About this project
1) Just what is this Kickstarter thing?
Kickstarter is amazing, It’s like the National Foundation for the Arts except the patrons get to choose who they support. No more listening to the same song for 6 months in a row, it’s a way to let the crowd have a say in what they want produced… and in this case I’m focusing on trying to really show what’s possible and set an example, blaze a trial etc., so that others can follow.
2) I’d like to contribute, but setting up ANOTHER account is such a pain…
I totally get it… but kickstarter got this one right… It’s all handled through amazon.com and you don’t need any new account. All you have to do is click on the big, green “BACK THIS PROJECT” button on the right enter your pledge. It’s totally easy… and once you’ve made the initial contribution it’s trivial to go back later and change it to another amount. If you have ANY interest in the project at all you should totally contribute $1 right now – then you’ll automatically get all the free stuff we’ve been sending out to everyone the minute it is posted.
3) Wait a minute, you’re at, like, 1200% funding already…
Yep, we made 100% funding in our first 6 hours -- and we’re expanding scope as fast as we receive more. “Creating Origami’s” gonna happen, that’s a given.
But now we’ve committed to releasing other books of “lost classics” (the first two of which we’ve already started development on – see the FAQ for more details) and are also looking into setting up a foundation for not only preserving the art but leveraging new technologies to make it easier for new designers to get their work seen and published.
This project is much bigger than a single book at this point…. It’s about the community that has sprung up around the effort and our responding to that community’s need, and a chance to really contribute to something that will help our community expand. Check the FAQ below for details...
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming!
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
The original version of JC Nolan’s seminal book, ”Creating Origami”, was written and released in 1995 to a small audience of attendees at the annual OUSA (Origami USA) convention in New York City. It had been created over the course of a 3 year period, where after being discouraged by the lack of existing information on the design process for people who wanted to do their own models, Nolan decided if a book on the subject hadn’t been done before, he’d do it himself.
At that time origami was thought of as a craft, not an art form. And with the unusual nature of the book a publisher was nearly impossible to find. The initial printing was very small, being published and financed by a close friend. Unexpected by JC, the book was a hit and the talk of the convention. When he arrived (a day late) at the weekend long event he was astonished to learn that the book had already sold out.
Since then, "Creating Origami" has become a sought after rarity in the origami community but one infrequently found:
"J.C. Nolan's book is really only an
It is an excellent book and one of the hardest to locate. Sometimes, if you post that you're interested in buying a copy, someone will list their copy on eBay.
However, I've found it very difficult to even locate it via Inter-library loan...
The anemone and clown fish is truly great and was ahead of its time. JC was also one of the first to use the computer to create diagrams, and his diagrams of Patricia Crawford's work, full rigged Ship and unicorn, as well as Fred Rohm's It's Magic (Color change Rabbit on a box) are amazing.
If you find a copy, grab it" - Hank Simon, Origami Forum, UK
Why are we doing this campaign on Kickstarter?
The funds raised by this campaign will go toward the various expenses associated with getting the book updated from its old software format and ready for print: cover design, photography, proofing and the software needed to convert the old format files to current state of the art programs. And if we do well enough we’ll also be able to afford a conversion to Kindle.
From JC -
"Well, to be honest, it stemmed from a moral dilemma. Recently a copy of 'Creating Origami' was listed on eBay for $100 and sold for even more. I was amazed and humbled and hadn’t realized there was still that much interest.
At the time, I was already looking into re-releasing through on-demand publishing, but was feeling daunted by the various costs involved in 'doing it right' as opposed to just 'throwing it out there.' 'Creating Origami' was a real labor of love and I wanted to give it the treatment it deserves.
See, It just so happens that I have a few original copies that I’d hidden away for very special occasions. And I thought, 'Wouldn’t it be great to put those on eBay to help cover the expenses of the re-release?'
But it didn’t feel right selling the originals without announcing that a new version might be on the way. That’s when I got the idea to use Kickstarter. That way I can raise the funds and at the same time let people know in a big way that the book is coming."
If all goes well we hope to have the book ready for release within a few weeks of campaign completion. We are well on our way to making our deadline and if funding comes through we'll have the resources to get it done that much faster.
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