Take it, Carly:
|Carly Strickland as Professor Rattus|
The Incognito Project is kind of a big deal in my family. In fact, our small company, Matter Deep Publishing, came about because the painting series always included publishing a book about the project. We realized we had a family full of writers and artists so why not make a publishing business.
Mom (Terry Strickland) got an idea a few of years ago to do a large scale show of portraits of people as their alter-egos. It was deeply collaborative between Mom and her models, going back and forth about who they wanted to be when they grew up (because none of us are really grown up) or their secret identities and alter egos.
When it came time for the photo shoot (20 something people in one day- whew!) the family stepped up to be the support she needed for the day! Dad handed out model paperwork and kept the schedule, my sister-in-law did costume make up, my brother did interviews about the alter egos, and I worked as Mom's assistant, moving lights, adjusting models, and serving as a second set of eyes for the photos.
So here we are a couple years later, the paintings are done, but the family is not! We have joined together to make The Incognito Project into a coffee table book. We've got the writers writing and the designer (me) designing.
While the book started out as her project, we’ve all let it become our project. It's kind of taken over our lives.
Designing the book has been a pleasure. I’ve been living in a house with several of the pieces since they were painted, but getting to really look at them all day is marvelous.
I’ve been working to complement the paintings’ compositions with my layouts. It’s been a surprisingly natural process that I attribute to the two of us having an incredibly similar sense of design. I am Mom’s mini-me.
It's got all kinds of stuff in it. Essays about the significance of certain identities, statements from the models, and giant glossy images of the paintings. It's laid out like a detective's file, revealing the way Mom has become a people detective. Through her art she has discovered others' true selves and laid them bare for us all to see.
We're running a Kickstarter to fund the printing of the book. If you donate 50 bucks you get a 9x12, hard cover. It included 120 pages of beautiful paintings, fantastic writing, and stunning details! The Kickstarter ends September 2, after that, the book will be $65. There's a bunch of other swag that you can get too in smaller pledge packages, or if you've got more there are a few packages that include original art, so check it out!
If you've never seen Kickstarter here's a quick run down:
You promise to donate a certain amount of money. If the campaign reaches the needed amount, then your donation goes through. If we don't reach our goal, then our hopes and dreams are shattered, you don't spend any money, and we don't get any money. It's completely safe, and your payments go through your existing Amazon account. Amazon has (rigorously) verified that we are who we say we are, and essentially what you are doing is not really donating, but pre-ordering a book! More about it here: Kickstarter's Frequently Asked Questions