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Draw it Out is a collection of illustrative thoughts taken from the sketchbooks of breast cancer survivor Emily-Kate Niskey.
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About The Book

This book tells the story of my roller coaster ride with breast cancer. After my bilateral mastectomy different waves of emotion and pain took over my body leaving me feeling helpless, angry and alone. All my life, if anything was bothering me I always drew a picture to deal with it. Some people kick and scream, some people eat a vat of ice cream, I draw pictures; it’s my therapy. Some of them are pretty, some of them are scary but they got to the core of what I was feeling at the moment.

I documented my emotional and physical pain, happiness, and hope through drawings and words, illustrating the good, the bad and the ugly sides of my journey. Your generous donations will make it possible for me to publish my book and share my story with the world.

Pablo Picasso once said “Art Washes Away The Dust of Everyday Life.” The drawings helped me express how I was feeling and helped me push through the pain. I hope to inspire others struggling with breast cancer, pain, sadness, or worry.

I truly believe I was given breast cancer to help others. Now I want to share my art with the world. All of my suffering will be worthwhile If my book inspires other people who are struggling with pain, sadness, or worry. Whether they draw a picture, make a collage, or sing a song really loud I hope they will do something that helps take them to a happy place.

My Mission

To share my art with the world in hopes that it will inspire others struggling with cancer, pain, sadness, and worry. To travel across America sharing my book with others touched by cancer and inspire them to express their emotions through art.

Your Contribution

With your help I will be able to take my breast cancer journey on the road and share my story with other cancer survivors and patients. Your generous contributions will make it possible for me to print 1000  81/2in X 11”in 152+ page hardcover books. The book will be made from the pages of my very personal sketchbook/journal that I filled during my treatment and numerous surgeries for my breast cancer.The books will be presented at Cancer Centers in 8 US Cities as well as others along the way

Our fabulous rewards include a greeting card featuring one of my drawings from the "Draw It Out - An Intimate Breast Cancer Journey",  an 8 X 10 personally signed matte finished print of one of my drawings from the "Draw It Out - An Intimate Breast Cancer Journey" ,  a personally signed copy of my book, a  picture of you drawn by myself featured on the Sponsor Spread page in the center of the book with the other sponsors, a limited edition 11in x 14in, and a 24in x 36in limited edition photo print on canvas of one of five of my drawings from the book, and an exclusive intimate original 24in x 36in multi-media drawing on gallery wrapped canvas.

Major Stops:

Las Vegas, NV, Scottsdale, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, Memphis, TN, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY
Las Vegas, NV, Scottsdale, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, Memphis, TN, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY

I will speak to other cancer survivors and do a "Draw It Out " Workshops in each City. The workshops will help anyone dealing with cancer express their feelings through art. I will document every stop and do book signings at area Bookstores and Hospitals in between major stops.

About Me

I am an artist and arts educator whose passion is exposing everyone to all forms of art. My journey as an artist started when I was born into my family’s folk singing group, The Bergerfolk. I spent my childhood touring across America and Europe, playing guitar, writing songs and performing with my family. In my journeys I was lucky enough to visit museums all over the world like The Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art and The Van Gogh Museum in Holland, The Louvre in Paris, The Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Italy and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. I was amazed by paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Johannes Vermeer, and sculptures by Claes Oldenburg, Constantin Brancusi, Auguste Rodin, and Marcel Duchamp. My early exposure to the arts gave me a deep understanding of art at a young age.

With my family The Bergerfolk I recorded four records on Folkways/Smithsonian; Sing for Joy, Happy Landings, Sing of Sunshine and Rainbows, and Pack up Your Sorrows. At age five I realized while I loved singing folk songs with The Bergerfolk, what I really wanted to be was an artist just like Pablo Picasso. It was about this time when I started signing all my work with my last name just like the old masters did.  I embarked on my career as an artist at age 5 by selling caricatures at all the folk festivals and venues where we performed. My parents’ encouragement of my interest in art helped me become the artist that I am today. I plan to use my passion for art and my background in education to encourage others with cancer to express themselves.

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” -Pablo Picasso

I truly believe that that everyone has the ability to express themselves through art, explore materials and techniques, and interpret what they see. Educated at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA I received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Sculpture. Later in my travels in the art world I decided to add a master’s degree in education specializing in Curriculum Design and Instruction and a Master's Degree in Business specializing in Organizational Psychology and Development which has helped me develop the principles to create great workshops and classes that serve my students with unforgettable moments of self expression and life through the arts.

I am a founding member of Vox Populi, a cooperative art gallery in Philadelphia, and one of the founding members of the association that started First Friday in the United States.I have been exhibiting my work for over 25 years, and have written and illustrated three children’s books. After relocating from the East Coast to Las Vegas, I started an art program with art classes for  all ages from babies to seniors here in Las Vegas. After being diagnosed with breast cancer I developed an art therapy program for cancer patients of all ages. As an artist, I always use a creative approach to teaching art, with a perfect balance of structure and fun. My husband and I have three young children, all budding artists. Our children have learned to discover the Arts and express themselves through art in many ways much like ourselves.

Conclusion

I want to thank you for your support in helping me achieve this goal! I truly believe I was sent on this journey with breast cancer to help others, and your contributions make that possible!  I promise to take this opportunity to share my story with America and inspire cancer patients along the way to express their feelings through art. I will be forever grateful for the love and support of the Kickstarter community that helped me achieve my goal!

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    I will draw one picture of you along with the other sponsors on the Sponsor Spread page in the center of the book. You will also receive the personally signed copy of my 152 page full color hardcover book "Draw It Out - An Intimate Breast Cancer Journey" with one 5 X 7 personally signed matte finished print of one of my drawings + the $3 & $5 Pledge Rewards.

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    You will receive one limited edition 11in x 14in photo print on canvas of one of five of my drawings from the book. I will also draw one picture of you along with the other sponsors on the Sponsor Spread page in the center of the book. You will also receive one personally signed copy of my 152 page full color hardcover book "Draw It Out - An Intimate Breast Cancer Journey" with a 5 X 7 personally signed matte finished print of one of my drawings + the $3 & $5 Pledge Rewards.

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