Every year I make Valentines using computer code and drawing machines from the late 80s. This year I’m making them about a message—a message of fun, of hope, of love.
I love combining my art practice—making unique artworks using code, data, and machines at a scale unconceivable for a single artist—with Valentines Day, a day when everyone deserves a little love and individual attention from those that care about them. Making unique Valentines takes me back to the days of elementary school when receiving a Valentine from that special someone could change your entire outlook on life. This project is about re-igniting that feeling.
Last year I launched my first Kickstarter to create Valentines for all of Kickstarter. It was an overwhelming success. But most importantly, it was a lot of fun.
Last year’s Valentines project was great, but there was one common request from backers: the ability to add a message. This years design puts the message front and center.
This year’s backers can add a personalized message to the front of every Valentine and choose an algorithm to draw the text. There are a variety of algorithmic options (see the next section for the algorithmic layout options).
You can also choose a text-only card or one with this year’s generative pattern.
Standard Card Design Rewards
If you want a lot of cards or don’t have a particular message in mind, I’m also offering a number of standard cards designs for you get. Some of the messages are heartfelt, some are funny, and maybe others are just weird. But you can get them all in your choice of layout algorithm and paperstock colors.
I’ll be adding a few new messages and algorithms as the project progresses, so check back often!
Art Object Rewards
Similar to last year, I’m also offering some art object rewards as well. Each of these is offered exclusively thru Kickstarter and will never be produced again. All Art Objects also come with a personalized Valentine.
First I’m offering 11x14in drawings using the same process as the cards. They’re available both framed and unframed, as just text or as text plus pattern.
Next I’m offering lasercut acrylic images using this year’s heart drawing algorithm. Each piece is 7x7 and offered in a number of colors. The prototypes are currently on their way here and I’ll update this with images ASAP.
Lastly are 3D Papercraft Hearts. I offered these last year and had a few requests for them again this year. Each is 8x8x2in and can be produced in a variety of paper colors and textures.
I’m really looking forward to doing this again this year and hope you’re excited to receive them!
Risks and challenges
There’s always a chance one of my machines breaks down (knock on wood!) and having a tight time limit is always stressful, but I’ve done this enough times now to know how to get it done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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