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We bring together playful people with diverse talents to collaborate on the creation of beautiful art on our natural playgrounds.

Moab, UT Film & Video
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About this project

We are raising funds to do the second installment of the Maiden Project on the arches and in the canyons of Moab, Utah. Here is our previous production, Maiden Light, in Boulder, CO

Artwork by Craig Muderlak
Artwork by Craig Muderlak

Our Current Goal

We at The Restorative desire to weave our talents together to bring you a second, jaw-dropping film. We played on the only natural arch around Boulder, and we found inspiration in its elegant beauty. There is a place where arches abound: Moab, Utah. With brains in our heads and play in our hearts, we journey down South to create new, great arts. Your contribution will allow us to: put gas in our cars to drive down and explore arches and canyons in the Moab area; shoot for several days in these magnificent locations; and create another beautiful video to share with you!


Sponsors

We are happy to announce that all of our aerial equipment needs will be fulfilled by Aerial Essentials!

Hardware for Flight - The sky is no longer the limit
Hardware for Flight - The sky is no longer the limit


If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor of the Maiden Project, please contact us via email.

Beginnings: An Idea from a Friend

It all started with a simple but powerful idea from our friend Piper: to play on aerial fabric off the side of a cliff.

That idea was shelved for several years till Tim Davis met Ashley Smith.

Bridge shoot with Rabble Dance Collective
Bridge shoot with Rabble Dance Collective

While at a shoot for Rabble Dance Collective, Tim presented the idea to Ashley, who immediately jumped on it!

Initial Play at Royal Arch

Months of planning and learning ensued. Friends were recruited with backgrounds in: aerial arts, climbing, photography, videography, multimedia arts. The Maiden in the Flatirons of Boulder was scouted as the main objective. Several days were shot at Royal Arch by Jen Friedberg, Craig Muderlak, Tim, and Jack Ellenberger with Ashley, Grace Ramsey, and Helium Valentine performing for us and to stunned hikers who happened upon us.

Ashley at Royal Arch
Ashley at Royal Arch

Going for it...

Everything felt right at Royal Arch, so our crew of five decided to go for our main ambition: The Maiden. With a 90 minute hike in carrying backpacks bulging with climbing equipment, ropes, cameras, fabric, and a day's provisions under the simmering summer sun, we would get to the Maiden and collapse. But there was no time to lose, as the shadows crawled up the Maiden, we needed to capture the sunset!

The Maiden during the perfect, sunset glow
The Maiden during the perfect, sunset glow

Our first try was stymied by wind, and our second by wind and rain. Defeat was a bitter pill, but getting so close to success fueled our teams' psyche engines to keep trying!

Finally, days before Craig moved to New England, our schedules aligned, and we made the schlep back up to the Maiden in the hopes that we could capture the excellent photos and videos we had strived for.

Success!

Our sweat and persistence paid off, and we were positively giddy with joy as Ashley performed at incredible heights.The sun's last rays licked the summit and Ashley floated back up the fabric. Our crew was positively electrified!

Buzzing with excitement, we packed up and parted the darkness back down the trail. As with many endeavours in life, we found both success and failure to reap the same result: desire for more!

Our Current Goal

To create Maiden Light, we invested much time and effort to pull it off. Luckily, the Maiden is in our backyard. But to travel down to Moab, we'll need some financial assistance from you. If you'd like to see another stunning video from our crew at The Restorative, pick out your favorite reward!

Let's go here!
Let's go here!
And get inspired to create more art like this!
And get inspired to create more art like this!

Feedback from You!

We hope that our that our truly awesome media and collaboration to capture Ashley's play on the Maiden galvanize you into funding our second artistic goal.

Your contribution shows us at The Restorative that:

  • You like our idea
  • Maiden Light shocked, startled, inspired, scared, amazed, and otherwise shook up your daily routine
  • Your notions of what is possible have changed
  • You think that reconnecting to the outdoors through play is fantastic
  •  You want us to create more!

Some people we like

Craig Muderlak - The artist
Craig Muderlak - The artist
Frequent Flyers: Creating and promoting the magic of aerial dance through performance and education.
Frequent Flyers: Creating and promoting the magic of aerial dance through performance and education.

 Zen Pencils for constant inspiration

Risks and challenges

There are several situations involving exposure to danger in this project:

-Ashley will be using a combination of her physical abilities and mental stability to perform while high off the ground.

-The riggers and videographers will also be working high off the ground on lines, and will need to keep themselves as well as Ashley safe.

-Life calls, and we answer. If one of our performers, climbers, or artists gets called away, we have a group of friends who can step in to collaborate on the Maiden Project, and see it to completion.

-Being with such an awesome crew of people, we may get very, very stoked. We'll probably be so stoked, it'll be hard to get unstoked after we get back to Colorado!

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    A postcard featuring a stunning picture from our shoot in Moab with a personal thank you!

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    Digital download of the film we create from this trip. Liked Maiden Light? You'll like this one more.

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    Psyched for the video, and want to see some raw footage before it's released? Get all the rewards at the $15 level, plus a sneak peak download of the video during editing before it's released. We'll also mention you by name in the closing credits of our movie.

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    Want to come to our release party? It's going to be great! You get a download of our film, two photos from our trip, one of those radical stickers, and a chance to meet our crew at our release party! (location and time TBD, but definitely in the Boulder/Denver area)

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    Want more photos? This is for you! You reap all the rewards of the $25 level, and receive TWO 8”X10” prints. We'll even let you choose your two favourites out of our best shots.

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    Want to see us meet our goal without a ton of hoopla? You'll get a download of the film and we'll let that be that!

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    Craig Muderlak creates beautiful artwork, and for your contribution at this level, we will ship you a 8"x12" fine art-print of Craig's artwork. You also receive everything at the $25 level!

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    Have you or a friend ever wanted to try aerial fabric? Maybe trapeze or lyra? We'll pay for your first lesson! You'll get a voucher for a one hour, private lesson with one of the brilliant teachers at Frequent Flyers in Boulder, one of the schools where Ashley studied. If you don't feel like flying, this voucher would make a great gift! Also, receive all the perks associated with the $25 level. You pay to get to Frequent Flyers.

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    Ashley is an amazing performer, and also an aerial teacher! You'll get a voucher for a free, one hour private lesson with her at Iluminar Aerial in Broomfield. And all the perks associated with the $25 level. You pay to get to Iluminar Aerial.

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    So you really like our photographers and what they capture, we're flattered! You will receive a signed, archival, limited edition 20"x30" giclee you receive from us when you support our project at this level. You get to choose your favorite image we capture from our trip. Additionally, you will also receive all the rewards from the $25 level.

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    We will send you a 22"x30" limited edition, signed giclee featuring of one of Craig Muderlak's artworks he produces for the project (your choice) AND a 8"x10" photo from the trip (you choose from our very best). You will also receive all the rewards at the $25 level.

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    You'd knock our socks off to support our endeavour at this level, so we'll return the favor! In addition to the rewards at the $750 level, we will produce a "Behind the Scenes" video that we will mail to you on DVD. We will also mention your name as a major contributing sponsor in the opening and closing credits.

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Funding period

- (30 days)