Join In For Joy: Launch an Art Deck

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Raised by 70 people in 31 months


Hello, friends.

Whenever I sell my art prints at a conference or a festival, people say, “I wish I could buy so many more of them!  It’s impossible to choose just one or two.”  Whenever I make small-sized copies of my images to use in workshops or with my clients, people want to know whether they can take them home.  And whenever I think of sharing my art more widely with the world, I dream of making a deck of art cards to play with and pray with.

I’ve talked about this art deck idea for years, and more earnestly for the last two.  Last month at the Spiritual Directors’ International Conference, my friend Sarah C looked me in the eye and said, “It’s time.  Make the deck.”  When I told her I couldn’t afford to do it yet, her reply caught me off guard, but in the best way.  “We all belong to each other,” she said.  What if I were to risk letting myself belong to something bigger— to ask others to join me in a crowd-funding campaign, to let my art deck dream to belong to all of us?

For several reasons, asking is hard for me.  I’d rather do all the homework myself, and just tell you about it when it’s all shining and ready for purchase.

But this is the moment when I actually need the most support— in the research, discernment, and development phase.  I need quiet, concentrated time to listen for guidance and look for assistance, to explore the options and come to good decisions about the way forward.  Since I’m a self-employed artist and spiritual director, those kind of hours are “unpaid” unless I find another way to fund them.  As my friend Vicky said just last week, “Crowd-funding is the way art gets made now.”  We all get to help the art, or the music, or the writing hatch and then fly.  I know and love this when it comes to other artists…  and now it’s my turn to open up yet again and risk us belonging to each other. 

Are we ready?  Here goes— 

Hey, friends, I’m going to make a great deck of art cards, full of images I’ve received and created over 20 years of inspiration along my spiritual journey.  It turns out this art encourages many others on their own paths of spiritual exploration.  (I’m still so awed and glad about that—  Every time!)  And a lot of these people have been asking me to make the images more accessible.  My guidance is clear that the next step is to make a deck of art cards (or two or three).  Check out my 2-minute video to hear my voice and see the first deck prototype in action. 

I want to offer pocket-sized card images of joy, challenge, love, and goodness.  Would you like to help me?  If it feels joyful and fun to you, will you consider giving toward launching this art deck project?  I will so gratefully receive the gifts of your good wishes, encouragement, prayers, ideas, purchases of art from my website ( www.ListenForJoy.com), and/or donations to this Go Fund Me campaign— whatever delights your heart to share.  You’ll co-create something beautiful with me!  Then we’ll let it loose, in our world that so deeply needs our offerings of beauty, truth, and compassion.


This Round 1 campaign will support me to: 

--Discern how the deck/s take shape

--Name the deck/s

--Find a printing company

--Create the graphics for packaging

--Write and create an information booklet

--Plan and implement the Round 2 campaign


The bigger, wider Round 2 campaign will focus on production costs.  In Round 2, donors can give in advance to receive their own art decks— and other festive incentives.  I can hardly wait!

If Round 1 is successful, then I expect to launch Round 2 in the fall of this year and to deliver decks in the spring of 2017.  How fun is that?!?  

If Round 1 exceeds my goal, then I’ll use the extra support toward improving Round 2 with quality video software, a working creative retreat, and maybe even some business coaching to help me get the art out further into the world.  That would be amazing.


Thank you so much for considering my invitation to “Join In For Joy”— collaborating with me to bring an art deck to life.  I know there are many other important causes and projects we’re all supporting, so I’ll also be honored to receive your good thoughts and blessings for this work.  

Let’s see what goodness unfolds!


With joy,
Melanie
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Melanie Weidner
www.ListenForJoy.com


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Hello again, friends supporting the Art Card Decks project!

Well, I have good news and... a little delayed gratification. :-) The good news is: I've applied for an unexpected grant opportunity, and I'm hopeful about my chances. The delayed gratification news is: I need to wait a few more weeks to know exactly when I'll launch my Art Card Deck campaign. I'd planned on February, but with this big grant possibility, it's entirely worth the wait!

Here's the scoop: If I receive this financial support, I'll be able to invest six months to write brief stories and insights to accompany each Art Card-- to make the decks truly complete in the way I've always dreamed they could be. I'm so excited about this, and amazed it just might happen! The writing will help bring the images even more alive, since I know from experience that words and questions help many people to really enter an image and make meaning with it. It's also likely true that written text will give the deck added value if later I can find an invitation to publish with a larger company. And finally, this writing project will bring two decades of my work full-circle, distilling in words what I've gained by living with, sharing, and learning from these images. Here I am getting a little teary-eyed about the possibility as I write this to you...

I'd planned to publish the decks without written materials, but now I might be able to create the booklets I've imagined would serve alongside the art. It will be a worthy challenge! I should find out by mid-April at the latest.

Although I'm itchy to get these Art Card Decks into your hands and mine, it won't serve to skip this opportunity or to push ahead on a fundraising campaign without knowing whether the decks would include small resource booklets. So, the project is very much alive and might get even more vibrant in a few weeks. Or, if the grant does not come through, then I'll move ahead with the original Art Card Deck fundraising campaign as planned in April-- without stories, but full of vibrant art that we're all so excited to use and enjoy. Grant or no grant, this is the year to publish and share these images!

Meanwhile, I will appreciate your prayers, good wishes, and encouragement as I wait with hope and trust. It's a bit of a stretch emotionally and financially to delay the deck launch-- and to trust your patience with the process. Yet my guidance is clear that this grant chance is worthy of the risks and delay. Spiritual timing is its own adventure, and we're on that journey!

Thank you again for your support for this dream and your blessings as it changes and grows. I can hardly wait!

With joy, gratitude, and faith,
Melanie
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Hello again, friends supporting the Art Card Decks project!

Well, I have good news and... a little delayed gratification. :-) The good news is: I've applied for an unexpected grant opportunity, and I'm hopeful about my chances. The delayed gratification news is: I need to wait a few more weeks to know exactly when I'll launch my Art Card Deck campaign. I'd planned on February, but with this big grant possibility, it's entirely worth the wait!

Here's the scoop: If I receive this financial support, I'll be able to invest six months to write brief stories and insights to accompany each Art Card-- to make the decks truly complete in the way I've always dreamed they could be. I'm so excited about this, and amazed it just might happen! The writing will help bring the images even more alive, since I know from experience that words and questions help many people to really enter an image and make meaning with it. It's also likely true that written text will give the deck added value if later I can find an invitation to publish with a larger company. And finally, this writing project will bring two decades of my work full-circle, distilling in words what I've gained by living with, sharing, and learning from these images. Here I am getting a little teary-eyed about the possibility as I write this to you...

I'd planned to publish the decks without written materials, but now I might be able to create the booklets I've imagined would serve alongside the art. It will be a worthy challenge! I should find out by mid-April at the latest.

Although I'm itchy to get these Art Card Decks into your hands and mine, it won't serve to skip this opportunity or to push ahead on a fundraising campaign without knowing whether the decks would include small resource booklets. So, the project is very much alive and might get even more vibrant in a few weeks. Or, if the grant does not come through, then I'll move ahead with the original Art Card Deck fundraising campaign as planned in April-- without stories, but full of vibrant art that we're all so excited to use and enjoy. Grant or no grant, this is the year to publish and share these images!

Meanwhile, I will appreciate your prayers, good wishes, and encouragement as I wait with hope and trust. It's a bit of a stretch emotionally and financially to delay the deck launch-- and to trust your patience with the process. Yet my guidance is clear that this grant chance is worthy of the risks and delay. Spiritual timing is its own adventure, and we're on that journey!

Thank you again for your support for this dream and your blessings as it changes and grows. I can hardly wait!

With joy, gratitude, and faith,
Melanie
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Art Card Decks Underway

I’m delighted to write an update on the progress of the Listen For Joy Art Cards! Thanks again to all of you who supported the GoFundMe campaign with funds and blessings to get the project rolling. After a personally challenging summer that delayed an autumn launch, we’re now on track for a February 2017 Kickstart campaign. So exciting!

Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek of the designs. Turns out I’ll be offering two decks of 36 cards each: the Deep Breath Collection, and the Come Through Collection. Each set will be 3.5 x 5 inches, printed in full color with rounded corners and a thematic design on the back, wrapped in a beautifully printed tuck box (as a traditional set of playing cards would be). I’m thrilled with the professional, helpful, and ecologically-minded USA printing company I’ve chosen. I can hardly wait to see proof copies!

I’ll be printing 1000 copies of each deck to make the investment worthy. So let’s look forward to an ambitious, festive campaign in February and decks in your hands by spring!

I appreciate your blessings, prayers, and encouragement as I move forward with many more preparations. Thanks to my amazing partner, Hol, and dear friend Kath who have especially supported this phase of the work. And my gratitude goes out again to all of you– for your interest and love for the images.

I do believe these Art Cards will be inspiring and useful in the years ahead, as we all practice listening to our souls and listening for joy.

With blessing,
Melanie

Online version and images of the deck packaging here: http://www.listenforjoy.com/2016/11/22/art-card-decks-underway/
Cover & back design for Deck #1
Designs for Deck #2
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A successful campaign!!

Thanks to all for this wonderful start to our collaboration: making this Art Deck into a reality. I've posted a 1-minute thank you video, with my grateful blessings.

I’m so honored and uplifted by the support, and now I’m ready to get to work! Watch for Round 2 this fall…

Hurrah!
Melanie
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Shirin McArthur
24 months ago

Wahoo! This is awesome! I love what I'm seeing...can't wait to have them in my hands, and ministry....

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Tiffany Montavon
31 months ago

okay, my favorite part of this whole thing is that you added the "s" to "Deck" - - who knows how many decks you got in ya??? SO EXCITING! Also, very inspired by "we belong to each other." YES!

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Steffany Raynes
24 months ago

So excited for this beautiful project.

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31 months ago
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ROBYN STEELY
31 months ago

This is so exciting! I'm delighted you are doing this and happy to join with others in supporting you in this amazing project. Thank you for your beautiful work and for sharing it will all of us.

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Val Isenhower
31 months ago

So glad to help Melanie. She is a very talented and special woman. Val

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Greg Morgan
31 months ago

I acknowledge that I have been among those clamoring for cards, so I certainly should be among those enabling you to produce them. And I can't resist the opportunity to be the one to put you "over the top" of your goal! Many blessings to you, my friend!

JG
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Jan Gough
31 months ago

I've already marked my calendar for Phase 2! Blessings as you continue to co-create, dear Melanie...

AG
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Amanda Ann Godwin
31 months ago

I can't wait to see what you create Mel. Love you!

Shirin McArthur
24 months ago

Wahoo! This is awesome! I love what I'm seeing...can't wait to have them in my hands, and ministry....

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Tiffany Montavon
31 months ago

okay, my favorite part of this whole thing is that you added the "s" to "Deck" - - who knows how many decks you got in ya??? SO EXCITING! Also, very inspired by "we belong to each other." YES!

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