The Draftery develops directly from the community it seeks to publish. We have worked tirelessly to highlight the presence of an architectural community that cares about the drawing process. In order for us to continue publishing drawings, we are asking members of this community—and those interested in backing them—to pledge their support. The money we raise here will fund the first self-published issue of Figures, and hopefully, book sales will perpetuate the journal in the future.
What We’re Doing
Along with our web-based Archive, The Draftery publishes Figures, a printed biannual in which a small number of drafters are curated around a specific theme. Each issue of Figures opens with an editorial statement and an essay on drawing from one of the drafters featured in the issue.
Following this often personal thought process, we present a series of drawings that respond to the essay through their techniques, processes, and visual rhetoric. While we open with words, we let the drawings speak for themselves.
Fig.03: ‘That Then Disappear in the Building of It,’ will be about the many ways that a drawing reveals the previously hidden. An often glossed over job of the architectural drawing is to reveal: to show what is behind a door or above a room, to show what is within a wall, to determine the overall spatial order and even relationships of liability that then disappear in the building of it.
The Draftery is constantly in search of ways to better its commitment to the drafters we feature, and to the importance and reach of drawing in general. Now entering our third year, we are taking on more responsibility. While we greatly appreciate our friends at Booklet Press in Tokyo, we have been developing relationships with printers and distributors closer to Brooklyn with the hopes of cutting down on shipping fees and times in North America and Europe. Following our re-launch in April, Fig.03 will be the first printing of our new book format as well: a higher print run—going from our current 90 copies to 1000.
How Your Donations Will Be Used
A higher print run is also a larger commitment. In addition to the 1000 copies, Figures will also be much higher quality: full-color offset printed on better paper, bound to lay flat and to last. Our goal is to present our drafters’ work in the best possible way and to ensure that the book design lives up to all of our standards.
We are asking for $15,000: enough money to cover production & distribution costs. Meeting this goal means that we will break even. Any and all additional funding we receive will be used towards our digital overhead, budgets for exhibitions and book launches, and in the future, the opportunity to compensate our contributing drafters.
Help us continue our publishing endeavour by pledging!
Printing and binding will be done by the skilled craftsmen of WestCan PG, printers of amazing art books for many fine institutions, including the RISD Museum, Yale School of Architecture, and Princeton School of Architecture. For all you print/book nerds, here are some specs, in case you’re wondering. (As a side note: specs may change depending on the amount of money we receive. As in, if we receive more, we’ll work hard to make this a damn good special edition!)
Dimensions: 7.5” x 10”
Page count: 112-128 (final count TBA)
Printing: CMYK (+ 1 spot, PMS 185, if budget permits)
Paper stock: 70# matte uncoated text + 65# matte uncoated cover
Binding: Layflat + red linen on bound edge
Print run: 1000
Who We Are
The Draftery is a curated archive with multiple platforms that promotes graphic works by lesser known architects, artists, students, and other practitioners. It is a place for the analysis and presentation of architectural drawings—a place to learn how each practitioner’s personal reasoning develops a distinct process. Everything we do is filtered through the lens of architectural discourse. Our mission is to provide a limited context and pointed commentary on the ways in which drawings engage the world through their making—to dispel the belief that drawing is dead.
Rather than capital gains, our goal is to facilitate a healthy architectural discourse by disseminating valuable work. We believe that good work should be readily accessible. We donate our time and services and our web-based publication free of charge, but look to Figures to offset the current production costs and third-party services The Draftery requires to continue publishing drawings.
If you want us to stick around, help us move forward by donating!
As of the launch of this project, our book design is not yet finalized. As such, the layout, writing, and drawings you see in the video and images presented may change. However, the video, images, and technical information above correctly represent the book's visual language and specifications. As the campaign progresses, we will post updates on this page.
*For conversation: in person if Patron/Benefactor is in New York or Chicago, otherwise via Skype.
**For curated show: Anywhere in the Continental U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Risks and challenges
Fig.03 will open the third year of The Draftery’s presence. We have been developing relationships with printers closer to Brooklyn and this opens up greater potential for communication and quality control. Expanding from 90 to 1000 copies is an exciting step forward and will allow us to offer a higher quality Figures at a more affordable price. While working with a new printer requires new workflows, this is a necessary part of our re-launch that we have been working towards for the last 6 months.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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