A project geared towards collecting human stories from around the world and recording them and documenting them through story portraits
What Is the Project?
By The Way The Bird Flies is a project where I am collecting stories from people while sitting and having a conversation. Currently I have been collecting stories from people I know and who have shaped who I am today as an artist. The main reason I want to take the process further is to explore, listen, and travel while gaining a better grasp of what it means to be a person in this day in age. We as people are growing globally and technologically. With the internet people are sharing more than ever before. Although it seems a lot of what we see the world as still is what we choose to view. I want to challenge this by creating a dialogue that is more open. My goal is not to dominate or determine what the person should be telling me. There is no interview about what is happening here or what is happening there which is determined by the person interviewing. Instead it will remain the choice of the person telling the story. Just human stories that you share with people. So you get a chance to sit and talk in the way people share stories over coffee.
Why Is This Important?
By recording these stories and documenting them, other people can hear what has been shared, as well as see what I have interpreted through a visual manner in the portraits. All while letting the people I meet share a piece of what has shaped them as a person. I think it helps people grow by having an open mind, taking away the aspect of judging and assumption, listening becomes what is important. So the project is me traveling around the world with an open ear gathering stories from people who are willing to share and to listen as well. This helps us grow in general as people on both sides. Conversation is a powerful thing.
Why I Need Your Donations.
The donations will help me achieve the freedom needed to focus on traveling and actually getting out in the world finding a diverse realm of stories. The more that is donated the further I will be able to take the process and production of collecting these stories. I'm going to be trying to do a portrait a day depending on circumstances, as we all know sometimes people are not open to share. I will be posting a couple of stories a week for people to see the progression of the project without giving too much away before the completion of the project. Occasionally personal entries will be made as well keeping the viewers updated on where I might be and experiences I may have gone through or may be going through.
What Will The Complete Copy Of The By The Way The Bird Flies Be Like?
The completed version will be a hardback book containing anywhere from 100 to 150 story portraits and personal journal entries from the trip. As well as contain a complete set of all the recordings for your listening pleasure. Depending on funding, multiple volumes will be made throughout the year. The goal is to eventually gather stories from everywhere around the world which can be an expensive process.
- How Do I View The Current Stories and Portraits?
Just keep an eye on the website that will be updated throughout the Kickstarter event and after until the completion of the book.
What Are Some Of The Rewards?
-Your Name On List Of Contributors (Blog and Book)
-Handwritten Letter And Drawing
-A Limited Edition 20 Page Book Signed By Yours Truly
-A Chance To Have Your Own Story and Portrait Created (You Get To Keep The Portrait)
-Complete Paperback or Hardback Version Of By The Way The Bird Flies Signed By Yours Truly
-A Large Scale Painting Done By Yours Truly.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $10,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on January 20, 2012.
Dec 8, 2011 - Jan 20, 2012
Pledge $5 or more
Your name on a list of contributors on the blog site bythewaythebirdflies.tumblr.com as well as in the back of the book when it is released in May.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Everything listed above. As well as you will receive a handwritten letter and drawing personally thanking you for your contribution sometime in January.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Everything listed above. As well as a free copy of a 20 page book when the book project is done.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Everything listed above. As well as a chance to contribute a story to the book (and you get to keep the portrait). If you are not local it will be via Skype unless you can travel to Knoxville before I leave.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $150 or more
Everything else listed above. As well as receive a copy of the complete paperback version of By The Way The Bird Flies when completed. It will be signed with a thank-you from myself.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $200 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
Everything else listed above, but instead of your book being paperback you get the hardback version of By The Way The Bird Flies when completed. It will be signed with a thank-you from myself.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $800 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
You receive everything else above as a well as a large original painting done by yours truly sometime in January. (Due to the complications of sending large artwork it is preferred that you pick it up from my personal studio. If that is not possible we will figure something out with in reason)Estimated delivery: May 2012