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I'm offering you my intricate glass-beaded paintings in order to fund my exciting exhibit!

Dear Kickstarters, 

My name is Alina Eydel and I am a young but professional artist and I am looking for your help to gain recognition and collectors for my artwork. I am planning on participating in a subsection of Art Miami from December 5th to 9th, 2012. Art Miami is one of the most prestigious art fairs held during an art explosion in Miami called “Art Basel Week.” This is easily the most important art event in the country, consisting of a few different art fairs, because it attracts collectors, museum curators, and art critics from around the world! So I would love your help and think you will really enjoy my rewards because my artwork is unique, both in idea and technique. 

I invented my own mixed media technique, “Mosaic on Canvas,” in 2003. After drawing several detailed sketches, I paint the entire canvas. Then I intricately embellish the surface by gluing each line of beads down one at a time, creating a mosaic on the canvas. I then varnish the beading so it will never come off. Each bead represents an atom of which all-- and all life-- is made up. Each bead is a molecule of my daily life-- people, situations, conversations, etc.-- incorporated with a surrealistic expression of my various inspirations. The end result is an intricate jewelry-like mosaic that beautiful and durable and meaningful. 

detail of the mosaic on "Blue Crown"
detail of the mosaic on "Blue Crown"
"Blue Crown", 30"x36", acrylic on canvas with glass bead mosaic
"Blue Crown", 30"x36", acrylic on canvas with glass bead mosaic

I plan to exhibit my new and exciting “Mantra” series of paintings. I have already started the series with two large paintings, “Heart of Gold” (36”wide x 48”high) and “Love” (36”wide x 60” high,) and am working on the next piece, “Dollar Mandala” (the big gold painting to my left in the video), right this moment. 

"Love", 36"x60", acrylic on canvas with glass bead mosaic
"Love", 36"x60", acrylic on canvas with glass bead mosaic
"Heart of Gold", 36"x48", acrylic on canvas with glass bead mosaic
"Heart of Gold", 36"x48", acrylic on canvas with glass bead mosaic

These pieces combine personally significant iconography with widely understood symbols, such as the heart, dollar sign, or (in future pieces) yin-yang. The repetition of the symbols has a trance-inducing, mantra-like quality. I use symbols as a representation of my hopes, aspirations, and experiences—love symbols come from my experience of being in love, while prosperity symbols stem from my family’s experience of living as impoverished immigrants and striving for years for a better life. 

These pieces will be the crown jewels of my show at Art Miami, but I need your help to be able to pay for my booth there—it’s going to cost me $10,000! Just to be safe (if we don't make my goal, I won't get a penny), I’ve set the goal close to halfway, at $5,500, but I’m really hoping that you will help me reach my true goal ($10,000)! 

About Me:

I am 22 years old and I have been painting since I was 6. With my parents’ help, I’ve been exhibiting and selling my artwork since I was 11. My parents emigrated with me from Russia to the U.S. in 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the U.S., they struggled for over a decade just to get by, but supported my creativity regardless. 

For the past few years, I’ve dreamed of exhibiting in Art Miami because it’s such a high quality show, with great artwork and endless opportunities for artists to achieve recognition. However, my artwork needed some time to mature and evolve before it would be accepted into such a prestigious and cutting-edge event. Recently, I had the pleasure of exhibiting in such high-caliber art fairs like Art Sarasota and Art Naples. My success and the praise my work received there gave me the confidence that Art Miami is an achievable goal. Now, I have the amazing opportunity to exhibit my artwork during Art Basel week, if only I can pay for it.   

The booth of my work at Art Sarasota 2012 aboard the Seafair
The booth of my work at Art Sarasota 2012 aboard the Seafair
The booth at Art Naples 2012
The booth at Art Naples 2012
Second view of Art Naples 2012 booth
Second view of Art Naples 2012 booth

And now the FANTASTIC REWARDS

In return for your contribution, I will send you the rewards below, depending on the amount you pledge. The more you give, the more spectacular the rewards (and the happier we both will feel :) Besides participating in this potentially pivotal moment in my career, rewards include:

Prints

1) Love   2) Red Hearts   3) Sunset Butterfly Kiss   4) Sunshine Heart   5) Heart of Gold
1) Love 2) Red Hearts 3) Sunset Butterfly Kiss 4) Sunshine Heart 5) Heart of Gold

+ 5"x7" postcards of the above images (blank on the inside so you can use them for whatever you want.)

+ 11"x14" (standard size!) giclee prints of the images above. Each print will be signed on the front. (By the way, you can see one of them next to the small piece I pick up in the video)

Small Original Mixed Media Paintings

***In the case of any of the small paintings, you have a choice of COLOR, either Red, Gold, or Blue, land the opportunity to have it FRAMED. ALL of the paintings, large or small will be signed on the front and back.***

This is an example of the smallest painting; they can be red, gold, or blue. Each piece (this size or larger) will have it's own unique variations :)
This is an example of the smallest painting; they can be red, gold, or blue. Each piece (this size or larger) will have it's own unique variations :)

+ A 5"x7" heart-themed original (above) with glass bead mosaic and/or Swarovski crystals. The canvas will be "Gallery-Wrapped", meaning the canvas will be painted on the sides as well, giving the work a contemporary look, so it does not need to be framed, but I can have it framed in a style similar to the "Butterfly Kiss" below (with a silver inner frame and black outer frame) for $20 extra. 

+ An 8"x10" heart-themed original with glass bead mosaic and/or Swarovski crystals, also gallery-wrapped. I can have this elegantly framed for $25.

+ A 14"x17" heart-themed original painting with glass bead mosaic and/or Swarovski crystals, gallery-wrapped as well.I can have this elegantly framed for $30.

Large Original Mixed Media Paintings 

+ The Smaller Crown Jewel: THE "SUNSET BUTTERFLY KISS" ORIGINAL PAINTING!!! This piece is lavishly beaded with a gold leaf background an elegant frame; it will bring you love and joy for years! (You can see this one behind me in the video.)

"Sunset Butterfly Kiss", 24"x30" (plus frame), acrylic on canvas with gold leaf and glass bead mosaic
"Sunset Butterfly Kiss", 24"x30" (plus frame), acrylic on canvas with gold leaf and glass bead mosaic

+ The Crown Jewel of All the Rewards: THE "BLUE CROWN" ORIGINAL PAINTING!!! It is 30"x36", acrylic on canvas with an overwhelmingly intricate mosaic and an elegant frame. (You can see it on the wall behind me in the video as well.)

Art Miami Tickets

+ I will send you at least 2 tickets to the exhibit regardless of how much you pledge, so you can visit me at the show! 

Any and every donation will be appreciated; Thank you so, so much,

Alina Eydel

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    Two postcard prints (blank on the inside) each with one of my images from the selection. Plus, I will send you 2 tickets to Art Miami (the adult ticket is $20 per person, so I would say this is a pretty good deal!)

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    All 5 postcards! You don't even have to choose which image you prefer :) Plus 2 tickets to Art Miami!

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    One 11"x14" hand-signed giclee print of the artwork of your choice and 2 tickets to Art Miami. Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity and protected inside a clear plastic slip. The prints are also standard sizes, so they are easy to frame. (You can see one of them in the video; it's next to the small piece I pick up. Free shipping within the US.)

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    A 5"x7" original with glass bead mosaic and/or Swarovski crystals (depending on what I think works better with the composition.) These pieces will be gallery-wrapped, meaning the canvases will be painted on the sides as well, giving the works a contemporary look, so framing is optional. Naturally, each piece is signed on the front as well as the back. And I'll send you 2 tickets to the show, of course. (Free shipping within the US. Please add $20 if you would like it framed like "Sunset Butterfly Kiss".)

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    An 8"x10" original with glass bead mosaic and/or Swarovski crystals (again, depending on what I think is best.) Like the smaller pieces, these will be gallery-wrapped, so framing is optional and each piece is signed on the front as well as the back. I'll also throw in the Art Miami tickets, of course! (Free shipping within the US. Please add $25 if you would like it framed like "Sunset Butterfly Kiss".)

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    A larger original (14"x17") with glass bead mosaic and/or Swarovski crystals! Again, these pieces will be gallery-wrapped and signed on the front and back. You will also get the set of 5 postcards AND I'll throw in a nice pile of tickets to Art Miami!!! (Free shipping within the US. Please add $30 if you would like it framed like "Sunset Butterfly Kiss".)

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    The Beautiful SUNSET BUTTERFLY KISS original!!! This piece is 24"x32", acrylic on canvas, and is lavishly beaded, with a gold leaf background, signed on the front and back, and elegantly framed. With this donation, I will also send you a gift of either: All five 11"x14" (standard size) prints! or One 5"x7" original mixed media! On top of that, I will shower you with Art Miami tickets, so you can bring friends to the show as well :D (Free shipping within the US.)

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    The Crown Jewel of all Rewards: THE "BLUE CROWN" ORIGINAL PAINTING!!! It is 30"x36", acrylic on canvas with an overwhelmingly intricate mosaic. I will also ship you all five prints AND a 5"x7" mixed media AND tons of tickets to Art Miami! I will also personally inscribe the piece for you on the back. (Free shipping within the US.)

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