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I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly: An exquisite handcrafted book

The first ever photo art book of butterflies photographed in flight. Museum quality archival prints stitched and bound by hand.

I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly: An exquisite handcrafted book

The first ever photo art book of butterflies photographed in flight. Museum quality archival prints stitched and bound by hand.

£1,904
pledged of 3.375 £pledged of 3.375 £ goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 29 2019 4:05 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 17, 2019

About


While a work of art is inherently unique, some pieces can also claim a historic first. I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly appears to be the first ever book published of the butterfly photographed in flight. The significance of this, as with the beauty of the butterfly, is in the eyes of the beholder. Either way, we are proud of its place in history and delighted with the result.

What has emerged from the creative chrysalis is much more than a book: it is a stunning photographic collection presented as an exhibition in your hands. Inside, the butterfly draws us into Nature’s chaotic world of wind, light and shadow, the random yet precision accuracy of its flight patterns leading us into the depths of a wonderland we think we understand.

For this collection, we are publishing a limited edition of 250 handmade books. The images, printed to the highest standard of museum archival quality, are hand-stitched and hand-bound into an elegantly crafted hardcover, then numbered, dated and signed by the artist.

The book is constructed of acid-free archival materials and housed in a matching hardcover archival slipcase, ensuring both book and photo art prints are of lasting value for generations, even centuries, to come.

Creating this level of archival quality is not just an artistic striving. It grows from the necessity and a deeply held belief in the collective will of all people to heal the earth so that tomorrow's children can continue to delight in the butterfly as a brilliant and mesmerizing aviator, a dream maker and a powerful symbol of health and love.

I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly was born on a dream, the images meditations on fragments of time. We hope you will join us in celebrating the beauty and importance of the butterfly with ownership of one of these unique books.

Oliver & Chuck East, Publisher & Photographer respectively

The Dream

"Once upon a time, I, Zhuang Zhou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Zhou.

Soon I awakened, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man." 庄子 or 莊子 Zhūangzi c.369 BC – c.286 BC

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Zhuang Zhou's timeless twist on perception and reality inspired the title of the book. With razor sharp wit and linguistic nimbleness, his dream-paradox teases us to un-see the world in absolute physical terms. Put simply, do we dream the universe or does it dream us? 

With dream-like clarity, Chuck's images reframe our perceptions of the iconic butterfly. Rather than the butterfly captured on a flower or leaf, his camera arrives at improbable intersections within the butterfly's turbo-charged, random flight labyrinth. And then equally improbably the shutter releases at the exact moment the butterfly graces the frame and crosses the focal plane ... the flight now a single point in spacetime ...  a pristine unending now.

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 The Images and The Book: I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly in a limited edition of 250 handmade books. 

I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly is an exhibition

  •  38 unique images spaciously presented over 80 pages allowing an unhurried reflection on each print.
  •  Each image printed by applying rich pigment inks to thick (278 gsm) Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, a fine art paper, creating museum-quality archival prints.  To be clear, rather than replications of exhibition quality prints, as is common to most publishing technology, this book is an exhibition of archival photographic prints. Accompanying the book is a list of the prints, each identified within a Certificate of Authenticity.
  • In addition to title page and publishing credits, there is a minimum of text selectively placed throughout the book.
  • True to an exhibit, we wanted to ensure that the eye is never drawn away from the image, thus text and images are presented on separate pages.

The book itself is an elegant, understated work of art

  • The pages hand-stitched and hand-bound. 
  • The hardcover wrapped in the superb Khadi cotton rag paper.  Individually hand moulded, it is thick, rough textured paper with excellent strength and last. 
  • The book housed in a matching hardbound slipcase.
  • The simplicity of design and rough textures are harmonious counterpoints to the images' pristine nowness.

The whole is conceived to create lasting value for future generations

  • The prints with a lifespan of 100 years and more, housed in the archival slipcase to protect from light and air pollution, extend image permanence to more than 200 years. 
  • It is a limited edition of 250 handcrafted books, each numbered, dated and signed by the artist.

I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly will be offered at £875 RRP.  Kickstarter Backers will receive a 34% discount, the book offered at £575, throughout the entire Kickstarter project.  As a launch incentive, there is an Early Butterfly Special reward for the first 4 days of the project, with 10 books offered at £475 each, an exceptional 46% discount.

#3 The butterfly draw us into Nature’s chaotic world of wind, light and shadow revealing elements that are familiar but not Nature as we imagine it.
#3 The butterfly draw us into Nature’s chaotic world of wind, light and shadow revealing elements that are familiar but not Nature as we imagine it.
#4 "I dropped a little lower, found my way further into the foliage. Deeper into the butterfly’s world where the play of wind and sun creates an ever-changing profusion of colours... a shape-shifting world of light and shadow." Chuck
#4 "I dropped a little lower, found my way further into the foliage. Deeper into the butterfly’s world where the play of wind and sun creates an ever-changing profusion of colours... a shape-shifting world of light and shadow." Chuck

The Gift

To bring his archive of the butterfly photographed in flight to a wider audience, in December 2017, I gifted Chuck - the photographer/artist and my dad - all the time, energy and TLC required to publish a book of his photographs.

Together, over the past year, we researched, soul-searched and tested extensively, seeking the optimum book format to present the work without compromise ... eventually there was only one path. And the first handcrafted book of this collection (there are three more volumes underway) is now finished and in our hands. And we are delighted with the results ... it is well beyond what we imagined or even dreamed when we began this journey.

With your support, we will give wing to this limited edition of 250 books.  Oliver

The reason for a handcrafted book

At the very heart of our search for a book format was one that could allow an uncompromising presentation of the museum quality, archival prints of these unique photographs of the butterfly in flight.  Each print of the series is rendered with rich pigment inks applied to Hahnemuhle's fine art paper ... thick, beautifully textured, fine art papers that feel good to the touch. Retaining that quality was paramount. However, most book publishing formats involve a replication of the original prints rather than binding the actual museum archival prints designed for exhibition. This approach does keep the per-book cost down ... but at what price?

We chose to keep the faith and find the format that would house the original prints. Significantly, we could continue working with Rupert Morley, whose passion for art and masterful photographic printing are reflected throughout Chuck’s work.

As if on cue, the age-old art of handcrafted books revealed itself as the right path. And we discovered the work of Rachel Ward-Sale, a professional designer bookbinder, who has run her own bindery for 35 years. Rachel's work is stunning.

Once into designing the book, the ideas that stuck were ‘stone’, ‘architecture’ and ‘space’ ... the book evolving into an architectural structure with an art exhibit waiting inside. Applying the simplest of strokes, Rachel created a book as simple and natural as a boulder resting in a meadow … a place where Zhuang Zhou might have had his butterfly dream.

Handcrafting the book - the very act of hand stitching and binding the thick signatures of Hahnemuhle art paper - completed our quest. The exhibition had found a home in I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly, the book we had dreamed about ... Zhuang Zhou might say that it was the butterfly that dreamt the book ... and us.

I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly is made rich by artists/inventors across more than 5 millennia. The papers of Hahnemuhle's mill in Germany, which has been making fine art papers for nearly 500 years, receive archival pigment inks, known by China in the middle of the 3rd Millennium BC and applied by 21st century digital printers to create unmatched image permanence in photographic prints ... photography itself an iteration of the camera obscura of ancient China.  Then, using a bookbinding tradition invented in the 1st century Roman Empire, the photographic prints are stitched and bound by hand.  

Rupert prints with a SC 20000 Epson printer with its 'Enhanced Variable Droplet Technology' delivering drops as small as 3.5 picoliters. Definition: A picoliter is a trillionth (one millionth of a millionth, or 10 to the -12th power) of a liter, which can be represented numerically as 0.000000000001/liter. Most importantly, it creates unbelievably rich, sharply focused, beds of pigment inks that can last for centuries.
Rupert prints with a SC 20000 Epson printer with its 'Enhanced Variable Droplet Technology' delivering drops as small as 3.5 picoliters. Definition: A picoliter is a trillionth (one millionth of a millionth, or 10 to the -12th power) of a liter, which can be represented numerically as 0.000000000001/liter. Most importantly, it creates unbelievably rich, sharply focused, beds of pigment inks that can last for centuries.
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag is optimally designed for richly applied archival inks, insuring image sharpness ... like all fine art paper, it feels nice to the touch.
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag is optimally designed for richly applied archival inks, insuring image sharpness ... like all fine art paper, it feels nice to the touch.
Rupert Morley applying last touches to the fine art photo prints (the actual pages of the book) before final approval and handing off to Rachel Ward-Sale, the bookbinder.
Rupert Morley applying last touches to the fine art photo prints (the actual pages of the book) before final approval and handing off to Rachel Ward-Sale, the bookbinder.
Rachel Ward-Sale, designer bookbinder, stitches the pages together by hand, a craft she has been refining over a lifetime.
Rachel Ward-Sale, designer bookbinder, stitches the pages together by hand, a craft she has been refining over a lifetime.
The stitched pages are pressed in a great industrial, iron press.
The stitched pages are pressed in a great industrial, iron press.

Hour upon hour is invested in the making of each book. When finished and approved, it is immensely satisfying to number, date and sign each book, certifying its place in the limited edition.

THE REWARDS

SHARING IS CARING  To celebrate and contribute to conservation efforts around the world, for every two prints that you pledge, we will donate one print to a nature or butterfly conservation organisation of your choice. The recipient organisation can use the prints as it wishes e.g. to archive or raise funds.

I Dreamt I was a Butterfly PDF Edition. £20

  • PDF edition of complete book

One Butterfly Takes Wing. £45

  • One 6"x10" print (152mm x 254mm), selected from the numbered images on this page, by you (#1 - 11)*
  • Printed on Hahnemuhle 308gsm Photo Rag paper
  • Museum Quality, Archival Print
  • A Certificate of Authenticity signed and dated by the artist
  •  I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly PDF edition

Two Butterflies On Wing. £70

  • Two 6"x10" prints (152mm x 254mm), selected from the numbered images on this page, by you (#1-11)*
  • Printed on Hahnemuhle 308gsm Photo Rag paper
  • Museum Quality, Archival Prints
  • A Certificate of Authenticity signed and dated by the artist
  •  I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly PDF edition

Three Butterflies On Wing. £100

  • Three 6"x10" prints (152mm x 254mm), selected from the numbered images on this page, by you (#1-11)*
  • Printed on Hahnemuhle 308gsm Photo Rag paper
  • Museum Quality, Archival Prints
  • A Certificate of Authenticity signed and dated by the artist
  •  I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly PDF edition

Four Butterflies On Wing. £130

  • Four 6"x10" prints (152mm x 254mm), selected from the numbered images on this page, by you (#1-11)*
  • Printed on Hahnemuhle 308gsm Photo Rag paper
  • Museum Quality, Archival Prints
  • A Certificate of Authenticity signed and dated by the artist
  •  I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly PDF edition

 The Book. Early Butterfly Special. At £475 for 4 days-only 10 books have been set aside at an exceptional 46% discount to Kickstarter Backers (RRP £875). Edition limited to 250 handmade books. 

  • 38 museum-quality archival prints presented over 80 pages.
  • Text is selectively placed throughout.
  • Each book hand-stitched and bound into a hardcover. 
  • The book housed in a matching handcrafted hardcover slipcase.
  • A limited edition of 250 handmade books, numbered, dated and signed by he artist.
  • Image permanence in excess of 200 years. 
  • A Certificate of Authenticity for all 38 prints signed and dated by the artist.
  •  I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly PDF edition

 The Book. I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly. At £575 - a special 34% discount to Kickstarter Backers (RRP £875). Edition limited to 250 handmade books. 

  • 38 museum-quality archival prints presented over 80 pages.
  • Text is selectively placed throughout.
  • Each book hand-stitched and bound into a hardcover. 
  • The book housed in a matching handcrafted hardcover slipcase.
  • A limited edition of 250 handmade books, numbered, dated and signed by he artist.
  • Image permanence in excess of 200 years. 
  • A Certificate of Authenticity for all 38 prints signed and dated by the artist.
  •  I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly PDF edition

The Book and Two Prints for the Price of One. £615. Edition limited to 250 handmade books. 

  • A limited edition of 250 handmade books, numbered, dated and signed by he artist.
  • A Certificate of Authenticity for all 38 prints signed and dated by the artist.
  • Two 6"x10" prints (152mm x 254mm), selected from the numbered images on this page, by you (#1-11)*
  • A Certificate of Authenticity signed and dated by the artist
  •  I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly PDF edition

Two Books and Four Free Prints. £1150. Edition limited to 250 handmade books. 

  • Two limited editions of 250 handmade books, numbered, dated and signed by he artist.
  • Two Certificates of Authenticity for all 38 prints signed and dated by the artist.
  • Four 6"x10" prints (152mm x 254mm), selected from the numbered images on this page, by you (#1-11)*
  • A Certificate of Authenticity signed and dated by the artist
  •  I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly PDF edition

* The selection for the print rewards is from the numbered images on this page. There are 11 images available, numbered in the caption, one through eleven (#1,#2,#3 etc.). Once the project is successfully funded, we will send out surveys to collect your choices.

Hopefully there's a reward that will work for you.  Either way if you think it's a project worthy of sharing it would be great if you could reach out to family, friends and colleagues who might enjoy I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly.  Thank You!

#5 The images have not been cropped, nor in any way reconstructed other than a minimum of corrections applied through the image software, i.e. simple adjustments of light and dark and color temperature ... the same basic processes that can be applied in a traditional darkroom.
#5 The images have not been cropped, nor in any way reconstructed other than a minimum of corrections applied through the image software, i.e. simple adjustments of light and dark and color temperature ... the same basic processes that can be applied in a traditional darkroom.
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Reflections

24 May 2011 (The day it all began!) The sun was rising over the low hills when I walked out of our front door and into a field of wild grasses and flowers tangled between the roots of ancient grape vines and olive trees gone rogue. I had been drawn out by the flickering brilliance of a butterfly … and I had the vague notion of photographing it flying.

I had been thinking about this for a few days and, while I wanted to photograph a butterfly flying, I knew that I had no interest in controlling the butterfly’s surroundings (wind, sun, foliage) or influencing in any way its flight. What I imagined was a butterfly flying through the frame, on or near the focal plane, exactly when the shutter released.

The reality was a bit different. I realised fairly quickly that photographing a butterfly in flight might not be all that easy. I panned right and the butterfly went left. The butterfly flew down, camera flew up ...focus near, butterfly far ... random is a mild definition of the butterfly's flight patterns.  I've since learned that with 5 to 6 forms of lift at its disposal, the butterfly spins on a pin head, tumbles and somersaults within a few millimetres along with endless other mind-blowing manoeuvres ... little wonder that this brilliant aviator is study religiously by aeronautics engineers.

Hours arrived, stayed a bit, flew on. I snapped away suspecting that the odds of the butterfly passing through the frame were nil-to-zilch ... not important.  I was dazzled, intrigued, mesmerized, the sun arching through its zenith, me blithely snapping away ... then sitting among flowers in the twisted shade of an olive tree, sipping water ... watching, breathing, thoughts fluttering around, passing ... and, in a ‘down the rabbit hole’ manoeuvre, I dropped into the butterfly’s world ... shards of light, shapeshifting shadows, intense colors, the smell of warm earth rising through wild herbs ... it seemed like the right place ...

15 June 2012  These moments spent with the butterfly delight and inspire ... meditating on fragments of time set against backdrops of foliage swept by wind and sun ... occasionally I pan the camera, spin the focal ring (I hand-hold and focus manually) and release the shutter and if the butterfly graces the frame it is a gift … Chaos, the Quantum universe's micro perturbations and the butterfly’s random flight patterns all at play ... predicting the moment of take-off, the direction of flight, the fall of light is quixotic at best.

#7 Gradually, where I once saw the butterfly as an object, the butterfly has become my guide, drawing me deeper into its world: an enchanted, other world, where light and shadow dance.
#7 Gradually, where I once saw the butterfly as an object, the butterfly has become my guide, drawing me deeper into its world: an enchanted, other world, where light and shadow dance.
#8 Some of the images might seem to be constructed from disparate parts of different files, but each is faithful to the light from a single event that has fallen on the sensor to form an image file … the abstracted quality is partially influenced by my somewhat odd exposures – and occasional ad hoc focusing – then augmented by the usual play with light, shadow and colour ... mostly though it's allowing the moment to define itself ...
#8 Some of the images might seem to be constructed from disparate parts of different files, but each is faithful to the light from a single event that has fallen on the sensor to form an image file … the abstracted quality is partially influenced by my somewhat odd exposures – and occasional ad hoc focusing – then augmented by the usual play with light, shadow and colour ... mostly though it's allowing the moment to define itself ...
What has emerged from the creative chrysalis is much more than a book of photographs: the collection of museum quality archival photographic prints creates a complete exhibition in your hands.
What has emerged from the creative chrysalis is much more than a book of photographs: the collection of museum quality archival photographic prints creates a complete exhibition in your hands.
Opening the book reveals a nuanced, plant impression on the end page which is repeated at the back … each impression is subtly different, rendering each book unique.
Opening the book reveals a nuanced, plant impression on the end page which is repeated at the back … each impression is subtly different, rendering each book unique.
The heart and soul of the book are in the prints, single images spaciously set to the right of double-spreads, allowing the eye to rest easily on the image presented until the gaze is satisfied.
The heart and soul of the book are in the prints, single images spaciously set to the right of double-spreads, allowing the eye to rest easily on the image presented until the gaze is satisfied.
Diptychs are displayed across a double-spread.
Diptychs are displayed across a double-spread.
Two sets of triptychs are bound into the book. The third image folds out from the gutter - a perfect solution.
Two sets of triptychs are bound into the book. The third image folds out from the gutter - a perfect solution.
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 Who are we? 

               Chuck’s first taste of photography, at the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, was cut short when he was commissioned to write and direct a documentary film. This led to a 35-year career, during which he produced and directed documentaries and commercials, eventually specializing in theatre drama and dance. An avid skier and trail trotter (he walks when no one's watching), Chuck climbed extensively in his teens, worked for REI (Recreational Equipment Inc) when it was one small shop above the Green Apple Pie in downtown Seattle. He nearly failed high school due to truancy and poor grades, trading time away from school for the mountains where he climbed and skied when the weather was right ... which was pretty well any time.

Yes that's snow in the background (we live in the French Alps) but butterfly weather is just around the corner. Photo courtesy of Mark Nesbit
Yes that's snow in the background (we live in the French Alps) but butterfly weather is just around the corner. Photo courtesy of Mark Nesbit
Winter is a perfect time to dream of butterflies.
Winter is a perfect time to dream of butterflies.

                            Oliver's first taste of photography was having a dad who unrelentingly photographed him and his brother, Nick ... there was no place to hide (Dad's more considerate of butterflies). After university, where he studied languages, Oliver aka Olve decided to embrace the beast and learn more about photography as a-tool-in-the-box for exploring gardening, vegan dishes and climate change. This project, I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly, Book I The Butterfly in Flight has pretty well filled his calendar in the short term. Spare time is spent working with his family building a hempcrete eco-home in the French Alps, learning about permaculture and constantly tinkering with plant-based cooking.


 About butterflies 

  • They are highly sensitive indicators of the health of the environment and play crucial roles in the food chain as well as being pollinators of plants.
  • Butterflies are a beautiful and important part of the UK’s wildlife. They are highly sensitive indicators of the health of the environment and play crucial roles in the food chain as well as being pollinators of plants.
  •  "Butterflies and moths are among the planet’s most fascinating creatures. They are able to see in a wider spectrum of colours than us, and their life cycles are one of the wonders of nature.” Dr Blanca Huertas, Senior Curator of Butterflies at the Natural History Museum, London.
  • There about 18,000 named butterfly species on the planet today and about 140,000 different moth species.
  • Some can disguise themselves as other creatures or as dead, curled up leaves, some can fly faster than a racehorse, some migrate annually more than 2,000 miles each way. Their unique ability to dip and dart and even tumble within impossibly tight spaces is an inspiration to aeronautics engineers. They are truly amazing creatures.
  • And sadly very much in decline. Over three-quarters of butterfly species in the UK are declining while, in the US, American monarch butterflies are down 80% since the mid-1990s.
  • The decline is worrying, say scientists, because butterflies are recognised as environmental indicators due to their rapid responses to small changes in climate and habitat.
  •  “Butterflies are at a low ebb, and going from one bad year to another, not helped by the weather which is all over the place,” said Prof Tom Brereton, head of monitoring at Butterfly Conservation. “A lot of climate change research has focused on average increases in temperature, which should be beneficial to many butterflies but the variable and extreme weather that comes with climate change is having a negative effect and disrupting butterflies.” 

Worldwide conservation efforts are enrichened by UK Butterfly Conservation. Comprised of dedicated scientists, researchers, staff and, critical to its success, an amazing volunteer program, it is the largest and most successful endeavor of its sort in the UK. BC provides practical models and programs for education, statistics gathering, land restoration and more for individuals and groups around the world. Follow this link https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies and links within for an extraordinary journey through all-things-butterflies including beautiful photographs of butterfly species. Here is a link if you wish to join https://butterfly-conservation.org/how-you-can-help/join

"The president (of UK Butterfly Conservation), Sir David Attenborough, has been at the forefront of global conservation for more than 60 years. As Britain’s most respected broadcaster and naturalist, our President is a tremendous asset to Butterfly Conservation – helping to spread the message of conserving butterflies and moths across the world."

Be sure to see the just-released Our Planet, a call-to-arms documentary series on climate change, made for Netflix. The series is narrated by David Attenborough and produced by Silverback Films, led by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who also created the BBC documentary series Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and The Blue Planet with collaboration with the conservation charity World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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Zhuang’s iconoclastic musings are just as applicable today as 2400 years ago when he wondered about a species that even then seemed hell-bent on never-ending destruction of self and earth. His dream parable makes us wonder if rather than viewing humans as the chosen ones who can save the butterfly we might turn that vanity on its head. Given a chance, it just might be this amazing wee creature that can save our calloused species.  Oliver

#11 What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.  Lao Tzu
#11 What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly. Lao Tzu

 Quality Assurance 

  • All images are printed to museum archival standard on Hahnemuhle museum-quality archival art paper.
  • Archival pigment inks are used to ensure light fast durability.
  • Each print is checked by at least one person to ensure quality before it is shipped.
  • Equally each book is inspected by two people.
  • The packaging of the book, poster and prints are designed for maximum protection in shipping.

 What’s your return policy? 

Why are you not guaranteeing the images or the book?

  •  Because the prints are not framed and under glass, we cannot offer an absolute return or replacement guarantee. Likewise the images/prints within the book are of a higher standard but more vulnerable to damage that those of a mass-produced photo book. Those who are familiar with such items will recognize the need to handle the book and prints with care (most will prefer the individual prints framed under glass but stored in an archival box or envelope works if display isn't your immediate goal).

If you feel that damage has occurred before you received the reward:

  •  Please photograph and date the issue immediately upon receipt. This includes photographing any damage to the packaging before opening and then any damage to the item itself.
  •  Books will require a signature upon delivery. If there is any damage to the packaging please record it on the delivery slip.
  •  Please inform us immediately upon receipt of your order via email. 
  • We will review the details closely and if the fault is with us or our team (printer and bookbinder) we will replace the item and pay for shipping.
  • We want to ensure that this project is fulfilled as smoothly as possible and that all the rewards we send out are received in the same high quality as when we sent them.
  • If there are any problems at all, we will do everything we can to resolve them.
  • For further details, please refer to the Shipping section.

Duty & Taxes

  •  To the best of our knowledge within the Western Nations there is no custom due on the books or prints so the books are shipped without customs paid.
  • If your country does impose a custom duty on your reward then the cost is yours to cover.

Shipping

Schedule

  • All rewards will be shipped during July 2019.
  • If there are any delays we will communicate immediately with all backers and, of course, take all possible actions to minimize the delays.

Prints

  •  Prints will be shipped in cardboard tubes. This is a slightly more expensive method (a few pounds) of shipping but it offers better protection than "flat packing" and we want to ensure safe delivery of the prints.

Books

  • Books will be shipped in protective boxes.

Damage

  •  If there is damage to the packaging you must photograph the damage to the package prior to opening and record it on the courier's delivery slip.
  •  You must also photograph any damage to the book and/or print/s in order to submit a claim against the courier service.

*‘Truth in advertising’: As an example there was a successful photo-art publication by Roger Camp, titled Butterflies Photographed in Flight but, as Camp explains, he used dead butterflies place on a black card with their wings rearranged to simulate various stages of flight. So factually it appears that our book is indeed the first book ever published of butterflies photographed in actual flight – and shot within nature’s chaos, not in a butterfly zoo or studio.

We've checked this claim out as thoroughly as possible but if anyone reading this knows differently please do tell us and we'll remove this claim immediately upon verifying the facts.

The music for the video

When we listened to Philipp Weigl's lush, ethereal "Like Starlight Through a Veil" it was pure Serendipity. We are using his music under an Attribution License which requires us to acknowledge that Weigl has not endorsed our project/video and additionally we faded out a before the end of the piece as arranged. Our heartfelt thanks to Philipp who's music is beautifully, uniquely composed and executed ... you can hear more at https://phweigl.wixsite.com/music-production-mp 

Risks and challenges

Chuck's background is in creating, directing and producing commercial film production for clients demanding excellence and on-time completions. Accountability is paramount in that industry.

And critical to the success of this project, we've already accomplished the first goal which was to publish the first book ever of butterflies photographed in flight. That was also the artist's proof so both the printing and bookbinding processes have been vetted and approved.

Once the Kickstarter project completes, we will begin photo printing as soon as surveys are completed and rewards confirmed. Following approval the photo prints for the books will be hand delivered by us to the bookbinder where we will remain until the first set of books are approved and ready for certification. Once numbered, dated and signed by Chuck, we will begin shipping.

But every project has risks. And if any issues/delays arise we will communicate with all backers quickly and accurately and work conscientiously to minimize delays. The most likely reason for a delay would be quality issues. So, if necessary, we would take the time required to ensure a quality finish.

Thanks,
Oliver

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    Two Butterflies on Wing

    Two 6"x10" prints (152 x 254mm) selected by you, from the numbered images on this page (#1-11).

    As in the book, the images are printed to museum quality archival standards on Hahnemuhle's Photo Rag fine art paper.

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    Three Butterflies on Wing

    Three 6"x10" prints (152 x 254mm) selected by you, from the numbered images on this page (#1-11).

    As in the book, the images are printed to museum quality archival standards on Hahnemuhle's Photo Rag fine art paper.

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    Four Butterflies on Wing

    Four 6"x10" prints (152x 254mm) selected by you, from the numbered images on this page (#1-11).

    As in the book, the images are printed to museum quality archival standards on Hahnemuhle's Photo Rag fine art paper.

    Includes:
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    I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly

    One book from the limited edition of 250. Each book traditionally crafted - hand stitched & bound - and shipped in a matching hardcover slipcase.

    Includes:
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    • One Signed, Dated and Numbered Handmade Book
    • 38 Original Museum Quality Archival Prints
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    The Book and Two Prints

    One book plus two prints for the price of one.

    One book from the limited edition of 250. Each book traditionally crafted - hand stitched & bound - and shipped in a matching hardcover slipcase.

    Two 6"x10" prints (152 x 254mm) selected by you, from the numbered images on this page (#1-11).

    As in the book, the images are printed to museum quality archival standards on Hahnemuhle's Photo Rag fine art paper.

    Includes:
    • One Signed, Dated and Numbered Handmade Book
    • 38 Original Museum Quality Archival Prints
    • Your Name as 'Patron' printed in your book
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    Two Books and Four Prints

    Two books plus four, free prints.

    Two books from the limited edition of 250. Each book traditionally crafted - hand stitched & bound - and shipped in a matching hardcover slipcase.

    Four 6"x10" prints (152 x 254mm) selected by you, from the numbered images on this page (#1-11).

    As in the book, the images are printed to museum quality archival standards on Hahnemuhle's Photo Rag fine art paper.

    Includes:
    • Two Signed, Dated and Numbered Handmade Books
    • 38 Original Museum Quality Archival Prints
    • Your Name as 'Patron' printed in your book
    • One Acid-free Archival Matching Slipcase for the Book
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    The Book - Early Butterfly Special

    To show our appreciation for those who give us a kickstart during the first 4 days of the project, we've set aside 10 books from the limited edition of 250. Each book signed, dated & numbered. Traditionally crafted - hand stitched & bound - and shipped in a matching hardcover slipcase.

    Includes:
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    • 38 Original Museum Quality Archival Prints
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