A bit of my trashy story
I like to send people garbage through the mail. It's weird, but it's true.
In the fall of 2009, I started collaging one-of-a-kind postcards using nothing but my garbage. Direct mailers, magazine clippings, napkins, old tee shirts, you name it. My friends were pretty surprised when they started receiving my repurposed junk mail with their snail mail. They didn’t know what to think of it. Neither did I.
A few months into the postcard experiment, I decided to create a calendar, which I've now done a few times.
For this go-round with the calendar, I'm going to match creation dates with funding dates; I'm going to create the calendar during the same 30 days that the Kickstarter runs. I'll regularly share my progress and final compositions as I complete them.
Speaking of, here's the first 3 months completed:
When my last Kickstarter was funded, I had a lot of supporters share that their rewards were actually meant to be holiday gifts. I wrapped those calendars and created custom tags. This year, I'd like to really embrace that idea. If you'd like your calendar to go out as a holiday gift, I will wrap it, tag it, and delay shipping until the first week of December. (There will be a place to note this and share the appropriate shipping address when the campaign ends.)
For those of you who are new to this project, I use my everyday garbage to create twelve unique pieces to function as the feature of each month. Some of the garbage I use is new-ish. Some of it is old. I have a large, odd library of materials just waiting to find their second life. I’ve been saving magazine clippings and old t-shirts my whole life. For a long time, I had no idea what was I going to use it for. All I knew was that someone else had worked hard to create something beautiful to share with the world, and it felt strange to toss it out just because its original purpose had been fulfilled.
Today, September 1st, the first day of the Kickstarter, I completed the front cover. Here we go!
Risks and challenges
I'm depending on the funding of this project to complete the order of calendars. If I don't make it, the calendar might not happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)