Why is this important?
Sea Together is an artist-run grassroots project that believes all female surfers have a space in surf culture. This magazine includes unique stories with compelling writing, voices, interviews, art, and photography you will not find elsewhere. By helping fund this print magazine, YOU are the glue to this community that keeps Sea Together together. Without your help in meeting our Kickstarter goal, we cannot print. In addition to supporting the print magazine, a big thanks to all of you who come together at our gatherings in California, Oregon, & Hawaii. It's been an honor to meet each of you inspiring individuals.
If you haven't already seen it, check out last issue's Kickstarter Campaign & video here. You can see other events from the past year on Sea Together's website, including our 1 year anniversary surf meet-up. Thank you for believing in our magazine bringing us together through events as well and coming to several events throughout the past year!
ISSUE 002 has the theme of place and features various women surfers from around the world, which we will keep as a surprise for you. The cover of ISSUE 002 features Hanna Scott shot by Bryanna Bradley. In addition, ISSUE 003 is also in progress (and this money will also go towards ISSUE 003).
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE AMAZING, INSPIRING SURFERS OF OUR KICKSTARTER PRE-ORDER VIDEO. Go to our website and follow along on our Instagram to watch their full videos in the upcoming weeks of this campaign to learn more about them.
You are funding an Artist-Run, Independent Project
By supporting this project, you believe in people coming together to volunteer their time, blood, sweat and tears into this project--literally--for the hope of one day being a sustainably funded magazine. Angela Blumen is responsible for the beautifully designed magazine, while my cousin Mikaela Horvath copy edits every article that is printed on our pages. We volunteer our time because we are passionate about this project. My name is Bri Ortega and I’m an artist and graduate MFA student. I manage all other aspects of the project including social media, emails, editor-in-chief, website, magazine shipment, magazine printing, managing editing, event planning, etc. This has been a 100% Volunteer grassroots effort with many friends contributing, volunteering at events and helping give Sea Together advice behind the scenes in other ways.
You believe that we can expand choices beyond the corporate surf world, including the expansion of ideas and creativity and genuine human connection. You believe in printing double the amount of copies we printed last year and getting Sea Together to more places.
hey say "Print is Dead". BUT WE SAY, print is exchangeable, borrow-able, perfect to take with you on surf trips with to share with other communities, and allows voices of women surfers to live on through the generations.
No more looking through old surf magazines from the 60s, 70s, 80s with no women surfers in them. We don’t have to wait countless decades to have a surf magazine with more than 2 women surfers in it--instead, we can make a female surf magazine that comes out every year!
You believe that even though people may claim "print is dead", you believe in recording the personal and collective histories of women surfers past and present and future.
Print means documenting personal histories and this rises above the unpredictability and time limit of technology.
It is our hope that in 10, 20 years from now, your granddaughters can pick up a copy of Sea Together off the bookshelf, dust it off and think what a great time for women's surfing! Instagram, social media, websites will fade. But keeping records in physical form will live on through generations. Not everyone has an Instagram or online presence to access the incredible stories of women surfers globally, let's keep storytelling, surfing, creativity and art accessible to everyone.
THIS IS YOUR SPACE AND MAGAZINE
This project has been thriving within horizontal power dynamics allowing submissions to guide the direction of the magazine. For projects to be independent, they have to be funded by the people. We thank you SO much for getting us this far and with a little more, Sea Together hopes will continue on.
You all made this happen. Thank you for carrying this project forward. Over the past year, with no prior experience in print or community building, I grew, I made mistakes, I learned a lot--a lot about shipping, event planning, Instagram, team building, and social media in my free time while juggling my environmental education job and currently my MFA graduate studies. Throughout the last year, this has become a safe place we can come together and change the trajectory for future generations. Thank you for coming to events. Thank you for supporting the magazine. Thank you for telling your friends. Thank you for sharing Sea Together on Facebook and Instagram. Thank you for donating your time. Thank you for donating your phone calls of expertise or your emails of support. Thank you for your moral support. In turn, Sea Together has changed our lives and become a real community space. We're all in this together. If we can reach out funding goal, we can continue to grow Sea Together into what we all want it to be.
Things I learned from the first Kickstarter, and the past year...
Kickstarter takes a chunk of money from the money raised, but a mistake I made with the Issue 001 Kickstarter is shipping prices. I pretty much ended up offering shipping for more than 50% cheaper than the actual cost of shipping internationally from the U.S. Shipping was listed at something like 11 dollars for international. I was stoked because then it got the magazine places further than expected. The downside is that all of the extra costs behind this added up quickly. For this Kickstarter, I am unfortunately going to have to charge the accurate shipping price of $25 for international shipment including fees and packing material. Thank you for understanding this change. In addition, there were a lot of additional costs that were unforeseen such as Shipstation fees, website fees, materials and supplies for events and shipping, tax accounting services, other services and fees built into the cost of the total Kickstarter campaign. As you can see, this is a passion and a learn-as-you go project. Thank you for your patience with me this past year.
I can't guarantee the ultimate fate of Sea Together, as I independently volunteer my time, money, and my personal life to this magazine... all while balancing grad school, work, sleeping, eating, and living a day to day human life. What I do know--I have never been so passionate about a project, it has completely taken over my free time and "life"--and you can trust that Issue 002 will be printed if we are fully funded. Thank you for your support and believing in me in this past year, and believing in the vision of Sea Together that we have created together and built upon previous work of our foremothers!
With so much love,
A Human/Founder & (Volunteer) Director of Sea Together/Artist/Surfer/MFA Grad Student/Art Educator/Environmental Educator
Music in Video by: Jon Song by Honey Bucket / Surf Clips by James Quam
A free 1-hour Photoshoot with Rita Goldfarb + 1 free copy of Sea Together: Issue 002
A free 2-hour (Individual or Group) Photoshoot with Chris Grant + 2 free copies of Sea Together: Issue 002
Risks and challenges
Risks & Challenges - This is super IMPORTANT for all you amazing backers to read. :)All backers will receive a survey sent out at the end of the Kickstarter campaign. If you do not fill out this survey sharing your mailing information with me the project coordinator, you will not receive your magazine or other rewards. This is how Kickstarter is structured--they protect your personal information from me. Therefore, you have to submit your mailing address through the survey so that I can view it & send out your reward.
If you do not fill out your reward, the magazine could potentially take up to 6 months to get to you.
Thanks for reading this important notice to fill out the survey when it is sent out. :) Last year, I sent out multiple blog posts through Kickstarter to everyone's emails reminding them to fill out the survey, but a handful of amazing backers still did not fill it out so unfortunately, I was unable to ship them their magazine & I don't have access to their name or contact information either if they did not make a Kickstarter account. Several of these amazing backers reached out to me saying that they never received their magazine, and it was because they did not fill out the survey form, so I had no idea who they were, what their email was, or what their shipping address was until they reached out to me and told me.
PICK-UP IN PERSON
If you are not present to pick up in person if you choose one of those options, unfortunately I cannot make accommodations to ship your magazine as that is an extra charge that was not included in your cost. I will also not be in the area after May.
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