We’re turning a 1989 Winnebago Itasca into a mobile art studio that will accommodate all of our many art-making needs. The art we make requires a multitude of media-- we work mostly with cloth, clay, wood, paper, and paint. There are two of us, so there will need to be two fully-functional studio spaces. We'll have places for sewing, painting, sculpting, music and video stuff, and even woodworking. It will also be capable of keeping us connected to our wonderful collectors via the magic of wireless internet. We'll be documenting the whole process with photos, videos, and blogging. For the past 10 years we've been making our living creating art that we show and sell via the internet. This has given us the freedom to live wherever we want. However, up until this point we've been limited by wanting to live in kid-friendly places with good schools. Now our youngest is about to graduate, and we want to wander around a bit, seeking inspiration wherever we roam. We’re excited by the innovation that working and living in a small space insists upon, and are looking forward to sharing our solutions as well as our creations.
After years of dreaming and searching for just the right match, we bought the RV. We cleaned and scrubbed and cleaned some more. We patched holes. A lot of holes. We removed all sorts of stuff: the shower, closets, bed, toilet, bathroom sink, built-in propane tank, lots of cupboards and cabinets, the refrigerator, a TV and VCR combo (hello 1989), and the old flooring. We re-routed electrical and plumbing stuff, patched more holes, and have started painting the interior. We had it checked out by a mechanic, and had the roof professionally sealed. We've brainstormed, sketched, and measured. We've come up with lots of ideas about how to utilize space for multiple artistic purposes (like a bed that turns into an art table). We've manged to create a blank canvas, ready to be filled with all our ideas. You can see some of our "before" pics here.
The to-do list is long. The big stuff includes making walls, doors, shelving, and building specialized furniture with built-in storage for all our art supplies. We're using salvaged materials and making our own stuff as much as possible. We need to finish painting, make hot water possible, and install flooring. We need to get power set up at the different workstations for the tools we need, and we'll need the tech stuff that will enable us to stay wirelessly connected. We'll continue to share all of our art and adventures with you wherever we may be.
The rewards we're offing are all examples of the kind of art we like to make. They're all our own original designs, stitched, stuffed, painted, and sculpted with our own hands. Every backer gets a big cyber-hug from Dylan and Jo, our sincere gratitude, good karma points, and a shout out on Jo's blog.
Risks and challenges
We're making every effort to have all the rewards fulfilled and shipped out to you in plenty of time for Christmas. If this project is so ridiculously popular that we have a gazillion orders to fill, we'll hire elves. We'd be happy to have such a problem.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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