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This is Laura Brody and Heidi Dakter. Hi! (You can read about us at the bottom)

We were asked to create performances and workshops for the Summerset Festival of the Arts in Baraboo, Wisconsin - the birthplace of the modern American circus. We were thrilled! We began to brainstorm and the ideas grew:

The event starts with a neo-circus fashion parade. We'll dress the audience in garments created live from old circus materials. The local Ringmaster from Circus World will head the parade.

We'll have workshops on building your own memory boxes and how to drape with staples and leftover sheets.

Gallery shows will feature the fabulous collection of circus costumes from Circus World Museum, pieces from the renowned American Player’s Theater and the local Dr. Evermor’s beautifully-odd salvaged mechanical creatures.

It was a lot to ask, but we shot for the moon...

Then fears of state budget cuts loomed. The festival still wants the parade (and so do we!). Now it's time to make it happen anyhow!

The $5000 will get us out to Wisconsin from CA. It will pay for the workshops and parade dressing and cover the fee for the ringmaster and local clowns. With this money we'll be able to rent gallery space and make sure that we have all of our administrative bases covered (cleaning, insurance, permits, printing and hauling). We also want to make sure that we can provide you with the best prizes possible.

Please donate what you can.

We swear we'll give you great stuff.

Thanks!

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    Our great gratitude and personal thanks, plus an email link to pictures from the events.

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    A collaboratively designed card (by Heidi and Laura) of thanks plus the picture link. Make sure to include your snail mail address!

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    The custom card plus a commemorative button of either the Contrary Bunny (the Laura symbol) or the Textile Spider (the Heidi symbol). See the parade video for the images!

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    The $10 prize (with both buttons) plus a signed, collaboratively designed Circus Style poster for the Festival.

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    The $25 package plus one of two cool gifts: your own Circus Carnivale mask (designed and made by Laura Brody) OR your own mini circus memory box (designed and made by Heidi Dakter). Yep, they’re original re-purposed circus designs. International donation? Please add $8 to cover shipping costs.

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    The $50 package including BOTH the mask and memory box and a special mention in the playbill. International donation? Please add $10 for shipping- and we promise to pack them well!

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    Wow! You’ll get the $50 package with playbill mention and EITHER the mask or the memory box PLUS your own Ringmaster Tailcoat Vest! (Draped and built by Laura, embellished by Heidi.) Make sure to send in your jacket size (and add $12 for int’l shipping).

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    Are you in LA? You'll get the $250 package and a live draping workshop. Laura Brody will come to you and staple you and your guests into fabulous new outfits! If you're not in LA or can't hold a workshop you will receive skirt/pants and shirt to compliment your custom vest.

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    You’re an Angel! You get the $250 package plus BOTH the lived draping demo and a memory box workshop of your very own. Offer restricted to LA and San Diego areas.

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