Kickstarter has a new initiative called Drip, a subscription platform to support the creative practice of artists, musicians, authors, designers and theatre and film makers.

In this beginning phase the platform is limited to selected invited artists (in the broad sense of the word artist). Anyone else can become a founding subscribing member of  65 artist’s ‘communities’. When you make a monthly subscription you receive ongoing content that includes process, notes and previews of new work.

You can subscribe for as little as a dollar a month and cancel that subscription at any time. I’ve subscribed to Thomas Negovan’s Century Guild: An exploration of aesthetics and the archaic, 1880-1925. Here is an excerpt of the description of the Century Guild on Drip:

My company Century Guild is primarily a publisher of fine art books on rare artworks from 1880-1925, specifically on the subjects of Art Nouveau, Symbolist Art, and leaning into macabre mysticism…The Century Guild Museum of Art was founded in 1999 and celebrates and illuminates the connections between popular culture and art history…Works from the Century Guild collection have been exhibited at numerous institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Detroit Institute of Art, The H.R. Giger Museum, and LACMA.

Subscribing to our DRIP is meant to be “after hours at the museum” and will keep you connected to a steady stream of information on our upcoming and ongoing projects, including a book on cabaret from 1900-1920, the legendary Theatre du Grand-Guignol, and more! I look forward to seeing you inside!

Have a look at Kickstarter’s Drip


Random images somewhat related to this post: Maurice Denis, French Symbolist Painter, late 19th-early 20th century

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What’s with the five-petalled flower?

Yes, I have a bit of an obsession with five-petal flowers. It started with the kikyomon – the Japanese balloon flower crest, which I use as a signature and a logo for my Etsy shop. Certain five-petal flowers have meaning for me as well. I’ve resisted (until now) researching a more generalised symbolic meaning of a flower with five petals.

A quick scan of various websites and research reveals links between five petals and femininity, the pentagram and the five elements. Of course, there are specific symbolic meanings for particular flower species and there are umpteen paths to follow when you are looking at the number 5. There are also links to pursue in relation to Fibonacci, the Golden Mean, geomancy and Feng shui. Botanical/scientific research and analysis provides insight into the differences between flowers with different numbers of petals.

For the moment though, five petals are asymmetrical, enough said!

The thumbnails in the image above are from various sketches and designs over time.

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