Sound the trumpets: “Fly Your Freak Flag High” accepted to Maker Faire!
Hi freaky folk! I’ve got exciting news: my “Fly Your Freak Flag High” (FYFFH) project has been officially accepted as an exhibitor at the 2012 Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA on May 19th and 20th. That’s one big hurdle crossed!
Have you ever been to the Maker Faire? Maker Faire is a huge, fun Do-It-Yourselfer extravaganza produced by O’Reilly Media, who publish “Make” Magazine and “Craft” Magazine. They bill themselves as “a two-day, family friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.” I can tell you from personal experience that the description is apt. When I went with my family last year, we had a great time, and I was totally blown away at the enthusiasm, creativity and energy there. I especially loved how encouragingly “hands-on” everything was. I just knew it would be the perfect place to bring FYFFH, so I applied to bring the freak-flag-flying goodness to the Maker people--and now they’ve said yes!
In order to make the FYFFH booth a successful part of the Maker Faire, I’m going to need your support.
I’ve got to make enough blank flags and bring enough art materials to cope with the huge amount of people who attend Maker Faire over the course of the weekend. I need to make signs for the booth, and Freak Flag Manifestos to hand out. I’ve also got to recruit volunteers to help participants with the flag-making process over the course of the two days of Maker Faire.
Can you help me by pledging your financial support through the FYFFH Kickstarter page? Every little bit counts, and there are some cool rewards for all levels of backer! Right now we’ve got a little over two weeks to go and I’ve got about $2500 more to raise. Remember, Kickstarter funding is an all-or-nothing proposition—if I don’t get enough pledges to cover the full amount requested, I don’t get funded at all.
Or perhaps you are the kind of person who prefers to donate time rather than money--would you like to come to Maker Faire on May 19-20 and help out for a few hours at the FYFFH booth? I will give anyone that comes and helps for at least one two-hour shift a free ticket to the Maker Faire. Let me know if that interests you—I would love to make flags with you! And I guarantee you will have a fun time at the rest of the Faire as well—it is well worth a visit.
There’s one more way you can help, that doesn’t take any money and requires way less time than coming out to the Maker Faire itself—can you help me spread the word about this project to the people you know? If you could take just a couple of minutes and forward the link to the FYFFH Kickstarter page (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jdvorin/fly-your-freak-flag-high-a-free-participatory-art) through email or Facebook or Twitter or even your blog, that would be a huge help. Obscurity is an artist’s worst enemy...help me defeat it!
Of course, if you’ve already pledged support and helped me spread the word, I thank you from the bottom of my freaky heart. It’s freak supporters like you who are helping me midwife important change in the world, and I really appreciate it!
Yours in freaky flag making and flying,
P.S. I’ll be sending out more updates as the Kickstarter project continues, so if you really aren’t interested in this project or in helping me out, and don’t want me to keep emailing you, please let me know and I will take your name off my email list. I do not in any way mean to offend or annoy. :)