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Choose which cabbage images I will transform into artworks – then which of those I will turn into limited-edition silk scarves.
Choose which cabbage images I will transform into artworks – then which of those I will turn into limited-edition silk scarves.
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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! 

Detail from "Bubble Blues" long scarf design
Detail from "Bubble Blues" long scarf design
Detail from "Shell Fan" Long Scarf design
Detail from "Shell Fan" Long Scarf design
Image to Art to Scarf
Image to Art to Scarf

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

Cabbage Finalists for Scarf Designs
Cabbage Finalists for Scarf Designs

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.

"Shell Fan"
"Shell Fan"

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.

"Vein Reflections"
"Vein Reflections"

Why Cabbages?

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.

"Sudden Inspiration"
"Sudden Inspiration"

 Why scarves?

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!

"Purple Lava" 36" X 36" Silk Scarf Design
"Purple Lava" 36" X 36" Silk Scarf Design
Scarf Prototype
Scarf Prototype

Why Kickstarter?

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.

"Wicked Cabbage Queen II"
"Wicked Cabbage Queen II"
"Last Flight" 12 X 16 original pastel painting.  The sources for "Last Flight" were three photographs as well as the real dried leaves.
"Last Flight" 12 X 16 original pastel painting. The sources for "Last Flight" were three photographs as well as the real dried leaves.

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.

"Sudden Inspiration"
"Sudden Inspiration"

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.”

REWARDS:

Long Scarf Design Based on "Shell Fan"
Long Scarf Design Based on "Shell Fan"
Cards and Large Print in 18" X 24" Frame
Cards and Large Print in 18" X 24" Frame

THE SIX TOP CABBAGES

for the Note Card Set

These top 6 Finished Cabbage Artworks will be the Set of Note Cards Reward
These top 6 Finished Cabbage Artworks will be the Set of Note Cards Reward
Original Cabbage Pastels
Original Cabbage Pastels

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:

Demo: A Quick Pastel Sketch

Real Speed Painting -- 10 Paintings in 20 Minutes, with Nancy Freeman 

Custom Tiers

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.

WINNERS! 

Round Six Cabbage Elimination Winners
Round Six Cabbage Elimination Winners
Round Five Cabbage Contender Elimination Winners
Round Five Cabbage Contender Elimination Winners
Cabbage Contenders: Elimination Round Four Winners
Cabbage Contenders: Elimination Round Four Winners
Cabbage Contenders: Elimination Round Two Winners
Cabbage Contenders: Elimination Round Two Winners
Cabbage Contenders: Elimination Round One Winners
Cabbage Contenders: Elimination Round One Winners

FINISHED ARTWORK

For all the artworks available for the prints, go to the Cabbage Artwork Portfolio

"Cabbage in the Roll of Volcano"
"Cabbage in the Roll of Volcano"
"Bubble Blues"
"Bubble Blues"
"Splatter Up"
"Splatter Up"
"Light at the End of the Tunnel"
"Light at the End of the Tunnel"
"Blue Seafoam"
"Blue Seafoam"
"The Audience Leaps To Its Feet"
"The Audience Leaps To Its Feet"
"Pastel Ruffles"
"Pastel Ruffles"
Backlighting, Yes!
Backlighting, Yes!
"White Fan"
"White Fan"
"BREAKERS" Finished Artwork
"BREAKERS" Finished Artwork
"UNFOLDING" Finished Artwork
"UNFOLDING" Finished Artwork
"BLUE DIVIDE" finished artwork
"BLUE DIVIDE" finished artwork


NOW PLEASE VOTE AT: NancyFreemanStudio.com

Many Thanks!

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.

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    BE A FORCE OF NATURE: Voting rights! Plus you get access to all the behind-the-scenes project updates, and your name on my website. The more people who join the Forces of Nature, the clearer the choices are. And by backing even at this level, you help others find our project. You can upgrade at any time. Thank you for your support!

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    WALLPAPER: Voting rights, updates, your name on my site, plus desktop wallpaper image files of the top four winners from the project.

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    A POSTCARD: Voting rights, updates, your name on the site, plus the wallpapers and a 4x6 postcard of our Cover Cabbage, “Shell Fan"

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    VERY EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! NOTE CARDS! First week only. A set of FOUR 5x7 note cards, one each of the top four winners. Plus voting rights, updates, your name on the site, the wallpapers, and the postcard. (Will go to $23 after the first week.) Includes Shipping

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    THANK YOU SET OF 6 NOTECARDS. The six winners from the Pre-competition & two Finals. For the early bird backers and the at $23 set of 4 cards, I'll just add the extra two cards when I send them. xPlus voting rights, updates, your name on the site, the wallpapers, the postcard, and of course matching envelopes. Many thanks!

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    A SMALL ARCHIVAL HAND-SIGNED PRINT:
    Voting rights, updates, your name on the site, the wallpapers, the postcard, PLUS a 5 X 7 archival print, hand signed, of your favorite of the finished art winners. It will be printed on high-quality acid-free paper and will have a border for signature and framing purposes. (Matting and/or framing available for an additional fee, plus shipping.)

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    A MEDIUM ARCHIVAL HAND-SIGNED PRINT:
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    A MEDIUM-LARGE ARCHIVAL, LIMITED EDITION HAND-SIGNED PRINT: Voting rights, updates, your name on the project page, the wallpapers, the postcard, PLUS a medium-large sized archival, hand signed print of your favorite finished winner (could be 12x12, 11x14, 10x15 - that general size, depending on the aspect ratio of the image you choose). It will be printed on substantial acid free paper and will have a border for signature and framing purposes. (Matting and/or framing available for an additional fee, plus shipping.)
    This size is limited to an edition of only 25 of each winner, fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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    EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION LONG SILK SCARF: One long rectangle silk scarf, at least 10”x60” (or up to 15”x72”, depending on the design), of your choice from the final designs. These scarves are exclusive to this Kickstarter project, and only the number of scarves chosen as rewards will be produced. You will also get a small signed print of the finished art that inspired it. Plus of course you get voting rights, updates, your name on the project page, the wallpapers, and the postcard.
    These should arrive in plenty of time for holiday gifting.

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    EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION 36" SQUARE SILK SCARF: One 36" X 36" silk scarf of your choice from the final designs. These scarves are exclusive to this Kickstarter project, and only the number of scarves chosen as rewards will be produced. You will also get a small signed print of the finished art that inspired it. Plus of course you get voting rights, updates, your name on the project page, the wallpapers, and the postcard. These should arrive in plenty of time for holiday gifting.
    Estimated delivery: Nov 2014

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    LARGE ARCHIVAL, LIMITED EDITION HAND-SIGNED PRINT: Voting rights, updates, your name on the project page, the wallpapers, the postcard, PLUS a large sized archival, hand signed print of your favorite finished winner (could be 12x16, 12x18 - that general size, depending on the aspect ratio of the image you choose). It will be printed on substantial acid free paper and will have a border for signature and framing purposes. (Matting and/or framing available for an additional fee, plus shipping.)
    This size is limited to an edition of only 15 of each winner, fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. These large prints should be shipped flat, so add $15 for special shipping.

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    LONG SCARF PLUS MEDIUM PRINT. One limited edition long silk scarf, of your choice from the final designs. These scarves are *exclusive* to this Kickstarter project, and only the number of scarves chosen as rewards will be produced. PLUS you also get a medium archival print of the cabbage art that inspired the scarf. And of course you get voting rights, updates, your name on the project page, the wallpapers, and the postcard.

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    SQUARE SCARF PLUS MEDIUM PRINT: One limited edition 36" square silk scarf, of your choice from the final designs. These scarves are *exclusive* to this Kickstarter project, and only the number of scarves chosen as rewards will be produced. PLUS you also get a medium archival print of the cabbage art that inspired the scarf. And of course you get voting rights, updates, your name on the project page, the wallpapers, and the postcard.

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    THE MATCHED "EVERYTHING SET" WITH LONG SCARF: One long scarf, one large limited edition print of the art that inspired it, and one set of 10 matching note cards. Since the large prints are limited editions of 15 each, these will also be limited to 15 or fewer of each finished cabbage art image, on a first-come first-served basis. The print requires special flat shipping, so add $15 for that.
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    THE MATCHED "EVERYTHING SET" WITH SQUARE SCARF: One sqiare scarf, one large limited edition print of the art that inspired it, and one set of 10 matching note cards. Since the large prints are limited editions of 15 each, these will also be limited to 15 or fewer of each finished cabbage art image, on a first-come first-served basis. The print requires special flat shipping, so add $15 for that. (Matting and/or framing available for an additional fee, plus shipping.)

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    ORIGINAL PASTEL: One of the three existing original 12"x16" or 12" X 18" pastel paintings of cabbages, viewable on my website at NancyFreemanStudio.com. First come, first served. These pieces must be framed under glass for display. Matting and/or framing available for an additional fee.

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