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An inspirational book documenting the life and work of internationally acclaimed octogenarian artist, Marilyn Henrion.
An inspirational book documenting the life and work of internationally acclaimed octogenarian artist, Marilyn Henrion.
42 backers pledged $17,045 to help bring this project to life.

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MY STORY
People who hear my story…. an octogenarian artist who has been creating and exhibiting critically acclaimed new works for the past 40 years….respond in either one of two ways. "Inspirational...you should write a book!" or "Get a life!”  Since the latter course is not in my genes (my mother, who lived to be 100, was still winning gold cups for her ballroom dancing in her mid-80’s), I have finally decided to document my life and work in print.

My art is very labor-intensive, with meticulous needlework being the essential element that celebrates the irregular and intimate quality of things made by the human hand. My husband says,  "They never should have abolished the sweatshops -- you would have loved them."

Sure, I could be living a more “balanced” life, baking cookies, going to the theatre, reading a book, or spending quality time with my loving husband, four children, and four grandchildren. But NOOO....I keep responding to the studio’s siren call, returning to that room where time is suspended and I'm in a state of bliss, totally absorbed in the creative process, often ten hours a day, seven days a week. "What are the origins of this pathology?" you may ask. You will find out when this project is funded.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
With your support, a generously illustrated tell-all book about my life and work as an artist honored by the Smithsonian Institution and exhibited in museums worldwide will be produced in 2017. In addition to selected  images of works created throughout my career, the 250-page book will include biographical and critical essays by prominent writers including Janet Koplos, contributing editor for Art In America and co-author of "Makers: A History of American Studio Craft" and Patricia Malarcher, former editor of Surface Design Journal. The book will be published through a division of Amazon. Any funds raised beyond the original goal will go toward mounting a retrospective exhibition at Noho Gallery in New York, with the possible addition of additional venues.
UPDATE: Now that my original goal for the book has been met, all additional donations will be dedicated to funding a retrospective exhibition and hiring an intern to organize my documents, journals, and sketches to be donated to my existing records in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

BUDGET
I am seeking  $13,600 to get this project off the ground. Of that amount, $6,000 will go toward editorial content provided by highly regarded writers and editors, who have already been lined up. Design services will require $1,500. A first-run printing of 100 copies will cost $2,000. Professional photography fees are estimated to be $2,000. Shipping the artwork rewards is estimated at $1,000. $1,100 will go toward Kickstarter and processing fees. Any additional funds raised will help finance a retrospective exhibition
and the hiring of an intern to organize my papers and sketchbooks to be donated to the Archives of American Art.

REWARDS
I have created various rewards in return for your donations. All levels of giving are most welcome, small or large. For example:

  • A donation of $50 will bring you a signed copy of the book.
  • For $300 or more, you will receive an original hand stitched work of art.

Rewards  include many of my works at a one-time-only discount of up to 50%. These meticulously crafted museum-quality works will become a lasting legacy in your collection. All are shipped ready to hang, either framed or with hardware included as necessary. This offer is limited to the duration of this fund-raising campaign, after which all works will revert to original retail values.

Whatever the amount, your contribution will be deeply appreciated by Grandma and all who find her story and, more important, her art, inspirational. Remember, unless I reach my goal, the project does not get funded. Please feel free to pass this along to others who might consider becoming a supporter. Thank you in advance.

Below  is just one example of artwork rewards at each donor level. To view ALL rewards at each level, click on the links provided.

$300 rewards (click here to see all $300 rewards)

Meditation 5, 12"x12"x1", pieced silks, hand quilted, gallery-wrapped on canvas stretchers
Meditation 5, 12"x12"x1", pieced silks, hand quilted, gallery-wrapped on canvas stretchers

$400 rewards (click here to see all $400 rewards)

Return to Byzantium 6, 6"x4", needle punch, mounted & framed
Return to Byzantium 6, 6"x4", needle punch, mounted & framed

$500 rewards (click here to see all $500 rewards)

Study for Lodz Windows 1329, 10"x8", mixed media on silk, hand quilted
Study for Lodz Windows 1329, 10"x8", mixed media on silk, hand quilted

$600 rewards (click here for details)

Jack Lenor Larsen, 10"x8", mixed media on silk, hand quilted, framed
Jack Lenor Larsen, 10"x8", mixed media on silk, hand quilted, framed

$750 rewards (click here to see all $750 rewards)

Unfolding 3, 31"x16"x1", hand hooked cottons on mesh canvas, mounted on linen, canvas stretchers
Unfolding 3, 31"x16"x1", hand hooked cottons on mesh canvas, mounted on linen, canvas stretchers

$1250 rewards (click here to see all $1,250 rewards)

New York Windows 1449, 24"x18", mixed media on silk, hand quilted
New York Windows 1449, 24"x18", mixed media on silk, hand quilted


$1,500 rewards (click here to see all $1,500 rewards)

Fragments, 31"x21", pieced silks, hand quilted
Fragments, 31"x21", pieced silks, hand quilted


$2,000 rewards (click here to see all $2,000 rewards)

New York Windows 1446, 30"x24", mixed media on silk, hand quilted
New York Windows 1446, 30"x24", mixed media on silk, hand quilted

 $2,250 rewards (click here to see all $2,250 rewards)

Innerspace 7, 40"x40", pieced silks, hand quilted
Innerspace 7, 40"x40", pieced silks, hand quilted

 $2,500 rewards (click here to see all $2,500 rewards)

Soft City: Red Door,  50"x40", mixed media on cotton, hand quilted
Soft City: Red Door, 50"x40", mixed media on cotton, hand quilted

 $3,000 rewards (click here to see all $3,000 rewards)

Tee Time, 50"x50", silks, hand pieced & hand quilted
Tee Time, 50"x50", silks, hand pieced & hand quilted

$3,500 rewards (click here to see all $3,500 rewards)

Krakow Windows 1306, 30"x40", mixed media on silk, hand quilted
Krakow Windows 1306, 30"x40", mixed media on silk, hand quilted

$4,000 rewards (click here to see all $4,000 rewards)

Night Thoughts 2, 53"x51", silks, cottons, metallics, hand pieced, hand quilted
Night Thoughts 2, 53"x51", silks, cottons, metallics, hand pieced, hand quilted

$5,000 reward (click here to see all $5,000 rewards)

Disturbances 7, 63"x61", silks, hand pieced, hand quilted
Disturbances 7, 63"x61", silks, hand pieced, hand quilted

Risks and challenges

Having successfully funded a previous kickstarter project, "Send Grandma To Poland!" in 2012, I am fully aware of the challenges of such an undertaking, and I'm prepared to deal with any that might arise. Surmounting these challenges and establishing and maintaining communications with an expanded community of supporters has been a joy!

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    Personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card

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    DVD: "Marilyn Henrion: The Evolution of a Fiber Artist" + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card

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    Signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card

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    Your name (or business) acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card

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    14"x10.25" framed archival print of one of my artworks (18.50"x14.75" framed ) + your name (or business) acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card

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    Lunch with Grandma at her Greenwich Village apartment (date and time by mutual agreement) + your name (or business) acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card

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    One -of-a-kind hand quilted silk artwork from the Meditations series + your name (or business) acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card (book ships in 2017)

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    One -of-a-kind framed hand needle-punched artwork from The Geometer's Hand series + your name (or business) acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card (book ships in 2017)

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    One-of-a-kind hand quilted mixed media framed artwork from my Windows Studies + your name (or business) acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card (book ships in 2017)

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    Framed 10"x8" hand quilted silk portrait of you or subject of your choice (see text link) + your name (or business) acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card (book ships in 2017)

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    One-of-a-kind hand stitched artwork to be selected from available works at this level (see text link) + your name acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card (book ships in 2017)

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    One-of-a-kind hand stitched artwork to be selected from available works at this level (see text link) + your name acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card (book ships in 2017)

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    One-of-a-kind hand stitched artwork to be selected from available works at this level (see text link) + your name acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card (book ships in 2017)

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    One-of-a-kind hand stitched artwork to be selected from available works at this level (see text link) + your name (or business) acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card (book ships in 2017)

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    One-of-a-kind hand quilted silk artwork, Disturbances 7, 65"x66"(similar size works from the same series are in the permanent collections of the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ and the Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz, Poland) + your name (or business) acknowledged as supporter in the Book + signed copy of the Book + personal thank you note from Grandma on 5"x7" print note card (book ships in 2017)

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