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A hardcover collection of vulnerable drawings and poetry about depression and healing, drawn and written by artist Christina Mrozik.
A hardcover collection of vulnerable drawings and poetry about depression and healing, drawn and written by artist Christina Mrozik.
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"Haunted Bodies" is a collection of drawings and writings I created while moving through and beyond a year of depression. At their core, they are about the essentials of what it is to be a human who hurts, one who wrestles in the dark and stares down pain in a fierce attempt to heal. During that period of darkness, I struggled to find clear language to define my experience, so I wrote in metaphor and drew my mourning attempting with each stroke to get at the feeling of the thing.  

                                                                examples of drawings in the book
examples of drawings in the book
                                                                    example of writing in the book.
example of writing in the book.

It is my hope that this book can be a space for anyone else moving through the weight of a common casualty—loss, insecurity, brokenness, shame, hunger, yearning, mourning, and every other liminal feeling. I’m curious if we can carve spaces where although we may feel lonely, we can remember we are not alone, that there are others fighting for their hearts and spirits scattered across the globe.  I know it’s a hefty order for one small book, but it’s something I felt a deep compulsion to make and any little reminder of mending is worthwhile. 

                                                        here are sample spreads of the cover and pages.
here are sample spreads of the cover and pages.
                        prototype of the cover with gold reflective foil pressed into an ivory linen cloth.
prototype of the cover with gold reflective foil pressed into an ivory linen cloth.
                                                                   mockups may change slightly in final layout
mockups may change slightly in final layout

HARDCOVER ART BOOK SPECS

I wanted this book to feel intimate so I have carefully considered the way it will feel in your hands and hearts. I've worked with a local printer to bring quiet beauty into every detail of the design. 

Haunted Bodies will be a 60 page, 5.5 x  8.5 inch, hardcover book made in the USA. Each first edition copy will be bound in ivory linen with a gold foil stamped illustration on the cover. This book will extend to 64 pages if we hit the stretch goal!

There are 15 drawings, 8 poems, and a selection of four very personal journal entries from the year. 

The drawings will be offset printed on a natural toned archival paper; a thick 100lb stock that feels good to the touch. The binding is sewn to help it lay open. Because this book is about carving spaces together, I've included extra pages for you to add your own writing. 

                         to ensure quality, prototypes of the Iris Claw Enamel pin have already been made.
to ensure quality, prototypes of the Iris Claw Enamel pin have already been made.
                                       1.5 in 5 color hard enamel pin with nickel and double rubber clasp.
1.5 in 5 color hard enamel pin with nickel and double rubber clasp.

The iris has always been a flower that reminds me of home. They grew wild in the backyard and I remember their color marking the turn of summer. The delicate claw of a passerine marks how I hope to hold-- gently clinging to any rough surface and moving over it with grace. 

                         "Soil"  Premium 8x10 in. printed on heavy cotton rag paper with archival inks
"Soil" Premium 8x10 in. printed on heavy cotton rag paper with archival inks

"Soil" is exclusive to Kickstarter, and the edition size will be limited to the quantity ordered during this campaign.

Signed and numbered giclée print. It's size is printed the same as the original drawing to ensure that every detail is clear and has the feel of an original.

This print is produced on premium heavyweight photo rag paper with acid free inks making sure it will last decades. Soft and velvety to the touch, I love both the feeling of this paper and the way the inks look on it.  

           Premium limited edition 15 x 20 in. printed on heavyweight photo rag paper with archival inks
Premium limited edition 15 x 20 in. printed on heavyweight photo rag paper with archival inks

"Unravel" is a signed and numbered giclée print. It's size is printed the same as the original drawing to ensure that every detail is clear and has the feel of an original.

This print is produced on premium heavyweight photo rag paper with acid free inks making sure it will last decades. Soft and velvety to the touch, I love both the feeling of this paper and the way the inks look on it. 

Prose about the print:

Unravel.... Fall apart, undo, untangle; yet keep coherent. There is no positive or negative to this word unravel, more than a morality, it’s a process. When I find my life here, exploding in on me, I can either let it destroy me or transform it into a blossoming, but no matter how I try I cannot ignore it’s power. Can I untangle the thing I built and see if there’s a new arrangement? A better arrangement maybe, although that’s a chance with no guarantee. Can I be something different, while still embracing the core? It is tempting when in this chaos for me to say, “I am without myself,” but then I remember I am still here feeling this pain, and fighting with the other within me, who wishes me gone, and I am reminded of myself again. 

I lose a few petals. I grow a few new ones. I learn to remember and transform despite the ripping, maybe because of it, I’m not sure. I remember that loneliness is in every body and there’s nothing wrong with it. I just need to learn how to unravel these feelings, not judge them because I was never allowed before. I need to learn to take up space and be the fiery thing that deserves whatever room and love it takes to find the next layer of wholeness.  

                     These are the actual drawings created for the book, and are available as a reward!
These are the actual drawings created for the book, and are available as a reward!

For those of you who wish to be more generous toward this labor of love, I have two original drawings from the book available. Purchasing one of these originals is not only a reward, but it's a little piece of my heart. These come with a copy of the book, both prints, a pin, and any unlocked stretch goals.  

               signed 8x10 in. graphite original on heavyweight off white paper with deckle edge, 2018.
signed 8x10 in. graphite original on heavyweight off white paper with deckle edge, 2018.

"Brittle"  Original Drawing  (ABOVE)

Signed 8x10 in. graphite original on heavyweight off white paper with deckle edge, 2018. 

           signed 7.5 x 11 in. Graphite original on heavyweight off white paper with deckle edge, 2018.
signed 7.5 x 11 in. Graphite original on heavyweight off white paper with deckle edge, 2018.

"Transcendent"  Original Drawing  (ABOVE)

Signed 7.5 x 11 in. Graphite original on heavyweight off white paper with deckle edge, 2018.

                Below are visual representations of what you'll receive in any of the reward collections.
Below are visual representations of what you'll receive in any of the reward collections.

Stretch goals allow me to share some gratitude for your incredible support by supplying you with some exclusive extra goodies just for my Kickstarter supporters. All stretch goal bonuses are added to this campaign completely free, so please share this project with your friends and help ensure everyone gets the most out of their pledges!

All Kickstarter stretch goal bonus items are limited to one per backer.

                                     a step by step of when items will be funded, ordered and shipped.
a step by step of when items will be funded, ordered and shipped.

ADD ONS

Add-on any reward to anything! An Add-On lets you pledge for more than one tier by adding the price of any additional tier to your existing pledge.

To make sure shipping calculates properly, add a lower priced reward to an equal or higher priced reward. 

For example:

DO add an "Iris Claw Pin" ($15) to an "Unravel" print ($75). 

DO NOT add an "Unravel" print ($75) to an "Iris Claw Pin" ($15). 

GUIDE:

Add 15 per extra Iris Claw pin  (additional shipping free!)

Add 25 for an extra "Soil" Mini Print (additional shipping free!) 

Add 30 per extra "Haunted Bodies" book  +3 additional shipping per book 

Add 75 per extra "Unravel Print"  +3 additional shipping per print

If you have any questions I'm happy to help! 

Funding and Shipping:

I expect to send your pledges to you the first week of December 2018. The layout of the book and prints are already completed and I can order them immediately upon funding. The books take approximately 5 weeks to be printed so they will get to me the last week of November and I plan on shipping them immediately upon their arrival to Portland, OR, USA. 

All books shipped within the USA will be sent first class and will include tracking. The Mini prints will be included in the same package as the book and pin. The larger limited edition premium prints will be shipped separately rolled in a tube. 

Packages sent internationally usually take 2-3 weeks for delivery to your local post office. On occasion they can take up to 6 weeks depending on the country. Please note that your local customs may hold packages and incur additional charges that are the responsibility of the backer. I know that shipping overseas is very expensive and also wish it was more affordable for you! But please know that I'm not adding any handling fees--what you're paying is the baseline cost! I make no money from shipping <3. 

Making the Drawings:

The original drawings for this book are drawn in graphite, taking between 10-20 hours to complete. They are the product of a daily practice of healing, where I would wake up each day and head to the cafe down the street to draw for two or three hours, allowing the strokes to help me enter a space of calm, thoughtful meditation.  

Why Kickstarter: 

I love getting to directly connect with the people interacting with my art. It reintroduces a space of connection and conversation. Kickstarter is a great way to make this intimate project available to a wide audience while allowing me to stay personally involved in the high quality construction of the book itself and the engagement with my broader community. 

5x7 inch Custom Drawing:

The Marrow Tier comes with a custom 4x6 in. graphite drawing with an animal of your choice. The illustration is left up to me and will reflect a similar feeling of those in the book, but I will reach out to you during the survey to ask what animal you'd like incorporated into the piece to add that personal custom touch. This is a rare opportunity to get custom work as I almost never make custom work anymore. 

$1500 Reward Level Custom Workshop Details: 

Workshops are an important way to hone the creative spirit in an intimate setting. 

I have experience leading programs for high school outdoor art programs, adult college classes, and one-on-one mentoring. I love working both on honing technical abilities or leading conversations about the importance of curiosity and learning how to see with a creative lens. I'm very comfortable in almost any setting, and would be excited to custom tailor a workshop to your needs. 

In addition to the reward cost, I would need to be compensated for travel and accommodations and any materials associated with the workshop. 

 ABOUT ME 

Christina Mrozik has spent the majority of her life observing the natural world and the various relationships within it. Drawing from the external, Mrozik uses a combination of flora and fauna, occasionally adding prose, to parse the complexity of our inner worlds.

Graduating from University with an emphasis in illustration, Mrozik has worked with multiple international galleries and commercial agencies. She primarily makes drawings, often composed from watercolor, graphite, acrylic and ink, and has recently delved into the world of ceramics. Mrozik consistently works with arts education nonprofits including Rabbit Island School, and enjoys working collaboratively. She is currently based in Portland, Oregon, though always midwestern at heart.

All artwork is © 2018 Christina Mrozik. All Rights Reserved

Video and text used for this campaign is © 2018 Christina Mrozik and Boone Rodriguez. All Rights Reserved.

Video music © 2018 Bart Budwig. Sampled with permission from his song "Four Leaf Clover" on the album "Sabai."

STAY IN TOUCH 

Christinamrozik.com // @christinamrozikart on Instagram // Newsletter for new prints + projects

Palms open, facing up. All my love. 

Risks and challenges

This is my second book, and I already have everything lined up with the printer, so I don't anticipate any hiccups. If anything were to happen, you will be notified immediately with a practical solution. The book printing should take 5 weeks. There is a possibility that things could take longer if anything happens on the manufacturing side, which would postpone shipping past Christmas, and while this is possible it is unlikely.

The books are being printed and shipped on a tight turnaround. In order to get you these books in time for Christmas, I'll need your help filling out and returning the survey you'll receive if the book is funded as quickly as possible.

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