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THANKS AGAIN & WEARABLE ART: THE UNINVITED

Here is one of the Wearable Art Designs: The Uninvited. Remember, since I’m handpainting each scarf, your design will be a little different – unique to you. In case, some of you missed one of my updates, I added in a $45 level for scarves.You can see it here Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Seriously, I want to know  Stay tuned for the winning design you all voted on a couple of months ago. Thanks to all of you again for supporting the Ishan Project this past year. 

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Leah Smithson’s Wearable Art Kickstarter Launch Party Video

Here’s a short video of the Wearable Art Kickstarter Launch Party from Saturday night. We had such a great time. Thanks everyone for coming out to the show and all of your support. Resist + Remember. leahsmithson.com https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303106924/wearable-art-that-restores-knowledge-of-a-forgotte

 

Your support has meant so much. Thank you!

For the closing reception we’ve made an extension of the $99 special for the Wearable Relic. For today only the Relic will still be at the $99 price. Come by the gallery and try one on at 820 Valencia St. today in the Mission District and I’ll show you how to place one of these beauties around your body. Were very close to the 25% were kickstarter will push this project closer to their front page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303106924/wearable-art-that-restores-knowledge-of-a-forgotte. Thanks everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of your support. Resist + Remember.

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3 More days till the Launch Party!

Thanks everyone who’s had an opportunity to see the Kickstarter for Wearable Art. It was really a treat hearing all of your wonderful expressions. A special thanks goes to all of you who’ve had the chance to share and/or pledge towards this project. There’s still 3 more days to purchase the wearable Relic scarf for only $99(Retail $250)!

Today I wanted to give a special shout out to Anitra Hillman at Nisey’s Studio Salon in Marietta, Ga 30068.

Also special hugs to Tuikeva Bolden, Justin Bass, David and Joanna Weisemann, David Dutra, Marnie Wardlaw and the beautiful ladies Sophia De Young and Kristen Cheetsos.

And to anyone out there who’d like to pledge to the kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303106924/wearable-art-that-restores-knowledge-of-a-forgotte . Thanks everyone for your kind support. See you at the show. Resist and Remember.

 

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KOVR on CBS with Amy Carabba interview with Leah Smithson’s Kickstarter

http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/10383716-wearable-art/

 

Enjoy this quick fashion debut with Amy Carabba on Good Day Sacramento.

Also please feel free to contribute to the Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303106924/wearable-art-that-restores-knowledge-of-a-forgotte

The TV Interview at KVOR on CBS’ Good Day Sacramento

Thanks so much KVOR on CBS’s Good Day Sacramento & Amy Carabba for the little fashion show we had this morning for the Wearable Art Kickstarter Project. Amy is so amazing and made us all feel so at home and relaxed. Especially with this being my first TV interview. Wow, we had such a great time!

So proud of my little models also. ^+^

For all of you unfamiliar with this project, please take a few moments to view the kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303106924/wearable-art-that-restores-knowledge-of-a-forgotte?ref=email. The vids only 2 mins. I’d love to hear your opinion. Pledges also start at $1. Thanks so much ahead.

Resist + Remember.

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Wearable Art That Restores Knowledge of a Forgotten Species Kickstarter

Hi guys,

I hope you all have been doing fine. Summer’s warming up but the Fall Seasons slowly rearing it’s head as we get closer to the September – October months.

Saying all of that, I just wanted to give you a reminder of the Kickstarter I’ll be launching tomorrow morning.  It’s entitled: Wearable Art that Restores Knowledge of a Forgotten Race- The Relics of The Ishan Project.  Throughout this past year we’ve discussed several Relics in our Tale of Two Species. Now I’m so proud to show you a sneak peek into the Finished Product of these scarves I’m releasing in the morning.

And to culminate this entire process, The Kickstarter will be featured on National TV on KOVR’s Good Day Sacramento by Amy Carraba! I’m excited, nervous and so pleased all at once.  I can’t wait to show everyone these fashionable scarves. And even more so, I really anticipate seeing all of you with one wrapped delicately around your neck or placed in a side or back pocket. We also have the option to frame them if you like as well since each will be a unique piece of artwork.  There’s plenty of other goodies we have in addition, including scarves, prints, pocket squares and limited original paintings done throughout the year.   Here’s a few pics of the process involved with these beauties… Resist + Remember.

-Leah

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Amy Carrabba

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303106924/1578171894?token=d1214ff1

Some FAQs’ on Kickstarter

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Hi guys I just wanted to share a few FAQs’ some have asked me recently about Kickstarters and crowdfunding. Hope this answers some. Many were taken directly from Kickstarter.com. I added a few regarding my current project. And if you have any more, don’t hesitate to ask:)

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you!

Since their launch on April 28, 2009, over $1 billion has been pledged by more than 5 million people, funding more than 60,000 creative projects.

How does Kickstarter work?

Thousands of projects are funding on Kickstarter at any given moment. Each project is independently created and crafted by the person behind it. The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control and responsibility over their projects. They spend weeks building their project pages, shooting their videos, and brainstorming what rewards to offer backers. When they’re ready, creators launch their project and share it with their community.

Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.

All-or-nothing funding is a core part of Kickstarter and it has a number of advantages:

It’s less risk for everyone. If you need $5,000, it’s tough having $1,000 and a bunch of people expecting you to complete a $5,000 project.

It motivates. If people want to see a project come to life, they’re going to spread the word.

It works. Of the projects that have reached 20% of their funding goal, 81% were successfully funded. Of the projects that have reached 60% of their funding goal, 98% were successfully funded. Projects either make their goal or find little support. There’s little in-between.

To date, an incredible 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

Why is funding all-or-nothing?

All-or-nothing funding is a core part of Kickstarter and it has a number of advantages:

It’s less risk for everyone. If you need $5,000, it’s tough having $1,000 and a bunch of people expecting you to complete a $5,000 project.

It motivates. If people want to see a project come to life, they’re going to spread the word.

It works. Of the projects that have reached 20% of their funding goal, 81% were successfully funded. Of the projects that have reached 60% of their funding goal, 98% were successfully funded. Projects either make their goal or find little support. There’s little in-between.

To date, an incredible 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

Why do people back projects?

Many backers are rallying around their friends’ projects. Some are supporting a new effort from someone they’ve long admired. Some are just inspired by a new idea, while others are motivated to pledge by a project’s rewards — a copy of what’s being produced, a limited edition, or a custom experience related to the project.

Backing a project is more than just pledging funds to a creator. It’s pledging your support to a creative idea that you want to see exist in the world.

Where do backers come from?

In most cases, the majority of funding initially comes from the fans and friends of each project. If they like it, they’ll spread the word to their friends, and so on. Press, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and Kickstarter itself are also big sources of traffic and pledges. Altogether, millions of people visit Kickstarter every week.

What do backers get in return?

Backers that support a project on Kickstarter get an inside look at the creative process, and help that project come to life. They also get to choose from a variety of unique rewards offered by the project creator. Rewards vary from project to project, but often include a copy of what is being produced (CD, DVD, book, etc.) or an experience unique to the project.

Project creators keep 100% ownership of their work, and Kickstarter cannot be used to offer equity, financial returns, or to solicit loans.

How do backers know if a project will follow through?

Launching a Kickstarter is a very public act, and creators put their reputations at risk when they do.

Backers should look for creators who share a clear plan for how their project will be completed and who have a history of doing so. Creators are encouraged to share links and as much background information as possible so backers can make informed decisions about the projects they support.

If a creator has no demonstrable experience in doing something like their project or doesn’t share key information, backers should take that into consideration. Does the creator include links to any websites that show work related to the project, or past projects? Does the creator appear in the video? Have they connected via Facebook?

Don’t hesitate to request information from a creator. You can always reach out before pledging via the “Contact me” button on the project page.

How do I know a project creator is who they claim they are?

Perhaps you know the project creator, or you heard about the project from a trusted source.Maybe they have a first-person video. That would be hard to fake. “Is it really U2?!” Well, it is if Bono’s talking about the project.Still not sure? Check the creator bio section on the project page for some background. Have they connected their Facebook account? Does the creator provide links for further verification? In the creator’s full bio, look for the verified name, next to a check mark. This person is the creator of the project or a part of the company or team behind it, and they verified their identity through an automated process. The name appears for projects that have launched since May 19, 2014.

The web is an invaluable resource for learning more about a person. At the end of the day, you can use your internet street smarts.

When are backers charged?

After the Kickstarter meets it’s goals, Amazon.com will charge the credit card on file and send the backer a receipt via email.

Hope this explains some things. Look forward to the months activity and seeing everyone at the show Saturday July 26th. In the meantime Resist + Remember. 20140718-180931-65371456.jpg

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The Relics Kickstarter Launch Party Poster

IT’S ON!! The RELICS OF THE ISHAN PROJECT has now begun and to kick it off, we are not only launching this Kickstarter, but I have to show you how much I appreciate your support (even you who are just finding out about this) by spoiling you all at the ART THAT RESTORES KNOWLEDGE OF A FORGOTTEN SPECIES art exhibition and LAUNCH PARTY. I promise you haven’t been to an Art Show like this one. And DJ WONDERBOY will be on the 1’s and 2’s to set the mood right. It’s going to be a great time and I don’t want any of you to miss it. Don’t forget to sign up for updates, as I have some contest and other goodies to tell you about even before the show. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!

THE RELICS ART EXHIBITION & KICKSTARTER LAUNCH EVENT

By Leah Smithson

JULY 25 – 27 12 – 8PM (LAUNCH PARTY SATURDAY JULY 26, 6 – 8 PM

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What’s In a Name? Underpainting + The Countdown

Some have been wanting to see ‘behind the scenes’ of some of the paintings I’ve been working on. Here’s the sketch and underpainting of one of the pieces I’m currently working on getting ready for the upcoming show July 25 – 27, 2014.

I’m depicting an Ishan woman as she’s leapt into part of the atmosphere where the birds usually fly. She never revealed her name, so I have to give her one in this portrait. What do you all think a good name would be?

Oh, and this is Day 13 before the official Launch of Wearable Art That Restores Knowledge of a Forgotten Species Kickstarter. 

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The RELIC That Saved The World & The SUN EATERS

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I’ve been working with the 4bearance in getting out more scarves that have been painted with the dye from the Flower that Feeds. We’ve recently noticed that when coupled with Sun Eaters collected from Chûndra’s bioengineered bird that we captured, The flowers anti-vapor effect is much, much stronger. In fact, after being charged with light, you can see their power radiate when dark.

Here are a few pictures of these relics on some of our members of the 4bearance. We will have more information about their availability to everyone very soon. In the meantime don’t forget.

Resist + Remember