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A multimedia art project by illustrator Rachelle Meyer that started in a tiny sketchbook on the NDSM ferry in Amsterdam. It’s a trip.
A multimedia art project by illustrator Rachelle Meyer that started in a tiny sketchbook on the NDSM ferry in Amsterdam. It’s a trip.
A multimedia art project by illustrator Rachelle Meyer that started in a tiny sketchbook on the NDSM ferry in Amsterdam. It’s a trip.
96 backers pledged €5,116 to help bring this project to life.

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Update #4: Wrap Party: 22 June @18.00
Update #3: Posters on the Ferries, More Press
Update #2: Press for the Project 

Faces on the Ferry

My name is Rachelle Meyer. I’m an American illustrator living in Amsterdam, specializing in children's books and storytelling. In 2017, I started sketching fellow commuters on the NDSM ferry in a tiny sketchbook. It's a short but sweet trip of about 12 minutes, connecting my home in Amsterdam Noord with my studio in the center of town. When I'd get to work, I'd make a cup of coffee and finish off the hasty little pencil sketches in about 15 minutes or so.

Faces on the Ferry - "The Starboard Pioneer"
Faces on the Ferry - "The Starboard Pioneer"

I started off by posting these sketches on Instagram.

Faces on the Ferry - "Looking Ahead."
Faces on the Ferry - "Looking Ahead."

Once the sketchbook was full, I flipped through it and thought that there was more to it than the sum of its parts. So I made a film and put it on YouTube.

YouTube Film: Faces on the Ferry
YouTube Film: Faces on the Ferry

The film and the sketches received a lot of positive feedback that led to new commissions,television interviews, and speaking engagements. 

One of my favorite unexpected outcomes of the sketchbook was that it told a joyous little story of the changing of the seasons from winter to spring. 

Screenprinting at the AGA Lab in Amsterdam
Screenprinting at the AGA Lab in Amsterdam

I'd been dying to get back into screen printing again and decided to use some of these small drawings as a launching point to play with limited color palettes and a sharper stylization of form. 

Silkscreen Print: "The Dedicated Reader #2"
Silkscreen Print: "The Dedicated Reader #2"

 My three goals with this Kickstarter campaign?

  • to finish these eight prints for the winter and spring seasons
  • to launch a parallel career as an independent artist alongside my work as an illustrator for hire, creating work that is meaningful to me and others
  • to return to the ferry with another tiny palm-sized sketchbook and round out a full year of Faces on the Ferry with an additional series for the summer and fall

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 Credits

I'd like to thank J.C. & Anphibius for providing the music for the trailer as well as for the original Faces on the Ferry movie. I received (in)valuable advice from Amy Fuller at Egeltje Consulting about how to estimate costs and set a sound financial goal for this project. 

Risks and challenges

I don't see a high risk factor involved in completing this project. I'm a professional illustrator, and I've already test-driven components of this project with the first sketchbook, the film and by making silkscreen prints. I'd love to continue working on all aspects of Faces on the Ferry, from the small onsite sketches to the silkscreening, and with your help, I hope to get this done.

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    The Tourist

    One "Faces on the Ferry" postcard addressed and sent to you.

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    The Sightseer

    Set of 3 different “Faces on the Ferry” blank postcards, sent to your address.

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    The Globetrotter

    12 “Faces on the Ferry” blank postcards (4 sets of 3 images), sent to your address.

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    The Winter Commuter

    One limited edition Faces on the Ferry silkscreen print - WINTER season. (Distributed on a first come, first serve basis.)

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    The Spring Commuter

    One limited edition Faces on the Ferry silkscreen print - SPRING season. (Distributed on a first come, first serve basis.)

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    The Dedicated Reader Series

    Three limited edition silkscreen prints, two winter and one spring, featuring people reading. My personal favorite.

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    The Winter Collector

    The full set of 4 Faces on the Ferry limited edition prints from the WINTER season.

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    The Spring Collector

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    The Passenger

    Be one of the faces in the next sketchbook. Will you be in Amsterdam between August and December? We can schedule a date to meet on the ferry. Option to be added to the Faces of the Funders Gallery on the Therewise Enterprises website.

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    The Siren (Black and White)

    Inspire me! I will create a unique portrait of you. Maximum size A4. Original artwork sent to your address. Option to be added to the Faces of the Funders Gallery on the Therewise Enterprises website.

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    The Siren (Color)

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    The Theo van Gogh

    You're a true fan and supporter! This reward includes the full set of prints and an original drawing from the NDSM area to be created for you this summer. Option to be added to the Faces of the Funders Gallery on the Therewise Enterprises website.

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    The de Medici

    You’re an invaluable patron of the arts! This reward includes the full set of prints and an original portrait of the subject of your choice. Live sitting available in Amsterdam, photos also accepted. Option to be added to the Faces of the Funders Gallery on the Therewise Enterprises website.

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