We've made it to our initial funding target - Thank you!!
If this is your first visit to this KickStarter * Hi * just scroll down to the introduction section and read all about our project :D
This top section is now dedicated to our Stretch goals...
LOCKED - 8K Stretch goal
So here it is... the mystery 6th Spirit House!
A full reveal of this sculpture and a production run of this Spirit House will be unlocked if we reach our £8,000 stretch goal.
Hi . My name is Miss Muju, and I'm an artist based in St Ives, Cornwall, UK. My partner and I set up the Muju Studio here 8 years ago, as a studio by the beach seemed like a good plan! We are both artists, with a shared love of nature, photography, travel, and most of all creating immersive worlds.
Mr Muju produces drawings, paintings and prints of an imaginary dimension - Mujuworld.
I take inspiration from this world and bring the characters to life through sculptures.
I've been producing limited edition resin figures for the past 7 years, and I'm committed to self-producing all my work, using sustainable materials wherever possible.
With your help over the years I've been able to release some classic Muju characters, including the Tree Spirit and the Star Traveller. It's been an amazing creative journey since my first KickStarter in 2013, and now I'm back with my latest creations to share with you!
You can see more of our work on our website : www.mujuworld.co.uk
Mujuworld has always been a place full of buildings and landscapes that are as alive as the Muju characters which inhabit the world.
The idea of bringing some of the Muju architecture to life in 3D has been in the background for a long time, with Mr Muju often asking me to make him a building or two for his desk.
I finally got around to sculpting one, and found myself instantly in love with mini architecture. One design then became five Muju Spirit Houses, and as I couldn't stop there, the next step had to be sculpting a Muju Temple.
The Forest Temple is my most ambitious and complex sculpture to date, and includes details like the temple guardian cat, some standing stones, and a tiny cosmic owl perched on the temple treetop.
After many months of pre-production work, I'm finally ready to share these new sculptures with you.
This project is well underway, as we've already produced the original sculptures, and have one working mould for each design. Using these moulds we have created the prototypes featured in our KickStarter film. But now we need to invest in an in-house production run of these sculptures.
The pre-production costs involved in releasing a new sculpture are high. We cast our sculptures in bio-resin, which is a non-toxic and more sustainable material than traditional resin. However it's significantly more expensive than polyurethane resin. Bio-resin is also a harder material to work with than standard resin, and takes much longer to set, only allowing one cast per day. So more moulds need to be made of each sculpture to increase our daily casting rate.
This project requires more investment than previous sculptures I've released, as I am hoping to create my first ever Muju mini series to accompany the Forest Temple sculpture. This will involve producing multiple moulds for every Spirit House as well as the Forest Temple to enable us to increase our production rate.
Each Forest Temple and Spirit House sculpture is totally handmade and hand-painted by ourselves, which also requires a big investment of our time.
Pre-order sales through this KickStarter campaign will enable us to fund a production run of this handmade sculpture series.
The first reward tier is for a set of 3 Muju postcards.
These postcards feature all 3 main elements of this Kickstarter campaign... The Forest Temple, the Spirit House illustration, and the Spirit House sculptures.
You will also get access to all our backer updates throughout the campaign and beyond, so you can follow our progress from start to finish :)
The second reward tier is for a Muju Spirit House enamel pin badge
Size: 3.5cm (1.4") tall
The Happy Hills reward will get you a pair of mini happy hill sculptures - one in each design. The hills stand 2cm tall and will come in a random selection of colours. See below for some example pairs:
With this reward tier you will receive one 'Muju Spirit House' giclée fine art limited edition print. Signed and numbered by Mr Muju.
Print size: 30 x 21cm (11.7 x 8.3")
Edition size: 50
Spirit House reward tiers:
The Spirit House sculptures stand between 5-6cm tall ( approx. 2"). Each one is hand cast and painted by us in the Muju Studio.
There are multiple reward tiers for the Spirit Houses. You can chose from one Spirit House, up to all five. However many you decide to pledge for, you will be able to pick which designs you would like. We will send out a backer survey after the Kickstarter has ended, and ask you to choose your Spirit Houses then :)
Muju Forest Temple reward tier:
Receive one Forest Temple sculpture, which stands 18cm tall ( approx. 7").
Each sculpture is individually hand cast, finished and painted by us in the Muju Studio.
This reward tier is for the Forest Temple complete set !
This set will include:
- 2 x Happy Hill mini sculptures
- 3 x Muju Postcards
- 1 x Muju Spirit House Ltd edition print
- 5 x Spirit Houses (1 of each design )
- 1 x Forest Temple sculpture
The final reward is for a one-off Forest Temple collection, encased in a glass dome display stand.
Each Spirit House sculpture in this scene sits atop its own Happy Hill.
The Forest Temple is a one-of-a-kind version which has been sculpted to stand 22cm tall (9") tall.
The glass dome display stands 27cm tall and 14cm diameter (11 x 5.5").
If you want to add-on any extras to your chosen reward you can!
How do I do that?
You can adjust your pledge amount at any point to add extras to your reward options. Simply click the "manage your pledge" button here on the page, and then you can increase your pledge by the desired amount, without having to change your selected reward tier.
Here's some example options:
Add £8 to your pledge = receive a Spirit House enamel pin badge (as well as your chosen reward)
Add £15 = receive 2 mini Happy Hills with your selected reward tier
Add £20 = receive a Muju Print with your reward.
Add £25 = Get an extra Spirit House of your choice
After the campaign ends I will send out a survey to each backer to finalise what you want to add-on. This will make sure you get exactly what you pledged for.
If you have any questions about add-on options you can message me for more details!
Thanks for taking the time to check out this KickStarter campaign. Remember to share this project on social media if you like it - every share really does help :)
Finally, if you want to see daily updates from the Muju Studio you can find us on Instagram : @miss_muju + @mr_muju
Risks and challenges
With the help of the Kickstarter community we have been able to produce a number of Muju sculptures in the past.
We now have 5 successful campaigns to draw experience from, and we will be using all we've learned from these different projects to ensure this one is a success.
The risks and challenges in completing this project are minimal. We have already reached the stage in production where the original sculpts are complete, and we have made the first silicone mould for each design featured in this campaign.
We have set realistic goals for the production times of the different rewards in this KickStarter. We will also vary the delivery dates on the rewards to allow us time to fulfil all the reward pledges within a reasonable time frame.
We will also keep all our backers updated with the production process so they know when to expect their rewards to arrive.
With your help we are ready to bring these sculptures to life :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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