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Using paper, ink, and the USPS, I hope to fund my journey to the Paper & Book Intensive at Ox-bow, Michigan.
Using paper, ink, and the USPS, I hope to fund my journey to the Paper & Book Intensive at Ox-bow, Michigan.
29 backers pledged $745 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello!

I've been awarded a scholarship to attend the Paper & Book Intensive at the Ox-bow School of Art in Michigan. For two weeks in May, I'll be taking workshops in subjects which I have no prior experience, while meeting many people in the book-arts community. This scholarship has made it possible for me to attend this event, but the expense of getting there and back will be significant. I have put together this Kickstarter project in hopes of offsetting the costs of travel and the portion of tuition not covered by my scholarship. I hope you will consider helping me in this adventure!

TO SAY THANK YOU...

To show my appreciation of your support, I've put together a few rewards you will see at the right of your screen. These are all focused on the joy of receiving (and sending!) real mail, with a little hand-made artwork inside.

HEAPS of mail!
HEAPS of mail!
Actual stamps and envelopes to be used in mailing rewards!
Actual stamps and envelopes to be used in mailing rewards!
UPDATE! I'm adding some small hand-made blank books as rewards. They'll look something like this.
UPDATE! I'm adding some small hand-made blank books as rewards. They'll look something like this.

ABOUT THE PAPER & BOOK INTENSIVE

In the first week I'll be participating in a workshop led by Ann Marie Kennedy called "Paper and Place" in which we will learn about sheet formation using a variety of fibers from Ox-Bow's surroundings. Also in the first week, I will explore possibilities of circular book structures in Ken Leslie's class on Toroidal Books. In the second week I will be taking Kerri Cush­man's "From Pulp to Pages: Inno­v­a­tive Pos­si­bil­i­ties." Over the years I have had experiences in all manner of printmaking and bookbinding, but I've never had the opportunity to make paper! Paper is such an important element of my art work, and I am excited to see what will come of this experience.

Panorama Paper Trail.
Panorama Paper Trail.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT MY WORK

My intention is that my works on paper, installations, and objects will cause the viewer to have an experience beyond simply looking, and rather one of exploration, wondering and remembering. The book format lends itself well to this idea. It takes time to look through a book, and there is an inherent sense of intimacy created by handling and examining a book. Having a book in hand creates a smaller place, or experience within a larger one. 

My working methods are closely entwined with the content of my art. My approach to art making is more cyclical than linear, so the lines that separate “old,” “recent,” or “finished” work are often blurred or overlapping. In this regard, I see much of my work as an ever-evolving archive that can be presented in numerous manifestations.

Through my work I hope to reflect how the mind functions, or what "thinking" looks like. Our minds contain traceable, specific connections to objects and experiences, as well as a degree of invention according to personal idiosyncrasies.

Complicated little paper things.
Complicated little paper things.

If you’d like to learn more about me, please take a look at my bio and visit my blog, Millions of People Happy. Thank you for reading, and I hope you will consider supporting my project.

Risks and challenges

In the winter of 2013 I spent a month in residence at the Jentel Foundation, funded in part by my Kickstarter project, "Books & Postcards from Wyoming." I learned a lot in the process of fulfilling my backers' rewards....the unexpected, yet enjoyable amount of time spent addressing rewards, and the unexpected surprise of having mail returned to me, as a one-cent postage increase had slipped past my attention!

In planning for this project, I have intentionally simplified the rewards I am offering, and all of the etchings are already printed. Although hand-addressing all of the rewards is labor intensive, it is also something that I enjoy! I love sending mail, and I plan to start mailing out rewards as soon as this project is successfully funded!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A hand-made, hand-written, hand-addressed note to say THANK YOU sent through the historic Penland Post Office to your own dear little mailbox. These will be one-of-a-kind, and will include some printed and drawn elements.

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    After I return from PBI, you'll receive a hand-written letter about my trip, complete with drawings in the margins and an expertly decorated envelope. I can't make any promises, but I hope to include a sample of some of the paper I will make at PBI.

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    Five little hand-cut, hand-printed poppy-shaped etchings, (seen to the left at the top) AND a hand-made, hand-written, hand-addressed note to say THANK YOU sent through the historic Penland Post Office to your own dear little mailbox.

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    A small handmade blank book, measuring 5" x 3 ½” x ¾” AND a hand-made, hand-written, hand-addressed note to say THANK YOU sent through the historic Penland Post Office to your own dear little mailbox.

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