"A certain darkness is needed to see the stars" - Osho
The Quiet Pictures Experiment is a first set of fine art prints and cards towards building an online resource for beautiful, tactile, correspondence for friends, lovers and generally the people we care about.
About the art prints and cards
The images have been made specifically for this project, their originals are oil on wood paintings, which I have reproduced faithfully on archival, acid-free fine art paper. The ideas were the result of a (moderately) frustrating search to find the ideal thing to be able to say something delicate, by creating a space that is open and still.
The "format" is deliberately unobtrusive and simple and every aspect about these objects—the paper, the design, the art—is there to make powerful impression on the special person receiving it, and quietly make way for your correspondence.
My background is in the fine arts and graphic design with considerable exposure to production work, on everything from album covers to limited edition books. So it has been a priority of mine to make sure that every aspect—from photographing the paintings to the final production—would translate well from the original. A Quiet Cards set consists of five unique cards with corresponding envelopes. They are printed on a stunning fine art stock that has a wonderful weight and texture.
The fine art prints are high-quality pieces, also produced on a gorgeous paper that complements the images well. I can't say enough how this project has been a real labor of love, and it has been a pleasure to sweat the small details. The reward is in, well, the rewards.
About the Rewards
All your support goes directly toward producing the rewards. This project is a modest venture on my part, and my priority is in making a good piece. I have spent the better part of a year sourcing good vendors and picking the best means of production to make this successful. That said, all of the pledge amounts include the production costs as well as costs for shipping, and everything is sent directly by me from New York City.
A final note...
Regardless of whether you contribute to this project, I'd just like to use this space to say thank you for checking it out. Making pictures is generally a very solitary practice, filled with some doubt but also the solace of being able to go into one's own world for a while. In any case, it's rewarding to know that the result is seen by others and I only hope these pictures will find purpose in other people's lives.
Risks and challenges
I've done my best to minimize the risks and sort through the challenges with this project. My decades-long professional background in graphic design—especially the production side of it—gives me a considerable advantage: rather than rely on more people in the mix, I have the knowledge of where to source the best vendors and papers for what I am trying to accomplish.
Additionally, to manage my overall risk, the funding goal is extremely modest so that the project becomes feasible at the lowest amount needed to produce an edition of *quality*; the $3000 figure comes from research into the kind of archival paper stock needed as well as conversations over the last year with different kinds vendors who could confidently produce something that I would be pleased to give people that I personally know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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