I am launching a project called 'Finland's Birds' while on-site at the Arteles Center as an artist in residence this July.
Did you know that Finland has over 450 different kinds of native birds?
Hello! -- My name is Stephanie Chambers and I'm a Brooklyn, NY based painter. I've been accepted to the Arteles Center Summer artist residency in Western Finland for this July and plan to study, track and create a body of artwork based on the indigenous bird population of Finland.
I am a 2003 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and have been making artwork exclusively about nature for the last 5 years. I am inspired, captivated, and enthralled by the enormous variety of birds in the world and within the last year, I began a works on paper project featuring birds and patterns. Here's one example:
In Finland, I'll be staying in the village of Hameenkyro, which is about 200km west of Helsinki. I'll be spending about half my time outside studying, tracking and drawing from life the various birds I discover. The other half of the time I'll be in the studio making the body of work, which will incorporate traditional Scandinavian and Finnish design elements into the patterning.
I've decided to launch a Kickstarter to help with costs related to the project, such as travel expenses (airfare from JFK-->Helsinki, + train), cost of the residency (I received a 50% scholarship, but that still leaves half) and art supplies for the month (ex. 1 sheet of paper costs $15, 1 tube of paint costs $30).
In exchange for your donation, you will receive the artwork from the Finland Bird project, such as drawings, paintings and limited edition prints. All images will be created on-site in Finland and I have discounted the prices as a special thank you for your Kickstarter contribution.
All materials used are archival and all artwork, including prints come with a signed certificate of authenticity.
Please reach out if you have any questions. I am so grateful for your support!
PS - you can see more of my artwork on my website: stephaniechambersart.com
Hi Everyone - In the drawings, I use Windsor & Newton acrylic paint, but wrote ink in two of the drawing pledge categories. The paint is much better than using ink. It won't fade over time and I use the professional series, which has rich, solid colors. Thanks!
You guys are the best so the shipping is included. Domestic and international. Thanks!
The prints will be based off of the 9.5 x 7.5 inch drawings. Depending on how they scan, they will either be 9.5 x 7.5 or 10 x 8 inches. Either way, they will fit nicely into standard 8x10 inch frames. Thanks!
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May 16, 2012 - Jun 15, 2012 (30 days)
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Postcard mailed to you with a big handwritten thank you on the back. Front image is my painting 'Go After What You Want,' and it's the image on the front page of my website of a fox leaping toward butterflies.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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4 Finland Bird stickers. Printed on a full Epson sticker sheet - 8.5 x 11 inches. The sheet will come to you uncut, so you'll need to cut out the little birdies as you see fit. The four bird stickers will be selected from the drawings made onsite and you will have a choice from 3 sticker sheets to choose from.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Limited edition Finland Bird print based off of an original 9.5 x 7.5 drawing. Ten drawings will be made into prints and you will choose from these ten. Printed on archival paper using archival Epson inks. Each print is signed and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticty for the edition. Edition will be 200 for each image.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Half an hour video chat with me and my dog about art and life. If you know my dog, you'll get why this is on here.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Two limited edition Finland Bird prints based off of an original 9.5 x 7.5 drawing. Ten drawings will be made into prints and you will choose from these ten. Printed on archival paper using archival Epson inks. Each print is signed and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticty for the edition. Edition will be 200 for each image.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Original 5.5 x 7.5 inches bird drawing from Finland. You will have a choice between 3 images. This is a reduced price, created especially for this Kickstarter project. It will be created on-site in Finland. Comes with a signed certificate of authenticity. Created using 300lb Arches archival paper with Windsor & Newton acrylic ink, Caran d'Ache wax/oil crayons and graphite. The drawing will be treated to resist smudging and fading.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Original 9.5 x 7.5 inches bird drawing from Finland. This is a reduced price, created especially for this Kickstarter project. You will have a choice of 2 to choose from and artwork will be created on-site in Finland. Work will be created using 300lb Arches paper, Windsor & Newton acrylic paint, Caran d'Ache wax/oil crayon and graphite. All work will be treated to resist smudging and fading.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Set of six Finland bird prints. Printed on archival paper, using Epson archival inks. Each print is signed and comes with a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity for the edition. You will choose which six you want from ten options.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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One 11 x 15 inches original bird drawing from Finland. The image will contain multiple birds and be oriented landscape-wise. You will have a choice between 2 images. Done on-site in Finland. Materials will be 300lb bright white Arches paper, Windsor & Newton acrylic ink and graphic. The drawing will be treated to resist smudging and fading. Comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Original painting, 11x14 inches on wood panel of Finland birds. Medium will be Windsor & Newton acrylic paint and Caran d'Ache wax/oil. Drawings for these paintings will be done on-site in Finland and I will email you two 2 drawings with rough color selections for you to choose from for your finished painting. Just like the drawings, the paintings will incorporate traditional Scandinavian and Finnish design elements. The wood panel has a depth of about 1 inch, so it doesn't need to be framed and is ready to hang. The sides will be painted as well.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012