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Katie and Kaci, better known as AcroEntertainment, have been working together since 2007. The two joined Kickstarter to launch their book: ACRO An Alphabet Art Book. The whimsical cadence of agile A and balanced B presents the contortions of two bodies in alphabetic poise. High quality photos by Christopher Donald reveal a unique font of human proportion. This book can be appreciated and enjoyed by children and adults alike, spotlighting the human body and it's numerous applications. The book launch party is scheduled for December 7th at Cirque de Vol for December's First Friday in downtown Raleigh.
This project was inspired in part by the audience-- always commenting on Katie and Kaci's movement and formations, picking out letters and symbols inherent in the body shape. Katie and Kaci took it as a challenge to create the entire alphabet, using only the numerous configurations of their bodies. Kaci sketched possible arrangements and the two tested out each letter, before setting up a photo shoot with one of Carrboro's finest photographers, Christopher Donald. Perfect for a coffee table, bed time story, or afternoon read, we want our book to inspire others to move, turn, twist, play, and find balance in the chaos.
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Katie and Kaci got their start street performing in downtown Raleigh on the corner of Blount and Martin, entertaining crowds with jaw dropping stunts and acro humor. The dynamic duo have been scheming ever since, co-collaborating on events like Maximus Circus, Revolution Raleigh, and the annual PBaRt Show. Co-visionaries of circusSPARK, part of Raleigh's SPARKcon, Katie and Kaci have dedicated the past four years to uniting and refining the Raleigh circus community.
Katie and Kaci teach Acrobatic Play at Cirque De Vol on Wednesday nights at 7:30pm. The two share a passion for green smoothies, cats, veggie foods, and play. You can find them upside down, performing at various events all over the Triangle.
Check out some "behind the scenes" footage...
...and see the making of ACRO: An Alphabet Art Book...it really was a lot of work!
Risks and challenges
We are eager and motivated to self publish our first book! There are and have been a lot of unique challenges and risks along the way. We have invested hours and hours and hours and hours into our project and we're in the final steps of completion-- but we need YOU to pledge your support! Help us make our dream a reality!
Here are some of the challenges we've encountered already, and ones we see on the horizon:
INITIAL CHALLENGES AND RISKS
Our first challenge in this project was envisioning all the possible poses to create the alphabet. This required creativity and ingenuity! We worked first to sketch each pose on paper and how it might possibly work with our bodies. Many nights of speculation and imagination gave us the courage to bring our ideas to physical practice.
With sketches in hand, we spent a while physically working in these poses and checking to see if they actually made each letter-- sort of equivalent to "product research." We put our own bodies at risk, as we experimentally moved through the alphabet, doing acrobatic configurations we had never done before. Outside of our comfort zone, we pushed ourselves to try new things and attempt new poses.
We found that while some of the configurations were spot on "letters", some were just not working. We went back to the drawing board to figure out which body configuration could make the entire alphabet a reality. We spent lots of time in difficult and awkward poses that just didn't produce the letters we wanted, so we continued to re-work until we felt we had a solid letter base.
With our acro alphabet in tact, we faced another challenge: the photo shoot. Challenges during this session involved capturing the letters at their best angles, while getting the best lighting and staying within the backdrop. With the varying heights of each pose, it meant lots of re-working the lights, maneuvering angles that kept the shot within the white backdrop, and avoiding unwanted shadows because of the combination of two bodies.
On top of the photo challenges, we faced an extreme physical challenge: having to hold each pose for multiple photos in hopes of the perfect "A" or perfect "L." Tweaking after each shot to make an arm a little straighter or lift a leg a little higher. Like we mentioned before, some of these poses we had never done before and therefore tapped into new muscles, places of held tension and un-refined balance. After a long day of re-working backdrops and lights, we went home tired and sore, but excited about the photos captured.
CURRENT CHALLENGES AND RISKS
The next major challenge is deciding format and layout for our book-- something we are still doing NOW! This being the first time we've published a book, we are rookies. We've looked into numerous self publishing companies and the options available. We've learned more about saddle stitch, perfect bound, and case wrapping than we ever thought possible. It has been challenging to adjust our vision to the specifications of self publishing requirements and decide on layout and format of our vision. We are also facing monetary risk, as we need to print some trial books to decide on the final look and feel.
Without your support, we will take a major risk financially to publish this book. Regardless of if we reach our goal, we plan to publish the book, as well as a unique art exhibit of the alphabet. At December's First Friday Art Walk in downtown Raleigh, NC, we've already booked a venue for our exhibit and promised to fill the walls with framed art, based on our book.
In order to reach our Acro Book Launch Party deadline of December 7th,, we will have to order our books BEFORE our Kickstarter is complete. That being said, we won't know if we've reached our goal when we place our book order.
FUTURE CHALLENGES AND RISKS
Looking forward, we have high hopes of seeing our book on library shelves and public venues. We are currently reaching out to local businesses and art galleries to secure venues to sell our books and unique posters and postcards. It has been challenging to convince business owners in the community why they should take a chance on our book and promote our endeavor. Luckily, there are lots of Raleigh business owners that value local art and support local artists, so we hope to see our book in many of the Raleigh shops.
Our future goals involve registering our own Acro font so anyone can "write" in us from their personal computer. This is an ongoing challenge as we research how to become a font. We're entering uncharted areas, as we've never seen other fonts using pictures as the letters, rather than graphic design based images. It's unique in that each letter is an actual picture, rather than a simple image. With no prior knowledge in this area, we are seeking consultation from local computer geniuses and individuals privy to font requirements and specifications.
In conjunction with the book launch, we want to embark on a five city book tour to sign copies, perform, and promote our most recent creative endeavor. We hope you'll support us in our challenges and risks and pledge your support. Thank you so much!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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