My name is Nicole Docimo, and I'm an artist living in Boulder, Colorado.
Everyday I wake up, and if I take the time to pay attention, I realize everything is astounding and simply beautiful---there is the dim blue softness of morning, clouds sailing in over the mountains, sunlight sifting down onto my face through the glistening summer trees.
One of my favorite poets Mary Oliver wrote in her poem "This World:"
"I would like to write a poem about the world that has in it
But it seems impossible.
Whatever the subject, the morning sun
This is what I like to make my art about---the small, everyday "unfancy" things and moments that we so often forget to pay attention to, but when we do, they glimmer. For the past four years, I've been bringing together my love of words and poetry with my love of simple whimsical imagery to create illustrations with playful poetic messages.
Now with this Kickstarter project, I would like to build on this work by creating a collection of art prints and cards "In Praise of Small Things." This collection will make you stop and appreciate the world around you through original poetic messages and hand-carved linoleum block and vintage images, and it will come to life through the historic printing craft: letterpress.
You may have heard of letterpress before: it's the process of printing that was used for centuries to produce written material using movable lead type (think Gutenberg). Since the advent of faster technology for printing, letterpress is now being used mainly on a small scale by artists and craft printers because of the beautiful effect it creates with letters and lines pressed into the surface of the paper.
I would like to use this medium in particular to create this new collection of prints and cards because the process in itself is an appreciation of small things: I would like to work in the traditional way with pieces of lead and wood type, linoleum block carved and vintage letterpress images, setting each letter and piece by hand. I can think of no better way to appreciate words, language, and letters---small things that we constantly overlook but can change your life and have changed mine.
Would you like to help me get these messages out into the world to inspire more people to pay attention to the beauty all around them every day?
I'm here on Kickstarter because I would like to ask for your help. In order to make my new collection of letterpress prints and cards, "In Praise of Small Things," I need to raise money to buy all of the necessary equipment and supplies.
As a contributor, your money will go towards me buying my first letterpress printing press, paper, ink, lead and wood type, and all of the other necessary tools to create this project. I have my eye particularly on a table top proofing press that would allow me to make both art prints and cards. I just saw one of these go up for sale in my area, so if I raise this money very soon, I might just be able to grab up this unique piece of machinery locally (check out a photo of it below).
I'm so excited for you to be a part of this project and to share in the appreciation of small beauties! In thanks for contributing, I will be sending you some of my very first letterpress creations! See the right sidebar of this page for more details.
I also need your help in one final way. If you like this project and want to help me get it out into the world, please spread the word any way you can---tell your friends, talk about it on twitter, facebook, your blog, and wherever else you visit to share things you're excited about. I'm @bluebicicletta on twitter and here on facebook. And the link for this project is: http://kck.st/o48QVd
And here's a badge you can use for your blog to show your support:
Thank you so much for taking the time to find out more about my project. To find out more about me and my work, check out my website
Pssst: here's a picture of the tabletop proof press I would like to get. Isn't it cool!!??
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