Through this project, I want to look at the viability of making art during a time of widespread economic recessions and disparities. By allowing people to receive a work via donation, I want to have a more direct connection with my audience. The base donation of $60 roughly covers the cost of making and sending someone a print. So, in order to make the project vital, I need people to sponsor it, not only due to the costs, but so that I have a subject to work with.
What I Need & What You Get
The approximate cost of making an edition of three prints is as follows:
- $5 for paper
- $1 for ink
- $5 for a mailing tube
- $35 for postage to mail the print
The cost of using IndieGoGo is 4% of the donations if I meet my goal, and 9% if I don't. PayPal charges 3% for transaction fees, so I'm adding 12% to the initial cost of making each print, or roughly $50.
I have to make sure to cover the cost of each print, as the cost of the residency is already high, and I am not eligible for federal and provincial grants in Canada as a full-time student. So, if there is money left over from each print, it will help cover the cost of the residency. But, I want to avoid using this as a platform to fund my trip, and keep the project focused on the value and viability of making art.
Although I come from a background in sculpture, I am excited to have the opportunity to make prints. Carving a woodblock for a print has much of the same appeal as carving wood for a three-dimensional object, but with a two-dimensional result.
Other Ways You Can Help
The Internet is unsurpassed at quickly generating support for an idea. If you are interested in my project, even if you can't support it, please let others know about it.