Midori is creating Social Practice Art & Books for grown-up play.
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I'm a creative, artist, educator and author.

My art genre would be best described as Social Practice. What exactly is this? I create situations where people get to be part of the creation and expression of complex emotions. My official art bio on my portfolio site says:

"Midori is a multidisciplinary artist fascinated with giving shape and texture to emotion, memory, desire, beauty, repulsion, collective memory and subconscious revisions of experience...."

My work is mostly about experiences and interaction. You can see my work at www.Ranshin.com 

So much of my work isn't "things" that people can buy and hang on the wall. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes, then it's done in one night. Much of this I've been funding myself... Yes, this is nuts and not smart.
But I'm possessed by an irrational desire to create these. And the results have been received really well.

The good news is that more and more of the creative spaces and organizations are giving me the space to engage and create. 
However, funding and making time to create between the money scramble is still a problem. 

For my other work, I create unique learning experiences for grown-ups to seek joy, creativity and pleasure.  This comes in the form of workshops and books about sexuality, relationships, culture, communication, spirit of play, BDSM, and personal development. I travel far and wide, taking my classes to people so they can learn in the unique environment of in-person workshops. I love teaching and meeting people in person! 

Unfortunately, this means my bandwidth become seriously limited for art and creative work. Over the past decade, I've tried to figure out how to carve out more time out of the day.  I've been building fantastic teams for projects. This has been a blessing. But still I'm facing the truth of physics. Time is finite - and so is my creative bandwidth in this time line. 
In order to realize the amazing new things I have planned, I need to be more sustainable. If not, either these projects will never be created for you to enjoy, or I will burn out trying to make something possible. 

Neither option is good.  

I need help.  Your help. 

BOOKS:

I have a couple of books I've wanted to write for some time.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to make the time to write this.  I've tried writing on planes, in cars, in hotels and during events. I just can't. My writing brain needs long blocks of quiet and focus. Life on the road, when I'm not even getting enough sleep, isn't conducive to creative and instructional writing. 

So what will I be writing?

ART: 

2017 is turning out to be an ambitious year for major art projects. I'm taking a harder turn into the full current of social practice. This means a whole bunch of fun, interactive work that you can join in on! Unfortunately, as these won't be 'things' people can buy, and many will be free to the public, I have to find other ways to fund the creation and be sustainable. 

These are some upcoming projects that I am excited about:
  • December 2nd - A super ambitious project, Cultural Chemistry, about inclusion/exclusion laws in the US, with weekend show and month long installation at Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco through collaboration with Jason Wyman sponsorship through 14 Black Poppies.
  • Concurrently, I'm also creating installation pieces about the First Amendment. More on this to be revealed!


(Yes, that's me! Image from "Hodoku" performance at YBCA. See my art at www.Ranshin.com Photo by Samar.) 

How Does This Work?

Patreon works like this. Folks can donate whatever they want per month. It's a small recurring amount that you can change any time.
Think of this like buying a cup of java monthly so I can keep focus.
Or maybe you're more like sharing a burger with me once a month to fuel my crazy creative life. 

Why am I doing the per-month model and not the per-thing model?
The way my projects work is months of back work follow by a bang, a big event that I share with the public. This makes it difficult to share each small thing. As many of you are interested in different parts of what I do, I want to leave it up to you to decide how you want to help.  I will be posting special progress reports, videos and insider info in the supporters-only section as I go along.  This means that anything, from $1 per month up, is immensely helpful.

Thank you for reading this. I'll be honest - it's been a difficult decision to do this. I've been toughing this out "I can do this myself. I have health and wits and grit. I can do this without help." ... so I used to think. It is humbling to admit that I cannot. 

My gratitude to you is deep. 

Many of you have been supporting me in so many ways all along. 

Thank you. 

Just by reading this, you're supporting my spirit, and I am deeply grateful.

But if you do decide to be my patron here, you're gifting me with ways that go far beyond the funds - you are enabling me to share more with you, with the world, through creative passion AND sustainability.

with gratitude, love and lunacy,

Midori


(Evoco Project continues. Here, at an Art Blender event creating / performing with Samar.)

Title photo:   In character as the Yamamba. Photo by Michele Serchuk.
Profile photo: by Steve Diet Goedde

~ ~ 
Projects completed recently with your help:
  • April 28th-30th - Performed "Kimono 2: What We Wear" A controversial performance piece at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival.
  • April 22nd - A strange, collaborative troupe of performers which I have gathered will be presenting a oddly beautiful performance in Tokyo at an all-night fringe performance event. Brought in Mollena Williams and Kumi Monster
  • June 14th - Gave a TEDx talk on my art at San Francisco Modern Art Museum 
  • June 15th - A takeover of the lobby of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for their Live Practice night - manifesting a socially creative evening of crafting and activism in preparation for Pride. We called this Queer Qraft Qamp
Tiers
Patron
$1 or more per month
As a Patron, you have my huge gratitude.
  • Unlock writings only you can see.  Behind the scenes &  art progress. 
  • I'll ask for your input & suggestions on my work. I want to include your creative mind in my projects!


Thank you!

Double Patron
$2 or more per month
Double love x Double gratitude. 

Yes! You'll get notes and updates of projects.

Yes! I'll be including you in my creative process!

<3

Friend
$5 or more per month
Friends Get Me There Safely.

I spend a lot of time & gas driving to/from rehearsals, studios & venues. This is exhausting. You'd help me to keep gas in the tank and get there safely!


  • Plus all previous rewards
Confidant
$10 or more per month
Let's spend some time together!
  • Live Chats  just for you. (What a cool feature!)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Hero
$20 or more per month
You are my hero! 
  • Patron-only release of draft of stories and book chapters in progress 
  • Plus all previous rewards
King David's Royal Kibbles
$40.60 or more per month
King David is my fur baby. A 20 lb Mainecoon love bug. He has a huge appetiete. And he eats when I'm packing to leave for the road. This is what it costs to feed him every month.   


  • Access to extra cat photos and videos available only here!  
  • Plus all previous rewards
Super Hero
$50 or more per month
You are unbelievable! Your super powers are propelling me through to new creative dimensions! 
  • Strange souveniers from Japan & other travels. Yes, I will mail something odd I picked up along my travels with a hand written note to you. (No guarantees that you can read my handwriting...)
  • All previous goodies
The Mighty 69
$69 or more per month
You naughty naughty one! ;)  Your mind is as flexible as your body.  This proves you're a generous lover...of art!  Everytime you support me, I will feel a tingle because of you.
  • A special tingle in my.... well, somewhere. 
  • Strange souveniers from Japan & other travels. Yes, I will mail something odd I picked up along my travels with a hand written note to you. (No guarantees that you can read my handwriting...)
  • All previous goodies
The Isabella Stewart Gardner
$100 or more per month
Be my Isabella! Isabella Steward Gardner was a leading American art collector, philanthropist, & patron of the arts. Her museum in Boston is amazing! 
  • Strange souveniers from my travels. 
  • Dedication to you in my book. If you are my patron while I write the book, I will thank you by name. 
  • Every odd numberbed month, you get a half hour of my time. (Jan, Mar, May, etc.) Want advice or kink coaching? (I actually do coaching as part of my teaching work.)  A Skype hello to you and your friends while you gather for dinner? It's your half hour. 30 minutes together! Yay!
The Gertrude Stein
$150 or more per month
Like Stein, you are the source of strength for me to continue through the challenges of creation. Your support allows me to buy art supplies. 
  • Strange souveniers from my travels. 
  • Dedication to you in my book. If you are my patron while I write the book, I will thank you by name. 
  • Every month, you get a half hour of my time. Want me to call and read you a story? Want travel tips or kink coaching? A Skype hello to you and your friends while you gather for dinner? It's your half hour. 30 minutes together! Yay! Use it well.
Goals
76% complete
This would allow me to set aside four or five days each month to work on my next book on the pleasures of rope play. I've been meaning to write this for some time. I've just not been able to make time as I work simply to sustain.
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I'm a creative, artist, educator and author.

My art genre would be best described as Social Practice. What exactly is this? I create situations where people get to be part of the creation and expression of complex emotions. My official art bio on my portfolio site says:

"Midori is a multidisciplinary artist fascinated with giving shape and texture to emotion, memory, desire, beauty, repulsion, collective memory and subconscious revisions of experience...."

My work is mostly about experiences and interaction. You can see my work at www.Ranshin.com 

So much of my work isn't "things" that people can buy and hang on the wall. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes, then it's done in one night. Much of this I've been funding myself... Yes, this is nuts and not smart.
But I'm possessed by an irrational desire to create these. And the results have been received really well.

The good news is that more and more of the creative spaces and organizations are giving me the space to engage and create. 
However, funding and making time to create between the money scramble is still a problem. 

For my other work, I create unique learning experiences for grown-ups to seek joy, creativity and pleasure.  This comes in the form of workshops and books about sexuality, relationships, culture, communication, spirit of play, BDSM, and personal development. I travel far and wide, taking my classes to people so they can learn in the unique environment of in-person workshops. I love teaching and meeting people in person! 

Unfortunately, this means my bandwidth become seriously limited for art and creative work. Over the past decade, I've tried to figure out how to carve out more time out of the day.  I've been building fantastic teams for projects. This has been a blessing. But still I'm facing the truth of physics. Time is finite - and so is my creative bandwidth in this time line. 
In order to realize the amazing new things I have planned, I need to be more sustainable. If not, either these projects will never be created for you to enjoy, or I will burn out trying to make something possible. 

Neither option is good.  

I need help.  Your help. 

BOOKS:

I have a couple of books I've wanted to write for some time.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to make the time to write this.  I've tried writing on planes, in cars, in hotels and during events. I just can't. My writing brain needs long blocks of quiet and focus. Life on the road, when I'm not even getting enough sleep, isn't conducive to creative and instructional writing. 

So what will I be writing?

ART: 

2017 is turning out to be an ambitious year for major art projects. I'm taking a harder turn into the full current of social practice. This means a whole bunch of fun, interactive work that you can join in on! Unfortunately, as these won't be 'things' people can buy, and many will be free to the public, I have to find other ways to fund the creation and be sustainable. 

These are some upcoming projects that I am excited about:
  • December 2nd - A super ambitious project, Cultural Chemistry, about inclusion/exclusion laws in the US, with weekend show and month long installation at Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco through collaboration with Jason Wyman sponsorship through 14 Black Poppies.
  • Concurrently, I'm also creating installation pieces about the First Amendment. More on this to be revealed!


(Yes, that's me! Image from "Hodoku" performance at YBCA. See my art at www.Ranshin.com Photo by Samar.) 

How Does This Work?

Patreon works like this. Folks can donate whatever they want per month. It's a small recurring amount that you can change any time.
Think of this like buying a cup of java monthly so I can keep focus.
Or maybe you're more like sharing a burger with me once a month to fuel my crazy creative life. 

Why am I doing the per-month model and not the per-thing model?
The way my projects work is months of back work follow by a bang, a big event that I share with the public. This makes it difficult to share each small thing. As many of you are interested in different parts of what I do, I want to leave it up to you to decide how you want to help.  I will be posting special progress reports, videos and insider info in the supporters-only section as I go along.  This means that anything, from $1 per month up, is immensely helpful.

Thank you for reading this. I'll be honest - it's been a difficult decision to do this. I've been toughing this out "I can do this myself. I have health and wits and grit. I can do this without help." ... so I used to think. It is humbling to admit that I cannot. 

My gratitude to you is deep. 

Many of you have been supporting me in so many ways all along. 

Thank you. 

Just by reading this, you're supporting my spirit, and I am deeply grateful.

But if you do decide to be my patron here, you're gifting me with ways that go far beyond the funds - you are enabling me to share more with you, with the world, through creative passion AND sustainability.

with gratitude, love and lunacy,

Midori


(Evoco Project continues. Here, at an Art Blender event creating / performing with Samar.)

Title photo:   In character as the Yamamba. Photo by Michele Serchuk.
Profile photo: by Steve Diet Goedde

~ ~ 
Projects completed recently with your help:
  • April 28th-30th - Performed "Kimono 2: What We Wear" A controversial performance piece at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival.
  • April 22nd - A strange, collaborative troupe of performers which I have gathered will be presenting a oddly beautiful performance in Tokyo at an all-night fringe performance event. Brought in Mollena Williams and Kumi Monster
  • June 14th - Gave a TEDx talk on my art at San Francisco Modern Art Museum 
  • June 15th - A takeover of the lobby of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for their Live Practice night - manifesting a socially creative evening of crafting and activism in preparation for Pride. We called this Queer Qraft Qamp

Recent posts by Midori

Tiers
Patron
$1 or more per month
As a Patron, you have my huge gratitude.
  • Unlock writings only you can see.  Behind the scenes &  art progress. 
  • I'll ask for your input & suggestions on my work. I want to include your creative mind in my projects!


Thank you!

Double Patron
$2 or more per month
Double love x Double gratitude. 

Yes! You'll get notes and updates of projects.

Yes! I'll be including you in my creative process!

<3

Friend
$5 or more per month
Friends Get Me There Safely.

I spend a lot of time & gas driving to/from rehearsals, studios & venues. This is exhausting. You'd help me to keep gas in the tank and get there safely!


  • Plus all previous rewards
Confidant
$10 or more per month
Let's spend some time together!
  • Live Chats  just for you. (What a cool feature!)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Hero
$20 or more per month
You are my hero! 
  • Patron-only release of draft of stories and book chapters in progress 
  • Plus all previous rewards
King David's Royal Kibbles
$40.60 or more per month
King David is my fur baby. A 20 lb Mainecoon love bug. He has a huge appetiete. And he eats when I'm packing to leave for the road. This is what it costs to feed him every month.   


  • Access to extra cat photos and videos available only here!  
  • Plus all previous rewards
Super Hero
$50 or more per month
You are unbelievable! Your super powers are propelling me through to new creative dimensions! 
  • Strange souveniers from Japan & other travels. Yes, I will mail something odd I picked up along my travels with a hand written note to you. (No guarantees that you can read my handwriting...)
  • All previous goodies
The Mighty 69
$69 or more per month
You naughty naughty one! ;)  Your mind is as flexible as your body.  This proves you're a generous lover...of art!  Everytime you support me, I will feel a tingle because of you.
  • A special tingle in my.... well, somewhere. 
  • Strange souveniers from Japan & other travels. Yes, I will mail something odd I picked up along my travels with a hand written note to you. (No guarantees that you can read my handwriting...)
  • All previous goodies
The Isabella Stewart Gardner
$100 or more per month
Be my Isabella! Isabella Steward Gardner was a leading American art collector, philanthropist, & patron of the arts. Her museum in Boston is amazing! 
  • Strange souveniers from my travels. 
  • Dedication to you in my book. If you are my patron while I write the book, I will thank you by name. 
  • Every odd numberbed month, you get a half hour of my time. (Jan, Mar, May, etc.) Want advice or kink coaching? (I actually do coaching as part of my teaching work.)  A Skype hello to you and your friends while you gather for dinner? It's your half hour. 30 minutes together! Yay!
The Gertrude Stein
$150 or more per month
Like Stein, you are the source of strength for me to continue through the challenges of creation. Your support allows me to buy art supplies. 
  • Strange souveniers from my travels. 
  • Dedication to you in my book. If you are my patron while I write the book, I will thank you by name. 
  • Every month, you get a half hour of my time. Want me to call and read you a story? Want travel tips or kink coaching? A Skype hello to you and your friends while you gather for dinner? It's your half hour. 30 minutes together! Yay! Use it well.