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A calendar for 2015 featuring the signs of the Zodiac reinvented as Sigils of the 12 Houses— A New Year is coming.
A calendar for 2015 featuring the signs of the Zodiac reinvented as Sigils of the 12 Houses— A New Year is coming.
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WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?

Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? Heraldry or the Zodiac? Do you have a birthday?

If you answered yes to any of those, read on!

I’m designing a calendar based on the signs of the Zodiac, which will be re-invented as house sigils or shields —complete with a house motto as in the Game of Thrones series— and the long tradition of European Heraldry that inspired George R. R. Martin’s family house structures in his books.

The calendar will consist of 12 rack cards —4”x9”, which can be trimmed down to 4”x6’ postcards, suitable for framing or sending at the end of the year. They'll be printed on card stock with a 'silk' finish (very smooth, luxurious matte coating).

I’ve designed 11 printed calendars over the years, each with its own theme, each in a different format. The last one I designed was in 2010 and it was a lavish 5-month project called the Atlas of Calendria. It was chosen as Editors’ Pick on Etsy and was featured on a number of design, cartography and other blogs, like TopDesign Mag, who included it in their article, “Calendar Design at its Best—15 Superb Examples”. It was also featured on the design blog For Print Only. ThisNext called it “just about the coolest thing ever.”, and Big Think: Strange Maps reported that “at the beginning of this new year, hardly any map could be as appropriate as this one of Calendria, a place made out of time. ”

As you can see in the video, it was a fold-out map of an imaginary world made up of 12 countries, named (loosely) for the months, each of which had its own coat of arms. Stylistically, it was a sort of melding of a calendar (time) and J. R. R. Tolkien’s world (place).

This time it’ll be more along the lines of a mash-up of the Zodiac and George R. R. Martin, inspired by the imagery used for the houses in the Game of Thrones series.

Here are the first two cards I’ve designed— Scorpio and Capricorn:

PROJECT TIMELINE

This is a work in progress! As you can see, I have two sigils completed so far, so you can get an idea of the style. The colors aren’t set in stone yet, and I’m also still researching to write the house motto for each, but I will be posting progress throughout the campaign, so you can watch it unfold along with me.

My goal is to have the artwork ready to send to the printer by or before the end of October, so everything will ship to me by mid-November, to be prepped for shipping. In order for everything to ship in time for the holidays, I’ll need you, my backers, to fill out the final Kickstarter survey in a timely manner, getting them back to me by late November at the LATEST! (If you are overseas, you'll want to reply even sooner, if shipping in time for the holidays / New Year is important.)

Below are the initial shield designs that the house sigils will be situated upon.

In case you'd like to see more of my work, to bolster your confidence that this will be a sharp-looking finished product, go to my website and look around. There is also a link to my fine art site in the full bio.

Valar Morghulis, kids.

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Update: Pisces and Taurus!

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Update: [September 10]
Libra is here, in time for its pending month of birthdays, as well as Sagittarius! ALSO: Check out the "Updates" tab at the top of the page to see some process pics.

Update: [September 15]
Now I've completed eight of the Zodiac sigils! Below: Cancer and Leo.

Update: [September18]
The Maiden and The Ram: Behold Virgo and Aries! 

Update: [September 20]
Poster sneak peek! WIth 11 sigils down and only one to go (and only 7 days left!) I figured it was time for a preview of the poster!

Update: Gemini (Castor & Pollux) and Aquarius, the water-bearer! All twelve are complete!

Risks and challenges

The two largest challenges in this project are (1) redesigning these forms which have been around for thousands of years in a way that will be fresh and cool, and (2) writing the (very brief) motto for each house.

I’ve been doing a lot of research for both, looking at as many as possible from different points in history, and studying medieval heraldry again, too. As far as the motto-writing goes, I’ve been reading many different sources to learn as much as possible about each sign, paying close attention to what's common among various sources. {And of course, discussing traits and tendencies with friends of each sign. It’s fascinating.)

The only risk involved in this is on my end. If I don’t get the full amount or more, I won't be able to print the finished product.

The good news is, there is no risk on your part! Because Kickstarter requires full funding by the end of the campaign, you only pay if I receive enough to complete the project as outlined, in which case you, you will receive your rewards!

Thanks for your interest, and I hope to be sending lots of calendars and other rewards out to fellow denizens of the twelve houses.

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