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A celebration of the imagination, transformed into strangely wondrous beings and worlds, all in intricately cut paper.
A celebration of the imagination, transformed into strangely wondrous beings and worlds, all in intricately cut paper.
96 backers pledged $4,127 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Update:

click through to vote on your favorite wallpaper cover
click through to vote on your favorite wallpaper cover

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!

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Welcome Back!

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.

Stretch Goals

  • $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 Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rewards

The 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar

The full-color A4 size (around 8 1/4 x 12 inches, or 16 1/2 inches high when open)  wall calendar is the main goal and reward, and a fantastic way to share the wonder of art throughout the year.
The full-color A4 size (around 8 1/4 x 12 inches, or 16 1/2 inches high when open) wall calendar is the main goal and reward, and a fantastic way to share the wonder of art throughout the year.

 

interior pic of the 2016 calendar (sorry about the quality).  Layout will be the same.
interior pic of the 2016 calendar (sorry about the quality). Layout will be the same.

 

Limited Edition Laser Cut Prints

Year of the Horse limited edition Laser Cut Print - click to enlarge
Year of the Horse limited edition Laser Cut Print - click to enlarge

 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.

Year of the Ram limited edition Laser Cut Print - click to enlarge
Year of the Ram limited edition Laser Cut Print - click to enlarge

 

Year of the Snake limited edition Laser Cut Print - click to enlarge
Year of the Snake limited edition Laser Cut Print - click to enlarge

 

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.
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.

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.

Postcard Pack 1
Postcard Pack 1

 

Postcard Pack 2
Postcard Pack 2

 

Postcard Pack 3
Postcard Pack 3

 

Postcard Pack 4
Postcard Pack 4

 

Postcard Pack 5 ~layout not final~
Postcard Pack 5 ~layout not final~

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. (Please pay special attention to whether additional express shipping charges are needed - thanks!)

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

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.

Special Thanks

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.

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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.

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    Thank you!

    A heap of heartfelt Thanks for your support!

    Enjoy some dizzyingly wild chicken desktop wallpapers.

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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, or 5. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    The 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar

    Enjoy 12 months + 2 bonus pages of paper art with the 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    • Early Bird • Calendar Special

    Enjoy 12 months + 2 bonus pages of paper art with the 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar plus, as a special thanks to the first 25 people, your choice of a set of 5 astonishing cut-paper art postcards. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    Postcards • All the Postcards

    All 25 mind-melting cut-paper art postcards from Postcard Packs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    Calendar Couplet

    Never feel uninspired with 2 copies of the 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    The Calendar and all the Cards

    Delve into the mysteries of the 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar + You receive all 25 cut-paper art postcards from Postcard Packs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. (includes shipping anywhere in the world)

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    2017 Calendar + Print

    Bask in the warm glow of the 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar + your choice of any 1 sensuous Open Edition Giclée Print. (includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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    2017 Calendar + 3 Prints

    Revel in a plethora of paper art with the 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar + your choice of any 3 rich, lustrous Open Edition Giclée Prints. (includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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    2017 Calendar + Laser Cut

    Luxuriate in the pure imagination of the 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar + your choice of stunning Limited Edition Laser Cut Print. (includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

    Due to the limited nature of the lasercuts, I'm keeping this reward limit low. After this reward is filled, Lasercuts will be available as add-ons until supply runs out.

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    Hagaki Art Collector

    Commission an original postcard-sized (10x15cm / about 4 x 6") piece of cut-paper art for your collection + the intriguing 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar.

    (The calendar ships Dec. 2015, the Hagaki follows when completed. unframed. includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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    Art Connoisseur

    Commission me to create an original 6 x 9 (approx.) inch-sized piece of cut-paper art for your permanent collection + the thrilling 2017 Cut Paper Art Calendar.

    (The calendar ships Dec. 2015, the artwork follows when completed. unframed. includes EMS priority shipping anywhere in the world)

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