WHO I AM:
My name is Stephanie Guttenplan, also known as Pookie. I am an Artist, Women Artist Coach, facilitator as well as many other roles that stem from being in service to people. This project has been one on the back burner, until now, for it seems that I needed to grow as a woman and a creative before putting this project together. Now, the work is flowing through me as if air to breathe.
PROJECT: DECK OF QUEENS
The project, called "Deck of Queens", is a collection of portraits that I have taken while being the Photo Editor of Inked Magazine, as well as after the fact with myself and other muses. I have recreated these portraits to reveal what I saw as divine and sacred of these women. Surreal to reveal their super power, tell their story, and be something to relate to.
The series will be produced to a tarot deck, for readings for guidance and intentionality. This will be paired with a booklet, to provide clarity in meaning. A select few will be printed large (20x24), mounted on wood and finished with resin. There will also be a coffee table book of the portraits as well, including a bit more background information about the project, poems that have been written while this has come to life, as well as the meanings of the cards.
BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT
This project started while I was working in the editorial world. I found myself having trouble with the perfection of the marketing world... to what sells. I had test shoots, sometimes more than one a day, to photograph women in gear to sell, as well as to get some more lusty style photographs. My desire to connect, bring vulnerability and to provide an experience for these women to be... well, seen. More than their beauty... their bodies... their tattoos... rather to bring vulnerability to the space. It became something that kept me going, on what felt like a broken wheel - to find something within myself, but hearing, seeing and doing the photoshoot slow dance with these women.
I acknowledge their beauty, their courage, their hearts and their authenticity. The artist in me has become even more clear, of why I create: to reveal the gods and goddesses within us all, that we are perfectly imperfect, and we are at choice to see the World this way too. I create, to show you how beautiful we truly all are. Telling the story, of why we all are simply divine.
TIMELINE / STEPS
- May 30th: The illustrations and portraits will be complete. Both the portraits and the cards will be designed.
- June 30th: The booklet and coffee table book will be completely designed.
- July 30th: Everything has been manufactured. Ready for send out.
- August 30th: everything will be shipped out to supporters.
- Photo and Graphic Work: 1,000
- Intuitive work, writing, editing: 1,000
- Coffee Table Book Design, Assembly, Editing: 1,000
- Larger Prints Materials + Assembly: 1,500
- Miscellaneous Fees: 500
Budget is being put in place for skills, artistry, refinement, mentorship, editing, time as well as the materials and assembly of these bigger pieces. In response to supporting this project, you will be gifted with whatever gift you choose, priced at the discounted retail price of these items.
As a woman, an artist, as a human, as a healer, as an animal
I'm on the constant search for wholeness
To find the divinity and sacred within everything:
Myself, you, my beloved as well as whoever holds my resentments
For I can see self-consciousness fill up our bones all too often
As our journey of healing seems to become longer everyday
With an everlasting battle to trust ourselves
Knowing, we have everything we need within us
As we find how to walk this path with an open heart
My why, is… for you.
The house wives, ex’s, widows and forever single ladies
Those of you who have said “fuck this” to those who say “fuck yes”
For the ladies who don’t feel comfortable in their skin
The ones who’ve had trauma fill their bones
Sleeping beauties that can’t see how marvelous they truly are
Women who are moving to quickly for other people, to be the super hero they are
Most of all, for the ones who doesn’t think this is for you.
Trust me, beauty:
This one is for you.
As I carve a piece of myself out for you,
I do it so you can pause
Even for a moment
To witness and acknowledge
The queen within you.
For whatever you do
Wherever you go
Whoever you are
You. Will. Never. Happen. Again.
As I bow to you
I bow to the majestic
To your gifts and your flaws
To the wholeness of human you are.
Risks and challenges
Timeline wise, my intention is to complete this on time. I will have challenges, of course - For I have a pretty full life already. How I intend to get over this, is by being able to support myself through this kick starter - paying myself for my own talents, so I can let go of some of the jobs that aren't in alignment with the bigger picture - that are purely there to support me in taking care of myself and my financial commitments.
The production, the book, the deck - I trust that those all can be handled in excellence. Will there be errors - most likely. AND, I know that my resilience and desires for this project to be something I am proud of - that honors these women and the people who will gift themselves a deck or a print.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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