mags is creating art!
18

patrons

$144
per month
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 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 studio all day, every day.

So I'm asking for your help. I first joined Patreon in January of 2016 and gave it a year; I had a one year plan to try Patreon as a way to get support while I got back into the creative flow. In January of 2017, I reassessed. I almost quit - I was feeling guilty about not yet producing "rewards" to mail out to all my patrons on a regular, monthly basis. But when I really thought about it, I realized I actually HAD achieved my goal - I WAS back in the creative flow. My flow might be intermittent, it might be slow, but I was back to making things regularly and having the seed money every month to buy supplies with and help cover the cost of making things like stickers and tshirts was super helpful. So I decided to stick with it for another year. 

Now, here I am in 2018, reassessing again. Once again, I almost quit in the past few months. But now I'm considering switching over to a per-project account - where I'd only get paid when i actually make something that I can then send out to folks - instead of the monthly model. And I might just strip it down to $5 and $10 memberships. I might just focus on stickers as my only physical rewards to send out. I don't know; I'm still mulling it all over. But I'm still here, slogging along. And I'm so grateful to all of those who've been on this journey with me, for however long. Some folks have come and gone, others have been with me since the start, and a few of you are fairly new. I appreciate all of you and your interest and faith in me.

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 - everything from blog posts, photo/video sneak peeks into the studio, and giveaways, to stickers, t-shirts and actual art!

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 2 patrons
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. 


you'll get all my patreon-only posts, which might include: 


-sneak peaks at new stuff i'm working on

-announcements about new stuff and sales in my etsy shop

-photos and maybe videos (if i ever get better at shooting video) of my process

-art and creativity themed blog posts which are generally not shared elsewhere on my social media

-my eternal gratitude for being a patron of my art!


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 full time!

sticker freak!
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
at this level, you will receive all of the "vote of confidence" level rewards as well as periodic packages of stickers! 


sometimes i get on a roll and make a new sticker every month, sometimes i might go a few months in between new designs - so for that reason, i will probably just send out sticker packs a few times a year to everyone in this reward tier. 


but if you love stickers as much as i love stickers, you'll definitely want to sign up at this level. tell your sticker-loving friends!

shopper's delight!
$10 or more per month 9 patrons
this reward tier includes all the "vote of confidence" and "sticker freak" rewards plus a 15% discount code for my etsy shop, good year round. great for those of you who find yourselves buying a lot of my gear.
mystery rewards!
$25 or more per month 1 patron
previously labeled the "t-shirt freak" level, this tier will now offer periodic packages of shirts, prints, stickers or other stuff I make throughout the year. i’ll try to do it 2-4 times a year but it likely depends on the pace and timing of my output.


plus it includes all the "vote of confidence," "sticker freak," and "shopper's delight" rewards as well.

Goals
$144 of $250 per month
Getting to (and beyond!) this level of support will help me with larger purchases beyond just basic art supplies. Though I haven't hit this goal yet, in addition to art supplies like paint and canvases and ink and screens, I've used my monthly Patreon funds to help with the monthly costs of Creative Cloud subscriptions to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; a Skillshare video tutorial to learn how to utilize Illustrator better; an online hand lettering course from Sean McCabe; a digital stylus (a Jot Pro) for use with drawing apps on my Kindle and iPhone; a really great Dewalt drill; a heat gun for flash drying when I'm screen printing light inks on dark shirts; and a laser temperature gun to check temps when curing ink on t-shirts.

I could still use a really good jigsaw; a drawing tablet like a Wacom; a quality DSLR camera; and I'm going to need either a new laptop or an iPad in the near future, since my Macbook Pro is a 2011 model and starting to show its age. And there are just always endless silkscreen supplies that go way beyond $100 that are useful to have and necessary to keep printing.

Some items are more helpful with the folk art end of my creative interests, while others are more geared towards the graphic art end of my production. But all are integral to building my future art empire!
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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 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 studio all day, every day.

So I'm asking for your help. I first joined Patreon in January of 2016 and gave it a year; I had a one year plan to try Patreon as a way to get support while I got back into the creative flow. In January of 2017, I reassessed. I almost quit - I was feeling guilty about not yet producing "rewards" to mail out to all my patrons on a regular, monthly basis. But when I really thought about it, I realized I actually HAD achieved my goal - I WAS back in the creative flow. My flow might be intermittent, it might be slow, but I was back to making things regularly and having the seed money every month to buy supplies with and help cover the cost of making things like stickers and tshirts was super helpful. So I decided to stick with it for another year. 

Now, here I am in 2018, reassessing again. Once again, I almost quit in the past few months. But now I'm considering switching over to a per-project account - where I'd only get paid when i actually make something that I can then send out to folks - instead of the monthly model. And I might just strip it down to $5 and $10 memberships. I might just focus on stickers as my only physical rewards to send out. I don't know; I'm still mulling it all over. But I'm still here, slogging along. And I'm so grateful to all of those who've been on this journey with me, for however long. Some folks have come and gone, others have been with me since the start, and a few of you are fairly new. I appreciate all of you and your interest and faith in me.

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 - everything from blog posts, photo/video sneak peeks into the studio, and giveaways, to stickers, t-shirts and actual art!

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 2 patrons
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. 


you'll get all my patreon-only posts, which might include: 


-sneak peaks at new stuff i'm working on

-announcements about new stuff and sales in my etsy shop

-photos and maybe videos (if i ever get better at shooting video) of my process

-art and creativity themed blog posts which are generally not shared elsewhere on my social media

-my eternal gratitude for being a patron of my art!


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 full time!

sticker freak!
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
at this level, you will receive all of the "vote of confidence" level rewards as well as periodic packages of stickers! 


sometimes i get on a roll and make a new sticker every month, sometimes i might go a few months in between new designs - so for that reason, i will probably just send out sticker packs a few times a year to everyone in this reward tier. 


but if you love stickers as much as i love stickers, you'll definitely want to sign up at this level. tell your sticker-loving friends!

shopper's delight!
$10 or more per month 9 patrons
this reward tier includes all the "vote of confidence" and "sticker freak" rewards plus a 15% discount code for my etsy shop, good year round. great for those of you who find yourselves buying a lot of my gear.
mystery rewards!
$25 or more per month 1 patron
previously labeled the "t-shirt freak" level, this tier will now offer periodic packages of shirts, prints, stickers or other stuff I make throughout the year. i’ll try to do it 2-4 times a year but it likely depends on the pace and timing of my output.


plus it includes all the "vote of confidence," "sticker freak," and "shopper's delight" rewards as well.