Blossom Merz is creating a New Mexico print studio and new art to print there!
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patrons

Thanks so much for following the links to get here. Your interest in my art and the effects we can all have on community is the motivation that keeps me going.

Welcome To Patreon!
Patreon allows artists and creators to connect directly with the people who want to support them, like you. You can pledge just $1 or $5 a month and hold your head high as a Supporter of the Arts.

About Me
I've been a professional artist and supporter of queer community in rural Southern Oregon for many years. Now I have left the mountains that I love and the world that I know in favor of the arts communities and opportunities of New Mexico.

What I Do
Folks have known me for years as The Weaving Monk, carefully handweaving hundreds of gorgeous garments and sending them home with happy people all up and down the West Coast. A long, slow shoulder injury sent me in search of a new craft. (Don't be too sad. The skill I acquired is not lost. Bridgette Extraordinaire studied and worked with me for two years to master every step of my complex weaving style and then make it her own. Be sure to check her weaving on her website: raanuhandwoven.com. She is really going places!)

Now I am producing letterpress printed work on original equipment from the 1890's. The art might look different, but it really uses the exact same skills I've been employing for years. I create original designs and spend all day operating gorgeous antique machines with many complex moving parts to produce those designs. The complexity of the process and the mastery of arcane historical skills are integral to the beauty to me. The journey is the destination.

What's Happening Now
Some longterm friends of mine invited me to come and live with them in Cerrillos, New Mexico. At 30 minutes from Santa Fe, which is famous for the culture of support for the arts, I have vastly more opportunities available to me after I get the business up and running.

What You Are Supporting
The move halfway across the country was a big change. I still need to get the word out to find new customers, do awesome work for them, and wait for the referrals to come in. I've built numerous businesses before and I know that the cycles of reputation and referrals will take time.

By supporting me through Patreon, you're helping me to land on my feet and have a fighting chance of getting this new business up and running. Then I will support queer community as I have always done. I expect to be part of a brand new network of queer artists in this tiny desert town.

If I get to the upper levels of support, I will have a dedicated studio again and offer education and resources to underserved queer communities in the area.

Tiers
Handshake
$1 or more per month
An easy show of support. This little commitment says, "Thanks for doing what you're doing." In return, I'll say thanks to you. To help this level of support go even further, try to convince your friends to do it, too.
Serious Support, No Strings
$5 or more per month
This level says, "I really want to see you make it." To amp up the support, please share my story with your friends.
Big Support, No Strings
$10 or more per month
This level says, "I want you to make it without struggling so much." I will send out intermittent gifts anyhow. I just can't help myself.
Random Print
$10 or more per month
Every month I will send you another small print. At first, I will send out prints from the first couple years of my printing education - greeting cards, wood block prints, and more. When these run out, I'll be creating new art just for supporters at this level. Maybe the new work will be greeting cards, art prints, calendar pages, or something totally new!
Huge Support, No Strings
$20 or more per month
This level says, "I really want to see you make it with ease." The intermittent gifts will be a little more generous.
Slow Layaway
$20 or more per month
Graphic Design, Business Cards, and more! An average run of 500 business cards costs about $200. Fancy cards really grab attention and can double the price. By supporting me at this level, I will start an account for you. When I have a lull in my schedule or when you start getting close to $200, let's start talking about what you want me to do for you. Your account credit is not just for business cards. It can be applied to any kind of job or given to a friend.
Gigantic Support
$50 or more per month
"I want to see you look beyond 'making it' and start to really create the beauty that this world needs." As a thank you, I'll send a little something every month. It might be new finished work or collectible mementos of my process. Be sure to save them in case I ever get famous!
Fast Layaway
$50 or more per month
Just like the $20 version, but you'll get on the design and production schedule faster.
Dedicated Art Supporter
$100 or more per month
"I want to see you succeed so much that I am committing a significant portion of your rent to make it happen."


I will send a signed limited edition piece of original art every month to show you what I'm able to do as a result of your support.

Goals
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Leg Up
This level of support helps me to make ends meet while I work a day job to get on my feet. It will help me to get established in my new home and take a day off here and there to do the work that will get my own business off the ground.
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Thanks so much for following the links to get here. Your interest in my art and the effects we can all have on community is the motivation that keeps me going.

Welcome To Patreon!
Patreon allows artists and creators to connect directly with the people who want to support them, like you. You can pledge just $1 or $5 a month and hold your head high as a Supporter of the Arts.

About Me
I've been a professional artist and supporter of queer community in rural Southern Oregon for many years. Now I have left the mountains that I love and the world that I know in favor of the arts communities and opportunities of New Mexico.

What I Do
Folks have known me for years as The Weaving Monk, carefully handweaving hundreds of gorgeous garments and sending them home with happy people all up and down the West Coast. A long, slow shoulder injury sent me in search of a new craft. (Don't be too sad. The skill I acquired is not lost. Bridgette Extraordinaire studied and worked with me for two years to master every step of my complex weaving style and then make it her own. Be sure to check her weaving on her website: raanuhandwoven.com. She is really going places!)

Now I am producing letterpress printed work on original equipment from the 1890's. The art might look different, but it really uses the exact same skills I've been employing for years. I create original designs and spend all day operating gorgeous antique machines with many complex moving parts to produce those designs. The complexity of the process and the mastery of arcane historical skills are integral to the beauty to me. The journey is the destination.

What's Happening Now
Some longterm friends of mine invited me to come and live with them in Cerrillos, New Mexico. At 30 minutes from Santa Fe, which is famous for the culture of support for the arts, I have vastly more opportunities available to me after I get the business up and running.

What You Are Supporting
The move halfway across the country was a big change. I still need to get the word out to find new customers, do awesome work for them, and wait for the referrals to come in. I've built numerous businesses before and I know that the cycles of reputation and referrals will take time.

By supporting me through Patreon, you're helping me to land on my feet and have a fighting chance of getting this new business up and running. Then I will support queer community as I have always done. I expect to be part of a brand new network of queer artists in this tiny desert town.

If I get to the upper levels of support, I will have a dedicated studio again and offer education and resources to underserved queer communities in the area.

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Tiers
Handshake
$1 or more per month
An easy show of support. This little commitment says, "Thanks for doing what you're doing." In return, I'll say thanks to you. To help this level of support go even further, try to convince your friends to do it, too.
Serious Support, No Strings
$5 or more per month
This level says, "I really want to see you make it." To amp up the support, please share my story with your friends.
Big Support, No Strings
$10 or more per month
This level says, "I want you to make it without struggling so much." I will send out intermittent gifts anyhow. I just can't help myself.
Random Print
$10 or more per month
Every month I will send you another small print. At first, I will send out prints from the first couple years of my printing education - greeting cards, wood block prints, and more. When these run out, I'll be creating new art just for supporters at this level. Maybe the new work will be greeting cards, art prints, calendar pages, or something totally new!
Huge Support, No Strings
$20 or more per month
This level says, "I really want to see you make it with ease." The intermittent gifts will be a little more generous.
Slow Layaway
$20 or more per month
Graphic Design, Business Cards, and more! An average run of 500 business cards costs about $200. Fancy cards really grab attention and can double the price. By supporting me at this level, I will start an account for you. When I have a lull in my schedule or when you start getting close to $200, let's start talking about what you want me to do for you. Your account credit is not just for business cards. It can be applied to any kind of job or given to a friend.
Gigantic Support
$50 or more per month
"I want to see you look beyond 'making it' and start to really create the beauty that this world needs." As a thank you, I'll send a little something every month. It might be new finished work or collectible mementos of my process. Be sure to save them in case I ever get famous!
Fast Layaway
$50 or more per month
Just like the $20 version, but you'll get on the design and production schedule faster.
Dedicated Art Supporter
$100 or more per month
"I want to see you succeed so much that I am committing a significant portion of your rent to make it happen."


I will send a signed limited edition piece of original art every month to show you what I'm able to do as a result of your support.