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Get a little startdust into your life by helping fund the start up of the new Alykat Creative print series!
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Hi! Thanks so much for dropping by!

My goal is to raise enough funds to print the first batch of my new limited edition prints, the Stardust series, in order to get them to you! This campaign will act almost like a pre-ordering system for the new Stardust prints and the rest of the rewards, including various sized prints and greeting cards from my previous designs.

★ A bit about me...

I'm Alyson, a 30 year old Australian graphic designer and illustrator, currently living in London and working in the creative team at Macmillan Cancer Support. I've just reduced my hours at Macmillan to part time in order to focus more on my creative work and to have more time for creating prints and taking Alykat Creative to the next level! (hence why I'm struggling to afford launching these without your help!)

Last weekend at a Macmillan event (I'm on the right).
Last weekend at a Macmillan event (I'm on the right).

★ How I got to where I am...

I started creating prints and handmade greeting cards from my artwork about 5 years ago under the name Alykat Creative. My first limited edition print run was of 50 and originally created as a submission to the 2012 Semi Permanent and Curvy books, titled The Horses Will Play. To my surprise it was published in both books that year and featured and sold at the Curvy exhibition in Sydney. All 50 signed and numbered large prints are now sold out!

"The Horses Will Play" at Curvy's 2012 book launch exhibition.
"The Horses Will Play" at Curvy's 2012 book launch exhibition.

After receiving so much interest in my one and only print, I realised this was something I wanted to do more of! I really wanted to draw animals, but animals in slightly different environments doing slightly odd things, and I created the Animal series. Five limited edition prints of just 20 and launched them displayed in ornate frames in a bar in Melbourne. From this, I met a lovely girl who owns a lovely little shop in Melbourne who started stocking my work.

The Animal Series promotional flyer.
The Animal Series promotional flyer.

These were received really well and I eventually created some more animal themed prints, this time with a bit of a story behind them. 

Escape from the Circus featured another five limited edition prints of 20, and all relate to animals fleeing from a life performing on demand in a circus. These were met with a really great response from my now growing supporter base. 

I then took a financial risk to hold my first Alykat Creative stall early last year at Melbourne's contemporary graphic art fair, Supergraph, where I amazingly sold out of a lot of prints and far outweighed my expectations! 

My stall at Melbourne's Supergraph Art Fair
My stall at Melbourne's Supergraph Art Fair

It was such an awesome experience to have so many people supporting and interested in what I do, it was definitely a highlight in my creative career. 

I think the adrenaline and thrill of Supergraph, along with numerous other things going on in my life at the time, awakened my urge to put myself out of my comfort zone and feel alive! So I decided to finally take advantage of my grandparent’s English and Scottish roots and moved to London on an Ancestry Visa. Although it has been an absolute roller coaster ride and an amazing 12 months, it has definitely been hard to get back into my creative work. Finding the time and having the motivation when starting from scratch and there's a whole other side of the world to explore, is somehow a lot more difficult than I anticipated. So after having lost some of that momentum from the buzz of Supergraph, I finally pushed myself to pick up the pen and watercolor and just get started!! 

★ And where I want to go... 

So, having finally found my mojo, here we are! the Stardust series. Four new and fresh pieces of work that I'm really excited about, that adrenaline is back and I'm ready to get back out there! These A3 limited edition of 50 prints will be printed on heavy archival Giclee' paper, (Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth, 100% Cotton, pH neutral, Acid Free art paper) which is 100+ years lightfast and printed with high quality French inks and will of course be signed, titled and numbered.

The new Stardust series!
The new Stardust series!

I've already had such an amazing response these last few weeks as I've been posting each design on my social media channels as they finish.

A gorgeous comment on my new piece "Donkey on a Journey".
A gorgeous comment on my new piece "Donkey on a Journey".

Frustratingly the only thing actually stopping me from producing these new works and all of my previous designs as unlimited prints and cards, is the upfront cost of getting the stock printed and packaged! 

So having just pledged to another Kickstarter project myself, I thought this would be a great idea! People already interested in buying my work could pledge for it upfront and in turn enable me to print it for them! Hopefully, win-win! 

★ Where your money goes 

If I reach my target goal, it will fund the first lot of prints from the new Stardust series, along with a bunch of unlimited prints and greeting cards of my previous work, which has been in demand for the past couple of years as well! 

Depending how much I raise through this campaign, my next creative goal is to hold a stall in East London's D.I.Y Art Market in Dalston. I went to the last one recently and was absolutely blown away by the mix of art and design on show and being able to meet and talk to the artists behind the work got me so inspired to really do all of this right now! So, let's see how it all goes.

The D.I.Y Art Market in East London.
The D.I.Y Art Market in East London.

★ The creative process

People often ask how I create my work, so here’s a brief run through to help understand what it is I actually do!! I'm a graphic designer by trade and loved to draw as a kid. Once I have an idea of the type of things I want to draw (..usually animals!) I collect a bunch of images, print them, and using a light box to get the proportions right, draw my heart out with a biro until my wrist aches! On a separate piece of paper, to avoid ruining the pen detail, I then draw the colour with watercolour paints. I scan both sheets into Photoshop, tediously clean them up and start playing around with the different elements to create a scene.

Work in progress screenshot of "The Galaxy Lioness".
Work in progress screenshot of "The Galaxy Lioness".

This is actually where I feel most creative! After adding different textures and background photos, changing colours and effects, I'll eventually decide to leave it alone and voila, a new design is born!

★ Stay in touch

If you have any questions at all, or just want to say hey, please do get in touch at alyson [at] alykatcreative.com.au

Thanks so much for taking an interest in my stuff!

WEBSITE/ www.alykatcreative.com.au
FACEBOOK/ facebook.com/alykatcreative
TWITTER/ twitter.com/alykatcreative
INSTAGRAM/ instagram.com/alykatcreative

★ Reward images

Selection of greeting cards.
Selection of greeting cards.
The Horses Will Play.
The Horses Will Play.
The Animal Series - Clockwise from top left: Polar Opposites, Wolf Island, The Melbourne Al, The Deer In You, Who Gives A Fox.
The Animal Series - Clockwise from top left: Polar Opposites, Wolf Island, The Melbourne Al, The Deer In You, Who Gives A Fox.
Escape from the Circus series - Clockwise from top left: Float On, Later Circus, The Ringleader, A Camouflaged Escape, Set Them Free.
Escape from the Circus series - Clockwise from top left: Float On, Later Circus, The Ringleader, A Camouflaged Escape, Set Them Free.
The new Stardust series - Clockwise from top left: The Galaxy Lioness, Wooly Coo Space Cowboy, Playing With Stardust, Donkey On A Journey.
The new Stardust series - Clockwise from top left: The Galaxy Lioness, Wooly Coo Space Cowboy, Playing With Stardust, Donkey On A Journey.

Risks and challenges

I aim to get all rewards posted out during the month of July 2015, and ask those of you outside the United Kingdom to be patient as shipping times can vary.

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    ★ YOU STAR ★

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    ★ A CARD FROM ME TO YOU ★

    An Alykat Creative greeting card with a signed and personalised message inside from yours truly!

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    ★ 2 GREETING CARDS ★

    Two handmade Alykat Creative greeting cards from a lucky dip of all designs, including the new Stardust series.

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    ★ A5 PRINT ★

    An A5 (148mm x 210mm) unlimited print of any design from the Animal series, Escape from the Circus series and The Horses will Play. Printed with a white border on beautifully textured and thick 250gsm Tintoretto Gesso paper. Just let me know which one you want!

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    ★ 5 GREETING CARDS ★

    A mixed bag of 5 greeting cards from all designs, including the new Stardust series.

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    ★ A4 PRINT ★

    An A4 (210mm x 297mm) unlimited print of any designs from the Animal series, Escape from the Circus series and The Horses will Play. Printed with a white border on beautifully textured and thick 250gsm Tintoretto Gesso paper. Just let me know which one you want!

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    ★ THE HORSES WILL PLAY ★
    A3 unlimited print

    An A3 (297mm x 420mm) unlimited print of The Horses Will Play. Printed with a white border on beautifully textured and thick 250gsm Tintoretto Gesso paper.

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    ★ 2 A4 PRINTS ★

    Two A4 (210mm x 297mm) unlimited prints of any designs from the Animal series, Escape from the Circus series and The Horses will Play. Printed with a white border on beautifully textured and thick 250gsm Tintoretto Gesso paper. Just let me know which two you want!

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    ★ 5 A5 PRINTS ★

    A5 (148mm x 210mm) unlimited prints of the entire 5 designs from either the Animal series or Escape from the Circus series. Printed with a white border on beautifully textured and thick 250gsm Tintoretto Gesso paper. This deal is a real doozy!! Just let me know which series you want!

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    ★ LATER, CIRCUS ★
    Limited edition of 20

    An A3 (297mm x 420mm) limited edition print of "Later, Circus", from my Escape from the Circus series. Printed on 100% cotton Museo Portfolio Rag 300gsm archival paper – meaning the rich colours last over 100 years! Signed, numbered and titled, these are the last 2 of the series!

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    ★ THE MELBOURNE AL ★
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    An A3 (297mm x 420mm) limited edition print of “The Melbourne Al”, from my Animal series. Printed on 100% cotton Museo Portfolio Rag 300gsm archival paper – meaning the rich colours last over 100 years! Signed, numbered and titled, this is the last one of the series!

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    ★ WOLF ISLAND ★
    Limited edition of 20

    An A3 (297mm x 420mm) limited edition print of “Wolf Island”, from my Animal series. Printed on 100% cotton Museo Portfolio Rag 300gsm archival paper – meaning the rich colours last over 100 years! Signed, numbered and titled, these are the last 2 of the series!

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    ★ FLOAT ON ★
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    An A3 (297mm x 420mm) limited edition print of "Float On", from my Escape from the Circus series. Printed on 100% cotton Museo Portfolio Rag 300gsm archival paper – meaning the rich colours last over 100 years! Signed, numbered and titled, this is one of the last of the series!

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    ★ 5 A4 PRINTS ★

    A4 (210mm x 297mm) unlimited prints of the entire 5 designs from either the Animal series or Escape from the Circus series. Printed with a white border on beautifully textured and thick 250gsm Tintoretto Gesso paper. This deal is a real doozy!! Just let me know which series you want!

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    ★ THE GALAXY LIONESS ★
    Limited edition of 50

    An A3 (297mm x 420mm) limited edition print of 50 of “The Galaxy Lioness” from my new Stardust series. Printed with a white border on beautifully heavy archival Giclee' paper, (Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth, 100% Cotton, pH neutral, Acid Free art paper) which is 100+ years lightfast and printed with high quality French inks. These will be signed, numbered and titled.

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    ★ WOOLY COO SPACE COWBOY ★
    Limited edition of 50

    An A3 (297mm x 420mm) limited edition print of 50 of “Wooly Coo Space Cowboy” from my new Stardust series. Printed with a white border on beautifully heavy archival Giclee' paper, (Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth, 100% Cotton, pH neutral, Acid Free art paper) which is 100+ years lightfast and printed with high quality French inks. These will be signed, numbered and titled.

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    ★ DONKEY ON A JOURNEY ★
    Limited edition of 50

    An A3 (297mm x 420mm) limited edition print of 50 of “Donkey on a Journey” from my new Stardust series. Printed with a white border on beautifully heavy archival Giclee' paper, (Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth, 100% Cotton, pH neutral, Acid Free art paper) which is 100+ years lightfast and printed with high quality French inks. These will be signed, numbered and titled.

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    ★ PLAYING WITH STARDUST ★
    Limited edition of 50

    An A3 (297mm x 420mm) limited edition print of 50 of “Playing with Stardust” from my new Stardust series. Printed with a white border on beautifully heavy archival Giclee' paper, (Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth, 100% Cotton, pH neutral, Acid Free art paper) which is 100+ years lightfast and printed with high quality French inks. These will be signed, numbered and titled.

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    ★ ENTIRE STARDUST SERIES ★
    4 Limited edition of 50 prints

    All four A3 (297mm x 420mm) limited edition prints of 50 from my new Stardust series. Printed with a white border on beautifully heavy archival Giclee' paper, (Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth, 100% Cotton, pH neutral, Acid Free art paper) which is 100+ years lightfast and printed with high quality French inks. These will be signed, numbered and titled. Retail value is £220, so if you have a few friends interested in getting a print, this is the way to go!

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