Drawing is my passion. When I draw, I am totally engulfed in the process. My designs flow organically, with each new line and shape informing the next. I create my art using only black markers on paper; each line and dot of shading is applied by hand.
My drawings reveal my fascination with symbols, patterns, and stories. I am inspired by many traditions, including tribal art, Japanese woodblock prints, Indian Mehndi designs, and tattoo art. I've worked for years, both independently and while earning my BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), to develop my skills at drawing, pattern-making, and design.
THE GODS AND DEMONS PROJECT
I'm turning to Kickstarter to ask for support in bringing my first series to life. I'm attracted to masks as objects that both conceal and project identity. In this Gods and Demons collection, my drawings explore mystical idols that exist in their own world where intricacy, symbol, and symmetry rule.
"Reincarnated Warrior." Marker on paper, 18" x 24"
Since every line is individually hand drawn, each piece takes weeks or months to complete. Instead of just exhibiting the originals at a local gallery where only a small number of people would see my work, I'm hoping that you will help me get my drawings out into the world.
I've designed some really cool rewards for those of you who support my first collection launch.
Colors and sizes from left to right: black M, coral L, lemon M, mint S, light blue L.
American-made T-shirts and hoodies from American Apparel.
Seeing someone wearing one of my designs will be amazing! You'll have plenty of options to create a look that really represents you. Every design is hand screen printed by a local artist and printer, Jess Gleasman, at Basement Ink right here in Ashland, Oregon.
The T-shirts are 100% cotton, and are available in V-neck or crew neck styles, for both men and women, in sizes XS-XL, and in a selection of colors (V-neck not available in coral). Both shirts pictured above are women's. On the left is a white XS V-neck. The coral shirt is a large, and will provide a nice fit for shorter guys who enjoy a more fitted shape.
The colors are (top to bottom): Left: coral, mint, light aqua, sea foam. Middle: white, black, slate, lemon, light pink. Right: purple, aqua, baby blue, light blue.
You can even choose white ink on a black T, which looks amazing. And since each shirt will be individually printed for you, we let you select the placement of the design: front-and-center, back, or offset on the lower left front.
White-on black and offset-design styles. These are available in any combination of shirt style, color, and Gods and Demons design. Both shirts pictured above are men's shirts. Black medium on the left, slate medium on the right.
aqua crew neck (S) white v-neck (S)
Some more examples of designs and colors. Light blue (L) on the left, purple (S) on the right
The Gods and Demons hoodie (shown here in medium), in front and back views. Available with all Gods and Demons designs, in the following colors: slate (pictured), white, red, bright blue, teal, dark lavender, and neon yellow.
Removable Adhesive Fabric Prints, Phonewear, and Tablet Skins
I found this really amazing adhesive fabric material for my prints that you can stick on just about anything - phones, tablets, e-readers, windows, and your walls. It can be removed and repositioned over and over, and doesn't leave any residue.
All 6 of my Gods and Demons designs will be available on this material as prints in two sizes: large (poster size; about 18" x 24") and medium (about 12" x 16"). The exact size of each will depend on the dimensions of the original artwork. No need for thumbtacks or nails -- simply remove the backing and the print will adhere to any smooth, dry surface. The adhesive maintains it's sticky-ness even after multiple applications, so you can change things up as much as you want!
I will also be creating new patterns just for this Kickstarter project that will be available on 4" x 6" or 8" x 10" sheets. You can use the smaller ones as "phonewear" to personalize your cell phone, like I have here. Just cut the sheet to fit your phone. The bigger sheets are great for tablets and e-readers.
Examples of my phonewear and tablet skins. Upper left and bottom center: my removable fabric prints on an iPad and an iPhone (in its case). Other examples show how you can cut the fabric sheets to make your own designs.
Because the sheets will be printed especially for you when you back my project, they will all have unique patterns. And, you can make them totally personal by how you choose to cut out the shape for your phone - or even cut the sheet into multiple shapes and make your own design. Get creative -- no one in the world will have a phone like yours!
Do your reading in style: one of my fabric sheets cut to fit the case of a Kindle e-reader.
Fine Art Prints
For those of you who prefer true fine art prints, I work with a wonderful printer in Talent, Oregon who prints my Gods and Demons designs on beautiful archival paper.
I'll be offering each of my 6 designs in a limited edition printing of 100. These 18" x 24" prints are suitable for framing, and each will be signed and numbered. They are available for donors pledging $125.
The original pieces in this Gods and Demons series are available for those who really want to support the launch of this collection. The only way to truly appreciate the intricacy and detail of these designs is to see the originals. All are hand-drawn on archival paper, and range in size from 18" x 24" to 22" x 30." Once framed, these would make a stunning addition to any fine art collection.
Here's a shot of me at my senior exhibit at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Two of the Gods and Demons pieces were included: "New Mind" on the left and "What Does Your Soul Look Like" on the far right. You can see more of my work at www.sagetrailart.com.
Thanks so much to all of you who pledge to support this project, and help get my work out into the world. If you like what you see here, please click on the Facebook or Twitter links under the video and spread the word about Gods and Demons to your friends.
And, a special shout-out to my friends Erika, Ehlan, Djamika, and Ross for agreeing to be such great models for my sample clothes. You're the best!
Risks and challenges
Completing the art was the hard part! Each piece takes weeks or months to complete, but that is already done. The biggest challenge will be the organization and logistics of fulfillment. I know that some of you will be wanting to get their T-shirts or other rewards in time for holiday giving. Because of the time required to gather order details after the project period ends, this will be a challenge. But I have a great relationship with my local printer, and we will do our very best to get your rewards to you promptly.
After my project funds (hopefully!), all my supporters will be receiving a survey to find out the details of what you want regarding your rewards. At that time, I'll also ask who absolutely needs theirs by Christmas, and I'll try really hard to ship those first.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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