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Photographs and personal stories paint a portrait of ordinary citizen protesters who are as diverse as America itself.
Photographs and personal stories paint a portrait of ordinary citizen protesters who are as diverse as America itself.
155 backers pledged $14,515 to help bring this project to life.

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Last winter hundreds of thousands of protesters converged on the Wisconsin capitol for the largest demonstrations to hit the state in forty years. Newscasts around the country provided daily updates on the political happenings, but we heard very little about the ordinary protester—those tiny faces in the vast crowds.

Based on interviews often conducted while marching with protesters, Cut from Plain Cloth combines photos and personal stories to paint a portrait of protesters who are as diverse as America itself. From the moving tale of a Vietnam vet who finally felt welcomed back to his country, to a delightful encounter with high school students who cut classes to support their teachers, this book provides an intimate look into the heart of the protests—the people.

Where the money goes.

Pre-production and commercial printing for this four color book will run $28,000. I am hoping to raise half of that on Kickstarter in order to meet a target publication date of November 1. Yes, this is a very tight schedule; just ask my wife (the designer) who has not yet hurt me, but makes no future guarantees.

Any funds in excess of the goal will go to several local professional photographers who have been exceedingly generous with their images, toward additional marketing, and to pay off project loans acquired from other sources.

About the rewards.

The Kickstarter book party is a chance to meet some of the photographers and even a few protesters whose stories appear in the book. There will be a book preview on the big screen (well, as big as I can afford), protest pizza by Ian’s, and live music.

The photograph selected for the cover of this book was taken by photographer Michelle Martin, who captured one of the most stirring images of the protests—the perfect complement to the book title. She has made this wonderful picture available for the greeting cards and wrapped canvas prints. Her generosity has been unending, and several more of her beautiful images are found inside the book.

The “Our house” poster is the creation of Linda Weidemann, who not only designed it, but took the photo as well. This shot is from the night that protesters were being told to leave the Capitol after nearly two weeks of occupation. Despite the adversity of that evening, protesters would not give up. This is Linda's favorite photo of the protests, and I hope you enjoy it as much as she does.

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    Six greeting cards of the cover photograph, and an invitation to the rockin' book party.

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    A signed copy of the book, a 12" x 18" poster of "Our house," and an invitation to the book party.

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    The "tis the season" option. Three signed books you can gift, a 12" X 18" poster of "Our House," and an invitation to the book party.

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    A signed copy of the book, a 12" x 18" poster of "Our house," a 16" x 24" canvas wrapped print of the cover photograph, and an invitation to the book party.

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