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One artist; two eyes, twelve months - A set of 12 limited edition linocut postcards inspired by people, places and events.
One artist; two eyes, twelve months - A set of 12 limited edition linocut postcards inspired by people, places and events.
26 backers pledged £1,503 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello, my name is Jackie Duckworth. I am an artist and illustrator based near Cambridge.

The Cheshire Cat
The Cheshire Cat

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.

Thorn Tree, Yorkshire
Thorn Tree, Yorkshire

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.

Cutting the lino
Cutting the lino

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!

Sketching in the Oude Kerk
Sketching in the Oude Kerk

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.

Roundel - click to see more!
Roundel - click to see more!

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.

The Eagles are Coming
The Eagles are Coming

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.

#1

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.

#2

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.

Final double page spread of Roundel
Final double page spread of Roundel

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.

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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!

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    I'll thank you as one of the supporters on the Kickstarter page of my website. Every little helps :)

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    In addition to the thank you page, each month you will receive a virtual sketchbook showing how I come up with my ideas and make my work. This PDF will include a scan of that month's postcard.

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    You will be thanked on my page, emailed the virtual sketchbook, and receive two of the hand printed limited edition postcards. You can either let me choose at random - in which case I will make sure you get one card in each half of the year*, or you can wait until the end of the project and choose which two cards you get.

    *International supporters will get the two cards in the same packet.

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    As a full subscriber, you will get the thank you, the PDF, and a full set of 12 hand printed limited edition postcards posted to you approximately monthly (quarterly for international supporters).
    The edition will be limited to Kickstarter supporters - it's the only way to get them!

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    Fun time!

    You will receive all the above, plus three mystery gifts. These gifts will all be items I have designed or made myself and will be sent out at random during the year, alongside the postcards.

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    A very special opportunity.

    In addition to all the £75 pledge rewards, you will help me choose the theme of one of the cards.

    For example, if I decide to base that month's card on a trip to a museum, I might ask you which department to focus on or even which museum to visit. You will get a bonus copy of that card and a special credit in the accompanying sketchbook chapter!

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    The Collectors Edition.

    You will receive all the £75 pledge rewards, AND at the end of the year, a special artist's edition of your favourite postcard. It will be hand printed on a piece of 10"x8" specialist printmaking ready for framing, signed and numbered, and shipped flat. The edition will be limited purely to Kickstarter supporters.

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    The Booklover's (or Bird Lover's) Reward

    In addition to all the £75 pledge rewards, and the artist's edition print, you will receive a limited edition signed copy of 'Roundel'. This hardback illustrated book is based on a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer and depicts birds of paradise in glorious colour.

    The edition will be limited to the number of Kickstarter supporters at this level, plus 5, so an absolute maximum of 50. The book will be shipped in October. If you are from outside the UK, I ask for a contribution towards international postage costs for the book.

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