipping, and you don't want it, here are your options:
• First, when you respond to the backer survey, write a note to request alternate shipping. Or message me with a question.
• The simplest and cheapest approach is to ship by simple Post Office Airmail. If it is sent as a small package, registered and with insurance, then the cost is pretty much the same as with EMS. It won't be express, but shipping should take about a week.
There aren't many affordable options for shipping overseas from Japan, and I would need to pass those charges along to the backer/buyer.
***Extra shipping would need to be paid via Paypal before the package is shipped. Any special shipping request would likely ship after everything else goes out, as well.***
- UPS/DHL/FedEx only offer express services from Japan, which run in the $100-$200 range - wow.
- One of the local shippers seems to have a new overseas service. It's not express, I think. The price seems to be about $15 (which I can handle) ~ $30 (which I would need to ask the backer to partially cover). The website is Japanese only, so I can't be sure of anything without further research. And it's possible they have a partner on the other side as well, so there may be handling fees there as well.
On a hopeful ending note, I researched online a bit and found this website which may suggest a way for you to circumvent those handling fees by filling out an online customs declaration (but I have no idea if this is true or how it works): http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/5185/how-does-ems-deliver-shipments-in-your-coutry/p1
I hope that helps!
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