Kupjack Miniature Rooms Book
Kupjack Miniature Rooms Book
To publish a high-quality coffee table art book depicting 72 of our favorite miniature rooms created by Eugene and Henry Kupjack
To publish a high-quality coffee table art book depicting 72 of our favorite miniature rooms created by Eugene and Henry Kupjack Read more
About this project
To create a high-quality coffee table book depicting 72 of the over 600 miniature rooms created in the studio by my father, Eugene Kupjack and me, Henry Kupjack. To spread our love for miniatures and historical spaces into living room across the world!
As Thomas Hoving, former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, said about Kupjack miniatures, “[They] seem to merge the experience of age with the magic of childhood.” We believe that miniatures offer something for everyone: they have the power to enchant, to delight, to educate, and to realize fully (albeit in smaller form) a time and a place that has been lost to history.
Moreover, the community of miniature artists, collectors, and hobbyists is growing rapidly, and deserves to see this type of work accepted worldwide. Drawing on the well-known Kupjack name (with miniature rooms on permanent display at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and a number museums elsewhere), we hope that the coffee table book can raise awareness and appreciation of miniatures as a folk art form.
Why a Coffee Table Book?
Most of the best-known miniature rooms, from the Kupjack Rooms to the Thorne Rooms, can only be seen in museums or traveling art exhibitions. This means that many people who don’t live near a museum exhibiting these rooms might never have a chance to see the rooms up close. By publishing a high-quality coffee table book and making it available worldwide, we can bring the miniature room experience to those who can’t come to it!
For a long time, few people published coffee table books of miniature rooms, because in a photographed image the room often looks normal-sized. However, recent innovations in large-format photography allow us to capture the intricacy of the miniature rooms’ design, while maintaining the 1:12 scale that delights all those who see them in real life.
Why Should I Back This Project?
-Because you love miniatures, or love someone who loves miniatures.
-Because you think that teaching kids and adults about history through a detailed look at how people lived in the past is a pretty nifty idea.
-Because you’re fed up with all this talk about Kindles and iPads, and you think people need to remember the feel of a good, hefty book before it’s too late.
-Because you believe the arts are meant to be shared by all!
When Will the Book Be Done?
If we meet our project goal, we expect to start shipping both the soft cover and hard cover edition in November 2013 - just in time for holiday gifts.
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Risks and challenges
Why So Much?
Unfortunately, large-format photography is a major undertaking that requires purchasing new equipment and overhauling our studio for the duration of the shoot. In addition, more archival research must be done to ensure that the historical summaries are as rich and accurate as possible. Then there’s formatting and design, printing, binding, shipping, distributing, and all the other costs that go along with producing a book we can all be proud of!
We have selected a printing house, a photographer, and graphic designer and we are ready to begin - this Kickstarter format means our project goal is all or nothing so the biggest challenge right now is reaching that amount.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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