I launched me&EVE last March because the idea wouldn't leave me alone. Recording these non-airbrushed biographies is valuable, but what is most valuable is giving women the 5-10 minutes to be seen, heard and acknowledged. It is powerful experience on both ends of the lens. I am honored to be doing this project and grateful to the hundreds of women who have trusted me with their story. me&EVE is uniting women - one photo, one story and one woman at a time.
The shirts/onesies that I am offering as pledge rewards are printed in Brooklyn by a small business owner. Damn Right I Ate The Apple is the tagline for me&EVE and the illustration was drawn by the talented artist, Johanna Kindvall. By supporting me&EVE you are also supporting the artists and small business owners that I support through this initiative. The shirts and tanks are available in White or Black and the onesie is available in white. Because of the nature of kickstarter I cannot request sizing or mailing information from pledgers until after the end of the campaign on Jan 6th. That said, if you are buying the shirt as a holiday gift please email me at email@example.com, and I can send a snazzy little digital card to give as a standin until the end of the campaign when the shirts can be delivered. Get in touch - I am open to creative solutions.
How I Will Use These Funds
There is inherent value in creating a place for women to be seen, heard and respected. In order to continue being an artist and an activist I need to monetize this project. I will be doing this by providing businesses with the opportunity to feature their female employees via weekly sponsorships. Securing consistent partnerships requires that me&EVE continues to receive press and that I continue to grow me&EVE's online engagement.
Up until now this project has been mostly self-funded, the money that I raise via this Kickstarter campaign will help fund and grow me&EVE over the next six months. After six months, I plan to be fully monetized by sponsorships. This campaign will help me pay for the following:
1.Social Media Assistant: I have the awesome Ryan Losito working a few hours a week on my Instagram engagement but I really need to hire him for more hours to grow my following.
2. Travel Expenses: I need to cover my costs to travel to important women's events. This past year I attended the State of the Woman Summit in D.C. and I plan to attend the Woman's March on Washington this upcoming January 21st.
3. Photobusking: This is when I pick a location and take photos of women all day in one place and give them a print right then and there for free. (Please watch the video to see my photobusking event in Central Park, last Mother's Day.) In order to do this I need to hire my photo tech, the lovely Lauren Welles, and buy paper and ink for my printer.
4. Public Relations support: me&EVE has garnered some wonderful press the last few months and in order for that trend to continue I need to hire some PR support. I have been fortunate to work for a brief time with Mazzotta Public Relations and would like work with them more over the next six months.
Why I Am Asking For Support
I ask each of the women only one question. I have honed my skills both how to ask the question in just the right way and how to listen in just the right way. This is the question:
"What is one thing that stands out in your life as memorable or significant that would not have happened if you were not a woman?"
Every single time I ask it I hear, "Wow. That's a good question." And I nod but say nothing. I patiently wait and give the woman the room to scan her mind for the answer she wishes to share. And it always seems to me that each woman has been waiting a long time for someone to take the time to listen to them.
I can't control the outcome of elections. But I can give this to women and I need support to keep it going.
What If You Can't Make A Pledge
I get it - December is a tough month and a feminist tshirt, no matter how cool, is just not in your budget. You can still help. Follow me&EVE on Facebook, Twitter and especially on Instagram. Tell your friends about me&EVE and share this Kickstarter Campaign on your own social media platforms.
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Risks and challenges
If I weren't an optimist I would not be doing this project or launching this campaign. Every woman featured on me&EVE secures my belief that change is possible and that each of us is an agent of change.
By making me&EVE monetarily sustainable, I am creating a new model for art and activism. I am banking on attracting enough attention and enough corporate partnerships to make this endeavor successful. I am also banking on the continued support of me&EVE fans who have made this project take hold.
I will not have manufacturing problems with the tshirts or onesies - I have a great printer, BK Tees, in Brooklyn.
I will not have a challenge creating great content or finding new followers.
My only concern is that businesses will not initially see the value in showing this kind of support for their female employees.
Optimism alone is not enough. But optimism, combined with fierce tenacity, resourcefulness, stage presence and a sense of humor is enough. I know I can make this happen with your help. Join me!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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