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I'm Shamona. I make dream-like ceramic sculptures of imaginary friends that are inspired by meditation & imagination. I'm entering the third year of my art practice and my long-time goal has been to create an installation that inspires creativity. You can learn more about my work on shamonastokes.com or on instagram: @shamstoked

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Why am I here?

I've been given the opportunity to create this installation at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (fwcac.com) in Texas in September 2019. The one-month-long show kicks off during their Fall Gallery Night, which sees about 3000 visitors. 

My goal is to transform my small ceramic unicorn sculpture entitled “antennae” into a large-scale fiberglass statue and to make it the centerpiece in a meditative shrine dedicated to imagination, peace, and positivity.

Rough mockup of scaled up sculpture
Rough mockup of scaled up sculpture

If the big unicorn sells, I will donate 50% of the final profit* after gallery commissions to an arts charity. The one that I'm considering is RxArt (rxart.net), a nonprofit that helps sick children heal by transforming sterile hospital spaces into inspiring & comforting environments. 

If the piece doesn't sell at the Texas show, I will re-purpose it for exhibition at two more installations at other locations within the US.** Again, if it sells I'll donate 50% of the final profit to charity. If it doesn't sell on the third try, I will donate the unicorn to a children's hospital or to an outdoor space that needs a little love. 

It's big, how will I build this? 

I found a fiberglass fabricator in my area and will commission him to begin the work on April 1st should my project get fully backed. The small prototype will be 3d-scanned & upscaled, then the fiberglass & paint will be applied; the whole process will take about 4 months. He will build it and ship it to Dallas. A bulk of the funds generated will go to the fabricator for production costs and the remainder will help me to fulfill my rewards to backers. 

 It's a tight timeline but I believe it can be done! 

The fabricator must begin work on April 1st in order to make our delivery timeframe. That only gives me 3 weeks on Kickstarter to generate 14k... but I know it's possible! 

Rewards

I plan on offering a wide range of rewards to backers including digital zines, postcards, and hand-painted watercolors of my creatures. I'm also offering a very limited quantity of mystery boxes, original sculptures and commissions. 

Sample rewards: unique watercolor paintings, fertility statues, custom sculptures
Sample rewards: unique watercolor paintings, fertility statues, custom sculptures

Since I will have my hands full preparing for the installation in September, I'll begin mailing out the smaller rewards like postcards & flat works between Oct-Nov 2019, and will fulfill the ceramic orders between Dec 2019-April 2020. These may be finished earlier than the dates listed but I want to give myself enough time to send everything out on schedule.

Why do I care about this project? 

I had a creative block for 15 years. It was nearly impossible for me to create anything solely from my imagination; I would rip pages out of my sketchbook because nothing was "good enough". It took a lot of digging for me to unbury the playful and child-like part of my mind, so I'm creating this sculpture as a beacon. My hope is that it might inspire others to make and to dream.

You can learn more about my work on my website: shamonastokes.com or on instagram: @shamstoked

Thank you so much!

*PLEASE NOTE:  Contingent upon sale, 50% of the profit (after gallery commissions) from the large unicorn sculpture will be donated to a charitable cause. If the unicorn does not sell after 3 different site-specific installations, then it will be donated. All smaller pieces in the installation are also for sale, but these works will be conceived separately and are not part of the charitable donation. 

**Locations for the other installation locations are TBD.

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Risks and challenges

This will be my largest sculpture to date and it's my first time hiring a fabricator.
This is also my first Kickstarter campaign.
Ceramics are finicky and sometimes require multiple attempts.
Ceramics are also fragile, but I've never had anything break in transit.

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    A cyber thank you!

    Donate any amount and your name will appear on my website, in deep appreciation of your support.
    (Find “Many Thanks” on my website: shamonastokes.com)

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    A digital zine (PDF format)

    An emailed digital zine (PDF format) including exercises on unblocking imagination & notes about my creative process. PDF will be illustrated with sketches & photos.

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    Mini original pen & ink doodle.

    A post-it-sized original pen & ink doodle of a creature. Each doodle will be signed & dated.

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    • Mini pen & ink doodle
    • Digital pdf with notes & sketches about my creative process
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    5x7” Imaginary friend postcard

    Snail-mailed 5x7” Postcard From Me
    Postcard will have a printed line drawing of one of my creatures.
    B&W Printing, Hand-addressed, Signed & Dated *Postcard will be mailed without an envelope.

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    • Snail-mailed postcard of imaginary friend
    • Digital pdf with notes & sketches about my creative process
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    5x7” Postcard with watercolor accents

    Snail-mailed 5x7” Postcard From Me
    Postcard will have a printed line drawing of one of my creatures which I’ll hand-embellish with full color watercolor accents. B&W Printing, Hand-addressed, Signed & Dated. Postcard will be mailed in an envelope.

    Includes:
    • Snail-mailed postcard of imaginary friend w/ watercolor accents
    • Digital pdf with notes & sketches about my creative process
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    4x6" mini "imaginary friend" watercolor.

    Unique mini watercolor of an imaginary friend. Each creature will be signed & dated.

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    8x10” Unique imaginary friend watercolor

    8x10” Unique watercolor of an imaginary friend. You can email me a word or anecdote for inspiration and I will create a custom character based on the information supplied. I'll name the character and this will be included on the watercolor sketch. Each one will be signed & dated.

    Includes:
    • Unique imaginary friend watercolor
    • Digital pdf with notes & sketches about my creative process
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    Fertility statue + Name on Donor Plaque

    I’ll mail you one slip-cast, terra cotta fertility statue. These were conceived to inspire “creative fertility” and to open up the imagination. Each piece will be initialed & numbered. Your name will also be listed as a primary donor on the plaque at the installation site. *Ships to contiguous 48 states only.

    Includes:
    • Slip-casted 5.75x2.75x3.25 Terra cotta fertility statue.
    • Name on Donor Plaque at the installation site.
    • Imaginary friend postcard
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    Personalized sculpture commission bundle

    We’ll create a 20" custom sculpture together. It can be a custom imaginary friend or a creature based off of any idea you have...we’ll work on sketching it out together. If you live in the NYC area, we can brainstorm over a coffee...

    Along with the finished sculpture, you’ll receive a packet with all the sketches, source material, and an 8x10" watercolor painting of the final piece. You’ll also receive a hand-written letter of thanks alongside a hand-signed photo of the final commission.

    Your name will also be listed as a primary donor on the plaque at the installation site. *Please note that the sculpture will take between 2-4 months to create after our initial conversation.

    Includes:
    • Sketches & source material of the final piece.
    • Unique watercolor sketch of final sculpture.
    • Hand-written thank you letter & photo of final installation.
    • Name on Donor Plaque at the installation site.
    • Imaginary friend postcard
    • Your name added to "thank you" page on my website
    • Custom 20" ceramic sculpture.
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