A Unique & Educational Art Glass Sculpture illustrating the story of Migration & Metamorphosis for a Childrens Park & Butterfly Garden.
The Monarch Migration Project:
An Art Glass Sculpture in a Children’s Park and Playground in Kansas City, Missouri, USA
My name is Kathy Barnard and I am an artist working in glass who is passionate about color and light. I have been working in art glass and architecture for over 30 years. I started etching and carving glass in the late 1970’s learning through experimentation and invention (in other words, I’m self taught.) I also create art glass pieces in colored and stained glass for commissions throughout the United States. You can see photos of some of my pieces here on Kickstarter (as my donor rewards) or on my website (www.KathyBarnardStudio.com) where you can see the beauty and variety of past works.
I am raising money to create an art piece focused around the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies. The piece will be an outdoor art glass sculpture that I will install as my gift to the Northeast Community Center which started the “School of New Life – Scuola Vita Nuova”. I have several other carved glass and tile murals within the school that have various educational themes designed to teach and inspire the children. The sculptural piece will be an extension of that educational process through art. This piece will be BEAUTIFUL, educational, and most of all – FUN!
The Kansas City area lies within the migratory path of the Monarch butterflies. Many groups, including Scuola Vita Nuova have created butterfly gardens to lure migrating Monarchs so as to witness one of nature’s most fascinating phenomena. Additionally the butterfly gardens serve as learning tools for children, teaching them about the environment and butterfly facts like the following: Did you know it takes four generations of Monarchs, from caterpillar to adulthood, to make this migratory journey in the spring to the north for the summer months? And then only one adult Monarch will make the 2600 mile return flight back to Mexico and Central America, their winter home! This is such an intriguing story that National Geographic devoted an entire segment to it in their “Great Migration” series this past year.
My idea for this piece is a laminated art glass sculpture having one large bright orange and black Monarch butterfly set in a field of brilliant blue. In addition, there will be many smaller Monarchs flying within a dynamic design of graceful swirls of red glass indicating the migratory path of the butterflies with the colors of blue and green glass illustrating the oceans and land-forms of North, South and Central America. I have rendered the design in pastels on paper, but nothing on paper can illustrate the intensity and beauty of art glass, especially when viewed in sunlight.
The children’s park where the sculpture will be installed is on the grounds of the Northeast Community Center that started the inner – city charter school, – “The School of New Life” . The School’s philosophy is to use “The Arts” to enrich the soul, stimulate the mind, and unlock their creative potential.
As important as it is to teach children about science and nature, it is equally as important to expose them to the arts. Studies show that children who grow up in blighted environments, having limited access to the arts, are more likely to suffer from depression and turn to self-harming behaviors. Coincidentally, youthful offenders who are exposed to the arts change their negative behaviors with resulting recidivism rates dropping to 20%. Obviously exposing children to the arts have life long positive benefits. This project is one way I hope to contribute to those benefits.
This is intended to be used as a means of educating children about science and nature through art thus serving the mission of the school. First the children will be drawn to the piece by the mere size and brilliance of the main Monarch butterfly, but as they look closer they will see that the sculpture also tells the story of the butterflies’ migration. All through the beauty of art!
The wings of the large Monarch butterfly will be pierce cut into metal by international sculpture artist and local resident, Asheer Akram. I will then embed my art glass into the wings that extend outside the frame work of the base. The large Monarch will appear to be flying right through the edges of its metal support! Way Cool!
The sculpture will allow children the unique opportunity to move totally around the piece and to view it from all angles and perspectives. Imagine the colors shooting across the park and playground! As if that is not enough, embedded in the frame and base of the sculpture will be the “Story of the Monarch Metamorphosis” – from caterpillar to chrysalis into the adult butterfly. WOW! A little bit of nature, a little bit of science, and a WHOLE LOT OF ART!
I have been invited by Derix Art Glass Studio of Taunusstein, Germany to participate as an artist in residence for one month. (www.Derix.com) Derix has developed new and innovative techniques allowing them to be among the only people in the world able to transform the typically fragile nature of glass into a durable, nearly indestructible medium. These are techniques that I cannot do in my studio in Kansas City. Through engineering and invention, the craftsmen at Derix Studio have developed a way to laminate art glass onto a heavy carrier sheet of extremely strong and durable clear glass to create pieces that are suitable for outdoor installations and that can stand alone as freestanding sculptures
I plan on using my time at Derix to complete the Monarch art glass sculpture. Through the LIAEP Grant (Linda Lighton International Artist Exchange Program) administered by the Kansas City Artists Coalition -
I have already been awarded a grant to fund my travel and lodging in Germany, but I would like to raise additional funds to create this unique and substantial art glass sculpture. I am donating my time and efforts and YOUR donations through Kickstarter will fund the hard costs - the materials used in the creation, fabrication and installation of this unique laminated art glass piece, it’s steel base and frame, and the on site installation at the children’s park and butterfly garden.
My fundraising goal for this project is $22,000. If substantial extra funding is raised, it is my desire to create additional Monarch sculptures for children which will be placed in various other butterfly gardens, parks and playgrounds around the city. Each will be individually hand made and unique to itself although similar and relative in content. I would particularly love to be able to expand the scope of the artwork to become a sort of “sculptural art glass sundial”. Wherein the large butterfly charts the time of the day and season as the sun flows through it and projects the color of the butterfly upon the surrounding area.
Unfortunately the site for the initial installation at the community center does not have enough courtyard space for the sundial effect, but wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to build a series of interrelated sculptures sharing the Monarch Migration Story with children all over the area & beyond!
The pieces that I am offering in appreciation for your donations to my project are listed in the “REWARDS” section of this site. It is my desire to design fun and beautiful items for your selection. Your choices range from decals featuring my Monarch and Dragonfly designs, my art glass note cards ( see Stillwater National Bank on my web site, http://kathybarnardstudio.com/sitev1/stillwater.html to t-shirts again featuring your choice of the Monarch or Dragonfly design.
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You can also choose hand-cut and carved clear crystal glass pendants that you can give as a gift for any occasion or to hang in a window anywhere in the world.
I have created over 20 different designs from which to choose. You can select 1 or 100, I will make as many as you want with the corresponding donation level for each. For more generous donation amounts, I have small table-top mini sculptures of thick, polished, clear crystal glass with hand cut designs, several different sizes and styles of vases, goblets and bowls, as well as a hand made dragonfly colored art glass panel. These rewards are my personal “thank you” for helping me achieve my goal of creating this piece.
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Please feel free to check this internet link to see pictures of the rewards and other selections of my work.
As an added bonus, each donor will be able to follow the progress of the Monarch Project on the blog on my web site. I will document its progress from the beginning to the installation. ( http://kathybarnardstudio.com/blog.htm )
As you are aware, fundraising on Kickstarter is an “ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL” situation. If you decide to participate in my project, let me thank you now. I hope that you will enjoy the pieces that I will make for you. I really appreciate your willingness to support me in bringing this exciting sculpture to my community, a project made for the total enjoyment of the children and the wonder and curiosity of both children and adults.
You can see more cool stuff and awesome installations on my web site at www.KathyBarnardStudio.com Follow me on TWITTER (KBarnardStudio) and my FACEBOOK pages
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(Kathy Barnard Studio- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathy-Barnard-Studio/179079512121449). I will be posting updates on my website blog.
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Knowing you have helped to make something MAGICAL!
no charge will show on your credit card until the project is done in Mid January, AND ONLY if I reach my GOAL! so don't be shy! every little bit helps!
Absolutely! Maybe chose one reward for YOU and then maybe ONE reward for a friend OR perhaps that SPECIAL SOMEONE for a Valentine's Day delivery!
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I am offering these items with thanks and in appreciation of your support for this project. I am making available art glass pieces designed and handmade by me, and other items that reflect my work in glass. For all donors, I will include your name on my web site blog and in the educational booklet that goes with the sculpture. In addition, all patrons will receive an email link to download the Monarch Migration Story. As an added bonus, you will be able to follow the progress of the piece on my website as it is made! And for all patrons, I will host a celebration party at my studio/gallery in Kansas City to view the sculpture upon completion. THAT IS SURE TO BE GREAT FUN! $1 – Thanks from me and more thanks from the children! – No amount is too small! Every little bit helps! From $1 to many dollars you will receive my heart-felt thanks and a personal email from me that will include a downloadable piece of original Monarch artwork from one of the school children. GO TO THIS LINK TO VIEW ALL YOUR REWARD CHOICES – www.kathybarnardstudio.com/gallery6Estimated delivery:
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$5 - This thank you gift will come through the mail – I will send you a “very neat” and “wonderfully colorful” 4” X 6” sticky window decal with my renowned art glass dragonfly design or the Monarch Butterfly Project. Beautiful! Imagine butterflies or dragonflies and COLOR flying into your world! You can receive as many decals as you want with multiple $5 donations! Put them on the bumper of your car and in every window in your house or car! Choose the dragonfly or the butterfly design. GO TO THIS LINK TO VIEW ALL YOUR REWARD CHOICES – www.kathybarnardstudio.com/gallery6Estimated delivery:
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$10 – A note card and one art glass decal - You will receive 1 note card with an image of my carved or leaded glass creations AND a dragonfly decal! These note-cards have images of my art glasswork on the front and are blank inside. You can send them to anyone! Or just frame them and hang them as wonderful pieces of original artwork on the wall – you decide! Choose the dragonfly or the butterfly decal design. The carved glass images are printed in silver and black on white, are 5” X 5” and come with an envelope. The colored art glass note cards are handmade and come in various colors and images, are 4” X 6”, and each comes with a matching envelope. All are signed and dated by me on the back. GO TO THIS LINK TO VIEW ALL YOUR REWARD CHOICES – www.kathybarnardstudio.com/gallery6Estimated delivery:
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$25 – 3 note cards and an art glass decal - 3 note cards made with images of my carved and leaded glass creations. You tell me, if you want the silver ones or the colorful ones - or a mixture of both! Choose the dragonfly or the butterfly decal design. International add $5 shipping and handling for a total of $30.Estimated delivery:
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$40 – 6 note cards and 2 art glass decals - 6 note cards made with images of my carved & leaded glass creations. You tell me if you want the silver ones or the colorful ones - or a mixture of both! Choose the dragonfly or the butterfly decal design or one of each. International add $5 shipping and handling for a total of $45.Estimated delivery:
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$50 – My Dragonfly Art Glass T-Shirt and a decal – or my Monarch Butterfly Project T-shirt and a decal – your choice Cool t-shirts printed with my renowned dragonfly art glass design or the Monarch Butterfly Project design. The t-shirts come in small medium, large or extra large in a choice of black or white with short sleeves. I love these t-shirts! See what happens when you wear one! Everyone will ask you where and how you got it. YOU can tell your story of how you helped to bring beauty and color into the lives of the children. I will email you the story and facts of the monarch migration. It is such a fascinating subject that National Geographic made a documentary about it which they included as part of their “Migration” series this past year. You can educate your own children by telling the story of the “Migration of the Monarch Butterfly” and how it is such an amazing event! International add $15 shipping and handling for a total of $65.Estimated delivery:
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$75 – A set of 12 note cards and 6 art glass decals - 12 note cards made with images of my carved or leaded art glass creations. You tell me, if you want the silver ones or the colorful ones – or a mixture of both! Choose the dragonfly or the butterfly decal design or some of both. International add $10 shipping and handling for a total of $85.Estimated delivery:
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$100 – A clear crystal carved glass pendant and an art glass decal - AWESOME cut crystal glass pendants (3-1/2” X 4-3/4”), hung with a satin ribbon, designed and hand carved by ME! Each one is individually made - one at a time – and comes in a lovely soft fabric gift bag. You chose from 20 different design selections. Choose the dragonfly or the butterfly decal design. These make great gifts for yourself or others. When the sun shines through the beveled glass edges they throw rainbows of color to FILL YOUR WORLD! The pendants can be hung in the window, in your garden, or anywhere you like. Collect them all! Be creative! Be daring! Fill a holiday tree! You can receive as many as you want by making multiple $100 donations. International add $15 shipping and handling for a total of $115. GO TO THIS LINK TO VIEW ALL YOUR REWARD CHOICES – www.kathybarnardstudio.com/gallery6Estimated delivery:
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$150 – A clear crystal carved glass pendant and a dragonfly decal WRAPPED in your choice of t-shirt – See descriptions of pendants, decals, and t-shirts above. International add $15 shipping and handling for a total of $165.Estimated delivery:
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$200 – A clear crystal carved glass table-top mini sculpture and a dragonfly decal - Elegant thick crystal art glass mini sculptures (3” X 5” X ¾” thick with beveled & polished edges) are designed and hand carved by ME! Each is signed and dated. There are10 different designs to choose from and you can receive as many as you want with multiple $200 donations. International add $15 shipping and handling for a total of $215. GO TO THIS LINK TO VIEW ALL YOUR REWARD CHOICES – www.kathybarnardstudio.com/gallery6Estimated delivery:
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$250 – A clear crystal carved glass table-top mini sculpture and 1 dragonfly decal WRAPPED in your choice of t-shirt – See descriptions of carved mini sculptures, decals, and t-shirts above. International add $15 shipping and handling for a total of $265.Estimated delivery:
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$300 – A set of 3 clear crystal carved glass pendants and 3 dragonfly decals WRAPPED in your choice of t-shirt – See description of pendants, decals, and t-shirts above. International add $15 shipping and handling for a total of $315.Estimated delivery:
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$350 – Set of 2 Rockin’ martini glasses or petite cordials - Bud vases not your thing? How about a set of carved martini glasses or cordials? This is an unlimited reward and I will make as many sets as you want for a $350 donation per set. There are 6 different designs to choose from and each piece features a hand-cut design etched by ME. Each glass is signed and dated. Impress your friends! Surprise a loved one! Each reward also includes a personal invitation to the on site dedication of the monarch art glass sculpture. International add $25 shipping and handling for a total of $375. For $400 I will wrap each glass in a companion t-shirt (total of 2 glasses and 2 t-shirts). 2 shirts for the price of 1. International add $25 shipping and handling for a total of $425. GO TO THIS LINK TO VIEW ALL YOUR REWARD CHOICES – www.kathybarnardstudio.com/gallery6Estimated delivery:
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$400 – limited reward – 4 available – Blue crystal carved glass vase – Dogwood and Dragonfly – 8-1/2 “ tall – designed and hand carved by ME! Each vase is signed, numbered and dated. You will also receive a personal invitation to the on site dedication of the monarch art glass sculpture. International add $25 shipping and handling for total of $425.Estimated delivery:
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$500 – limited reward – 3 available – Violet crystal carved glass vase – Morning glory and Dragonfly – 8-1/2 “ tall – designed and hand carved by ME! Each vase is signed, numbered and dated. You will also receive a personal invitation to the on site dedication of the monarch art glass sculpture. International add $25 shipping and handling for total of $525.Estimated delivery:
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$1000 – limited reward – 2 tall & 10 short available- Daylily and Dragonfly design – clear crystal deep carved bowl (7” tall X 6-1/2” round) or vase (10” tall X 4” round) – The donor’s name will be inscribed on the base of the piece and of course, you will receive a personal invitation to the on site dedication of the monarch art glass sculpture. GO TO THIS LINK TO VIEW ALL YOUR REWARD CHOICES – www.kathybarnardstudio.com/gallery6 International add $100 shipping and handling for total of $1100.Estimated delivery:
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$2500 – limited reward – 10 available - Sparrow and Crickets in the Oak Leaves design – clear crystal deep carved tapered vase (20” tall X 6” round) – The donor’s name will be inscribed on the base of the piece and of course, you will receive a personal invitation to the on site dedication of the monarch art glass sculpture. International add $100 shipping and handling for total of $2600.Estimated delivery:
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$5000 – limited reward – 5 available - Dragonfly in the Lily Pond - art glass panel – I will be creating a limited edition of 5 art glass panels made of hand-blown glass into a stained glass design. Each piece will be signed, numbered, and framed in walnut or oak. They will measure 28” X 18”. I will make these panels by hand at my studio and will not start until the project has been fully funded, so custom sizes may be negotiable at varying prices. The donor’s name will be inscribed on the base of the piece and of course, you will receive a personal invitation to the on site dedication of the monarch art glass sculpture. International add $200 shipping and handling for a total of $5200. GO TO THIS LINK TO VIEW ALL YOUR REWARD CHOICE – www.kathybarnardstudio.com/gallery6Estimated delivery:
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