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'Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading: Original Art Jewelry & Beyond' goes beyond counted patterns to the world of freeform beading
'Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading: Original Art Jewelry & Beyond' goes beyond counted patterns to the world of freeform beading
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Freeform Peyote Beading is a form of bead weaving, worked with needle and thread, stitching individual beads together into wonderfully organic, original forms.  There's no set pattern to follow, no counting or hard and fast rules, but there is an underlying structure that makes it all work. 

I'm Karen Williams, and I've been practicing and teaching this unique style of bead weaving for the past 10 years. This will be my third book on beading, and my second focusing on freeform peyote. It's also, by far, my most ambitious book project to date. That's why I need some help to make it happen.

The book will be called "Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading: Original Art Jewelry & Beyond." Here are just a few highlights of this project:

150 Pages:  Nearly twice the length of my first two books, the additional length will allow me to delve deeper in sharing the possibilities of this versatile medium. 

More Designs, More Artwork, All New Projects: Most of the additional pages will be devoted to more and expanded beading examples and more in-depth tutorials with all new designs.  And of course, all of the images and illustrations will be in full color. 

Works by Other Artists:  I'm hard at work creating all new examples for this book, but my work isn't enough this time.  By including examples of other artists' work I can multiply the range of ideas and inspiration, giving you more to draw on in your own design.  I am in awe of the wonderfully vibrant community of artists working in this medium and want to showcase some of the best the community has to offer.

Not Just Jewelry: A completely new chapter entitled “Beyond Jewelry” which will focus on freeform beading as a sculptural medium, including beading over ready made forms such as glass bottles as well as free-standing sculptures.

Index for Easier Access to Information:  I'm currently at work developing a list of keywords and phrases for a comprehensive index to make finding information even easier.

Digital Publishing: I will be producing a PDF version of Explorations, (and am hoping to publish for Kindle as well if we meet my first stretch goal).

Expected Publication Date: December 2014. My plan is to have it available on Amazon by or before December 1st and in your hands before Christmas.

It's a long journey between here and there, with many, many steps. To help guide me on my way, I have my detailed outline along with my somewhat daunting production schedule with deadlines for each element of writing, beading, photography, illustration, editing, page layout and more.  As this is my third book, I feel confident that I can meet my production schedule if this is my sole focus.  

Full-color, illustrative diagrams like those you'll find in my new book
Full-color, illustrative diagrams like those you'll find in my new book

Purpose of this Campaign

The purpose of this campaign is to both to build a community of people as excited about this project as I am and to help me fund this project.  Your support will go directly towards making this book happen.  The more support I receive, the more I can do and the better this project will be.  

Whether or not the Kickstarter succeeds, I am committed to moving forward with the project, but a successful Kickstarter campaign will allow me to do it better (with more projects and more artists) and faster (it's far less likely for my publication deadline to slip if I can focus entirely on this project).

I'll design the actual cover closer to publication, but here's a sample mock-up
I'll design the actual cover closer to publication, but here's a sample mock-up

Specific pledge rewards start at $10, but EVERYONE who backs my project at any level from $1 on up will be listed on a special page on my website and blog as an amazingly wonderful supporter of this project (unless of course you ask me not to) and will receive exclusive project updates.   You'll know that you helped turn this project into a real, live book. (Just like the Blue Fairy, but with books instead of little boys)

Add Ons & Campaign Extras

Would you like a PDF version of my original book, Freeform Peyote Beading: Design & Creation of Original Wearable Art Jewelry?

If we reach full funding by midnight tonight, I will add a digital (PDF) copy of my first book, Freeform Peyote Beading, to ALL pledges of $40 or more.

This is the first time that I have ever offered Freeform Peyote Beading in a digital format, and you will not see this again anytime soon.

Additional Copies of Explorations - $30.  Any backer at the $10 level or above can purchase additional signed copies of the book for $30. Simply add $30 for each book (up to 10 total books due to Kickstarter rules).

above images are representative samples, Kickstarter sets will feature entirely new works
above images are representative samples, Kickstarter sets will feature entirely new works

$10 for set of 5 Postcards. Purchase a series of five postcards of images from the book by adding $10 to your pledge. Add $2 for postage if your pledge level doesn’t currently include shipping.  If we reach the $6000 stretch goal (where I'd promised to include a free set of postcards with every pledge that included a print copy of the book), I'll either send you an extra set, or refund your purchase.  Your call.

Stretch Goals and Additional Rewards

If I raise more than my initial goal, things just keep getting better:

First five backers at $60 or more (Achieved) will also receive a 2014 wall calendar featuring twelve of my original beading designs (freeform peyote and right angle weave). If you're outside the US, I'll ship the calendar to you if you're willing to cover shipping.

These Stretch Goals are cumulative.

$5000 - Kindle Format. When we reach this level, I will also produce a Kindle version of my book!  Amazon's conversion engine doesn't work for books of this complexity (it can't handle the photos), so much of the work will need to be done by hand.  This includes reformatting all of the images and illustrations, text and layout, and placing each image and illustration into the text individually to make sure that it stays with its associated text. If I do this, I want to do it right, which means lots and lots of time.  My hope is to produce a Kindle version whether or not we reach this stretch goal, but this would seal the deal.

All supporters whose pledge includes an digital version will have their choice of PDF or Kindle, or even both if you prefer.

$6000 - More Artists.  More artists means a broader range of ideas and inspiration as every artist has their own style and method of working.  Your support allows me to greatly expand the number of artists’ whose work is included in the book.  My plan is to send a finished copy of the book to every artist whose work appears within its pages, as well as a small honorarium for a select group of featured artists.  Your pledge helps make this possible.  

When we reach this goal, I'll also produce a series of five postcards of images from the book. A complete set will be added to any pledge where I am already shipping a physical copy of the book.

Additional sets of postcards (5) may be purchased for $10.  Add $2 for pledge levels that don’t currently include shipping.

$7000 - I'll increase the postcards series to ten, including a
complete set with any pledge where I am already shipping a physical copy of the book. 

Additional sets of postcards (10) may be purchased for $15.  Add $2.50 for pledge levels that don’t currently include shipping.

$8000 - Kindle Version of Freeform Peyote Beading.  When we reach this level, I will also produce a Kindle version of Freeform Peyote Beading, making it available in digital format for the first time since its original publication.

All supporters whose pledge includes a digital copy of Explorations will receive a Kindle version of this book as well.  Otherwise, you can add the Kindle version of Freeform Peyote Beading to your pledge for $15. 

If and when we reach $8000, I'll figure out additional stretch goals and ways to make this project even better.

Images from the Stretch Reward Calendar
Images from the Stretch Reward Calendar

Reviews from Previous Books

Kristen, who considers "freeform" a swear word, reviewed my book on the popular jewelry design blog, Art Jewelry Elements.

Bobbie won a copy of my book in a drawing on my blog and shares a funny story about her first foray into freefrom peyote beading on her extremely fun blog, Beadsong Jewelry.

"I bought your book last year but  just got  around to reading it this morning.  Your work is fabulous and I just love your book.  I noticed that you are from Seattle.  I would simply love to take class from you.    When is your next freeform class?   I want to be there!" - Pamm, from an email.

"I'd experimented will freeform beading in the past but was not happy with my results therefore I played rip-it with the piece. Then along came Ms. Williams with the foresight to guide us in the mechanics of actually designing a piece. There is a lot of freeform art out there that is not wearable. I've always wanted to create one-of-a-kind pieces that were wearable. She shows us how to measure and make templates for our own creations. We don't have to follow her patterns or anyone else's. She's given us the building blocks to become our own designer. Since freeform is not about following someone's pattern this is great. This book has empowered me to bring into existence art from my spirit that is truly wearable." excerpt from a review by An Amazon Customer.

Risks and challenges

As with all book projects, there could be delays in the production process which would delay the publication date. However, as this is my third book, I feel confident that I can meet my production schedule barring unforeseen circumstances (like being hit by a bus or a printing strike at the printers).

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    Digital Deluxe: Besides the Beta and Final digital versions of my book, you’ll also have your choice of two of my three freeform peyote bracelet PDF tutorials - Ocean Currents, Peacock Spring or Winter Blues (tutorials delivered Feb-March 2014).

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    Kit and Kaboodle: The Whole Shebang plus your choice of one limited edition kit and tutorial based off of one of my freeform bracelets featured in the book. The kit will include the exact supplies I used in my piece and is ONLY available through Kickstarter. You will have two-three options to choose from. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a special blog hop/guest post on Riffing on a Theme in 2015.

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    It's a Party! Receive an invitation to my exclusive Seattle release party for yourself and one guest, where you’ll receive a goodie bag filled with beady goodness. Includes a light repast from local eateries and a trunk show of all of the pieces I created for this book and many of the pieces from my first as well. Also includes The Whole Shebang (signed book, ebook and beta). Does not include transportation to Seattle.

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    Virtually There: Four private, half-hour Skype sessions on the beading/design topic of your choice. I will contact you via email to set up the first session. Also includes The Whole Shebang (signed book, ebook and beta). Must be redeemed by December 2015.

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    Artist Date: Half-day workshop on freeform peyote at my studio in Seattle for yourself and up to three of your friends. Does not include transportation to Seattle. I will contact you to set up a date and discuss how you would like to focus your day. All tools and materials included. Also includes The Whole Shebang (signed book, ebook and beta). Must be redeemed by December 2015.

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    Artist Date Deluxe: Full-day private workshop in my studio in the SODO district of Seattle for yourself and up to three of your friends. Does not include transportation to Seattle.

    I will contact you to set up a date and discuss how you would like to focus your day. Pick my brain, look through my design notebooks, spend the day beading, dyeing, sewing, painting or any combination of the above. The choice is entirely yours. All tools and materials included. Also includes The Whole Shebang (signed book, ebook and beta). Must be redeemed by December 2015.

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