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A handmade art book and set of prints for anyone with awareness of asthma. Each copy will be signed, numbered out of 200 and unique.
A handmade art book and set of prints for anyone with awareness of asthma. Each copy will be signed, numbered out of 200 and unique.
A handmade art book and set of prints for anyone with awareness of asthma. Each copy will be signed, numbered out of 200 and unique.
150 backers pledged $5,673 to help bring this project to life.

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Attention! Need To Know Updates!

- We reached the stretch goal! Every person with a pledge of $10 or more will be receiving three different prints rather than two. Yay!

- In watching the project grow and understanding more about the demand aspect of everything, I've decided to limit the amount of books and prints to 200. So to clarify, I'm only making 200 books and 200 of each print right now. When I talk about everything being signed and numbered, I'm saying it's all going to be numbered out of 200. This will be a super limited, short-run project and I think that's a good thing. It means I'll be focusing on and adding even more to each individual book and that makes the whole project feel more special and unique, wouldn't you agree? Thanks for your support!

INTRO:

My name is Brandon Vosika, I'm 24 years old and I've had asthma for 22 years of my life. I'm also a watercolor painter and artist of many mediums. This project, Shake Well Before Use is something I've been thinking about and wanting to make for a long time now. I'm so glad It's come this far and I'm excited to see it here on Kickstarter.

THE BOOK:

What I want to create is a softcover book of my paintings, drawings, and words on asthma. I want this project to be as DIY and personal as possible so each book will be handmade by me. This means I'll be painting every cover, assembling every page, sewing each binding and signing/numbering every book. Everyone who pledges should know that what they're getting is coming straight from the hands of the original artist. The book will consist of 12-16 full color pages of paintings as well as many others with drawings, illustrations and writings I've done about asthma. I'm going to have everything professionally printed at a local print shop here in Seattle but aside from that, it's all handmade.

Because I know children have the highest incidence of asthma, the book will be completely appropriate for everyone, of any age. I want to make something that not only appeals to adults who enjoy art but something that would have helped me feel better about myself when I was a kid, embarrassed to use my inhaler at school. There were so many things that I didn't really understand when I was younger. I wish I would have had something like this to relate or feel connected to. One thing I'm sure about is that people of all ages should realize that maybe something good, like art, can be made from something as terrible as asthma.

'Shake Well Before Use' - One of the color paintings that will be in the book. One of the mini prints I'll be sending out.
'Shake Well Before Use' - One of the color paintings that will be in the book. One of the mini prints I'll be sending out.

THE BACK STORY:

About 6 months ago I found it quite strange that none of my life long medications were relieving me of an asthma attack I was having. After a couple days things had gone from bad to worse and I had no choice but to take a trip to the ER. To make a long story short, I made it out of the hospital alright but had to spend about a week recovering. While in bed waiting for my breath to catch up with me I started to notice things that I hadn't before. The rich red color of my Albuterol inhaler, the two tones of purple that made up my Advair discus, the faded tan color and ridiculousness of the 20 year old nebulizer I was using all intrigued me. I began drawing and painting these things around me. Sometimes it's good to stop and take a step back; to look differently at the things you see every day of your life. For me, a lot of those things were about my lungs.

'Advair' - A painting that will be in the book.
'Advair' - A painting that will be in the book.

THE PRINTS:

Because the book is going to be a piece of art that can't really be hung up and seen all the time, I'm offering THREE fine art prints as well. The prints are available to all pledges of $10 or more. They'll be done in full color, signed, numbered and printed on a thick 100% post-consumer waste recycled matte-stock paper. The prints are going to be somewhat small in size but will look great framed or just displayed as is. 

'Our Lungs' - Another painting that will be in the book. Again, one of the mini prints as well.
'Our Lungs' - Another painting that will be in the book. Again, one of the mini prints as well.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

If you feel like this may be important to anyone you know, please share it with them! Spreading the word, re-posting and doing a little guerrilla marketing is extremely important with small independent projects like this. The goal here is to get the art out to as many people as possible and with all of your help and generosity I really think we can do it!

KEEPING IN MIND:

Making all of the books is going to take me some time. Completely handmade projects like this can't be completed over night because of the sheer time and care that's going into everything. There are only so many hours in a day but I promise tip top quality work to everyone who gets involved.

Depending on how funding goes, I may be able to add extras to almost every pledge amount. I'd like to do more than two of the mini prints.. Maybe some stickers and/or something else? Let me know what you think! I'll keep everybody updated on these things.

Here's to hoping for the best! Thanks so much for all of your support!

- Brandon

Stretch Goal #1 - Help everyone get an extra signed & numbered print!
Stretch Goal #1 - Help everyone get an extra signed & numbered print!
'Charles Dickens Had Asthma' The third mini print you'll be receiving.
'Charles Dickens Had Asthma' The third mini print you'll be receiving.
A small look at preliminary drawings and ideas for the book.
A small look at preliminary drawings and ideas for the book.

Risks and challenges

What's going to be one of the most important things about my project is the fact that almost everything is going to be done by hand, by me. But that's also going to be the most challenging aspect as well. Depending on how funding goes, I could have many, many hours of painting, sewing, drawing and writing ahead of me. Meeting deadlines for shipping while making sure I create consistent, quality work on the finished pieces could be hard. You never know, the local print shop I'm planning on using could burn to the ground! Anything could happen.

But I feel ready for everything and 100% confident in what lies ahead. I've been painting and creating artwork for the last 9 years of my life and I feel very proud to say that nothing holds me back. With every passing year I find myself doing more. I like to think of myself as a person who knows what he loves and I do as much of it as I possibly can. I work well on small and large scale projects alike and I'm very familiar with shipping on a larger scale so that shouldn't be a problem at all.
With everything in the near future, I feel only anticipation. Honestly, I'm just excited to get to work!

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    THANK YOU NOTE & DRAWING - Hey thanks! Your support goes a long way and I really appreciate it. In return, I'll be mailing you a personal, hand written thank you note as well as a small asthma-related illustration, drawn just for you!

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    ART PRINTS - Ten dollars gets you two signed and numbered art prints of the "Shake Well" and "Our Lungs" paintings from the book. These prints will be small in size, done in full color on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper. And of course you'll have a hand written thank you note with a small drawing in the package as well. Included in the price is US domestic shipping! Thanks!

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    THE BOOK & PRINTS - A twenty dollar pledge goes a long way. In return for this you'll be receiving one copy of the handmade book. Remember, each book will be signed, numbered and unique, having a hand painted cover. You also get the two 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper signed art prints and a personal thank you note with a little drawing.
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    BOOK AND ART PRINTS x 3 - Because there are so many people out there who know so many other people with asthma, I thought offering more than one copy of the book would be a good idea. For $50 you get three copies of the signed, numbered and unique book, as well as three signed copies of each art print, and the personal thank you note with the little drawing. Included in the price is US domestic shipping. Thank you!

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    BOOK AND ART PRINTS x 5 - Again, because there are so many people out there who know so many other people with asthma, I want to offer more than one copy of the book. For $75 you get five copies of the signed, numbered and unique book, as well as five signed copies of each art print. You also get the personal thank you note with a little drawing. Great for gift giving. Included in the price is US domestic shipping.

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    ONE OF 16 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS - With a pledge of $100 you'll receive one of the 16 original paintings that make up the actual book. You get an original piece of the book, literally. To be fair, the painting that you will receive will be picked at random. And of course, you get the book, the two signed prints, and a hand written thank you note with drawing as well. Included in the price is US domestic shipping!

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    LARGE ORIGINAL PAINTING & PRODUCER CREDIT - The $200 mark. If this is your pledge, your support will never be forgotten. In return you will receive a one of a kind, fully realized piece of artwork. You pick the asthma-related subject and I'll do my absolute best. A watercolor painting done on wood, just for you. It'll be 12 x 16 inches or bigger and ready to hang. YOU ALSO GET your name printed in the actual book with a big fat thank you. You're a producer now, you earned it! You'll also be receiving two copies of the book, two of each mini art print, and the personal thank you note with small drawing. Included in the price is US domestic shipping. Thank you!!

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    THE END OF THE LINE - For the astounding pledge of $500, I'll be forever grateful for your kindness and support. You'll truly be funding most of this project. What I'm going to do for you is remake the entire book, by hand, from scratch. Every painting printed in the book will be re-drawn and painted, completely uniquely for you. Every word that's written will be re-written. This is the most personal, one of a kind working that I can offer. This will take a lot of time so the delivery estimate is two months longer then most of the other pledges. YOU ALSO GET your name printed inside the FRONT COVER of all of the actual books with a big thank you, five copies of the book, five of each mini art print, and a personal thank you note with small drawing. Included in the price is US domestic AND International shipping. THANK YOU!!

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