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The 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar: Your annual recommended supply of paper, art, and imagination. Now with sheep!
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Update | New "Year of the Sheep" LaserCut Rewards!  Ram T-shirt!

Thanks everyone!  I'm thrilled to announce that we have reached all our stretch goals (or close enough anyways).  New reward tiers have been added!

Please scroll down to the REWARDS section for details on updating your reward selection (plus, there are new Add-Ons.  And a GIF!).

Check out the video for our t-shirt design prototype, available now

We're back!  The amazing response to last year's campaign was a huge and amazing surprise.  It's not possible to adequately express our gratitude to everyone who contributed to the 2014 Calendar Campaign, so we're doing our best to make this year's campaign even better!  Imagination-fuel, gorgeous handmade papers, and eye-popping art are right this way.

 About the Calendar

The 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar collects 12 favorite images created entirely from paper (and occasionally wood) to fire your imagination throughout 2015 and beyond. It includes both American and Japanese holidays, and there's plenty of space for you to write down all the things that fill your life. 

Paper serves as both the inspiration and medium for my artwork.  Each piece is painstakingly sketched, cut, and layered (then often affixed  to wood).  No paint, no ink, just lush, textural paper; especially handmade Japanese washi and chiyogami.  It's still a wonder to see images and ideas plucked from my mind take papery form. 

Thanks for checking out my project.  I hope you'll join us!

Vote for More Art!

Ever since the Calendar Campaign debuted here on Kickstarter, it has been my honor to express my gratitude to the backers by including their names on the calendar's "Thank-you Page". Long story short, we've had to end that tradition.

On the plus side, Two more pages have opened up for new, never before seen (in the calendar) artwork. I've narrowed the choice down to 5 great images. Now, it's up to you to tell us your 2 favorites.

Vote for the Art for the More Art! pages

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The Art

(more images coming soon!)

Stretch Goals

Should we be lucky enough to surpass our goal, it will allow us to refill our supplies of rewards, knock out a bigger print run of calendars, PLUS we've got some very cool ideas to make this project even more fun!

Reached!, reprinting Postcard Pack 4

Reached!!, Stickers Thank-you gift. As backers increase, the stickers shall get bigger and more numerous (I'd like to offer 3)

Reached!!! the Year of the Sheep (er...it's a Ram) limited edition Laser Cut Print. see Rewards below

Reached!!!! - Ram T-Shirt!

The Rewards

The 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar 

The Calendar is the main goal.   It's a great way to experience the wonder of paper artwork throughout the year.  Happily, the ¥en has held steady this year, so reward levels are still friendly!

The Ram T-shirt

sample image:  size and design may vary slightly from image
sample image: size and design may vary slightly from image

This t-shirt features the Year of the Sheep Ram half-face design from this year's LaserCut on both front and back, including all of the Kamon family emblems and traditional Japanese design elements you could desire.  Available in charcoal grey from United Athle Japan (english-ish), it is my first foray into clothing.  The plan is to produce 100, at least in our first shot.

T-shirts are 100% cotton, and are available in unisex sizes XS, S, M, L, XL & XXL

Note:  Japanese sizes differ slightly from US / European sizes. For example, Japanese style shirts aren't as long as current US styles.  Please check the size chart.

Limited Edition Laser Cut Prints

Cut-by-Cut creation of the "Year of the Sheep" LaserCut Print
Cut-by-Cut creation of the "Year of the Sheep" LaserCut Print

The "Year of the Sheep" limited edition LaserCut

Thanks to everyone for helping us reach our LaserCut stretch goal again this year!

As with all my lasercuts, there will never be more than 200; 100 have been set aside for Kickstarter backers. As a special thank-you, I'm thrilled to chop $20 off of the usual asking price until the end of the campaign.

The cut-by-cut creation of the Year of the Sheep LaserCut The cut-by-cut creation of the Year of the Sheep LaserCut

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Intricately designed & gorgeous in their simplicity, both the Year of the Horse and the Year of the Snake lasercuts are signed and numbered by the artist. Frame not included.

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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

All Open-Edition Gicleés are printed with 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. Please check out the 17 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).  Frame not included.

Add Ons

By popular demand!   Please check the chart below and add the price of the item(s) to your current pledge amount. In the post-campaign survey, you'll be able to specify your add-on items.

Want a reward you don't see?  Have Questions? Contact me!

Where the Money Goes

Printing and shipping and boxes. 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 reward 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. Last year, we bumped our order to 1000 calendars. Happily, printing is more-or-less a fixed cost. Shipping, however keeps reaching for the sky.

What Happens Next?

The calendar portion is coming along nicely. The basic design will be the same as last year's, including the Tiger cover. Of course, the dates need changing. I've already picked out which images will be retired. I'm also prepping the art for the freebie stickers and the t-shirt.

Special Thanks

My deepest appreciation to my good friend,Patrick Washburn.  Not only did he make it possible for me to become aWobblehead, but he also will be handling the conversion process that makes the Laser Cut Prints possible!

I would be remiss to leave out all of the amazing washi paper makers scattered throughout Japan.  Although I cannot name them all here, without their work, this art wouldn't be half as colorful as it is.

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges associated with any creative project. The last few years have been big learning experiences, and I've realized that obstacles can pop up in the most surprising places. Happily, with a little determination they can also be overcome.

I already have a relationship with the calendar's (and postcards') publisher, and have much of the artwork optimized for their press. The calendar itself is laid-out, and only dates & some images need to be changed. Creating the second lasercut print was a much smoother endeavor than the first. Tokyo Shiki is a pleasure to work with.

Last year, the "Thank-you" gift was a set of magnets. They were surprisingly expensive in bulk, and a not so much fun to ship. This year, we are avoiding rewards that might worry Post Office workers.

The only real complication comes from my plan to visit the US for 10 days or so this October. While I can't control what happens to the airplane, I do intend to get as much preparation as possible done before I begin traveling. I hope to place orders right after landing in Japan, if not sooner. 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 wouldn't affect the backers.

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    POSTCARDS (A FEW) | one set of 5 thrilling 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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    POSTCARDS (A LOT) | You receive all 20 colorful cut-paper art postcards from Postcard Packs 1, 2, 3 & 4 plus mention in the "Special Thanks" section on my website. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    THE 2015 CUT PAPER ART CALENDAR | Enjoy 12 months & a ton of paper art with the 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar plus mention in the "Special Thanks" section on my website. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    **NEW** RAM T-SHIRT | Wear art plus mention in the "Special Thanks" section on my website. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    CALENDAR + 20 POSTCARDS | Enjoy 12 months of the 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar + You receive all 20 cut-paper art postcards from Postcard Packs 1, 2, 3 & 4 + mention on the "Special Thanks" section of 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 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar + mention on the "Special Thanks" section of my website. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    **NEW** THE 2015 CUT PAPER ART CALENDAR + RAM T-SHIRT | Wear art while gazing upon the 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar plus mention in the "Special Thanks" section on my website. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    2015 CALENDAR + OPEN EDITION GICLÉE PRINT | Enjoy 12 months of the 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar + your choice of any 1 Open Edition Giclée Print + mention on the "Special Thanks" section of my website. (includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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    2 CALENDARS + 20 POSTCARDS | 2 copies of the 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar + all 20 cut-paper art postcards from Postcard Packs 1, 2, 3 & 4 + mention on the "Special Thanks" section of my website. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    **NEW** 2015 CALENDAR + "THE YEAR OF THE Sheep" LASER CUT PRINT | Enjoy 12 months of the 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar + "The Year of the Sheep" Limited Edition Laser Cut Print + mention on the "Special Thanks" section of my website. (includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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    2015 CALENDAR + 3 OPEN EDITION GICLÉE PRINTS | Enjoy 12 months of the 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar + your choice of any 3 Open Edition Giclée Prints + mention on the "Special Thanks" section of my website. (includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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    2015 CALENDAR + One Limited Edition LASER CUT PRINT | Enjoy 12 months of the 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar + your choice of Limited Edition Laser Cut Print + mention on the "Special Thanks" section of my website. (includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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    **NEW** THE 2015 CUT PAPER ART CALENDAR + "THE YEAR OF THE SHEEP" LASER CUT PRINT + RAM T-SHIRT | Matching shirt and laser cut accompany the 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar plus mention in the "Special Thanks" section on my website. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    **NEW** 2015 CALENDAR + Set of 3 LASER CUT PRINTS | Enjoy 12 months of the 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar + "The Year of the Sheep", "The Year of the Horse" & "The Year of the Snake" Limited Edition Laser Cut Prints + mention on the "Special Thanks" section of my website. (includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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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 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar + mention on the "Special Thanks" section of my website. (The calendar ships Dec. 2014, 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 2015 Cut Paper Art Calendar + mention on the "Special Thanks" section of my website. (The calendar ships Dec. 2014, the artwork follows when completed. unframed. includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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