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Help create two large sculptures "Flos Agri" and Volantem Colorum"
Help create two large sculptures "Flos Agri" and Volantem Colorum"
25 backers pledged $4,113 to help bring this project to life.

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Working in my studio
Working in my studio

   Me:  I am a visual artist who has worked with bamboo and glass for almost twenty years. I gather my own bamboo and use techniques I have developed over time along with a few I have learned from Japanese bamboo friends. I am passionate about bamboo, it is the material of the future.

A few of the bamboo and glass sculptures I have created.
A few of the bamboo and glass sculptures I have created.

 I am also passionate about creating beautiful objects which tell a story. You can see more about my work at www.charissabrock.com   

"Flos Agri" digital sketch. Finished work will be 8 feet by 10 feet
"Flos Agri" digital sketch. Finished work will be 8 feet by 10 feet


        The project:   I have two shows coming up in July and would love to be able to expand my color pallet and scale. I will be working on two installation based pieces; In Anacortes, WA I will be building a wall sculpture called “Flos Agri” (Latin for color field).  This wall piece will be made from 20 bamboo and glass flowers flowing across the wall. I will also be building a piece called “Volantem Colorum” (Latin for Color Fields) for Riversea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. This piece will be made from 15 winged flowing colorful forms suspended in the middle of the gallery space.

The exhibition space in Anacortes, a big, beautiful warehouse, to be shared with other artists. The water from the river flows right under this building. It can be seen through the floor boards, so cool!
The exhibition space in Anacortes, a big, beautiful warehouse, to be shared with other artists. The water from the river flows right under this building. It can be seen through the floor boards, so cool!

The background:  Over the past twenty years my sculpture has developed from small and simple table top and wall pieces to larger forms which fill more space. This project is born out of a desire to expand my color pallet from a few to many colors. I also yearn to build bigger, and the opportunity of the exhibition spaces make it possible.   



Some of the sweet rewards you can receive
Some of the sweet rewards you can receive
Higher tier rewards are wall  flower sculptures made from bamboo and glass in three different sizes. Small is approximately 1.5' x 1.5' x 2" deep. Medium is approximately 2' x 2' x 2" deep. Large is approximately 2.5' x 2.5' x 2" deep. Those who choose these rewards will be able to choose the glass colors from what I have in stock!
Higher tier rewards are wall flower sculptures made from bamboo and glass in three different sizes. Small is approximately 1.5' x 1.5' x 2" deep. Medium is approximately 2' x 2' x 2" deep. Large is approximately 2.5' x 2.5' x 2" deep. Those who choose these rewards will be able to choose the glass colors from what I have in stock!

The work is already in process right now. You can visit my facebook and instagram pages to see the step by step process I have been working through. I went from locally gathered whole bamboo canes and sheets of glass to 1200 bamboo strips, 25 heat bend bamboo s curves, and 2500 small glass beads over the past 3 months. 

Yellow glass beads, one of the five colors I am producing.
Yellow glass beads, one of the five colors I am producing.
Some of the 1000 plus bamboo strips I have prepared using a six step process to create consistent working material
Some of the 1000 plus bamboo strips I have prepared using a six step process to create consistent working material

Now I am on to phase two, assembly. Shortly after photography all your lovely rewards will be sent out. I plan on having everything in the mail by August 15th. Weekly updates will be posted on  facebook, instagram, and here. Sometimes, however, the process can be like watching a snail crawl. I sew and tie everything together!   

A special thank you to the American Bamboo Society, Nancy Moore Bess, Ned Jaquith, Jiro Yonezawa, RACC, and Bamboo Garden Nursery. Nothing would be possible without you! What a great journey it has been!

Risks and challenges

Over the past 20 plus years I have created artworks for exhibitions and installed the work on time 100% of the time. That is a great track record! Fulfilling this kickstarter would give me the time needed to create these works. Beyond the expense of producing the rewards, all earnings would go towards producing the work for the show. This includes materials, photography, shipping, and assistants pay as well as covering the much needed time in my studio.

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    Two Commemorative Postcards

    You will receive a postcard for each of the two shows with an image of the work you personally helped make happen. These will arrive around the time of the shows openings. In addition, if you happen to live near the shows, please come to the openings!

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    Coffee mug with "Flos Agri" image

    Drink your morning tea or coffee while looking at the "Flos Agri" image from the show in Astoria. Filled with colorful dots and patterned lines the flowing image will brighten your cuppa.

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    Handmade bamboo and glass pin

    Using bamboo and glass I will create a limited edition brooch you can wear to commemorate your support of this project. Using the same glass and bamboo as the large scale projects, your brooch will be lovingly constructed in my studio.

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    Blank card set with artwork

    This reward comes packed with goodies for the eye. Ten cards, each with a different image of a work I have created, will arrive on your doorstep. The inside of each card can be filled with your lovely writing, and sent to a friend for any occasion.

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    Phone Case with Project Image

    Wrap your phone in the "Flos Agri" image (latin for Flower Field). When July rolls around I will be contacting you to find out which phone you have, so its sure to fit. Iphone or Galaxy available.

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    Modal Scarf with Flower Field image

    The Flower Field image, with colored dots and patterned lines, will flow across the surface of this lovely scarf.

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    Handmade Bamboo and Glass Earrings

    Using bamboo and glass from the project supplies, I will be constructing limited edition pendant earrings, for your wearing pleasure.

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    Small Flower sculpture

    A small flower sculpture created out of bamboo and glass destined for your wall! The last image in the video shows a digital sketch of what you can expect to see when you unpack your much awaited box. These are the same flowers I will be using in my piece for the Astoria show. Measuring approximately 1.5 feet x 1.5 feet x 2" deep. A variety of colors you will be able to choose from.

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    Medium Flower Sculpture

    A medium flower sculpture created out of bamboo and glass destined for your wall! The last image in the video shows a digital sketch of what you can expect to see when you unpack your much awaited box. These are the same flowers I will be using in my piece for the Astoria show. Measuring approximately 2 feet x 2 feet x 2" deep. A variety of colors you will be able to choose from.

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    Large Flower Sculpture

    A large flower sculpture created out of bamboo and glass destined for your wall! The last image in the video shows a digital sketch of what you can expect to see when you unpack your much awaited box. These are the same flowers I will be using in my piece for the Astoria show. Measuring approximately 2.5 feet x 2.5 feet x 2". A variety of colors you will be able to choose from.

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