Ashley Newton is creating techno-magical art and sharing her knowledge along the way
9

patrons

$356
per month
Hi. I'm Ashley.

create art in multiple types of media: drawings and paintings; interactive robotic LED sculptures; laser-cut designs and wall-hangings; experimental garments; fluorescent crafts and sculptures; and more. Much of my art is a blend of analogdigital, and high-tech, with light playing a major roll role (fluorescent materials, UV/black light, and color-changing LEDs). I like to describe my work as using "techno-magic". 


A selection of my art.

Art doesn't happen in a void... By revealing  some of the “magic” behind my art, I hope to inspire and empower people to become creators, so they might share their magic with the world too. In a world of increasing automation, homogenization, standardization, and commodification, one can easily feel trapped, powerless, and empty — but I believe we can fight against these forces by developing the confidence and skills to bring our ideas into the world — “to create our own reality” — and change the word around us.


Demoing my "Neuroflowers" project (brainwave-controlled robotic flowers), part of the Market Street Prototyping Festival.

Backstory

A little over four years ago, I began to question my direction in life — I had a successful but unfulfilling career in market research and was increasingly unhappy. So much of my personality and creative drive was unexpressed and withering, with no real outlet. I longed to create, but felt trapped in the world of business analysis and research. Life had to be more than this, right? I began to consider my options and my passions. Around this time, I became friends with Sean Stevens, a life-time “maker,” who introduced me to technology-enabled creativity — Arduinos, programmable LED strip, robots and motors, sensors, and the power of CAD and digital fabrication tools like laser cutting and 3D printing — and then everything clicked. (Read more about what I've done since then.)

  
First: soldering an LED panel I designed;  Second: demoing my first LED project - fuzzy rainbow LED belt!

I realized that I needed to be creating Art, and that an amazing repertoire of tools and technology were available and accessible to me. So, after some time struggling to juggle my creative endeavors, learning many new skills, and my soul-crushing job, I took the leap: I quit my job and moved from Boston to San Francisco, to create an educational 'art-up' — dubbed  Sustainable Magic — with Sean.

        

Sustainable Magic has supplied me with awesome infrastructure, an inspiring mission, and sometimes paid work... but also a bunch of credit card debt, stress, and time-consuming business tasks like marketing, accounting, sales and customer management, and more... and not that much “free time” to actually spend experimenting and creating art without an express financial aim in mind. While I've received numerous art grants to make new art, those grants have mostly only covered the material costs, so I've rarely broken even on those creations either. 

So, I'm asking for your help so that I can focus more of my time on creating and sharing new art pieces, experimenting with new technology, techniques, and materials, and developing my capabilities more... while not going into more debt.

Ideally, I hope to cover my living expenses (which are fairly low for SF! — I live frugally) and to have some money for materials, so that I can be focused on creating art, and bringing people together to co-create and learn. This will also let me occasionally help with unpaid large scale projects, like  Dr. Brainlove, the art car I helped create in 2014 and improve in 2015 — without financial stress.

                                 
"Neuronal Light Nodes" I designed for Brainlove 1.0
           
Dr. Brainlove 2.0 - I designed the lighting covers that protected and diffused the LEDs and enabled people to climb on top.

I know this is the right next step in my life — and I think with your help, I can eventually arrive at a place where I am self-sustaining artist who is regularly creating and able to share and educate. I do plan to continue working on and being a part of Sustainable Magic, as its mission is closely aligned with mine, but I will make my primary focus be more individually oriented -- and I think this will strengthen my role in Sustainable Magic.

What would happen if I had a way to let you — my fans and friends — join together, in whatever capacity you are able, to have a big impact on my life and path as an artist? What if I didn't have to “do it alone”? What if the sky is the limit?

Let's find out!


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About Patreon


Patreon is a platform that allows anyone to become a patron of the arts. This is a stuffy way of saying that here we have a streamlined way for you to support an artist directly. Think of it sort of as an ongoing, online tip jar; if you like an artist's work, and can't afford or don't want to necessarily buy the artwork regularly, but still want to support them in some way? This is a great way to do it. It's a nod of your head, saying, "hey, I like what you do, thanks for sharing." It's all totally optional, you can quit doing it at any time. When you pledge, you will be charged only once per month, at the end of the month, and you can cancel any time you want. Only want to tip once? That's totally okay! Read the Patron FAQ here if you have questions about how the money part works.

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Rewards

Everyone that supports me, even at only $2/month, gets to see my in-process progress and patron-only blog posts. 

Patrons that are able to sponsor me at higher amounts will get entered into various raffles and also receive different thank you gifts, as outlined to the right hand side of this page.  These are limited because I only have so much time. :)

If you are unable to financially back me, that's okay too. I will keep sharing my work broadly as long as I can. I understand not everyone is able or willing to "send a tip" so to speak. 

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What Happens with the Money

Money from Patreon supporters will help me cover my monthly living expenses, so that I can focus on creating and experimenting without guaranteed financial return. It will give me some breathing room to make art.

Money from Patreon will also allow me to more easily purchase new supplies when I need them, such acrylic sheets, 3D printing filament, circuit boards, LEDs, oil pastels, paintbrushes, pens, paint, drawing pads, canvases, fabric, and more. 

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Other questions? Contact me by sending a message through Patreon.
Tiers
Ultraviolet Tier
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
You're my patron! Thanks! Every bit helps. You'll get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
Violet Tier
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
You rock! You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
Indigo Tier
$12 or more per month 1 patron
You double rock! You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to at least one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
Blue Tier
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
Triple rock. :) You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to at least one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
  • Ability to propose an idea for one of my daily drawings/creations
Green Tier
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Quadruple rocking! You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
  • Be able to propose an idea for one of my daily drawings/creations
  • Entered into lottery to have me make you a custom digital sketch/drawing based on your request
Yellow Tier
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
This lets me spend one day creating each month, with some materials to boot! Thank you.

You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
  • Able to propose an idea for one of my daily drawings/creations
  • I will make & mail you a small drawing/painting based on your request
Orange Tier
$150 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
  • Able to propose an idea for one of my daily creations
  • I'll make & mail you a larger drawing/painting based on your request
Red Tier
$250 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High-resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
  • Able to propose an idea for one of my daily drawings/creations
  • I'll mail you a custom drawing/painting
  • I'll help you on a project for 50 minutes each month (in person or video chat) OR I'll laser-cut or 3D print something you send
Deep Red Tier
$500 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High-resolution digital copies of my art
  • Monthly time-lapse project video
  • Able to propose an idea for my drawings/creations
  • I'll mail you a custom drawing/painting every 3 months
  • I'll help you on a project for 50 minutes each month OR I'll laser-cut or 3D print something you send
  • A surprise creation!
Infrared Tier
$750 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High-resolution digital copies of my art
  • Monthly time-lapse project video
  • Able to propose an idea for my drawings/creations
  • I'll mail you a custom drawing/painting every 3 months
  • I'll help you on a project for 50 minutes each month OR I'll laser-cut or 3D print something you send
  • A surprise creation every 3 months
  • A finished piece of art every six months - choose from several options, or it can be a surprise
Rainbow Tier
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
This covers my rent!

You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High-resolution digital copies of my art
  • Monthly time-lapse project video
  • Able to propose an idea for my creations
  • A custom drawing/painting every 3 months
  • 50 min of help on a project per month OR I'll laser-cut or 3D print something you send
  • A surprise creation every 3 months
  • A finished piece of art every 6 months - choose from several options or be surprised
  • We'll figure out a special reward just for you
Goals
$356 of $500 per month
Outcome: I'll be able to spend five whole days making art -- and be able to buy $100 of materials, like acrylic sheets to laser cut, programmable LEDs, circuit boards, and more. And maybe some better infrastructure for working on electronics.

What I'll also do: Every other month, I'll start raffling a small art piece to backers who pledged at least $10 for three months.
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Hi. I'm Ashley.

create art in multiple types of media: drawings and paintings; interactive robotic LED sculptures; laser-cut designs and wall-hangings; experimental garments; fluorescent crafts and sculptures; and more. Much of my art is a blend of analogdigital, and high-tech, with light playing a major roll role (fluorescent materials, UV/black light, and color-changing LEDs). I like to describe my work as using "techno-magic". 


A selection of my art.

Art doesn't happen in a void... By revealing  some of the “magic” behind my art, I hope to inspire and empower people to become creators, so they might share their magic with the world too. In a world of increasing automation, homogenization, standardization, and commodification, one can easily feel trapped, powerless, and empty — but I believe we can fight against these forces by developing the confidence and skills to bring our ideas into the world — “to create our own reality” — and change the word around us.


Demoing my "Neuroflowers" project (brainwave-controlled robotic flowers), part of the Market Street Prototyping Festival.

Backstory

A little over four years ago, I began to question my direction in life — I had a successful but unfulfilling career in market research and was increasingly unhappy. So much of my personality and creative drive was unexpressed and withering, with no real outlet. I longed to create, but felt trapped in the world of business analysis and research. Life had to be more than this, right? I began to consider my options and my passions. Around this time, I became friends with Sean Stevens, a life-time “maker,” who introduced me to technology-enabled creativity — Arduinos, programmable LED strip, robots and motors, sensors, and the power of CAD and digital fabrication tools like laser cutting and 3D printing — and then everything clicked. (Read more about what I've done since then.)

  
First: soldering an LED panel I designed;  Second: demoing my first LED project - fuzzy rainbow LED belt!

I realized that I needed to be creating Art, and that an amazing repertoire of tools and technology were available and accessible to me. So, after some time struggling to juggle my creative endeavors, learning many new skills, and my soul-crushing job, I took the leap: I quit my job and moved from Boston to San Francisco, to create an educational 'art-up' — dubbed  Sustainable Magic — with Sean.

        

Sustainable Magic has supplied me with awesome infrastructure, an inspiring mission, and sometimes paid work... but also a bunch of credit card debt, stress, and time-consuming business tasks like marketing, accounting, sales and customer management, and more... and not that much “free time” to actually spend experimenting and creating art without an express financial aim in mind. While I've received numerous art grants to make new art, those grants have mostly only covered the material costs, so I've rarely broken even on those creations either. 

So, I'm asking for your help so that I can focus more of my time on creating and sharing new art pieces, experimenting with new technology, techniques, and materials, and developing my capabilities more... while not going into more debt.

Ideally, I hope to cover my living expenses (which are fairly low for SF! — I live frugally) and to have some money for materials, so that I can be focused on creating art, and bringing people together to co-create and learn. This will also let me occasionally help with unpaid large scale projects, like  Dr. Brainlove, the art car I helped create in 2014 and improve in 2015 — without financial stress.

                                 
"Neuronal Light Nodes" I designed for Brainlove 1.0
           
Dr. Brainlove 2.0 - I designed the lighting covers that protected and diffused the LEDs and enabled people to climb on top.

I know this is the right next step in my life — and I think with your help, I can eventually arrive at a place where I am self-sustaining artist who is regularly creating and able to share and educate. I do plan to continue working on and being a part of Sustainable Magic, as its mission is closely aligned with mine, but I will make my primary focus be more individually oriented -- and I think this will strengthen my role in Sustainable Magic.

What would happen if I had a way to let you — my fans and friends — join together, in whatever capacity you are able, to have a big impact on my life and path as an artist? What if I didn't have to “do it alone”? What if the sky is the limit?

Let's find out!


Back to top.



About Patreon


Patreon is a platform that allows anyone to become a patron of the arts. This is a stuffy way of saying that here we have a streamlined way for you to support an artist directly. Think of it sort of as an ongoing, online tip jar; if you like an artist's work, and can't afford or don't want to necessarily buy the artwork regularly, but still want to support them in some way? This is a great way to do it. It's a nod of your head, saying, "hey, I like what you do, thanks for sharing." It's all totally optional, you can quit doing it at any time. When you pledge, you will be charged only once per month, at the end of the month, and you can cancel any time you want. Only want to tip once? That's totally okay! Read the Patron FAQ here if you have questions about how the money part works.

Back to top.


Rewards

Everyone that supports me, even at only $2/month, gets to see my in-process progress and patron-only blog posts. 

Patrons that are able to sponsor me at higher amounts will get entered into various raffles and also receive different thank you gifts, as outlined to the right hand side of this page.  These are limited because I only have so much time. :)

If you are unable to financially back me, that's okay too. I will keep sharing my work broadly as long as I can. I understand not everyone is able or willing to "send a tip" so to speak. 

Back to top.


What Happens with the Money

Money from Patreon supporters will help me cover my monthly living expenses, so that I can focus on creating and experimenting without guaranteed financial return. It will give me some breathing room to make art.

Money from Patreon will also allow me to more easily purchase new supplies when I need them, such acrylic sheets, 3D printing filament, circuit boards, LEDs, oil pastels, paintbrushes, pens, paint, drawing pads, canvases, fabric, and more. 

Back to top.


Other questions? Contact me by sending a message through Patreon.

Recent posts by Ashley Newton

Tiers
Ultraviolet Tier
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
You're my patron! Thanks! Every bit helps. You'll get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
Violet Tier
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
You rock! You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
Indigo Tier
$12 or more per month 1 patron
You double rock! You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to at least one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
Blue Tier
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
Triple rock. :) You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to at least one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
  • Ability to propose an idea for one of my daily drawings/creations
Green Tier
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Quadruple rocking! You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
  • Be able to propose an idea for one of my daily drawings/creations
  • Entered into lottery to have me make you a custom digital sketch/drawing based on your request
Yellow Tier
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
This lets me spend one day creating each month, with some materials to boot! Thank you.

You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
  • Able to propose an idea for one of my daily drawings/creations
  • I will make & mail you a small drawing/painting based on your request
Orange Tier
$150 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
  • Able to propose an idea for one of my daily creations
  • I'll make & mail you a larger drawing/painting based on your request
Red Tier
$250 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts where you will have exclusive access to in-process artwork and projects
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High-resolution digital copies/pictures of my art
  • Access to one time-lapse video of one of my projects each month
  • Able to propose an idea for one of my daily drawings/creations
  • I'll mail you a custom drawing/painting
  • I'll help you on a project for 50 minutes each month (in person or video chat) OR I'll laser-cut or 3D print something you send
Deep Red Tier
$500 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High-resolution digital copies of my art
  • Monthly time-lapse project video
  • Able to propose an idea for my drawings/creations
  • I'll mail you a custom drawing/painting every 3 months
  • I'll help you on a project for 50 minutes each month OR I'll laser-cut or 3D print something you send
  • A surprise creation!
Infrared Tier
$750 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High-resolution digital copies of my art
  • Monthly time-lapse project video
  • Able to propose an idea for my drawings/creations
  • I'll mail you a custom drawing/painting every 3 months
  • I'll help you on a project for 50 minutes each month OR I'll laser-cut or 3D print something you send
  • A surprise creation every 3 months
  • A finished piece of art every six months - choose from several options, or it can be a surprise
Rainbow Tier
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
This covers my rent!

You get:
  • Access to my patron-only blog posts
  • Listed as a supporter on my website
  • High-resolution digital copies of my art
  • Monthly time-lapse project video
  • Able to propose an idea for my creations
  • A custom drawing/painting every 3 months
  • 50 min of help on a project per month OR I'll laser-cut or 3D print something you send
  • A surprise creation every 3 months
  • A finished piece of art every 6 months - choose from several options or be surprised
  • We'll figure out a special reward just for you