UPDATE! We are completely humbled and excited to announce that we've been chosen as a Kickstarter Staff Pick! Thank you all so much for your support and let's keep it going!
Who We Are
Woven is a tri-annual printed magazine that exists to celebrate and inspire artists, craftsmen and women, and makers to share their stories of risk and triumph, fear and finding.
After over a year of investing all we have into traveling, hearing and sharing stories, hosting a wealth of content online, and investing in makers we’ve met along the way, it’s time to expand. We want to include more contributors, more makers far and wide, and expand our support of the handmade economy. We want to continue educating readers on the value of small businesses, and keeping craft alive. Our role in this mission is small but unique, bringing together a wide variety of art and craft mediums along with contemplative essays that suit an audience grounded in or ready to being a more conscientious approach to consumption.
Woven exists to share the joys of experience, and the value of not yet knowing, but going anyway.
Despite the accessibility of an online format, it is temporal. We want Woven to be experienced, shared, and kept as you would a good book. A printed version embodies the experience we hope our stories will foster: intimate, contemplative moments that challenge and encourage. We also believe in retreating from purely digital consumption, in removing ourselves from distractions to allow more room for thought and discovery.
In our debut issue, Woven seeks to explore the essential first step in creating meaningful work: finding your medium. There is no linear path, no foolproof guidebook, no single source of inspiration. Issue One explores the road to Finding Your Medium through the stories of nine individual maker features from across the United States, as well as a set of essays written to encourage you on your own journey.
Makers and Thinkers
We believe in work; hard work. The kind that builds you as you’re building it. Our work is connecting those who labor for meaning and value to a world who needs their example. We want to showcase artists, craftsmen and women, and makers of all kinds who are creating a culture where meaning is more important that money, and the metric of success is creating something that matters, be it a chair, a meal, or a positive relationship.
Not only do we value makers, but the thinkers of our age, as well. Woven is for those who are eager to engage in the philosophy of design and creation, and go beyond mere construction to discover what lies between form and function - that something greater that transcends time and geography.
Sharing Common Threads
Going into print has been our hope since the beginning, but we’ve taken the first year to discover what binds these narratives together - their common threads. A printed version of Woven moves towards the heart of our calling - to connect wisdom of the ages to a present moment. As we collect more stories, conduct more interviews, and hold more conversations with this talented, growing community, we recognize a pattern of risk and triumph, fear and finding that defines each of our stories. Woven is about tracing these common threads that weave through all of our lives, in hopes of emboldening a lifestyle of creativity that lies within us all.
After publishing online for a year, we’ve taken Woven as far as we can on our own. Using Kickstarter is an invitation to collaborate with us and the makers we support. It’s a way to offset the cost of sharing theses stories widespread through print so that we can continue bringing together more from all over the world!
In our first issue, we feature nine makers of both craft and culture. You’ll also find a set of thoughtful essays written to engage the creative mind, encourage and challenge wherever you find yourself on the journey to finding your medium.
The Woven Tote
Sport the vision of connecting and supporting makers and thinkers with the exclusive Woven Tote!
Mini Print Post Cards
As particularly huge fans of sending and receiving letters, we’re including a set of 10 postcards designed by us with some of our favorite landscapes from the past year’s travels.
Good design and compelling photography are essential to Woven’s stories. These Kickstarter exclusive posters were designed by talented design contributors Sean Davis, Spencer Huddleston, and Andrew Whited, each with a unique expression of our stories to hang in your home or studio.
Link to Your Choosing
We’ll feature a link to your personal or professional website on a special contributor page on wovenmagazine.com. Anything goes within good taste (no profanity, spam, etc).
Sponsor an upcoming feature on our online publication! We’ll include your name or the name of your company and link to your personal or professional website.
Sponsored Ad in Issue One
Get your brand featured in Issue One with a full page colored ad! Photography may be provided by us or one of our contributors, plus we’ll include your brand name and web address. Optional space for three lines of description copy.
Issue One Release Dinner Party!
The dinner is our most exciting reward. It’s a time for us all to celebrate the beginning of Woven over fine food and drink in Seattle’s Historic Pioneer Square! Meet the team, share your story, hear from others, and leave with a few extra tokens of our appreciation. After the event, we’ll also send you 10 high-resolution digital downloads of moments captured from our evening together. Join us for this very special night and be a part of our story!
Project Consultation with the Woven Team
The most exclusive reward is three dedicated hours with Woven’s Lead Designer and Editor. We’ll discuss direction and branding through writing and photography, as well as provide feedback for your business, project, or portfolio. For makers just setting out, we’ll get you started with loads of helpful discussion and advice tailored to you!
Many thanks to the designers and videographers who helped us prepare this campaign!
Risks and challenges
In any endeavor, there is a risk you won’t hit your target. But the better the plan, the lesser the risk. We already have all of the content for Issue One designed and in process, a printer selected, and stories written. The challenge is getting it all paid for and shipped on time. We’re on schedule to launch this first issue as planned in Winter 2016, and are already working hard at Issue Two due out in Spring 2016.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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