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AJ SikesBy AJ Sikes
First created
AJ SikesBy AJ Sikes
First created
$2,890
pledged of $11,000pledged of $11,000 goal
41
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 17 2012 1:42 PM UTC +00:00

About

I grew up with art and creativity all around me. My parents also encouraged an appreciation for recycling, re-using, and making what we needed or fixing things before spending money on something new.

The Obtainium Fairies is a tribute to creative play, with parents and children working together to enjoy childhood now and encourage children to care for the future.

Where the story came from

A lot of the inspiration for this project comes from my dad. When my nieces were young, dad made a set of three fairy silhouettes based on Cicely Mary Barker's "Flower Fairies." He cut them out of thin sheets of plywood and painted them black, then hid them around the backyard for the girls to find. Each night, he'd move them so the girls could have an adventure the next day trying to find where they'd gone.

Fast forward a bit. My brother's kids are off to college and I'm a father of twins. I make a set of silhouettes using the patterns dad made. Since we don't have a backyard where we live, I have the fairies hanging around on the walls, in place of our photos and art. I move them now and then, telling my daughters that the fairies are just borrowing our pictures and have left their shadows behind so they know where to put things back.

From that, the Obtainium Fairies were born. I needed a clever way to encourage our girls to put their toys and books away, and figured what better way to do it than to make it a game we could all play. Now and then the Obtainium Fairies visit our house and make off with a toy or book, but they always bring things back the next day.

What happens in the story

A girl's favorite book goes missing and she finds a fairy shadow on the bookshelf instead. Together with her sister and their Papa, they go on an adventure to Obtainia, where they meet the Obtainium Fairies and learn how to invent their own fun with reused found objects.

Where the money goes

Funding will allow me to pay for the cover art and interior illustrations (approx $5500), printing (approx $2000), professional book design (approx $1000), and the rewards and shipping (approx $1000). This assumes 5% each to Kickstarter and Amazon.

If we go over, I have a variety of stretch goals in mind, beginning with more and bigger illustrations to make this book really exciting. If we get big enough, I'll be asking backers for their input, to help determine which goal we pursue. Since we're doing this together, you'll have a say in where we go next.

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    All rewards at the $125 level, PLUS a hand made steel and copper silhouette of Lord Ulysses Tillity. This sculpture is being made by me at my friend's blacksmithing shop, using scrap steel and copper (Yes, pure Obtainium). This is a one of a kind piece and will come in a hand tooled wooden shadow box made from scrap oak, cherry, or walnut hardwood (more Obtainium!)

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Funding period

- (30 days)