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Get a signed limited-edition copy of oil painter Terry Strickland’s first art book. Would you dare reveal your alter ego?

Birmingham, AL Art Books
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A Project Two Years in the Making

"So...what do you want to be when you grow up?" It's a question we ask every child. At some point, however, we stop asking. Why, when we still have hopes and dreams? We still have fantasies.

Oil painter Terry Strickland is intrigued by the idea that a costume can disguise OR reveal fascinating insights about its wearer. In 2010 she invited friends and family to reveal their alter egos-- their secret selves-- for The Incognito Project portrait series.

High Quality Art Book

These twenty-five paintings are adventure and magic. They are daydreams examined and futures imagined. They are a confiding of our secret-selves. They are answers to the question "So...what do you want to be when you grow up?"

The Incognito Project book documents the series from the beginning, featuring photographs and interviews from the first Incognito art event, which was part photo-shoot, part costume party. It will include high resolution images, details of all twenty-five paintings and writing from the creative minds at Matter Deep as well as an introduction essay by Graham Boettcher, PhD Yale University, Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

The book is laid out like a case file, where Terry Strickland slips into her own fantasy and plays the role of voyeur and observer of humans, a detective unraveling the mysteries of her subjects. This book will be 120 pages, hard-cover, and 9"x12". It's going to be BIG!

An Interior Page Layout
An Interior Page Layout

Your Donation

This book begs to be produced in a large format, with high quality paper and printing. We at Matter Deep Publishing love digital formats, but this book demands to be a glossy, hard-covered, page-turnable, coffee-table thing of beauty!

Each book purchased as a donation pledge will be autographed by Terry Strickland and hand numbered.

Funds raised will directly support the printing, promotion, and delivery of the book.

Our $7,250 Stretch Goal! ACHIEVED!
Our $7,250 Stretch Goal! ACHIEVED!
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Our $7,500 Stretch Goal! ACHIEVED!
Our $8,000 Stretch Goal!
Our $8,000 Stretch Goal!

The Prizes

We have a number of great rewards for those that back our project. It's incredibly easy to donate; Kickstarter uses Amazon Payments, allowing you to use the same account you use on Amazon.com to pay for your donation. As little as one dollar can be a big help. Read on to learn more about our incentives.

A Show of Support

  • Any donation ($1 minimum) will earn your name a spot on our acknowledgments page at the back of the book.

A Helping Hand

  • A hand-written Thank You note from Terry Strickland, featuring an Incognito Painting.
  • Your name on the acknowledgement page of The Incognito Project Book.

Casualties of War

  • Terry Strickland goes through a lot of brushes in her studio. Over two years on this project, the casualties have built up. A Casualty of War paintbrush will come with a certificate of authenticity, signed by Terry Strickland. It's a perfect stocking stuffer for the Terry Strickland collector.
  • This package includes the Helping Hand package.

Many Thanks

  • Ten greeting cards featuring five images (two of each) of paintings from The Incognito Project. Red envelopes included.
  • This package includes the Helping Hand package.

Save The Date

  • A beautiful 12-month calendar will be printed, featuring the art of The Incognito Project. This 2013 calendar can be yours for a minimum donation of $35.
  • This package includes the Helping Hand package.

The Incognito Package

  • All copies of the book earned through donations will come signed by Terry Strickland. The book is planned to retail for $65. A minimum donation of $50 will get you the same book autographed by the artist. It's better than just a preorder; it's a discount.
  • This package includes the Helping Hand package.
  • Total Retail Value: $75 (Includes Domestic Shipping)

The Dame Was Trouble

  • The Many Thanks package.
  • The Save the Date package.
  • The Incognito package.
  • The Helping Hand package.
  • Total Retail Value: $135 (Includes Domestic Shipping)

The Birmingham Artist Package

  • For Birmingham locals (or those willing to commute really far), join Terry's Tuesday morning art class for four weeks of lessons, at the Forstall Art Center, from 9:30a-12:30p. These lessons normally cost $140. There are only two slots available, so jump on this package now!
  • An Incognito Project artist's apron.
  • The book signed and hand-numbered.
  • The Helping Hand package.
  • Total Retail Value: $255 (Includes Domestic Shipping)

Friends of Matter Deep

  • Olympia Heights: Olympia Heights: The Pantheon and Olympia Heights: The Weight of the World are the first two books in a four-book series by Amy Leigh Strickland. This Young Adult series mashes-up Greek Mythology with teen supernatural drama. A third book, Olympia Heights: The Blood of Athens will be available in 2013. Read more at the official site. 
  • Sunshine's Night Out: Written by Kyle Strickland and illustrated by Carly Strickland (children of Terry Strickland), Sunshine's Night Out is a picture book about a hamster who escapes the safety of her cage one night and goes on an adventure. 
  • Say No to Sparkles: Kyle and Carly Strickland's second team up, Say No to Sparkles, is an illustrated collection of short stories about vampires-- Guaranteed Sparkle-Free. 
  • Kissing Corpses: Amy Leigh Strickland's novella is a vampire romance with a twist. If you fantasize of being swept away by a sexy, misunderstood vampire, this book is probably not for you. 
  • Awesome Like a 'Possum: The Electric Keychain Collective bands together to bring you the latest title from Matter Deep Kids! Seven artists illustrate wacky rhyming animals imagining all of the possibilities of life. Are you Awesome Like a 'Possum? Could you be a Sea-Farin' Heron? Would you rather be a Fox that Rocks?
  • The Expedition and Beyond: An Art Catalog including work by 13 artists, introduced through the Women Painting Women phenomenon of 2010, who continue to be challenged and inspired by each other. This catalog outlines the show at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Va, from April 2012. Foreword by John O'Hern, American Art Collector, Santa Fe editor. 
  • The Incognito Project book signed and hand-numbered.
  • The Helping Hand package.
  • Total Retail Value: $180 (Includes Domestic Shipping)

THE GRAND TIER (Original Art For Terry Strickland Collectors)

These one-of-a-kind paintings from Terry Strickland can be yours with a qualifying contribution to the project. Below are photos and descriptions of each prize. All original paintings come framed and packaged with a signed copy of The Incognito Project book.

Terry Strickland Starter Collector

  • Sepia Gesture: 8x6", 2012. Framed, original oil sketch on linen. ]
  • The Expedition and Beyond: An Art Catalog including work by 13 artists, introduced through the Women Painting Women phenomenon of 2010, who continue to be challenged and inspired by each other. This catalog outlines the show at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Va, from April 2012. Foreword by John O'Hern, American Art Collector, Santa Fe editor. 
  • The Incognito Project book signed and hand-numbered.
  • The Helping Hand package.
  • Total Retail Value: $300 (Includes Domestic Shipping)

Terry Strickland Bronze Collector

  • Travis In Leather: 10x8", 2012. Framed, original oil sketch on panel. All original art comes with a custom frame.
  • The Expedition and Beyond: An Art Catalog including work by 13 artists, introduced through the Women Painting Women phenomenon of 2010, who continue to be challenged and inspired by each other. This catalog outlines the show at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Va, from April 2012. Foreword by John O'Hern, American Art Collector, Santa Fe editor. 
  • The Incognito Project book signed and hand-numbered.
  • The Helping Hand package.
  • Total Retail Value: $900 (Includes Domestic Shipping)

Terry Strickland On Expedition

  • Sullivan's Island Morning: 8x10", 2010. Framed, original oil sketch on panel. This piece was created on the Women Painting Women expedition.
  • The Expedition and Beyond: An Art Catalog including work by 13 artists, introduced through the Women Painting Women phenomenon of 2010, who continue to be challenged and inspired by each other. This catalog outlines the show at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Va, from April 2012. Foreword by John O'Hern, American Art Collector, Santa Fe editor. 
  • The Incognito Project book signed and hand-numbered.
  • The Helping Hand package.
  • Total Retail Value: $900 (Includes Domestic Shipping)

Terry Strickland Silver Collector

  • Renaissance Amy: 12x0", 2011. Framed, original oil sketch on linen. 
  • The Expedition and Beyond: An Art Catalog including work by 13 artists, introduced through the Women Painting Women phenomenon of 2010, who continue to be challenged and inspired by each other. This catalog outlines the show at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Va, from April 2012. Foreword by John O'Hern, American Art Collector, Santa Fe editor. 
  • The Incognito Project book signed and hand-numbered.
  • The Helping Hand package.
  • Total Retail Value: $1,000 (Includes Domestic Shipping)

Terry Strickland Gold Collector

  • Daydreaming: Some Other Self: This 8.5x11" original oil painting by Terry Strickland comes custom-framed and ready to hang in your home.
  • The Expedition and Beyond: An Art Catalog including work by 13 artists, introduced through the Women Painting Women phenomenon of 2010, who continue to be challenged and inspired by each other. This catalog outlines the show at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Va, from April 2012. Foreword by John O'Hern, American Art Collector, Santa Fe editor. 
  • The Incognito Project book signed and hand-numbered.
  • The Helping Hand package.
  • Total Retail Value: $1,650 (Includes Domestic Shipping)

Terry Strickland Platinum Collector

  • Applause: 16x16", 2010 oil painting.
  • The Expedition and Beyond: An Art Catalog including work by 13 artists, introduced through the Women Painting Women phenomenon of 2010, who continue to be challenged and inspired by each other. This catalog outlines the show at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Va, from April 2012. Foreword by John O'Hern, American Art Collector, Santa Fe editor. 
  • The Incognito Project book signed and hand-numbered.
  • The Helping Hand package.
  • Total Retail Value: $3,150 (Includes Domestic Shipping)

A Special Note For International Donors (Not in the USA)

Incentive prices are calculated based on domestic shipping rates. If you are ordering a prize to be delivered to territory outside the USA, please add international shipping to your pledge. Here are some guidelines for anything bigger than a paintbrush:

BOOK/CALENDAR/ETC:

  • Canada & Mexico: +$30
  • Europe & Australia: +$40
  • South America, Africa, & Asia: +$60

PAINTINGS:

We ask that international donors please contact Terry Strickland at terrystr@terrystricklandart.com to ask how much should be included for the safe shipping of your artwork.

Video Credits:

  • Event Photography: Christina Lopez
  • Music: "One-Eyed Maestro" by Kevin MacLeod

FAQ

  • Terry Strickland has been on the rise since 2005, when she made the switch to being a full-time painter. Terry has won a number of awards and has been featured in prominent art publications. You can read all about them at her website, or through Project Update 7, which lists her publications and awards.

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  • The book will be 9 1/2 x 12 inches and be at least 100 pages. It will include images and details of 25 paintings, as well as photographs from the photoshoot event. The first page of the book will be a limitation page where Terry Strickland will sign and number your copy.

    Update: Since posting this FAQ, the page count has changed to 120.

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  • Carly Strickland, daughter of Terry Strickland, is layout out the interior. She's an illustrator and graphic designer with experience doing editorial layout (see the Olympia Heights series, The Expedition & Beyond Catalog, etc). You can read more about Carly through the bio in our project updates.

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  • Unfortunately Kickstarter's prize selection is multiple choice, single answer. That's okay. We're not robots fulfilling your order, so we can adapt. Simply add up the amounts of the two pledges and select the most expensive package on the multiple choice form. Then, when your pledge is made, go back to the page for the project. There will be a link at the top of the page that says "comments". Comment there, saying exactly which package you would like added to your order.

    We know this is not ideal, but we will take care to check our comments page when sorting out prizes. Thanks for your support!

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Rewards

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    Pledge $1 or more

    1 backer

    A SHOW OF SUPPORT:
    Your name on the acknowledegments page of the book.

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    3 backers

    A HELPING HAND: A signed Thank You from Terry Strickland, featuring one of five designs based on art from The Incognito Project. Your name will be on the acknowledgements page of the book.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    3 backers Limited (27 left of 30)

    CASUALTIES OF WAR: A paintbrush, used by Terry Strickland in the creation of The Incognito Project. This paintbrush includes a signed certificate of authenticity and the HELPING HAND package.

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    Pledge $20 or more

    8 backers

    MANY THANKS:
    10 greeting cards with red envelopes, featuring 5 images of paintings from The Incognito Project and the HELPING HAND package.

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    Pledge $35 or more

    2 backers

    SAVE THE DATE: A 2013, 12-month Calendar featuring images of paintings from The Incognito Project and the HELPING HAND package.

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    61 backers

    THE INCOGNITO PACKAGE: A signed, hand-numbered first edition of the The Incognito Project book and the HELPING HAND package.

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    7 backers

    THE DAME WAS TROUBLE:
    This package is made up of the MANY THANKS package, the SAVE THE DATE package, and THE INCOGNITO PACKAGE. It includes the HELPING HAND package.

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    2 backers All gone!

    THE BIRMINGHAM ARTIST PACKAGE: (for Birmingham, AL locals only). Art lessons from Terry Strickland at the Forstall Art Center, plus an apron featuring a custom design from The Incognito Project, a signed copy of The Incognito Project book, and the HELPING HAND package.

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    3 backers

    FRIENDS OF MATTER DEEP: A signed copy of The Incognito Project book; signed copies of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon, Olympia Heights: The Weight of the World, and Kissing Corpses by Amy Leigh Strickland; signed copies of Sunshine's Night Out and Say No to Sparkles, written by Kyle Strickland and illustrated by Carly Strickland; a signed copy of Awesome Like a 'Possum, edited by Carly Strickland and illustrated by The Electric Keychain Collective; and the Expedition and Beyond catalog, featuring Terry Strickland's art. Also included: the HELPING HAND package.

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    1 backer All gone!

    TERRY STRICKLAND STARTER COLLECTOR: An original Terry Strickland oil sketch (Sepia Gesture), The Expedition and Beyond catalog, including the art of Terry Strickland and others from the Women Painting Women expedition, a signed copy of The Incognito Project book, and the HELPING HAND package

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    TERRY STRICKLAND SILVER COLLECTOR: An original Terry Strickland oil sketch (Travis in Leather), The Expedition and Beyond catalog, including the art of Terry Strickland and others from the Women Painting Women expedition, a signed copy of The Incognito Project book, and the HELPING HAND package.

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    1 backer All gone!

    TERRY STRICKLAND COLLECTOR ON EXPEDITION: An original Terry Strickland oil sketch (Sullivan's Island Morning), The Expedition and Beyond catalog, including the art of Terry Strickland and others from the Women Painting Women expedition, a signed copy of The Incognito Project book, and the HELPING HAND package.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    TERRY STRICKLAND SILVER PLUS COLLECTOR: An original Terry Strickland oil sketch (Renaissance Amy), The Expedition and Beyond catalog, including the art of Terry Strickland and others from the Women Painting Women expedition, a signed copy of The Incognito Project book, and the HELPING HAND package.

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    Pledge $1,500 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    TERRY STRICKLAND GOLD COLLECTOR: An original Terry Strickland oil painting (Daydreams: Some Other Self) 8.5x11 framed, The Expedition and Beyond catalog, including the art of Terry Strickland and others from the Women Painting Women expedition, and a signed copy of The Incognito Project book with the HELPING HAND package.

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    TERRY STRICKLAND PLATINUM COLLECTOR: The Expedition and Beyond catalog, including the art of Terry Strickland and others from the Women Painting Women expedition, the INCOGNITO package, and the painting "Applause."

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