Joumana Medlej is creating Calligraphic Mandalas. Geometry. Sacred Art.
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$199
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Thank you for visiting my Patreon page! Your monthly pledge* is a subscription that gives you insider access to my research and creation process, and helps me to carry on as a full-time artist.

My work, as I have come to understand it, belongs to the tradition of sacred art: Art that points beyond our daily experience to a larger and immutable reality.
Some of the themes and techniques that weave in and out of my work:
- Geometry, the system of relationships that holds all things together, and particularly "mandalas";
- Cosmology, mapping the symbolic universe and our place in it;
- Archetypal themes, often drawn from Sufism, with its universal message of love;
- Kufic, the first Arabic script to be made consciously beautiful;
- Alchemy as a process of deep transformation, that also turns up in a literal way in the preparation of some of my materials.
- Natural materials, as I turn increasingly away from plastics and chemicals in favour of natural, home-prepared materials.

My research in all of the above is ongoing, so that alongside sketches and finished pieces you can expect to see things such as recipes for natural art materials, Kufic letter sets, and other how-tos. Pledges tiers and their associated perks are listed on the right.

By subscribing, you become part of my creative journey, and help me bring more a little more beauty and magic into the world. In former times, the artist was responsible for society's mental well-being. This is long forgotten, but I think we still know it instinctively. Art is not a luxury but a basic necessity! As our bodies need food, our souls need beauty and remembrance, especially in these fragmented times. Thank you for keeping this alive!

* Don't hesitate to join for only a short while, or to pause your pledge when you need to. There is no obligation and I appreciate every contribution, including comments. If you're not clear how Patreon works, check out this short video.





Tiers
Introduction
$1 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
(This is not a reward tier! Please don't select unless you want no rewards)


In addition to the monthly rewards listed below, I offer one-off Milestone Rewards open to all tiers. These are surprises of increasing value (though I may check your preferences before sending). You’ll unlock a new Milestone when your total contribution reaches each of the following: $12 — $24 — $50 — $100 — $200 — $500 — $1,000 — $2,000.

Supporter
$2 or more per month 6 patrons
  • Access to Patron-only posts. So many aspects of my creative process never get shared with the public. These posts constitute an art blog I'm only sharing with you, and I will happily answer questions.
Art Lover
$6 or more per month 4 patrons
  • As above, plus:
  • A Thank You postcard, created exclusively for Patreon, with a personal message. 
  • Access to art/calligraphy recipes and how-tos.
Art Enthusiast
$18 or more per month 1 patron
  • As above, plus:
  • Access to downloadables such as pdfs of collector booklets (which accompany major artworks and depict their full genesis from sketch to finish), printable colouring sheets, geometric patterns, letter sets...
Connoisseur
$36 or more per month 1 patron
  • As above plus:
  • Twice a year (around the solstices), a parcel of artsy goodness (may include Art Prints, cards, booklets, and/or other paper items).
Champion of the Arts
$60 or more per month 2 patrons
  •  As above, plus:
  • Four times a year (solstices and equinoxes), a parcel of artsy goodness that also includes Bits and Pieces of Art. These are bits left over from a large work, such as spare cut pieces, paper models, or even the prototype of an abandoned idea; connecting you with the completed art piece wherever it ends up. 
Goals
$199 of $800 per month
Studio rent! I was incredibly lucky in securing a spacious and well-lit studio in London. I need it to create my work, photograph it, show it, and also to give courses. Reaching this goal would cover my studio rent and let me breathe more easily.
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Thank you for visiting my Patreon page! Your monthly pledge* is a subscription that gives you insider access to my research and creation process, and helps me to carry on as a full-time artist.

My work, as I have come to understand it, belongs to the tradition of sacred art: Art that points beyond our daily experience to a larger and immutable reality.
Some of the themes and techniques that weave in and out of my work:
- Geometry, the system of relationships that holds all things together, and particularly "mandalas";
- Cosmology, mapping the symbolic universe and our place in it;
- Archetypal themes, often drawn from Sufism, with its universal message of love;
- Kufic, the first Arabic script to be made consciously beautiful;
- Alchemy as a process of deep transformation, that also turns up in a literal way in the preparation of some of my materials.
- Natural materials, as I turn increasingly away from plastics and chemicals in favour of natural, home-prepared materials.

My research in all of the above is ongoing, so that alongside sketches and finished pieces you can expect to see things such as recipes for natural art materials, Kufic letter sets, and other how-tos. Pledges tiers and their associated perks are listed on the right.

By subscribing, you become part of my creative journey, and help me bring more a little more beauty and magic into the world. In former times, the artist was responsible for society's mental well-being. This is long forgotten, but I think we still know it instinctively. Art is not a luxury but a basic necessity! As our bodies need food, our souls need beauty and remembrance, especially in these fragmented times. Thank you for keeping this alive!

* Don't hesitate to join for only a short while, or to pause your pledge when you need to. There is no obligation and I appreciate every contribution, including comments. If you're not clear how Patreon works, check out this short video.





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Tiers
Introduction
$1 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
(This is not a reward tier! Please don't select unless you want no rewards)


In addition to the monthly rewards listed below, I offer one-off Milestone Rewards open to all tiers. These are surprises of increasing value (though I may check your preferences before sending). You’ll unlock a new Milestone when your total contribution reaches each of the following: $12 — $24 — $50 — $100 — $200 — $500 — $1,000 — $2,000.

Supporter
$2 or more per month 6 patrons
  • Access to Patron-only posts. So many aspects of my creative process never get shared with the public. These posts constitute an art blog I'm only sharing with you, and I will happily answer questions.
Art Lover
$6 or more per month 4 patrons
  • As above, plus:
  • A Thank You postcard, created exclusively for Patreon, with a personal message. 
  • Access to art/calligraphy recipes and how-tos.
Art Enthusiast
$18 or more per month 1 patron
  • As above, plus:
  • Access to downloadables such as pdfs of collector booklets (which accompany major artworks and depict their full genesis from sketch to finish), printable colouring sheets, geometric patterns, letter sets...
Connoisseur
$36 or more per month 1 patron
  • As above plus:
  • Twice a year (around the solstices), a parcel of artsy goodness (may include Art Prints, cards, booklets, and/or other paper items).
Champion of the Arts
$60 or more per month 2 patrons
  •  As above, plus:
  • Four times a year (solstices and equinoxes), a parcel of artsy goodness that also includes Bits and Pieces of Art. These are bits left over from a large work, such as spare cut pieces, paper models, or even the prototype of an abandoned idea; connecting you with the completed art piece wherever it ends up.