My team and I are beyond excited and grateful for every bit of support we've had for our kickstarter campaign. This has been quite a journey of faith and hard work. It takes a team and community to bring dream alive into this world. My intention with my book is to inspire people around the world with art, creativity, words of encouragement, heart and soul.
We reached our "safe" goal of 15K, but to really be able to produce more books and get it out in the world after so much hard work, we are pushing to reach our stretch goal of 30K. This money goes towards all the costs of paying my team, the events, promotional materials, book design, management, production, art prints, cards, book printing, shipping, custom fees, transport and storage! Whew! Lots of details to cover!
This is happening with your help and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for being a part of this. I promise to give you the most beautiful, heartfelt piece of my work that will live for generations to come.
If you have already made your contributions and pre-orders, but if you wish to help us push into our stretch goal by adding an extra $10-25 or bump up to the next pledge, any bit helps us get there!
Don't miss the photography opportunities in the higher tiered rewards. If you are planning on getting a photo shoot in the future, you can get a photo shoot and a book but all the extra goodies! Yay! Bonus!!!
Thank you, Sequoia
This is the last week! Go team!
Dripping with color and texture, this tome
captures the essence of her generation of artists and immortalizes the
avant-garde worlds of fashion, music, art, film and theatre as seen through her eyes. Over the years, her unique style has been inspired and shaped by the raw and vibrant underground art scenes of New York, San
Francisco and Los Angeles. She utilizes her dynamic background in
fashion design, set design, painting, makeup and styling to create
magical wonderlands from which to transport and capture her subjects in
their full archetypical glory.
Since her career has been built solely through her fan base, she has decided to publish the book independently and is inviting her fans to be a part of its creation.
Be a part of this historic project!
Hello fans, friends and family!
I'm Sequoia Emmanuelle. I'm an artist and photographer, and I am asking and inviting you to help me to complete one of the longest dreams of my life and that is to create a giant, beautiful coffee table book of years of my photography work.
I have been shooting professionally for 13 years and I have a massive body of work- of my passion and my love- that I want to share with you and the world. I decided when I was 17 that this was something I wanted to do. Since it's been such a longtime dream of mine, such a long time coming, I want to do it right. I want to do it as BIG and as beautiful as I can possibly do it.
So in that case, I want to independently publish my book and I am asking for your help in raising the money to do it. All of my work and my career has been all created through my fan base, through word of mouth and through social media, and from me just putting myself out there in the world. So because it's always been about the fans, I am asking you for your help to accomplish this dream of mine and in making this dream a reality I hope to inspire and spark something in you. It is so important to me as an artist to inspire you to go after your dreams and really enjoy your life. That's what it's all about for me. And additionally, I want to create something that you can have forever.
When I was 17, I picked up David LaChapelle's book 'Hotel LaChappelle' and it inspired me so much at that age. I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be a photographer and create magical other worlds and that's what I've been doing all these years. I've been doing photography for 13 years and loving it all the way along and I've created a big body of work that I really want to share with you.
I went to art school and art history has always been so fascinating to me because throughout history there have been so many movements of art and artists who create the future and who talk about the times and what is happening in music, fashion, art, movies and theatre. I've been fortunate to be a part of my generation of artists and to capture many of them along the way for the past 13 years.
I was raised by a photographer and a costume designer, so I started as a model at a very young age. My mother taught me to sew, to paint and the in's and out's of costume design from as far back as I can remember. In art school, I majored in Photography but studied every genre from furniture design to color theory. After art school I worked as a creative designer, throwing showcases and events for four years. I did everything from curate gallery shows, clothing design, street art, henna, creative/art direction, makeup, hair, styling, set design, interior design and jewelry design.
Your contribution is what will make this book a reality and in return, I am thrilled for you to have a collectors item of my work that will be a beautiful addition to your home and your art collection.
All the Juicy Book Details:
This gorgeous coffee table book, designed by world renowned book designer Eli Morgan, will be epic in scale and dripping with color and texture. It will be produced 11x14 hardcover, printed on the highest quality art paper. There will also be special additions with limited addition lenticular cover art. At 304 pages, this tome of creativity will be an incredible addition to any book collection
What people are saying:
Risks and challenges
Why Art Books are So Important
Books change the world, and forever hold beauty and knowledge, passing it down to other generations.
In 100 years from now your kindle will be worthless, but a book in print, kept safe, can be a record of your time on this earth.
Creation and Distribution
Until recently an artist would have to convince a publisher that their work would sell. And in hope it would, the artist would be at the mercy of the publisher to mold his or her work into something that they felt would fit into their market.
Much like the music industry of the past the publishing houses controlled what was seen, good and bad. What we are doing with this project is taking the power back. Much like musicals artists in the last 10 years, we can now, with the right connections and skills, produce and distribute an art book to the fans directly.
Sequoia's fan base is international. And this project is international. Designed in LA and NYC, printed in Hong Kong, and distributed globally.
For us, raising the money is just the beginning. We will have to bring the book across the ocean into the Port of Los Angeles. We then deal with customs and find the right storage, more then likely Sequoia's home. We then start to fulfill and ship these ourselves. Luckily this is not our first rodeo, and have produced and published a number of other titles, and are excited and confident in creating a classic, a must have art book.
Our call to publishing come from a deep love of our culture, and wanted that to continue to inspire people to live free and express themselves vividly. With the success of this Kick-starter we want to start a publishing company that represents our time in history. Please join us in this adventure and support generously.
Thank you so very much. We look forward to delivering an epic art book that embodies Sequoia's vision and the amazing characters that she photographs.
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