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It's in the cards.

Timeless, smart, and soulful blank cards with Jesse Larsen's block prints paired with pithy quotes. Stock up!

It's in the cards.

Timeless, smart, and soulful blank cards with Jesse Larsen's block prints paired with pithy quotes. Stock up!

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About

The 13 black-bordered images in this proposal are blank card scans. Cards are 4.25 x 5.5".  To see a large selection of my prints and magnets, go to www.jesseprints.etsy.com.

This Kickstarter proposal is for $5000 to print and market my 47-card collection for retail and regional wholesale orders so I can grow my business and improve the world a bit by getting more of my work out there. Win-win.  

I’m Jesse Larsen, artist/owner of JessePrints in Bellingham, Washington, and proud pusher of JessePrints Little Red Art Cart. 

I am a car-free artist and vendor.  This is me at a summer farmers' market .
I am a car-free artist and vendor. This is me at a summer farmers' market .

For the past two decades, I’ve been drawing and carving single-image, rubber block prints.  Lately I am best known for my handpulled prints on repurposed paper, and for my print + pithy quote pairings on magnets, perpetual calendars, and cards. 

To ensure that my work is available to as many people as possible, I make and sell this image as a hand-pulled print for $35, as a card for $3, and as a magnet for $5.  Michael Pollan has the magnet on his frig.
To ensure that my work is available to as many people as possible, I make and sell this image as a hand-pulled print for $35, as a card for $3, and as a magnet for $5. Michael Pollan has the magnet on his frig.

This proposal is all about my cards

I began this work in Vermont, where I moved in 1992 to get an MFA degree in writing and Literature.

I started teaching myself to make block prints while I was writing two books -- my MFA thesis novel and my first published book, 500 Great Books by Women, A Reader's Guide, with Erica Bauermeister and Holly Smith. Carving these images kept me from drowning in words.

I bought this pretty rocking chair -- Hazel's Rocker -- for my mother's visit to Vermont, before she got too sick to travel.
I bought this pretty rocking chair -- Hazel's Rocker -- for my mother's visit to Vermont, before she got too sick to travel.

I made many wonderful friends in Vermont and thought I might stay forever, but in 2000, I made a sudden and rushed move to Centralia, Washington to help my daughter Patricia care for my elderly mother.

As her life neared its end, my mother Hazel's greatest joy was watching little birds. In her honor, I carved Hazel's Birds, a series of 10 bird images, 9 of which are on my cards.
As her life neared its end, my mother Hazel's greatest joy was watching little birds. In her honor, I carved Hazel's Birds, a series of 10 bird images, 9 of which are on my cards.
This butterfly is one of five wildlife prints on cards.
This butterfly is one of five wildlife prints on cards.

In 2004, I moved to Bellingham and started again. 

Last year, with the help of local friends and supporters, I moved JessePrints out of my small apartment bedroom where I'd worked since moving to Bellingham and into a studio in the heart of downtown. This gave me room to follow my friend Cynthia's suggestion to develop a line of cards based on some of my most popular magnet designs.

This year, I moved downtown, six blocks from my studio, and now Gracie (my 3-year-old assistance dog) and I are able to walk everywhere. 

This is Sealy, a sweet old dog friend.
This is Sealy, a sweet old dog friend.

Happily, my card collection is now selling so well that I’m stretched beyond thin to keep up with weekly sales at the farmers’ market and I can’t keep up with my three local wholesale accounts.

Clearly, the future for JessePrints is in the cards, and this is where YOU come in.

This Kickstarter proposal is for $5000 to print and market my 47-card collection for retail and regional wholesale orders so I can grow my business and improve the world a bit by getting more of my work out there.     

Right now I buy gorgeous 80# paper locally, print in small quantities at a local copy shop, buy my envelopes and wrappers on-line, and fold and assemble the cards myself, but I can’t keep up.

To make my cards profitable, I need to produce and sell them in larger quantities.  My plan is to create and test larger-scale production and order filling systems to see if I can get JessePrints ready to attend the 2014 New York Stationary Show (NSS), to which I have been invited for the last two years.

Kickstarter is the first opportunity I've had to secure substantial funding for JessePrints.
Kickstarter is the first opportunity I've had to secure substantial funding for JessePrints.

People have been saying nice things about my work for years:

"I am moved by the profound simplicity of your images and quotes." 

"Your print was the only gift I've ever given my teenage stepdaughter that she liked!" 

"Your turtle card helped me get through some really hard days."

The fact that the world will be improved a bit with more of my cards out there, added to the fact that my designs have real profit potential through wholesale orders and licensing, makes this a win-win situation.

Your New Year rewards will be my artwork, wrapped and sent to you, and/or anyone else you want, with a smile.

The black-bordered images in this proposal are blank card scans. Cards are 4.25 x 5.5". To see a large selection of my prints and magnets, go to www.jesseprints.etsy.com.   To contact me directly, write to Jesse@jesselarsen.com.  

Risks and challenges

Other than accident or illness, neither of which I expect, I can't think of any risks or challenges that I would be unable to overcome.

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    Personal thank you e-mail with card catalog PDF plus an 11 x 14 “In good we trust” print with your choice of birds or salmon hand-printed on a family Bible page. These pages are from a Bible that was given to my paternal grandparents in 1921 but was never used. I framed the cover, and wrote a little story about it that I include with each print. While I was dismantling the Bible, the words “In good we trust” floated forth. I did an Internet search but did not find this phrase attributed to anyone else, so I am claiming it as my own. This reward is limited to the first 100 donors because when these pages are gone, they are gone. Please add $5 for shipping in the USA.

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