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I build human sized nests as an expression of healing and a symbol of returning to Home and Love.
118 backers pledged $15,005 to help bring this project to life.

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This Kickstarter campaign is to raise funding for The Nest Project Tour.  Funding will support travel fees, lodging, equipment, assistants, food, and other various details.

The Nest Project is my response as a mother and as an artist to the ever-growing pain, injustice, devastation, and wounding of our culture. It is an expression of returning to home, to safety, to our innocence, and to Love. It provides a transformational experience for 'Nesters' by allowing them to strip it all down, hop into The Nest, and be witnessed and photographed.

It was originally inspired as a way for me to hold my own pain and wounding from a challenging childhood, a sick mother, and the death of my mother. From there...I knew that other people could benefit from this stripping down, finding HOME, and feeling FREE.

The inspiration behind making The Nest as an Art Project stems from the notion that as a human race and American culture we are suffering from extreme amounts of pain, violence, hatred, trauma, devastation, and wounding. This project is an opportunity for healing though expression, an opportunity to be vulnerable, and a rebirth into more Love. 

The mission with this project is to get as many people in The Nest as possible to show that when we strip it all down….we are all the same, we all have wounding, and we have all come from the same place no matter where we were born, the color of our skin, whom we choose to love, and to whom we pray.

The intention behind this Kickstarter is to raise money for a tour.  It is to raise money to go to the places in this country that have undergone trauma and to communities that have undergone injustice. It is to raise money to go to places like Flint, Charlottesville, Houston, New Orleans, and many more. It is to raise money to keep this free to the public and anyone that wants to get in The Nest. I will be starting the tour at The National Mall, Washington, D.C. at the Catharsis Event - a Vigil for Healing - November 10-12, and finishing this tour in October, 2018 in NYC.  The end result will be a book and show of the collection of images and stories.  

For this tour to work, I need travel funds, equipment, advertising, and assistants.  With your help, I will be able to keep this project going and spread the Love of The Nest. 

Thank you so much for your donation and continued support of The Nest Project. Check out my website for more information and find me in a city near you.  www.debbiebaxter.com

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge with this project is that life happens. I am the mother of 2 boys and am currently balancing being a working artist and motherhood. The needs of my boys are important and may interfere with some of my travels.

My plan for working through this is good communication with my boys about how their Mom being away will effect them. I will find a good balance with being a good loving parent and a passionate artist. And, I will prepare for the reality of changing and rescheduling due to the needs of my boys.

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    Set of 5 blank postcards

    Five different blank postcards from The Nest Project. The front of the cards will have photos from The Nest. The back will have a small story from each participant along with a blank section for you to write and send to friends.

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    Postcard from the road

    Receive a Nest Project Postcard with a hand written note and signature from the artist. These will be sent out to donors while Debbie is traveling with The Nest Project this spring.

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    3 Postcards from the road

    Receive 3 Nest Project Postcards with a hand written note and signature from the artist. These will be sent out to donors while Debbie is traveling with The Nest Project this spring.

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    One on One with the Artist

    This is chance to have a skype or facetime chat with Debbie. It can be used as a creative mentorship/healing session Or a chance to pick the artist's brain about her work and project.

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    Nest Party

    Host a Nest Party and have Debbie build you and your friends a giant nest that you will keep as an art piece. Does not include photography by Debbie, but does include tips on how to photograph each other in it. Travel not included. Can be redeemed Feb-Aug 2018

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    Nest Workshop

    Nest workshops are designed to lead people through a transformation using art, expression, and community. We come together to write, build a nest, and take turns getting photographed in The Nest. Participants will receive a matted Nest Portrait from their session. This workshop is for up to 8 people. Regular Price for this workshop is $1800/$225 per person. These can be redeemed throughout 2018. Travel fees not included.

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    Private Nest

    Work with Debbie one on one and have her create you your very own Nest. This will include healing/process time, nest building with Debbie, Nest Portrait, and a poem written by Debbie from your words. Travel not included. May be redeemed in 2018.

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Funding period

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