mags is creating art, design, writing about creativity
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patrons

$126
per month
Update for 2019:

I am in the process of refreshing my landing page here, but I don't want to delete my original pitch and background info because it's a pretty good get-to-know-me for anyone finding me for the first time. After being on Patreon for a couple years now though, it's time for a bit of an update. When I first started this Patreon page in January 2016, I was trying hard to get my creative juices flowing again and jumpstart my art life after a many-year hiatus. And it worked! Patreon has helped me get back in the flow of painting, printing and designing regularly and recently I even started exploring new styles like abstract expressionism. (I've updated the cover photo on this page to be a cropped slice of one of my favorite abstract pieces I've made so far.) Patron support has helped me purchase printing equipment and cover the costs of design software and art supplies. My art practice is now moving along and I feel like I am growing, despite it still only being a part-time endeavor. My challenge now is how to remake this Patreon to be a better functioning tool to showcase my work and reach new patrons so that I can get closer to my original goal of reclaiming my time back from my pet biz for creating. My short-term ideal would be half-time with the pet biz, and half-time making art. So let's see what 2019 has in store!

(original 'about me' page from 2016 follows)

About me:

Most of you who will arrive at this page will know me and/or have some familiarity with at least some of the things I make or do, but for those who don't... hi, I'm mags. I live in New Orleans. I'm 50 and I'm a Leo (Capricorn rising). I'm an artist, a retired music journalist and club DJ, and for the past 7 years, I've been making my living as a full time dog walker and pet sitter. It's been a fun job and I've learned a lot, but after 7 years I've realized, this is not what I want to be doing in another 5 years - at least not full time.

I want to have time to create. I'm an artist. I want to make stuff.

I've been making all kinds of things in many different media for most of my life. In college (BA '89), I majored in Art History and took as many studio classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and photography as I could. Right out of college, I had an short-lived internship as a photojournalist for a daily metropolitan newspaper. After moving to New Orleans, my art life was all about folk art furniture and paintings, inspired by artists like the Reverend Howard Finster, Frida Kahlo, and Keith Haring. Then I spent a bunch of years working as an assistant in a friend's t-shirt printing shop, while I cut my teeth with graphic design by making flyers, stickers, t-shirts and street art stencils for various grassroots activist groups I was involved with. Along the way I had a few-year stint on the signmaking crew for a major music festival; and later I got involved with a local craft co-op, where I focused on making all manner of handmade crafts to sell to the masses, from cufflinks and clocks to t-shirts and stenciled signs.



You can see more of my past work on  my flickr page

For a variety of reasons, I needed a break from the art/craft life in 2010. That's when my pet business was born, and it quickly took up all my time, as it's basically like having two full time jobs. (9am-5pm Monday-Friday dog walking; nights and weekends pet sitting.) During these last seven years, the pace of my creative output has slowed considerably - stopped, even, for long chunks of time when I've been busiest with the business -  but I have still very sporadically made t-shirt designs (printed via  Teespring), printed t-shirts DIY style in my kitchen, and made small stencil pop art paintings.



I'm interested in learning to work bigger, on larger canvases and wood, and hope to further combine my folk, street, pop and graphic art influences into a more cohesive style. But most of all, I just want to get back to creating more regularly; I want to be making stuff not sporadically or slowly over long periods of time, but daily/weekly/monthly, consistently. 

I have so many ideas. But I need more time to do it in. I need chunks of time when I can really sink into a painting, a design, or print a run of t-shirts. I need time to get into the zone. And right now, I don't have that. I grab a half hour here, 20 minutes there... maybe get an hour or two on the weekend. But it's just not enough.

This is where you come in.

So, why Patreon?

Here's a short video from Patreon explaining the service:



Patreon is a new and different kind of crowdfunding. It's kind of like Kickstarter, but instead of one big project I'm trying to fund, I'm asking for monthly help for ongoing, continued work. I want to use Patreon to jumpstart my creative life again, and help me transition from working full time with animals and having no time for art, to working halftime or less so I have more time to make art - and without the immediate pressure to have to sell stuff to make up the difference. Along the way to that goal, you'll be helping to keep me in art supplies, helping to cover tools of the trade like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and maybe a few pieces of equipment that would be helpful. But mostly, I need help buying my time back from my pet schedule so that I don't have to be away from my home studio all day, every day.

So I'm asking for your help. 

To me, Patreon is not just about financial support but also emotional/creative support. I need your input, your interest, your feedback. More than just a way to make money, I see Patreon as a really good structure for me, to be held accountable, and to use as motivation to keep me on track on a regular basis. I will report back to you what I'm working on and my process, and hopefully you'll tell me what you think.

OK, so, what do YOU get out of this?

Well, most of all, you get the satisfaction of knowing you are helping me, an artist, work towards my dreams. You are being a patron of the arts, directly supporting an artist. You are part of my team. And for that, you are getting exclusive access, and some tokens of my appreciation along the way. See the list of rewards down below.

Think of it as pre-ordering (for future creative products to be delivered, aka rewards), or as investing. You are investing in art and in the life/career of an artist. If you believe in the power of art and creativity to brighten and change the world, then this is a great way to put your money where your beliefs are.

(FYI, when you sign up to pledge on Patreon, you are not locked into paying that amount every month for forever. You can cancel or bump up or down in amount every single month - you always have a choice. Patreon makes it easy. )

So that's it.

Look, I know this is a risk. I know some of you will wonder, why now? Why crowdfunding?

And my answer is simple. Because the universe is speaking clearly to me and telling me, the time is now. I've been doing a LOT of soul searching over the past few years. I've been anguishing about what I should be doing with my life, what makes me happy, what makes me feel fulfilled and like I'm contributing to the world, and how to move forward. And all the while, while I've been walking dogs all day every day, I've been filling notebook upon notebook with sketches, sending emails to myself with concepts and wording, even telling some of you on the phone all my latest big ideas. But in the past six months, something has shifted... it's all become very URGENT to me, to do this now. Like it's now or never. Which I think means I'm finally ready to do this. Ready to succeed, or even ready to fail. I just know I have to try. I have to do something.

So I'm asking you to trust me... that I have all these ideas in my head that really need to get out. And that I have the skills to execute them. I just need some help creating the physical time in which to do so. 

It's REALLY hard for me to ask for help, especially for money.  But as someone who has been low-income most of her life, doesn't have any living family or partner as a backup or bankroll, has no trust fund or savings or even credit cards to rely on, all I have is my own ability to hustle and my tribe of friends and acquaintances, my network, to help me out when I need it. I don't ask for help very often but I feel I'm at a crossroads in my life right now, and now is a time when I could really use a little boost to get me going in what I think is the right direction.

I hope you'll join me on this adventure!

Thanks for taking the time to read all this! You rock!

(If after reading all this and looking over Patreon's site you've decided you don't want to use Patreon but would still like to support me, you can make a one-time or even recurring donation to me via PayPal  here. Or via Squarecash here. Or buy stuff in my etsy shop.)

(And if you don't have any money to spare right now - believe me, I understand - but are interested in what I do, you can always follow me for free via my website,  artbymags.com, or my facebook pageinstagram, or twitter.)
Tiers
vote of confidence!
$1 or more per month

basically, you're in! you give me your vote of confidence - and a dollar (or two or three) - and i give you access to my patreon feed. 


if everyone i knew on social media gave me a $1/month, i could hire someone else to walk dogs and i could make stuff and write about art and creativity full time!

fan
$5 or more per month

you don't just want to give me a vote of confidence, you're a fan! you like the stuff i make and sometimes buy it and are genuinely interested in my creative journey and want to contribute to my upkeep as an artist and designer. 


for this, i'll try really hard to send you some stickers or small something i make a few times a year, but i'm learning to not make a monthly promise cuz i just don't work that way and my creativity and time to be creative comes and goes. but i will send a little something something a couple times a year as a thank you!

shopper's delight!
$10 or more per month

this reward tier is for those who do regularly buy my stuff and who'd benefit from a 15% discount code for my etsy shop and/or teespring store, good year round. plus i'll send a little something something a couple times a year as a thank you!

mystery rewards!
$25 or more per month

you are truly a patron of the arts! i'll come up with something to make it worth your while if you want to support me at this level. tshirts, prints, stickers, maybe a painting? let's talk about it. and thank you!

Goals
$126 of $250 per month
Getting to this level of support will help me with larger purchases beyond just basic art supplies. The next item I have my eye on is an iPad Pro, as my old Macbook Pro from 2011 is on its last legs and I don't foresee having the money to buy a new laptop anytime soon, so an iPad Pro seems the next best thing. It'll take me saving up for a few months but it would be a really helpful tool.
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Update for 2019:

I am in the process of refreshing my landing page here, but I don't want to delete my original pitch and background info because it's a pretty good get-to-know-me for anyone finding me for the first time. After being on Patreon for a couple years now though, it's time for a bit of an update. When I first started this Patreon page in January 2016, I was trying hard to get my creative juices flowing again and jumpstart my art life after a many-year hiatus. And it worked! Patreon has helped me get back in the flow of painting, printing and designing regularly and recently I even started exploring new styles like abstract expressionism. (I've updated the cover photo on this page to be a cropped slice of one of my favorite abstract pieces I've made so far.) Patron support has helped me purchase printing equipment and cover the costs of design software and art supplies. My art practice is now moving along and I feel like I am growing, despite it still only being a part-time endeavor. My challenge now is how to remake this Patreon to be a better functioning tool to showcase my work and reach new patrons so that I can get closer to my original goal of reclaiming my time back from my pet biz for creating. My short-term ideal would be half-time with the pet biz, and half-time making art. So let's see what 2019 has in store!

(original 'about me' page from 2016 follows)

About me:

Most of you who will arrive at this page will know me and/or have some familiarity with at least some of the things I make or do, but for those who don't... hi, I'm mags. I live in New Orleans. I'm 50 and I'm a Leo (Capricorn rising). I'm an artist, a retired music journalist and club DJ, and for the past 7 years, I've been making my living as a full time dog walker and pet sitter. It's been a fun job and I've learned a lot, but after 7 years I've realized, this is not what I want to be doing in another 5 years - at least not full time.

I want to have time to create. I'm an artist. I want to make stuff.

I've been making all kinds of things in many different media for most of my life. In college (BA '89), I majored in Art History and took as many studio classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and photography as I could. Right out of college, I had an short-lived internship as a photojournalist for a daily metropolitan newspaper. After moving to New Orleans, my art life was all about folk art furniture and paintings, inspired by artists like the Reverend Howard Finster, Frida Kahlo, and Keith Haring. Then I spent a bunch of years working as an assistant in a friend's t-shirt printing shop, while I cut my teeth with graphic design by making flyers, stickers, t-shirts and street art stencils for various grassroots activist groups I was involved with. Along the way I had a few-year stint on the signmaking crew for a major music festival; and later I got involved with a local craft co-op, where I focused on making all manner of handmade crafts to sell to the masses, from cufflinks and clocks to t-shirts and stenciled signs.



You can see more of my past work on  my flickr page

For a variety of reasons, I needed a break from the art/craft life in 2010. That's when my pet business was born, and it quickly took up all my time, as it's basically like having two full time jobs. (9am-5pm Monday-Friday dog walking; nights and weekends pet sitting.) During these last seven years, the pace of my creative output has slowed considerably - stopped, even, for long chunks of time when I've been busiest with the business -  but I have still very sporadically made t-shirt designs (printed via  Teespring), printed t-shirts DIY style in my kitchen, and made small stencil pop art paintings.



I'm interested in learning to work bigger, on larger canvases and wood, and hope to further combine my folk, street, pop and graphic art influences into a more cohesive style. But most of all, I just want to get back to creating more regularly; I want to be making stuff not sporadically or slowly over long periods of time, but daily/weekly/monthly, consistently. 

I have so many ideas. But I need more time to do it in. I need chunks of time when I can really sink into a painting, a design, or print a run of t-shirts. I need time to get into the zone. And right now, I don't have that. I grab a half hour here, 20 minutes there... maybe get an hour or two on the weekend. But it's just not enough.

This is where you come in.

So, why Patreon?

Here's a short video from Patreon explaining the service:



Patreon is a new and different kind of crowdfunding. It's kind of like Kickstarter, but instead of one big project I'm trying to fund, I'm asking for monthly help for ongoing, continued work. I want to use Patreon to jumpstart my creative life again, and help me transition from working full time with animals and having no time for art, to working halftime or less so I have more time to make art - and without the immediate pressure to have to sell stuff to make up the difference. Along the way to that goal, you'll be helping to keep me in art supplies, helping to cover tools of the trade like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and maybe a few pieces of equipment that would be helpful. But mostly, I need help buying my time back from my pet schedule so that I don't have to be away from my home studio all day, every day.

So I'm asking for your help. 

To me, Patreon is not just about financial support but also emotional/creative support. I need your input, your interest, your feedback. More than just a way to make money, I see Patreon as a really good structure for me, to be held accountable, and to use as motivation to keep me on track on a regular basis. I will report back to you what I'm working on and my process, and hopefully you'll tell me what you think.

OK, so, what do YOU get out of this?

Well, most of all, you get the satisfaction of knowing you are helping me, an artist, work towards my dreams. You are being a patron of the arts, directly supporting an artist. You are part of my team. And for that, you are getting exclusive access, and some tokens of my appreciation along the way. See the list of rewards down below.

Think of it as pre-ordering (for future creative products to be delivered, aka rewards), or as investing. You are investing in art and in the life/career of an artist. If you believe in the power of art and creativity to brighten and change the world, then this is a great way to put your money where your beliefs are.

(FYI, when you sign up to pledge on Patreon, you are not locked into paying that amount every month for forever. You can cancel or bump up or down in amount every single month - you always have a choice. Patreon makes it easy. )

So that's it.

Look, I know this is a risk. I know some of you will wonder, why now? Why crowdfunding?

And my answer is simple. Because the universe is speaking clearly to me and telling me, the time is now. I've been doing a LOT of soul searching over the past few years. I've been anguishing about what I should be doing with my life, what makes me happy, what makes me feel fulfilled and like I'm contributing to the world, and how to move forward. And all the while, while I've been walking dogs all day every day, I've been filling notebook upon notebook with sketches, sending emails to myself with concepts and wording, even telling some of you on the phone all my latest big ideas. But in the past six months, something has shifted... it's all become very URGENT to me, to do this now. Like it's now or never. Which I think means I'm finally ready to do this. Ready to succeed, or even ready to fail. I just know I have to try. I have to do something.

So I'm asking you to trust me... that I have all these ideas in my head that really need to get out. And that I have the skills to execute them. I just need some help creating the physical time in which to do so. 

It's REALLY hard for me to ask for help, especially for money.  But as someone who has been low-income most of her life, doesn't have any living family or partner as a backup or bankroll, has no trust fund or savings or even credit cards to rely on, all I have is my own ability to hustle and my tribe of friends and acquaintances, my network, to help me out when I need it. I don't ask for help very often but I feel I'm at a crossroads in my life right now, and now is a time when I could really use a little boost to get me going in what I think is the right direction.

I hope you'll join me on this adventure!

Thanks for taking the time to read all this! You rock!

(If after reading all this and looking over Patreon's site you've decided you don't want to use Patreon but would still like to support me, you can make a one-time or even recurring donation to me via PayPal  here. Or via Squarecash here. Or buy stuff in my etsy shop.)

(And if you don't have any money to spare right now - believe me, I understand - but are interested in what I do, you can always follow me for free via my website,  artbymags.com, or my facebook pageinstagram, or twitter.)

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Tiers
vote of confidence!
$1 or more per month

basically, you're in! you give me your vote of confidence - and a dollar (or two or three) - and i give you access to my patreon feed. 


if everyone i knew on social media gave me a $1/month, i could hire someone else to walk dogs and i could make stuff and write about art and creativity full time!

fan
$5 or more per month

you don't just want to give me a vote of confidence, you're a fan! you like the stuff i make and sometimes buy it and are genuinely interested in my creative journey and want to contribute to my upkeep as an artist and designer. 


for this, i'll try really hard to send you some stickers or small something i make a few times a year, but i'm learning to not make a monthly promise cuz i just don't work that way and my creativity and time to be creative comes and goes. but i will send a little something something a couple times a year as a thank you!

shopper's delight!
$10 or more per month

this reward tier is for those who do regularly buy my stuff and who'd benefit from a 15% discount code for my etsy shop and/or teespring store, good year round. plus i'll send a little something something a couple times a year as a thank you!

mystery rewards!
$25 or more per month

you are truly a patron of the arts! i'll come up with something to make it worth your while if you want to support me at this level. tshirts, prints, stickers, maybe a painting? let's talk about it. and thank you!