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A deck of illustrated symbolic cards to be used for inspiration, advice, and reflection.
A deck of illustrated symbolic cards to be used for inspiration, advice, and reflection.
A deck of illustrated symbolic cards to be used for inspiration, advice, and reflection.
127 backers pledged $4,800 to help bring this project to life.

Success! & I Need Your Input about the Bookplate Designs

Dear Backers,

The project was successfully funded last night at 9:49 pm. As I watched the minutes tick away, I felt a satisfied relief that the campaign was over. Thank you Backers for all that you have done to help create a successful campaign - from pledging to spreading the word, to sending encouragement. It is an amazing experience to know that 127 people have got my back!

While I have enjoyed this campaign and learned a lot from it, it has felt a bit unreal at times since most of you are people I haven't seen in years or never met in person. But come April, it will certainly feel real when I package and ship 127 rewards! And for those of you who live in Richmond, VA I am planning on a special release party so you can pick up your rewards in person if you choose - more details to follow.

Though the campaign is over, I will continue to send updates on the artwork as it is completed. In the next week or two, I will also e-mail you a survey asking for your address and reward specifications (like which postcard designs do you prefer and if you'd like to be entered into the drawing to receive a $50 gift certificate from my online shop, Sprout Head). Some of you chose a reward at a lower pledge level or a level which had multiple options - if you decide to change your reward, just message me and I will make note of it. I want you to receive exactly what you want!

The Golden Moth Illumination Deck has been the biggest project I have ever taken on. It has warranted a great deal of work and planning: 

  • Making the video - it took me a full week to do
  • Promoting the project and sending updates
  • Figuring out costs of printing, shipping, and the reward tiers
  • Figuring out measurements, papers, and inks for printing
  • Drawing the artwork, scanning, touching it up, and laying it out (I know those symbols are tiny, but it takes me at least an hour for each one - white-out is a perfectionist's best friend)
  • Communicating back and forth with the printer
  • Ordering shipping supplies
  • Writing and designing the guide booklet (eek!)
  • Planning ahead for the release of the deck and how to promote it further
  • & Finally, packaging the rewards and sending them out to you!

Now I need your input about the bookplate designs. Please leave a comment to this post or you can message/e-mail me directly. For those of you who are unfamiliar with bookplates, these will be self-adhesive acid-free stickers measuring 2.75" x 3.5" that you can stick onto the inside covers of your favorite books. "Ex Libris" is latin for "from the books." There is a space for you to write your name on them so you can revel in your book ownership and build up your own personal library. They are great for reminding those friends who you loaned your book to that it's actually YOUR book (and would they please remember to return it?) I plan on printing 6 - 9 different designs. Backers will be able to choose 1 design per 12-pack of bookplates, or a variety. The bookplates will be printed in a two-color scheme. Here is a sample of what the bookplates will look like.

I originally wanted the bookplates to be printed in a brown/vintage red color like the examples to the right. But I wondered if my Backers would prefer the blue/gold color scheme I used for the card design. So I'd love your input on which color scheme you like best, since I can only print one. And just to clarify, I had originally wanted to print my cards using a metallic gold ink. But when I looked at the actual color samples, I realized the gold wouldn't be as "gold-y" as I thought. It looks more like a slightly irridescent brownish color. So I have chosen a mustard-gold color instead. I'm actually happier about this decision because it means that all the inks used by Parcell Press to print the cards and other products will be soy-based which is better for the printer's health and the environment.

I'd also like your feedback on which symbols you like best for the bookplates. I plan on printing 6 - 9 designs, depending on the variety of feedback I get. Please let me know which are your favorites.

Also, if you haven't already - please check out Update #1 - Postcards! I would love your feedback on your favorite postcards. I plan to print at least 6 different designs. As of now, the top 6 designs in order of popularity are: Firefly, Radishes, Polyp, Zoom!, River Hand, and Stillness. Soon, I will list some of these images as 8.5" x 11" archival reproduction prints for sale in my shop! My friends at BuyOlympia have done such a wonderful job producing these high-quality prints for me and selling them in their online shop. I will also be listing the other rewards (cards, bookplates, notecards, postcards, and poster) in my shop once they are produced.

That's all for now. Thank you so much for everything!


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      Terry Byrne on March 17, 2012

      Congratulations, Aijung! I like the red/brown colors. My favorite designs are 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 12, 16, and 18.

    2. Aijung Kim Creator on March 15, 2012

      Hey everyone! thank you all for your feedback. I'm very close to picking out the final designs, but i'll wait a little longer to get some more feedback. so far, #16, 18, and 19 are leading and will definitely be chosen for the final design. and it looks as though most of you like the blue/gold color scheme for unifying the project. some of you have been asking me how to add an extra pledge, and i'm trying to figure out the best way to do that since the fundraiser is over and i can't accept more donations through kickstarter. i will update you guys on that soon. Thanks!

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      Lizzie Watkins on March 15, 2012

      Kia ora Aijung - you must be pretty excited!
      I prefer the brown/vintage red colour but the blue/gold is attractive too.
      1, 4, 8, 13, 16 and 18 are my faves =>

    4. Maria Hunter on March 14, 2012

      Congratulations, Aijung! Regarding the colors, I prefer the red and brown color scheme for the bookplates, and I posted on update #4 with my favorite designs.

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      dee keaney on March 12, 2012

      Yea Aijung for getting funding & then some! I like the idea of a unified color scheme and my favorite designs are: 2,3,4,11,17 & 19.

    6. Mark Groaning on March 12, 2012

      Congratulations on you being funded! Yay for you!!
      My favorites are: 1, 4, 6, 10, 12, 16. In fact I actually love them all! Very excited and can hardly wait to have a Golden Moth Illuminated deck of my own! Yay for us both!

      Mark Groaning

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      Margaret Paige on March 12, 2012

      Hi! My favorite designs are 10, 11, 16, 18, and 19. I really like the brown/vintage red but the turquoise & mustard is also groovy. Yay for soy-based inks! ***And congratulations, Aijung!!***

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      Kiran on March 11, 2012

      Selecting designs is a lot of fun.
      For book-plates, the designs I like best are: 2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 13, 16, 18, 19
      Both color-schemes look good

    9. Shelby Cinca on March 11, 2012

      My faves: #4, #14, #15! :)

    10. Emma Crew on March 11, 2012

      Any chance of sending you some extra money to add a set of bookplates? Somehow I failed to notice the $35 deck & bookplates pledge!

      I agree with gold and blue for unification purposes. My favorites are 18, 19, 16, 6, 11, 1, & 5.

    11. Phoebe Baker on March 11, 2012

      I like both color schemes, but it seems to me that for this project and this time-span, the designs should be unified in some way. We should be able to look at our books and say "Oh yeah, I bought these book plates when Aijung did the Kickstarter project for the Golden Illumination deck. Thus, the gold and blue scheme. I think printing another color scheme of book plates at a later date would be great, but I'd prefer the gold and blue right now.

      The images that jump out at me are: 2, 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19

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      Lucy on March 11, 2012

      Color schemes: 2 and 4 from left.
      I heart designs: 18, 8, 11, 7 - in that order.

    13. Shane Keaney on March 11, 2012

      I like either color scheme! My favorites are 1,2,4,10,15,16.
      : )