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A print subscription project made of handmade linocut prints exploring the architecture and street culture of Barcelona.
92 backers pledged $4,646 to help bring this project to life.
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Bryant’s Cultural Narrative is a twelve part print series based on the architecture, street culture, and observations from the city of Barcelona. Throughout the year of 2014 I have been creating a new handmade linocut print for each month using the city as my muse. Each print combines the human form with elements of the city, creating a loose narrative unfolding throughout the year.

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PROCESS:

I find the process of creating block prints to be a meditative and rewarding process. It is through the countless hours of drawing and carving that I find my peace. I strive to create within confines of a traditional art practice and hope to not only master the techniques, but also contribute to the long history of printmaking.

Here is a view of my desk. 

Every print starts with a drawing

 After my drawing is completed my chisels come out of their case and the carving process begins.

And the carving continues….

Finally after the carving is completed ink gets rolled out and applied to the block.

 After the ink has been evenly applied to the block, the paper is laid on top.

With a tool called a barren, pressure is applied to the back side of the paper, transferring ink from the block and a print is born.

With a tool called a barren, pressure is applied to the back side of the paper, transferring ink from the block and a print is born. 

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THE PRINTS: 

Every print in “Bryant’s Cultural Narrative” is handmade from start to finish, then signed and numbered on 50 cm x 70 cm archival Rives 250g white paper upon completion. 

Each image carries a title that is an acronym for BCN, Barcelona's city nickname. 

January - Before Coffee Nothing
January - Before Coffee Nothing
February - Breathing Clearly Now
February - Breathing Clearly Now
March - Bicycle Courier Nostalgia
March - Bicycle Courier Nostalgia
April - Burning Cannabis Nonchalantly
April - Burning Cannabis Nonchalantly
May - Bibliographic Citations Noted
May - Bibliographic Citations Noted
June - Boards Create Noise
June - Boards Create Noise
July - Being Childish Naive
July - Being Childish Naive
August - Beach Casual Nudity
August - Beach Casual Nudity
September - Birds Circling Nearby
September - Birds Circling Nearby
October: Broken, Construction Necessary
October: Broken, Construction Necessary
November: Better Comes Naturally
November: Better Comes Naturally
December - Because of Christ's Nativity
December - Because of Christ's Nativity

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REWARDS:

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Why Kickstarter? 

Over the last 11 months I have created 11 of the 12 images to be printed in the process illustrated above. The process of creating the images from my observations of the city has been a huge learning experience that has enlightened my understanding of my craft. 

However, as my skill set has grown, the growth of my audience has not kept pace. The stresses and demands of creating these time consuming linoleum blocks, on a self imposed deadline, has left little room for building awareness of my work. With this in mind I have turned to Kickstarter to share my work with a huge audience that is known for their interest in creative projects. 

My ultimate goal with this project is to share my work with the world, at an affordable price for a great piece of art. By offering the project to Kickstarter I hope to find collectors and supporters who want to share in my vision.

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BUDGET:

By reaching my funding goal I will be able to pay for all of the paper, linoleum blocks, ink and studio time that I will need to print 100 prints of all 12 images from the "Bryant's Cultural Narrative" series. 

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Project Credits:I couldn't have put this all together without the help of some great people:Video by Indviduo Filmmaker - http://vimeo.com/individuo83
Video music by God.Damn.Chan - http://goddamnchan.bandcamp.com/music
Process photos by Vilandez Photographers - http://www.vilandezphotographers.com/#!/index

Thank you all so much. 

Risks and challenges

The risks are very limited. I have already created 11 of the 12 blocks for the prints and can print them at any time.

The only foreseeable problem would be if this project is really, really well received and I can't keep up with the delivery deadline, as every print is created by hand.

That's what they call one of those "good problems" right?

If I do encounter this problem I have friends ready to help, cava on ice, and music ready to have a long but fun printing session.

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    For a contribution of $5 you will receive a hand made postcard from my series "Best Cordial Notices" thanking you for your contribution.

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    For a contribution of $10 you will receive 3 hand made postcards from my series "Best Cordial Notices" thanking you for your contribution.

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    For $25 you will receive a postcard thank you note and your choice of a small screen printed version of a "Bryant's Cultural Narrative" print.

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    For $100 you will receive your choice of a full sized, limited edition print from the "Bryant's Cultural Narrative" series, and a thank you postcard.

    Each linocut print is created in an edition of 100, printed on archival 250 gram rives paper.

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    For $100 you will receive your choice of a full sized, limited edition print from the "Bryant's Cultural Narrative" series, and a thank you postcard.

    Free International Shipping: Some have expressed wanting a big print but not being able to afford the added shipping. I would hate for shipping to stop someone from supporting this project so this option includes shipping. However, if you can afford to pay the postage from Spain, please choose the other $100 option. Thank you.

    Each linocut print is created in an edition of 100, printed on archival 250 gram rives paper.

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    For a contribution of $500 you will receive a complete set of the "Bryant's Cultural Narrative" prints. As every print is hand numbered from 1 to 100, your complete set is guaranteed to have matching numbers for all 12 prints. The lowest numbers in each edition are reserved for complete sets.

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    For a contribution of $650 you will receive a full set of the "Bryant's Cultural Narrative" prints in a handmade, customized portfolio.

    As every print is hand numbered from 1 to 100, your complete set is guaranteed to have matching numbers for all 12 prints. The lowest numbers in each edition are reserved for complete sets.

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    For a contribution of $1200 you will receive a complete set of the "Bryant's Cultural Narrative" prints in a handmade, customized portfolio and the opportunity to commission a unique drawing based on Barcelona to be included in your portfolio.

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