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We believe affordable space shouldn't be a luxury.

We know the rent is too damn high… so’s the equipment. But what if joining an art studio was like joining a gym? (A regular gym––not the smoothie pouring, sauna steaming, so long to my paycheck type gym.) At Swaggerless Studios, we’re creating an environment that will give artists and designers affordable access to the space and professional equipment they need to flex their creative muscles.


Your support will help more creatives, create. 

By backing this project, you're not only helping to bring Swaggerless Studios to life, but also the future projects of all the artists and creatives to walk through our doors. That's something to get excited about. 


6K can go a long way.  

We're looking to raise $6,000 to help cover the cost of F.F.E. (Fixtures, Furniture & Equipment). These include items such as: 

  • Drafting tables
  • Workbenches
  • Stools
  • Utility sink

But 12K will make our day.

Our stretch goal of $12,000 will help us pay for space improvements. 

  • Sanding and refinishing floor
  • Plaster, prime, and paint walls
  • Three 10lb fire extinguishers and metal case

And with 20K, we'll go all the way!

  • Additional outlets
  • Additional lighting
  • Plumbing for sink 
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2,500 square feet of possibilities. 

It might not look like much now. But just wait and see what happens with your support! 

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Chi-town stand up!  

We're located on the west side of Chicago (North Lawndale) only steps away from the Kedzie Pink Line station!  

Meet the artists who make Swaggerless, swaggerless! 

Hear from some of the artists who have helped make Swaggerless what it is today. From the "blog for strugglin' artists", to the Swaggerless Pop-up Art Show, and now to Swaggerless Studios


Meet Semir (aka Knut van Brijs): A collage artist from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  @knut_van_brijs

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Meet Jési and David: The artist & illustrator couple of Entusiasta Gallery in Barcelona, Spain. @entusiastagallery

"Since we met, the relationship with Swaggerless couldn't be better. We did things together that always ended in good results, from the blog to a pop-up art exhibition in L.A. Thanks to Swaggerless our artwork opened to new horizons, crossing frontiers to get to know new people, a new public sensible to our work that otherwise for us would have been impossible to reach." 

Artists & illustrators, Jési and David of Entusiasta Gallery.
Artists & illustrators, Jési and David of Entusiasta Gallery.

"Why having affordable access to the tools and space to create is important to us?
It's fundamental for working peacefully. This allows you to focus and get down to work without distractions, stimulating creation."


Meet JaMall: A product & jewelry designer and founder of Gami Gallery in Los Angeles. @gamigallery

“I think Swaggerless Studios is very important because it will truly cultivate creativity, entrepreneurship, mentorship, and CONFIDENCE. In today’s society, representation is imperative to the younger generation. Seeing is believing! Having experienced leadership like Jess, allows others to know their dreams are well within reach.”

callmemallie: 1st piece of the @gamigallery Blooming Branch collection. It represents new and prosperous seasons in your life. I pray 2019 will be full of abundance in health, wealth, and opportunity for all of my friends and fam.
callmemallie: 1st piece of the @gamigallery Blooming Branch collection. It represents new and prosperous seasons in your life. I pray 2019 will be full of abundance in health, wealth, and opportunity for all of my friends and fam.

Meet Ignacio: A collage artist from Argentina. @ignaciorivasart

"For every artist, a space to create is very important. It's the second, or sometimes the home of the artist. It's the place where you can dream and make all you want come true." 

Ignacio Rivas
Ignacio Rivas
Ignacio Rivas
Ignacio Rivas

Meet Goodnightmeesh: A visual artist from Los Angeles. @goodnightmeesh

"I don't have space! Lmao I need more space." 

Goodnightmeesh's home studio.
Goodnightmeesh's home studio.
Work in progress by Goodnightmeesh.
Work in progress by Goodnightmeesh.

Meet Dwayne: A multidisciplinary artist from Chicago and creator of TV Studio D.  

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Oh yeah, and I'm Jess.

I’m Jess, creator of Swaggerless Studios. I want to personally thank you for being a part of our vision of giving more artists affordable access to the tools and space to create. Six years ago I moved across country to a city full of creatives, artists, and visionary spirits. It was great being amongst a vibrant group of people, but there was one thing I missed––the amazing studios and facilities I left behind in art school. I found myself working on projects wherever I could make space––on the bedroom floor, tape filled walls, anything sturdy enough to be a table, back to the floor. It worked––up to a point. I knew I couldn’t be the only one in this predicament of turning everything into a studio, because I couldn’t afford a studio.

Turns out, I wasn’t. 

I started visiting creatives of all backgrounds––from emerging artisans turning bedrooms into photo booths, to established artists with studios in downtown hotspots. What I realized was, you can’t stop an artist from making art––I just want to make the process a little easier for us all.

Thanks,
       -Jess


Backer Rewards!

We've saved the best for last. Below are descriptions of some of the rewards for backing our project. Thanks for your support!

Pledge $100 or more

Handmade Swaggerless print.

Limited edition, handmade Swaggerless print. Printed with love. Take a look at the technique I use to print. Messy, but fun! 

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Above: Jess printing at Spudnik Press. 


Pledge $500 or more

Get an Original Piece of Art.

You'll receive a piece of original art made at Swaggerless Studios. No prints here--there's only one in the world. Here are a few examples of my original works in a technique called scratchboard.

Original scratchboard by Jess
Original scratchboard by Jess
Original scratchboard by Jess
Original scratchboard by Jess

Risks and challenges

Just like with any new endeavor, we're bound to have some hiccups down the road. Being flexible and factoring in ample time for those surprise moments when "life happens" will be important to our success.

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    Dear Kind-Generous-Patron of the Arts,

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    Come hang out in the studio for the day and work alongside some really cool local Chicago artists!

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    Join the M-F Crew! (That’s Monday-Friday.) Come work in the studio during weekdays for (1) month at a special EARLY BIRD Kickstarter rate.

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    Be "Employee of the Month"

    Get all the perks without the work. We'll proudly hang your photo in the studio for your outstanding achievements-- aka backing this project.

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    You name it!

    By "it" we mean a piece of equipment. We'll let you name a piece of equipment or furniture in the studio. That workbench can now be named after your best friend, "Buddy." Just keep it appropriate, of course ;)

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    Get help with your copy needs--be it a killer headline, or an awesome tag.

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    Piece of Art

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    One Big Swaggerless Party

    Come to the studio. We shall celebrate. And you shall be treated like Swaggerless royalty. You'll also receive all of the gifts listed above.

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