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I'm happy to announce WE WILL BE RELAUNCHING THIS PROJECT. I am prepared to make it even better for all of you. I can't wait to show you what we have in store.

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I love the challenge of creating art pieces that are unique. Scarves are timeless accessories that date back to ancient history for both men and women. Fine scarves are even considered to be heirlooms. What better medium to create a one-of-a-kind wearable piece of art that you can enjoy all day, and even in the future. Even your children's future. What's more, these have a remarkable mystery behind them. In fact it will be embedded in the design in which I'll be personally painting on. This way you will be able to have your own unique hand painted design.

My primary goal with creating the Wearable Art for this Kickstarter is to produce an affordable product that can not only be hung or framed on a wall but also can be worn around your body and passed down as heirlooms to your family. Through your support by sharing and pledging you allow me to continue creating more wearable artwork. The donations will also support future art shows held throughout the country and abroad.

Here are some of the designs. Remember, I'll be hand painting each one, so the one you will receive will be a little different – unique to you.

The Uninvited
The Uninvited
The Euphonic
The Euphonic
The Story Embedded In the Design
The Story Embedded In the Design
One of the 18" x 18" Scarves
One of the 18" x 18" Scarves
18" x 18" Worn Around The Neck and In Pocket
18" x 18" Worn Around The Neck and In Pocket
Hand-Painted Abstract Design on Silk
Hand-Painted Abstract Design on Silk

The Story

A mysterious occurrence, has caused mankind's memory to be wiped clean of a group of intelligent beings that are similar to us but whose extremities are like the branches of a tree. After Blogging everyday for a year chronicling their story and ours through daily paintings and narrative, I'm recreating a series of Relics based off of my anthropological study of their culture and life experiences. This will be the first. It is based on the Relic that restores mankind's memory and free will. To show my thanks for your support, I wanted to give you something one of a kind. So for this Kickstarter, each scarf will be hand painted by me. They will even contain a story embedded in the design. Resist + Remember and become a part of this movement by getting this wearable piece of art created on 100% silk or cotton.

We also have other goodies for other donation levels. (Also, for everyone who contributes to this project, I plan on creating a life size sculpture depicting an Ishan which will have every contributors name embellished on it

**At the end of this campaign I will be sending out surveys so everyone can specify which scarves or prints they would like to receive**

http://www.leahsmithson.com/ishan-project.html

CBS KOVR interview with Amy Carabba
CBS KOVR interview with Amy Carabba
The Silk Scarf
The Silk Scarf
Cotton Relic
Cotton Relic
When the Scarf is charged by the Sun it Illuminates in the Night
When the Scarf is charged by the Sun it Illuminates in the Night

Poster Design

Relics Launch Party Poster
Relics Launch Party Poster

Archivable Prints

A Calm
A Calm
Netra Upon Rïden's Arrival
Netra Upon Rïden's Arrival
Wisdom's Crown
Wisdom's Crown

The Sticker That Helps You Resist + Remember

Relics Sticker
Relics Sticker

What is the Ishan Project?

For 365 days since March 2, 2013, I've documented my investigation of what this mysterious occurrence actually was on my blog by painting, sketching and sculpting in addition to posting the stories everyday based on interviews of the Ishan. You can find out more about it by clicking some of the links to my website or some of the links of interviews about the project.

To give you a bit of background, In this Tale of Two Species we've identified a threat of a chemical weapon that has a slow dulling effect on the mind called Sufna. This deadly vapor poses a threat to mankind's free will & with it, creativity. To protect ourselves from this threat, a group of Ishan and humans have been working together to figure out how to resist This Vapor. They call themselves The 4Bearence or 4BEAR for short. Gas masks would only be a short term option, and we need to help as many as we can if we want to be successful in stopping this. So scarves interlaced with dye from a unique flower made for filtering Sufna, has become an important part of The Resistance.

Many have been able to follow this compelling story through pictures and interviews of the Ishan via electric waves on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Wordpress and now we want to share something more tangible. We want to have a series of Art Shows which will start in San Francisco July 24, 2014 to tell their story & display the work created for the Ishan project and also new works. Being an independent artist means that I'll have the freedom of making these shows really special for all the wonderful people that have been following the project and also those that are just finding out. 

So thank you ahead for your time and watching this video and if you know of anyone unfamiliar with this species, please tell them about this project. Thanks so much and click on the links, like this project, or sign up on my website's home page enlist form to find out more about the art, the projects, and all of the other goodies for the upcoming art show.

Social Media

Facebook page
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leahsmithsonarts@gmail.com
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Twitter
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Wordpress
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Pinterest
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Interviews

Gifted Artist Leah Smithson on Insight Radio: See the works discussed on insighttalkradio.com : Insight Communications Inc. : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

http://artbookguy.com/leah-smithson-unraveling-mysteries_625.html

http://www.lacasadeviena.com/artes-visuales/leah-smithson-siempre-me-ha-gustado-coquetear-con-lo-inesperado/

http://artexposure.net/my-interview-with-artist-leah-smithson/

Risks and challenges

I've worked with printers and manufacturers before so this isn't my first endeavor. I am confident I can use my previous experience and use it to ensure this project is a success. I promise I will keep everyone that is supporting this project up-to-date on the progress.

I've already been working directly with the printer to ensure the fabrics are secured and the designs are ready to go. I also have organized my materials and workspace to ensure that I will be able to complete all the painting on the scarves so that it will be done in a timely fashion without sacrificing quality. I also have a team of friends (some included in the video) ready to help me fulfill all of your orders. Of course, unexpected circumstances can happen, so I have allotted an extra three weeks of cushion time to account for such.

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    Thanks for supporting! Welcome to the 4bearance! You'll get behind-the-scenes updates, stories and videos. Every dollar counts and I know how it is. I'm an indie artist, so we're thrilled whether you give a little or a lot.Your name will be featured on my blog and social media and added onto a life-size sculpture which will be first shown at the opening Art Show for this Kickstarter starting July 24-27 in San Francisco's Mission District.

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    One Awesomely Designed Sticker to help you Resist + Remember in addition to Reward #1!

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    SIGNED ARCHIVABLE PRINT – one of five 8.5" x 11" (Retail $60) prints made for the Ishan Project. As a Thank You, I wanted to give you these at half of what they usually sell for. Please select which painting to the left you wish to have. You will also receive Rewards 1 and 2. Resist and Remember. Thank you so much!

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    SIGNED ARCHIVABLE PRINT – one of five 11" x 17" (Retail $90) prints made for the Ishan Project. As a Thank You, I wanted to give you these at half of what they usually sell for. Please select which painting to the left you wish to have. You will also receive Rewards 1 and 2. Resist and Remember. Thank you so much!

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    REWARD #5 The versatile oversized 18" x 18" SCARF/POCKET SQUARE, eBook, a stunningly designed poster. Thank you! You will also receive Rewards 1 and 2. Resist and Remember. Thank you so much!

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    A COLLECTABLE ART BOOK (Retail $90) beautifully designed, chronicling the Ishan's Species gripping tale. In addition to Rewards' 1 and 2 you will receive this Art Book personally signed by Leah Smithson.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL- In the first 7 days of this Kickstarter project the Relic that saved the World will be available for only $99 (Retail $250)! This is an oversized hand painted scarf created by Leah Smithson. You will also receive Rewards 1, 2 and 3. Resist + Remember. Thank you so much!

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    One of any of the PETITE (about 5" x 4" Retail $450) ORIGINAL FRAMED PAINTINGS created during this yearlong project. You'll love the way Leah crafts each frame according to the painting, combining the two until they become both a sculpture and painting in one art piece. These also usually sell for much more but they are offered at this price to Thank You for your support. You will also receive Rewards 1,2, and 3. Resist + Remember. Again, thank you so much for your support!

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    ORIGINAL FRAMED PAINTINGS + SCARF COMBO. (Retail $700) One of any of the PETITE (about 5" x 4") original paintings created during this yearlong project along with the Scarf based on the Relic that saved the world in the Ishan Project. You'll love the way Leah crafts each frame according to the painting, combining the two until they become both a sculpture and painting in one art piece. Again, these usually sell for much more, but they are offered at this price to Thank You for your support. You will also receive Rewards 1, 2, and 3. Resist + Remember. Thank you so much!

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    You'll enjoy one of any of the MIDSIZE (about 9" x 12" Retail $950) ORIGINAL FRAMED PAINTINGS created during this yearlong project. These frames will also be crafted according to the painting, combining the two until they become both a sculpture and painting in one art piece. Again, these usually sell for much more, but they are offered at this price to Thank You for your support. You will also receive Rewards 1, 2, and 3. Resist + Remember. Thank you so much!

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    SCARF and TWO ORIGINAL FRAMED PAINTINGS (Retail $1600) – One of any of the MIDSIZE ( about 9" x 12"), and PETITE (about 5" x 4") original paintings created during this yearlong project. These frames will also be crafted according to the painting, combining the two until they become both a sculpture and painting in one art piece. Again, these usually sell for much more, but they are offered at this price to Thank You for your support. You will also receive Rewards 1, 2, and 3. Resist + Remember. Thank you so much!

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    All 3 SCARVES and MIDSIZE ORIGINAL PAINTING COMBO (Retail $1750) – One of any of the MIDSIZE (about 9" x 12"), and PETITE (about 5" x 4") original paintings created during this yearlong project. These frames will also be crafted according to the painting, combining the two until they become both a sculpture and painting in one art piece. Again, these usually sell for much more, but they are offered at this price to Thank You for your support. You will also receive Rewards 1, 2, and 3. Resist + Remember. Thank you so much!

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