Pencil Master My current project with KICKstarter is a real awakening.It's a roller coaster of a ride on the learning curves of two new worlds -- entering an unfamiliar social networking domain of the Internet's long tail, and the world of documentary video production.

Harriete laughing at Reception3.22.124x6.72Combined with the unfolding exhibition of Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin, these events and revelations have caught me up a whirlwind of thoughts and impressions.  After a 4+ year odyssey of fabrication, I am reflecting on a post from Chase Jarvis titled "Hit List: 13 Things Crucial For Your....  I recommend reading every word.

Chase's #1 tip is "Get $h!+ Done".

For four years, I felt like I was limping along on the pencils. I couldn't work on it every day.  Shows came up that needed new works to be made.  Making work to sell gets in the way. Life gets in the way.  But I'd force myself to work on it every chance I could.

Interesting pencilsAnd I would torture myself as well.  Making a sculpture 28 feet wide and 15 feet tall from pencils is ridiculous!How will it look? Will it hang as planned? Will it ever get done? A combination of the simplest of art media - a pencil, a little thoughtful engineering, and tedious hours of assembly.  But the vision of a hand crafted work to carry a message that the arts have a value and place in education AND that standardized testing has become overemphasized in education kept me going.

I naively started the KICKstarter project the same way except it can only last 30 days. I've already learned an enormous amount.  Each media and every social network has its own learning curve...so does KICKstarter. Reading the HELP menu doesn't adequately prepare you for what it takes to run a successful project on KICKstarter.

Harriete BEHIND installation3.22.124x6.72So if you can donate a dollar, that would be good.If you can donate $10, that would be a little better.  I hope everyone who believes that the arts should have a role in education can donate something.

This KICKstarter project may limp along initially.  I started it imagining all the best and the worst that could happen.  It kept me up at night worrying.  Now Chase Jarvis reminds me, ALL THAT MATTERS is that you get $h!+  done.

Harriete

PS  I hired a video editor yesterday. More soon. 

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