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.