Help Unvael publish Issue Four of the journal, a new book called The Great Blue World, and take the Unvael Collective to a new level!
Please use this Kickstarter to preorder Issue Four!
My name is Michael Ash Smith and for the past decade I've photographed thousands of people and spent a significant amount of time interacting with all sorts of creatives. I’ve been fascinated by the arts since I was a child and since my late 20's, I’ve devoted much of my life to them. While I work mainly in photography, I have a massive appreciation for so many artistic mediums. It is out of this love that I started Unvael Journal and launched the first issue in the fall of 2017. Now, nearly a year later, we are about to launch Issue Four!
I want the Unvael Collective to support, encourage, sponsor, represent, and celebrate all kinds of artists. I want Unvael to be an art brand; to find, talented, relevant, emerging, and unique artists from around the world and not only collaborate with them, or represent them, but to celebrate them.
Hopefully you had a chance to watch the video above. If you haven't yet, please do. It goes into a bit more depth about my passion for this project and what our plans are for the future. There's only so much I can type out because you won't want to read it all. :)
Your support will directly help fund the following projects:
I. Issue Four of the journal containing roughly 100 pages of art and word as well as at least 2 physical prints! Every issue of the journal is limited edition and for the 4th issue, we are going to produce the most amount of copies yet - at least 300.
Issue four will feature roughly 30 artists from around the world. So far, the journal has showcased around 100 artists and poets and writers in print form in just 3 issues! Every issue is 8.5 x 11 in size, printed in color, printed on 100gsm paper, and press bound with a 120gsm laminated cover.
It's definitely something you'll want to collect and show off to friends or on your coffee table. And remember, at least 2 physical prints are included in every single copy! The preorder price of $24 is discounted from the regular price of $29 AND you get the prints.
II. The Great Blue World art book. Unvael publishes a journal, but we also want to publish more! Our first endeavor into this world is publishing a collaboration between Nirav Patel and Meredith Adelaide. These two amazing artists have been working on a series for several years called "The Great Blue World" which focuses on grief and loss. It will be released later this year as a hard cover, high quality, art book!
The Great Blue World project statement:
“We aim to create a sensitive visual collection that touches on the aspects of grief and loss. Eventually, we all begin to collect our own experiences, choosing to either sit with, bury, examine, or move through the powerful wave of thoughts and feelings that come with every story. Each experience helps shape our next, and together Nirav and I would like to offer a little solace to those who grieve; to share how very human it all is; to accept where we are within each facet of our individual developments; to quietly nod to each of you that we’ve been there, too; and to give ourselves a love that will remind us when, inevitably, we must experience it again, and again.”
III. A video series called "Unvaeled" featuring artists from around the world. We know, thats been done... but we plan to make this series more in depth; more about the human behind the artwork; more about the process. Think, "Parts Unknown," but with artwork and artists instead of food (we know thats a bold analogy but it describes it the best way). We hope to have the first video out this fall (stay tuned for the artist announcement) and want to create and release at one video per month.
IV. Signing and sponsoring artists under the Unvael Collective brand and creating products based upon their work. Products such as limited edition prints, zines, fine art prints, and more. There is so much talent out there to collaborate with. We just announced our first signed artist, Dafni Planta, but we want to add many more! Dafni's first release with Unvael is the limited edition fine art print shown above. It's a run of 50 copies, each will be numbered and signed, and its available as a reward through this campaign!
Here is Dafni's limited edition print that is available as a reward:
And a 2nd print reward by me, Michael Ash Smith:
V. Funding this campaign will also help with securing and paying artists for exclusive content for Unvael, holding pop up art gallery shows, publishing more, organizing artist retreats, collaborating with clothing designers, and so much more. The ideas are there, we just need some help to get them going!
Most of the rewards were mentioned above but here is a quick recap!
Issue Four of the Journal
The Great Blue World book
2 Limited Edition prints
Unvael Collective is based around artists and if you support this campaign you are not only supporting other artists, you are, in a way, supporting yourself. We want more artists to be taken more seriously, to be paid for their work, and to be recognized around the world for their talent. There is an underbelly to the art world that we believe goes unnoticed, and its time for it to be Unvaeled!
Thank you! Any contribution you provide or reward you purchase is greatly appreciated and as always, I'm here to answer any questions or receive any feedback.
- Michael Ash Smith - Founder & Curator
Risks and challenges
Being that this is the 4th issue of the journal and all publishing and printing needs have already been met- we are confident there will be minimal issues. While a portion of funding goes to securing copies of the journal, funding also goes to producing and printing copies of The Great Blue World book. We will be using the same printer we use for the journal so we are good to go!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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