I’ve devoted much of the last eight years to creating ink drawings based on found vintage photographs. I’ve catalogued most of these drawings on my blog, and the number stands at somewhere around 1,230. In 2008 I started making small collages using ephemera I’d saved for over a decade, and layering these collages with my ink drawings using a xerox transfer process. There ended up being 61 of these first collages, which became a 2009 show at A.I.R. Gallery titled Excavations & Adaptations. Last spring I began a new series of collaged figures where the bodies were all cut and glued paper, and the heads drawn directly into the collages. The reference for these new portraits is a single group photograph of pageant contestants from the 1940s.
Of the 12 collages picked for these iPhone cases, 2 are from these new portraits, 6 are from Excavations & Adaptations, and the latest 4 to be added are from a series of author portraits.
When I got a custom hardcase for myself I was not thinking about it as a prototype for future merchandise, but that is what it has become. The case was produced by a Canadian company called GelaSkins, and I will be using them to make the cases for this project. The goal amount will fund the minimum bulk order I can have made, as well as the packaging and shipping of the rewards, but if there’s a wildly positive response to the project, I can have as many cases made as you guys want.
Thanks for your support,
p.s. To see more of my work, visit my website.
Risks and challenges
I'm doing all the work for this myself, except for the actual case production. As I will be making a sizable order of cases from a Canadian company, I will have to deal with customs/import fees, which I've never dealt with before, but I'm ready and willing to figure it out.
I could have decided to have these cases made by setting up pre-ordering on my etsy shop, but I know with that model I would have stopped at the minimum number of orders needed to get the cases made in bulk. With Kickstarter there is potential for a much larger group getting access to the first batch of these cases.
The only reason I can foresee not being able to fulfill rewards in a timely manner is if I end up getting tremendously sick or injured. Cross your fingers that that doesn't happen.
- (30 days)