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PROJECT NIHON is pleased to announce that the art cards have been mailed, hand delivered, flown, etc, to pretty much everyone!
We have 4 people who haven’t replied to our emails all year, and we will keep trying!, but all things considered, 4 out of 100 isn’t too shabby. If you are one of those people, please reach out — we would love to get the art cards in your hands.
Project backer Leah Golubchick, an anthropologist and museum educator from Brooklyn, shares her recent art card delivery in the company of Andy Warhol off of Union Square (NYC).
PROJECT NIHON DOCUMENTARY TRAILER
*click arrows at lower right of video for full screen—recommended!
This is a monotype print (meaning “100% unique, irreproducable), hand printed at the Brooklyn College Printshop, using origami paper cranes and strips of rice paper. A whole series of prints inspired by the experiences in Japan has begun emerging since returning stateside in April 2010. In particular, the broken, shattered, fragmented aspects of this print reminded us of what Japan went through on March 11, 2011, a year after our PROJECT NIHON experiment in Japan. Our thoughts are with Japan today.
We are remembering and supporting Japan today. Please find news from Japan reflecting on the Tsunami disaster here: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/ Japan Times is an excellent media source from within the country, written for English speakers.
Join us tonight for a concert in honor of Japan, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It will feature music by friend of PROJECT NIHON, Ippei Ichimaru-san. Ippei-san will be on from 9-10 pm with band UZUHI.
The All-Day Memorial/Benefit for Japan’s 3.11 Disaster
2-11PM, DOOR: $5 BEFORE 5PM, $10 AFTER 5PM
Just finished signing and editioning 706 artcards for our fantastic Kickstarter backers.
Big smile. And, hand cramp.
There are 16 different types of artcards and the cards come in editions of 44 — this means each one is hand numbered: 1/44, 2/44….. 43/33, 44/44. A legit limited edition, all done by hand. Backers will be receiving personal updates regarding their rewards in the next day or so. Stay tuned!
Film screening + paper crane printmaking workshop @ Tomodachi Store, Minnesota
photo: Denny Park
ART WORKSHOP + SCREENING TOUR LAUNCHED THIS MARCH!
PROJECT NIHON was honored to have our first art workshop, with never-before seen raw footage from the documentary, in our home state of Minnesota.
Hosted by Tomodachi store, the event “Project Nihon Sunday” included a screening, a coloring book fund-raiser for tsunami relief (more on that soon!), emotional reflections between visitors and visiting artist Meghan Keane on Japan one year after filming, and a workshop that was about making exciting art AND giving back — underscoring the central themes of PROJECT NIHON.
Workshop participants made experimental printmaking-drawings using an origami paper crane. After completing the artwork, each participant was asked to donate their crane to Cranestorm: Wishes in Flight. Cranestorm is an ambitious awareness campaign run by the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota. Our workshop was pleased to help them reach their goal of collecting 100,000 cranes to increase awareness and understanding of brain injury.
Special thanks to Tomodachi store owner Denny Park for sponsoring the event. It would not have been possible without his generosity and enthusiasm for the vision of PROJECT NIHON. Denny, you rock, thank you!
Photo includes two wonderful Tomodachi staff members who tirelessly helped teach visitors how to fold origami for FIVE hours, non-stop. They are amazing orizuru sensei (paper crane teachers).
明けましておめでとうございます Akemashite omedetōgozaimasu!
Happy New Year! Thank you for your support and making this project possible!
PROJECT NIHON started fundraising exactly a year ago and look at where we are now. In 2010 we fundraised over $10,000 of support for making this trip, this art exhibition, this cultural exchange, and THIS FILM!! a reality. What a year! We celebrate this along with you.
As you know, we are currently editing the documentary feature film that you helped fund and make a reality. You can watch the trailer here. It’s coming along! We are so grateful to our backers, our friends, our supporters. The best news of 2011? Our gift to you will be closer to finishing in the coming year — the delivery of backer rewards and the completion of the PN documentary. We are eager to finish, to continue doing nothing but the highest quality work, and to be poised to share our creative product with the world. Please stay tuned for a bright year ahead!
Best wishes to you and yours,
Meghan (artist) and Michael (filmmaker) - Brooklyn, NY