**At last! We made it! Thank you so much to all of you for your help!
For the pledges, for sharing, for cheering me up, for being there, and for all those things great and small.**
I keep on working in the project til it goes to press in the beginnings of september.
In the meantime, and until the end of September, you can book StorySTellArt 2016 copies whether through http://www.viviendoelcambio.com/storystellart2016-en or by sending me an email to email@example.com
Again, a huge thank you!
So this is how the calendar is unfolding, with still work to do, illustrations, stories, small details... but now there is something to show you!
There was a time when we flowed along with the cycles, earth below and skies above, together with the sun, moon and stars. But we seem to have forgotten it long ago... it seems to be hidden somewhere inside our memories, in our origins, ours as people, ours as a species.
It seems we have unplugged our body awareness as cyclical beings, like all the web of life which we are part of.
It seems we no longer feel awe and wonder with the change of the seasons, with the bright and snowy pull of the moon over tides and entrails, with the sun rising and setting each day, with stars coming and going in our neverending journey through the galaxy.
There was a time when calendars where just up there, hanging in the cosmos, and here in the earth we were aware of their reflection. They told us when it was time for the birds to lay their eggs, when to collect this or that plant, when to come down from the hills to the coast, when to move, when to create, when to cleanse, when to rest.
They told us so many things about ourselves and the world.
Now... they just talk to us about the next holidays or bank day, or whether we need to congratulate our friend in his or her name-day.
They just show us how fast time flies, as if it were something completely apart form space. A space even now full of riddles...
In 2014 my dream was to get people closer to the beauty and greatness of the Universe, and I did so by means of a calendar, something from daily life that could help them reconnect and remember they belong to something bigger than themselves.
Now, with the same heartfelt phylosophy, the calendar above asked me to get closer to Earth, to our Solar System, to the cycles and rhythms that permeate the cosmos and whose influence can be sensed throughout all life, including us.
I want it to be more than just a calendar, aiming to create a tool for connection, beauty, stories, learning. One that fuels that yearning to go outside to gaze at the stars, the sunset, the waxing moon, the birds' songs when the first light appears, flowers following the sun's journey up in the sky, and our own body responding to the shifts happening all the time.
So I want to propose you a challenge.
The challenge to allow yourself to live and explore this year, that period our home travels all around the star that gives us life, from a different point of view. Kind of an outsider one, so to speak in the times we are into. One in which to reconnect with the mystery, the awe, the beauty of life that is and that we are. One in which to recover the felt awareness of the cycles, in which to claim again our life as a meeting point, so much needed, between heaven and earth.
If you are in for the challenge, or you just want to help others living it, come on join me and let's print together at least 1000 copies of the StorySTellArt 2016, with the best ecological printing standards available.
To create a calendar that, besides being something useful and beautiful hanging on the wall, helps you through this challenge, in this reunion with cycles above and below, inside and outside.
How will the StorySTellArt 2016 look like?
As his older brother StorySTellArt 2014, this is a wall calendar, and also shares stories, inspiring sentences and poetry (Story), sky events and information (Stell), and cosmic paintings (Art).
It's an English-Spanish calendar, mainly adapted to the northern hemisphere.
Size is 29x29cm folded, the length of a lunar month. Just because we will work with lunar months this time, and the calendar won't begin on January 1st, but prior to it. There are no special cosmic events on January 1st... ok, with the exception of some hangovers and the beginning (or not) of some of New Year's resolutions.
Inside the calendar, you find displayed the dates related to:
*- Solstices, equinoxes and intraseasonal days
Moon phases (new, waxing, full and waning moon)
Aphelion and perihelion (the Earth in its farthest and closest to the Sun); apogees and perigees (the Moon in its farthest and closest to the Earth)
-... and more. Much more*
Right now I am all into the researching, painting and designing process, just so I can also improve the former edition following your suggestions. I will show you the prototyping as soon as it becomes available :)
Here you can see full pages of it... even though it is still work in progress!
You will get more detailed info about the calendar during the campaign, here, in this page updates, and inside the StorySTellArt 2016 Calendar official page
Meanwhile, here you have some of the pictures you will find inside when it's finished. I keep on painting the rest!
What can I get besides the calendar?
Ok, this is the place to tell you about the perks on the right. For me, they are more a way of thanking you for your help... and even more than that, for your trust in the project and myself.
The Moon with your name on it - and that of the rest of backers
In each and every level, you can have a name of your choosing written on the Moon inside the calendar
On levels Binary Star and Pleiades you have two names
The StorySTellArt Calendar 2016
Orbital level: you get the PDF (downloadable, ready for print) version
Earthy, Comet, Solar storm and Solar System levels: you get 1 printed copy
Binary star and Pleiades levels: you get 2 printed copies
Asteroids and Cosmic levels: you get 5 printed copies
Meteor shower level: you get 10 printed copies
Meteor level: you get 3 bookmarks (21x7cm size)
Comet level: you get 4 bookmarks (21x7cm size), to choose between these and A5 postcard copies
Comet level: you get 2 A5 postcard copies, to choose between these and 4 bookmarks (21x7cm size) (see above)
Solar storm level: you get 1 printed copy (A3 size)
Note: here you can check all the possible copies available (It will be updated whenever more paintings are being finished. Don't worry, you will be able to choose your copies once the campaign is over and all the options are uploaded here)
Original cosmic paintings
Pleiades level : original pastel paintings, dedicated and signed, in different sizes and supports (wood, framed paper...)
Note: as stated above, most of the paintings are still work in progress. You will find the available and finished ones here, to be updated during the campaign
The Solar System
Solar System level: the complete collection of the Solar System printed copies, all of them signed (each one 21x21cm size)
Cosmic level: the complete collection of the Solar System original pastel paintings, all of them dedicated and signed (wooden support, different sizes)
Which one do you choose? I know, it's a little bit difficult, but you can do it for sure! :)
When will I be able to hang it at home?
Thanks to your help, the calendar will go to press early in September, will have its official launch late in September or early in October in the canary island of La Palma, and will fly to your home right after that, together with the other perks you may have!
Here you can have a look at its journey:
Where will my money go?
This is the expected budget for the money coming through this crowdfunding campaign.
Printing of (at least) 1000 English-Spanish ecoedited StorySTellArt copies and delivery to its distribution point: 50%
Printing of bookmarks and copies in different sizes: 12%
Perks delivery: 20%
Taxes and commissions: 16%
Unexpected expenses: 2%
**Thank you so so much!!!
For being there, for accepting the challenge, for (re)connecting...
And above all, for your confidence and trust**
You can find more about the StorySTellArt in...
Twitter, will use the hashtag #storystellart and #Iamcyclical
... or better, you can write me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Of course, if you are willing to share, below all this explanation you will find some wonderful direct links for email, Facebook and Twitter, created by our great Verkami team. You also have a widget to embed in your blog or webpage.
Oh yes, this Earth badge here is for you, whether for your Facebook profile, your Whatsapp, wherever. I will be wearing it during the campaign. Because Earth is a cyclical being. So am I. And you?
Wow... of course, if you want to help in many other ways with the project, it will be great!!!
Write me, whether you are a school, an NGO, an entrepreneur, whether if you want to write about the project (or sketch, or record, or interview, or dance, or play, or whatever!), whether you want to suggest some kind of give-and-take, let's talk! And thanks a lot again!