DOUBLE RAFFLE through the end of the campaign.
1) Pledge $30 or more - enter to win Meg Walsh and Hannah Tarkinson Nautical Flask with leather wrap - $165 value
2) Pledge $60 or more - enter to win Hannah Tarkinson or ponomo hand tooled and sewn leather Tote Bag. $800 value.
3) Pledge $70 or more - enter to win a chance at BOTH!
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WHO: Running With Scissors;artist studios & community. We are a 10 year old creative community with 50+ current artists working in diverse mediums, sharing equipment, inspiration, work space and support. Over the past 9 months we moved with 22 of our artists from a smaller and less equipped space to our new home at 250 Anderson Street housed in 16,000 square feet of dedicated creative work space. We also developed The Bayside Clay Center, a dedicated clay space with 13 resident and 12 associate artists.
Although this move has been tremendously successful, we have fallen short on funds to complete the intended mission.
We cover a wide span of backgrounds, goals, ages, styles and training. We share our desire to create. We are daughters and uncles, teachers and lawyers. We are wait staff and retirees, hipsters and a great grandfather. We are your teacher, your neighbor and your friend. We have come together and now invite you to MEET US FOR YOURSELF!
WHAT: Our goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000.00. Our need surpasses $50,000, but $25,000 is a great start! Maybe we can get even closer with this effort . . . let's see what happens. We need to finish our build out and buy the equipment so the community stays vital and sustainable.
WHAT WILL THE FUNDS BE USED FOR?
SAFETY, ENRICHMENT & SUSTAINABILITY.
We will use the funds to ensure the safety of our artists; to purchase a spray booth and to construct the proper ventilation when we are using air borne or toxic processes; to purchase a safe table saw called a saw stop to save our artists fingers and give them a powerful and accurate tool for wood working, and to acquire a glaze spray booth and safe ventilation for ceramic artists.
We will use the funds to help advance the art of our members by completing a silk screen set up so our print makers can move their work out of the kitchen sink and into a proper wash out booth, come out of the closet and into the use of a real exposure unit and have adequate ventilation for etching and other chemical processes.
We will use the funds to help promote our artists finished work by setting up photography equipment and shooting space so artists can prepare slides for exhibitions, web information and online sales and by purchasing track lighting for our gallery, so when the work is done it can be seen.
We will use the funds to advance the skills and education of local artists by fitting our classroom with the studio easels, doors and other needed furniture and by creating more community outreach and accessibility.
WHERE: Running With Scissors and the Bayside Clay Center reside in the urban East Bayside neighborhood of Portland's peninsula.
East Bayside is an eclectic residential, light industrial neighborhood bubbling with innovative creative and collaborative small businesses and organizations. We are proud to be a part of the neighborhoods revitalization and an anchor for the creative community here. We feature some of the local businesses in our rewards and look forward to our communities growth;Tandem Coffee Roasters, A Gathering of Stitches, A Mobile Fitness, Aikido of Maine, and Maine organic granola company GrandyOats.
WHY: Equipment, resources and community are vital elements in an artists creative path. These are the same elements that are often very difficult, if not impossible, for an individual artists to obtain. Too many artists graduate art school and are faced with the reality the equipment they had at school is now impossible to own or borrow. We share potters wheels, kilns, computer and sinks, printing press and a display gallery, etc. By combining our resources, we are able to lift these barriers and open doors to creative work otherwise not possible. By elevating these opportunities, we also lift the greater community of Portland and encourage a spirit of looking beyond our limitations to all our potential and possibilities. As Portland grows and blooms and its demographics change, we want to ensure that artists remain able to evolve here also. This Maine city has an incredible, thriving creative population and a community and we see this space and community growing and enriching this city and state for generations to follow.
WHEN: NOW! We did it! We moved to 16,000 square feet, scraped the floor and built the walls, and fit it out with the equipment we had, some we have had loaned to us and some we have been able to source affordably.
So, WHY NOW? We are an existing community and our new space is up and running, but we need to finish our build out and buy the equipment so the community stays vital and sustainable. A space that is not complete or lacking the correct tools for artists to continue to elevate or finish their work in a healthy and safe environment is a tool that does not work for long.
We are running a 30 day campaign to try to capture the support and resources we need to ensure we can achieve our mission in a timely and effective manner.
HOW: We are engaging you, our community of family, friends, art enthusiasts, and creative economy supporters and saying THIS is the time to help. THIS is when we need you to join us in your support of creative space.
We are not a fledgling start up, but a mature group that is, after 10 years of healthy, independent growth, now needing a small boost to be able to sustain what we have started and nurtured thus far and share with a wider community than ever. We are a unique strong hold in a rapidly growing community and we need to ensure that the creative artists who helped make Portland so interesting and desirable remain able to work here.
We will be saying THANK YOU in our creative way with unique gifts. All are one of a kind, just as is our community and our supporters. Check out a few of our tantalizing rewards BELOW and more listed and featured on our website:
Use your reward toward one or more of her fantastic creations. See for yourself! http://jnielsenjewelry.com/index.php
A hand pulled letterpress note card offered by Running With Scissors owner Kate Mathison Anker. (example)
Hannah Tarkinson - owner and designer of ponomo is offering ONE of her leather cross body bags. She is also collaborating with us to create unique earrings and necklaces with scissors accents and mixed and re-purposed metals in her unique style.
Here is an example. Scissors and styles vary.
Each one is unique.
A RWS artist made ceramic mug, a cup of GrandyOats organic oatmeal and a 1/2 pound of Tandem Coffee. We only have 20 of these!
Styles and designs vary in the cups - each one is unique.
Owner Kate Anker is offering a copper etching/monoprint entitled "Mountains and Rivers Without End" - unframed it is 4x4". Colors vary.
Emma Tallack, RWS Artist and incredible jeweler is offering a $25 off a purchase of an item available through her studio or online.
We are offering many more enticing reward options. Please check them all out at rwsartstudios.com and click on Support RWS. Please contact us with questions regarding any of our items or other aspects of our campaign!
JOIN US! RUN WITH SCISSORS!!!
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges; Every time you go for something daring, there are potential risks and challenges. We know that in the effort to change and improve infrastructure, obstacles such as zoning, city requirements and design limitations can arise. We have tried to anticipate as many of those as possible, but there is always the reality of something arising once you get into the heart of the project. Being creative folk, we do feel we have the benefit of flexibility and resourcefulness in our favor. We will ensure we communicate if we change tack or alter our original mission and why. We always welcome your inquiries, advice and continued conversation. We grow stronger as we draw our community round.
As for completing our rewards, we feel we have thought realistically about how to complete them all in a timely fashion. We know forces beyond our control can arise, but if they do, we will do our best to communicate to our donors what has happened and react responsibly. If for some unknown reason we are absolutely not able to complete the promised reward we will ensure that a comparable reward is found and agreed upon.
With over 50 artists all committed to our community and our long life inside that community, we feel we have the makings of a successful completion of the fundraising, the implementation of our goals and the distribution of the rewards.
In any aspect of this process, we welcome you to contact us with questions, concerns, ideas or support. Thank you for your time and your support! firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-831-5682.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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