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I want to make a book that is both a beautiful object and a catalog that documents my adventures with a touring, evolving art piece.
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Quilt Stories is a project that has become increasingly difficult to describe as tangents have emerged, defined, and concluded.

It began with a tent, patch-worked inside and out and quilted into a cozy pyramid. The tent was a space for listening, for sharing and recording stories and anecdotes about quilts. Another tent was assembled and they traveled together across the country in search of these stories.  Another companion, a white circle quilt, traveled with them, collecting small stitches as the tents collected stories and documented the landscape they traveled through.  Bits of the stories were stitched together into songs, and songs began to travel as well. The tent had collected enough stories and became a place of rest, of healing. Clay idols of the tent were shaped in the form of medicine bottles.  A soft space was created for visitors to tuck in and listen to the stories, completing the cycle of the collection.  The white quilt slowly accumulated the marks of many, and filled to the edges, will find a new purpose as her binding is fastened and the action of stitches completes her form.

With photographs, drawings, transcribed stories, and reflective essays, I would like to make a beautiful and cohesive record of this project.  The book will also be an art object to stand on it’s own; each page carefully considered and curated from months of documentation.

I feel that this publication must be the next step for Quilt Stories, summing up as much as possible a piece that has gone in many directions, affecting many people and places.  It will be an important way to honor the time myself and others have put into this project, and a way to easily share and pass on the adventures I have had with it.  I am interested in making this book a composed visual object, and writing reflective essays to accompany the visuals.  I have enjoyed making two small books in this process and would like to spend more time making the next book feel significant.

As you see in the video and online (facebook / flickr), images that will be included in the catalog represent different aspects of the tour; listening to stories, collecting stitches, teaching workshops, hosting quilting slumber parties, photographing the tent in landscapes, making quilt drawings and murals, and performing the songs I have pieced from the stories collected.  The one aspect of the tour not represented in my images is the research I have done; visiting quilt museums to study quilts in person, and reading as much anthropological and sociological writing on quilts as I can search out.  This writing element of the book will take time and consideration, and I would like to pay other art writers to contribute to the book, as well as assist with editing.

With pre-sale funding I can afford to put the book in some small shops at an affordable price, as well as donate this book to many of the communities that I have involved in the project; the Public Library in small-town Palouse WA, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln NE, the library of the Textile Center in Minneapolis MN, and others.  Because my work is largely interactive and not saleable, grants and fundraising are vital to furthering my career, and this catalog would be a way for me to sell reproducible art that shares what I do.

PROPOSED BUDGET :: $5,000

100 books (reduced price for large order)    $3,000

shipping books from publisher to me             $100

shipping rewards to backers                         $400

Kickstarter & Amazon processing fees          $500

ordering proof(s) / paper samples                 $100

essay contributions & editing                         $400

buying my time to work on this!                     $500

With one month to raise $5,000 every contribution counts.  Thank you to all of the people who have supported me in one way or another in making this project happen thus far, and a big preemptive thank you to the folks who will help me take this next step!

Read on if you are looking for more specific information and images of the backer rewards:

Photo Post Card ::  Check out the million photos I posted to flickr - you will get one of those!

Little Photo Book ::

Quilt Songs Tape ::

Quilt Tour Drawing Zine ::

Music Video DVD ::  Check out the music videos on vimeo, the case design will be an awesome surprise!

Quilt Stories Listening Devices ::

One of a Kind Patchworks ::  Choose from these two patchworks:

Framed Photo Prints ::  Choose from these three photos:

SENTIMENTAL CLOTHING QUILT ::  This is an example of a full-sized quilt I pieced using four sentimental dresses, you can send me any clothing or bedding you would like me to use.

QULT MURAL JUST FOR YOU ::  Let me come over and paint on your wall!  I will work with the specific space and come up with an original drawing with a color scheme chosen with your input.

QUILTED TENT - Log Cabin Brick Pyramid ::  Pieced of reclaimed fabrics, this tent has traveled the country, is quilted with warm blankets, sets up in a jiffy, and fits about four willing adults inside.

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Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge I see is editing down the content I have, and laying out the book in a way that is up to my own standards. I will need to download and learn software to design the layout, as well as spend a lot of computer time editing photos and writing. I foresee possible difficulties when ordering a proof and approving it, and I hope that I have made the fundraising goal sufficient enough to cover these costs & time.
I have set delivery date for the catalogs in September- I believe that is a reasonable timeframe for what I need to complete. If there is a delay in production, or the book is finished early, I will be in contact will all project backers.
I think I am qualified to follow through on this project and overcome these potential obstacles. I have proven my reliability to Kickstarter backers in the past, with thoughtful and personal rewards delivered in a timely way, and consistent updates on the process of the project. I see this type of fundraising as commerce- if you back the project you are essentially buying my artwork, and I feel a greater sense of accountability as I work with this community of patrons at my side.

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    Photo Post Card ::
    I will select one image from the hundreds I shot on tour just for you, print it, sign it with a thank-you note, and mail it to you.

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    Quilt Tour Drawing Zine ::
    I will mail you a signed copy of the full-color zine I made with 25 drawings and notes from the first 25 days of my Quilt Stories Summer Tour.

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    Quilt Songs Tape & Card ::
    I will send you a limited edition copy (run of 50) of the cassette version of Quilt Songs- a 25 minute sound piece, with remixed field recordings of quilt stories and the songs derived from them. An online download is included as well as a photo postcard from me!

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    Music Video DVD ::
    Sure you can watch all of the Quilt Songs music videos online, but now you can own them on DVD and keep them safe in a limited edition handmade case, and get it in the mail from me!

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    QUILT STORIES CATALOG ::
    Be part of this fundraising pre-sale! I will ship you the signed catalog with a thank-you note on a photo postcard to use as a classy bookmark.

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    Quilt Stories Catalog & BONUS ::
    Receive the signed copy of the catalog along with one bonus item- any of the rewards listed in the $20 category, and a sweet thank-you card!

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    QULT MURAL JUST FOR YOU ::
    I will travel to you (within the US) and paint a quilt mural on your fence, building, or wall... we can work out the details.

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    QUILTED TENT - Log Cabin Brick Pyramid ::
    I will ship you my beloved and well-traveled quilted tent, with installation instructions, and a booklet of traveling tent landscape photos, edition of one.

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    Little Photo Book ::
    I will mail you a signed copy of 'Flying Geese Pyramid: Quilted Tent on American Tour', an 8x6" 20 page book of photographs from the series of landscapes with the traveling tent.

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    Quilt Stories Listening Device :: I will ship you one of three painted walkman cassette players, with headphones and a 90 minute cassette of field recordings from tour- Listen in style to quilt stories from people across the country!

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    Quilt Stories Catalog & Framed Photo Print ::
    I will ship you the signed catalog with your choice of one of three framed photographs from the Traveling Tent Landscape series.

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    Quilt Stories Catalog & One of a Kind Patchwork ::
    You will be thrilled to be the proud new owner of the signed catalog and one of two unique patchwork wall hangings.... each made with reclaimed materials by yours truly and fully finished and signed.

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    Catalog & SENTIMENTAL CLOTHING QUILT :: For this reward, I need you to send me your sentimental clothing, from your own life or another's, and I will make them into your very own patchwork quilt. I will also ship you the signed catalog so you can brag to your friends about where the quilt came from.

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