Patreon Update

More information on my Patreon page can be found here (internal link) and here (external, Patreon link).

I want to clarify something that has caused some confusion, for which I apologise because I realise now that I didn't explain everything very well at the outset.

I think a lot of people understand that in the absence of my shop I was without the income on which I'd become reliant for 3 whole years, and that my Patreon page was intended to create a community of people who believed in me and wanted me to keep designing and writing. Correspondingly, the content (both digital and physical) received by all Patrons was supposed to be something of a perk, a "thank you" for support rather than a direct exchange of money for goods.

I had to think way outside the box when concocting these perks due to the shift in my own personal situation (thanks Brexit). I knew that without the production of patches and pins etc I had to create using a different medium. Initially I anticipated writing one full size zine each quarter, as well as sharing new designs with Patrons in the form of phone wallpapers (for example). For some as yet unknown reason I sailed past that goal, furiously writing 20 zines, printing stickers, making an array of 1-page zines, and so on. In fact, I completely surpassed my own expectations of what I could achieve through Patreon - even though financially I remained WAY off what I need as a minimum to survive on a monthly basis - and I suspect I exceeded the expectations of my Original Patrons to boot. 

So here is where the further clarification is required: Patrons obtain all of the content that they directly, financially support the creation of.  

Those who pledged support at the beginning will have received all content from April 2019 to the current day. Individuals who pledged in subsequent months will have received the content for each month a payment was made, i.e. pledging to support from June onwards will provide access to June's content and beyond, for as long as support is maintained. 

By 'content' I really mean 'creative', i.e. all Patron-only posts, digital downloads, physical copies of zines, etc. However, the entire back catalogue of digital and physical content isn't freely accessible, and there are a couple of reasons for this.

I want to be mindful to honour and respect those who have supported me on an ongoing basis by not making that which they funded directly available to everyone else for free. I also don't want to set a precedent where individuals can wait until the 12th month, pledge once and get a year's worth of work. 

Until I realised my own error in providing open links to downloadable content (e.g. completed zines) I had individuals sign up to Patreon, download all of the content and then cancel their pledge. For $1 they obtained 100s of hours of my work and to say that it broke me a little is something of an understatement. Was it fair to me? Absolutely not. Was it fair to my regular Patrons? Also, no. 

I hope that all of the above makes sense, and if it doesn't that you feel able to let me know. I do believe strongly in radical transparency, and I hope that I have clarified any- and everything that wasn't previously clear! Also, if you have any ideas, requests or suggestions of what to include as perks in each Patron tier this is an opportune moment to let me know!