Thanks to the amazing fans on Kickstarter for helping us achieve all of our goals last year! We are thrilled to have another chance to share with you the wonder and imagination, intricate details and tactile textures of breathtaking cut paper art.
Check Below for the Year of the Monkey Laser Cut Print design. It's a work-in-progress drawing, but is a pretty good representation of what the final art will be (if we make the $5000 stretch goal!).
About the Calendar
The 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar showcases a bounty of eye-popping images created entirely from paper (and quite possibly wood) - 16 pieces in total including 2 bonus art pages - to enthrall you for the next 366 days* and beyond. It includes both American and Japanese holidays, along with plenty of space for you to fill it with all the things that make life special.
I can't help but love making art from paper - these days, mostly handmade Japanese washi and chiyogami papers that I scour the countryside for. Often layered onto a beautiful wood base, each piece is drawn, cut, layered, and assembled into lush, textural images. No paint, no ink, just paper and the wild worlds of my imagination.
Thanks for checking out my project. I hope you'll join us!
* it's true, we checked!
Vote for Art!
Each year, I switch out a couple pieces of art to keep the Cut Paper Art Calendar fresh. This year sees the biggest change so far, with 1/3 of the months turning over, plus 2 new images on the bonus pages.
Each piece is one of my favorites in some way, which makes it darned hard to choose among them. This year, I'm hoping you can help me pick the artwork for August and September. We've narrowed the choices down to four pieces. With your help, we'll cut that in half, and make a calendar you can love even more. Voting ends October 1, 2015.
If, with your help, we exceed our goal, it will allow us to refill our supplies of rewards, knock out a bigger print run of calendars, PLUS we can make some new goodies for you to enjoy!
• $3000 - Postcard Pack 5! It's been a while since we've printed any new postcards. The time is ripe! If we reach this goal, 5 new cards will be available to choose as a reward / add-on.
• $4000 - We'll reprint whichever postcards are running low (there's a popular jungle cat who has been disappearing into the underbrush, for example).
• $5000 - The Year of the Monkey limited edition Laser Cut Print (I'm designing it right now!).
The 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar
The Calendar is the main reward - share in the wonder of cut paper art throughout 2016. Thanks to the weak ¥en, I've even been able to nibble down the cost a tad!
Limited Edition Laser Cut Prints
Limited to only 200 pieces; these Laser Cuts are intricately designed, gorgeous in their simplicity, yet bold and powerful. The Year of the Ram, Year of the Horse, and Year of the Snake Laser Cuts are signed and numbered by the artist. Frame not included.
If we're super-lucky, I'll be adding the Year of the Monkey Laser Cut print to the pool. Check out the stretch goals above.
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. There are 20 prints currently available: See them here. I plan to make perhaps 2 more prints available (tho I haven't selected which images yet). Frame not included.
The Postcard Packs
Each pack contains 5 full-color 10x15cm postcards (it's close to 4x6") featuring papery goodness.
Postcard Pack 1
Postcard Pack 2
Postcard Pack 3
Postcard Pack 4
Postcard Pack 5 • Stretch Goal!
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. (Please pay special attention to whether additional express shipping charges are needed - thanks!)
Where the Money Goes
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 (giclée paper and ink, laser cutting, etc). 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. Packing is done by the hands of myself and my wife.
What Happens Next?
Once we pass our goal, I'll lay out the calendar, fixing the dates and images. The basic design will be the same as last year's, but there's a whole new cover and new bonus art.
I'm sketching out the Year of the Monkey Laser Cut Print right now. I'll post sketches, drawings, and updates as I progress.
Postcard Pack 5 will be designed, cleaned up, and sent to the printer for proofing and printing (if we meet our stretch goal, of course).
Most importantly, thank you! Without you and the rest of the backers here on Kickstarter, there would be no calendar, and a whole lot less people would get the chance to see and enjoy my work.
My heartfelt appreciation goes to my good friend, Patrick Washburn. Patrick (weirdly, most of my friends in Japan are named Patrick...) designed the wobblehead doll template that owed me to build myself out of paper. He also helps me convert raster files into vector files - without which there would be no laser cuts. If I had to do it...I shudder to think.
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') printshop, and have a good chunk of the artwork optimized for their press. The calendar itself is laid-out, although dates & 6 images need to be changed. I've created 3 Laser Cut Prints over the past 3 years, so navigating the intricacies and parameters of that endeavor are a lot more familiar. Tokyo Shiki is always pleasure to work with.
My goal is to ship everything in time for the holidays. For the past 2 years we've happily succeeded in that goal. Even if we do so well that shipping time gets tight, I'm confident we can make it happen.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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