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**THANK U FOR SUPPORTING ME. TODAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018, marks THE CLOSING OF THIS CAMPAIGN.**

my name is kelly shaw willman. i am an interdisciplinary performance artist whose faith in crowdfunding is large, like my #homegrown booty.

* find the artist on INSTAGRAM

* additional reference to creative projects HERE

 ** update on august 8, 2018: hola!! be invited to peep updates 6 & 7 for info on my migrations & happenings. plus, plz note that i am adjusting my recent (now past) goals of "nyc-donations towards travel & art supplies" for july of 2018. i am very contentedly in rhode island for 2 more weeks. by early november, i will be based in a new place (TBD!!) for @ least the next 6 months. ... so, what is now feeling most important to me is being able to re-stock my jewelry supplies. before i departed nicaragua in early july, i gave away the majority of my beads to a local school. why? b/c they had gotten hella mixed up *&* i'd used everything i needed for my projects = jewelry-making *&* my recent art installation. i have two goals (written about below more extensively) related to the purchasing of supplies for workshops *&* mala-making ~ this goal totals $400, which is an incredibly gracious start for me in a.) re-stocking my supplies for (the offering of) workshops, & b.) being able to launch my official mala-line. ** a recent anonymous donation of $100 ($93 after deductions) has gone towards this $400 goal. **

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* foto: jesse artavia *

in the last 2.5 years, approximately, your donations (thru indiegogo once and gofundme twice) have helped me to launch my jewelry lines to etsy, make a trip to guatemala to give my first nude (live) performance, and most recently, you helped me back to brooklyn (2017) on a mini art-trip ~ freaking gracias. :)

now, and for the next 2+ years, i will leave this particular campaign active: it is called, "kelly's self-designed art grant." it is my heart's truest hope that you will spend some time with this campaign learning my voice, learning how your donation will help. ^



#throwback #past ... update on march 31, 2018:  i remain based in my little apartment here in el caribe sur of costa rica for approximately 2 more weeks, and soon, i close my  chapter here. 

... some of you know that i was recently in guanacaste (on costa rica's pacific  coast) working on my first short film, which remains in-progress. if you read this campaign when it first launched, i was looking to the future, sometime in late 2018, to make a short film, and possibly in brooklyn, but it just so happens that i have bumped the project up, and shifted the initial location too. the time is now, the message is needed, as is the cathartic process of creating on this land. 

* still image by john pierpont from "we were baby armadillos," my 1st short film. *

(( ... i was also back in nyc for 3 weeks recently, and it was very inspiring = february-early march, 2018. #randomnote ... ))

* picture-proof * :P

... so the skinny is that i have reallocated an $800-$900 goal, which was initially designated for the short film as a whole. $100-200 is for the short film's budget now, which will cover the travel and food expenses for jesse artavia, the gentleman who helps me to finish filming here in the caribbean. our collab together is now officially time-sensitive!! (**this goal was met on april 1, 2018 ~ omg!!**) + + + see proof of our collab below.

* jesse artavia for kelly shaw willman * 4.10.2018

the remaining $700 will be utilized in the following ways: #1 ~ it would be amazing to have a modest budget for building my income from home. taking my etsy store to the next levels by having better materials and legit packaging is necessary. i have also developed two workshops that i can offer anywhere for a fair + fun fee. one is for my grrrls: belly*beading, an african women's tradition, and the other is a wild + original inner-child workshop fueled by visions of orishas oshun and oya. $200 covers jewelry materials for building etsy and local collections, packaging materials for etsy, and art materials + business cards for my workshops. #2 ~ $500. i have recently become more brave about growing my own unique vision + presence online. i'm making cute updates to my blog, and i'm working to build my instagram. sometime this year, i do want to hire kai, a marketing queen, to create my artist's website, and to help me with advertising online. i  also envision her being of assistance in growing my following: blog, insta, twitter, etsy. she's a ridiculously intelligent expert, so i'm pretty geeked to connect with her as a team member.



if you read on, you will have a greater feel for who i am, and what i work to build for myself as an artist + budding business woman. ultimately, you are supporting a fierce and sensitive self-proclaimed darkhorse. something i am recently doing is telling my story of a long-time relationship to Complex-PTSD, using art as a transformative tool for re-empowerment and healing, wholeness.


* the path of the artist is all i know ~
i believe in it with everything i have,
but for me, and for many, it takes time,
time that is supported ~ ~ ~ 
to establish and to keep growing
a heart-centered *creative* presence + business.

statement of intent combining short and long-term vision$: i intend to cultivate an international presence as an established artist, my work becoming a part of art history’s creative dialogue. presently, i am re-focusing on performance art as my primary expression. i am additionally growing my art business, *kelly’s golden rose,* mainly on etsy. i will also make and debut a short film, launch an artist’s website, and create an EP. the ultimate-ultimate goal, however, is to create financial stability (freedom!!) for myself through this career-path i've been so loyally building my entire adult life. artists deserve more support, truly, and i wanna earn a platform for myself, one that allows me to give back graciously and speak-up uniquely.

* jesse artavia for kelly shaw willman * 4.10.2018

i gave a local performance on june 30th, 2017. the first chunk of $ earned went towards supplies for this event, which is part of an on-going performance art project, "new/mind/ritualz." learn about n/m/r: CLICK HERE 4 ARCHIVES

* original foto: jesse artavia, embellished by me * 

also, over the years and lately, i have been documenting my performances w/ the assistance of friends and audience members ... my ability to grow an audience @ this turning point in my creative visioning depends on having some new higher-quality imagery of my work. help me to hire mike, who will help me with promo material. ($400 package ~ this goal has been met.)

kelly shaw willman's blog: HERE

* throwback foto 2 brooklyn performance art by arhia *

* throwback foto 2 brooklyn performance art by arhia *

... $200 goes towards supplies for the official launch of my mala line. i have an art biz called, "kelly's golden rose" that is online as an etsy store. i also vend @ public and private events, and i teach workshops. for now, there is a demand for malas, and i wanna push it ... building a mala collection single*handedly will take 1-2+ months of daily work, as well as access to nice supplies. again, i can make a lot happen with a little.

kelly's golden rose on etsy: HERE

* an original mala by kelly's golden rose,
* foto: hai phung creative

* an original mala by kelly's golden rose,
* foto: hai phung creative

* an original mala by kelly's golden rose,
* foto: hai phung creative

* RE-CAP of $ in order of pursuit:

* $50+ for supplies, june 30th performance = (goal met, 2017)

* $400 to mike for a media package = (goal met, 2017)

* new goal added today, 10.2.2018, of $215 to cover talk-therapy & a hard drive - #IOWA

* $200
to officially launch my mala line 

* $800-$900 TOTAL
for short film, art + business supplies, and marketing expenses. 

misc. : : :

1. this campaign is intended as fully transparent.  spending will be updated in the body of the campaign and/or published in the "updates section" as i progress. i want supporters to have access to how an artist (me specifically) needs + uses funding. when the campaign is complete, a summary of all spending will be re-communicated.

2. you are flexible as a donator, meaning you trust the artist to use funds as she sees fit. i am putting this out there as a potential method, b/c i cannot anticipate if we will have money rolling in little x little, or if larger donations will make their way in, covering the whole cost of a project up-front. 

* performance art still by harmony hauser *



3. one of my favorite practices is this: follow an artist for their whole career. watch them take things to next levels (me working hard @ 36, 37) ... and stick w/ them until they move on to angelville (me @107.) :P i know that one of my greatest joys is to be intimately involved with the work of my favorite artists, getting to know their mannerisms, knowing their "inner-world details," if possible, who they are and where they've come from. i invite you to do the same with me if u plz. i am a big fan of cultivating deep and genuine connections with my inner-circle of friends, and i want to offer lovely vibes to supporters. (paving our own creative career-paths is no feat for the faint of heart.)

* performance art still, 2008 * 

4. what your support might look like:

* you re-share my link to help spread the word.

* you donate each month @ $10 for two years.

* a person in good financial standing really enjoys helping an individual they believe in to thrive ~ you donate at a larger level, $500+.

* you become a friend and patron to this artist for her career ~ keeping up, supporting in the future again. a couple of larger-scale donations can truly change my life right now ~ i daydream of being able to do this for others one day.



5. many artists benefit from a "leg up." what do i mean? if we do not come from money, if our personal earnings are not yet high, if we've not yet cracked the code for receiving regular patronage, or gallery-access ... a more creative or unconventional method for *being seen* must be sought. i've spoken *a lot* with myself about entering into this forum of seeking funding without feeling shamed or guilty; there is lovely progress.

* performance art still by jesse artavia *

6. PRIZES!! unless you request anonymity, a thnx will be shared on social media 2 everyone who donates. donations ranging from $10-$49 will include an original poem-prize emailed to you. donations in the amount of $50 and higher include a handmade wall hanging delivered or sent to your home. your name will also be included in the "thank you" section of my short-film. (if the film launches b4 your donation, i will send you a poem in addition to the wall hanging.) round #1 of prizes have been sent out already. the final round of prizes will go out when the campaign is closed. larger donations qualify for more generous gift-gifting from the artist, which will be sweetly developed on a case-by-case basis.


plz know in closing that my work speaks to the importance of embodying the divine feminine, healing the past as much as is possible, and in making new forms of feminism that suit our unique times.

i also intend to giggle lots along the way.

loyally, in the name of art ~

kelly shaw willman

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i cannot thank u enuff for donating to my *self-designed art grant* - - - it's been active for the last 15 months, **but** the time has come for me to close up this particular chapter of fundraising. = = = i am feeling called to try out PATREON instead, and will get that going within this month of october. i am also feeling called to focus-in on grant writing, residencies, etc.

... as you may know, i left costa rica behind earlier this year, and since then, i've been editing the body of this campaign to reflect updates//need$ ... in an effort to reorganize my own goals + direction, it's simply time to move along from gofundme.

crowdfunding has been a wonderful experience for me, gracias - - - really cool to be supported in this way.

as i wrote earlier on: "in the last 4 years, approximately, your donations (thru indiegogo once and gofundme twice) have helped me to launch my jewelry lines to etsy, make a trip to guatemala to give my first nude (live) performance, and most recently, you helped me back to brooklyn (2017) on a mini art trip. now, and for the next 2+ years, i will leave this particular campaign active: it is called, 'kelly's self-designed art grant.' it is my heart's truest hope that you will spend some time with this campaign learning my voice, learning how your donation will help."

xo 2 u + happy fall ~ kelly
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hola - - - -
i wanted 2 drop a line, u cute little panda, b/c i have new art-stuff 2 share ~ ~ ~

if u are in the nyc-area, come on thru MOTHERSHIP.NYC'S art-$alon on TUESDAY the 11th!!

i will be installing new work, performing, & so will my dope art-family ... 4 my NEW artist's statement & **all EVENT INFO,** peep: https://www.alexandra-arts.org.uk/kelly-shaw-willman/

xoxx,
kelly shaw willman
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xo & ooooxxxxxx!! wanted to share this recent update as an archive of what's up.

sending u a vibe wherever you may bee ~ kelly

"** update on july 28, 2018: hola!! be invited to peep updates 6 & 7 for info on my migrations & happenings. plus, plz note that i am adjusting my recent (now past) goals of 'nyc-donations towards travel & art supplies' for july of 2018. i am very contentedly in rhode island for 2 more weeks, then head back to brooklyn for a few days+. by early september, i will be based in a new place (TBD!!) for @ least the next 6 months ~ i am stoked to be considering the desert of cali, alaska, & mexico. i still wanna get to south africa in 2019, tho it may just be for a visit vs. living ~ feeling into it. ... okay!! so, what is now feeling most important to me is being able to re-stock my jewelry supplies. before i departed nicaragua in early july, i gave away the majority of my beads to a local school. why? b/c they had gotten hella mixed up *&* i'd used everything i needed for my projects = jewelry-making *&* my recent art installation. i have two goals (written about more extensively in the campaign) related to the purchasing of supplies for workshops *&* mala-making ~ this goal totals $400 ... which is an incredibly gracious start for me in a.) re-stocking my supplies for (the offering of) workshops + vending , & b.) being able to launch my official mala-line. so, while i have other goals that would help me to rise-up as independent artist (like being able to hire my marketing teammate!!) i do wanna focus for the next month+ on the $400 goal. i really really really believe that anyone reading this who does not have to think twice about parting with $10 today ... can help me get this lovely campaign moving forward again. $400 allows me to build upon my 'foundation of earning' as a workshop facilitator, vendor, & etsy-presence. p.s. if you donate during this window of my '$400 focus,' you are also okay with the possibly of $50-$100 being used towards the up-coming days i will spend in BK. i may need performance supplies & a bus ticket. all expenses *are* tracked & shared in updates."

p.p.s. in the past few months, i have added updates/edits/new needs within the body of my campaign. this has included the seeking of donations to cushion costs from CR to nica to the states recently. i also recently sought donations about possibly getting to thailand ... when the timeframe of these goals passed (they'd not been fully met, sidenote) i delete then update the newer goal. like now, it's about focusing on $400 in supplies. my $2000+ campaign amount will remain as such to reflect my use of extras (or additional need$) that have come + gone from the campaign. hope this makes sense ~ hard to find the "best total goal" right now. updates continue to reflect spending, tho. thank u!!
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hola, homies!! how do? i feel like it's been awhile since i shared an update, so here goes. @ 2 a.m. this morning, i head to the airport in managua, nicaragua. about 9 weeks ago, i transitioned out of costa rica, a much*needed migration for me. i will soon land in nyc for a gallery-gig i could not be more excited about. more deets on that go out thru my mailing list early next week. #staypeeped ... i have also been pumping it up lots on IG ~ find me there if you plz: @kellyshawwillman11 **my b*day is soon, so any new donations coming thru honor this special new year for me, **and** support the remaining 3 or so weeks of july that i remain stateside. (the beginning of my campaign expresses some of my needs: art supplies, transportation, etc.) ... i'm in nyc for a quick 8-9 days, then have the pleasure of being with bff's in rhode island, where get this, i have access to my own room, a BATHTUB, and plenty of space for yoga. i've missed lots of little things, namely hugs, deep convos, and long soaks in tubs, so i'm gonna geek. :P ... this last year has def been a "lone wolf experiment" for me, and i'm excited to surface from it ~ in my own way. i've busted open about a milli times, no pain, no beauty, no in*betweens spared. ... opening night of the gallery-gig (it's called EMINENT DOMAIN) is on JULY 12 in chelsea. come on thru if you're there!! i will be performing an ephemeral performance as part of my on*going project, "new/mind/ritualz." i am also installing an OG multimedia piece (beadwork, performance art imagery, and a handmade satchel of seashells + my little ponies) ~ it's called, "111 therapies: phase 1." **my most recent blog article is titled, "seashellz" ~ if you go to kellyshawwillman.blogspot.com, it's the most recent article that will pop-up ~ all of my current or in*the*works projects are outlined there. sending great thnx and wonderfully blessed summer-vibes to you ~ THANK YOU for your $upport!! love, kelly
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