Creatures of Sagaøya
Sagaøya means The Saga Island. It's a book about mythical creatures that live in Iceland according to traditional folklore. These are the creatures from the age of vikings described in numerous Icelandic Sagas. Many icelanders to this day believe that these monsters, spirits and beasts are still exist.
The Saga Island combines stories and descriptions of these mythical beasts with a conceptual series of fine art photographs shot on location in Iceland. Each photograph depicts a unique location in Iceland corresponding to creature's natural habitat and encounters with humans. In addition to many captivating and often terrifying stories you will also read about creature's magical abilities as well as methods to defeat them, which might prove very useful next time you are in Iceland.
In Iceland I explored drastically changing landscapes formed over thousands of years through earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and geothermal activity. I wanted to document this constant movement of surreal and beautiful scenery through motion capture and connect them to fascinating Icelandic mythology and folklore. It is easy to imagine all of those mythical creatures live among the moss, lava fields, majestic fjords, mountains and cold ocean waters that surround Iceland.
These landscapes are both minimal and complex. They vary in color, contrast, texture, mood and evoke a range of emotions reminiscent of impressionist paintings by Monet or Sisley.
The Saga Island tells stories about 20 creatures printed on 40 pages (more creatures will be added with stretch goals). This is a Fiction Art Book and the quality of images and the print speaks for itself. It has robust binding and pages made of 200gsm thick, strong press paper specially coated to display vivid, lifelike colors.
Some of the creatures are:
- Skeljaskrímsli – Shell Monster
- Múshveli – Mouse Whale
- Gryla – Evil Witch
- Skoffín – Killer Fox
- Hrökkáll – Toxic Coil Eel
- Bjarndýrakóngur – Bear King
- Selamóðir – Seal Mother
- Dvergur – Day Dwarf
- and many more
I am an artist and designer and I love paying attention to details in order to create an outstanding experience. I have designed the pages to reflect minimal scandinavian style with accent typography and illustration elements to allow the content to flow beautifully and interact with unique photographs of Iceland.
There are four types of books available (all books will be personally signed by the author):
- Softcover edition 8 x 11" (signed)
- Hardcover edition 8 x 11" (signed)
- Large Collector's edition Hardcover 11 x 14" (signed)
Fine Art Prints
Printed on high quality matte paper and available in three sizes:
- 8 x 12"
- 12 x 18"
- 20 x 30"
- Special fine art edition of large 20 x 30" Canvas print ready to hang.
- Special fine art edition of large 20 x 30" Metal print ready to hang.
Set of 10 4x6 postcards ready to be mailed as well as single postcards from the book.
How will the money be used?
Self publishing is expensive mostly because of boutique prinitng of low quantities. The majority of the money raised will go into printing and shipping costs for the rewards. Hopefully the other chunk will be used to fulfill stretch goals. I don't have any publishing company to back me up financially, I need your support to make this unique book possible.
Risks and challenges
The Saga Island is almost ready. I have all of the artwork as well as stories for initial launch. Based on stretch goals I would be happy to add more creatures and photos. Possible delays could come from the printing / production process, but I don't expect any significant delays.
I am hoping to start shipping rewards in early December just in time for the holiday gifts season. Thank you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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