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Help Satomi's Art Dream Come True

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Raised by 21 people in 5 months
ABOUT ME

Hi everyone!  I am Satomi Kawai, living in Iowa City, IA, USA.  I work in contemporary jewelry, printing, and drawing.  When I moved to the states, I brought with me traditional Japanese art practices; calligraphy, flower arranging, and tea ceremonies. I moved to Iowa City about nineteen years ago and started my academic art education in 2003 at the University of Iowa.  My purpose in the program was to use visual art as a way to express my personal methodology and to continue identifying who I am. I received a Master of Fine Art (MFA) degree specializing in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design in 2006. Since then I have been working as a studio artist in my home studio.



WHAT MY ART IS ABOUT

My visual art practice includes jewelry, printing, and drawing. My art speaks of nature and my personal femininity.  I have felt a strong tie to my natural surroundings since I was a child, living in a nature-rich suburb of a local city in Wakayama prefecture.  I am also surrounded by nature in Iowa City and my inspirations are abundant in every moment here. After moving to the United States, I also had to reevaluate my personal femininity with respect to living in a western culture, observe myself as a transplanted person and adjusted during the last nineteen years.  

You can find more about my work on:
Facebook @satomi kawai jewelry  https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=satomi%20kawai%20jewelry
Instagram @satominart
https://www.instagram.com/satominart/



HOW I INCORPORATE MOVEMENT INTO MY LIFE AND ART

 In addition to my visual art practice, I am also passionate about dance fitness, specifically Zumba.  Three years ago, I started taking group fitness classes to increase my energy level in order to complete my artwork. I have been a certified Zumba instructor at the University of Iowa Campus Recreational and Wellness Center for two years. Most recently I have taken an adult ballet class at the University of Iowa to enhance physical balance and strength. Dancing for me is not only for physical activity but also relates to my personal femininity and plays a big part in my artistic practice. I want to continue exploring these practices together to enhance my personal artistic expression, exploring the theme of growing as a female visual artist.



MY PARTICIPATION IN “INITIATION 2018 KALLICHORON” -  COMBINING ALL MY ART PRACTICES!

I have recently been accepted as a member of an art project called Initiation 2018_KALLICHORON, organized by Loukia Richards and Christoph Ziegler. This art project includes an Artist Residency program with curated visits to Athens archaeological sites & museums’ collections etc., four intensive workshops on trial dance/performances/storytelling with media work, between January 22 and 28, 2018 in Athens, Greece. It also includes the following group show in Florian Trampler Gallery in Munich, Germany, from March 8 to 11, 2018 during the Munich Jewelry Week. This is a very prestigious event including many contemporary jewelry exhibitions, such as Schmuck exhibition. To be included in this artist residency and Munich Jewelry Week furthers my dreams of combining my artistic practice and body movement to create a new art direction. I am getting very excited about this adventure and where it can take me in my artistic pursuits!



THE NITTY GRITTY    

As an artist living in America, it is a big investment to go to Europe twice in January and March.  I would like to ask your kind and generous donation to cover a part of my expenses. The following list is my budget for the project. 

(1). Athens Trip for Artist Residency Workshop Total = $2,490.20

Transportation:   
Airfare 1/18- 1/29, CIDßà Athens: $963
Athens International airport to Athens City center by public transportation (30euro x 2 = 60euro), $71.60

 Other expenses:
The artist in residency Workshop in Athens (including museum/ archeological site visits, other workshops, and accommodation with breakfast from 1/22-1/28) (1,080 euro) = $1,289
 Meal (lunch and supper during workshop) = (20euro x 7 days = 140 euro), $160.20

 (2). Munich Trip for Jewelry Week Total = $1,669.20

Transportations:
Air fare 3/6- 3/12 CIDßà Munich $1,060
Munich Airport ßà Munich City Center public transportation (bus) = (13.25 x 2= 26.5 euro) $31.62

 Other expenses:
Hotel 6 nights (346euro) = $411
Meal (20 euro/day x 7= 140 euro) = $166.20

Total Budget (1) + (2) = $4,159.40



WHAT ARE THE PERKS?!

For all pledges over $5

I will start fulfilling your order of postcards and printings in March 2018, and jewelry in April 2018. 

$5 or more (Unlimited perks available)
The heartfelt shout out on social media during the campaign! 

$20 or more (30 perks available)        
A set of 2 postcards from Satomi’s printing and drawings with a Thank You note          








$40 or more (20 perks available) *A $15 shipping fee will be charged for outside of the USA.
8” x 8” Giclee fine art print of Satomi’s textural collagraph image





$50 or more (15 perks available) *A $15 shipping fee will be charged for outside of the USA.
10” x 10” Giclee fine art print of Satomi’s meditational drawing




$80 or more (15 perks available) *A $15 shipping fee will be charged for outside of the USA.
18” x 20” Giclee fine art print of Satomi’s meditational drawing




$120 or more (15 perks available) *A $15 shipping fee will be charged for outside of the USA.
10” x 10” and 18” x 20” Giclee fine art print of Satomi’s meditational drawings
 * Please see the upper images


$160 or more (3 perks available) *A $15 shipping fee will be charged for outside of the USA.
Sterling silver line series earrings

   




$260 or more (2 perks available) *A $15 shipping fee will be charged for outside of the USA.
Satomi’s white brooch
 





$360 or more (2 perks available) *A $15 shipping fee will be charged for outside of the USA.
Satomi’s white necklace
 
Similar to this necklace


$820 or more (1 perk available) *A $15 shipping fee will be charged for outside of the USA.
A commission of one Satomi femininity series style big necklace
Note: I will start making the commissioned necklace in summer 2018.

This is a sample image of necklace-top.  We will discuss before I make an original necklace for you.   




Thank you very much for reading through my story.  And I appreciate your generous support of my art project.
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I just got back from the first trip to Athens, Greece, with new different types of experiences, which opened my mind. I have gotten full of energy and I am motivated. With this inspiring experience, I have started making new jewelry pieces for the group show at Munich Jewelry Week. I have a way to go for the next trip to Munich, Germany in March. Thank you very much for your support!
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Hi everyone!! I am overwhelmed that many people have contributed to my campaign and raised $1,000 at this point! I am going to go to Athens, Greece to take the workshop soon. It is happening!!
Any amount of contribution helps my art dream. Thank you very much for your support!! Satomi
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Good morning! I am excited to update that I have had generous contributions (over $700) in the first week of my campaign. I really appreciate your kindness!! With this excitement, I will keep going! Thank you very much for your kind support.
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