Aoui is creating Crochet (and some ceramic) stuff!
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Hi, everyone. My name is Sam, but everyone calls me Aoui (think like Cow-ee, without the C. Much like OUCH!). I also answer to random strings of vowels, “hey you”, and grunts. I wanted to update this why I’m doing Patreon post to give you guys more insight to who I am as a person, and I hope you still like me after it.
TL;DR Version
I want to start a business where artists can sell their wares for a small commission fee (in the front), and have classes to learn to sew, knit, paint, draw, etc. (in the back) that encourages the youth. Art is just as important as science to our existence as humans.
The Longer Version
Art is under-appreciated, at least that’s what I have seen in my life. I work in higher education, have 2 degrees, and have travelled to many countries (though nearly not enough!). The common theme in all aspects of my life has been: MONEY. I don’t want to say my parents didn’t support me in my life choices, but I felt as though art was treated as the after school activity that kids with no friends did. I was made to play sports –which I was good at and made friends because of – and to take AP classes to get ahead. My parents made sure I received the best education I could, but that often meant working on my college application instead of working in theatre productions. Please, don’t get me wrong; I love my parents very much, and I had an amazing support system growing up. I just feel like I was never able to question the system; I was never pushed to try something I wasn’t naturally introduced to. No one in my family is an artist, and no one is a musician. So I was steered toward sports and business (4-H, anyone?) and the analytical things in life. Not because my parents made me, but because it is all they introduced me to because of their own comfort zones. Parents teach what they know, and I don’t fault them for not placing me in art programs. In fact, if it weren’t for a natural disaster displacing me as a boarding student for 1 year, I never would have met the girl who showed me my first crochet stitch.
But when I got to college, I went into the Communications field. I fell in love with design and video and photography. I couldn’t get enough. I graduated in 4 years with honours. But right before then… something broke me. I don’t know if it was my grandfather’s ramblings at Christmas about “real degrees” or my fear of the job market after seeing my predecessors fail to get jobs in the field up to 3 years later…. But I got scared. And instead of pursuing my new life with my shiny new degree,I went for my masters…. In business. That would be helpful, right? A good backup? So I thought. I landed a great job at the university because of it, and it all was going well…. Until it wasn’t. Until I was so miserable I never left my house or talked to anyone if I didn’t have to.
I fell into a pretty deep, dark place. And it wasn’t until someone at work asked me if I could make anything to donate to a charity auction that I got back into crocheting. In retrospect, she probably meant some baked good. But I made a few scarves. People. Went. Wild. I got so many compliments and comments like “I wish I could do that!” and “you made this?!” So I decided to do an art show/sale and purchased a table slot. I was not expecting to sell out at all. It was early December… chilly… and I was selling scarves and hats. I sold 90% of what I had made for the sale, and received the max amount of orders I could complete to ensure Christmas delivery. I felt alive. Not only did I find solace in the repetition of the loops, but I can make others happy, too.
After that, I used the other 10% as Christmas gifts, and noticed that my family was immensely impressed at the quality of my work. My mother even bought discount yarn on black Friday to have me make 4 spring scarves for her before I left. This was a huge motivator for me. I started really thinking over my life. Flash forward past 3 months of self-discovery and soul searching (if you haven’t done this, I recommend you do): I found what I want to do. I want to combine my degreed skills (communications and business) with my love and passion for art. I want to encourage youths to explore and pursue what they are interested in learning. And I want to provide a safe place to learn and become inspired. Because Art is necessary to our lives here on Earth. Because no artist should ever be told to “find a better paying job”. No artist should ever feel like they aren’t worth it.
So I am on Patreon to support my fellow artists, make art, and change the world one stitch at a time.



Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per creation
0 patrons
Backstage Pass

Access to patron-only activity feed. 
- Sneak peeks before they go to Twitter
- Post, comment, and interact with me behind-the-scenes
Pledge $3 or more per creation
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All rewards from Tier 1, plus:
- a shout out to you on my Twitter feed (@Aouimazing) thanking you for your support.
Pledge $5 or more per creation
0 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers, plus:
- Access to my monthly original pattern 
- Custom coupon code for 10% off orders of $20+ for my Etsy shop every month.
Pledge $7 or more per creation
0 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers, plus:
- Monthly pattern catalog
Since my Etsy store is running on monthly themes, this catalog will give patrons on this tier (and above) the ability to see and/or order any previous month's theme patterns.
Pledge $10 or more per creation
0 of 10 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers, plus:
- Fan mail from me! You'll get a hand-written, personal thank you delivered right to your mailbox. 
- Recurring patrons at this tier will also get tiny crochet pieces, as well :) 
Pledge $25 or more per creation
0 of 5 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers, plus:
- Crochet Box! Includes: 1 extra original pattern and a small handheld random creation.
- USA ONLY AT THIS TIME
I'm sorry :( International shipping is not an option for me at this time.
Goals
$0 of $50 per creation
This goal will enable me to purchase more expensive/shiny materials to try out. I try to not spend a lot on custom yarns, but I love love love the way they turn out. 
If I reach this goal, I will choose a patron at random (through number generation; very fair method) and create a small plush or custom hat for FREE. As long as I can make it :) 
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Hi, everyone. My name is Sam, but everyone calls me Aoui (think like Cow-ee, without the C. Much like OUCH!). I also answer to random strings of vowels, “hey you”, and grunts. I wanted to update this why I’m doing Patreon post to give you guys more insight to who I am as a person, and I hope you still like me after it.
TL;DR Version
I want to start a business where artists can sell their wares for a small commission fee (in the front), and have classes to learn to sew, knit, paint, draw, etc. (in the back) that encourages the youth. Art is just as important as science to our existence as humans.
The Longer Version
Art is under-appreciated, at least that’s what I have seen in my life. I work in higher education, have 2 degrees, and have travelled to many countries (though nearly not enough!). The common theme in all aspects of my life has been: MONEY. I don’t want to say my parents didn’t support me in my life choices, but I felt as though art was treated as the after school activity that kids with no friends did. I was made to play sports –which I was good at and made friends because of – and to take AP classes to get ahead. My parents made sure I received the best education I could, but that often meant working on my college application instead of working in theatre productions. Please, don’t get me wrong; I love my parents very much, and I had an amazing support system growing up. I just feel like I was never able to question the system; I was never pushed to try something I wasn’t naturally introduced to. No one in my family is an artist, and no one is a musician. So I was steered toward sports and business (4-H, anyone?) and the analytical things in life. Not because my parents made me, but because it is all they introduced me to because of their own comfort zones. Parents teach what they know, and I don’t fault them for not placing me in art programs. In fact, if it weren’t for a natural disaster displacing me as a boarding student for 1 year, I never would have met the girl who showed me my first crochet stitch.
But when I got to college, I went into the Communications field. I fell in love with design and video and photography. I couldn’t get enough. I graduated in 4 years with honours. But right before then… something broke me. I don’t know if it was my grandfather’s ramblings at Christmas about “real degrees” or my fear of the job market after seeing my predecessors fail to get jobs in the field up to 3 years later…. But I got scared. And instead of pursuing my new life with my shiny new degree,I went for my masters…. In business. That would be helpful, right? A good backup? So I thought. I landed a great job at the university because of it, and it all was going well…. Until it wasn’t. Until I was so miserable I never left my house or talked to anyone if I didn’t have to.
I fell into a pretty deep, dark place. And it wasn’t until someone at work asked me if I could make anything to donate to a charity auction that I got back into crocheting. In retrospect, she probably meant some baked good. But I made a few scarves. People. Went. Wild. I got so many compliments and comments like “I wish I could do that!” and “you made this?!” So I decided to do an art show/sale and purchased a table slot. I was not expecting to sell out at all. It was early December… chilly… and I was selling scarves and hats. I sold 90% of what I had made for the sale, and received the max amount of orders I could complete to ensure Christmas delivery. I felt alive. Not only did I find solace in the repetition of the loops, but I can make others happy, too.
After that, I used the other 10% as Christmas gifts, and noticed that my family was immensely impressed at the quality of my work. My mother even bought discount yarn on black Friday to have me make 4 spring scarves for her before I left. This was a huge motivator for me. I started really thinking over my life. Flash forward past 3 months of self-discovery and soul searching (if you haven’t done this, I recommend you do): I found what I want to do. I want to combine my degreed skills (communications and business) with my love and passion for art. I want to encourage youths to explore and pursue what they are interested in learning. And I want to provide a safe place to learn and become inspired. Because Art is necessary to our lives here on Earth. Because no artist should ever be told to “find a better paying job”. No artist should ever feel like they aren’t worth it.
So I am on Patreon to support my fellow artists, make art, and change the world one stitch at a time.



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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per creation
0 patrons
Backstage Pass

Access to patron-only activity feed. 
- Sneak peeks before they go to Twitter
- Post, comment, and interact with me behind-the-scenes
Pledge $3 or more per creation
0 patrons
All rewards from Tier 1, plus:
- a shout out to you on my Twitter feed (@Aouimazing) thanking you for your support.
Pledge $5 or more per creation
0 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers, plus:
- Access to my monthly original pattern 
- Custom coupon code for 10% off orders of $20+ for my Etsy shop every month.
Pledge $7 or more per creation
0 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers, plus:
- Monthly pattern catalog
Since my Etsy store is running on monthly themes, this catalog will give patrons on this tier (and above) the ability to see and/or order any previous month's theme patterns.
Pledge $10 or more per creation
0 of 10 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers, plus:
- Fan mail from me! You'll get a hand-written, personal thank you delivered right to your mailbox. 
- Recurring patrons at this tier will also get tiny crochet pieces, as well :) 
Pledge $25 or more per creation
0 of 5 patrons
All rewards from previous tiers, plus:
- Crochet Box! Includes: 1 extra original pattern and a small handheld random creation.
- USA ONLY AT THIS TIME
I'm sorry :( International shipping is not an option for me at this time.