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Secure your wintry oasis from all the "blink" this Christmas with a fresh take on a holiday classic.

What happens when a talented artist and a skilled craftsman come together? The chance to reinvent a classic, holiday genre with a fresh look in a timeless process. Peter Dunham & Linnea Gits of Uusi are the artists, and Bruno Rohner of Rohner Letterpress is the craftsman whose sought-after, Chicago printing press would like to see this elegant yuletide calendar make its way to your home this holiday season.

THE INSPIRATION

The advent calendar was originally inspired by the beautiful, handmade shingles covering an old building found by Peter in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Recreated by the artists as a Swiss chalet dropped deep within a peaceful forest, this humble structure took on an enchanting quality perfect for celebrating the magic of the Christmas season. Each window hides an illustrated holiday treat or character. From the gift bearing bear (pun intended) behind the chalet's rooftop window...

...down to the final Christmas Eve reveal behind the double door entryway filled with tree-trimming doves, the excitement of the gift-giving season is stoked one beautifully illustrated day at a time.

THE PROCESS

Originally screen-printed with each window cut by hand, the advent calendar could only be made in small quantities that could not fulfill the demand for it. Looking for a more efficient production method that would retain the beauty and integrity of the handmade calendars, but allow it to be produced in larger quantities at a lower price point, Peter came to Rohner Letterpress in hope of a collaboration.

Letterpress, unlike screen-printing or offset printing, creates an impression in the paper to give the artwork a luxurious, three-dimensional quality as pleasing to the touch as it is to the eye. If funded, our advent calendar will be letterpress printed with environmentally friendly, vegetable-based inks on heavy, archival paper and mounted for hanging between two reclaimed, old-growth redwood bars and packed in a sturdy cardboard box. A true holiday keepsake, reinvented as an elegant work of art, that can be enjoyed year after year.  

FUNDING

Initial production set-up costs for complex printed objects, like the advent calendar, are high. And though the letterpress print process is mechanized, there is still a lot of hand assembly that must be done to this calendar to create the final product. We chose Kickstarter for our funding because we did not want to compromise our design or the production process for a risk-adverse, large retailer - instead, we want our focus to be on creating a beautiful, meaningful object you can enjoy for many Christmas seasons to come. With your help, we can create a holiday classic together!

ABOUT THE REWARDS

Aside from offering this advent calendar at a low price you will never see it at again, we have designed a set of Christmas cards, gift cards, and gift wrap exclusive to this project. Below is a look at these items, along with our advent calendar, in the different reward tiers in our project, plus a few very limited edition items for our top reward:

Letterpress Christmas Cards & envelopes /  4.5 x 6.25 inches

Letterpress Gift Cards (flat) / 2.1875 x 3.5 inches

Gift Wrap / 20 x 30 inches / Metallic blend from gold to silver

TOP REWARD ITEMS

Elk sculpture by Uusi / White oak / 10 x 8 x 4 inches

Handmade, keepsake box for calendar / Reclaimed, old-growth redwood / 15.5 x 20.5 x 2 inches

Letterpress Personalized Christmas Cards

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    SUGAR PLUM - (1) box of 8 letterpress Christmas cards. (Add $10 for international shipping.)

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    UP ON THE HOUSE TOP - (1) Alpine Winter Chalet Advent Calendar. (Add $25 for international shipping.)

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    DEAR SANTA - (1) Alpine Winter Chalet Advent Calendar, (1) box of 8 letterpress Christmas cards, (4) sheets of gift wrap, (1) set of 12 letterpress gift cards. (Add $25 for international shipping.)

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    DECK THE HALLS - (2) Alpine Winter Chalet Advent Calendars. (Add $25 for international shipping.)

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    WHITE CHRISTMAS - (2) Alpine Chalet Advent Calendars, (2) box sets of 8 letterpress Christmas cards, (8) sheets of gift wrap, (2) sets of 12 letterpress gift cards. (Add $25 for international shipping.)

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    JINGLE BELLS - (2) Alpine Winter Chalet Advent Calendars, (4) box sets of 8 letterpress PERSONALIZED Christmas cards, (12) sheets of gift wrap, (3) sets of 12 letterpress gift cards. (Add $25 for international shipping.)

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    I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - (1) Alpine Winter Chalet Advent Calendar in handmade, reclaimed redwood keepsake box, (1) Alpine Winter Chalet Advent Calendar (in cardboard box), (4) box sets of 8 letterpress PERSONALIZED Christmas cards, (12) sheets of gift wrap, (4) sets of 12 letterpress holiday gift cards, (1) white oak elk sculpture by Uusi. (Add $35 for International shipping.)

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