Sara Meredith- Smere Tactics is creating Woodcuts about deep sea creatures, wild women and curiosities
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patrons

$31
per month
Hi there! I'm Sara. Welcome to the Smere Tactics Patreon page!
Thank you so much for stopping by and being willing to dive Into the Deep.

Stay with me as we begin our descent below the water.

As an artist:

All of my artwork explores the inner wild. Through my work, I try to let anything go, letting my inner primal nature out. Making artwork whether painting or printmaking has always been an act of freeing that true- self buried in the deep and healing any wounds inflicted by others. Exploring these depths has made me feel even more connected to all other life and has made me realize that it really is important to heal yourself first and only then can you heal the world.

My mission as an artist is to create artwork and opportunities for women and like-minded men to delve deeper, raise consciousness and inspire inner change and healing.


INTO THE DEEP

Project Details


WHAT

Creating bioluminescent sea creatures
What is bioluminescence? is the production and emission of light by a living organism.

To present these animals in a way we’d find them in the deep for the exhibit they will be
Categorized by Zone or Depth of the ocean &/ or if they are found in a particular area

Zones:

Mesopelagic ( Twilight) Zone- 200-1,000m (660-3,300ft)
Bathypelagic ( Midnight) Zone- 1,000 - 4,000m ( 3,300-13,000ft)
Abyssopelagic ( Abyss) Zone - 4,000 - 6,000m (13,000 - 20,000ft)
Hadopelagic ( Trench) Zone - 6,000 - 11,033m (20,000 - 36,200ft)

Areas:

Hydrothermal Vents, Monterey Canyon, Whale Falls, Cold Methane Seeps,
The Mid-ocean Ridge, Abyssal Plains ( sea floor), Polar ( Arctic), Mariana Trench

REWARDS

For diving with me on this journey you get only the best rewards!
You get to see ALL the
Behind the scenes photos, time-lapse videos and  interesting facts....
Before I share them anywhere else! 
It's like having a private dive!

Plus, after exploring the depths for 1 year...
You'll get to adopt one of the 8x10" limited edition prints
of the sea creature of your choice (it'll be hard to decide!)
Again, BEFORE anyone else has access.
It's kinda like art layaway only you don't have to decide
which one you want in the beginning you will find it along the way!

You'll also get an invite to the private first preview of the exhibition 
BEFORE it's open to the public.


Depending on the Depth you'd like to travel...
( you get more rewards the deeper you go!)
You'll also have access to:
Live Q&A sessions, Reserve even more prints, Receive a custom accessory with the sea creature of your choice,
AND
Get invited to a VIP Afterparty( only available to 12 people!)
following the exclusive preview of the exhibition.

Cuz, I know you want to party in the depths!


HOW

1st creating sketches of creatures on black paper with white charcoal
2nd translate drawings to woodcuts/ linocuts & if the creatures are super tiny Collographs
3rd printing onto fabric
4th hand- painting the parts of each creature that are bioluminescent with reflective paint
5th arranging prints and sewing the prints together to form a very large quilt- like wall- hangings
(way in which to quilt them to be determined at this point)
Each quilt can then be rolled for transport and rolled out along walls.
Several quilts, when shown right next to each other, will create the feel of a room wrap.
Aiming for 8” heights for each quilt.
6th Guides will be created for the exhibit with names, sizes of each creature Categorized by depth/ area

TIMELINE

Aim to have at least 1 quilt completed by the end of 2018
but this could potentially take longer

The scope of this project is very large and will likely take several years, Mini exhibits or exhibits by Zone or Area will happen first.

Regardless of when pieces are completed limited edition prints of each creature/ series of creatures, depending on print will be available as rewards/ for purchase for the length of the project and as long as there are still prints left.

WHY

Included for the really deep divers...

Inspiration and Philosophy

The inspiration for this project came while reading the book “Glow: Animals with Their own Night - Lights” by W. H. Beck with my oldest son. The book is about bioluminescence and this particular passage about dinoflagellates stuck out.
"Little animals glow. But if you have enough of them they can have a BIG effect"
The fact that small creatures can coalesce together with spectacular results ( in the case of dino-flagellates glowing tides) is a metaphor for the times we live in.While researching further I discovered that Bioluminescence is the most common form of communication on earth!

I was ever curious and then read the book “Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness” by Peter Godfrey-Smith and learned that the ocean is the cradle of life, how we evolved from single-celled organisms, developed nervous systems to support our consciousness, just as an octopus has but in a completely different way. A powerful quote from the book:
“When you dive into the sea you are diving into the origin of us all”
This perfectly describes this feeling deep within that pursuing this project is also a way of raising consciousness one of my missions as an artist and human being.


Into the deep on the surface is about these amazing creatures but it’s also about diving deeper into ourselves. It’s about how these creatures living in the harshest most extreme environment on the planet, without light have evolved in the dark and how we can learn to do the same.

All of these interesting facts compiled together were instrumental in turning my fascination, awe, and curiosity into admiration, respect, and love.


Education and saving the sea


Aside from philosophy, a huge goal of Into the Deep is to allow people to experience what the depths of the sea are like. To bring these creatures into view is the start of changing the way we think about the oceans.

Again Peter Godfrey-Smith sums this up:
“ The features that made the sea productive of life and mind are invisible to us most of the time. They exist on a tiny scale, the sea does not change visibly as we do things to it- not in the way that cutting down a forest is immediately, undeniably visible. Waste poured into the sea just seems to drift and dilute away. As a result the sea rarely appears urgent as an environmental problem”
To evoke the same feelings of wonder most people feel about space exploration in artwork/exhibits about the deep sea is the first step in caring about the ocean and about the actions we take that affect it.


Conquering Fear


An even deeper reason for choosing to tackle this project is my fear of drowning, or more accurately being submerged underwater without the means to come back to the surface.

When I was about 8 or 9 years old our neighbors had an above ground pool. Most of the older kids started the game where 5-6 kids ran around the outside of the pool creating a mini whirlpool since I was a lightweight I got sucked into the middle and I recall not being able to get up.

Sitting on the bottom of a pool staring up at the light coming down unable to do anything ( probably only about 30- 40 seconds) was both terrifying yet there was a presence of serenity as well. I was rescued by our neighbor but to this day I still get anxious about being under the water. I still go swimming but I have never been one to jump off a pier into the water. I have a healthy love for the animals of the sea but have never strayed too far from the shore.

Maybe fear isn’t an accurate description, maybe it has more to do with the fact that I can still feel that moment and I know if I were to feel that calm again I might decide it’s okay not to come back. Through this project, I can deep dive in many ways and still come up for air. It is said one way to conquer your fear is through exposure and so this is sticking my feet in the water and wading in up to my neck. With this, I will be one step closer to swimming underwater truly testing my limits mentally and physically.

RISKS

It’s safe to say that this is a huge project, you may be wondering if I will follow through. Rest assured that there is room for experimentation to be able to find the most effective ways to create, present and display while captivating audiences. Expect to see me work through any issues that come up, that's the great part of Patreon I can be completely transparent about everything including the trials and tribulations.

Even if the work is not complete for an exhibit by the end of this year (2018) I will have enough work to fulfill the rewards in terms of prints and aim to keep accurate records of supporters to invite to the first preview exhibition.

I sincerely hope that if you aren’t already intrigued, fascinated or head over heels in love with these creatures of the deep you will get there and help me spread the word.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
xoxo
Sara

Tiers
Epipelagic Zone -0-660ft 0-200m
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
Thanks for your support! Give your input and stay in the know.
  • Take part in polls 
  • See behind the scenes posts 
  • Invite to private viewing of Into the Deep before the general public
Mesopelagic Zone 660-3,300ft 200-1,000m
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Also called the Twilight zone ( no really!) because very little light reaches this depth. The deeper you go the more glimmers of bioluminescent creatures you'll see. Congrats you have traversed the twilight zone and for that you'll recieve these awards:
  • All previous rewards
  • Quarterly surprise art ( stickers, fabric patched ( iron on or stitch on) and magnets Starting late June 2018)

AFTER 1 Year of Support

  • 1 8x10 Limited Edition Print ( have 1-10 choices, size is relative may be slightly larger or smaller)
Bathypelagic Zone- 3,300-13,000 ft
$15 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
Also called the Midnight Zone light doesn't reach these depth below the Mesopelagic zone. Don't let that spookfish over there give you a fright, he's one of the only creatures whose large eyes use mirrors to see. What a dive! For reaching this depth you'll claim these rewards:


  • All previous rewards ( including 8x10 print after 1 yr)
  • First access to limited edition prints/ products
  • Surprise art is now monthly
Abyssopelagic Zone 13,000-20,000ft
$30 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Also called the Abyss here we reach the bottom of the sea floor in most cases. We're swimming with the dumbo octopus now! Your rewards for traveling to this depth:
  • All previous rewards 
  • Upgrade to Monthly Surprise Art/ Yrly 8x10 print below 
  • Receive Monthly art: 
  • Choose from an 8x10 or 11x14 woodcut print OR combination of 7 items from any curiosity collection of stickers, magnets or patches.  You'll receive instructions from me via direct message about choices and relay your choice(s) from my online shop


Hadopelagic Zone 20,000-36,200ft
$50 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
We're in the Marina Trench the deepest place in the ocean. If you submersed Mt Everest underwater there would still be 1 mile of water over the top! WOW! We know very little about creatures of this depth for traveling to the deepest depths you get:
  • All previous rewards ( including monthly art you choose)
  • Commission me to make a woodcut ( consult after 1 yr of support) Note: I don't do commissions otherwise this is only available to 2 people
Goals
$31 of $100 per month
This amount will help support the time it takes to work on such a large project!  As a thank you for hitting this goal I will pick one patron at random to receive a special piece of artwork, to be announced in a post.
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Hi there! I'm Sara. Welcome to the Smere Tactics Patreon page!
Thank you so much for stopping by and being willing to dive Into the Deep.

Stay with me as we begin our descent below the water.

As an artist:

All of my artwork explores the inner wild. Through my work, I try to let anything go, letting my inner primal nature out. Making artwork whether painting or printmaking has always been an act of freeing that true- self buried in the deep and healing any wounds inflicted by others. Exploring these depths has made me feel even more connected to all other life and has made me realize that it really is important to heal yourself first and only then can you heal the world.

My mission as an artist is to create artwork and opportunities for women and like-minded men to delve deeper, raise consciousness and inspire inner change and healing.


INTO THE DEEP

Project Details


WHAT

Creating bioluminescent sea creatures
What is bioluminescence? is the production and emission of light by a living organism.

To present these animals in a way we’d find them in the deep for the exhibit they will be
Categorized by Zone or Depth of the ocean &/ or if they are found in a particular area

Zones:

Mesopelagic ( Twilight) Zone- 200-1,000m (660-3,300ft)
Bathypelagic ( Midnight) Zone- 1,000 - 4,000m ( 3,300-13,000ft)
Abyssopelagic ( Abyss) Zone - 4,000 - 6,000m (13,000 - 20,000ft)
Hadopelagic ( Trench) Zone - 6,000 - 11,033m (20,000 - 36,200ft)

Areas:

Hydrothermal Vents, Monterey Canyon, Whale Falls, Cold Methane Seeps,
The Mid-ocean Ridge, Abyssal Plains ( sea floor), Polar ( Arctic), Mariana Trench

REWARDS

For diving with me on this journey you get only the best rewards!
You get to see ALL the
Behind the scenes photos, time-lapse videos and  interesting facts....
Before I share them anywhere else! 
It's like having a private dive!

Plus, after exploring the depths for 1 year...
You'll get to adopt one of the 8x10" limited edition prints
of the sea creature of your choice (it'll be hard to decide!)
Again, BEFORE anyone else has access.
It's kinda like art layaway only you don't have to decide
which one you want in the beginning you will find it along the way!

You'll also get an invite to the private first preview of the exhibition 
BEFORE it's open to the public.


Depending on the Depth you'd like to travel...
( you get more rewards the deeper you go!)
You'll also have access to:
Live Q&A sessions, Reserve even more prints, Receive a custom accessory with the sea creature of your choice,
AND
Get invited to a VIP Afterparty( only available to 12 people!)
following the exclusive preview of the exhibition.

Cuz, I know you want to party in the depths!


HOW

1st creating sketches of creatures on black paper with white charcoal
2nd translate drawings to woodcuts/ linocuts & if the creatures are super tiny Collographs
3rd printing onto fabric
4th hand- painting the parts of each creature that are bioluminescent with reflective paint
5th arranging prints and sewing the prints together to form a very large quilt- like wall- hangings
(way in which to quilt them to be determined at this point)
Each quilt can then be rolled for transport and rolled out along walls.
Several quilts, when shown right next to each other, will create the feel of a room wrap.
Aiming for 8” heights for each quilt.
6th Guides will be created for the exhibit with names, sizes of each creature Categorized by depth/ area

TIMELINE

Aim to have at least 1 quilt completed by the end of 2018
but this could potentially take longer

The scope of this project is very large and will likely take several years, Mini exhibits or exhibits by Zone or Area will happen first.

Regardless of when pieces are completed limited edition prints of each creature/ series of creatures, depending on print will be available as rewards/ for purchase for the length of the project and as long as there are still prints left.

WHY

Included for the really deep divers...

Inspiration and Philosophy

The inspiration for this project came while reading the book “Glow: Animals with Their own Night - Lights” by W. H. Beck with my oldest son. The book is about bioluminescence and this particular passage about dinoflagellates stuck out.
"Little animals glow. But if you have enough of them they can have a BIG effect"
The fact that small creatures can coalesce together with spectacular results ( in the case of dino-flagellates glowing tides) is a metaphor for the times we live in.While researching further I discovered that Bioluminescence is the most common form of communication on earth!

I was ever curious and then read the book “Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness” by Peter Godfrey-Smith and learned that the ocean is the cradle of life, how we evolved from single-celled organisms, developed nervous systems to support our consciousness, just as an octopus has but in a completely different way. A powerful quote from the book:
“When you dive into the sea you are diving into the origin of us all”
This perfectly describes this feeling deep within that pursuing this project is also a way of raising consciousness one of my missions as an artist and human being.


Into the deep on the surface is about these amazing creatures but it’s also about diving deeper into ourselves. It’s about how these creatures living in the harshest most extreme environment on the planet, without light have evolved in the dark and how we can learn to do the same.

All of these interesting facts compiled together were instrumental in turning my fascination, awe, and curiosity into admiration, respect, and love.


Education and saving the sea


Aside from philosophy, a huge goal of Into the Deep is to allow people to experience what the depths of the sea are like. To bring these creatures into view is the start of changing the way we think about the oceans.

Again Peter Godfrey-Smith sums this up:
“ The features that made the sea productive of life and mind are invisible to us most of the time. They exist on a tiny scale, the sea does not change visibly as we do things to it- not in the way that cutting down a forest is immediately, undeniably visible. Waste poured into the sea just seems to drift and dilute away. As a result the sea rarely appears urgent as an environmental problem”
To evoke the same feelings of wonder most people feel about space exploration in artwork/exhibits about the deep sea is the first step in caring about the ocean and about the actions we take that affect it.


Conquering Fear


An even deeper reason for choosing to tackle this project is my fear of drowning, or more accurately being submerged underwater without the means to come back to the surface.

When I was about 8 or 9 years old our neighbors had an above ground pool. Most of the older kids started the game where 5-6 kids ran around the outside of the pool creating a mini whirlpool since I was a lightweight I got sucked into the middle and I recall not being able to get up.

Sitting on the bottom of a pool staring up at the light coming down unable to do anything ( probably only about 30- 40 seconds) was both terrifying yet there was a presence of serenity as well. I was rescued by our neighbor but to this day I still get anxious about being under the water. I still go swimming but I have never been one to jump off a pier into the water. I have a healthy love for the animals of the sea but have never strayed too far from the shore.

Maybe fear isn’t an accurate description, maybe it has more to do with the fact that I can still feel that moment and I know if I were to feel that calm again I might decide it’s okay not to come back. Through this project, I can deep dive in many ways and still come up for air. It is said one way to conquer your fear is through exposure and so this is sticking my feet in the water and wading in up to my neck. With this, I will be one step closer to swimming underwater truly testing my limits mentally and physically.

RISKS

It’s safe to say that this is a huge project, you may be wondering if I will follow through. Rest assured that there is room for experimentation to be able to find the most effective ways to create, present and display while captivating audiences. Expect to see me work through any issues that come up, that's the great part of Patreon I can be completely transparent about everything including the trials and tribulations.

Even if the work is not complete for an exhibit by the end of this year (2018) I will have enough work to fulfill the rewards in terms of prints and aim to keep accurate records of supporters to invite to the first preview exhibition.

I sincerely hope that if you aren’t already intrigued, fascinated or head over heels in love with these creatures of the deep you will get there and help me spread the word.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
xoxo
Sara

Recent posts by Sara Meredith- Smere Tactics

Tiers
Epipelagic Zone -0-660ft 0-200m
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
Thanks for your support! Give your input and stay in the know.
  • Take part in polls 
  • See behind the scenes posts 
  • Invite to private viewing of Into the Deep before the general public
Mesopelagic Zone 660-3,300ft 200-1,000m
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Also called the Twilight zone ( no really!) because very little light reaches this depth. The deeper you go the more glimmers of bioluminescent creatures you'll see. Congrats you have traversed the twilight zone and for that you'll recieve these awards:
  • All previous rewards
  • Quarterly surprise art ( stickers, fabric patched ( iron on or stitch on) and magnets Starting late June 2018)

AFTER 1 Year of Support

  • 1 8x10 Limited Edition Print ( have 1-10 choices, size is relative may be slightly larger or smaller)
Bathypelagic Zone- 3,300-13,000 ft
$15 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
Also called the Midnight Zone light doesn't reach these depth below the Mesopelagic zone. Don't let that spookfish over there give you a fright, he's one of the only creatures whose large eyes use mirrors to see. What a dive! For reaching this depth you'll claim these rewards:


  • All previous rewards ( including 8x10 print after 1 yr)
  • First access to limited edition prints/ products
  • Surprise art is now monthly
Abyssopelagic Zone 13,000-20,000ft
$30 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Also called the Abyss here we reach the bottom of the sea floor in most cases. We're swimming with the dumbo octopus now! Your rewards for traveling to this depth:
  • All previous rewards 
  • Upgrade to Monthly Surprise Art/ Yrly 8x10 print below 
  • Receive Monthly art: 
  • Choose from an 8x10 or 11x14 woodcut print OR combination of 7 items from any curiosity collection of stickers, magnets or patches.  You'll receive instructions from me via direct message about choices and relay your choice(s) from my online shop


Hadopelagic Zone 20,000-36,200ft
$50 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
We're in the Marina Trench the deepest place in the ocean. If you submersed Mt Everest underwater there would still be 1 mile of water over the top! WOW! We know very little about creatures of this depth for traveling to the deepest depths you get:
  • All previous rewards ( including monthly art you choose)
  • Commission me to make a woodcut ( consult after 1 yr of support) Note: I don't do commissions otherwise this is only available to 2 people