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Showing Silicon Valley in a whole new way - as Silidor Valley, a land of myth and magic.
Showing Silicon Valley in a whole new way - as Silidor Valley, a land of myth and magic.
Showing Silicon Valley in a whole new way - as Silidor Valley, a land of myth and magic.
119 backers pledged $4,749 to help bring this project to life.

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Fantasy and enchantment are an attitude and a life-style choice. 

How well do you know Silicon Valley? It’s our home and we love it here. Sure there are traffic jams and high real-estate prices, there are meetings and malfunctioning tech, there’s smog and pollution, but the beauty and magic of this realm are only as far away as your imagination.

Welcome to Silidor Valley
Welcome to Silidor Valley

We believe that fantasy and enchantment are all in the way you look at things. So we put together a map of the San Francisco Bay Area showing the hidden nature of the urban realm we live in. Now we’d like your help getting this map, and eventually many other city maps, printed and out to the masses.

Close-up of San Francilieth
Close-up of San Francilieth

Our map is 18 by 24 inches, and will be printed in four colors on high quality matte vellum paper. We plan on retailing the map for $29.00 so by going through Kickstarter you'll get a great deal.

Close-up of Oaklonde
Close-up of Oaklonde
Close-up of the South Bay
Close-up of the South Bay

Your pledge will help pay for photography and printing costs, as well as the development of new maps.

We've set up a website where we plan to sell this map (and hopefully many others) after the Kickstarter project ends and spread the magic of the “real” world. We have  the domain, www.urbanrealms.com and we’re currently designing the site. Check out our progress!

Urban Realms
Urban Realms

Starting with the Bay Area was a no-brainer since we live here. But we could use your help deciding which cities to do next - after the rewards are done of course. So send us a note and let us know which areas you'd like to see in delicious four color mythicness.

We have been working with David Jaye at Almaden Press in Santa Clara, CA on the printing end of the project. The proofs are back and look great. Just a few more tweaks and the artwork will be ready to go! All we need is a little financial backing. You can help us make it happen! Together we can bring a little bit of the other world to ours.

Rewards

The bookmarks and greeting cards in our rewards categories are hand-antiqued in a process called tea dying. (As is the background for our original artwork.) That makes each a one-of-a-kind work of art.

After printing and tea dying the bookmarks are laminated and decorated with a ribbon. You'll receive a set of four different bookmarks.

These are our Silidor Valley bookmarks. The Columbourne ones will be similar.
These are our Silidor Valley bookmarks. The Columbourne ones will be similar.

The cards are also tea dyed, and since they are not laminated you experience the gentle scent of my favorite Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Tea. You'll receive eight cards, two of the North Bay, two of the South Bay, two of the Peninsula and two of the East Bay with envelopes all tied up in a crimson ribbon.

Hand antiqued and scented.
Hand antiqued and scented.

The journal and mousepad are supplied by Cafepress. The journal is 5 by 8 inches. The perfect size to bring with you to jot notes or draw sketches while on an adventure. 

Take notes or make sketches
Take notes or make sketches
mouse away
mouse away

We are offering two different framing options. The first is a simple wood frame in a beautiful deep red-brown that brings out the warm tones of the map.

The lovely frame
The lovely frame

The second is a more elaborate framing with the poster double matted in a burnished bronze beneath a tan suede mat. The beautiful dark-wood frame is highlighted in burnished copper. Because of the size of this piece it will be shipped with plexiglass instead of glass to avoid breakage. I'm afraid my picture requires a little imagination since the posters haven't yet been printed for me to frame.

deluxe framing - with a little imagination...
deluxe framing - with a little imagination...

For the last two rewards I will work with you personally to make sure you get the township or city done the way you want. They'll also be hand antiqued after I finish the drawing. You'll get the original, although we reserve the right to photograph them for reproduction before we send them to you.

Drawing the map...
Drawing the map...

Risks and challenges

Most of the challenges of designing the poster have already been overcome. The antiquing technique, for one, took a good deal of trial and error, but I’ve finally got the process down.

However, when it comes to fulfillment of the cards and bookmarks, that same antiquing procedure might be my Achilles heel. The method is not difficult, but it is time consuming. To accomplish it on a large scale requires time and sunshine – I antique them outside in the sun in my backyard. Time I can guarantee, sunshine is a bit tougher. At the moment San Jose is sun drenched, but the rainy season is just around the corner, so I may need to beg your patience on some of the hand-antiqued items. I will do my best to keep you informed on when they can be expected.

Your patience will also be needed on the hand-done maps at the upper level of rewards. What can I say, art work takes time. But I will keep you updated.

I suppose there could be problems with the printing but Almaden Press is an established and reliable print house so I don’t anticipate any problems.

The biggest risk is that you won't click!

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    Eternal Gratitude: Plus images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley. We will give you a code to download the files directly to your computer and directions on how to point your screensaver at them.

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    Reader's Delight: A set of four bookmarks - close-ups of the map hand-antiqued by Catherine on heavy duty paper, laminated, and decorated with a ribbon. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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    Greetings from Silidor Valley: A set of greeting cards hand-antiqued by Catherine with envelopes. Two cards showing the San Francilieth area, two of the Peninsula, two of the East Bay and two of the South Bay. The antiquing process is a method of tea dying so the cards are also scented - like Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Tea. The collection is bound with a ribbon and would make an excellent gift. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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    Map Me: A rolled poster of the map 18 x 24 inches professionally printed on quality paper. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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    Office Magic: A rolled poster of the map 18 x 24 inches professionally printed on quality paper plus a mousepad with a close up image of a section of the map. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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    Adventure Planner: A rolled poster of the map 18 x 24 inches professionally printed on quality paper plus an unlined journal with a close up image of a section of the map. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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    Share the Magic: A rolled poster of the map 18 x 24 inches professionally printed on quality paper plus a set of greeting cards hand-antiqued by Catherine with envelopes. Two cards showing the San Francilieth area, two of the Peninsula, two of the East Bay and two of the South Bay. The antiquing process is a method of tea dying so the cards are also scented - like Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Tea. The collection is bound with a ribbon. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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    Double Up: two rolled posters of the map 18 x 24 inches professionally printed on quality paper. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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    I've Been Framed: A poster of the map 18 x 24 inches on quality paper framed in red-brown wood. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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    One Each: A posters of the map 18 x 24 inches on quality paper framed in red-brown wood and one unframed. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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    The Deluxe: A poster with deluxe framing – the poster is double matted in a burnished bronze mat beneath a tan suede mat. The dark wood frame is highlighted with burnished copper. We'll include, an unframed poster. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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    Our Town: Catherine will hand-draw and antique a 16 x 20 fantasy map of the township of your choice. Not to exceed 30 miles on the longer axis. She will add whatever name you chose in the map title. The original will be yours, though Tom and Catherine reserve the right to photograph the map for possible reproduction. This reward will be time consuming so patience may be required, but Catherine will keep in touch with you about when it will be completed. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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    The City of Your Dreams: Catherine will hand-draw and antique an 18 x 24 fantasy map of the city of your choice. Not to exceed 100 miles on the longer axis. She will add whatever name you chose in the map title and will consult with you about specific things you would like included. The original will be yours, though Tom and Catherine reserve the right to photograph the map for possible reproduction. This reward will be time consuming so patience may be required, but Catherine will keep in touch with you about when it will be completed.Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

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