Hello there! Sarah and Dave here. Sarah Bryant is an artist who makes books by hand under the name Big Jump Press. David Allen is a Visting Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Middlebury College. Together, we've designed an artists' book that enables a quick and compelling comparison of population data for every region on earth. We plan to letterpress-print and hand bind a limited edition of this book. And we need your help to do it!
Previous books from Big Jump Press can be found in Special Collections Libraries all over the United States, including the New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, The Haas Arts Library at Yale University, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, and the Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA. We believe that when finished, this book will also find a home in collections where it can be viewed and displayed.
Here's some information about the book.
A population pyramid is one of the simplest and most elegant data visualization devices around. Anyone and everyone can read a population pyramid, and through a population pyramid, anyone has the power to draw quick and powerful comparisons of different regions. The vast and critical differences between the basic equations of life in different parts of the world are all quickly interpretable by comparing one shape onto another.
Dave has created population pyramids for every single region on earth using population estimates prepared by the US Census Bureau, which are available through their International Data Base. We took these pyramids and paired them up to create human-like forms.
We are printing each of these figures by hand onto drafting film, creating layered imagery that is reminiscent of dresses, of ladies, of paper dolls. Giving this data a human shape makes it easier for us to identify with the human beings that it represents.
We've designed a box where the figures can be stored and displayed easily and intuitively. Initially, the act of leafing through and experimenting with these figures is playful and investigative. But as a grid buried beneath the hundred or so layers of drafting film is revealed, so is the true origin of these shapes. A narrow waist becomes the absence of the elderly. A boxy figure becomes an aging population.
Making a book is an expensive undertaking (the drafting film alone will come to over $2,000) and we are reaching out to you to help us get started. But we will make it worth your while!
We've got something to offer at every level of contribution that encapsulates the spirit of this project. From loose translucent figures with accompanying letterpress-printed grids to limited edition prints to copies of the book itself, we've got something for everyone, and for a special price at this early stage in the project as a thank you for your help. We would be so grateful for any and all contributions, and if you participate at any level you will receive updates, photos, and videos in addition to your rewards as we work to bring the project to fruition.
$5 or more A pdf file emailed to you from David Allen showing layered lines for three figures (six countries). We will keep you updated on the project that you've helped to support. Plus a virtual high five.
$25 or more Five figures plus a letterpress-printed grid. Each of these (6.25 x 10.25") figures will be printed on durable drafting film from linoleum. Compare and contrast populations in the comfort of your own home. We will send you a selection of different shapes and colors of figures as well as information to help you identify and interpret them. What insanely good value. That's just the kind of artist/scientist duo we are.
$45 or more "Population Figure" An 8 x 10" print featuring population data from Denmark, Slovenia, Macau, Saint Helena, Equatorial Guinea and Central African Republic. Letterpress-printed on Zerkall paper in a limited edition of 35 copies by Sarah Bryant and David Allen using linoleum and metal type.
$45 or more "Population Figures" An 8 x 10" print featuring population data from Hong Kong, the United States of America, The United Kingdom, Australia, Saint Barthelemy, Venezuela, The Maldives and Cambodia. Letterpress-printed on Zerkall paper in a limited edition of 35 copies by Sarah Bryant and David Allen using linoleum and metal type.
$45 or more "Population Figures No. 2" An 8 x 10" print featuring population data from Denmark, Slovenia, The United Kingdom, Australia, Saint Barthelemy, Venezuela, Hong Kong, and The United States of America. Letterpress-printed on Zerkall paper in a limited edition of 35 copies by Sarah Bryant and David Allen using linoleum and metal type.
$50 or more Twelve hand-printed translucent figures plus a letterpress-printed grid all contained in a paper wrapper. Each of these (6.25 x 10.25") figures will be printed on durable drafting film from linoleum. Experiment with layering and interpreting these figures over the grid, or simply on top of one another. Information to help you identify the regions will be included in the wrapper. The image below is a mockup of what you will receive, some small changes may take place in the design. We will include the figure for your country of residence.
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$100 or more All three of 8 x 10" limited edition prints mentioned above: "Population Figure" "Population Figures" and "Population Figure #2" Hang them together! Trust us, they look great. All letterpress-printed on Zerkall paper from layered lino prints and metal type.
$115 or more "Population Figure Study" A large 12 x 18" print featuring data from Hong Kong, The United States, Poland, Hungary, Nauru, Oman, Guam, Mexico, Croatia, and Germany. Letterpress-printed on Rives BFK paper in a limited edition of 15 by Sarah Bryant and David Allen using linoleum and metal type.
$300 or more An assortment of 40 translucent figures (representing data for 80 regions) plus a letterpress-printed grid housed in a luxurious clamshell box with a letterpress-printed grid. Each of these (6.25 x 10.25") figures will be printed on durable drafting film from linoleum. Experiment with layering and interpreting these figures over the grid, or simply on top of one another. We will include the figure for your country of residence. The image below is a mockup, your box may vary slightly in color and design.
$500 or more The Deluxe Swag Bag: You will receive: (1) A clamshell box containing 40 figures on drafting film and a letterpress-printed grid. (2) All three 8x10" population figures prints, each letterpress printed in an edition of 35 from lino and metal type on Zerkall paper. (3) One large "Population Figure Study" print, letterpress printed from lino and metal type on Rives BFK in an edition of 15.
$800 or more One copy of Figure Study, the completed book project. This boxed edition will contain 114 figures that encompass data for every region on earth. Letterpress-printed and hand-bound in Japanese Book cloth by Sarah Bryant, the enclosure will feature a booklet containing a key to interpreting all of the data, a staging area to layer and compare the figures, and a grid inside the box to analyze each shape. A magnet closure will keep the box safely closed for storage. The image below is a mockup, the design and color may change slightly as we refine the design. We anticipate selling this book for a higher price after its completion and official release.
$1500 or more The Holy Grail: (1) A copy of the book with your name printed the colophon, (2) a clamshell box containing 40 figures, (3) all four population figure prints, and (4) twelve figures in a paper wrapper. A contribution at this level will be of invaluable help to us as we endeavor to bring this project to fruition. We will keep you in the loop and in our hearts.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Materials and Other Costs
Making a book is an expensive undertaking. The size of this book and the type of materials we'd like to use mean that this is a more expensive project than Sarah has tackled in the past. To produce thirty copies of this book, our target edition size, we are looking at a hefty price tag of roughly $3,800 for the raw materials alone. We also need to find a way to pay for the studio rental while Sarah is printing, a drying system to help us deal with all the sheets of drafting film, and travel for Dave in order to continue our collaboration while the book is in production.
- paper: $120
- glue: $25
- magnets (for the box closure): $30
- book cloth: $200
- binders board: $160
- linoleum printing surfaces: $400
- polymer plates for printing the grid and the booklet: $350
- drafting film: $2,200
- miscellaneous materials/unforseen costs: $250
- building a drying system for the drafting film: $200
- Dave's travel to the UK to participate in the printing: $900
- Studio rental £70($115)/month for 3 months: $345
If this campaign is successful, we are ready to move forward as soon as possible.
- JUNE 2014: order rolls of drafting film and start cutting it down to size. Ship population prints to kickstarter contributers! Kablam!
- JULY-AUGUST 2014: Order other materials while Sarah is teaching in the USA and drag them back to the England in a suitcase. Finalize the design of the booklet, the box and the grid and order polymer plates for printing. Cut 114 figure shapes out of lino. Select final colors.
- SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2014: Print! Print! Print! We are hoping that Dave will visit for two weeks to assist.
- DECEMBER 2014-MARCH 2015: Bind! Bind! Bind! Ship figure & grid sets upon arrival in the USA in late December. Major rewards will be shipped upon completion. Ideally we would like to have several copies of this book ready in time for the Codex Book Fair in California on February 8, 2015.
Risks and challenges
The slick surface and unforgiving composition of the drafting film makes it very difficult for the ink to dry quickly, and we are looking at printing upwards of 4,000 sheets of it. Where will they all go??? The test sheets we've been using have taken weeks to dry. Sarah is investigating drying agents to mix into the ink as well as experimenting with various drying systems that she can build in her apartment and the studio where she rents space for her press. If we don't find a great solution, the printing of the book could be slowed down by a few weeks due to a drying bottleneck.
Apart from this unique challenge, we are confident that we can fulfill the rewards speedily and with minimal delay. One of the benefits of the physical structure of this project is that Sarah can begin constructing the boxes before the figures are fully printed. Sarah has produced a number of editions in the past (you can see her editioning process here if you like: http://bigjumppress.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/edition-binding-101/) and we know she can deliver. Would you like her to deliver to your address? We hope so!
Thanks so much for reading about our project!
Sarah and Dave
- (30 days)