About this project
Do you like Metal? Do you like Ladies? Then get Heavy Metalorganized with the Ladies of Heavy Metal 2014 Calendar and Resource Guide!
This calendar will feature women who live, work, and thrive in the Heavy Metal Community. Each month will be headlined one Heavy Metal lady, a photograph of her unique headbanging style, a short biography, and links to all the awesome stuff she does. It will also serve as a resource guide for finding different blogs, journals, books, products, and services that are both heavy metal awesome and done by women. The goal of the calender is to spot-lite the amazing women of metal and all that they do.
Hey, I can do something with this...
In 2011 I started a project where I began cataloging the style of various metalheads that I knew, both men and women alike. I began this project as a transplant to the Pacific Northwest, specifically Portland, OR, from the hot and sunny south that is St. Petersburg, FL. The Dirty Burg of the South had a thriving metal scene as well, but due to the sweat inducing climate we could not adorn ourselves as the PNWestern could, in leather! ThIs collection is entitled "Where I come from we wear flannel to metal shows..."
The next step began with me and a friend trying to start a heavy metal ladies night where we invited friends, who invited friends, to come out drink, eat, meet, and be merry. These ladies nights grew and grew and I was meeting new and awesome women who were doing amazing things each time! The scene had been small, but it was getting bigger. And I thought, 'Hey, I can do something with this!' and thus the idea for the Ladies of Heavy Metal calendar and resource guide was born!
To the knitty gritty, about the calendar and resource guide
Metal isn't just a boys club anymore. The ladies of heavy metal are out there, thriving in our community, and I want to help connect them to you. I have reached out to a collection of diverse women to feature in the calendar. Some of them include Uta Plotkin of Witch Mountain and Aranya, April Jones of Slayed in Oregon, Gita Castillian, Photographer, Belle Which of Heathen Lord Leather, Alyssa Herman of Foto Phortress, Heather McLaughlin, Artist and member of The Rotties, Carolina Arvizu of Deth Maiden Skullery and singer of Servitor, Tracy Lynn of RSVP Rockstar Clothing, Cat Jones, writer and historian at fuzzandhellfire.com, Jayme Gantz of Night Nurse, and Melynda Jackson of Eight Bells.
I want to know who you want in the calendar too! I have left the cover open to feature the Kickstarters choice. What is the Kickstarter's Choice, you might ask. After funding has ended I will ask backers to nominate Heavy Metal Ladies from their community to be the cover model. The top five nominees will appear on the final survey. The lady with the most votes will be Kickstarter's Choice and will grace the cover of the calendar!
A major part of the Ladies of Heavy Metal 2014 calendar and resource guide, is, of course, the resources! Through my efforts of research and networking I have compiled a comprehensive list. From yoga instructors to photographers to bloggers, the resource guide will have you covered for all you heavy metal needs. Are you a heavy metal lady, or know one who would be great, and want to be in resource guide? Just message me!
As part of this Kickstater, I will be taking suggestions from you, the users of this calendar and resource guide. Some of my ideas are: Heavy Metal Holidays, such as Saint Dio Day or All Helloweens's Eve, illustrated quotes from each lady about what they think of heavy metal, or maybe a short history of headbanging. But in the end it will be the ideas that I receive from you that will ultimately shape this project. Without the heavy metal community something like this would not be possible, so in the end I want to make sure that what is produced is what you, the users, want.
Lucky for me (and you) aside from being a photographer I am also a Digital Press Operator at a multi-faceted printshop that is located in the Pacific Northwest. We strive for excellence in marketing and manufacturing within the print industry through the combination of craftsmanship, technology, and environmentally friendly practices. This unique circumstance puts me in the position of not only being the photographer and designer of this project, but also the main producer. I will personally be printing this calendar and resource guide and can guarantee the best quality for every copy.
You might want to know where all your money is going. As you might imagine, most of the funds that will be collected during this Kickstarter will go toward production cost. This will produce 300 full sized Calendars, 150 half sized Calendars, and 50 sets of Postcards. I have selected a very high grade velvet coated paper that is FSC Certified recycled. All products not sold during the Kickstarter phase will be posted on Etsy and commissioned at local stores within the Pacific Northwest. The additional proceeds from sales of the calendar will go toward the creation of a 2015 Heavy Metal Calendar. That means that we will not have to come back to Kickstarter a second time for next year, but will be self sustaining. Funds that will be not used in the production will go toward studio and camera costs, Kickstarter's 5%, and treats for our Heavy Metal Models.
to Gorgon Stare for use of their music off the Basement Lords Demo (I am the photographer and designer for this demo!) in the video, April Jones for recording and editing the video, Katie Dunbar for extreem moral support, and JD Davis for loving that I'm a Heavy Metal Lady.
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Risks and challenges
I feel the biggest risk in making this calendar is covering all the needs of the Heavy Metal Calendar user. I hope to overcome this by compiling the user data submitted by the Kickstarters who fund this project. By creating my vision of the calendar infused with the ideas of the heavy metal community, I believe this can can an excellent tool for every metalhead out there.
Other risks, as always, are production and fulfillment. There is always the chance for delay. To avoid these kinds of problems, I have set a date that is far enough into the future that I do not think any delays will effect the distribution of the pledges on time. I would rather send the pledges early if all goes smoothly, than late because I rushed.
My final risk is that one of the ladies I have connected with will no longer be able to participate in the project. Within this in mind I have networked with many ladies, and know that while I have an awesome group right now, there are many more women out there that would love to model for this calendar.
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