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Every year I make unique Valentines for all my friends using code and various machines. This year I want to make one for you.
Every year I make unique Valentines for all my friends using code and various machines. This year I want to make one for you.
Every year I make unique Valentines for all my friends using code and various machines. This year I want to make one for you.
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Make 100: Personalized Generative Valentine’s Day Cards

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Remember in school how important Valentine’s Day was? 

Would that person you were crushing on notice you? 

Would they give a card that secretly meant they liked you too? Or would they give you a card that didn’t even have your name on it? Yuck.

Show someone how special they are by making something unique to them.

A few year’s ago I wanted to tie my work in generative art to that feeling. Everyone wants to feel special, and Valentine’s Day is as good a day as any to show you care about someone. So that year I decided I would make every one of my friends a custom Valentine’s Day card.

A card from 2012
A card from 2012

 

Variations among the cards
Variations among the cards

I’m not a traditional artist. I suck at drawing and I’m honestly a little lazy. But I know how to write code. So that year I made cards utilizing data from each recipient. If they were a couple they got two hearts, if they were close to me (using zip code), etc. I made about 100 cards—each completely unique. My local digital printer hooked me up with his new HP Indigo and off they went.

After a few years (and a few breakups, tbh) I wanted to get back to sharing the love. A few months before that February I’d started getting into pen plotters, old drawing machines from the 80s. What I love about pen plotters is they bring some of the aspects of traditional art (little imperfections, the randomness of a dried out pen, etc) to my less traditional practice. So I made 2016’s cards on my pen plotter. 

One of last year’s cards
One of last year’s cards

 

variations among last year’s cards
variations among last year’s cards

That year I included a survey for people to fill out. Sometimes I’d use the person’s name to generate something. But the main thing in the survey was a question: How do you feel when someone mentions Valentines Day? Depending on your answer you got one algorithm or another, the drawing printed on one color stock or another. It was a lot of fun.

Last year I made 175 cards! One hundred and seventy-five. I did most of them in one sleep deprived week. 

And I want to do it again—and maybe top 175.

We could use a little more love in 2017.

2016 was a rough year and I think everyone is ready to feel a little more loved. So this year I’m expanding my card making practice. Would you like one? Great, I’d love to make you one.

This year will follow much of lat year’s model, but will have a couple upgrades.

First, I’m updating the algorithm. It’s still WIP but here’s a preview.

NOT FINAL ART!
NOT FINAL ART!

Next I’ve got a new machine to use. I bought a Silhouette Cameo last year and have started to introduce various cutting and scoring abilities into my work. I have some fun ideas about how to add it into the Valentine’s work.

How I’ve used the Cameo in past projects
How I’ve used the Cameo in past projects

And lastly...I’m making some sculptural versions of the cards. I’ve started working on scripts to generate 3d shapes from the cards. It’s gonna be really cool. My inspiration for this was the amazing Irving Harper, who made beautiful paper sculptures for himself and family members.

Irving Harper’s paper sculptures will influence this year’s 3D cards
Irving Harper’s paper sculptures will influence this year’s 3D cards

 

prototype pyramid
prototype pyramid

I’m really looking forward to mailing you some love.

Backers can buy a single card for themselves, or buy a group package to send a bunch of cards to friends, family, and loved ones. Not sure what to get that special person in your life? Maybe dinner, a movie, and a custom Valentine.

Since they’re quite labor intensive, I can make a very limited set of 3D sculptures for some very special backers.

If you’re not really into physical goods, I have a couple rewards for digital backers. And if you really want to back a digital project, you can sponsor me to build a webpage so that anyone on the internet can create a card and download it themselves.

New Rewards as of January 5: Valentine + Art

I’m so happy that this project is getting some love, but its gonna be tricky for me to produce more Valentines than already allotted for—the powers that be won’t move Valentine’s Day for me. So here’s what I’m going to do: As of today you can now order a Valentine and get a piece of art from me (you can choose from something I already have produced, or we can discuss a custom commission). 

You have two options for art types: a drawing or a collage.

Here are a few drawing types I’ve done in the past year

Ghost Series
Ghost Series

 

AcidBlotBot series (also can do color)
AcidBlotBot series (also can do color)

 

Letterforms
Letterforms

 

And here are some collages

Circle Packed collage
Circle Packed collage

 

Collagen
Collagen

 

Risks and challenges

Did you know Valentine’s Day is always February 14th? Wow, that’s really soon. Depending on how many backers this project gets I may have my work cut out for me. Last year I produced 175 cards and started waaaaaay later than I am this year. If I get desperate I can always ask a friend to come help out. I own four pen plotters (I’m embarrassed to even admit that) so multitasking can totally happen to produce a lot of cards.

I’ve also never produced the 3d versions of the cards before. But I’m starting early enough this year that I think I got this.

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    Computer Love (Digital Card)

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    Love Thyself (Your Own Valentine)

    You’ll get a card made just for you. It will take data from a survey you answer and generate a completely unique card. It will be drawn on a pen plotter. Cards will be sent in an envelope to protect them,

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    Love + a drawing

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    Love + Thank You Cards

    A Valentine for you and a set of 5 blank stationery cards (plus envelopes) with your valentine drawn on the front. These make great thank you cards or a unique way to celebrate a special event (and no one has to know that the drawing is specific to you, unless you want them to.)

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    Love + a drawing, Part 2

    First round of these are now gone, so it’s time to add some friction. For this tier, you’ll get a Valentine (delivered to you or someone else) and a drawing from me and my machines. You can choose from drawings I already have made or can request something special. Drawing sizes vary between 8.5x11 and 18x24.

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    Love + a drawing, Part 3

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    Love + a Collage

    Get a Valentine (for you or someone else) and a collage from me and my machines. Choose from a collage I have already made or I’ll make something custom for you. Size range will be between 9x12 and 11x14, unframed.

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    Love + #bbvday2017 book

    A Valentine for you or someone else, plus a book of all of the cards (will not contain any personal info, only images), plus essays, and more. This book will be available only to only Kickstarter backers.

    Please note: you will receive your Valentine by February 14th, but the book will arrive sometime after.

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    Love + a Collage Part 2

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    Love, in Three Dimensions

    For this first time this year, I’ll be producing paper sculpture versions of the cards. I don’t want to give away too much, but it’s gonna be pretty cool. The sculptures will be approximately 8in x 8in x3in

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    I Love the Internet

    The Patron Saint of Love reward. For this reward I will give everyone with an internet connection a card. I’ll port my work over to a web browser and create a webpage where anyone can generate a card for themselves. Your name will be prominently displayed as patron and benefactor.

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