The 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar is a year-long expedition to chart the uncommon pulse of the connections between us, transformed into strangely wondrous sentient beings and worlds through the intricate carving of paper.
Now (October 10, 2016), every reward tier includes a Year of the Rooster Desktop Wallpaper set! The polls are open now to vote on your favorite color scheme from among these 4.
The wallpaper will be available for download, in a variety of sizes, a bit after the campaign ends - I'll be prioritizing shipping of the calendars and physical rewards, but this will soon follow!
But that's not all! When I've finished the Year of the Rooster LaserCut, I'll be making a wallpaper set from that as well, and including it in the bundle.
Oh yeah, I'm adding a reward tier just for the wallpapers. Enjoy!
Thanks for joining me one more time in a celebration of imagination and the wondrous, textured, transient beauty of paper and the images that it can be shaped into.
The 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar is filled to bursting with favorite art created entirely from paper (and often wood) - 16 rich and gorgeous images to inspire you each and every day of the next year. It includes both American and Japanese holidays, along with plenty of space for you to write the stuff that you keep forgetting to check your phone for.
Another New Cover?
I'm hoping to make this year special with a new cover celebrating the Year of the Rooster. Just in case it doesn't print as well as I'd like, I'm happy to fall back on We All Laugh Together, one of the most popular pieces from years past.
- $3500 - 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 Rooster limited edition Laser Cut Print (I'm designing it right now!).
- ** $15k - Last year I really wanted to make the Year of the Monkey Laser Cut Print, but we fell a bit short. I'd love to get the chance to carve this simian. Shipment would be separate in 2017
The 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar
Limited Edition Laser Cut Prints
Limited to only 200 pieces; these Laser Cuts are intricately designed and powerful in their simplicity. All are signed and numbered by the artist. Frame not included.
If we're super-lucky, I'll be adding the Year of the Rooster Laser Cut print to the pool. Check out the stretch goals above.
Open Edition Giclée Prints
Right Now, there are 22 prints: See them here. I plan to make 1 or 2 more prints available (TBD - better images coming soon). Frame not included.
The Postcard Packs
Each pack contains 5 full-color 10x15cm postcards (it's close to 4x6") featuring papery goodness.
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!)
What Happens Next?
Even before we pass our goal, I'll prep the calendar with 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 Rooster Laser Cut Print right now. I'll post sketches, drawings, and updates as I progress.
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). They also include the cost of packaging for safe shipment all over the world from here in Fukuoka, Japan.
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. We're still packing and shipping everything by hand here. The local Post Office never quite knows how to handle us every November.
About the Creator
I'm a cut paper artist and educator living with my wife and brand new daughter in Fukuoka, Japan.
I've been making art since right around the year 2000, and honing the paper cutting skills used in this project since first moving to Japan almost 10 years ago.
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.
I would be remiss to leave out all of the amazing washi and chiyogami 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.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave
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 & some images need to be changed. I've created 3 Laser Cut Prints over the past few 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 3 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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