B&H Photo is like a photographers Disney World. The sales people are honest and helpful and nice! Being with Jon as he bought his camera that he raised money for on Kickstarter was an affirmation of our creative lives together.
There are all kinds of great projects on Kickstarter. They’re fun to look through and you may be inspired to fund one or create your own project.
We’re going to NYC to buy Jon’s new camera with the money he got from his Kickstarter project Talking to Animals. We’ll also take a Carriage ride through Central Park (my first I think, although I might remember having taken a ride as a teenager, oh, but I can’t quite remember so maybe it doesn’t count even if I did) and go to the Carrie Mae Weems exhibit at the Guggenheim.
I’ll be blogging from the City, and will definitely get a picture or two of Jon in B&H Photo. I can just imagine the look on his face, like a kid in a candy store.
Early this morning, I reached my goal for my Kickstarter Project Reclaiming Vintage Hankies. I now have over $4000 pledged. When I started the project, I didn’t really know what to expect. It could have gone so many different ways. So I want to thank you all for your support.
Thank you all so very much!
It’s an interesting and emotional thing to have so many people give me money to reach this goal. It shows a belief in my work and in me. The idea of Kickstarter itself shows how many people want art, in some form, in their lives.
And I was thinking about all the practical uses of the money I’ll receive. Like allowing me to buy a new sewing machine and buy hankies and other supplies and pay Kim to help me assemble scarves and potholders.
But it does something else too. Something that traditionally was the role of government grants. It gives me the time and space to create. Suddenly, I felt the pressure of having to make money every day lift for a while. I actually saw an emptiness full of possibility. A vast light filled space without devoid of the restrictions of time. Like taking a conscious breath during a really stressful moment.
Since I started doing my work six years ago, I’ve never even dreamed of such a situation, where the edge of necessity was replaced with desire. And it’s not just about the money, but about knowing and experiencing a different reality. And I’m ready for it. I no longer want “need” to push me and guide my creativity. Not any need outside of myself anyway. I now know I have enough drive to keep me creating for the rest of my life. And having some breathing space to do it fills me with the joy of having landed in my creative life.
It’s a bit hard for me to wrap my head around, but my Kickstarter Project, Reclaiming Vintage Hankies is just $350.00 away from being funded. I can’t believe it, it’s happening all so quickly. And not only is it nearly funded, but I’m receiving some wonderful hankie stories and offers of hankies too.
Yesterday I got a message from Ann on Kickstarter. Ann also collects hankies, and has a wonderful blog about them called Handkerchief Heros. A museum worthy collection, with no museum ( not yet anyway) to show them, she finds the most remarkable hankies and is keeping them safe for the future.
There are some hankies that just need to be hankies. I happen to think the Bullfighter Hankie above is one of them. It came to me in a box with over a hundred other hankies, from a woman who had collected them her whole life. She received and gave hankies as gifts for all occasions. She bought them as souvenirs when she traveled. She used some and kept others neatly folded, safely stored away.
I’ve seen hankies for sale on Ebay and ETSY, so know there are collectors out there who would love some of the hankies I have. But it wouldn’t be right for me to sell hankies that were given to me, so now I have a safe and loving place to send the hankies that I feel should just be hankies. I’ll run them by Ann and see what she thinks (being she’s a hankie expert) if she wants them I’ll be happy knowing they’ll be in a safe place where they can be enjoyed and seen by other hankie lovers.
Thanks to so many of you, the first day of my Kickstarter Project “Reclaiming Vintage Hankies” has been very successful. I’m over 50% funded. I’m already thinking of making all the rewards for the pledges. (Positive thinking, half way there is still half way to go. I’m seeing my glass half full). Kim, who helps me sew my scarves (I design them all and she sews them together) is still recovering from shoulder surgery, but she’ll be all better by the time I get to work on fulfilling my pledges. And I’m going to need her help.
I’ll also have some note cards printed of my work for some of the rewards. I made note cards once years ago, using photos of my quilts. This time I’ll make them from photos of my wall hangings. If they look anything like my business cards, I’ll be very happy.
One of the benefits of doing something new like a Kickstarter Project is that it opens me up to new creative ideas. Making the note cards is one of them. I’m also going to be using some parts of the torn and worn hankies to make potholders. And I have not doubt that I’ll have some more new ideas by the time my project is realized.
It was a stormy night for an art reception, but there was a nice crowd at the Round House Cafe to see Jon’s and George’s Photo Show. George showed a video of his interviews on the BBC and CBS from the 1980′s and Jon gave a short talk about George. It was a sweet evening.
Jon and George have sold some photos already and we’re replacing some of them with new photos. So the show is constantly changing. The Round House Cafe is at 1 Washington Street, Cambridge NY and the photos will be up through March. So even if you couldn’t make it to the reception, there’s still plenty of time to see all those wonderful pictures and have a delicious lunch while you’re there.
The wood is in the shed. My Kickstarter Project “Reclaiming Vintage Hankies” has been approved. It will go live tomorrow. And I’ll let you know all about it when it does. And now we’re off to Jon and George’s Opening Reception for their photo show “Looking at our World” at the Round House Cafe. It’s a good day.
We got a load of wood yesterday and there’s some rain and snow coming tonight so Jon and I (with some help from our friend Jack) will spend the day stacking wood. I rarely take a day away from my studio to do this kind of work, but we need to get the wood in the shed before it gets covered with snow and ice. Luckily it’s a beautiful day here today. Sunny and warm (may even get up into the low 40′s!) a good day to be outside. (Maybe nice enough for those Zombie Hens to come out of the roost)