Artizen Magazine is creating an arts magazine
8

patrons

$56
per month
Hello, my name is Cindy Marks and I’m the creator behind Artizen Magazine, a digital-only magazine that highlights the global artisan scene. Thank you so much for taking a look at what I'm doing each month! My goal is to provide you with a gorgeous and inspiring lookbook/read each month as well as an easy and direct opportunity to contribute to the handcrafted, artisan community. You can participate both by interacting within the monthly magazine content I curate AND choosing here among my optional Reward Tiers, several of which pay it back to the artists.

When I say I'm the creator behind Artizen that means that I discover, interview, write, edit, publish, link and social media the crap out of things that are unique, high quality and the results of creative passion. While I’ve dabbled myself in lots of artistic fun, truly I reserve all my awe and respect for those who focus on that passion, get their hands dirty each day, and fine-tune their craft into masterpieces. My mission with Artizen Magazine is to give as much coverage to the these creatives as possible and to give my readers an eclectic variety of beautiful things to perhaps purchase, but also just look at and learn about each month.

Take a peek at my past issues HERE!

As you can see, I tried producing Artizen for almost 5 years and then I made the decision to stop for a while. Basically, I just didn’t have the personality for selling advertising (I’d begrudgingly wear that hat now and again with some small result, but…) and in the past, advertising was the only venue to keep alive free content. I want to keep the digital magazine easily distributed online and yet, still support my work and my family. My costs include hosting for the website, email costs to send it to everyone, and my own labor.

But, it’s haunted me to NOT produce this magazine. I’m always finding gorgeous things and creative ideas that I want (need?) to shout about. Artizen has a great following on social media and so now, with the urging of some fans, I’m jumping in once again, to try publishing with Patreon. Any amount you choose to give will help keep the artisan love flowing and the content itself free to distribute. I’ve created lots of tier options and within them, I’ve tried to "share it forward" and keep this about the makers and creators. I’m looking forward to helping some patron-selected artisans with design work or technology help. I’m incredibly grateful to any patrons who support Artizen, thus allowing me the freedom to give back to artists.

There are articles, videos, audio and lots of shopping links in an issue of Artizen. These provide numerous ways to directly buy from or connect with the artist. It’s a curated gallery that changes every month. I HAVE happily heard from artists who said “I wondered why I was suddenly getting all these clicks!” and then their highlighted piece sold. That is why I do this.

Thank you so much for your help! If I can make it to over $4K per month then I will joyfully be inviting other paid writers/creative sleuths to follow unbeaten paths and chat with artisans about what they do, why they do it and how they do it. With more writers, there will be even more direct contact with artisans and even more diversity in the content. I look forward to bringing all this into your own home each month in an interactive fun read. And in between issues, I’ll be doing some Patreon-only posting to my community here. (Secret tip: I LOVE creating Collections of objects with links for shopping. I suspect that will be even more fun for this community.)

How Can You Contribute?
While I'm always pleased to get one-time donations, I love the Patreon model that enables a monthly snapshot of what will currently be my budget for the magazine. Patreon is a simple way to join your favorite creator's community and pay them directly for creating and contributing the content you value on the internet. In my particular case, the content will be a free digital magazine, the link to which I email directly to all my subscribers (both within and outside of Patreon.) Once you click my “Become a Patron” button, you can choose the amount you feel comfortable with and enjoy goodies you can receive for each level. For example, if you choose $4 per month, then your credit card gets charged that amount on the 1st of each month. Put all together, this means Artizen Magazine will give me some regular return every month, and you become a bonafide Patron of the Arts. It’s a system that has been up for a good while, I trust it and it seems to be working very well for both the Patrons and the creatives.

You can manage, change or quit your pledge at any time, and I will be grateful for whatever you could give. I’m constantly finding more breathtaking content than I can possibly publish each month, and will be posting some “exclusives" to my Patreon followers here - shorter highlights that are likely even sneak peeks at upcoming artisans that we’ll be hoping to interview.

Become a Patreon member today and specifically become an Artizen Patron - check that box and support the arts!
Tiers
Community Contributor
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
We are thankful that you appreciate our digital magazine and are helping to keep it in production! With your monthly donation, we will be able to keep publishing and keep the digital magazine free so that ALL interested readers can enjoy. You will also become part of our community here on Patreon, so you'll see the EXTRA CONTENT we post here just for our patrons.
Premium Subscriber
$4 or more per month 5 patrons
Our content is important to you and we want you to have something that you can save on your computer or even print out. You’ll receive a link in an email that will let you download a pdf version of the magazine. It will be slightly different from the "live" link version - no videos or shopping links BUT you can store the magazine anywhere you'd like and print as often as you like.
Artisan Supporter
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
You obviously care very much about creative work. We want to share your love forward. Let us know about an artist or artisan that you think could use our help and after your first 6 months of patronage, we’ll donate 2 hours of design time to help them - possibly a quick logo revamp or a social media banner or a postcard design. You’ll also receive the PDF link each month. Each yearly anniversary after, you can pick up another 2 hours of design help.
Art Collector
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
You are involved seriously with the artisan world now! We’d love to make you a “poster” print of your favorite artist (with their permission, of course!)  We’re happy to work to make that happen and either ship it to you or email you the large PDF to have printed near you. We’ll also happily donate 2 hrs of design time to an artist of your choosing once per year and you’ll get the PDF each month.
Artisan Sponsor
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Let us help laser focus your dedication to artisans! We’re going to boost our donated design time to 5 hours with each yearly cycle of your patronage, which can hopefully give some serious help to an artisan of your choice.
Creative Abundance - for you or your favorite artisan!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Depending upon which you would prefer, we can donate 10 hours of design time to an artist of your choice each year of your patronage OR we can do a little personal shopping for you! After 6 months of donation, get in touch via email and let us know what you might be looking for - a selection of small corporate gifts? a new light for your living room? - and we’ll spend those hours doing research to find things unique and beautiful that might work for you. We love a challenge and the search, so give us a project!
Creative Partnership
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
You are an amazing supporter of the artisan community! We’ll happily donate 2 hours EVERY month of your support to help an artisan of your choice OR once every 3rd month of your patronage, send us on a search and find mission for the perfect artistic item or gift. We'll send you a batch of at least 10 links to specifically chosen artisan pieces that will brighten your existence!
Goals
$56 of $4,000 per month
Once I reach $4,000 per month, I’ll be able to pay other writers besides myself as contributors, which will widen our net of first-hand knowledge, not to mention diversity in the writing!
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Hello, my name is Cindy Marks and I’m the creator behind Artizen Magazine, a digital-only magazine that highlights the global artisan scene. Thank you so much for taking a look at what I'm doing each month! My goal is to provide you with a gorgeous and inspiring lookbook/read each month as well as an easy and direct opportunity to contribute to the handcrafted, artisan community. You can participate both by interacting within the monthly magazine content I curate AND choosing here among my optional Reward Tiers, several of which pay it back to the artists.

When I say I'm the creator behind Artizen that means that I discover, interview, write, edit, publish, link and social media the crap out of things that are unique, high quality and the results of creative passion. While I’ve dabbled myself in lots of artistic fun, truly I reserve all my awe and respect for those who focus on that passion, get their hands dirty each day, and fine-tune their craft into masterpieces. My mission with Artizen Magazine is to give as much coverage to the these creatives as possible and to give my readers an eclectic variety of beautiful things to perhaps purchase, but also just look at and learn about each month.

Take a peek at my past issues HERE!

As you can see, I tried producing Artizen for almost 5 years and then I made the decision to stop for a while. Basically, I just didn’t have the personality for selling advertising (I’d begrudgingly wear that hat now and again with some small result, but…) and in the past, advertising was the only venue to keep alive free content. I want to keep the digital magazine easily distributed online and yet, still support my work and my family. My costs include hosting for the website, email costs to send it to everyone, and my own labor.

But, it’s haunted me to NOT produce this magazine. I’m always finding gorgeous things and creative ideas that I want (need?) to shout about. Artizen has a great following on social media and so now, with the urging of some fans, I’m jumping in once again, to try publishing with Patreon. Any amount you choose to give will help keep the artisan love flowing and the content itself free to distribute. I’ve created lots of tier options and within them, I’ve tried to "share it forward" and keep this about the makers and creators. I’m looking forward to helping some patron-selected artisans with design work or technology help. I’m incredibly grateful to any patrons who support Artizen, thus allowing me the freedom to give back to artists.

There are articles, videos, audio and lots of shopping links in an issue of Artizen. These provide numerous ways to directly buy from or connect with the artist. It’s a curated gallery that changes every month. I HAVE happily heard from artists who said “I wondered why I was suddenly getting all these clicks!” and then their highlighted piece sold. That is why I do this.

Thank you so much for your help! If I can make it to over $4K per month then I will joyfully be inviting other paid writers/creative sleuths to follow unbeaten paths and chat with artisans about what they do, why they do it and how they do it. With more writers, there will be even more direct contact with artisans and even more diversity in the content. I look forward to bringing all this into your own home each month in an interactive fun read. And in between issues, I’ll be doing some Patreon-only posting to my community here. (Secret tip: I LOVE creating Collections of objects with links for shopping. I suspect that will be even more fun for this community.)

How Can You Contribute?
While I'm always pleased to get one-time donations, I love the Patreon model that enables a monthly snapshot of what will currently be my budget for the magazine. Patreon is a simple way to join your favorite creator's community and pay them directly for creating and contributing the content you value on the internet. In my particular case, the content will be a free digital magazine, the link to which I email directly to all my subscribers (both within and outside of Patreon.) Once you click my “Become a Patron” button, you can choose the amount you feel comfortable with and enjoy goodies you can receive for each level. For example, if you choose $4 per month, then your credit card gets charged that amount on the 1st of each month. Put all together, this means Artizen Magazine will give me some regular return every month, and you become a bonafide Patron of the Arts. It’s a system that has been up for a good while, I trust it and it seems to be working very well for both the Patrons and the creatives.

You can manage, change or quit your pledge at any time, and I will be grateful for whatever you could give. I’m constantly finding more breathtaking content than I can possibly publish each month, and will be posting some “exclusives" to my Patreon followers here - shorter highlights that are likely even sneak peeks at upcoming artisans that we’ll be hoping to interview.

Become a Patreon member today and specifically become an Artizen Patron - check that box and support the arts!

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Tiers
Community Contributor
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
We are thankful that you appreciate our digital magazine and are helping to keep it in production! With your monthly donation, we will be able to keep publishing and keep the digital magazine free so that ALL interested readers can enjoy. You will also become part of our community here on Patreon, so you'll see the EXTRA CONTENT we post here just for our patrons.
Premium Subscriber
$4 or more per month 5 patrons
Our content is important to you and we want you to have something that you can save on your computer or even print out. You’ll receive a link in an email that will let you download a pdf version of the magazine. It will be slightly different from the "live" link version - no videos or shopping links BUT you can store the magazine anywhere you'd like and print as often as you like.
Artisan Supporter
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
You obviously care very much about creative work. We want to share your love forward. Let us know about an artist or artisan that you think could use our help and after your first 6 months of patronage, we’ll donate 2 hours of design time to help them - possibly a quick logo revamp or a social media banner or a postcard design. You’ll also receive the PDF link each month. Each yearly anniversary after, you can pick up another 2 hours of design help.
Art Collector
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
You are involved seriously with the artisan world now! We’d love to make you a “poster” print of your favorite artist (with their permission, of course!)  We’re happy to work to make that happen and either ship it to you or email you the large PDF to have printed near you. We’ll also happily donate 2 hrs of design time to an artist of your choosing once per year and you’ll get the PDF each month.
Artisan Sponsor
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Let us help laser focus your dedication to artisans! We’re going to boost our donated design time to 5 hours with each yearly cycle of your patronage, which can hopefully give some serious help to an artisan of your choice.
Creative Abundance - for you or your favorite artisan!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Depending upon which you would prefer, we can donate 10 hours of design time to an artist of your choice each year of your patronage OR we can do a little personal shopping for you! After 6 months of donation, get in touch via email and let us know what you might be looking for - a selection of small corporate gifts? a new light for your living room? - and we’ll spend those hours doing research to find things unique and beautiful that might work for you. We love a challenge and the search, so give us a project!
Creative Partnership
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
You are an amazing supporter of the artisan community! We’ll happily donate 2 hours EVERY month of your support to help an artisan of your choice OR once every 3rd month of your patronage, send us on a search and find mission for the perfect artistic item or gift. We'll send you a batch of at least 10 links to specifically chosen artisan pieces that will brighten your existence!