Shad and Jenya Engkilterrais creating stories, stuffed penguins and more.
About Shad and Jenya Engkilterra
What Do You Get?Let's get down to brass tacks. You can check out the levels at which you can become a Penguinator and see what you get for your money. However, the short version for every level is:
- Discounts at events where we are in attendance
- Our gratitude - Thank you!
- Stories every Friday and a Penguin photo a month on the 22nd.
- A one-time discount at our web page (that you can access when you join our Patreon).
- Your name in the acknowledgement section of my books.
- Thanks on my websites: penguinate.com, penguin8.com, and DisneylandIsCreativity.com.
- Thanks at the end of YouTube videos.
What's the Story?At some point in college, I wanted to get my friends together, by some land, and build a castle on it. The castle and its outlying buildings would be large enough to give everyone the space they needed, but still intimate enough that we could all see each other often. We could come together for dinner, discuss the projects that we were working on, find solutions for problems large and small, and enjoy the collaboration of some of the smartest people I know with time and resources to make their creative dreams a reality.
I didn’t have the resources to make that happen, but here at Patreon, we could have that same sense of community. We could make a space and time to come together to be more creative. We can set up Q&As and collaborations, and we could solve problems together. If we put our resources together, we may not need a physical space to meet – we can meet online.
If this is something that interests you, if you need someone to bounce ideas off of, if you want to work collaboratively, this is the space for you. Let’s open up our creative efforts and join together to make the world a better place.
Does That Mean No Physical Space?No, of course not. There are lots of good reasons to have a physical place where people can meet and talk face to face. Creating a cultural center like Paris in the 1920s, minus the vices, is not only possible; it is also desirable.
Walt Disney knew that when artists of different disciplines came together, magic happened. He wanted to create a place where artists of all types could mingle, work together and inspire each other. With the merger of the Chouinard Art Institute and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, the California Institute of the Arts was formed.
There’s something about being in the physical presence of others that makes the creative process so much more exciting and difficult. It’s possible to do the same thing over the Internet, but people are faced with more distractions with online communications and meetings. There’s the coffee pot in the kitchen. There are the kids in the living room, and there’s the ding from the latest Facebook notification. There’s also a great resource that they have to check right now, and CAT MEME! Ahhh, it’s so cute. Unless everyone is committed, and in a quiet space, Internet meetings can be easily derailed.
There’s also something to be said for unscheduled interactions. People meeting because they happen to be getting coffee and a croissant at the same time create an opportunity for creativity through the sheer force of spontaneity. These don’t often happen online.
That doesn’t mean that online is bad. Online has its benefits as well. A proposed problem or communication through the Internet gives people time to think about the issue and come back to it. Creativity can benefit from both.
Can Patreon create such a space?Yes. The Whiskey Tribe has/will create a distillery through their Patreon. There’s no reason why we can’t do the same thing for creativity.
What Would This Space Look Like?We aren’t architects, so we don’t have a clear picture of what it would look like. I suspect that it would be a lot like Salt Lake City’s Public Library and the Leonardo having a child. There’d be a gift shop for all of the items that are created by indie artists and author, a penguin room full of stuffed animals and penguin-related items, a research library, inspiration rooms that could include the visual arts, Lego and blocks, music, and cultural events including film showings, a greenery room, an ocean room, an exercise track and equipment, a sewing room, and a community garden. There would be a coffee shop with games; maybe more than one coffee shop. Some sort of themed attractions… (Am I going too far?)
I think there would also have to be a housing unit. Having people onsite who can get to know each other is essential in creating the bonds that help improve the creative process. Maybe a bunch of bungalows and an artistic internship… Yeah, that would be awesome to be able to help creators create…
Where Would It Be?We have no idea. Jenya likes the ocean; I like Disney theme parks. We could go with Memphis which was the 3<sup>rd</sup> cheapest place to live in the United States in 2018. Texas had the top two cheapest places to live. Europe is always nice, has a tradition of creativity coming together starting with the Renaissance, and has a few cities that are willing to pay people to come live there. If some country wanted to make it easy for us to set up and maintain such a facility, we’d have to consider it. Let’s just say we’re open to a lot of places, and none have been ruled out.
What we do know is that if we reach the point where this can become a reality, we’d take a poll of our supporters and find out where they would want the physical space, and then we would make sure that those who are farther away would have the opportunity to enjoy live broadcasts of what goes on at the space once it’s opened.
That’s a Big Goal!SMART goals never inspired anyone to reach their full potential. You need a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal to reach higher than you thought you could. The BHAG is often made up of SMART goals, but it is the driving force for people to do better than what seems SMART.
What’s Between Here and There?(Cue music) The road is long… So, there are a lot of things that need to happen between here and there. And it all starts with you! With our Patreon at any level, you get one Penguinator-only creativity post, and a Penguin of the Month photo post. There will be months that you get more, depending on the promotions and how many people are a part of the community. (For example, at $201, I’ll add an extra creativity post or something else on a subject we vote on. In July, we ran a special offer for every five people that joined, I would add another creativity post.) As we add posts, we will build a library of creativity tips and hints.
We don’t just want to support artists and authors at the culmination of this grand social experiment. We want to support them as we go. As such, I have already signed up for three Patreon campaigns a month. I change them occasionally depending on who I know is on the site and how I know them. I also try to add my small vote to people who don’t have large followings as encouragement. For my books, I have hired book cover artists, and I have had an artist contribute because he wanted to. I’d like to improve our support for smaller artists and creators as we grow our Penguinator Colony.
Online, we’ll look to add to our YouTube channel and grow it to the point that it can be monetized again. Our websites (penguinate.com and penguin8.com) will be the place where short stories, many more articles about creativity and penguins are published. Our Facebook page and Instagram will focus more on our stuffed penguins. Our email list will help connect us more personally to those who are really excited about our creativity and penguins. As these things grow with the Patreon, we’ll be creating an integrated Internet presence that will allow people to connect with us in the ways that they want. With a larger community we can have a greater impact on the lives of creatives, even through the recommendation of books, videos and websites.
We want to spread the love of our penguins and our creativity, so as we grow, we will need to attend more events where our penguins will be available, especially as we increase the number of Pay-It-Forward Penguins.
At some point, we can think about a physical address for books, penguins, coffee, and maybe archery. We can expand that to mini-golf and a museum. If we get it in the right place, we can keep expanding until our vision is fulfilled.
To Join or Not to Join?Clearly, if you’ve read this far, you want to join. So, what’s stopping you? Penguins huddle together for warmth when the weather turns cold. Come huddle together with us, and we’ll provide each other with the warmth generated through our creative efforts.
Every month, patrons will get access to the penguinate newsletter that shows all of the things we have published over the last month. When we hit our goals, you will get to vote on the category of exclusive content you want to see. Then, of course, it depends on your chosen funding level. Check out the side panel to see what you get at your desired option.
You are in control of your patronage. Patreon charges you at the beginning of each month, and you choose how long you would like to continue supporting us.
THANK YOU!Thank you for taking the time to consider our Patreon campaign. We hope you read something you like.
We know that we aren't the only artists out there who would be more effective at creating if it weren't for the realities of money. When you become a patron of any artist, you support work that could be on the level of Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo or Raphael (not the Ninja Turtles). If we aren't the right style of artists for you to support or if you aren't in a position to contribute, please consider following @shadexaminer on Twitter and subscribing to my YouTube page. That will help tremendously, especially if you watch the videos and read what I have written thus far at penguinate.com or penguin8.com. Then check out the other artists here who could use some help. Your funding can make a huge difference in making the world a better, more creative place.
Who Are We?I am a freelance write and author. Unfortunately, I don't get to write as much as I want about creativity and making the world a better place through deep thinking and analysis because my day job, which waxes and wanes so that it's not quite a reliable source of income, requires me to write about subjects like plumbing, roofing materials and storage containers.
Jenya is a doctor in Russia. They don't make the same salary as doctors in the U.S. Plus, her identity as a doctor of pharmacology is only a part of who she is. She is also an awesome penguin maker. Seriously, check out these stuffed penguins. They are soft, cuddly and unique. Everyone of the penguins has his or her own name and personality. The problem is that even if she weren't working, she wouldn't be able to create and sell enough penguins in a month to make ends meet. At a penguin a day, it just isn't mathematically feasible for us to rely on stuffed penguins alone for income, no matter how much she loves to make them.
That's where you come in. As a patron, you will be allowing me to write things other than SEO articles about roofs, plumbing and SEO, and you will be allowing my wife to expand her penguin making empire. Both of us will be able to work together to develop and implement new ideas, and you will be at the forefront of the frontier. Our ability to make games, animations and books while exploring other creative endeavors will dramatically increase, and you will be the cause of that increase. We have joined forces to create better books and great gifts, we hope you'll join with us.
More About Our PenguinsWhen Jenya and I met for our second date, she handed me a penguin.
“That’s amazing!” I said as I examined it. “But why’s it white?”
“Because that’s what you have on your website.”
I looked it up, and indeed, my logo penguin is white. I asked her where she found the penguin, and she said she had it made for me. Then I asked if the person could make more and how much they would cost.
Jenya went back to the person who made the first penguin, and that person said that she wasn’t interested, then she moved to another country. (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t to avoid making penguins.) So, Jenya decided to put the sewing skills, which her grandma had insisted on teaching her, to work. She made our first penguin, Piotr, and our second penguin, Perpetua.
By the third penguin, Petunia adopted to Muraviovska Park, she was ready to move forward with a plan to make and sell penguins. And they are glorious! She’s made Maltese knights, pirates inspired by the PotC attraction, penguins cosplaying as Power Rangers, our traveling penguin Penny in her Raincoat and a total of more than 50 penguins.
Jenya makes penguins from different kinds of soft, white fabric. While the bodies are typically made from faux furs, the beaks and feet are made from fleece and with a healthy dose of enthusiasm and positivity. They are stuffed with hypoallergenic, flame-retardant holofiber and love. The wings are articulated at the shoulder, using an old-fashioned technique avoiding hard pieces that could be a choking hazard. The eyes are hand-embroidered, so every penguin has its own expression, and these expressions change depending on the POV of the person looking at him or her. Our penguins without costumes contain no hard pieces, which makes them safer for young children.
Each penguin and his or her outfit is handmade from materials appropriate to the costume. They are soft, cuddly and make us laugh a lot, especially when Penny Penguin is trying to fly. We love our penguins, and we want to spread the joy to others that they bring to us. (Order your penguin today.)
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