What is Marked?
“Marked” is the presentation of work exploring the transformative power of daily mark-making. The culmination of a year-long project begun in mid-2014, the works document my transition from designer to artist, a journey taken one day at a time, unlearning the patterns and conventions of my education. The works are united by process and are a physical expression of the artist learning to be comfortable with “not-knowing”, or engaging in “intuitive cartography”.
Um... "intuitive cartography", seriously?
That's the official line anyway. The truth is, I am a full-time mum with a background in design who always wanted to be an artist but didn't know how. Then about a year ago, after doing A LOT of writing, working through the exercises of 'The Artist's Way' by Julia Cameron, I decided to just...draw. Every day. And post it on Instagram - and see what happened.
I've decided to hold this exhibition for a couple of reasons - firstly to make that jump to "real" artist - legitimise my creative practise in my own eyes by making it public. Secondly - I want to show people who may be in my shoes of a year ago that daily creativity can change your life. I'm so excited to be bringing #makemarksdaily to real, physical life, but I need your help!
Where will the money go?
Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar you give to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar provided I reach my campaign target of $1500.
THAT MEANS YOUR PLEDGE IS EFFECTIVELY DOUBLED - WOO HOO!!
I believe in total transparency in letting you know how your money will be spent - and I also want to let you know that these things are not cheap to put on! Here is an approximate budget of what the exhibition will cost:
- Reward fulfilment $500
- Gallery Rental $750
- Framing Costs $1250
- Art materials $800
- Postcard printing $300
- Laser cutting $300
- Food and Beverage $500
- Total estimate: $4400
What are the awesome rewards?
Check out the list of rewards on the right... there is something for everyone who wants to help - even if you can only afford to pledge a dollar! If you have a few more dollars to spend, here is what is on offer... and don't forget - thanks to dollar-for-dollar funding, your pledge is effectively doubled!!
Pledges of $5, $10 and $20
Choose from two designs as shown below for your iPhone wallpaper, computer wallpaper and hi-res printable A4 file respectively.
Pledges of $40 and $160
$40 pledges get the hi-res file, while $160 pledges get the fancy pants archival-quality giclée print on 300gsm cotton rag. Yum. Choose from the following designs - the Alphabet and Banksia designs are A2 size, all others are 50 x 70cm.
Pledges of $50
An actual, real life, original artwork! Choose from the three sample colourways below - pink/purple, blue/green and red/orange and I will make them to order (A5 size - 210mm x 148mm). Don't forget your pledge of $50 effectively gives me $100 - score!
Pledges of $60
I'll randomly choose two papier mache eggs from my "Hatched" sculpture for you and box them up real pretty - they look lovely used as little vessels for air plants. (Plants not included! But you can get them from Bunnings for about $7 a pop!). Thanks to dollar for dollar funding, I'll receive $120 of cashmoney for your $60 pledge - like magic!!
Pledges of $70 and $100
Original white on black drawing presented in durable matboard mount ready for framing. Choose from "Flourish", "Nightflowers" "Botany" and "Quartet" designs as shown below. $70 will get you A4 size (and get me $140!) and $100 will be rewarded with A3 size (and $200 for me!)
Pledge of $80
Join me and some instafriends for a cuppa, gossip and drawing! I'll share some of my process and inspirations with you, do some warm up exercises, and you WILL leave with an artwork - and hopefully the energy to start making marks daily!
Pledge of $150
Congratulations! You are the proud new owner of an original A2 size drawing (and dollar for dollar matching means that your pledge will be worth $300 to me!). Choose from the designs below - limited edition drawings, only 10 of each will ever be made.
Pledge of $400
Woo hoo! Only ONE available!! Massive and meditative 70x100cm drawing - "Temptation" - so called because I have ALMOST finished it... part of this reward is that it comes with the pen to complete the drawing - can you resist filling in the white space, or will you leave it as a contemplative device, reminding you that nothing is ever complete? I'm leaving this one up to you!!
And thanks to your generosity, your pledge will translate into $800 big ones due to dollar for dollar funding. Double the love!!
Risks and challenges
The gallery space is booked and the deposit is paid! I have 8 plywood panels sitting in my kitchen waiting to be drawn on, the eggshells are made... this show is happening!
Any challenges I might run into would most likely be in the form of delay in fulfilling rewards... because my work is quite labour intensive, I need time. I am also a full-time mum, so if, for example, my kids get sick - no drawing for a week or two! Many of the rewards though, like hi-res printable files and some of the drawings, are already completed and there is really nothing that can go wrong with getting them to you.
Most rewards will be available during the month of June. I will be fulfilling them once the exhibition has closed, allowing me to concentrate on the actual work until then.
The "Hatched" artwork of papier mache eggshells ($60 reward) has been entered into the 2015 Hazelhurst Gallery Art on Paper Award. Should it be chosen as a finalist in the awards, it will be on display at Hazelhurst until the end of July 2015, after which the rewards will be distributed. If the work isn't chosen as a finalist, eggshells will be distributed in June with the other rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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