The All-Purpose Postcard Campaign Comes to a Close

Last night we wrapped up the All-Purpose Postcard Campaign with a postcard-stuffing jam session. Check out the video below for many thanks and some footage of the soiree. Special thanks to Justine, Amy, and Annie for their help with stuffing!

Some pics from the party:



My amazing, generous, attentive, altruistic, optimistic, and idealistic readers, our community arts project, The Ideal Relationship Project, wrapped up at 120% funded. Woot!

This is very exciting. In fact, my son probably best expresses my feelings right now, in this picture.


And today, our postcards have arrived! 

This Saturday a few local backers will be joining me to stuff them into envelopes and send them off to the rest of our project participants. And you better believe there will be photos ūüôā

Thanks so much for following us on this journey. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Kickstarter Rewards: Top 10 Postcards For Final Selection

Welcome! If you have landed on this page then you must be a glorious Backer for The Ideal Relationship Project. Thank you for your support!

Here is a sample of¬†the Thank You postcard everyone will be receiving:Sample cardBelow are the Top 10 Postcards for Final Selection. Please indicate the¬†participants’ names on the survey sent through Kickstarter, to submit your selections.

A reminder: The final postcard will have ONLY the image on the front. The subject’s quote will be printed on the back (unless its essential to the image).

1. Naraly Nicte
1. Naraly
2. Anastasia Morozova
2. Anastasia
Melissa Kate MacIntosh
3. Melissa
4. Mitch Turck
4. Mitch
5. Nathaniel Knows
5. Nathaniel
6. Anthony Davenport
6. Anthony
7. Maria Graterol and Peter Ikladious
7. Maria and Peter
8. Mary McLaughlin and Chip Henry
8. Mary  and Chip
Combination card_1
9. Combination Card #1: Project Description on the Back
10. Combination Card #2: Project Description on the Back
10. Combination Card #2: Project Description on the Back

Postcard Options for Kickstarter Backers

Welcome Kickstarter Backers!

If you have landed on this page, then you clicked the link to help me decide which portraits should make it to the top 10 for postcard printing and distribution.Please note, the final postcards will NOT have the text on the front with the image. It will be printed on the back of the card. 

To make your selections:

  1. Scroll¬†over/select the images you like, and make note of the subjects’ names.
  2. Send me the names by replying through the update email on Kickstarter, or through the contact page on this website. (You can also comment publicly on either of those platforms, if you like, but it helps me keep track of your votes if you email me.)
  3. Be sure you select 10¬†names, regardless of your pledge amount. (This is like a presidential primary vote. The election isn’t until I send the survey asking for you to choose your final reward.)

Please don’t feel excluded if your portrait is not among this selection. These were chosen based on ease of reproduction.¬†

The Larger Goal

It was a spur of the moment idea: “Lets pretend they’re trading cards,” I said to my sister.

She arched an eyebrow at me, forking another bite of avocado salad (ill named, as the Mexican joint on the Lower East Side had run out of avocados on this day) into her mouth.

I handed her a handful of postcards decorated with the portraits I had completed for our community-arts Kickstarter project, The Ideal Relationship Project. 

She laughed and rolled her eyes. “Fiiiiiine.”


A few shots in, she’d finally loosened up to become the dramatic, silly-pants I know she can be, and I realized we were onto something. To promote this project successfully, I couldn’t just focus on the product alone, I had to focus on the people who believed in it. Thus, the All-Purpose Postcard Campaign was born.

With no small help from my world-traveling sister, we enlisted backers from India, Sierra Leone, and Israel, who all showed their support by taking photographs of themselves, holding images derived from our project.

I was surprised and touched by the show of support. It’s amazing the sense of connection that has occurred as result of simply asking the question: “What is your ideal relationship?”  At this point, its okay if we don’t make our funding goal, the larger goal has been achieved.

A huge thanks to all our backers around the world! And if you are interested in participating or learning more, please check out our Kickstarter site, and our project website.

With love and gratitude.