Kickstarter success and general update

The Kickstarter campaign ended a few days ago. I am happy to report that with the help of 40 backers, I was able to meet and surpass my funding goal of $1500. Backers generously contributed $3278 which is 218% of the funding goal! 

Support from backers has helped to make this show a success even before installation.

Along the way I picked up some pro framing tips from Monica over at the Art Center Frame Shop in Eureka, CA. Her willingness to talk shop and teach me tricks of the trade easily saved me 5 or 6 hours over the course of the framing project.  

The next steps of the project are to pack, transport, finish framing (I'll have to pop 10 mounted pieces into frames once I get to NJ), promote, and hang the show.  

Today I took a few hours to purchase wood and build a secure crate to pack the framed work. I also reduced the thickness of a large cardboard box I'll use to transport unframed work and additional framing materials. 

Additionally I sent off a revised version of my show post card to the printer, tomorrow I should approve the proofs and we can carry on from there. 

This evening and into tomorrow, I'll be writing captions, constructing hashtag clusters and scheduling the remainder of the instagram posts, some of which will be paid promotions for the show.

This week, I will also work on sending out direct mail promotional materials to specific individuals and institutions, printing more images to have available for purchase at the show, and I'll get a start on producing backer rewards.

I'll also be making a few more updates here related to the show, as well as some news about travel plans.

There is certainly more I'll be working on before I leave Humboldt on Monday. As with any long trip there are a multitude of checklists. 

Aside from finishing everything up and packing, on Sunday I'll be assisting my friend and fellow photographer Kim Lemen of Akaysha Photography on one of her wedding shoots. I'm looking forward to it. Even though it's not my gig, it will be my first wedding of the season and Humboldt weddings are always fun. Given my current schedule it's actually really nice to be a second shooter on this one. I can spend the day documenting a fun and beautiful event, transfer the files to Kim, and not have to think about editing when I get home to finish packing for Monday morning.  I would also like to thank Kim for supporting 40° West: Explorations of a Dignified Lonely Person, it's truly a great compliment.