Hello! Our names are Christina Mrozik and Zoe Keller. We are illustrators who spent the past five months making a series of highly detailed drawings. We are now hoping to fund a print run of beautiful hardcover books that will allow us to share all of the drawings with you.
We have put a great deal of thought into how this book will feel when you hold it in your hands. We want it to be a beautiful object, so we’ve worked with a local printer to pour over every detail of the design.
Intricaces will be a 64 page, 6.75 x 10 inch, hardcover book. It will be bound in a warm grey cloth, with the title stamped on the cover and spine in a slighly reflective gun-metal foil. The illustrations will be offset printed on a natural toned archival paper; a thick 80lb stock that feels good to the touch. We are using a special sewn binding so that when open, the pages lay flat. Every inch of this book has been designed to tickle your senses. Now we need your help to make it real.
This past June we left our homes and jobs to relocate to a tiny studio on a once-blueberry-farm in Hudsonville, Michigan. Here, we committed ourselves to a slower kind of living. We took the time to observe the natural world around us and focused our studio efforts exclusively on the series of illustrations for Intricacies. The past five months have been a joyful stream of collaboration, with us constantly bouncing concepts back and forth and sometimes passing a single drawing between our desks until a page was full.
To read more of our personal stories as illustrators, see the full bio tab at right.
Intricacy means that there is a fluted fringe to the something that exists over against nothing, a fringe that rises and spreads, burgeoning in detail. Mentally reverse positive and negative space, as in the plaster cast of the pine, and imagine emptiness as a sort of person, a boundless person consisting of an elastic, unformed clay. - Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
The original illustrations in Intricacies measure 15” x 11” and were drawn in graphite, each taking between 30 to 50 hours to complete. They are the product of long, quiet periods of observation on the ten acres of land that surround our Michigan studio, and in landscapes past. With our tight drawing style and love of detail, we have woven rich natural imagery into precarious moments that hint at stories of heartache and personal growth. We’re hoping that when everything is moving too fast, that slipping into these illustrations can give you the slow, quiet space that we had this summer. We hope that maybe they will give you reason to pause and notice the small, mysterious things that lie just out of sight in our everyday.
The first $8,500: Most of our $8,500 goal will cover the cost of the first print run of Intricacies. Smaller portions will cover shipping supplies and postal fees, and the cost of printing the postcards and archival prints that are also offered as rewards.
Getting to $12,500: This project was a complete financial leap of faith for both of us; we passed up all but a few freelance opportunities while working on the illustrations for Intricacies, so that we could give the work our full creative attention. We are so so thrilled that this Kickstarter has allowed us to recover the basic living costs that we incurred while making this body of work!
Big dreams for additional funds: While working on Intricacies, we would take breaks from our long days of drawing to walk far into the farm country surrounding our studio. These walks bubbled over with ideas for future collaborations: expeditions into new landscapes to gather inspiration, residencies in repurposed, history-filled buildings to carve out more quiet drawing space, and incredible chances to make art with young people in biodiverse regions. Which dream we chase next depends on how much we are able to raise through this Kickstarter. By backing our project, you are already a part of our next big adventure.
As big fans of small press books and zines, we’re really excited to be directly involved in getting our books out to folks! We think Kickstarter is a great way to make our book available to a wide geographic audience, while still being personally involved in sending off each copy.
SEE MORE OF OUR WORK
You can see more of our work on our websites, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook. Check out the links below!
Many thanks to Dennis Nagelkirk for filming and editing our Kickstarter video! He’s a wonderful multi-talented fella. Check out his work here.
A great big thanks to Strawberry Heritage for allowing us to use their lovely song "The Snow" in our video! Listen to them here.
For a full list of rewards, and complete descriptions of what each reward level contains, please see the Rewards listed at right!
8" x 10" Limited Run Archival Quality Snail Print (below)
Printed on acid-free, heavy-weight stock locally in West Michigan. This print is exclusively for our Kickstarter backers! Included in the following reward levels: $50, $100, $250, $350, $950 and $1500 or more.
Set of Three 16" x 20" Limited Run Archival Quality Prints: Hawk, Grass Spiral and Geode (below)
Printed on acid-free, heavy-weight stock locally in West Michigan. These prints are exclusively for our Kickstarter backers! These prints are only included at the $250 or more level.
Original Illustrations available at the $950 reward level (below)
Details: These six original, signed illustrations each measure 15” x 11” and are drawn in graphite, carefully fixed to prevent smudging. They will not be shipped framed, but will be lovingly packaged to ensure safe delivery. Illustrations are being offered on a first-come-first-serve basis; as soon as you back this level, we will email you a list of what is still available! We are offering these originals at a special, more affordable price than what we would usually charge in a gallery ($1200-$1400).
$1500 Reward Level Custom Workshop Details: We will happily work with folks of any age! We have experience working with middle-school age students and adults in workshop settings. We are comfortable with traditional, technical art instruction and with freer-form educational environments.
We will need to be compensated for travel and may require compensation for accommodations. No first-class plane tickets or luxury suites required; we can travel simply and will be fine crashing on a nearby couch! We also ask that you cover the cost of any materials associated with the workshop.
Risks and challenges
We have everything lined up with the printer already, so we do not anticipate any challenges with the printing of the book! If we do encounter any hiccups in the process we will notify you asap, work through the problem, and get you your rewards just as soon as we're able!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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