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'Ladies Work' will be a series of textile paintings inspired by the history of women and their occupations.

Hello, my name is Jesse Lu and I want to welcome you to my Kickstarter project. I am a multi-media artist from San Francisco, CA living in Albuquerque, NM. I work in a variety of mediums and processes traditionally associated with folk art , but within a current cultural context. Thank you for taking the time to watch this video and to read about the project. For more information about me and my work, please visit my website- jesseluart.blogspot.com.

"Ladies Work" is a series of textile paintings about the history of women and their occupations. Through a unique process of traditional textile techniques, I am creating works that begin to unpack the relationship between gender and labor. I am fascinated by the idea of work- and more specifically by the connections we draw between our identities, both cultural and personal, and the occupations we maintain. The "Ladies Work" series is just the beginning of what I hope to be a lengthy and rewarding exploration of this concept. 

I began work on this series last semester, after taking a workshop with printmaker and ceramic artist Diana Fayt in San Francisco. Her workshop inspired me to begin working with images from an old McCalls magazine I had found at a local thrift store. These images sparked ideas about gender and labor that I then began to explore in my textile work at school. I have since graduated and moved to an entirely new city, but my motivation to continue work on this series is stronger than ever.

After getting settled into my home studio in Albuquerque, NM, I began researching the materials and tools that I would need to finish this series of textile artworks. It soon became clear that it would take at least several months for me to be able to afford all the supplies I needed to outfit a small textile lab capable of producing these pieces. I turn to you, friends, family, and generous strangers, to help me make this goal a reality while my creative energy is still at a peak level. One of the largest obstacles artists face is maintaining a creative momentum after school is finished.  Fortunately, I've been able to maintain the artistic drive necessary to complete this work, but I need your help to acquire the supplies needed to put that energy into action.

I've set my project goal to 20 individual works, three of which have already been created. These first three works focus on the domestic occupation of women, but future works will explore careers in aviation, medicine, education, performance, and athletics as well. If you're excited to see your own occupation included in the series, make a pledge and then leave a comment with your suggestion. I'm always happy to explore new ideas.

To reach the pledge goal of $1500, we need to raise just $25 a day. This can be accomplished by inspiring 30 folks to pledge $50, 60 folks to pledge $25, or 150 folks to pledge just $10. If you think about $25, that's just a few morning trips to the local cafe or one cheap movie date. It seems possible, doesn't it? So I encourage you, no matter what you can afford, to think about what $25 means to you and what it would mean to this project. I will be so grateful for your help.

Read through the FAQ below to find out more details about the project. If you have further questions about "Ladies Work" please feel free to email me at themudbucket@gmail.com. I'd be happy to speak with you about the work.

Thank you, so much, for helping to make this project happen. :)

FAQ

  • $1500 is a lot of money to raise, but I know that realistically, that's what it will take to get this project up and running. I came up with this goal by making a detailed list of supplies and production costs. You can take a look at some of the supplies I'll be needing on http://pinterest.com/jesses/textile-lab-home/. Below is a short list of materials:

    A bolt of medium weight, linen fabric; fiber-reactive dyes and chemical agents for the dying process; screen printing mesh and frames along with chemical agents for the screen-printing process; a large padded work surface; gloves and dust masks to keep me safe; extra needles and lots of thread; rubber blocks to carve for block-printing; paper for preliminary sketches and artist's books; framing supplies for the finished works; etc.

    Other production costs include printing and shipping.

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  • I work well on a strict schedule, therefore I am giving myself 6 months to complete the series. This works out to about a week for each piece with a nice cushion to account for setting up the lab as well as any unexpected obstacles along the way. This Kickstarter fundraiser will end December 1st, so the project itself will begin December 1st and run through May 31st of next year.

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  • 'Textile painting' is the term I've coined to describe the work I make. Basically, I've organized a process for myself that includes screen-printing, block-printing, stamping, stenciling, dyeing, and embroidery to create images on cloth. The process is like a marriage between printmaking and textile arts.

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  • To put it succinctly, an 'artist's book' is a work of art that comes in the form of a handmade book. People have been creating book arts for hundreds of years and the different styles and techniques used to create these works are as varied as the artists who make them. http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/books-artists/

    The artist's book I'll be making for this project will be about my process, complete with tutorials and recipes, so that you can learn to make a textile painting, too.

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  • After the series is completed, a run of limited edition prints will be made from the works first and foremost for the contributors to the project (that's you!). The works will then be specially framed to prepare for any upcoming exhibitions. Kickstarters who supported this project will be given an opportunity to purchase any of the works before they are made available for general purchase.

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  • All help is valuable. If you can't afford monetary support, you can participate by spreading the word. Share this project with friends, family, colleagues or classmates, your knitting circle, and your blog readers. I do encourage you, however, to try pledging just a few dollars or finding an adult who can make the pledge for you. Though I welcome and am thankful for all types of support, this project will only come to fruition if enough money is raised.

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  • That is my studio mate and most awesome pup, Brian. He's a ham.

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    Thank you! Every contribution takes us one step closer to success. In appreciation, I cordially invite you to a private blog documenting the production of this series. Get ready for Kickstarter-Only progress updates, critiques, studio sneak peaks, and tutorials!

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    The above invitation as well as a handprinted, handwritten "Thank You" card detailing your specific contribution to the project.

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    All the above PLUS one of the following: {A} An embroidery kit inspired by the series. Kit includes a handmade white linen dish towel, embroidery floss, needle, and transferable patterns. With this kit you'll have your very own piece of the "Ladies Work" project, created by YOU. -OR- {B} An artist's utensil pouch, handcrafted from the fabric swatches used to test printing methods prior to application on the actual works. Zippered and lined, this pouch will artfully capture your favorite supplies on the go. International shipping available at additional cost.

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    Select this reward for option {B} An artist's utensil pouch, handcrafted from the fabric swatches used to test printing methods prior to application on the actual works. Zippered and lined, this pouch will artfully capture your favorite supplies on the go. International shipping available at additional cost.

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    All the above PLUS an 8X10 archival, fine art print of a work from the finished series. All prints will be available in limited editions and signed by the artist. International shipping available at additional cost.

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    All the above PLUS a handmade artist's book detailing my artistic process. Learn how to make your very own textile painting! Learn more about artist's books in the project description to your left. International shipping available at additional cost.

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    All the above PLUS an additional 8X10 archival, fine art print of a work from the finished series. All prints will be available in limited editions and signed by the artist. International shipping available at additional cost.

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    All the above PLUS an original 9X11 textile painting inspired by the series. Framing available at additional cost. Estimated delivery date to be determined. International shipping available at additional cost.

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