The Bible Beautiful - The Book of Psalms
This is Alabaster | Psalms-- Raw, honest poems from thousands of years ago telling the story of humans and the desire to know God, reimagined through striking visual imagery and thoughtful design. All 150 Psalms in one 232-page book. Continuing in our passion to explore the intersection of creativity, beauty and faith we’ve started designs on the text of Psalms and through Kickstarter aim to fund costs for the production and printing of these books.
In April of 2017, Alabaster Co. completed its first project, Alabaster | The Gospels. Reimagining the Gospels was a project born out of a desire to engage readers with a fresh experience of the Bible. Psalms advances our vision of seeing the Bible, beautiful.
We can’t wait to share our visually-driven and design-oriented approach to this much loved book of the Bible with readers.
STRETCH GOAL: The Alabaster Notebook
The Alabaster Notebook will be a bi-annual subscription. Every 6-months you’ll get two of them in a pack- designed to help you reflect on your life with God and generate new ideas. Each edition will have a different passage to study with creative guided-reflection instructions in the back of the notebook. It will also change slightly in color and design.
If we hit the stretch goal, every backer will get this subscription free for this entire year. That’s notebooks delivered to your door twice this year.
We’d be so excited if we could make this stretch goal a reality! With all of your help, we know hitting the $70,000 mark is a real possibility.
Psalms is already a beautiful and creative work of art. This ancient and timeless book of poetry and songs highlights the full range of emotional and spiritual experiences we live through as humans.
In the book of Psalms we learn about mourning, grief, lament, love, joy, forgiveness and what it means to connect with God in the midst of our complex lives. It is a sprawling creative epic about our life with God, community and creation. Today, in our growing creative culture, we believe there's a deep need to experience God through the book of Psalms in a new and visual way.
As we thought about what book of the Bible to tackle next, Psalms felt like the obvious continuation in Alabaster's exploration of creativity, beauty and faith. We think most creatives would feel a kindred connection to the writers of Psalms.
Walter Brueggemann describes Psalms as showing us the counter-world of abundance and truthfulness that comes from living with God. We think that is the ultimate purpose of art: to show us new worlds and imagine new realities of truth and abundance, worlds that we haven't yet dreamt.
We're incredibly excited to offer our visual and creative approach to this book and see how it enhances the reading experience of Psalms in today’s culture.
All 150 Psalms, in one 232 page book
100# cover paper (soft-touch aqueous coating)
80# text paper (uncoated)
7.5in x 9.5in
- February: Launch Kickstarter
- March: Full Production of Psalms
- April: Printing
- May: Start Shipping
We're using the New Living Translation for this project. We wanted a modern English translation, without sacrificing the true meaning of the ancient text.
- $30,000 - Printing, Shipping and Production
- $5,000 - Design
- $5,000 - Photography
- Creators: Bryan Chung, Brian Chung
- Lead Designer: Josephine Law
- Lead Writer: Geoff Gentry
- Soundtrack: Shawn Halim
- Cover Image: Roman Bozhko
Alabaster Co. began late one night when friends Bryan Chung and Brian Chung were deep in discussion on creativity and God. Reflecting on the direction culture was taking toward visual images, innovation and design, an idea was born: create a brand passionate about fully exploring the intersection of creativity, beauty, and faith. Realizing that beauty is a foundational value when talking about creativity and God, they decided to name the company Alabaster, after one of the only times Jesus uses the word beautiful in the Gospels. In Mark 14:1-9, a woman breaks an alabaster jar of incredibly expensive perfume onto Jesus' head. Many people in the room scoff at her and say what she has done is a complete waste. But Jesus defends the woman saying, “leave her alone, why do you bother her? What she has done is a beautiful thing.” It is this complete act of sacrificial giving which Jesus calls - in the original greek - kalos, which literally means beautiful as a sign of inward goodness. We wanted to have this same level of intentionality and thoughtfulness as the woman did as we created Alabaster. Alabaster was officially launched on Kickstarter in October 2016 with its first project: Alabaster: The Bible Beautiful. After a successful launch, the books were printed and a conversation began. Since then, we’ve put the books on Amazon, made new projects and are planning for the future, all with the same passion: explore the intersection of creativity, beauty, and faith for the sake of a more beautiful human flourishing.
Risks and challenges
The main risk and challenge is getting all the photographs we need to make this project possible, and printing a beautiful 232 page book that meets the standards of excellence and beauty we have for this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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