#87 – R. Gregory Christie Kicks it with Kickstarter

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About this project

I come to kickstarter because my children's and young teens' book store,  needs a new look. I want to make children's literacy as valued as the newest pair of sneakers. We desire a trendy looking store that puts literature along with tangible- handmade art on sleek pedestals and modern shelves.
I am an award winning children's book artist, who is also a NY city to Decatur, GA. transplant. I'd like to bring my Brooklyn sensibility as well as my passion for history and culture to teens and parents who may have never thought about these things.
The store will feature my published children's books and sell handmade products at a reasonable price. Additionally the mall's management is fine with me bringing in creative friends to do weekend long intensive workshops. It would be a fulfillment of a dream to teach the community to stop buying back their own culture from corporations. Most of the expensive items they wait in a line for, can easily be made or personalized with their own creativity. I miss the days when kids would buy a brand, then paint it, tear it, sew it and redesign it in to their own expression.
Workshops teaching book-binding,painting,t-shirt production,silk screening,  even computer and cell phone cover design painting will be offered. I will have something to teach any aspiring art student or curious craft enthusiast.
This will be the first store of many, I hope to make a franchise out of this but for now it's a Decatur, Georgia aspiration in a site that needs a serious makeover.

Recent Comments

  • Kathy Rupff
    March 15, 2012 - 2:58 pm · Reply

    Hi Katie, It was great to ‘meet’ R. Gregory Christie in your podcast, and also appreciate the link here to make a donation… It’s so enjoyable just listening and learning so much through your podcast! THANKS AGAIN! 🙂

  • Julie Hedlund
    March 31, 2012 - 1:32 pm · Reply

    Argh! I only just heard the podcast yesterday. In time to pledge support but not enough time to do much to spread the word. However, I did the best I could and I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

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