An illustrated, filmed, photographed, journaled and otherwise thoroughly documented adventure-into-art asking what it means to start over.
If I reach $2000, everyone will receive a free mp3 download of a song that I will write & record especially for this project.
if I reach $2700, I will hold a raffle (for backers only) for 1 lucky person to win a 16 x 20 framed portrait in oil on canvas of any person of their choosing, to be painted by me & shipped wherever (within reason).
Starting over is ________.
c) good for you
e) a relief
f) all of the above
When life hands me lemons, I don't just want to make lemonade, I want to bake lemon chiffon cake. When I see that it is obvious that my life needs a do-over, then I want to make art out of it. What kind of art? A great big multi-layered bundle of art full of words, drawings, minutes of video, photos and songs. Since I will be creating and compiling all of this art while driving cross-country, subject matter may include: directions, a wrong exit, so-and-so at the truck stop, fortuitous shortcuts, small-world moments, hot tears, cold tears, never-ending farmland, laughter with strangers, gifts left on monuments and handfuls of postcards.
***Be a collaborator!
I want more people involved in this. Yes, YOU can contribute in 2 ways:
1) Submit a story about starting over to be included and/or illustrated in the book. You can chose to keep your submission anonymous or to have your name listed.
2) OR leave a comment indicating that you want to help with the cross-country itinerary.
***Storytelling Open Mics!
I would like to hold a series of storytelling open mics in every town where I have an overnight stop. These events are exactly what you would image: a 1 or 2 hour open mic for people who have stories about starting over. If individuals are willing, I could record their story to be a part of the project. BUT, I would need to purchase a microphone & small PA to bring with me. So, some more pledges would certainly do the trick!
Depending on your pledge level, you could receive:
The Book: This will be a B&W, softcover, self-published book including my notes, prose, sketches, drawings, etc., all hashing-it-out with this question of what it means to start over. Stylistically, it will definitely look a lot like the sketchbooks that I've already published.
The DVD: I will have a video camera with me, and using my new-found interest in film editing, I also want to make a short film. Again, the package will be a part of the art.
The Photo Album: Who puts together photo albums with real photos these days? Me. That's who.
If this kickstarter project is successful,
1) The money goes towards putting together all of the components of the project (see above).
2) Under no circumstances will any of the money go towards my personal costs for the road trip and moving. This is all about the art.
3) Funding above and beyond the original goal will go towards the glorification of the project. This means better quality in terms of book printing (full color) and binding, design, screen printing, artifact amassing, details, covering logistics for the storytelling open mics and other extras.
Becoming a backer is pretty much the one way to get your hands on this project in all of its splendor. I will not make any additional copies of these ultra-limited Kickstarter editions of the Book, DVD or Photo Album, which will all be signed, dedicated to you personally and numbered.
Yes, I might display my personal master version of the project in an art show as not for sale; however, I will not mass produce subsequent versions of this project, because I want to keep it small and special. The only exception I will be willing to make in terms of subsequent copies is if you appear in any part of the project as I create it (e.g. a story from the open mic or quote or drawing based on and attributed to a specific person), and you would like a copy. I think this is only fair.
Otherwise, if you have any interest in any of the rewards from the road or if you have the desire to own copies of the Book, DVD or Photo album, take a look at that project deadline - now is the time to pledge!
Yes, we all have or will come to a point when we take stock of a situation and realize that it really is best to just start over. With this bundle of art in your hands, perhaps starting over __________.
a) won't sting as much
b) will be more exciting
c) becomes a meditation
d) won't be so daunting
e) will be euphoric
f) all of the above
If you're interested in other projects of mine, please visit my website, trulyamelia.com.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Mar 16, 2010 - Apr 28, 2010
Pledge $3 or more
You get a handwritten postcard mailed to you while I'm on the road.
Pledge $7 or more
You get a handwritten letter with a small artifact from the trip, mailed to you while I'm on the road.
Pledge $9 or more
At a truck stop, I will purchase the most kitsch, ridiculous, inexpensive souvenir I can find (to be sent when I arrive at my final destination).
Pledge $18 or more
You get your very own copy of the Book.
Pledge $25 or more
You get the Book and the DVD.
Pledge $30 or more
You get the Book, the DVD and the Photo Album.
Pledge $35 or more
You get everything at the $30 reward level PLUS a handwritten postcard from the road.
Pledge $45 or more
You get everything from the $35 reward level PLUS that awesome super-kitsch souvenir mentioned in the $9 level.
Pledge $50 or more
You get everything at the $45 level PLUS your name will go on "Noah's Ark" which will float down the Mississippi River with lots of communal good vibes (see description at the $150 for extra context).
Pledge $55 or more
You get everything at the $50 level PLUS a full-color, better-binding upgrade for the Book, all wrapped up in a really cool bundle that will most likely involve twine.
Pledge $72 or more
You get everything at the $55 level PLUS a small original drawing or watercolor, made specially for you by me.
Pledge $90 or more
You get everything at the $72 level PLUS a lock of my hair in an elegantly handwritten scented letter.
Pledge $150 or more
You get everything from the $72 level PLUS I will make a small paper boat and sail it down the Mississippi river on your behalf with lots of good mojo.
Pledge $172 or more
You get everything at the $150 level PLUS I will place an offering of your choice (to be negotiated) on/near Elvis's grave (depending on logistics and security... I will try my darndest!)
Pledge $300 or more
If you happen to live somewhere within a reasonable distance from my route for the road trip, I will come and visit you (maybe even draw you as a part of the Book) OR you can opt to request that I visit a landmark or special place on your behalf (again, within reasonable distance from my route). Oh yeah, PLUS everything at the $72 level.
Pledge $350 or more
You get everything mentioned at the $300 level, PLUS both of my previously published sketchbooks AND a tarot reading.