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Welcome to our J.A.W. Cooper Kickstarter campaign! With your support we are bringing you a gorgeous selection of books, prints, and more. Thanks for looking!
We have an amazing selection of items that highlight the artwork of J.A.W. Cooper, including:
- Three 64 page books titled Familiars, Flora & Fauna, and Viscera. Update--Stretch Goal #1 Unlocked: Flora & Fauna is now 80 pages!
- The hardcover set includes a slipcase to house all three books.
- A premium 18 x 24 inch signed and numbered print of "Sticks and Stones." No Longer Available!
- A premium 18 x 24 inch signed and numbered print of "Shapeshifter."
- A postcard set featuring Cooper's travel gouache works.
- Three exquisite enamel pins to complement the three books.
- Four exclusive 8 x 10 inch bonus prints included with every pledge of $25 or more!
- The Fig Frog enamel pin is included with every pledge of $25 or more!
The prints are exclusive to this campaign and will be limited to the number of pledges made.
Stretch Goal #4 Unlocked! We will add the 1 inch enamel pin "Fig Frog" to every pledge of $25 or more! This pin will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign. (Note that the design and colors are in progress and may change.) One pin per person.
Four exclusive bonus Kickstarter prints will be included with any tier selected of $25 or more. One set per person.
Mature Warning: These items contain drawings of boobs and butts! We understand that some of you may find nude subjects, even those of the elegant and artistic nature found in J.A.W. Cooper's works, to make you uncomfortable or may even outright offend you. We feel that the nudes in these books are graceful, playful, and charming. This is fair warning that as cute and cuddly as Cooper’s art is, it is intended for a mature audience and for those who are 18 years or older.
J.A.W. Cooper Books
A three-book complementary set compiling the best of J.A.W. Cooper’s drawings and paintings. There are tattooed women, smug animals, grotesque figures, sensuous paintings, and anything else that comes out of her twisted mind. (Mostly naked, of course.)
Each of these books is 9 x 12" at 64 pages each. (Flora & Fauna is now 80 pages!) Together, these three titles contain 208 pages of the very best of Cooper's pencil sketches, red pencil preparatory drawings, pen illustrations and paintings.
Drawing on themes of the occult, Familiars explores animals as allegories for the human condition—a physical projection of that which is clandestine. This book is 9 x 12 inches with 70 artworks spanning 64 pages. Available as individual paperback, or as the first of the hardcover three book set.
Flora and Fauna delves into the atmospheric and relational qualities between people, animals, and nature. This title showcases her command of the animal kingdom and passion for drawing from real subjects. This book is 9 x 12 inches with 90 artworks spanning 80 pages. Available as individual paperback, or as the second of the hardcover three book set.
A journey into the violent, steaming innards of making art—raw, spontaneous and unfettered—Viscera explores instinct and intuition as the spark of artistic creation, to delight the feral child at our core. This book is 9 x 12 inches with 70 artworks spanning 64 pages. Available as individual paperback, or as the third of the hardcover three book set.
Two premium 18 x 24 inch signed and numbered prints are available!
The first print is of Cooper's alluring painting "Sticks and Stones" that was only available for the first 3 days of this campaign. The print is limited to those who pledged for it during this short time frame. Thanks to those who picked it up!
The second print is of the exquisite painting "Shapeshifter." This print will be limited to those who pledge support for its production during this Kickstarter campaign only.
J.A.W. Cooper Postcard Set
A postcard set that features five of Cooper's personal favorite gouache works completed during her travels. Place a stamp and use these postcards to share stories of your own personal adventures with friends, family, or let your cats back at home know how much fun you are having without them.
These enamel pins are only available as a set in the "Cooperset" and "Everything" tiers. These will not be available outside of this Kickstarter campaign.
What better way to shine than by fastening an exquisite enamel pin designed by Cooper to your outerwear? These three enamel pins are the perfect companions to the books. Each will be expertly made under Cooper's supervision. The drawings above will give you a taste of what they will look like. Please note that the designs may fluctuate slightly during production based upon what is feasible to do with the manufacturer. We're looking forward to making these as exquisite as possible. They will be a minimum of 1 inch in size. The enamel pins will only be made upon the successful completion of this campaign.
Original Art Tiers--SOLD OUT!
Here's a rare opportunity to obtain an original piece of art by Cooper. She rarely, if ever, sells her pencil or ink drawings. Each original art tier is paired with the FIRST 3-DAY "EVERYTHING" FLASH SALE tier to guarantee that you don't miss a thing. This tier can be selected at any time during the 30 day campaign. This is for the ultimate J.A.W. Cooper patron!
In addition, each of these originals will appear in one of the books.
A. "Conquerer" 8.5 x 10.5 inch, ink on acid-free 50lb bond paper
B. "Moth Friend" 8 x 11 inch, colored pencil on acid-free 50lb bond paper
C. "Bear Family" 10 x 8 inch, graphite on acid-free 50lb bond paper
D. "Salamander And Lion" 10 x 8 inch, graphite on acid-free 50lb bond paper
E. "Tattooed Back" 8 x10 inch, ink on acid-free 50lb bond paper
F. "Girlfriends" 8 x 10 inch, ink on acid-free 50lb bond paper
Original Art Note: Drawings may fade over time in direct sunlight; be sure to take steps when framing and deciding where to hang these pieces to guard against premature sun damage.
Four Kickstarter Bonus Prints!
Exclusive Kickstarter Bonus Prints! We will include an 8 x 10 inch print of the pencil art for "Rattle" and "Safe Passage," plus, prints for "Smug POS Dogs" and "Smug POS Cats" by Cooper for all pledges of $25 or more.
Stretch goals are bonus items that are added to the campaign as we hit certain goals. These are additional items that are free upgrades. As we gain more support, we offer more rewards as a special thank you.
UNLOCKED--Stretch Goal #1 -- We will add an extra 16 pages to the Flora & Fauna book that will feature more animal drawings by Cooper. This will raise the page count for this one book from 64 pages to 80 pages!
UNLOCKED Stretch Goal #2 -- We will add a slipcase to house the three book hardcover set. In addition, we will add the second 8 x 10 inch bonus print of "Safe Passage" to all pledges for $25 or more.
UNLOCKED Stretch Goal #3 -- We love prints, and we love the idea of giving more of them away. We will include two more 8 x 10 inch prints featuring Cooper’s Smug POS Cat’s, and her equally Smug POS Dog’s, to everyone who has pledged $25 or more!
UNLOCKED Stretch Goal #4 -- We will add the 1 inch enamel pin "Fig Frog" to every pledge of $25 or more! This pin will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign. (Note that the design and colors are in progress and may change.) One per person.
The four bonus prints are available as one set per person.
Add-on anything to anything! An Add-On lets you pledge for more than one tier by adding the price of any additional tier to your existing pledge. Say you want to include an extra set of postcards? Simply add-on an additional $10 to your pledge and let us know. Want two of something? Double the pledge and let us know that you would like two of them. Please also double the shipping charge. Easy-peasy.
You can expect to receive your pledges by October. Since the books and prints have been designed already we will send them to the printer within a couple of weeks after the campaign ends if we hit our goal. It takes approximately three months for everything to be printed, then to be delivered to us. We will ship them to everyone immediately upon their arrival at our Flesk warehouse in Santa Cruz, CA.
All items shipped within the U.S.A. are by USPS Mail and will include tracking. The items shipped to our international friends usually take 3 weeks for delivery, but can sometimes take up to 3-6 weeks depending on the country. We know that shipping overseas is very expensive and we wish it was cheaper, too! We help by subsidizing some of the cost. We make no money from the shipping.
JOHN'S THOUGHTS ON J.A.W. COOPER
The first time I saw Cooper's art was when she submitted to Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. This is when her art smugly entered my life, sat in front of me to show itself off, and literally caused a pause in time. I couldn't help but to absorb and enjoy her art for an undetermined (translates to very long) amount of time. This moment repeats itself every time I see a new piece of hers. She has the perfect mixture between the informed sciences and the surreal as she stretches reality into an abundance of unique views that constantly amazes. The intelligence and cleverness of her drawings are simply extraordinary.
ABOUT J.A.W. COOPER
J.A.W. Cooper was born in England to a South African/British mother and an American father - both freshwater ecologists. She grew up traveling for their research and professor exchanges, living in Kenya, Sweden, Ireland and traveling across Europe. Home base was Southern California between trips, sabbaticals, and longer stays in other countries. Her mother always practiced art, in particular scientific illustration, and from an early age she was eager to learn how to perform the same kind of "magic." Between my parent's dedication to ecology, our extensive traveling, and her mother's skill as an artists, Cooper was primed to be fascinated with flora and fauna and obsessed with capturing them in sketches and paintings.
A message from the Publisher, John Fleskes: What Kickstarter offers is the opportunity to create and do what we love, while connecting and giving back to our supporters in a personal way. This makes the process much more enjoyable than if we simply worked behind closed doors. It is also gratifying to have the opportunity to continually add value to the project through stretch goals. I've never felt that we are making products. Instead, we are making unique art books and prints. This is done with great care to best allow us to showcase Cooper's art in a way that we can be proud of. We hope that you will cherish them just as much as we do.
All artwork is © 2017 J.A.W. Cooper. All Rights Reserved
Video and text used for this campaign is © 2017 J.A.W. Cooper and Flesk Publications. All Rights Reserved.
Risks and challenges
Why you should trust Flesk Publications? John Fleskes answers:
I pride myself on having a fifteen year record of delivering over eighty books of the highest quality. I've run six previous Kickstarter campaigns, with Brom, Frank Cho, Petar Meseldzija, Richard and Wendy Pini, Mark Schultz, and Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue. Most of these have been on time. We are very open with our backers and communicate through updates often to keep you up to date.
In some cases, things don't always go exactly as planned in the publishing world. Much of the time they do, but sometimes an unexpected problem or delay arises. In the rare case that this happens, simply put, I deal with it and find a way to get the job done. I am very open about any challenges and like to share in the process so people know what's going on. I don't like surprises, and don't feel anyone else should either. I respect the artist, and our supporters too much to let them down. The good thing is that I've published over eighty books and I know how to get them shipped and delivered, and I know how to manage a schedule and keep projects on track, and I will stay motivated and energized to get the books into your hands when I said I would.
I can't thank everyone enough who has supported us before. You directly help us to make these beautiful books.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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