Trudy is creating writing, photography, digital publications, art products
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patrons

who i am: 



I am Trudy and I am an independent artist. I am an indie creator, author, writer, photographer, curator and social critic. I enjoy creating, curating and engaging interesting art. I critique art, pop culture, and sociopolitics. Womanist. Virgo. INTJ. Moscato aficionado. Bourbon drinker. Makeup lover. Food enthusiast. Avid reader. Cinephile. Progressive band name creator. Seducer of Death. Weird person. Not nice but kind; not a genius but sharp. (Full personal bio.)


what i do:





Gradient Lair
is Black women and art, media, social media, sociopolitics and culture. I published over 1,000 essays when the blog was live for 3.5 years from 2012-2015. Now, I am working on subject-specific anthologies (to be published in 2017-2018) of key topics (i.e. womanism, misogynoir, Black women and art) that I developed partly or entirely on Gradient Lair and/or published on extensively. I currently re-share #classicGradientLair posts on @GradientLair. Though Gradient Lair is and always will be first and foremost a personal blog, and secondly, for Black women, by a Black woman, people of a variety of backgrounds and from a variety of walks of life have acknowledged its influence on their politics, knowledge and lives themselves. (Full Gradient Lair bio.)





Drift Sojourn is colour, cuisine and culture. Food photography, essays on photography, recipes and more. I am a professional photographer and food enthusiast. I have been a published pro photographer for over a decade, but several years ago, I created this new space Drift Sojourn and changed genres from portraiture/event and other consumer photography to primarily food photography. I especially love macro food photography. I published 3 photography eBooks in the past, a free photography education guide and two sets of iPhone wallpapers. @driftsojourn on Twitter and driftsojourn on Instagram. I share my personal photography on my personal profile, thetrudz on Instagram. (Full Drift Sojourn bio.)



Cinemacked engages the entertainment, the aesthetics, and the sociopolitics of good film and television.  Fun and smart times. I publish both film and television show reviews, live tweet and analyze entertainment media, curate media recommendation/themed lists, and much more. @Cinemacked on Twitter. (Full Cinemacked bio.)




thetrudz.com is my central site for all of my work. I publish pieces about art as inspiration, creativity, business, labor and self-care. I also have a monthly series, Artists Make Art, where I discuss some of what I create in a particular month, as well as the many challenges in being a Black woman indie creator in the social media age. I also contribute quite a bit, for years, on many topics via my twitter, @thetrudz. However, my primary content on the aforementioned Twitter account will mostly move to this space here for interested patrons. (Full personal bio.)


why patreon?




Here on Patreon, I focus on people genuinely interested in what I create. More signal and less (mainly Twitter) noise, if you will. I create and publish unique content (only available here) for long time readers/supporters and newly interested people. Excluding the public Patreon posts and some bonus content, everything I publish here is only accessible here. This is mostly separate from my existing work as an indie creator, professional photographer and writer, though some content on Patreon includes my general work (i.e. references my writing) or is part of my general work (i.e. photographs/wallpapers).

The content I publish here includes:

  • 1 new long piece per month on womanism, Black feminism, art, film, television or music etc. This is accessible to Blackberry ($10.00), Wine ($20.00) and Bourbon ($50.00) reward level patrons. This is for people who have engaged my long form writing over time (i.e past long time Gradient Lair readers etc) and for newly interested readers. 

  • "Surprise rewards" for the 3 higher reward level patrons, which includes additional long pieces and other unique content. 

  • Short piece(s) each month on lifestyle topics or popular culture. This is accessible to Blueberry ($5.00), Blackberry ($10.00), Wine ($20.00) and Bourbon ($50.00) reward level patrons. This is for people who enjoy my perspectives—on a variety of topics and in quicker reads—as well as for newly interested readers.

  • Bonus creative content published sporadically, which includes art-related tutorials, tips, iPhone wallpapers, recipes and more. This is accessible to Strawberry ($3.00), Blueberry ($5.00), Blackberry ($10.00), Wine ($20.00) and Bourbon ($50.00) reward level patrons.

  • "The Weekly Five" with 5 tips per week on art as inspiration, creativity, business, labor and self-care, beginner photography education, or life/leisure tips. This is accessible to all patrons, including the entry reward level patrons, Leaf ($1.00).

  • "Read This Week," a weekly curated reading list that includes great writing from around the web on some of my interests, which include photography, food, writing, film/television, art, politics/sociopolitics, and general life stuff. Each week this list includes some of my own writing as well. This is accessible to all patrons, including the entry reward level patrons, Leaf ($1.00).

  • Public Patreon content that includes or is based on my thoughts and work that is already publicly accessible via my tweets, Gradient Lair, Drift Sojourn, Cinemacked, my writing on my central site etc. This is accessible to all patrons and the general public as well.

I publish new content on Wednesdays, Saturdays and/or Sundays. The "surprise rewards" are published sporadically and possibly outside of the aforementioned schedule. The monthly long form piece is published on the last calendar day of the month, regardless of the day of the week it falls on. 

Thank you for your interest and support. Enjoy!

**New patrons must READ the Welcome post FIRST and before engaging other patron-only content here so that you clearly understand how to engage in this space and know the content use policy for patron-only content. Patrons should also read this post on payment policies: General Information About Pledges.**
Rewards
Leaf
$1 or more per month
My gratitude and access to the curated reading lists and the weekly five lists.
Strawberry
$3 or more per month
My gratitude and access to the curated reading lists, the weekly five lists, and the sporadic bonus content.
Blueberry
$5 or more per month
My gratitude and access to the curated reading lists, the weekly five lists, the sporadic bonus content and the short pieces. 25% off all future digital publications.
Blackberry
$10 or more per month
My gratitude and access to the curated reading lists, the weekly five lists, the sporadic bonus content, the short pieces and the monthly long piece. Essentially, access to ALL Patreon content uniquely published here. 40% off all future digital publications. Future surprise rewards.
Wine
$20 or more per month
My gratitude and access to the curated reading lists, the weekly five lists, the sporadic bonus content, the short pieces and the monthly long piece. Essentially, access to ALL Patreon content uniquely published here. 50% off all future digital publications. Custom signed photography postcards via mail. Future surprise rewards.
Bourbon
$50 or more per month
My gratitude and access to ALL Patreon content, uniquely published here. FREE copies of all future digital publications. Custom signed photography postcards via mail. Future surprise rewards. Additionally, you get to uniquely propose topics for future short pieces and long pieces, and I will pick among those to publish on.
Goals
500 – reached! patrons
Publish a new collection of essays via paperback.


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who i am: 



I am Trudy and I am an independent artist. I am an indie creator, author, writer, photographer, curator and social critic. I enjoy creating, curating and engaging interesting art. I critique art, pop culture, and sociopolitics. Womanist. Virgo. INTJ. Moscato aficionado. Bourbon drinker. Makeup lover. Food enthusiast. Avid reader. Cinephile. Progressive band name creator. Seducer of Death. Weird person. Not nice but kind; not a genius but sharp. (Full personal bio.)


what i do:





Gradient Lair
is Black women and art, media, social media, sociopolitics and culture. I published over 1,000 essays when the blog was live for 3.5 years from 2012-2015. Now, I am working on subject-specific anthologies (to be published in 2017-2018) of key topics (i.e. womanism, misogynoir, Black women and art) that I developed partly or entirely on Gradient Lair and/or published on extensively. I currently re-share #classicGradientLair posts on @GradientLair. Though Gradient Lair is and always will be first and foremost a personal blog, and secondly, for Black women, by a Black woman, people of a variety of backgrounds and from a variety of walks of life have acknowledged its influence on their politics, knowledge and lives themselves. (Full Gradient Lair bio.)





Drift Sojourn is colour, cuisine and culture. Food photography, essays on photography, recipes and more. I am a professional photographer and food enthusiast. I have been a published pro photographer for over a decade, but several years ago, I created this new space Drift Sojourn and changed genres from portraiture/event and other consumer photography to primarily food photography. I especially love macro food photography. I published 3 photography eBooks in the past, a free photography education guide and two sets of iPhone wallpapers. @driftsojourn on Twitter and driftsojourn on Instagram. I share my personal photography on my personal profile, thetrudz on Instagram. (Full Drift Sojourn bio.)



Cinemacked engages the entertainment, the aesthetics, and the sociopolitics of good film and television.  Fun and smart times. I publish both film and television show reviews, live tweet and analyze entertainment media, curate media recommendation/themed lists, and much more. @Cinemacked on Twitter. (Full Cinemacked bio.)




thetrudz.com is my central site for all of my work. I publish pieces about art as inspiration, creativity, business, labor and self-care. I also have a monthly series, Artists Make Art, where I discuss some of what I create in a particular month, as well as the many challenges in being a Black woman indie creator in the social media age. I also contribute quite a bit, for years, on many topics via my twitter, @thetrudz. However, my primary content on the aforementioned Twitter account will mostly move to this space here for interested patrons. (Full personal bio.)


why patreon?




Here on Patreon, I focus on people genuinely interested in what I create. More signal and less (mainly Twitter) noise, if you will. I create and publish unique content (only available here) for long time readers/supporters and newly interested people. Excluding the public Patreon posts and some bonus content, everything I publish here is only accessible here. This is mostly separate from my existing work as an indie creator, professional photographer and writer, though some content on Patreon includes my general work (i.e. references my writing) or is part of my general work (i.e. photographs/wallpapers).

The content I publish here includes:

  • 1 new long piece per month on womanism, Black feminism, art, film, television or music etc. This is accessible to Blackberry ($10.00), Wine ($20.00) and Bourbon ($50.00) reward level patrons. This is for people who have engaged my long form writing over time (i.e past long time Gradient Lair readers etc) and for newly interested readers. 

  • "Surprise rewards" for the 3 higher reward level patrons, which includes additional long pieces and other unique content. 

  • Short piece(s) each month on lifestyle topics or popular culture. This is accessible to Blueberry ($5.00), Blackberry ($10.00), Wine ($20.00) and Bourbon ($50.00) reward level patrons. This is for people who enjoy my perspectives—on a variety of topics and in quicker reads—as well as for newly interested readers.

  • Bonus creative content published sporadically, which includes art-related tutorials, tips, iPhone wallpapers, recipes and more. This is accessible to Strawberry ($3.00), Blueberry ($5.00), Blackberry ($10.00), Wine ($20.00) and Bourbon ($50.00) reward level patrons.

  • "The Weekly Five" with 5 tips per week on art as inspiration, creativity, business, labor and self-care, beginner photography education, or life/leisure tips. This is accessible to all patrons, including the entry reward level patrons, Leaf ($1.00).

  • "Read This Week," a weekly curated reading list that includes great writing from around the web on some of my interests, which include photography, food, writing, film/television, art, politics/sociopolitics, and general life stuff. Each week this list includes some of my own writing as well. This is accessible to all patrons, including the entry reward level patrons, Leaf ($1.00).

  • Public Patreon content that includes or is based on my thoughts and work that is already publicly accessible via my tweets, Gradient Lair, Drift Sojourn, Cinemacked, my writing on my central site etc. This is accessible to all patrons and the general public as well.

I publish new content on Wednesdays, Saturdays and/or Sundays. The "surprise rewards" are published sporadically and possibly outside of the aforementioned schedule. The monthly long form piece is published on the last calendar day of the month, regardless of the day of the week it falls on. 

Thank you for your interest and support. Enjoy!

**New patrons must READ the Welcome post FIRST and before engaging other patron-only content here so that you clearly understand how to engage in this space and know the content use policy for patron-only content. Patrons should also read this post on payment policies: General Information About Pledges.**

Recent posts by Trudy

Rewards
Leaf
$1 or more per month
My gratitude and access to the curated reading lists and the weekly five lists.
Strawberry
$3 or more per month
My gratitude and access to the curated reading lists, the weekly five lists, and the sporadic bonus content.
Blueberry
$5 or more per month
My gratitude and access to the curated reading lists, the weekly five lists, the sporadic bonus content and the short pieces. 25% off all future digital publications.
Blackberry
$10 or more per month
My gratitude and access to the curated reading lists, the weekly five lists, the sporadic bonus content, the short pieces and the monthly long piece. Essentially, access to ALL Patreon content uniquely published here. 40% off all future digital publications. Future surprise rewards.
Wine
$20 or more per month
My gratitude and access to the curated reading lists, the weekly five lists, the sporadic bonus content, the short pieces and the monthly long piece. Essentially, access to ALL Patreon content uniquely published here. 50% off all future digital publications. Custom signed photography postcards via mail. Future surprise rewards.
Bourbon
$50 or more per month
My gratitude and access to ALL Patreon content, uniquely published here. FREE copies of all future digital publications. Custom signed photography postcards via mail. Future surprise rewards. Additionally, you get to uniquely propose topics for future short pieces and long pieces, and I will pick among those to publish on.