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People made out of used corks. A creative way of recycling that will lead to a sculptural installation. Help them continue growing.
People made out of used corks. A creative way of recycling that will lead to a sculptural installation. Help them continue growing.
29 backers pledged CA$ 4,355 to help bring this project to life.

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About 12 years ago I started collecting corks...

I was looking at people opening wine bottles and throwing the corks to the garbage I was going to restaurants asking what they were doing with the cork screws and they were telling me they were throwing them out.

So… I started collecting corks. I started casually, slowly… I was collecting all kinds of corks. Real corks, plastic corks, colored corks Friends and acquaintances were giving me bags full of corks. Corks were everywhere. They were piling up... It soon became a kind of obsession. The studio was full of boxes upon boxes of all kinds of corks. People were curious. They were asking me what I was going to do with them...

  One day, last spring, I took a few corks out of the pile and started putting them together. It felt good. Every used cork is different than the next one and every small piece added, creates a different gesture, a different body movement. It is like I am creating movement without motion. Every cork figure takes about 300 corks and about three full days of work to realize. Every Cork is looking for a companion. Every Cork gives birth to the next one. 

The Corks make sense only if they continue growing. The Corks make sense because they give us a chance to rethink, to recycle, to renew and to recreate. We start rethinking of creative ways to reuse material. We recycle because this is the one of the few ways to conserve resources and to save our environment. We renew by reviving already used materials and have lower environmental impact. We recreate because this way we become innovative, inspired, creative and ultimately happy. 

So, the Corks must continue growing. With your help the Cork People will multiply and will, eventually, become a sculptural installation and find the place they deserve to be exhibited. (Everything is possible, they might even become prototypes for an even bigger project…). So, give the Corks a second chance, because everyone can be more than they are! I hope you like the project and you will become part of it. Have a wonderful day!

The Yoga Lover (11) is ready.
The Yoga Lover (11) is ready.
James Cork (12) is ready.
James Cork (12) is ready.
The Reader (13) is here.
The Reader (13) is here.
I present you Justine Cork!
I present you Justine Cork!
They even got a bike!
They even got a bike!
Meet Francisco!
Meet Francisco!
Stratus goes out for a walk!
Stratus goes out for a walk!
Paloma is asleep!
Paloma is asleep!
Homer enjoying the breeze...
Homer enjoying the breeze...
Anna on the swing!
Anna on the swing!
"I hope it's deep enough!" said Ruth Ann.
"I hope it's deep enough!" said Ruth Ann.
Custom-made tee-shirts.
Custom-made tee-shirts.
Custom-made tote bags.
Custom-made tote bags.
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Sunny Field 12''x16''x2'' (using corks...)
Sunny Field 12''x16''x2'' (using corks...)
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Happy Spring 12''x16''x2'' (using corks...)
Happy Spring 12''x16''x2'' (using corks...)
Just Looking (pastel on paper 12''x16'' - 30x40 cm)
Just Looking (pastel on paper 12''x16'' - 30x40 cm)
Still Together (pastel on paper, 16''x12'' - 40x30 cm)
Still Together (pastel on paper, 16''x12'' - 40x30 cm)

Risks and challenges

Everything is a matter of time.... Enough time to finish the Cork People, to finish paintings for the galleries, enough time to finish and deliver all the rewards in the suggested timeline...
But I work hard and I think I can make it. Thank you for your support.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    THANK YOU PACK: You will receive by e-mail a Thank You note from the artist on a Cork-PPL-project card.

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    INVITATION PACK: You will receive by e-mail a Thank You note from the artist on a Cork-PPL-project card and an INVITATION to the exhibition/sculptural installation that will take place in 2016

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    THANKS FROM THE CORKS PACK: You will receive by e-mail a Thank You note from the artist on a Cork-PPL-project card, an INVITATION to the exhibition/sculptural installation that will take place in 2016 and a WALLPAPER-ready image for your computer screen to use as a background as a Thank you from the Corks.

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    SUPPORT PACK: You will receive by e-mail a Thank You note from the artist on a Cork-PPL-project card, updates regarding the project and an INVITATION to the exhibition/sculptural installation that will take place in 2016, a WALLPAPER-ready image for your computer screen to use as a background as a Thank you from the Corks and YOUR NAME WILL BE PRINTED on the catalogue of the exhibition - that will take place in 2016 - as a SUPPORTER.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $21

    IMAGE SUPPORT PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and a HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE of one of the Corks that can be printed 18''x12'' (45x30 cm).

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $25

    GREETINGS SUPPORT PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail A SET OF FOUR DIFFERENT GREETING CARDS 5''x7'' (12.5x17.5 cm), depicting images of the Cork People.

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    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About $33

    CORK PPL TOTE BAG PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail a custom made natural cotton TOTE BAG with the Cork PPL project image, printed with environmentally friendly inks (Green Printing Technology) and a Thank-You-from-the-Corks note.

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    HAPPY TOTE BAG PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail a custom made natural cotton TOTE BAG with the Happy Cork image, printed with environmentally friendly inks (Green Printing Technology) and a Thank-You-from-the-Corks note.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $42

    CORK PPL TEE-SHIRT PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail a custom made all cotton TEE SHIRT with the Cork PPL project image, printed with environmentally friendly inks (Green Printing Technology), packaged in an environmentally-friendly burlap bag with string and a Thank-You-from-the-Corks note (you will receive e-mail regarding different sizes of tee-shirt, men's or women's and colour availability)

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    HAPPY TEE-SHIRT PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail a custom made all cotton TEE SHIRT with the Happy Cork image, printed with environmentally friendly inks (Green Printing Technology), packaged in an environmentally-friendly burlap bag with string and a Thank-You-from-the-Corks note (you will receive e-mail regarding different sizes of tee-shirt, men's or women's and colour availability)

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    OUT OF THE PILE TEE-SHIRT PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail a custom made all cotton TEE SHIRT with the TAKE THEM OUT OF THE PILE image, printed with environmentally friendly inks (Green Printing Technology), packaged in an environmentally-friendly burlap bag with string and a Thank-You-from-the-Corks note (you will receive e-mail regarding different sizes of tee-shirt, men's or women's and colour availability)

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $42

    CORK COUPLE TEE-SHIRT PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail a custom made all cotton TEE SHIRT with the CORK COUPLE image, printed with environmentally friendly inks (Green Printing Technology), packaged in an environmentally-friendly burlap bag with string and a Thank-You-from-the-Corks note (you will receive e-mail regarding different sizes of tee-shirt, men's or women's and colour availability)

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    Pledge CA$ 65 or more About $54

    SPECIAL GREETINGS TEE-SHIRT PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail a custom made all cotton TEE SHIRT OF YOUR CHOICE (Green Printing Technology), packaged in an environmentally-friendly burlap bag with string and a Thank-You-from-the-Corks note (you will receive e-mail regarding different sizes of tee-shirt, men's or women's and colour availability) AND you will also receive by mail A SET OF FOUR DIFFERENT GREETING CARDS 5''x7'' (12.5x17.5 cm), depicting images of the Cork People.

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    Pledge CA$ 70 or more About $58

    ORIGINAL MINI MONOTYPE PRINT PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail a original one-of-a-kind MONOTYPE PRINT 9''x11'' (22.5x27.5 cm) inspired by the Cork PPL project printed on acid-free paper and signed by the artist (ships in a tube).

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $62

    CORK DIGITAL PRINT PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail a digital print of one of the Corks 13''x19'' (32.5x47.5 cm) printed on acid-free fine art paper and signed by the artist (ships in a tube).

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    ORIGINAL MONOTYPE PRINT PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail a original one-of-a-kind MONOTYPE PRINT11''x15'' (22.5x27.5 cm) inspired by the Cork PPL project printed on acid-free paper and signed by the artist (ships in a tube).

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $83

    SPECIAL THREE TEE-SHIRTS PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail THREE custom made all cotton TEE SHIRTS OF YOUR CHOICE (Green Printing Technology), packaged in an environmentally-friendly burlap bag with string and a Thank-You-from-the-Corks note (you will receive e-mail regarding different sizes of tee-shirt, men's or women's and colour availability).

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $125

    ORIGINAL PASTEL PAINTING PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will also receive by mail an original PASTEL PAINTING 12''x16'' (30x40 cm) on acid-free paper inspired by the Cork PPL project and signed by the artist (ships in a tube).

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About $166

    NAME A CORK PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK, you will NAME A CORK after you, receive by mail a digital print of your adopted one 13''x19'' (32.5x47.5 cm) printed on acid-free fine art paper and signed by the artist (ships in a tube) and also receive updates of his whereabouts for a year.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $208

    SPECIAL PRINT/STUDIO PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK,you will receive by mail an original one-of-a-kind MONOTYPE PRINT11''x15'' (22.5x27.5 cm) inspired by the Cork PPL project printed on acid-free paper and signed by the artist (ships in a tube) AND a VISIT to the artist's STUDIO taking you through the monotype printmaking process.

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    Pledge CA$ 450 or more About $374

    SPECIAL CORK IMAGES SUPPORT PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and TWENTY HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES of the TWENTY CORKS that can be printed 18''x12'' (45x30 cm).

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    Pledge CA$ 700 or more About $581

    PATRON OF THE ARTS PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and an ORIGINAL MIXED MEDIA PAINTING 16''x12'' (40x30 cm) on gallery canvas, inspired by the Cork PPL project and dedicated to you by the artist.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $830

    CORK PATRON PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK and you will bring or send your own corks to the studio of the artist where she will create AN ORIGINAL CORK -made especially for you- TO TAKE HOME.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,500 or more About $1,245

    SPECIAL PATRON OF THE ARTS PACK: You will receive the SUPPORT PACK, an ORIGINAL MIXED MEDIA PAINTING 16''x12'' (40x30 cm) on gallery canvas, inspired by the Cork PPL project and dedicated to you by the artist AND ALSO, you will bring or send your own corks to the studio of the artist where she will create AN ORIGINAL CORK -made especially for you- TO TAKE HOME.

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