It was supposed to be a joke, texts of dirty haiku to a friend. Now it's dirty haiku meets fine photography with over 50 volunteers.
I love texting haiku. It forces me to be creative even if all I have to say is, "I miss you."
"It is not easy,
To think about you always.
I am left bereft."
That one's my favorite. Not dirty at all but it's a good example of a haiku text. So I went to cheer a friend by sending him dirty haiku. It was super fun. I wrote ten in the first day alone. Soons I started writing them in a tiny red leather book, showed them to others and watched the blood rise to their cheeks. I listed to them being read aloud and felt myself turn bright red to match the book's cover. It was too much fun to keep it to myself.
Soon after I asked Rob Liliedahl of Liliedahl Imaging if he'd be interested of taking pictures of my friends in their underwear. Now that I say that, I realize how odd of a question that is. But after explaining about the haiku I then explained that I was looking to take the poetry a step further and write on people's skin to create art. Rob is a phenomenal photographer and I knew he could capture what was in my head a thousand times better than me guessing with a camera for hours on end.
We did tests on two very dear friends. We thought, hmmm... maybe we can shoot around 20 shots and then have a nice little art show. We looked for about 10 volunteers and, so far, we have over 40. We thought maybe one shoot. As of today, June 4th, 2012, we have eight shoots splanned, each with 5-10 images to be recorded, including a live shoot at House of Loom in Omaha, Nebraska during our second planned First Friday Art Walk showing. The *first* art show was booked at Jake's Cigars & Spirits in Lincoln, Nebraska, June 1, 2012, and it was standing room only from 4 pm until 2am when the bar closed. In 2013 we are planning on having a national touring art show and, hopefully within a year, a coffee table book.
The amount we're asking for, $4,000, is just for the art shows we have planned for 2012 in Nebraska. The images are expensive to create as they are gallery quality prints on metallic paper (it makes everyone's skin GLOW) that are then heavily lacquered and mounted on art board. The merchandise, as it is all photography based, can also get pricey (greeting cards, two 12 month calendars, bumper stickers, tee shirts, ranging from $5 to $15 each to produce, usually with a minimum order of 100 items). Then there's shipping, giving our volunteer models thank you gifts, travel expenses for art shows that are close to home and the continuing cost of finishing the project.
If we're going to take this thing on the road and visit everyone in major cities all over the country (we're already looking at New Orleans, Chicago, LA and NYC for 2013) it's going to take quite a bit more. If we reach $10K Rob and I will both be able to attend each and every Art Walk wherever we end up. Now, we're willing to work hard on our own to reach this number through sales and savings but we will also take all the help we can get. The higher the end result, the more places (and people!) we can visit.
So, in advance, Thank you, with all my heart. Always.
Heather A. Sticka
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Jun 4, 2012 - Jul 14, 2012
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A thank you on the website plus the original flier from the June 1st art show, signed by Rob Liliedahl (photographer, co-creative director) and Heather Sticka (creator, co-creative director, writer).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Reward #1 plus a set of 4 photo quality 5x7 greeting cards that are blank inside!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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With this reward you will receive an 8x10 of your choice, metallic paper, lacquered and mounted on art board. Ready to hang or frame!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All of the above plus an 8x10 photo of your choice to be selected from released images on the website. This is not your ordinary photo, folks. This is high quality, printed on metallic paper (this skin just glows when the light hits it) then highly lacquered and mounted on high density art board. It comes to your house ready to hang as is or, if you prefer, it comes in a common size so it will be easy for you to find a frame you love!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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This is the simplest way to order a 16x24 gallery quality print (metallic paper, lacquered and mounted on art board) of your choice from publicly released images without getting the rest of the rigmarole! Just one print!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All of the above plus a signed and numbered 16x20 gallery quality print (metallic paper, lacquered and mounted on art board) of your choice from publicly released images. This means you'll have a big print for your bedroom and an 8x10 to give as a gift or take to the office! (Yeah, right!)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Supreme Art Package! Rewards #1-#4 PLUS a 24x36 gallery quality print (metallic paper, lacquered and mounted on art board) of your choice from publicly released images, signed and numbered by Rob Liliedahl and Heather Sticka. This print size is not available to the public at this time and won't be until June of 2013. Now here's the part where I need a little faith from you, dear benefactor. *Provided* we find a publisher, your name will be listed on a Thank You page of our proposed coffee table book and this book will be shipped to your home before it is released to the public. I know this one's a long shot but it's worth the chance. This package is worth $400+ after S&H PLUS your name will be in the BOOK!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Want to be a guaranteed model for the first book? This is your in. Heather will write a haiku specifically for you, write it on your person, and Rob will photograph it. Don't live in Nebraska? That's okay too. We will still have a good chat, Heather will still write you your own haiku, Rob will just have to shoot a local sporting it. As a very special thank you, The Dirty Haiku Project will still include the entire $350+ package!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012