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Hand cut paper shadow sculptures created to spark imagination, inspire wonderment and keep the dark at bay! Help a dreamer dream!
27 backers pledged $1,515 to help bring this project to life.

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Star caves now available! 5x7s $50 and 8x10s for $100. They come matted and framed in a shadowbox and are backlit with white leds.
Star caves now available! 5x7s $50 and 8x10s for $100. They come matted and framed in a shadowbox and are backlit with white leds.

New rewards and international shipping!

Random sculptures now available! Also international shipping available on shadow sculpts.

Who I am:

I am an artist/dreamer from beautiful Washington state. I love being creative and I hope to one day share my art with the world!  While looking for handmade gift ideas I came across a D.I.Y. project on paper cut shadow boxes.

8x10 Sculpture matted and framed in an 11x17 shadow box.
8x10 Sculpture matted and framed in an 11x17 shadow box.

After hours of drawing, designing, and cutting, my gift was almost finished. I got a shadow box, wired it with some LEDs, turned it on and was immediately inspired to create more pieces. This is where I need your help.

Fully illuminated with white LEDs. I can stare at these for hours!
Fully illuminated with white LEDs. I can stare at these for hours!

My Project: 

These sculptures are made of hand cut paper, layered inside a shadow box, and back lit to add depth and contrast. One of the biggest challenges I face is material cost, specifically the shadow boxes. I am asking for your support to raise $750 in order to fund the following:

  • $400 for a table saw. Having my own table saw will not only reduce expenses on each sculpture, but also give me the freedom to make boxes tailored to each sculpture's needs.
  • $150 for material cost. I have a stockpile of supplies ready to go for the sculptures and the prints, but I will need a few other things such as lumber, glass and stain to start producing my own boxes.
  • $200 for Kickstarter and processing fees and any other costs associated with fulfilling my rewards.

These are my current needs and a basic budget. Your funding will allow me to put into motion a series of events that will (hopefully) lead me into a new career. If more money is pledged those funds will be used to purchase a better table saw, buy more art supplies, and help get my feet off the ground!

Stretch Goals:

Any funds over my target amount of $750 will help me fund my stretch goals. With your continued support I hope to obtain the following goals.

Stretch Goal #1: $1500

If pledges reach $1500, these additional funds will be used to purchase a better table saw, extra blades and attachments, and more materials to produce the shadow boxes. If this goal is met I will release an additional color scheme for each print and anyone pledging $10 or more will receive a color print of an unreleased sculpture signed and numbered as appreciation for your support. This print will not be released anywhere else.

Stretch Goal #2: $3000

If pledges reach $3000, (fingers crossed) these additional funds will be used to upgrade my studio space. Currently I am using a cramped spare bedroom at my house. Extra funds will allow me to turn my shop into my art space. In order to do that I need insulate it, and run electricity to it. Having my own space away from the distractions of the house will help me to be more creative and spend more time focused on my projects.  If this goal is met I will immediately get to work on a sticker pack. Anyone pledging $10 or more will receive set of stickers with their rewards.

My Kickstarter Journey: 

When I first started out on this process I thought to myself, I'll just take some pictures, upload them to Kickstarter, tell my story, give my pitch and hope for the best. I had no idea what an undertaking this would be! After countless hours of watching videos, reading how to guides, and looking through Kickstarter pages for reference, I found myself overwhelmed and apprehensive. There are so many great projects on here! I could have easily let my fear and anxiety stop me dead in my tracks, but recently (my 30th birthday) I made myself a promise to pursue an art career and try to break away from the daily grind that so many of us are slaves to. I've set a series of goals for myself that I hope to achieve over the next year and it all starts here! With you! I put a lot of hard work and dedication into this project and I hope you enjoy. Thank you for viewing my page!

Rewards:

I have tried to create a dynamic set of rewards that can fit to anyones budget. If you have any questions feel free to send me a message.

Print rewards: All prints will be printed on Ultra Premium photo paper and begin shipping as soon the project is funded.  All prints come in black and white (plain image of illuminated sculpt) and a color scheme with the exception of "Dr Jones" "Crystal Lake" and "You Shall Not Pass" as they have an additional color scheme (only 50 available!). At the end of this project you will receive a survey asking which prints you would like to receive and they will be mailed out promptly. If the first stretch goal is met each print will have an addition color scheme to choose from!

Complete print set. Available in 5x7 and 8x10. All prints will be signed and numbered.
Complete print set. Available in 5x7 and 8x10. All prints will be signed and numbered.
Limited edition 8x10s, exclusive color scheme, only 50 prints available. Kickstarter Exclusive!
Limited edition 8x10s, exclusive color scheme, only 50 prints available. Kickstarter Exclusive!

Shadow Sculptures: You may choose to have your sculpture battery powered or outlet powered (with the exception of the multi colored leds with remote) each with its pro and cons. If your reward includes a shadow sculpture you will be contacted at the end of the project with a survey in which you can include your interests or suggest a theme so that I can create something we are both happy with.  If your reward includes a custom sculpture you will be contacted by me at the end of the project to discuss exactly what your vision is, and you will be in touch with me throughout the entire process. I will update you with pictures and emails so that you may be included in the work.

Add ons:  If you would like more than one reward level just choose the more expensive of the two and add on the additional amount for the other reward level. You may not add on an item with limited quantities, however you may choose a limited quantity item and add additional rewards on top of that. You may contact me with any questions. 

If you choose a shadow sculpture, you have the option to have colored back lighting.  If you would like a solid color other than white (can be battery powered or outlet powered) add $20 to your donation and message me with your favorite color.  If you would like a color changing lighting system with an included remote (outlet powered) add $40. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Risks and challenges

I look forward to the challenges I will face as this project grows. The first challenge I see is the learning curve of the table saw. With the help of friends and family with more woodworking experience than me we will take this on with ease. I also look forward to the challenge of creating new pieces for backers.

The main risk I see is production delay, depending on how many backers are interested in getting custom shadow sculptures. My target will be to fulfill all rewards by Christmas 2015. I will work hard to reach this goal and follow through with as much haste as I can, however there is no way to gauge the potential backer response. Feel confident in choosing to back me and know that your investment will allow me to explore more creative outlets, reach personal goals and start down a path to a happy future! Thank you!

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    -Star Light- (Crystal Lake)
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    -Star Light- (You Shall Not Pass)
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    5x7 star cave matted and framed in an 8x10 shadowbox, backlit with white leds.

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    1) Random 5x7 Shadow sculpture matted and framed in an 8x10 Shadowbox backlit with white leds.

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    The original "Mario World" 5x7 shadow sculpture matted and framed in an 8x10 shadowbox and backlit with white leds.

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    The original "Night of the Living Dead" 5x7 shadow sculpture matted and framed in an 8x10 shadowbox and backlit with white leds.

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    "You Shall Not Pass"
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    "The Wolf and the Winter Cold"
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    -Galaxy- international shipping now available!
    I will design and create a one of a kind 5x7 shadow sculpture based on your interests. Matted and framed in an 8x10 handmade shadow box.
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    -Super Nova-
    I will design and create a one of a kind 8x10 shadow sculpture based on your interests. Matted and framed in an handmade 11x14 shadow box.
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    "Dr. Jones"
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    -Quasar-
    Work Directly with me to design and create a tailor made 8x10 shadow sculpture. This sculpture will be matted and framed in a handmade 11x17 shadow box. Your shadow sculpture will be illuminated with color changing leds that can be controlled with an included remote.
    -I will also include an original 5x7 shadow sculpture from my collection.
    -You will also receive a full set of 9, 8x10 and 5x7 color prints signed and numbered and a handwritten thank you note.

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    -Quasar- (international shipping now available)
    Work Directly with me to design and create a tailor made 8x10 shadow sculpture. This sculpture will be matted and framed in a handmade 11x17 shadow box. Your shadow sculpture will be illuminated with color changing leds that can be controlled with an included remote.
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    3) 8x10 Shadow sculptures with a central theme. A triptych. Matted and framed in 3 11x14 shadow boxes.

    1) Full set of prints, 8x10 and 5x7.

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    -The Light of Earendil-
    "May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out."

    -Work Directly with me to design and create a tailor made 8x10 shadow sculpture. This sculpture will be matted and framed in a handmade 11x14 shadow box. Your shadow sculpture will be illuminated with color changing leds that can be controlled with an included remote.

    -I will design and create two one of a kind 5x7 shadow sculptures based on your interests. Matted and framed in an 8x10 handmade shadow box.
    -You will also receive a full set of 9, 8x10 color prints framed, matted, signed and numbered as well as a black and white and a color set of 5x7s
    -In addition to having a place in my heart forever, I will send you postcards from wherever this journey takes me.

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