About this project
** STRETCH GOAL: $5,500 **
How sweet it is to be funded! A few days early, at that. Thanks to all the backers that made this happen! If Globehopper reaches $5,500 by July 21st, all mailed rewards ($20 & up -- includes prints, drawings, and catalogs) will also include a small block print with a handwritten thank-you note on the opposite side. They'll look something like this:
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For the past year, I've been referencing Google Street View to explore and record places far out of my reach. By backing this project, you will own a part of this series. I'm selling prints, original drawings, and even the option to choose the address or location of my next print!
Now I want to travel the world and make a new body of work informed by my experiences. Depending on the level of funding, I plan to travel to several countries in central and southern Europe (and beyond?), becoming a real GLOBEHOPPER and a better artist. Austria, Italy, and Morocco are high on my list.
I love observational drawing, travel, and screenprinting, and this is a project that combines those things for me. I hope that these drawings will make the viewer see differently the world we live in and the technology that connects us.
This project started when I became curious about other houses that shared my current address. I found about a dozen via searching addresses in Street Maps, and began to wonder about the people who lived there. I ended up with 9 drawings of 9 different houses, which I then made into two-layer screenprints with the intent of sending some to my "neighbors". These are the 6x6 prints you can get through this kickstarter!
Indeed, there are a lot of reward levels, so here are some helpful visuals to elucidate what each one actually is.
Important: These previews are only one example of a very varied edition of prints. The paper color and ink colors will most likely not be what you see here, but the drawing will be the same, and I am only sending out prints that I think look pretty good. No duds! This is what these editions look like, essentially:
6x6 prints (two colors) - sizes may vary up to 7"x7".
9x9 prints (three colors):
12x18 prints (four colors):
The other two 12"x18" MYSTERY PRINT editions will be determined by two backers who choose to support Globehopper at the $180 Very Special Very Early Backer Reward Level -- they will determine the location of the drawing by giving me a place to look at on Google Street View, and receive both the original drawing and a four color print. Backers who choose the $60 level MYSTERY PRINT will receive a four color print of this drawing and will be commended for their fearlessness and sense of adventure.
MINI PACK GRAB BAG contains three 6"x6" prints (selected at random from available editions)
SIX PACK GRAB BAG contains
• three 6x6" prints
• two 9"x9" prints
• one 12"x18" print (all prints selected at random from available editions)
• screenprinted chipboard* folder (not pictured)
Original Drawings - will be ink on Rives BFK (an archival, thick paper with a smooth texture).
Again, every last print will be signed and editioned by me!
Catalog: This will be a full-color, digitally printed collection of all the images produced in Globehopper. It will be produced after I'm done traveling, drawing, and printing all other rewards. A trusted print shop in Richmond will be taking care of the prints, while I will be binding the books myself. The catalog will be 8.5x11" flat, full-color, softcover, printed on uncoated matte paper.
The $75 fancy catalog includes all of the above, with the addition of a kickstarter-exclusive screenprinted chipboard* cover. It will be hardcover instead of softcover, and still hand-bound.
* Chipboard is a substantial but flexible paperboard made of recycled materials. It is light gray in color and about 1/16" thick.
Each print starts off as a drawing. I draw directly onto the paper in some sort of permanent media, so each piece is very spontaneous. I find this helps me be more honest with what I am observing. I prefer to draw from life, as it leads to a more honest drawing. However, using Street Maps allows me to access places that I simply can't visit on a whim in my own studio. I use a variety of sizes of parallel pen (an excellent refillable calligraphy pen made by Pilot) on a variety of papers. Some of the drawings in Globehopper even started directly in my sketchbook.
Next I scan in the drawing and edit out small mistakes, and plan my layers. I usually start the layering process with traditional media, painting on tracing paper or vellum, and then transferring everything into Photoshop for editing. Each layer is converted into a pure black and printed out on transparencies to be burned onto a screen.
I burn the transparencies onto a layer of QTX emulsion onto a screen using an exposure unit. The black areas wash out with water and leave a stencil in the emulsion. Each layer of the print needs its own separate stencil. After the screen dries, it's finally time to print!
I am outsourcing NONE of the work for this project – every layer of every print will be done by hand, by me. Because of this and the screenprinting processes I use, every print pulled is a totally unique art object. I choose a variety of different papers - some found, some bought, some hand-colored with a lithography press - and mix inks directly on the screen. The whole thing is unpredictable, but more rewarding (and fun) for me and for you.
For reward levels where I travel to your town and draw, 500 miles outside of Richmond looks like this:
thanks for considering Globehopper! If any questions remain, feel free to ask them in the comments or directly.
Risks and challenges
I plan to do all printing in July and early August because I am guaranteed access to a screenprinting shop & materials, but organizing and mailing rewards may a challenge after that. Most of the printing is already done, but I am anticipating the large volume of mailing/shipping/addressing to be an organizational challenge!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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