Vessna Scheff is creating Art
8

patrons

$76
per month

to being bold, brave & full of color

Through my art, I reclaim who I am, what I have to say, and how I want to say it. Art, has always been my space of freedom. Art allows me to be as big, loud and powerful as I want to be- to encourage others to live boldly, challenge structures, and create experiences that connect across boundaries.

Freedom in art for me involves learning to recognize disenfranchisement, detaching its weight from my shoulders, to let it be carried by collective struggle. I am inspired by stories of resilience and revolution, in particular by Malcolm X, Assata Shakur and Angela Davis. The freedom I achieve through creating comes from my passion for beauty and the power of people. Using a combination of watercolors on wood, watercolor on Yupo and Dura-lar, poetry, movement and voice, I orchestrate performances where we may challenge our fears, craft our freedom and nurture our empowerment.
My hunger for artistic development has persisted in my current collaborations. One of my collaborators is Karina Puente, who started her own business focusing on beautiful Papel Picado installations and Window Works. Additionally, Yan Q. Huo, a Philadelphia business owner and coach guides me in business organization and exposure. It is empowering to be surrounded by women of color as we build community, break barriers and craft unique artistic futures for ourselves.

As a hard-working, scrapy creator, I am fiercely dedicated to refining my artistic message to support self and political empowerment of people. Your support is a MAJOR contribution towards expanding my capacity, scope and reach as an artist. 

With your support, I am able to:

  • record, mix and master new songs 
  • purchase materials and equipment (a projector for live watercolor painting during shows)
  • continue working with my artist business coach
  • create more powerful, paint infused music videos 
  • share knowledge and teach workshops for artists and non-artists 
Your contribution puts into motion large scale, colorful and dynamic performances focused on creating safe, beautiful spaces for self development and social empowerment.  

Let's do this!
If you are in a space in life where you can contribute towards the art I create and share with the world, jump in on a monthly Reward! I have put together some fun ways of saying thank you each month for your contribution. One of my favorites is the:
  • $3 Reward/ month which means you'll get downloads of all the music I create each month and a High- res watercolor or music video image to keep as a wallpaper for your devices. (If we're gonna look at a screen, it might as well be beautiful, naturey and inspiring, right?)
If you are more of an audio & moving visual lover, the $10 Reward/ month is a great place to land. I have been asked to record some of the covers I perform such as "Just Friends" by Musiq Soulchild and "Waiting in Vain" by Bob Marley. I am stoked to bring you music video covers of your favorite songs!

Recent Highlights:
- Proposed a performance and was accepted to perform at the Wharton School of Impact for a conference on mindful investing to create social change (including projected watercolor footage, performing with my bandmate Lee Clarke and dancer Kingsley Ibeneche)
- Submitted my first grant application to the William H. Johnson Prize- more of these to come
- Started painting watercolor on wood pieces which are now hanging in two cafes in the Philadelphia area (Luna Cafe and Sweetbriar Cafe)

This year I intent to:
- Show art at a gallery in NYC and perform with my performance team for the opening
- Install a 4ft by 8ft watercolor piece in a public space (Anthropologie, West Elm or a hotel)
- Record a full length album and go on a release tour

If you have connections or suggestions for how to support any of these endeavors, please drop me a line at [email protected]. Thank you for being part of this adventure!
Love,
Vessna
Tiers
$1 // YOU ARE GREAT.
$1 or more per month 1 patron
THANK YOU for supporting my art. Things I post regularly to Patreon: in progress songs, in progress watercolor paintings, time lapse videos of behind the scenes music projects and paintings, "little hellos" and "how ya doings?"

I like to make it this a space for real connection by reading/ responding to comments and hearing your thoughts, so share away! Look forward to bouncing around ideas with you.

$3 // MUSIC AND DIGITAL PAINTINGS
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
Instantly download my ECHOES EP and the produced single ECHOES (check out the difference when full production brings my vision to life!) & a digital wallpaper download from the music video.
$10 // PAINT & FUN FILLED MUSIC VIDEOS
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Instantly download a few music & videos from traveling in Switzerland! Receive updates on new music videos that are produced and be the first to bring them home.
$25 // *THANK YOU FOR REQUESTING THIS TIER*
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
**I was tremendously encouraged by a friend asking that I create this tier bracket for donations. Thank you to everyone who is supporting monetarily and in all capacities!**


- For this tier, I'll post in progress song ideas, new clips of me singing that I record on my phone while biking around, doodles that I make on random pieces of paper, pictures that I take for inspiration... Basically full insight to the creation process. 

Please feel free to comment and provide feedback on this process. It's a very vulnerable and exciting stage and am happy to have your input/ encouragement on these raw ideas. 


Thank you for joining and supporting this journey!

$45 // ENTRY TO ONE WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP EACH MONTH
$45 or more per month 0 patrons
One of my favorite things to do is introduce people to watercolors. Watercolor is often seen as a challenging medium due to it's fludity and quick drying time. In these workshops, we learn how to let the water take control to create dynamic natural texture. Participants have ranged from people who have never painted before to seasoned artists. My approach focuses on play, an important part of the learning and discovery process, community and technique in controlling your water to color ratio. 


*Photos and descriptions will be posted on Patreon incase you are unable to attend so that you may follow along wherever you are!

$75 // 1 HOUR PASSION PURSUIT DISCUSSION
$75 or more per month 0 patrons
As part of my practice, I like to connect with other people pursuing creative endeavors and support them in bringing their ideas to life. 

- Figuring out how to what your message is and how to communicate it through what you create (we all have a message we bring to the world)

- How to put yourself boldly into your practice and therefore your art.

- Self care and healthy practices that work for you


We'll link up once a month (either in person or via Skype) for this personalized passion pursuit discussion. Excited to support you in your endeavors!

$1000 // WOW. THANK YOU. LET'S HANG.
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Let's hang, have dinner and discuss collaboration ideas. Thank you.
Goals
$76 of $100 per month
$100 per month supports materials for ongoing projects and travel money to gigs within the city of Philadelphia. It is a huge help to be supported in traveling to gigs and sharing what I create with others. It's these in person moments that are so special. Thank you for helping me get there. 
*As a full time artist, my time is often pulled in many different directions. This seemingly small step of $50 more per month is very helpful in self managing. I am my own everything- social media, booking agent, songwriter, performers, painter, newsletter writer, website designer, copywriter.. you get the idea. Like many artists, we are wearing all the hats. Your contribution (of any size) goes a long way in keeping this whole operation running smoothly. I can't thank you enough.
3 of 10

to being bold, brave & full of color

Through my art, I reclaim who I am, what I have to say, and how I want to say it. Art, has always been my space of freedom. Art allows me to be as big, loud and powerful as I want to be- to encourage others to live boldly, challenge structures, and create experiences that connect across boundaries.

Freedom in art for me involves learning to recognize disenfranchisement, detaching its weight from my shoulders, to let it be carried by collective struggle. I am inspired by stories of resilience and revolution, in particular by Malcolm X, Assata Shakur and Angela Davis. The freedom I achieve through creating comes from my passion for beauty and the power of people. Using a combination of watercolors on wood, watercolor on Yupo and Dura-lar, poetry, movement and voice, I orchestrate performances where we may challenge our fears, craft our freedom and nurture our empowerment.
My hunger for artistic development has persisted in my current collaborations. One of my collaborators is Karina Puente, who started her own business focusing on beautiful Papel Picado installations and Window Works. Additionally, Yan Q. Huo, a Philadelphia business owner and coach guides me in business organization and exposure. It is empowering to be surrounded by women of color as we build community, break barriers and craft unique artistic futures for ourselves.

As a hard-working, scrapy creator, I am fiercely dedicated to refining my artistic message to support self and political empowerment of people. Your support is a MAJOR contribution towards expanding my capacity, scope and reach as an artist. 

With your support, I am able to:

  • record, mix and master new songs 
  • purchase materials and equipment (a projector for live watercolor painting during shows)
  • continue working with my artist business coach
  • create more powerful, paint infused music videos 
  • share knowledge and teach workshops for artists and non-artists 
Your contribution puts into motion large scale, colorful and dynamic performances focused on creating safe, beautiful spaces for self development and social empowerment.  

Let's do this!
If you are in a space in life where you can contribute towards the art I create and share with the world, jump in on a monthly Reward! I have put together some fun ways of saying thank you each month for your contribution. One of my favorites is the:
  • $3 Reward/ month which means you'll get downloads of all the music I create each month and a High- res watercolor or music video image to keep as a wallpaper for your devices. (If we're gonna look at a screen, it might as well be beautiful, naturey and inspiring, right?)
If you are more of an audio & moving visual lover, the $10 Reward/ month is a great place to land. I have been asked to record some of the covers I perform such as "Just Friends" by Musiq Soulchild and "Waiting in Vain" by Bob Marley. I am stoked to bring you music video covers of your favorite songs!

Recent Highlights:
- Proposed a performance and was accepted to perform at the Wharton School of Impact for a conference on mindful investing to create social change (including projected watercolor footage, performing with my bandmate Lee Clarke and dancer Kingsley Ibeneche)
- Submitted my first grant application to the William H. Johnson Prize- more of these to come
- Started painting watercolor on wood pieces which are now hanging in two cafes in the Philadelphia area (Luna Cafe and Sweetbriar Cafe)

This year I intent to:
- Show art at a gallery in NYC and perform with my performance team for the opening
- Install a 4ft by 8ft watercolor piece in a public space (Anthropologie, West Elm or a hotel)
- Record a full length album and go on a release tour

If you have connections or suggestions for how to support any of these endeavors, please drop me a line at [email protected]. Thank you for being part of this adventure!
Love,
Vessna

Recent posts by Vessna Scheff

Tiers
$1 // YOU ARE GREAT.
$1 or more per month 1 patron
THANK YOU for supporting my art. Things I post regularly to Patreon: in progress songs, in progress watercolor paintings, time lapse videos of behind the scenes music projects and paintings, "little hellos" and "how ya doings?"

I like to make it this a space for real connection by reading/ responding to comments and hearing your thoughts, so share away! Look forward to bouncing around ideas with you.

$3 // MUSIC AND DIGITAL PAINTINGS
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
Instantly download my ECHOES EP and the produced single ECHOES (check out the difference when full production brings my vision to life!) & a digital wallpaper download from the music video.
$10 // PAINT & FUN FILLED MUSIC VIDEOS
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Instantly download a few music & videos from traveling in Switzerland! Receive updates on new music videos that are produced and be the first to bring them home.
$25 // *THANK YOU FOR REQUESTING THIS TIER*
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
**I was tremendously encouraged by a friend asking that I create this tier bracket for donations. Thank you to everyone who is supporting monetarily and in all capacities!**


- For this tier, I'll post in progress song ideas, new clips of me singing that I record on my phone while biking around, doodles that I make on random pieces of paper, pictures that I take for inspiration... Basically full insight to the creation process. 

Please feel free to comment and provide feedback on this process. It's a very vulnerable and exciting stage and am happy to have your input/ encouragement on these raw ideas. 


Thank you for joining and supporting this journey!

$45 // ENTRY TO ONE WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP EACH MONTH
$45 or more per month 0 patrons
One of my favorite things to do is introduce people to watercolors. Watercolor is often seen as a challenging medium due to it's fludity and quick drying time. In these workshops, we learn how to let the water take control to create dynamic natural texture. Participants have ranged from people who have never painted before to seasoned artists. My approach focuses on play, an important part of the learning and discovery process, community and technique in controlling your water to color ratio. 


*Photos and descriptions will be posted on Patreon incase you are unable to attend so that you may follow along wherever you are!

$75 // 1 HOUR PASSION PURSUIT DISCUSSION
$75 or more per month 0 patrons
As part of my practice, I like to connect with other people pursuing creative endeavors and support them in bringing their ideas to life. 

- Figuring out how to what your message is and how to communicate it through what you create (we all have a message we bring to the world)

- How to put yourself boldly into your practice and therefore your art.

- Self care and healthy practices that work for you


We'll link up once a month (either in person or via Skype) for this personalized passion pursuit discussion. Excited to support you in your endeavors!

$1000 // WOW. THANK YOU. LET'S HANG.
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Let's hang, have dinner and discuss collaboration ideas. Thank you.