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How do you cast delicate lace into large scale sculpture? Join me, and we'll find out...

The Aspen Adventure - Casting Lace Sculpture by Rachelle Gardner

Lace. Cast into large sculpture? That just doesn't sound right. Well, I want to make it right. So very right. And delectable. 

I make lace because of its delicacy, its history, its ability to speak on a subtle level. I re-contextualize this traditional craft to speak of our time and our modern experience. 

The end goal of this project is to bring full scale solo exhibitions of my lace sculpture to local and regional art centers: Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (KC), Lawrence Arts Center, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE).

This project will transform my 2-D lace work into 3-D large scale sculpture. To do this, I’ll study at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado to learn how to cast fabric sculpture.  In just over six months, my lace work has been selected for a public commission, museum exhibition and several juried exhibitions across the country. This work is going places and others believe in it too.

This project has already been backed financially by the ArtsKC Fund of The Arts Council of Metro KC (Inspiration Grant) and The Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Through the generosity of local residents, I've even acquired free housing for my stay.  I've hammered project costs down as far as they will go, but the budget nail still threatens to stub toes...and snag my lace to bits.

That's where you come in. One of my long term goals is to engage the community more in my work and this is the first step, inviting you to be a part spreading lace across our region and get an inside look throughout the process. 

Please know that your donations go towards direct costs of the project and that each reward is individually made just for you.

Come make lace with me.

--Rachelle Gardner

The Rewards

All patrons receive credit on the Project Page (requests for anonymity will be respected).

**International Patrons must add $5 to their donation for shipped items.**

$5 Patrons - GRATITUDE: A steaming plate of gratitude and a personal thank you!

$10 Patrons - TREE OF YOURS: an individually stitched tree of cotton thread on acid-free card stock, sized to fit in a 4 x 6" frame. A mini interpretation of my work now on display at the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, KS.

Tree of Yours - cotton stitched 4 x 6" tree. These are individually made just for you.

$15 Patrons - BOOKWORM

Morning Clouds: stream of consciousness text stitching on greeting the day with grace (still on the long path to mastering that one myself).
Morning Clouds: stream of consciousness text stitching on greeting the day with grace (still on the long path to mastering that one myself).
Dark & Hot (pink): Black on one side. Hot pink on the other. Pick your poison.
Dark & Hot (pink): Black on one side. Hot pink on the other. Pick your poison.
Gracias Green: A chlorophyll-infused thank you in lace.
Gracias Green: A chlorophyll-infused thank you in lace.

Please Note: Each bookmark is individually made. Small differences will occur. It makes yours special.

NEW REWARD
$20 Patrons - TREE OF YOURS (framed)
: 4x6 cotton stitched tree in a contemporary black glass frame. Overall frame size: 8.5x11.5. Standard hardware; can be displayed table top or wall-hung.

$25 Patrons - HELLO GOOD VIBES The lace version of my series "Bad Vibes Filtration Devices," this wall hanging vessel acts as a reminder that sometimes we need to be aware of and filter our own bad juju. 

Bad Vibes Filtration Devices in Anja Purple and Absorb Black
Bad Vibes Filtration Devices in Anja Purple and Absorb Black
A view looking into the filtration bowl. Lace does lovely things with light.
A view looking into the filtration bowl. Lace does lovely things with light.
So you can see the side profile. Another small test in working with shaping lace three-dimensionally.
So you can see the side profile. Another small test in working with shaping lace three-dimensionally.

$40 Patrons - BLOOMING Lace Brooches for your fashion pleasure.

Lace brooch flowers in Shimmey and Dark & Hot (Pink).
Lace brooch flowers in Shimmey and Dark & Hot (Pink).

$50 Patron - YOUR OWN BILLBOARD: Well, sort of. You'll receive a signed 12 x 24" print (unframed) of "Superclusters Billboard." In reverence to the awesomeness that is our universe, these images will shine 27 feet long x 12 feet high in the KC Crossroads in November of 2012.

Your very own (mini) billboard. Click for an explanation of their galactic significance.
Your very own (mini) billboard. Click for an explanation of their galactic significance.

 $75 Patron - THE SUPERGALACTIC PACKAGE:  Get the Superclusters Billboard print described above and a stitched "Supercluster Lens." 

4" stitched Supercluster Lens. Can be hung with a sewing pin or use a hanging suction cup to attach it to glass for a thread suncatcher.
4" stitched Supercluster Lens. Can be hung with a sewing pin or use a hanging suction cup to attach it to glass for a thread suncatcher.

$100 Patron - VIP SOIRÉE: A celebration overlooking my Superclusters Billboards on their debut in the Crossroads Art District on the First Friday in November! Your evening will also include an exclusive exhibition of new work and a conversation on the experience and outcomes of the Anderson Ranch project that you made possible. Plus, enjoy exclusive catering by Chef Amber Shea Crawley and a menu of artisanal cocktails made especially for the celebration. Expect other arty treats for the evening, but I want to leave a little to mystery...

View from where you will be partying!
View from where you will be partying!

$150 Patron -  VIP SOIRÉE + SUPERCLUSTERS PRINT: Enjoy the private soirée described above and your very own signed, unframed print of the Superclusters Billboard that will debut in the Crossroads Art District the night of our exclusive celebration!

$200 Patron - VIP SOIRÉE + FRAMED SUPERCLUSTERS PRINT: Enjoy the private soirée described above and your very own signed and professionally framed print of the Superclusters Billboard that will debut in the Crossroads Art District the night of our exclusive celebration!

$500 Patron - GIMME THE GOODS: The one-time opportunity to acquire the work "One Way or Another Mandala" at a significant value (otherwise priced at $800). This 36 x 36" textile work includes vintage lace and a plethora of fibers and fabrics. 

In One Way or Another, the variety of materials are mechanically felted with barbed needles, reflecting both the violent conflict between disparate worldviews and the counteracting, compassionate desire for humanity to unite in the face of struggle.
In One Way or Another, the variety of materials are mechanically felted with barbed needles, reflecting both the violent conflict between disparate worldviews and the counteracting, compassionate desire for humanity to unite in the face of struggle.
Detail view showing the myriad of fibers and textiles used.
Detail view showing the myriad of fibers and textiles used.

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    GRATITUDE: A personal thank you and a donor credit on the Aspen Adventure Project website. Last names can be abbreviated for privacy, if preferred (ex. Joe S.).

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    TREE OF YOURS: an individually stitched tree of cotton thread on acid-free card stock, sized to fit in a 4 x 6" frame. A mini interpretation of my work now on display at the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, KS.

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    BOOKWORM: For those who want function out of their art, a one-of-a-kind lace bookmark. Three style options! *Morning Clouds* - poetic stream of consciousness text stitching based on starting the morning out right! *Dark and Hot (Pink)* - Black thread on one side and you guess it, hot pink on the other. *Gracias Green* - A leafy thank you.

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    Tree of Yours in a contemporary black glass frame. Overall frame size is 8.5" tall by 11.5" wide. Table top or wall hung.

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    HELLO GOOD VIBES: We filter our water, our air, why not our vibes? The lace version of my series "Bad Vibes Filtration Devices," this wall hanging vessel acts as a reminder that sometimes we need to be aware of and filter our own bad juju. Throw bad vibes its way and let the lace, - stitched with love, of course :) - collect those vibes in its bowl, filter the bad vibes out and release purified vibes of goodness. Stitched with symbolic images of objects that transform, cleanse, and are filled with potential energy, such as lotus pods, leaves, nuts and berries. Select your color: Anja Purple or Absorb Black

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    BLOOMING: Like to wear your art? A hand-made, lace flower bloom brooch for your fashion pleasure (or a verrry affordable custom gift for the fashionista in your life, I might add). Two color options! Hot & Dark (Pink) - yup, hot pink accent on black or Shimmey - metallic purple accent on purple

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    YOUR OWN BILLBOARD: Well, sort of...you'll receive a signed 12 x 24" print (unframed) of "Superclusters Billboard." These commissioned lace works will debut on the Missouri Bank Crossroads Artboards in Kansas City, MO in November 2012. While the 27 feet long x 12 feet high billboards might not fit in your abode, this print will do nicely!

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    YOUR OWN SUPERCLUSTER + BILLBOARD: Receive a stitched "Supercluster Lens," a telescope lens shaped reminder of the mind-blowing scale of our universe + a signed 12 x 24" print (unframed) of "Superclusters Billboard." Get some perspective with the complete galactic package.

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    VIP SOIRÉE: I am very excited to be able offer a private soirée in a crossroads loft overlooking my Superclusters Billboards on their debut in the Crossroads Art District on the First Friday in November! This intimate celebration of the my most public work will include an exclusive exhibition of new work and a conversation on the experience and outcomes of the Anderson Ranch project that you made possible. Plus, enjoy exclusive catering by Chef Amber Shea Crawley and a menu of artisanal cocktails made especially for the celebration. Expect other arty treats for the evening, but I want to leave a little to mystery...

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    VIP SOIRÉE + SUPERCLUSTERS PRINT: Enjoy the private soirée described above and your very own signed, unframed print of the Superclusters Billboard that will debut in the Crossroads Art District the night of our exclusive celebration!

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    VIP SOIRÉE + FRAMED SUPERCLUSTERS PRINT: Enjoy the private soirée described above and your very own signed and professionally framed print of the Superclusters Billboard that will debut in the Crossroads Art District the night of our exclusive celebration!

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    GIMME THE GOODS: The one-time opportunity to acquire the work "One Way or Another Mandala" at a significant value (otherwise priced at $800). This 36 x 36" textile work includes vintage lace and a plethora of fibers and fabrics. Works in the Mandala series have received honorable mentions at juried exhibitions and are currently on display in New York. In gratitude for your support of this project, I offer this Mandala. *PLEASE NOTE* For those outside the Greater Kansas City Metro Area, please add $50 for shipping.

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