Nikki Cohen is creating Costuming
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patrons

$74
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There are so many places you can buy clothing now. You can walk into a million stores and buy the exact same thing in any of them. Where's the fun in that? Where's the expression? Either for you, or the person making that stuff? If you want something made by hand, crafted by hands and brains and passion, you need to find the people who are still doing that. Still pouring themselves into that work. It's a culture we all need to nourish.

And you know what else? We need more people who want to put art on your body, and don't care what size you are. So much commercial clothing is perfect for lower-number sizes, and leaves higher numbers out in the cold. Really small sizes get the short end of the stick, too. What's up with that? Does the size of your body somehow affect your sense of taste? Bah. I think not. 

I run a business: MayFaire Moon Corsets & Costumes. No bones about that. I make pretty things for awesome people, and I love what I do. I have customers all over the world, and they introduce me to their fandoms and passions, and let me be a part of that. It's wonderful, and it's the best job ever.

But when you're working hard on stuff for other people, sometimes, it's hard to create the things you really want to make just because. Not for a client, not for a show, but just because ohmyG-dwhatifItriedthiswouldn'tthatbethebestthingever? Like, what if I could make corsets with embedded video screens? What if I could do an entire line of costumes based on Russian fairy tales? What if I tried dip-dyeing a finished corset just to see what would happen?

At present, I can't. I don't have the time, and sadly, I even more just don't have the money. I have to concentrate on the paying work, and on getting more paying work. So that's where-- I hope-- you come in. You, O Noble Patron, with your donation, give me the gift of breathing room. Space. A way to expand my creativity into not just what I have to do, but the cool things I COULD do: experimental ingredients, assistants, research. All the stuff that has to go to the wayside now because, like most artists, I'm just too close to the edge. Which is awesome in classic rock songs, but not so much when rent and utilities are involved, you know?
Rewards
Pledge $5 or more per month
3 patrons
Get a shout-out on the MayFaire Moon Facebook page. I have about 8,000 people following me, and I'm more than happy to tell them all how awesome you are every month.
Pledge $10 or more per month
3 patrons
I usually take a bunch of photos of whatever I'm working on. Only a few of them get posted to the Facebook page. This monthly pledge gets you access to all the other photos. This may include outtakes from shoots, close-ups of detail work, minions snoring where they lay after shows-- we'll surprise you!
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1 patron
How about a Patreon discount? Standing 15% discount for anyone at this level.
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0 of 6 patrons
I work in silk, mostly. But also in velvet, and satin, and lace, and tapestry, and vinyl, and leather, and pretty much anything else that feels good. We're a tactile bunch hereabouts. And there are always scraps. Pretty, indulgent scraps. You can do whatever you want with them-- quilting, collaging, or just sitting around petting them. We don't judge. Pledge this amount monthly, and we'll send you a grab bag every month with whatever we happen to have used on the latest projects. I don't promise bits of Alençon lace every month, but I can pretty much guarantee stuff you'll look at and think, "What on earth...?"
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Skype is a godsend, I swear. I can measure clients from all over the world and reassure them that I'm not a skeevy PO box just looking to take their money. I can also discuss with them exactly what they're looking for, and narrow down ideas. Do you do your own cosplay? Would it help to have someone to talk to about it? Bounce ideas against? Commiserate with? Ask for research help? My Google-fu is strong, and I can think my way out of almost any costuming dead end. A once-a-month half-hour Skype chat may be just what you need. Bonus: random cat sightings are almost guaranteed.
Goals
$74 of $1,500 per month
If I can swing this? That's the rent on a new place. I can finally get out of the tiny, cramped space where I both live AND work, and into a better space for both me and my clients. And feed my hungry minions. They eat a lot.
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There are so many places you can buy clothing now. You can walk into a million stores and buy the exact same thing in any of them. Where's the fun in that? Where's the expression? Either for you, or the person making that stuff? If you want something made by hand, crafted by hands and brains and passion, you need to find the people who are still doing that. Still pouring themselves into that work. It's a culture we all need to nourish.

And you know what else? We need more people who want to put art on your body, and don't care what size you are. So much commercial clothing is perfect for lower-number sizes, and leaves higher numbers out in the cold. Really small sizes get the short end of the stick, too. What's up with that? Does the size of your body somehow affect your sense of taste? Bah. I think not. 

I run a business: MayFaire Moon Corsets & Costumes. No bones about that. I make pretty things for awesome people, and I love what I do. I have customers all over the world, and they introduce me to their fandoms and passions, and let me be a part of that. It's wonderful, and it's the best job ever.

But when you're working hard on stuff for other people, sometimes, it's hard to create the things you really want to make just because. Not for a client, not for a show, but just because ohmyG-dwhatifItriedthiswouldn'tthatbethebestthingever? Like, what if I could make corsets with embedded video screens? What if I could do an entire line of costumes based on Russian fairy tales? What if I tried dip-dyeing a finished corset just to see what would happen?

At present, I can't. I don't have the time, and sadly, I even more just don't have the money. I have to concentrate on the paying work, and on getting more paying work. So that's where-- I hope-- you come in. You, O Noble Patron, with your donation, give me the gift of breathing room. Space. A way to expand my creativity into not just what I have to do, but the cool things I COULD do: experimental ingredients, assistants, research. All the stuff that has to go to the wayside now because, like most artists, I'm just too close to the edge. Which is awesome in classic rock songs, but not so much when rent and utilities are involved, you know?

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Rewards
Pledge $5 or more per month
3 patrons
Get a shout-out on the MayFaire Moon Facebook page. I have about 8,000 people following me, and I'm more than happy to tell them all how awesome you are every month.
Pledge $10 or more per month
3 patrons
I usually take a bunch of photos of whatever I'm working on. Only a few of them get posted to the Facebook page. This monthly pledge gets you access to all the other photos. This may include outtakes from shoots, close-ups of detail work, minions snoring where they lay after shows-- we'll surprise you!
Pledge $20 or more per month
1 patron
How about a Patreon discount? Standing 15% discount for anyone at this level.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 of 6 patrons
I work in silk, mostly. But also in velvet, and satin, and lace, and tapestry, and vinyl, and leather, and pretty much anything else that feels good. We're a tactile bunch hereabouts. And there are always scraps. Pretty, indulgent scraps. You can do whatever you want with them-- quilting, collaging, or just sitting around petting them. We don't judge. Pledge this amount monthly, and we'll send you a grab bag every month with whatever we happen to have used on the latest projects. I don't promise bits of Alençon lace every month, but I can pretty much guarantee stuff you'll look at and think, "What on earth...?"
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Skype is a godsend, I swear. I can measure clients from all over the world and reassure them that I'm not a skeevy PO box just looking to take their money. I can also discuss with them exactly what they're looking for, and narrow down ideas. Do you do your own cosplay? Would it help to have someone to talk to about it? Bounce ideas against? Commiserate with? Ask for research help? My Google-fu is strong, and I can think my way out of almost any costuming dead end. A once-a-month half-hour Skype chat may be just what you need. Bonus: random cat sightings are almost guaranteed.