Art Show Opening and Kickstarter Benefit for The Portland Tarot, May 8th, 6-9pm

Art Show Opening and Kickstarter Benefit for The Portland Tarot, May 8th, 6-9pm

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Event, Kickstarter, Stories | 0 comments

Want to see some big prints of the art in person? There’s an art show coming up next week! Wednesday, May 8, 6-9pm Cathedral Park Restaurant 6635 N. Baltimore Ave. Portland, OR 97203 We will have a folk/jazz band! The weather looks to be lovely, and the view is incredible from the restaurant. Plus the drinks and food are amazing. Raffle tickets will be $5 each. If you choose to pledge to the Kickstarter, you can get a raffle ticket for each $5 you pledge, up to 6 raffle tickets per person! There will also be an opportunity to play King or Queen of whatever suit of your choosing in a take home Tarot card, for only a $10 contribution. If you pledge for one of the higher-level Kickstarter rewards at the party, you can go home with a bonus print of your choice. I’ll also be selling some smaller prints of art that aren’t currently available on the Kickstarter. The restaurant and bar will be open for business that night, so come on by, grab a drink and some dinner, and join us for a fun night of Tarot and art. More info on the Craigslist post for the event: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/eve/3781018619.html About the Tarot Card Photo Op Since so many folks have asked me to be in the deck, I thought it would be fun to set up a backdrop and let folks pose as the Queen or King of the suit of their choice. We’ll take a quick photo (you can toss on whatever costume-y goodies you want that we happen to have on hand) and then place it into a Tarot card template and print it out for you to take home. Now, if you are dying to be in the actual deck yourself, the only way to GUARANTEE it is to take advantage of the Kickstarter reward that allows you to do just that! I’m not taking any new model requests right now, as I’m fully booked up for all the pieces I have planned to date. So if you’ve got a hankerin’, then this is the way to make your dream a definite reality. But, if you just want to have a little fun playing Tarot, then our fun photo set up next Wednesday might be just the thing to sate you! (Or will it make you hungry for more? Hmm…) Hope to see you there! It’s gonna be great...

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Q&A About The Portland Tarot Kickstarter

Q&A About The Portland Tarot Kickstarter

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Kickstarter, Stories | 0 comments

I’ve had chats about the project Kickstarter in various venues, and there are two questions I often see asked about the project… While I do cover my reasoning in my Kickstarter, I figured it was worth covering these topics in more depth here. Q. Why are you fundraising before the deck is close to complete? A. The style of artwork that I am creating has some overhead involved that I have been covering out of my own pocket awhile. An expensive studio bulb needing to be replaced, more involved shoots that need hair, costumes or props, and other sundry costs come up. If the cash flow isn’t there, then the momentum can be disrupted. Because so many folks were eager to see the deck completed, I wanted to keep things flowing and prevent having to drag the project out over a longer time period in order to wrap it up. I could have simply done a Kickstarter for these costs and not lumped in printing, but trying to run two separate Kickstarter campaigns did not feel like a valuable use of my time. The beauty of doing both fundraising endeavors at once is that I save myself some time that I can put back into finishing the deck quickly. And I also know exactly what the final product will look like early on, which also saves time in production. Q. Why is the budget so high? Is it because you are covering your time, too? A. The budget is high because I am printing the deck locally. I believe very strongly in the sustainability of keeping it local, and the quality product that I can deliver by being able to work closely with local vendors who are committed to excellence. There is absolutely no money left over in the budget to cover my time. Unless I get money in excess of the budget, I will continue working on the project as I have so far, between a combo of taking a day out of my usual work week (something I can do working for myself), and working on evenings and weekends to take all the photos and put the illustrations together. It’s worked so far, and because I am so passionate about this project I am happy to continue in this fashion. I could have started out with a lower budget with a product that I had printed overseas, but I chose not to do that, because it really felt out of sync with the vision for the project. Having a Portland deck not printed in Portland did not feel right to me. I would certainly welcome some extra income to put toward my time! But for now I would be content knowing that I got the funds needed to make the deck the best it could be, in alignment with values I hold dear. I hope the above...

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