Hey Lovers. WE ARE ASKING OUR COMMUNITY FOR A LITTLE MORE SUPPORT.
Join our growing community + nurture our project's expansion. Support the next phase of THE EROTIC PROJECT by helping us cover the production expenses for our beautiful literary offerings + pleasure practice resources, our SOFT book + FEEL card deck, by donating now through January 2, 2023 to this (reopened) IFundWomen campaign. You can also support us by becoming a member of our new Patreon as we soft launch.
FOR OUR SECOND ROUND OF CROWDFUNDING, WE WOULD LOVE TO MATCH LAST YEAR'S GOAL OF $20,000.
We absolutely LOVE making things for you as a THANK YOU for donating. *And*–during this campaign, we aren't offering any physical "Rewards". We are accepting monetary contributions only this time around as we conserve our funds to mindfully design, produce, + reveal to you the best Rewards yet early next year –our literary components, co-created with care + intention. Production costs are close to $10K for SOFT + $9K for FEEL. Thank you for understanding + meeting us where we're at.
My name is AUBRIÉ COSTELLO (she/they) + I am an artist, creative director, + producer. I’ve worked for over 10 years to create art centered around the transformative, healing power of vulnerability + softness.
As an artist, curator + creative director of a multitude of photo shoots, video work, mixed media performances + installations, I have experience in observing, listening to + communicating with collaborators + creative peers to tell a story. I've always wanted to tell very nuanced + revealing stories about intimacy + vulnerability + I've found that my most successful, genuine, powerful portrayals have been created in collaboration with others.
THE EROTIC PROJECT is my largest collaborative multimedia multi-phase project to date + was inspired by a year indoors. It is an inclusive + accessible erotic art project which explores vulnerability, softness, + eroticism as self care for our collective healing. This is something I feel we need now more than ever.
THE EROTIC PROJECT includes 40+ diverse creative contributors featured in an erotic art publication + prompt card deck, a free accompanying audio book, + a short film produced by me.
So, why is this project important now?
Vulnerability has a transformative power.
The desire for deeper connection + reconnection is calling us in as we navigate + reimagine a new world. But many of us were never taught how to be vulnerable or value a soft, gentle touch within our own self discovery + reflection or offered time + space to explore, define, + redefine ourselves + our unique preferences. We are disconnected + guarded. We've learned that in the presence of uncertainty, summoning hardness reigns over cultivating softness.
What if pleasure can show us who we really are + who we can become?
Instructions are needed when our true nature has been forgotten. THE EROTIC PROJECT invites us to investigate softness as resistance + eroticism as liberation. It is an interactive offering to drop back into our own bodies, explore our nuances, + experience lasting transformative sustainable healing—both personal + shared.
THE EROTIC PROJECT OFFERINGS:
1 SOFT Erotica Publication
2 FEEL Erotic Prompt Card Deck + Audio Book
3 SOFT HARD SLOW Short Film
*NEW* THE EROTIC PROJECT Podcast
THE EROTIC PROJECT OFFERINGS consist of my new erotica publication called SOFT, the FEEL erotic card prompt deck, a free erotic audio book, the short film SOFT HARD SLOW + a gender neutral intimates collection.
THE EROTIC PROJECT showcases never before released collaborative art + erotic writings from over 20+ contributors.
As I work more + more collaboratively to communicate the power of our quietest, most human moments + the interconnectedness shared in those spaces, I’ve reaffirmed that only through creating together are human stories most deeply told.
THE EROTIC PROJECT represents who we are + where we want to go. Project collaborators include an incredible ensemble of BIPOC AAPI LGBTQIA+ creatives, artists, writers, musicians, performers, scholars, activists, sex + body positivity practitioners, trauma-informed educators, + others not always represented in the genre of erotica.
It is not only important that the project represent diverse perspectives, it is also crucial that the project is equitable to all participants involved. Your financial support will compensate all contributors fairly + fully.
I am seeking funding to bring this important, intersectional project to life + I invite you to help me make it happen! YOUR SUPPORT ALLOWS US TO PUT SOFT + FEEL INTO PRODUCTION!
When all is said and done, YOU will have personally contributed to the creation of each component of THE EROTIC PROJECT:
The erotic SOFT art publication
The FEEL prompt card deck
The free accompanying audio book
The short film SOFT HARD SLOW
*NEW* THE EROTIC PROJECT Podcast
And a few more surprises ;)
We’re living through uncertain times which are leading our physicality towards disconnect + even violence. Collective work is necessary to heal, liberate, + advance our society as a whole. To do this work well, it is important to include moments of thorough, restorative pleasure in the journey.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUPPORTING THE EROTIC PROJECT.
IT IS MY OFFERING FOR YOU TO DEEPLY RECONNECT WITH YOURSELF + OTHERS FOR A MORE EQUITABLE, EMPATHETIC EXISTENCE FOR ALL.