The Cabbage Art & Scarf Invitational
This collaborative, multimedia project features a number of cabbage photos competing for the right to become works of art. As a participant, you act as the force of natural selection by voting, tournament style, on which of the images I should transform into finished artworks. Then you'll vote again, selecting which of the winners I'll turn into special designs for silk scarves.
Please join me in the creative process!
How, exactly, does this work?
Elimination Rounds: Every four or five days during the first weeks of the tournament, I will present a new set of Cabbage Contenders to choose from. These source images will come from a series of photos I've taken of the amazing colors and patterns in decorative cabbages. You pick the best images through a series of votes and I’ll transform the winners into gallery-quality works of art.
The Cabbage Vote Pages will appear on my website, NancyFreemanStudio.com, with links on the Kickstarter updates and on Facebook. Participants will determine the top winners from each set, which I’ll then develop into archival-quality artworks – either pixel-based or using traditional media such as pastels. Please VOTE HERE
The Finals: Then you'll vote again, choosing which of the finished Finalists (including some of the already finished artworks on this page) I should develop into special designs for silk scarves (both long and square). I’ll be posting short videos showing the steps of creative development for some of the artwork.
Why the Collaboration?
With a background in science, I’ve always been fascinated by how the forces of nature produce random and infinite variations based on an underlying structure. By crowd-sourcing the image choices for this project, I’m asking backers to serve as the mighty force of natural selection. The more who participate, the more clearly the winners will stand out.
Decorative cabbages, with their ruffles, veins and vibrant hues, offer the artist an amazing array of colors and patterns. I also like the contrast between the cabbages’ humble status and the gorgeous compositions they can inspire. Although I take photos of anything around me that’s visually interesting, cabbages have become my largest image category.
Scarves are works of art in their own right, with their own design challenges. There’s also something very satisfying about the fabric aspect – how a pattern changes depending on how it’s draped or folded. Wearing an artist scarf also makes the art more personal. It can still be hung on the wall. And it makes a great gift!
Kickstarter offers the ideal venue for my “survival of the fittest” approach to image creation. It lets me reach a lot of people who not only want to support creative efforts but also like to join in the creative process. The more they get involved in the selecting, the more powerful they become as forces of artistic evolution.
The Kickstarter funding will pay the up-front cost of scarf prototypes from several custom manufacturers, to make sure we achieve best quality, plus production of the other rewards.
How Do I Work?
The starting point for each of the artworks we'll create for this series will be a digital photograph with an interesting composition or color scheme. Most of these source photos need some initial work just to see what possibilities they might hold and to convince me that they have real potential.
From Source Image to Artwork to Scarf - "Purple Lava"
To transform the Elimination Round winners into finished art, I’ll use a variety of methods – digital painting, traditional painting, collaging, iPad apps and so on. They’ll be optimized for on-screen viewing, since that’s the form in which you’ll judge them in the Final Round, but I’ll also adjust them for optimal results as wall art.
Who Am I?
I’m a lifelong artist with a background in physics, and I’ve made my living primarily by painting commissioned portraits. But I was also one of the first people in the U.S. to make fine art with computers – an interest that carries over into this Kickstarter project, where we’re employing a wide range of digital tools in addition to traditional media.
Although most art is created in private, I really enjoy the performance aspect of working in public, probably from my early days doing portraits in shopping malls, and that too is reflected in the collaborative approach we’re taking with the Cabbage Art & Scarf Invitational.
I grew up in California and live now in Washington, DC, and my paintings can be found in public and private collections around the world. Venues where I’ve exhibited include the Smithsonian Institution, the Huntington Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University and George Mason University, along with galleries in Canada, Germany, South Korea and China.
I studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and at the Art Students League in New York. I’ve taught art workshops around the U.S. and at the Kunming Art Institute in China and am a longtime teacher of portraiture, pastels, color theory and other subjects at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA. Recently I’ve been teaching “Painting with Pixels,” “Apps for Artists” and other courses for the digital world. You can find more on my website: NancyFreemanStudio.com.
P.S.: Is it “scarves” or “scarfs”?
My dictionary says “scarfs” is the preferred plural in the U.S., but “scarves” is used consistently by every apparel retailer I’ve looked at. So, call ’em what you want, but I’m going with “scarves.”
THE SIX TOP CABBAGES
for the Note Card Set
I've had a lot of fun coming up with the rewards, and I'm looking forward to developing all the art. There are many additional possible combinations of scarves, note cards, and art print sizes, so if you'd like something other than what's listed, just add on to your pledge or contact me. If you go with multiple items, you'll save on shipping, and there's also a bit of price discount for any add-ons. You can do your add-ons via a survey at the end of the campaign.
Live demonstration for your group
I'm one of those rare artists who likes to work in front of an audience, and I really enjoy teaching. Here are a couple of links to short videos of some of my demos:
This project is all about you, the participants, being forces of nature and influencing the course of artistic creation. If you have ideas for additional rewards, please let me know We may be able to make them part of the project.
For all the artworks available for the prints, go to the Cabbage Artwork Portfolio
NOW PLEASE VOTE AT: NancyFreemanStudio.com
Risks and challenges
As always, the main artistic challenge will be the translation of the art from light (the computer screen) to the pigment-based image that you hang on a wall, which is always somewhat different. Also, going from a paper ground to fabric changes it again. You can never expect the effect to stay exactly the same.
I don't foresee any problems with the artwork production (I've been doing that for years), but there will be some trial and error involved in producing the actual scarves, which requires turning to a custom manufacturer. However, I've allowed adequate time after the campaign closes for fulfillment, and in the meantime will be researching additional companies that can produce high-quality scarves. All scarves will be done in plenty of time for holiday gifting.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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