hello friends, my name is Jessica Gowling. I'm a visual artist, book worm and animal lover. I work from my home studio in British Columbia Canada where I live with my husband and rescue cat.
In 2016, I took on the challenge of illustrating an animal every day for 100 days. The animals I chose to draw were either personal favorites, suggestions from others or challenges in markmaking.
During my research for reference imagery, I discovered incredible information about each creature: innate behaviors, unique qualities and communication cues that us humans could learn from. These facts inspired me to create short writings that distilled the powers of each animal. I paired this prose with my drawings, while sharing the project on social media.
I have sourced a quality printer and a trusted publisher who can create these tangible pieces of art, but now I need your help. Funding a project this big is simply not possible on my own. Luckily, Kickstarter gives artists a platform to promote their work to a larger audience and source financing from a supportive community. Backers get to have a direct hand in bringing the creations to life and will be the first to have the books and oracle decks in their paws. If I am unable to raise the required production funds in 30 days, then the 100 ink animals project will sadly never evolve into these meaningful objects.
The illustrated book will feature the full collection of one hundred ink drawings and writings. Printed on 80 pound silk finish paper and perfect bound in your choice of laminated soft cover, or black linen hardcover with silver foil embossing. This book will allow you to fall into the beauty of the natural world, learn more about animals and gain insight into your own life.
The oracle cards feature all 100 animal illustrations, each appearing on their own card with their name and innate power written underneath. The back of the deck features a minimal abstract design representing fluidity, nature and connection. Made with with various ink marks, as an ode to the medium that created the collection, the neutral imagery should assist the reader in clearing their mind in preparation for a reading. Printed on a linen finish cardstock with air pockets, the deck will have the same size, feel and shuffle of classic playing cards. The deck will be housed in a custom tuck box and be accompanied by an oracle guidebook. Using divination, imagery and language, this oracle deck will offer you advice through the knowledge of the animal kingdom.
Although a guidebook will be included, the sensitive use of language will allow readers to quickly familiarize themselves with each card in the oracle deck. A dictionary with definitions, synonyms (or antonyms if the card is reversed) can easily offer insight to any reading, while the guidebook delves deeper into animal behavior and specific powers.
You can help make this project possible by backing one of the various reward tiers. Books and oracle card decks are available for pre-order as well as a limited quantity of custom ink drawings and early bird specials. Sharing this project with friends and family would also be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for fostering my creative practice and for sharing an appreciation of animals and the wisdom they possess. Sending hugs, from one animal lover to another.
REWARD TIERS are as follows:
1 : postcard
2 : paperback book (early bird)
3 : paperback book(s)
4 : hardcover book (early bird)
5 : hardcover book(s)
6 : custom ink drawing
7 : oracle card deck + guide (early bird)
8 : oracle card deck + guide(s)
9 : oracle card deck + guide + your choice of paperback or hardcover
10 : gallery + gift shop stock
11 : visiting artist talk + stock
IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A PLEDGE OR AREN'T SURE WHICH REWARD TIER TO CHOOSE I'M HAPPY TO HELP. SEND A MESSAGE HERE ON KICKSTARTER OR E-MAIL ME NATURESMYFRIEND@GMAIL.COM
PUSH REWARDS UPDATE: As an incentive for my backers to help me raise the remaining production funds, I have created some "push" rewards. If we reach above and beyond our goal, every backer will receive the follow perks along with their original reward: push rewards push rewards
+$1,000 over the goal: a handwritten glossy thank-you postcard
+$3,000 over the goal: set of 3 die-cut waterproof stickers
+$5,000 over the goal: ANIMAL LOVER embroidered iron-on patch
+$8,000 over the goal: ANIMAL LOVER hard enamel pin in silver and black
Risks and challenges
I planned and prepared for this launch to ensure production and fulfillment go as smoothly as possible. I am working with a trusted printer and publisher who will produce the quality I expect in all of my artwork, and will do so in an appropriate timeline. I am finalizing the designs to be ready for production by the end of the campaign. Limiting the original ink drawing rewards to 20, so that I can create these works of art before the other rewards arrive. However, like any fundraising campaign, there are some risks and challenges involved and I want to be transparent with my backers about potential hiccups.
The biggest risk is not reaching our funding goal. I want my backers and long time supporters of this project to finally hold these works of art in their hands and be inspired by the beauty of the animal world. If I do not raise enough funds to produce the book and oracle card deck, I feel like we all lose. The success of this campaign relies on your support for this project. Backing a reward and sharing the project with others is a great way to make sure the 100 ink animals project comes to life.
Other challenges outside of my control are the timelines of both production and shipping. My printer and publisher have assured me a quality product, proof checks and fulfillment in a solid turn around time. Despite their guarantees, I know issues can arise, and so I have listed the shipping dates for all rewards as September 2018. However, please know that I will be working my hardest to get these rewards to you as soon as possible.
Which brings us to the next challenge: Shipping. After authorizing the proof stage, The final books and decks will ship to my home studio. I will be packaging and labeling all rewards there. As an experience online seller with over 700 five star reviews in my shop, I am confident in my ability to deliver you quality items in a safe and timely manner. Friends and family are willing to assist the packaging of rewards and I have a great relationship with some lovely postal workers downtown who I know will be of great help.
I will keep you in the loop with frequent updates. Your understanding, patience and support are very much appreciated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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