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Want to wear a beautiful wristband
for AfrikaBurn?




Then I have good news for ya!

The wristbands for 2019 will be an art project on its own. To make it happen I will need your support.

Help me with your Donation

I need to raise 61.420 ZAR * to make it happen!
The campaign will run until April 29th.

Raised so far: 26.808 ZAR **

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* Needed: 61.420ZAR= 3.890 €=$4,330
** Raised: 26.808ZAR=1.689 €=$1,877

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About this Project

The idea came to me at AfrikaBurn 2018: After I had passed the gates I was looking down at my wrist. The wristband I had just been given was made from pink plastic.

As a wristband artist, I feel a wristband should reflect the beauty of the event it is created for. It was this moment when the idea sparked to make the AfrikaBurn wristband an art project of its own.
 
I want to raise 61.420 ZARfor this project and anything that brings me closer to this goal will be deeply appreciated. If you like what you are about to see please consider supporting me!
  

The Concept

Mobirise

The wristband design will draw inspiration from two things: AfrikaBurn’s theme and the mythology of the San, a nomadic tribe of Bushmen living in South Africa since literally the dawn of man.

The 2019 theme - “Ephemeropolis, the City of Transience” - was inspired by the eternal cycle of becoming, being and disintegration.
But while we watch things come and go I belief there is a deeper meaning to all of it. Nothing Lasts... But Nothing is Lost. 

The San knew of this divine connection between all there is. They believed in the concept of “Thinking Strings”, threads of consciousness (or thoughts) interwoven with the sounds of nature. With their help, the San believed, a seeker is able to ascend to the spiritual realm.

With these ideas guiding my creation I want to honor the people of these native lands which deep insights we are just rediscovering in our temporary culture, the AfrikaBurn Tribe.

The Design


The defining visual element will be the thinking strings - intertwining, colorful threads, giving form to all elements on the wristband, spanning past, present and future.

The layout will showcase iconic art works and symbols from stories that defined the history of AfrikaBurn, all rendered in the transient flux of a fleeting mirage.  

The wristbands will come in four different color schemes: general admission, kids, crew and suppliers wristbands.

And here is your chance to participate in the process: Send me an e-mail which 8 colors (incl. background) you would love to see! 

Mobirise

The Production


Mobirise

AfrikaBurns's great artworks are often hand-made using natural materials. The wristband, I believe, should honor this tradition.

The wristbands will be produced by an automated loom. Eight colored yarns will be woven onto a base fabric, giving the wristband a nice, haptic touch.

Aluminum seals have been chosen for closure, since I strongly believe in not using any one-way products made from plastic. If you interested to know why please take a look here and here.

Here is a list of all budget positions needed to complete this project: 

Positions PcsZAREUR USD
Funds needed61.420,00
3.890,00  
4.330,00   
Setup Loom5900,00          60,00        70,00         
Wristbands13.50052.170,00
3.290,00
3.660,00
Crimpers 84.270,00
270,00
300,00
Logistics11.150,0080,0090,00
Banking Fees2.930,00190,00210,00

I started going to Burns in 2010, when I went to my first Burning Man. And oh boy, was I blown away - the sense of community, the open mindset, the immense wealth of creativity and - most of all - the feeling that we see each other as for who we are. Not a role, not a job, but a human being. I found my home and till this day that's where my heart is.

Becoming a Burner was also a personal journey for me to find out how i can contribute, of what i can bring in. 

And this was my idea: At Burning Man you don't get a wristband when you enter the gates. But i like wristbands and i think other people do too. So in 2011 I started to create wirstbands for Burning Man. A lot of people liked the idea so it turned into my personal art project - The Burning Man Wirstband Project. Through this project I became connected with a lot of different Burner groups and artists and i started to explore the regional Burns, like AfrikaBurn.

A lot of things happened since then and now I am an active part of the community, being involved in many art projects and doing design and communication work for Burns and related events.

The Donors

Without your support this project
would have not been possible.

Thank you!

Gavin Bodill
Sam Deacon
Uljana Egli
Jo Flo
Sascha Rummel
Vera Seehausen
Jill Sessa
Katherine Sonntag
James T
Anna Taranko
Veronica Ternopolski
Axel Vetter 
Denise Winkler