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The 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar:  12 months, 365 days, a dozen eye-popping art images, infinite imagination, and a whole lotta paper.
The 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar: 12 months, 365 days, a dozen eye-popping art images, infinite imagination, and a whole lotta paper.
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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.

日本語の説明については、下記のFAQをご確認ください。

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!

What's Next?

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.

The Cover

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:

1. Meeting the Neighbors
1. Meeting the Neighbors
2. From the Bamboo Forests of the Night
2. From the Bamboo Forests of the Night
3. To Breathe the Pale and Shining Moon
3. To Breathe the Pale and Shining Moon

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.

Stretch Goals

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)

The Art

(more images coming soon!)

The Rewards

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.

Instructions for updating your Pledge & Reward

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

Deadlines

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!

Special Thanks

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. 


Plus you can find me on Twitter @CutPaperNinja, or Facebook, or Pinterest, and probably a few more places I've forgotten.  Drop me a line or a tweet if you've got any questions or thoughts. 


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.

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    POSTCARDS (A FEW) | one set of 5 dazzling cut-paper art postcards. Your choice of Postcard Packs 1, 2, 3 or 4, plus mention in the "Special Thanks" section on my website. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    2 CALENDARS | Share or hoard 24 months of paper with 2 copies of the 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar + mention on the Calendar's "Special Thanks" page and website. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    **NEW** 2014 CALENDAR + "THE YEAR OF THE HORSE" LASER CUT PRINT | Enjoy 12 months of the 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar + "The Year of the Horse" Limited Edition Laser Cut Print + mention on the Calendar's "Special Thanks" page and website. (includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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    **NEW** CALENDAR + 20 POSTCARDS + "THE YEAR OF THE HORSE" LASER CUT PRINT | Enjoy the 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar + all 20 cut-paper art postcards from Postcard Packs 1, 2, 3 & 4 + "The Year of the Horse" Limited Edition Laser Cut Print + mention on the Calendar's "Special Thanks" page and website. (includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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    PETITE PAPER PERSON + 2014 CALENDAR | Get a custom-designed cut paper Wobblehead paper doll, as seen in the video! + the standard 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar + mention on the Calendar's "Special Thanks" page and website.
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    CUT PAPER HAGAKI ORIGINAL ART | An original postcard-sized (10x15cm / about 4 x 6") piece of cut-paper art for your collection + the standard 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar + mention on the Calendar's "Special Thanks" page and website. (The calendar ships Dec. 2013, the Hagaki follows when completed. unframed. includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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    YOUR ORIGINAL CUT PAPER ART (6 x 9") | I'll turn your idea or theme into a unique original 6 x 9 (approx.) inch-sized piece of cut-paper art for your permanent collection + the standard 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar + mention on the Calendar's "Special Thanks" page and website. (The calendar ships Dec. 2013, the artwork follows when completed. unframed. includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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    YOUR ORIGINAL CUT PAPER ART (8 x 10") | I'll turn your idea or theme into a unique original 8 x 10 inch-sized piece of cut-paper art for your permanent collection + the standard 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar + mention on the Calendar's "Special Thanks" page and website. (The calendar ships Dec. 2013, the artwork follows when completed. unframed. includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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