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Richard WolfströmeBy Richard Wolfströme
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Richard WolfströmeBy Richard Wolfströme
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About

I'm a graphic designer and artist who has been studying and practicing shamanism since 2007. As a designer I am often drawn to visual symbolism that has value and meaning, and over the past few months, through my own shamanic practice, I have been developing a series of geometric sacred designs, using power symbols that, I think, will appeal to both those with, or without, a shamanic (and/or other interests) background. 

These designs are rooted in ancient symbolism where the symbols have held strong sacred meaning throughout the ages and with which I have been inspired to create my own contemporary versions. You may choose to see these just as modern graphic designs and I would also invite you to bring your own meaning to them. 

The posters will be beautifully silkscreen printed, using a range of solid Pantone colours, including metallic inks, onto a high quality recycled paper. A local specialist printer with an excellent reputation will be responsible for the silkscreen printing and I will be close-by to monitor that each design is being met to the highest standard. Each colour version of a design is limited to a print run of 36 and will be numbered, signed and will include a blind-embossed monogram stamp for authentication. When ready, each poster, or posters, will be supplied unframed, carefully packaged, and posted using a strong heavyweight wide diameter (150mm) tube to minimise the poster roll.

All of the listed designs will be limited colour editions set below market price and once the initial programme is complete, the cost of the artwork will be adjusted accordingly. Check out the list of rewards which also includes unique offers for this Kickstarter programme. 

Please note that due to the differences with on-screen digital colour (along with screen contrast, brightness and so on) and printed colour, the colours seen on this page are a representation only of what will be the final printed colours, and should not be considered to be accurate to the final artworks (which will be more magnificent!), although the designs seen here are the digital versions of the final artworks (see also risks and challenges note below). All frames shown are for visual purposes only – posters will be supplied unframed.

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Crystal

The hexagon is widely considered to be a sacred shape often associated with the geometry of the natural world and is thought to be a symbol of harmony and balance. It is seen in the construction of the bee's honeycomb hive and in the make-up of the bee's eyes. The shape can be found in crystals, snowflakes and in natural rock formations such as the Giants Causeway, in Ireland. It is seen on Saturn's north pole as a cloud formation and, back-down-to-Earth, the Benzene Ring (six carbon atoms joined to form a hexagon) is the basic component of many organic compounds.

The number six is also considered to be a sacred number (and being the number of sides to the hexagon), so I designed this series of artworks with six descending hexagons in outline to make a geometric design which I've named Crystal. In this series of artworks, a set of four posters, each printed in two colours, there will be three that each use a different metallic ink – gold, silver and indigo – plus white. A fourth version which will be close to white-on-white will create a more subtle, although visible design. The poster size will be 600 x 600mm, printed on 100% recycled Paperback Cairn board (320gsm). There will be a limited edition of 36 of each one of these colour versions, with a reward opportunity to buy a complete set.

Crystal Gold
Crystal Gold
Crystal Silver
Crystal Silver
Crystal Indigo
Crystal Indigo
Crystal White
Crystal White

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Two Serpents

The Serpent or Snake is considered to be one of the oldest and most widespread of sacred symbols. It is often seen in mythological stories and cultural rituals, and can represent the duality of things – light and dark for example.

They can be seen as symbols of fertility, creative life force, rebirth and transformation – shedding their skin – immortality, healing – the venom being used both as poison and the cure. Two serpents are seen in the Cadusceus, the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology and as one serpent in the Staff of Asclepius, a Greek deity associated with healing and medicine. The Hopi people of North America perform a snake dance as a rain ceremony to help in the fertility of their lands. In fact, there are so many places and occasions that serpents appear culturally around the world that it would take a few more pages to list them all here.

So, to the artworks; two serpents entwined representing the duality of the masculine and the feminine. They are connected at their tails and tongues by the Lemniscate (the sacred infinity symbol) making them 'one' – woven as a continual form that is never-ending – infinite. For some, they may see these as the world serpents Python and Typhon and, as with the other artworks, you are also invited to bring your own sacred interpretation to them.

The poster size will be 360 x 600mm, printed on 100% recycled Paperback Cairn board (320gsm). This series of four posters will be printed using three-colours (a metallic ink, plus black, plus white) for which there will be a limited edition of 36 of each. And there is a reward opportunity to buy a complete set. In addition I've included a 'special' version using the three sacred colours silver, black and red, which will also be limited to an edition of 36.

Two Serpents Gold
Two Serpents Gold
Two Serpents Silver
Two Serpents Silver
Two Serpents Turquoise
Two Serpents Turquoise
Two Serpents Green
Two Serpents Green
Two Serpents Special Edition
Two Serpents Special Edition

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Six Hexagons: The Seasons Series

Using the hexagon form and rationale that can be seen and read in the Crystal design (see above), this series of artworks with six descending hexagons are printed as solid parts in a series of four posters; each one using five Pantone special colours representing a season – Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. The poster size will be 600 x 600mm and printed on 100% recycled Paperback Cairn board (320gsm). There will be a limited edition of 36 of each one of these colour versions, with a reward opportunity to buy a complete set.

Six Hexagons: Winter
Six Hexagons: Winter
Six Hexagons: Spring
Six Hexagons: Spring
Six Hexagons: Summer
Six Hexagons: Summer
Six Hexagons: Autumn
Six Hexagons: Autumn

Please note that due to the differences with on-screen digital colour (along with screen contrast, brightness and so on) and printed colour, the colours seen on this page are a representation only of what will be the final printed colours, and should not be considered to be accurate to the final artworks (which will be more magnificent!), although the designs seen here are the digital versions of the final artworks (see also risks and challenges note below). All frames shown are for visual purposes only – posters will be supplied unframed.

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Poster sizes

The visuals below show the poster sizes in 'human' scale. I've simulated the designs on top to help give more context – they are not the finished prints!

Poster size 600 x 600mm (poster size is accurate to scale – design has been Photoshopped on top)
Poster size 600 x 600mm (poster size is accurate to scale – design has been Photoshopped on top)
Poster size 360 x 600mm (poster size is accurate to scale – design has been Photoshopped on top)
Poster size 360 x 600mm (poster size is accurate to scale – design has been Photoshopped on top)

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RWOLF embossed monogram

Every poster will be numbered, signed and will include a blind-embossed RWOLF monogram for authentication.

RWOLF monogram
RWOLF monogram

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Packaging

The posters will be despatched in a strong heavyweight wide 150mm diameter tube to minimise poster roll.

150mm diameter poster tube
150mm diameter poster tube

Risks and challenges

I don't anticipate any risks in the delivery of this project – if the campaign meets its target I can proceed directly to silkscreen printing stage. The artworks are all ready to go and I have all that I need to deliver efficiently.

It should be noted that silkscreen printing is a very manual process (i.e. it's not digital!) and therefore has some challenges, although not insurmountable, in meeting the exacting details of the designs. The quality of silkscreening is one that has a 'human' craft aesthetic in which each ink is carefully (and lovingly) pulled across a screen onto the paper and then left to dry before the next ink is screened. Technical considerations such as 'trapping' where darker inks slightly overlap lighter inks to avoid white gaps will be introduced to make sure the printed pieces meet the design intentions. This method of printing brings a depth and quality to the design which should be considered as something of the art. We will be monitoring this all very closely so that the final printed results will meet the high level that the design has set and nothing will pass that doesn't meet our 'gold standard' (as my own teacher would say!).

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    Series 3: The Seasons: Summer

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    Crystal Special One-off

    I'll artwork and get silkscreen printed a 'one-off' version of the 'Crystal' design that uses colours that we agree upon following correspondence with you. This version will be unique and an absolute 'one-off'.

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    Six Hexagons Special One-off

    I'll artwork and get silkscreen printed a 'one-off' version, as 'The Seasons' hexagon layout design for you that uses a colour palette of five colours following correspondence with you to determine colour direction. This version will be unique and an absolute 'one-off'.

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