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Safe Place is a 104 page book of film photographs + poems set in Tokyo. It is a Safe Place for those who feel foreign at home.
79 backers pledged AU$ 3,805 to help bring this project to life.

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We made a book. 

The book is 104 pages of film photographs and poems. It is for those who feel at home in a foreign city. For those who feel foreign at home. It's for finding joy and beauty in sadness, longing and disconnect. 

STAGE ONE: THE SAFE PLACE BOOK 

Safe Place explores the concept of soul homes through film photographs and poems set in Tokyo, Japan. Our book brings together feelings of longing and nostalgia into one safe place. A portable safe place you can leave by the bed or carry in your bag. 

STAGE TWO: OUR SAFE PLACE

We want to bring this project to life in a physical space, one you can stand in, where people who share these feelings can meet. A place for people that is not a bar or pub, a place that requires no shared interest or hobby. 

WHO ARE WE? 

We are Emmie Rae and Shirley Cai. 

Emmie is a locally & globally published writer, award winning poet and yoga teacher. Her soul home is Osaka, Japan. 
Instagram: @squashedmochi

Shirley is a photographer and social media content & community manager. She has had her work published locally and globally. Her heart lies in San Francisco, California. 
Instagram: @shirleykite

WHY DID WE CREATE THIS? 

We met on a rainy weekend in Sydney and discovered a very specific feeling we both shared: a connection to a foreign city. When this project started we had both worked a string of content creation jobs that we thought would be fulfilling and inspiring but were not. Craving a little softness and honesty, we decided to piece together a project that would be lasting, timeless and comforting. 

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

We have spent the past year developing the book with our own two hands. The design, paper stock, book size, colours and details have all been meticulously nutted out to create something that feels special to hold. We’re ready to go to print, but our project has stalled to a halt because of one last obstacle. We just don’t have enough money. So we’re putting it to the universe, to you. 

WHAT WILL YOUR FUNDS HELP WITH?

Between the two of us, we have invested the money to purchase the film, develop the photographs, license the typefaces and secure most of what we need to create a physical safe place. Your generous funds will help cover the costs of printing the book itself and the secret book-in-book. It will also mean we can ship the book to anywhere around the world for free. We have also factored in a small portion ($200) to cover details that will help turn the launch space into a temporary home.  

THE BOOK

This book is designed to keep you warm when life has made you feel cold. We hope that it will allow you to feel traces of joy and beauty in sadness. To know that the true Safe Place is within yourself.

With your help, we'll be able to do an initial print run of 150 copies. Each book will also contain a secret 'book-in-book' that was inspired by this project. 

The final book will measure 6.9" x 9.8" and will be offset printed on uncoated paper stock with perfect binding. In the style of some of our favourite Japanese books, it will also have a sweet dust jacket cover. The book contains 104 pages of exclusive photographs and poems, that will not printed or housed anywhere else.

OUR SAFE PLACE

Through launching this book in a physical space we will help connect those who are still searching for their home, by providing a safe place in between here and where you need to be. We want you to be able to come and sip on tea or coffee, sit on a bench and read the book. 

THE REWARDS 

We appreciate any help we can get and every pledge will be rewarded!

A simple pledge of $5 will go a long way. To thank you, we will include your name in the book.

At $10 you will receive a copy of our secret 'book in book', as well as a thank you note and a name credit in our book. 

For $25 you'll be able to pre-order a copy of Safe Place at an early bird price (RRP $30). We will also include your name in the book and write you a personalised thank you note. (Book pick up at the launch or free worldwide shipping.)

Pledge $70 and you will receive all of the above, including a print from the book, a personalised poem and a hand blended tea pack. 

A generous $100 will unlock a private yoga / meditation session with Emmie. You will also receive a signed copy of the book, name credit, print, personalised poem and a thank you note. (Sydney only) 

Friends, for $200 you will be rewarded with a one hour portrait session with Shirley for you and your loved ones in your Safe Place. You will also receive a signed copy of the book, name credit, print and personalised poem. (Sydney only. Must be redeemed by 10/11/15.)

Pledge $500 and receive this EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER reward! Shirley and Emmie will shoot and style a 'wabi sabi' (a Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection) set for your small business. You will also receive a one hour content creation consultancy session with Shirley & Emmie, alongside a signed copy of the book, name credit, print, personalised poem and thank you note. (Sydney only. Must be redeemed by 10/11/15.) 

Please share our project and help us bring a Safe Place to life. #safeplacebook

FILM CREDITS

Video: Shirley Cai 

Music: Kevin Macleod 

Risks and challenges

The book is completely finished. The only risks at this point would be delays in publishing outside of our control. This would be printing errors, delays in shipping, and so on, that may result in the book arriving later than planned. However, we are already have a specific timeline and relationship set up with the printing company. Chances of this happening are slim!

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    Friends, for $200 you will be rewarded with a one hour portrait session with Shirley for you and your loved ones in your Safe Place. You will also receive a signed copy of the book, name credit, print and personalised poem. (Sydney only. Must be redeemed by 10/11/15.)

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    Pledge $500 and receive this EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER reward! Shirley and Emmie will shoot and style a 'wabi sabi' (a Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection) set for your small business. You will also receive a one hour content creation consultancy session with Shirley & Emmie, alongside a signed copy of the book, name credit, print, personalised poem and thank you note. (Sydney only. Must be redeemed by 10/11/15.)

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