"Beyond the Green"....A story about Sam, a little bird who loves to explore and go on adventures. One day Sam goes on an adventure that would change his life forever. Beyond the Green is a story about how the city is stealing Sam's home.
I am here to raise money for a book project that concentrates on the hand printing of this 24-page little gem of a book by my very talented artist friend, Shaye Boddington. This book will be printed a mere 3x4" (in black ink), and each page will be lovingly carved, screenprinted/Gocco'd, and letterpressed by yours truly. Basically, I will be using traditional printmaking techniques.
A total of 45, 24-page books will be printed...a total of 1,080 hand printed pages...WOW!
This book will be printed as a limited edition. Once 45 books have been printed, that's it. All books will be signed and numbered. All books will be printed on cushy-soft Cranes Lettra cotton paper (making it tree-free).
Each book of this edition of forty-five will be bound by hand according to centuries old tradition affording the book unique strength that you just can't get from machines.
The Coptic binding is a durable and strong decorative binding showcasing the structure of the binding while allowing books to open completely flat eliminating the gutter found in many books and all magazines.
Fun Fact: Coptic bindings were the very first binding when books went from scroll to codex.
Please checkout the pictures of Coptic binding below...
I need to raise money to purchase the following:
2) Paper (Cranes Lettra 125#)
3) Speedball carving blocks
4) Screen printing frames, mesh, and emulsion
5) A sqeegee
6) GE #5 flash bulbs (for gocco machine)
7) Professional Coptic book binding by Kleiner Eisbar (one of my favorite Etsy sellers)
8) Photopolymer letterpress plates (to print the text of the story)
10) Small printing press. If I raise more than my achieved goal, I plan on purchasing a tabletop etching/printing press for present and future endeavors (if there is enough money leftover after printing costs).
If I am one of the lucky ones who can successfully raise the money to back this project, I will begin working on this immediately after the project closes. Printing will conclude April 10th with books available for purchase 2.5 weeks after (to account for the time it takes to bind these by hand). And guess what?! Kickstarter backers get first dibs at the books (no matter how small the pledge). As a "Beyond the Green" backer, you will be immediately notified when the books go up for sale.
Just below is a side-by-side comparison of the original cover and my block printed version. The artist said that, "It's like the book was made to be printed by hand." I couldn't agree more!
I have lots of great rewards! If I can get 50 of you to pledge $30, I would meet my goal and you would receive some awesome gifts in the meantime.
Please help me achieve my dream of hand printing this little guy and keeping the art of printmaking alive. This has been a long time coming :0)
Please take the time to view the photos I posted below. Look at what detail can be achieved with linocuts! These are some of the illustrations that will be present in the book.
Risks and challenges
Block printing can sometimes be difficult (especially when the images are so
detailed and tiny). I have been block printing for quite a while. I love it, and I feel that I have the skills to complete this project to the fullest of my abilities. Any super-detailed images will be printed using a screen printing process.
There are 24 images total...that means lots of carving, lots of screen printing, and lots of letterpressing. While this process is time consuming, I believe the deadline I've set for myself is reasonable.
But how cool is this...the book isn't being produced by a huge printing press with lots of staff and resources. It's being produced by lil' ol' me. A print maker who loves this art form and would print night and day if she could (too bad hubby and the dogs won't let me...hey, who else is gonna keep me in check?! LOL)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I plan on purchasing a proof press that will aid in the printing of this book. These can range anywhere from $300-$1200 depending on the asking price. My goal would be to purchase an antique proof press...there's just something to love about a press with history.
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