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Ever wondered how they come up with those amazing origami designs?  JC Nolan's rare, out of print book reveals the secrets...
Ever wondered how they come up with those amazing origami designs? JC Nolan's rare, out of print book reveals the secrets...
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FOR NEWBIES:

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 illusion...

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.

The Tee Shirts

Mock-up of tee shirts to be released in black and baby pink
Mock-up of tee shirts to be released in black and baby pink

The Stickers

Campaign Stickers to be given to all contributors if we make our goal of $15k
Campaign Stickers to be given to all contributors if we make our goal of $15k

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    We'll add you to our mailing list and send you a link to a special set of "Andrea's Rose" thank you diagrams prepared just for this campaign.

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    It's Magic: A limited edition e-book of the diagrams for Fred Rohm's "It's Magic" recreated specially for this campaign. You'll also be added to our mailing list to keep you up to date as to when the new book is available.

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    Lost Diagrams: An e-book of "It's Magic" and a special preview e-book of JC's "Lost Diagrams", a collection of beautiful models by himself and other artists. JC diagrammed these over the years and they have never been available in wide release.

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    The Rose: An original, folded version of Nolan's "Andrea's Rose" done from a gorgeous square of Thai unryu paper in the color of your choice: Red, Black, White, Pink or Gold. (Shipping included, for shipping outside the US please consult the FAQ)

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    The New Book: "It's Magic" and "Lost Diagrams" e-books as well as a copy of the new edition of "Creating Origami", signed by the author, as soon as it hits the presses. (Shipping included, for shipping outside the US please consult the FAQ)

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    The Tee: Beautiful, limited edition, super soft organic cotton long sleeve tee shirt with the original, unreleased cover graphic and working title for the book. We're working on the final design now and will post it soon but we promise you it's funny and bound to get attention. You can see the working art on creatingorigami.com.

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    DOUBLE UP: Everything at $25 but get TWO signed & inscribed copies of "Creating Origami" -- or add $20 to any level and send us a note and we'll throw in an extra copy of the book.

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    The Caboodle: The book, the e-books, AND the long sleeve tee shirt.

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    Grandma's Package: The Book, the e-books and a large, beautiful hand-folded Crawford Unicorn folded in foil-backed Cheyogami paper. Four patterns of paper will be made available at your choice. Additionally, all pledges made at "Grandma" level or higher will get a written acknowledgement in the new edition of "Creating Origami."

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    Grandma's Package Too: The perfect holiday surprise for that special kid in your life – or your inner kid! Everything in Grandma’s Package -- plus we’ll add two packets of origami paper, one standard and one fancy, just like in the video. In addition to that we’ll add a second copy of the book and we’ll gift-wrap the entire package in beautiful Japanese fashion with special ribbon and a hand-folded origami crane. Finally, we’ll enclose a custom note card and ship the portions to two separate addresses if you like. Check the FAQ for details…

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    The Kit-n-caboodle: The Book, e-books, Tee Shirt, Cheyogami Unicorn and an acknowledgement in the new release of "Creating Origami."

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    The BIG One: An original, 1995 edition of the first run of "Creating Origami." These last few copies have never been in circulation and are the last known available. In addition, you'll receive a signed copy of the new edition of "Creating Origami", the two e-books as well as the written acknowledgement.

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    JC will diagram YOUR model or the model of your choice from provided step-folds or photographs and possibly publish it in an upcoming book. Up to 5 pages (approx 40-50 steps). This is a great deal... JC's diagrams generally take several days each to produce.

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Funding period

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