I have set up this Crowdfunding page because I recently have met a fantastic artist who has asked me to be one of her prototypes for her latest project.
Karin Merx is a Dutch portrait artist who has illustrated books and painted people as well as being a lecturer for 30 years. She works with different techniques including coal, watercolour and oil. Her latest project "Your Story - Told" combines her drawing skills with her love for typography. For this project she's interviewing people who had to overcome challenges in their lives. Then she tells each story in a book specially designed by her based on the individual's circumstances highlighting what she sees as important thereby portraying each person through her eyes.
I'm thrilled that she has chosen me as her third prototype. As a prematurely born and disabled girl who lost her twin brother shortly after birth I've had to overcome some challenges of my own growing up. Karin was touched by my story and has decided to add me to her portfolio. The book she is making for this project is hard copy and includes a portrait of the person. Additionally each person receives a framed portrait of themselves.
So far Karin has told the stories of trans Marsha P. Johnson, one of the first campaigners for LGBTQi+ rights and Phyll Opoku (Lady Phyll), co-founder of UK Black Pride. Karin's mission is to show how important it is to stay true to oneself. She's hoping that with her work she can help those she portrays to find their true self and use them as a role model for those in similar situations. Eventually she's planning to make a business out of this project. She's hoping to get enquiries to tell other people's stories through the prototypes she's already created. For more info on Karin and to contact her to be a part of this project please visit:
When book and portrait have been finished I can decide whether I'd like to buy the book and painting. As I have seen how fantastic Karin's work is I can't imagine not wanting to buy my story. I feel privileged that she's wanting to tell my story in the first place and as it was my 40th birthday in March I've decided that this artwork will be a present to myself.
But art doesn't come cheap and this is why I've set up this page to see if anyone of you could give something towards this "once in a lifetime" opportunity. I know I haven't asked for birthday presents, but if you had planned to buy me a present, please cancel the shopping trip and donate here instead.