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Bristol, UK Digital Art
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This project was successfully funded on July 18, 2014.

Create, share & print beautiful representations of your life. A web platform that builds unique colour timelines from any set of images

Bristol, UK Digital Art
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About this project

Welcome to our Kickstarter page!

 What is Colourstory?

Colourstory is the brainchild of Arthur Buxton, an artist and printmaker who tells stories with colour. Arthur has exhibited work in London, New York and Hong Kong. His limited edition prints have featured on BoingBoing.net and sold at Christies Multiplied Art Fair. This is an opportunity for you to own a collectable artwork whilst supporting a project which will enable creativity and spark ideas. 

We are raising money to build a free web platform which will enable anyone to create beautiful colourful artworks at the touch of a button. You can make Colourstories from absolutely any set of images - your holiday in Ireland, a football match, your friend's wedding, your twitter feed, your facebook albums, your favourite artist or even your favourite food (cake anyone?). 

How are Colourstories created?
How are Colourstories created?

Back the project to get your hands on some personalised collectable artworks! Have a look at the rewards...

3 x 50cm by 50cm Colourstory prints
3 x 50cm by 50cm Colourstory prints

How are Colourstories created?

Colourstories are made using digital tools which extract the main colours from an image and display them proportionally. The resulting colour charts are arranged chronologically to form a unique narrative using colour. Sounds simple? It is but this novel approach is the result of years of research and hard work by Arthur. The process is currently very labour intensive - our aim is to create a web application that simplifies the process and places it in the hands of the public. We want to see what Colourstories you have to tell! 

As well as being pretty to look at, Colourstories have the potential to reveal trends otherwise hidden in large collections of images and as such have vast potential in the worlds of data visualisation, academia, art history, education and many other uses we haven't even thought of yet! The Colourstory platform will be totally free to use and you will be able to order each one as a unique museum quality printed memento.

What will the money go towards?

Almost all of the money you pledge will go towards designing and programming a simple, easy to use, robust and most importantly free web platform. The remainder of the budget will go towards ink and paper to print the beautiful artwork you will be receiving as rewards! We expect to spend 80 percent on development and 20 percent on ink, paper and postage!

What happens if we go over the goal?

We are aiming for overfunding! If we get overfunded we will expand the range of digital and physical products the platform produces. Printed textiles, jewellery, and product design are all things we would love to explore so please become a backer and help us make our digital dreams become physical!

Some more of the swanky printed goodies we're offering to backers

Our prints are made to exacting standards using archival inks and paper.
Our prints are made to exacting standards using archival inks and paper.
3 x 50cm by 50cm Colourstory prints (framed)
3 x 50cm by 50cm Colourstory prints (framed)

Meet the rest of the team

The Team: from left Arthur Buxton, Seth Jackson and Charlotte Smith.
The Team: from left Arthur Buxton, Seth Jackson and Charlotte Smith.

Helping achieve this goal are experienced managing director Seth Jackson and studio assistant Charlotte Smith. They are all based at The Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol, which houses a wonderful mix of engineers, artists, producers and academics - the perfect place to get the support and advice needed to make this happen!

Research & Development so far 

In 2013, Arthur carried out a six month feasibility study with Dr Paul Laidler of the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE, Bristol. Funded by Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology (REACT) and entitled ‘Visualising Colour Trends’ the study helped him to develop a prototype and refine his idea. At the start of 2014, Arthur took part in the incubator Webstart Bristol, where this project was born!

Testing the prototype
Testing the prototype

Colourstory has been featured by:

Motherboard, part of VICEhttp://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/colourstory-uses-image-data-to-make-colorful-life-stories 

Bristol Culturehttp://www.bristol-culture.com/2014/06/26/turning-life-into-a-colour-wheel-story/

The Wall Street Journal: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/07/09/five-art-projects-looking-for-some-crowd-love/

Bonus reward! An A1 poster to celebrate the world's most famous cycle race. Limited edition fan art signed by the artist.
Bonus reward! An A1 poster to celebrate the world's most famous cycle race. Limited edition fan art signed by the artist.

Risks and challenges

We already have some of the groundwork done when it comes to building the digital platform therefore six weeks should allow us plenty of time to finish it off. However, if we do encounter a hold up of any kind we will inform all the backers of the delay immediately and begin fulfilling those orders which require the platform manually.

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    Pledge £3 or more

    21 backers

    INVITE TO BETA TEST.
    We will show our eternal gratitude by inviting you to be amongst the first to test out the new web platform and create a digital artwork. (You will have the choice to pay extra for a print - see the other rewards for inclusive printing).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge £10 or more

    25 backers

    INVITE TO BETA TEST + POSTCARD VARIETY PACK.
    Receive a variety pack of six Colourstory postcards including football match, art and design and children’s book Colourstories. You will also be invited to beta test the platform.

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    Pledge £25 or more

    11 backers

    "CATERPILLAR" PRINT + INVITE TO BETA TEST.
    Receive a 20cm x 25cm Colourstory print signed by the artist on smooth 315gsm cotton fine art paper using archival pigment inks. A tribute to the iconic children's book.

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    Pledge £26 or more

    1 backer

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE "WORLD CUP FINAL" PRINT + INVITE TO BETA TEST.
    Receive an exclusive 20cm x 25cm Colourstory print signed by the artist on smooth 315gsm cotton fine art paper using archival pigment inks.

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  • You selected
    Pledge £26 or more

    8 backers

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE "VOGUE COVERS" PRINT + INVITE TO BETA TEST.
    Receive an exclusive 20cm x 25cm Colourstory print signed by the artist on smooth 315gsm cotton fine art paper using archival pigment inks.

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    Pledge £30 or more

    39 backers

    BETA TEST WITH INCLUDING YOUR OWN COLOURSTORY PRINT + THANK-YOU CARD
    Use photos to tell your own Colourstory and have it printed on 20cm x 25cm smooth 315gsm cotton fine art paper using archival pigment inks. You will be among the first to upload your images to the platform to create your own unique Colourstory and receive your 20cm x 25cm print. You will also get a handwritten thank-you from Arthur.

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    Pledge £40 or more

    3 backers Limited (47 left of 50)

    BONUS FINAL WEEK REWARD POSTER + INVITE TO BETA TEST Arthur has designed this fan-art poster especially to celebrate the world's most famous cycling race coming to Yorkshire! Made using colours of pictures tweeted by the fans on the first leg, It's A1 size (59.4 cm W x 89.1 H) and printed on coated matte paper using archival UV inkjet inks. Signed and numbered.

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  • You selected
    Pledge £55 or more

    9 backers

    A1 POSTER OF ALL 64 WORLD CUP 2014 GAMES + INVITE TO BETA TEST.
    Each game individually represented as an annotated colour timeline and laid out in a grid of 64. An infographic artwork printed on 170gsm matte paper using archival pigment inks.

    FOLLOW @Colourstoryapp ON TWITTER TO SEE THIS WORK AS IT'S CREATED!

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    Pledge £65 or more

    9 backers

    YOUR FRAMED COLOURSTORY PRINT + KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE PRINT + POSTCARD VARIETY PACK + THANK-YOU CARD + INVITE TO BETA TEST.
    Receive your own framed Colourstory (created through the web platform as soon as it's ready - see pictures for example and frame), the choice of a Kickstarter exclusive 2014 "World Cup”, “Caterpillar” or "Vogue Covers" Colourstory (we will get in touch once the project has finished and you'll be able to choose your print) both printed on 20cm x 25cm smooth 315gsm cotton fine art paper using archival pigment inks. You will also receive a variety pack of six Colourstory postcards (each contains football match, art & design and children's book colourstories) and a handwritten thank-you from Arthur.

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    Pledge £100 or more

    10 backers

    FOUR COLOURSTORY PRINTS + THANK-YOU CARD + INVITE TO BETA TEST.
    Receive four of your own Colourstories printed on 20cm x 25cm smooth 315gsm cotton fine art paper using archival pigment inks. You can choose any four sets of images you like, whether they're from your own collection or based on a theme: nature, art, fashion... the possibilities are endless. As soon as the platform is ready, we will notify you and you will be able to order your paid-for prints. You will also receive a handwritten thank-you from Arthur.

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    Pledge £180 or more

    3 backers Limited (9 left of 12)

    COMMISSION A SIGNED PRE-RELEASE EXTRA LARGE YOUR COLOURSTORY PRINT + SIX YOUR COLOURSTORY POSTCARDS + INVITE TO BETA TEST.
    Arthur will personally make your Colourstory using any set of images (or you can suggest a theme to Arthur) - before the platform is released and sign and print it on 50cm x 50cm smooth 315gsm cotton fine art paper using archival pigment inks. Plus six postcards with the same image.

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  • You selected
    Pledge £280 or more

    2 backers Limited (6 left of 8)

    COMMISSION A FRAMED & SIGNED PRE-RELEASE EXTRA LARGE YOUR COLOURSTORY PRINT + 16 YOUR COLOURSTORY POSTCARDS + INVITE TO BETA TEST.
    Arthur will personally make, frame and sign your Colourstory using any set of images before the platform is released and print it on extra large 50cm x 50cm smooth 315gsm cotton fine art paper using archival pigment inks. You will also get a pack of 16 personalised postcards. We could also use this as an example image on the homepage with your name if you like!

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    Pledge £900 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    MEETING WITH ARTIST + COMMISSION A FRAMED & SIGNED PRE-RELEASE GIANT YOUR COLOURSTORY PRINT + LARGE PACK OF YOUR COLOURSTORY POSTCARDS + INVITE TO BETA TEST.
    You will receive a giant (1m x 1m) framed and signed Colourstory using images of your choice printed on smooth 315gsm cotton fine art paper using archival pigment inks before the platform is released. Arthur will meet, (UK residents only, sorry!) discuss and research subject matter with you and build it himself. You will also receive 32 postcards of the same design. (Sponsorship - We can use this as an example image on the homepage with your name if desirable - perfect for businesses!) Delivery date of rewards is subject to backer's and Arthur's availability to meet up.

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Funding period

- (30 days)