While you stroll in New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
If you go to New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
When you see the Mardi Gras
Somebody'll tell you what's Carnival for
"Go See the Mardi Gras" -- Professor Longhair
It's carnival time in New Orleans! From Epiphany to Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), the Crescent City gets her collective ya-ya's out before the forty days of Lenten penitence begin on Ash Wednesday. During this season we celebrate the joy of life, and afterwards, we consider the ashes to which we will someday return.
And you're invited!
Please don't be confused by this paradox of life and death, for New Orleans is full of such contrasts. Modern architecture segues into Baroque colonnades and Arabesque ironwork. LED billboards give way to neon and again to gaslight. Her streets define bustling wards and neighborhoods, while inevitably leading you to her famed cities of the dead.
Her contrasts serve as touchstones to vanished eras and vital tradition. Look for it, for the past isn't dead in New Orleans. It’s not even past.
Flambeau is inspired by the paradox of life and death that carnival and Lent attest to.
A flambeau (flambeaux in the plural) comes from the French word flambe, meaning “flame.” Flambeaux were originally carried by slaves and free men of color to illuminate the parade routes. However, the torches themselves turned into a spectacle as the men waved and twirled them while dancing down the street in order to earn the quarters and fifty-cent pieces that were flipped their way by the parade goers (local tip - bring some change and small bills to tip the flambeaux)!
Here's a video of the flambeaux in action during Krewe of Muses in 2015:
What is to become of the flambeau as the season passes from revelry to mortal reflection? Is there a flambeau who carries the torch for those who have passed? I sure in the hell can't answer that, but this drawing is an exploration of the question.
About the Art
I draw using a technique called stippling, which uses many, many dots to fill an area with value. The darker the area, the more dots that are required. It requires a lot of patience, or in its absence, a compulsive streak a mile wide coupled with masochistic tendencies.
The Rewards! Laissez les bon temps flambe!
The Flambeau print is being released in the following formats (and please excuse the crunchy photos, but digital compression plays havoc with stippled art):
ULTIMATE COLLECTOR TIER! $2,500.00
Original artwork (11" x 14" 24k gilded ink original). Also includes 1 large 24k gilded print, 1 large bespoke print, 1 small print, and ten one-of-a-kind artist's production proofs
24K GILDED + A LITTLE EXTRA TIER! $105.00
24k signed & numbered, full-size, fully gilded print (13" x 19") plus a small (8.5" x 11") print for a friend
24K GILDED TIER! $95.00
24k signed & numbered, full-size, fully gilded print (13" x 19")
BESPOKE PRINT + A LITTLE EXTRA TIER! $45.00
Bespoke full-size signed, gilded accent print (13" x 19") plus a small (8.5" x 11") print for a friend
BESPOKE PRINT TIER! $35.00
Bespoke full-size signed, gilded accent print (13" x 19")
SMALL PRINT TIER! $15.00
Small print (8.5" x 11")
All prints are archival grade, produced by me in my own shop with pigment inks on stout 340gsm cold press paper.
Need an extra one of these and two of those? Once you make a pledge, you can adjust your pledge and simply increase it by however much you need to for a given reward. Once the funding period is over, I'll send out a backer survey where there will be a space for you to tell me exactly what the extra money is for.
Add $10.00 per additional small print
Add $30.00 per additional bespoke print
Add $95.00 per additional 24k signed & numbered print
Stretch goals can get really confusing really quickly and I may be tipsy from carnival season in New Orleans so I'd like to keep it simple:
$3,000 GOAL: Should funding reach the $3,000.00 mark, I will add a BLACK WAX SEAL to EVERY LARGE PRINT. This will be an additional Kickstarter exclusive, never to be seen again, because sealing wax is a real pain in tuchus. Here's a demo of the process using burgundy wax instead of black:
The artwork is done and I only need a few backers to purchase the inks and paper to begin producing the prints. I expect that I'll begin shipping early March 2019. The production of promised stretch goals could impact the production schedule, but not significantly (see Risks and Challenges below).
Boring, but important.
US backers: Shipping is covered in the cost of the pledge. Whee!
International backers: Please add the indicated amount to help defray the additional cost of shipping. Please consider this small, additional charge as meeting half-way.
In some countries, customs duties may be applied to to your reward and I have no way of predicting if they’ll apply to yours. Customs inspections seem to be very arbitrary and while most rewards scoot through without any extra duties, a few of you may find that a fee has been slapped on. I can’t predict it or avoid it, and I will not fudge the value of the reward in an effort to evade them.
PLUS if you are an international backer and receive a tracking number for your reward, please track your package daily! Sometimes rewards will get hung up in the system and returned to me and then things may get awkward. Monitoring the status of the tracking number allows you to intervene promptly—before the authorities send the package back to me.
Risks and challenges
I've run a number of successful Kickstarters in the past, and have full control of my production chain, so outside of mechanical failures or the proverbial Acts of God it should all be fairly straightforward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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