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Paul Ian CrossBy Paul Ian Cross
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Paul Ian CrossBy Paul Ian Cross
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£1,666
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 17 2018

About

The loss of someone close to us is one of the hardest challenges we will experience in life. Family bereavement is a difficult time for anyone, especially children. Yet, by celebrating the memories we share together it may be possible to reach a level of acceptance a little sooner.

Welcome to my campaign to help publish my new children's picture book - Ayami’s Origami.

The story is about a little girl who deals with the loss of her Grandpa by continuing the cherished family tradition they shared together – the art of origami. This unique and special story translates into any culture because it relates to the notion of family and celebrating shared experiences.

Ayami's Origami

Ayami enjoys visiting Grandpa’s house. She can't wait to see Grandpa, and the amazing origami he folds.

But one day, when Ayami visits, Grandpa tells her something important. Something which will change her life forever.

“I want you to know, I’ll always be with you. When you fold, you will think of us together,” Grandpa said. “I will,” Ayami told him, and she meant it.

Ayami's Origami is a circle-of-life story about dealing with the loss of a loved one by continuing family tradition.

How the project came to be...

Nearly two years ago, I was reading an article about a man and his passion for bonsai. The article sparked my imagination and I began to imagine him with his granddaughter - working on a bonsai tree and folding origami. Within an hour or so, I'd plotted my first draft of Ayami's Origami.

After sharing the story with a few close friends and my editor, I realised this was a story which had real potential as an illustrated picture book. After successfully completing an illustrated short story together in 2016, I approached the very talented Alison Rasmussen about joining me on this exciting project. Alison's illustration style is perfectly matched for how I imagine the book to be. You can see other examples of Alison's artwork here, but I know her combination of acrylic paint and pencil will be truly spectacular.

I've always had an interest in Japan and Japanese culture. I was finally able to experience the country for the first time when I visited in October 2017. Are you ready for the holiday slide-show?

Beautiful gardens, Nara, Japan
Beautiful gardens, Nara, Japan

The visit was so inspiring and it reinforced my passion and drive for creating this book; which I hope will be enjoyed by parents, grandparents and children for years to come.

Mount Fuji, Japan
Mount Fuji, Japan

The Kickstarter campaign will fund the development of the picture book from final editing through to illustration, book design, printing and production. The edition of the book which will be offered as part of the campaign will be a special limited first edition, only available to campaign backers.

While in Tokyo, I met some wonderful people through mutual friends. I ended up having an experience I'll never forget when I was able to fold origami myself for the very first time. This was a very special moment for me, so I'm thankful to Hachi and her daughter Lana for these precious memories.

Origami folding
Origami folding

On one of our last days in Tokyo, we walked out of our hotel and noticed a craft shop a few doors down. I couldn't believe the stunning origami animals and creatures I discovered inside. It was like something out of the story which I had written almost two years before...

In one scene, Grandpa tells Ayami how he's never left Japan in all of his years, so he's never seen the jungle before. They begin to fold together, and suddenly they're transported to a world of roaring lions, chattering monkeys and magnificent cranes.

Origami animals & creatures, Asakusa, Tokyo
Origami animals & creatures, Asakusa, Tokyo

The book is aimed at children aged 5-7, however we hope it will be a story which older children can also appreciate.

Budget

The campaign budget will be spent in the following way:

  • Printing (38%)
  • Illustrations and materials for artwork (30%)
  • Book design (13%)
  • Book formatting (9%)
  • Marketing (5%)
  • Kickstarter fees and payment processing fees (5%)

Risks and challenges

Overall, this is a very low risk project. However, the development of a children's picture book from concept to production can be lengthy and complex. The majority of the funding will support Alison's materials, use of her workshop and her time in creating the artwork and the subsequent design by Maya Tatsukawa, our wonderful book designer.

In addition, as Alison will be creating the artwork using acrylic paint and pencils, which is detailed and challenging work, there is a small risk that the development of the artwork may take longer than we anticipate. Once the artwork is complete, the book will then go to Maya, who will design the double-page spreads, to bring together the illustrations and text into the finished pages.

We hope that our timescales are realistic but I've learned that sometimes things don't always go as expected when developing a children's picture book! However, this will be my third picture book to date, so I have experience of dealing with unexpected issues as they occur.

We're very grateful to you for thinking about supporting our campaign and we hope you can help us bring 'Ayami's Origami' to life.

Thank you,

Paul Ian Cross

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    Ayami's Elegant eBook

    An e-book copy of Ayami's Origami.

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    Ayami's Origami

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    Ayami's Glorious Gift Set

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    Ayami's Magnificent Crane

    The glorious gift set as well as a selection of prints created by Alison Rasmussen.

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