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Painting exhibits in Sydney and Melbourne, lining up with yearly LGBTQ celebrations. Become a backer and get original art & cool stuff!
Painting exhibits in Sydney and Melbourne, lining up with yearly LGBTQ celebrations. Become a backer and get original art & cool stuff!
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LGBTQ Aussie Fest: An Artist Abroad

My first Kickstarter project sought to find homes for all of my US paintings, and to establish my practice down in Sydney, Australia! I had so much fun during the last project, that I figured I'd turn an upcoming opportunity into a Kickstarter project as well! 

THE PROJECT 

I've got the paintings, I've got the shows, now I need the funds!  After moving to Australia, my work caught the eye of two amazing galleries that would like to display my paintings during their yearly LGBTQ festivals.  They'd also like me to display my art on cool stuff! 

The first is Platform72, a local Sydney exhibition space that is part gallery-part retail. It gives artists a way to connect with local buyers and build community. Platform72's Director has invited me to display my art and cool stuff in the retail space during the weeks leading up to Mardis Gras (March 2014), an annual LGBT pride parade and festival in Sydney, attended by hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe! We are also exploring participating in public art & ephemeral events and/or displaying work in a solo show at the gallery. In their retail section, Platform72 rents ‘shelf space’ to artists for 12 weeks (to start) with an unlimited amount of change-overs of work. I will pay them a small rental fee with NO commission on sales, 100% back to me. 

The second show that I've secured is at Gasworks, a not for profit community arts facility located in Melbourne that presents an annual program of events. This includes drama productions, workshops, farmers markets, events and visual art exhibitions. The show is called The Comfort Zone, and will be held from 15 January – 2 February 2014. The exhibit will be part of the full program of Midsumma, Melbourne's annual LGBTQ Festival!

Update! Third Melbourne Exhibit Added!

I've just been accepted into another LGBTQ themed show during Melbourne's Midsumma Festival. The exhibit will be at 1 Spring Street Gallery, and it's titled Inquisitarium;

"Enter the world of the Inquisitarium where thoughts wander and minds are lost. We all seek to belong in life and strive to be treated as equal. But it is only through our minds, as unique and fragile as they are that we can truly be ourselves."-- Inquisitarium statement

Let the painting extravaganza begin!!

http://kimleutwyler.com
http://kimleutwyler.com

This is where you come in. I have absolutely no idea which of my paintings and products to feature!?! I've got dozens of images, plus 9 original paintings in Australia to choose from, and will be creating 3 more by January.  Backers will help fund the materials and expenses, and will help me to pick which to display! I've got my art on a ton of cool stuff ranging from prints, T's, tanks, cases, hoodies, throw pillows and more! These will be the rewards, along with my original artwork.

HOW DOES THIS WORK? Essentially, you pledge to back my project, then select your reward. The images of my art that you select for your cool stuff will decide what I show at Platform 72 and Gasworks! 

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?  When you pledge to back my Kickstarter project, you'll be funding: 

  • Small rental fee for 12 weeks at Platform72 (5%) 
  • Producing the merch for Platform72 (25%)
  • Fulfilling the rewards for my backers (45%)
  • Worldwide shipping costs (10%) 
  • Kickstarter and Amazon fees (7-10%)
  • Flight to Melbourne (3%)
  • Materials to produce a project-specific painting that I'll create exclusively during the Kickstarter fundraiser! (5%)

THE STUFF

My 'art on cool stuff' is created through a site called Society6 that features artwork by hundreds of thousands of artists from around the world. They collaborate with organisations like 'GOOD', Urban Outfitters, Vans, Threadless and more! I've been fortunate enough to have my work featured in both the Society6 and Threadless shops multiple times. 

I've got my art on a ton of cool stuff ranging from prints, T's, tanks, cases, hoodies, throw pillows and more! All of my products are produced when you order them, on-demand, to avoid waste and keep things sustainable. For the purpose of this project I'll need to have them produced in advance to display at Platform 72. 

I want every backer to have a tangible way to experience this awesome intersection between retail and gallery, so every pledge level over $20 will receive a reward with my art on cool stuff! The rewards you choose will help me to decide which products to feature at Platform72 :) I've already included shipping into my expenses, so my backers will receive FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! You can choose to have ANY of my artwork on the products available in my Society6 shop. Rewards are based off of pledge amounts, so check out the details below! 

ORIGINAL ARTWORK

I create figure paintings of queer supportive and LGBTQ-identified women.  My work toys with the concept of glorification vs. objectification vs. modification. I incorporate various facets of nature in to my work in order to comment on the mutability of life, gender and beauty.  The most recent work has evolved and become more intertwined with my personal life. Many of the portraits feature my partner, dearest friends, and myself...focusing on those who have impacted my life in some way.  I'll be painting more for you to choose from over the next 2 months, but you can check out the available work by clicking here!  You can also check out the paintings specific to the $140 pledge level by clicking here.

ART PRINTS

Gallery quality Giclée prints on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson UltraChrome™ K3 archival inks - the standard by which all other professional level ink technologies are measured. All gallery prints are produced using the Epson Stylus Pro 11880 - the world's most advanced 64-inch wide printer. Custom trimmed by hand with a 2" border for medium, large and x-large prints and a 1" border for mini and small prints. 

Pick any image from kimleutwyler.com for your print selection!

T-SHIRTS AND TANK TOPS 

The softest, smoothest, best-looking t-shirt and tank tops available anywhere. My Society6 shop uses American Apparel™ T-shirts and tank tops, which are made with 100% fine jersey cotton (Tri-fit tees contain 50% polyester / 25% cotton / 25% rayon) combed for softness and comfort. Available in both Men's and Women's styles and sizes. All t-shirts and tank tops are printed using a technology called Direct-to-Garment (or DTG), which lays down soft, durable, full color spectrum prints.  

Check out examples of T's and tanks by clicking here!

Tank colors: available in unisex
Tank colors: available in unisex
T-shirt colors: available in both men and women's styles
T-shirt colors: available in both men and women's styles
       

HOODIES 

My Society6 shop uses American Apparel™ California Fleece Zip-up and Pullover Hoodies, which are made with 100% California Fleece cotton (Heather Grey contains 90% cotton / 10% California Fleece) combed for softness and comfort. Complete with kangaroo pocket this stretchy, comfortable fit, unisex cut includes double-stitched cuffs and hem. All Hoodies are printed using a technology called Direct-to-Garment (or DTG), which lays down soft, durable, full color spectrum prints. 

Check out examples of T's, tanks and hoodies by clicking here!

Available in zip and pullover, front or back print
Available in zip and pullover, front or back print
       

THROW PILLOWS 

Throw Pillow made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric. Available in three sizes - 16", 18" and 20". Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care. Choose to have it shipped with or without faux down pillow insert. 

OUTDOOR THROW PILLOWS Outdoor Throw Pillow made from weather- and fade-resistant 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, a soft and inviting compliment for any outdoor seating area. Available in three sizes - 16", 18" and 20". Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care. Choose to have it shipped with or without faux down pillow insert. 

Check out examples of available throw pillows by clicking here!

TOTE BAGS 

This canvas tote is made from 100% post-industrial recycled cotton, making it environmentally and socially responsible. All seams and stress points are double stitched for durability. The bag's cotton web shoulder straps allow you to comfortably carry the bag either over the shoulder or as a tote. Available in black or natural (with inside pocket). 

View some examples of tote bags by clicking here! 

MOBILE DEVICE CASES 

Protect your iPhone, iPod Touch or Samsung Galaxy with a one-piece, impact resistant hard shell case featuring an extremely slim profile. The lay-flat feature protects the front of your device by extending the bezel above the screen, while a silicone interior liner provides impact cushioning. Simply snap the case onto your device for solid protection and direct access to all device features. Made out of an extremely strong plastic called Lexan, which was developed by GE. Lexan is a stronger, lighter, more flexible, and of higher quality compared to other plastic cases on the market. 

Check out examples of mobile device cases by clicking here! 

IPAD™ HARD CASES 

Protect your iPad with an impact resistant hard shell case featuring an extremely slim profile. The lay-flat feature protects the front of your iPad or iPad mini by extending the bezel above the screen. Compatible with Smart Covers.

Check out examples of available cases by clicking here!

LAPTOP, IPHONE™, IPOD™ & IPAD™ SKINS 

Skins are thin, easy-to-remove, vinyl decals for customizing your mobile device. Skins are made from a patented material that eliminates air bubbles and wrinkles for easy application. 

Check out examples of available skins by clicking here!

STATIONERY CARDS 

Set of folded stationery cards printed on bright white, smooth card stock to bring your personal artistic style to everyday correspondence. Each card is blank on the inside and includes a soft white, European fold envelope for mailing.

Check out examples of stationary cards by clicking here!

Click any of the images above to see all available artwork on kimleutwyler.com
Click any of the images above to see all available artwork on kimleutwyler.com

Risks and challenges

Once the project is funded, I'll have the unique challenge of organizing shipping to backers globally on a relatively large scale. Because these products are produced on-demand it may take a month to get everyone's addresses and art choices. I'll be sure to fulfill rewards as soon as I receive the funds and info, so you should have everything soon!

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    STATIONARY CARDS
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    ART PRINT You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a 10" x 8"Gallery quality Giclée print using archival paper and inks. Custom trimmed by hand with a 1" border. Check out more details in "THE STUFF" section!

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    MOBILE DEVICE SKIN
    You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as ANY of my original artwork on an iPhone, iPod or iPad Skin! Skins are thin, easy-to-remove, vinyl decals made from a material that eliminates air bubbles and wrinkles for easy application.

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    T-SHIRT OR TANK TOP
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    TOTE BAG
    You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a canvas tote! It's made from recycled cotton, making it environmentally and socially responsible. Available in black or natural (with inside pocket). Check out the details under "THE STUFF" section!

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    LAPTOP SKIN
    You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as ANY of my original artwork on an Laptop Skin! Skins are thin, easy-to-remove, vinyl decals made from a material that eliminates air bubbles and wrinkles for easy application.

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    MOBILE DEVICE CASE
    You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a Mobile Device Case. Protect your iPhone, iPod Touch or Samsung Galaxy with a one-piece, impact resistant hard shell case featuring an extremely slim profile. The lay-flat feature protects the front of your device by extending the bezel above the screen, while a silicone interior liner provides impact cushioning. Check out the details in "THE STUFF" section!

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    INDOOR/OUTDOOR THROW PILLOW
    You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a Throw Pillow made from polyester poplin fabric, or an Outdoor Throw Pillow made to be weather- and fade-resistant. Available in three sizes - 16", 18" and 20". Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper. With or without faux down pillow insert.

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    HOODY
    You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on an American Apparel California Fleece Zip-up or Pullover Hoodies. Check out size and material details in "THE STUFF" section!

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    IPAD HARD CASE
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    17"x 13" ART PRINT You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a 17"x 13"Gallery quality Giclée print using archival paper and inks. Custom trimmed by hand with a 1"-2" border. Check out more details in "THE STUFF" section!

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    KICKSTARTER WATERCOLOR PAINTING You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as the original watercolor painting I created during this project! It's 10"x 15" (Retail value: $150) ** Free shipping worldwide. Check out the painting in the "Updates" section under "New Watercolors Pledge Level".

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    28" x 22" ART PRINT You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a 28" x 22"Gallery quality Giclée print using archival paper and inks. Custom trimmed by hand with a 1"-2" border. Check out more details in "THE STUFF" section!

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    36" x 28" ART PRINT You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a 36" x 28"Gallery quality Giclée print using archival paper and inks. Custom trimmed by hand with a 1"-2" border. Check out more details in "THE STUFF" section!

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    KICKSTARTER WATERCOLOR PAINTING You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as the original watercolor painting I created during this project! It's 20"x 15" (Retail value: $300) ** International shipping may apply if you are based outside of Australia. Please let me know where you are located and I will let you know exact cost, if any ;) Check out the painting in the "Updates" section under "Using Ocean Water and Sand to Paint".

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    ORIGINAL PAINTING You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of one of my original watercolor or oil paintings! Up to 24"x 30" (Retail value: $720)

    **Please note. International shipping may apply depending on wether the original is based in the US or AU. Please let me know which painting you'd like and I can let you know exact cost, if any ;)

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    ORIGINAL PAINTING You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of one of my original paintings! Up to 36"x 48" (Retail value: $1720) **Please note. International shipping may apply depending on wether the original is based in the US or AU. Please let me know which painting you'd like and I can let you know exact cost, if any ;)

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    KICKSTARTER OIL PAINTING You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as the original painting I create during this project! It's 36"x 40" (Retail value: $1650) ** International shipping may apply depending on wether you are based in Australia or abroad. Please let me know where you are located and I will let you know exact cost, if any ;)

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    CUSTOM ORIGINAL PAINTING You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as an original painting based off a photo you provide! It can be in any medium, and can include up to 2 figures, and can be sized up to 36"x 40" (Retail value: $2400) ** International shipping may apply depending on wether you are based in Australia or abroad. Please let me know where you are located and I will let you know exact cost, if any ;)

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