Hello, my name is Jackie Duckworth. I am an artist and illustrator based near Cambridge.
As an illustrator, I love working to a brief - taking a client’s ideas or words and finding ways to make them into an image. But as an artist, it is also important to spend time on developing my skills, my artistic vision, by working on my own projects.
I want you to come on a journey with me, to see a year through my eyes. I want to be able to respond to images and turn them into ideas. I want to show you how I think, photograph, sketch and make work. And I want to share that with you, in an affordable way.
My project is to make 12 hand printed linocut postcards, one per month. Each one will respond to a place that I have visited, a person I have met, or an event I have been to. I will choose all kinds of different of subjects and interpretations, challenging myself by compressing my ideas into such a tiny format.
Most of the postcards will be in a single colour, but some may be in two colours or be hand coloured; I might even add collage. All will be signed and numbered, and will be printed in top quality oil based ink on paper that is robust enough to be used as an actual postcard. Equally, you can collect them as twelve pieces of original art, with the satisfaction of knowing that they would never have been created without your support.
In addition I am going to create a virtual PDF sketchbook for each card, sharing with you my sketches, photographs, notes and decisions as I work up those beginnings into the finished artwork. My mind is already full of images and ideas from a recent trip to Amsterdam where I sketched the iconic gabled houses, the glorious wooden roof of the Oude Kerk, and the Night Watch fan club!
For the very top level of supporters to this project, there is a special reward. I am going to produce a signed, limited edition of my illustrated book, Roundel. It is a beautiful book, which always gets a lot of attention when I exhibit it, and this is your only chance to get a copy.
Give me this opportunity and through these twelve images, and the sketchbook that goes with each of them, I will make visible the border between representation and imagination; how the real world becomes art.
BAKERS DOZEN - STRETCH GOAL.ACHIEVED If I reach £600, I will make a thirteenth postcard (to be mailed out with the twelfth), for supporters of £50 and above.
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Purchase these by going to 'manage my pledge' and adding the appropriate amount. I will contact you to double check your add-ons, what size T shirt you want etc when the funding stage is complete.
High quality screen printed white T shirt with my image 'Castle Corbin'. This is only £14 to subscribers INCLUDING postage within Europe. (+£5 P&P for further afield. A range of sizes will be available. Available to subscribers at £10 level or greater.
Subscribers at the £125 level can add ONE extra signed copy of Roundel for £41, inc P&P. Yes, it really is VERY expensive to print a full colour bespoke hardback book like this in a short run! The edition will still be limited to 50 copies maximum.
Budget I have budgeted carefully for art materials (mainly specialist papers and ink) and postage and packaging costs, plus something for my time as I can't be working for other clients while I'm making postcards or wrapping parcels for you! Because most of the rewards are hand made, my costs go up in direction proportion to the number of supporters. The real benefit for me from this project is the opportunity to develop my ideas and share my work with a wider circle of people.
And finally.... an outtake from making the video ;)
Risks and challenges
As an illustrator I am used to working to a deadline and I am confident in my ability to come up with good ideas. I am starting my 'Inspiration year' from June 2015, and my 'postcard year' from August 2015, so that I will have plenty of material ready to work on right from the start.
From a practical point of view, short term problems might occur if I have temporary difficulty in obtaining art supplies, if I am unwell, or if there is a postal strike. I will keep all my backers updated if there are any problems.
Christmas is a very busy time for me, making and selling cards and gifts, but I shall endeavor to get started on the December postcard early. Hopefully it won't spill over into January!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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