About this project
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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