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Hang St. Honore in your kitchen. Invoke his aid for anything from bread to pâte à choux to frozen cookie dough. He won't judge you.
Hang St. Honore in your kitchen. Invoke his aid for anything from bread to pâte à choux to frozen cookie dough. He won't judge you.
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Prior to lives of piety and miraculous events they were often just regular folk like you and me, getting into trouble and doing silly things like living in a hollow chestnut tree or smashing a priest's nose with a rock or even corralling the enemies of their tribe into a hut and burning it all down into a smoldering ruin of ash and spite.

See? Regular folk.

While he wasn't known for immolating his enemies, Honore (or Honoratus in the Latin tongue) was evidently enough of a rascal as a child that when his former nursemaid heard that he had been appointed Bishop of Amiens, she struck her baker's peel to the ground and announced that she would believe it when her peel grew into a tree. Legend has it that her peel took root and grew into a mulberry tree that bore both flower and fruit.

Honore was attributed with a variety of miracles. On one occasion during Mass, as Honore was holding the Host at the consecration, he experienced a vision of the hand of Christ holding the Host at that very same moment. This particular miracle is recorded within this illustration.  A chapel was built in his honor, and it was at this chapel that local bakers formed their guild.

He's also the namesake of the Gateau St. Honore. It's equal parts miraculous and delicious.
He's also the namesake of the Gateau St. Honore. It's equal parts miraculous and delicious.

Eventually canonized, Honore was appointed patron saint of bakers (as well as confectioners, bakers of altar bread, candle-makers, florists, flour merchants, corn chandlers, oil refiners, and pastry chefs). All religious aspects aside, he was a humble man who did good things and is now eternally associated with bread. You go, Honore!

Inspired in equal parts by the tale of Honore and threats from my friend the pastry chef to cut off my weekly supply of freshly baked sweets, I have produced what I think is a lovely print honoring St. Honore and I am releasing it here on Kickstarter.

Rewards

The St. Honore print is being released in the following formats:

24k signed & numbered, full-size, gilded halo & fleur de lis, wax sealed print (13" x 19")
24k signed & numbered, full-size, gilded halo & fleur de lis, wax sealed print (13" x 19")

 

Bespoke full-size signed, gilded fleur de lis, wax sealed print (13" x 19")
Bespoke full-size signed, gilded fleur de lis, wax sealed print (13" x 19")

 

Small print (8.5" x 11")
Small print (8.5" x 11")

 

Mini-card (approx. 3.25" x 4.75")
Mini-card (approx. 3.25" x 4.75")

PLUS! There are also the following one-of-a-kind rewards for the collector:

Portfolio bundle: Artist's proofs and original pencil sketch, plus 1 each mini-card, small print, 24k signed & numbered full-size print.

Actual contents may vary slightly, but yeah-- you're getting a big pile of art here.
Actual contents may vary slightly, but yeah-- you're getting a big pile of art here.

Original artwork bundle: Original 14" x 17" black & white ink artwork w/ 24k gold leaf, personalized letter from the artist, plus 1 each mini-card, small print, and #1 in the 24k signed & numbered full-size print edition. The original artwork will be gilded prior to shipping (and I'll post a photo of the gilded work as an update so you know what you're getting).

This is an approximation of what you'll get, but I still have work to do. See reward write-up for details.
This is an approximation of what you'll get, but I still have work to do. See reward write-up for details.

As a final note, every print is produced in my own workshop using pigmented inks on Epson Cold Press Bright Signature Worthy archival papers (100% cotton fiber, acid-free, lignin-free, 340gsm). Although prints are rated for 200+ years, no guarantees are made as to their longevity (but don't hang them in direct sunlight and they should outlast you).

Add-Ons

Need an extra one of these and two of those? Once you make a pledge, you can adjust your pledge and simply increase it by however much you need to for a given reward. Once the funding period is over, I'll send out a backer survey where there will be a space for you to tell me exactly what the extra money is for.

Add $2.00 per additional mini-card
Add $10.00 per additional small print
Add $30.00 per additional bespoke print
Add $95.00 per additional 24k signed & numbered print

Stretch Goals

Stretch goals can get really confusing really quickly and I may yet be tipsy from carnival season in New Orleans so I'd like to keep it simple: 

$1,500 GOAL: If funding reaches $1,500.00 then every backer will also receive 1 mini-card as a thank you!

$6,000 GOAL: If funding reaches $6,000.00 then every backer pledging $35.00 or more will receive a laser-etched acrylic 'coin' depicting St. Honore as a special bonus!

Proof of concept. The actual coin will be significantly different. In related news, LASER CUTTERS ARE FRIGGIN' AWESOME!
Proof of concept. The actual coin will be significantly different. In related news, LASER CUTTERS ARE FRIGGIN' AWESOME!

Schedule

The artwork is done and I only need a few backers to purchase the inks and paper to begin producing the prints. I expect that I'll begin shipping mid-April 2018. The production of promised stretch goals could impact the production schedule, but not significantly (see Risks and Challenges below).

Shipping

Boring, but important.

US backers: Shipping is covered in the cost of the pledge. Whee!

International backers: Please add the indicated amount to help defray the additional cost of shipping. Please consider the small extra charge meeting half-way.

In some countries, customs duties may be applied to to your reward and I have no way of predicting if they’ll apply to yours. Customs inspections seem to be very arbitrary and while most rewards scoot through without any extra duties, a few of you may find that a fee has been slapped on. I can’t predict it or avoid it, and I will not fudge the value of the reward in an effort to evade them.

PLUS if you are an international backer and receive a tracking number for your reward, please track your package daily! Sometimes rewards will get hung up in the system and returned to me and then things may get awkward. Monitoring the status of the tracking number allows you to intervene promptly—before the authorities send the package back to me.

Risks and challenges

I've run a number of successful Kickstarters in the past, and have full control of my production chain, so outside of mechanical failures or the proverbial Acts of God it should all be fairly straightforward.

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    Mini-card

    There's a longstanding funerary tradition of printing a run of prayer cards in order to provide a lasting remembrance and perhaps a touch of solace to grieving friends and family. The St. Honore card is pretty awesome because it doesn't require the death of a loved one!

    The mini-card is 3.25" x 4.75"-- the perfect size to use as a bookmark in your favorite cookbook, or for placing next to that countertop KitchenAid mixer that has you so intimidated, or even tacking to the bulletin board at the bakery.

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    Small print

    Perfect for smaller spaces! St. Honore is miraculously scaled down to fit an 8.5" x 11" page! Every print is signed by the artist.

    This print fits within a standard 11" x 14" mat with a 8 1/8" x 10 1/4" inner cut

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    Baker's Dozen mini-cards

    13 mini-cards, because you probably have friends that would like one of these! This is your best opportunity to get the mini-cards in quantity as the price works out to less than $2 apiece (maybe it's not the smartest offer, but I simply can't resist a reference to the infamous bakers dozen deal).

    The mini-card is 3.25" x 4.75"-- the perfect size to use as a bookmark in your favorite cookbook, or for placing next to that countertop KitchenAid mixer that has you so intimidated, or even tacking to the bulletin board at the bakery.

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    Bespoke full-size print

    The full-size 13" x 19" print is signed by the artist, enhanced with a 24k gold leaf fleur de lis, and stamped with a unique wax seal designed only for this print! It also includes the Kickstarter-only signature block below the artwork.

    This full-size print fits within a standard 18" x 24" mat with a 12 5/8" x 18 5/8" inner cut.

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    Bespoke print + small print bundle

    Bundle and save! Get the full-size bespoke print and a small print (see each individual print for their respective info).

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    24k bespoke full-size print

    Receive the full-size 13" x 19" print with extra 24k gold leaf in the enclosing halo! This print is signed & numbered by the artist, bespoke with a 24k gold leaf fleur de lis & halo, then stamped with a wax seal designed only for this print! It also includes the Kickstarter-only signature block below the artwork.

    This full-size print fits within a standard 18" x 24" mat with a 12 5/8" x 18 5/8" inner cut.

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    24k bespoke print + small print

    Bundle and save! Get the full-size 24k gilded print and a small print (see each individual print for their respective info).

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    Portfolio bundle

    If you're a collector of my work, or of art and ephemera in general, this option is for you:

    1 each mini-card, small print, and 24k, signed & numbered full-size print? Check.

    Original sketches and roughs? Check.

    Signed artist proofs? Check.

    Hand-written thank you note from the artist? Check.

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    Original artwork + prints

    This is the ultimate "gotta have it" tier! Receive the original 14" x 17" gilded black & white ink illustration that serves as the basis for the colored print, as well as a 24k, signed & numbered full-size print marked as #1 in the series, a small print, a mini-card, and a personal hand-written note from the artist.

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