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OUR VISION....
From the moment we met we knew that we would collaborate in some way, shape or form. We would spend days at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne talking about the lives and artistic legacy of John and Sunday Reed, about our dream of a creative hub where artistic minds and dreaming hearts would create and collaborate. Our personal motto became There are other ways of living.
We also knew there were couples out there living inspired lives, off the beaten and worn down track of mainstream life, living true to their spirits by putting creativity first and compromise last. We discovered a shared love of Frida Kahlo, who lived an unconventional life with Diego Rivera but a deep respect for one another as artists. Our light bulb moment gave way to a bold and perhaps ambitious goal, and was the seed for CO_The Creative Couples Project. To find the contemporary John and Sunday Reed, the latter day Gertrude and Alice, so that a new generation might too know, that there are other was of living....
Belinda and Cecile 2013



THE BOOK........
CO_The Creative Couples Project will be a book featuring eclectic, creative couples living in Australia. Couples who define what it means to live creatively and push the boundaries…. these duos typify what creative couples do; inspire and support each other. They are mutual muses, creative co-pilots and a force to be reckoned with. CO_The Creative Couples Project is about contemporary couples who refuse to be pinned down to accepted roles, who defy preconceived gender, career or relationship stereotypes to live truly creative lives. They are works in progress, living art… We want to share them with you...

THE COUPLES.....
The couples in this book are not chasing fame. Nor do they live in the box, play by the rules or toot their own horns. The stories in this book simply need to be told. This project is almost two years in the making. It was ambitious, bold, brave, mad... But have you ever got to that point in you life or career when you just know this is what you are meant to do? This book represents that for us. It won't be the end, in fact, this is just the beginning of a journey seeking out and telling stories as they need to be told; honest, raw and from the heart, the hearth and the horses mouth.

Some Of My Previous Work

Meet the crew behind the two and rounding off our creative team are graphic designer Alyson Pearson, photographer Michelle Dunn and Editor Phyllis Papps. They are all accomplished in their fields and are key to helping us create our vision. Get to know them better via our blog CREW page.

OUR REWARD CONTRIBUTERS:
Special thanks go to the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA).
Thanks also go to Phyllis Papps, Francesca Curtis, Michelle Dunn, Miriam McWilliam, Hamish McWilliam and Alyson Pearson.

AlyKat CreativeHamish McWilliamMiriam McWilliamMichelle Dunn Photography



How The Funds Will Be Used

Photography, design and printing.
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A$5 +-A fiver will buy you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. We're happy for every dollar that helps us get closer to our dream. Thank you, thank you, thank you! -You'll also get a postcard featuring images from the book. Sample image....
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is March 2014
A$10 +-A public thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter. The world will see your generosity and support for our project. No amount is too small. It all adds up! -And also an official CO_ postcard with a micropoem written by Belinda Raposo lovingly scrawled on the back. Sample image...
0 Chosen | 400 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2014
A$25 +- A public thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter. The world will see your generosity and support for our project. - A set of 3 bookmarks with images from CO_ the book. Sample image....
0 Chosen | 400 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2014
A$50 +- A public thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter. The world will see your generosity and support for our project. - An official hand written thank you postcard from the co-creators of the CO_The Creative Couples Project sent to your home. -Immortality...well, almost. We will add your name as a backer in the book itself. -We will happily plug your blog or website on our Facebook and Twitter. Sharing is caring. -Plus a copy of CO_ the book. International Postage $25
5 Chosen | 395 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$100 +- A public thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter. - An official hand written thank you postcard from the creators of the CO_. -Immortality...well, almost. We will add your name as a backer in the book itself. -A copy of the book signed by the creators. -An A3 limited addition printed photograph from CO_ the book. We will select one for you on your behalf. I'm so excited for you, can I have one please? International Postage $25 Sample image....
6 Chosen | 24 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$180 +- A public thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter. - A thank you postcard from the creators of the CO_. -We will add your name as a backer in the book itself. -A copy of the book signed by the creators. -1 illustrated print by one half of a creative couple Hamish McWilliam. A3 size, unframed. There are 10 available, we will select one for you on your behalf. They are all equal parts brilliant and a perfect formula for awesomeness. International Postage $25 Sample image.......
1 Chosen | 9 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$200 +- A public thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter. - An official hand written thank you postcard from the creators of the CO_. - Immortality...well, almost. We will add your name as a backer in the book itself. -A copy of the book signed by the creators. -A set of 10 photographic images by one half of a creative couple Miriam McWilliam. A5 size, unframed. Miriam's colour-rich images are sure to make you smile. International Postage $25 Sample image.....
0 Chosen | 10 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$250 +- A public thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter. - An official hand written thank you postcard from the creators of the CO_ -Immortality...well, almost. We will add your name and a loved ones name as a backer in the book. -2x Hard cover copy of the book signed by the creators. -The official poster for our 2013 Pozible Campaign. -A Creative Couples style Mini Interview and profile on our BLOG! You might be a creative couple, family or individual. International Postage $25 Sample image...
0 Chosen | 15 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$400 +- A public thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter. - Thank you postcard. - Your name and a loved one’s name thanked in the book. - 2x hard cover copy of the book signed by the creators. Keep 1 copy and give the other one away as a gift! -One limited edition print by our graphic designer Alyson Pearson (Alykat Creative) from her Animal Series illustrations. A3 size, unframed. You will also receive doses of happiness. International Postage $25 Sample image.....
1 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$800 +- A public thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter. - Thank you postcard. - Yours and a loved one’s name thanked in the book, as a surprising gesture. - 2x hard cover copy of the book signed by us. -A 1 hour "Creative Couples" style photoshoot with the official CO_ photographer Michelle Dunn. Limited to Melbourne/Ballarat areas. For an interstate shoot, travel costs will need to be paid by you. You'll look so awesome, you might have to be in our next book!
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A$1000 +Donated kindly from the ALGA (Australiasian Lesbian and Gay Archives) An audio file copy and transcript of the Historic interview of the first woman to declare her homosexuality on Australian television in June 1970. The interview with Francesca Curtis, one half of a creative couple, is for the true collector of LGBTI memorabilia. We are very proud to offer this to a lucky and generous supporter. Plus a copy of the book signed by us and Francesca with her partner of 42 years Phyllis.
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014