Alley Valkyrie

is creating All of the Things
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Read all the things! See all the things!
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$1/month grants you access to a patron-only feed, where I'll be occasionally posting personal updates, pictures of both finished works and works and progress, as well as stories and anecdotes and the occasional written piece. THANK YOU!
Read and See all the things, and a bonus card!
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In addition to accessing my patron-only feed, I will send you a bee patch and a handmade card as a thank-you.
Things! In the mail!
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Ooh, I get to mail you things! For $15 a month, in addition to accessing my patron-only feed, every month I will send you a flat piece of art. It might be a paper print, a patch, a block-printed card, a prototype of a new design, or an original drawing. If there are specific items or themes you are interested in, let me know and I will customize your mailings for you.



About Alley Valkyrie

I want to do All of the Things! Would you like to be a part of it? 

You may know my work from one or many places... I make art and clothing under the name Practical Rabbit, I used to write for The Wild Hunt and currently write for Gods&Radicals as well as putting forth a lot of writing on Facebook and my own blogs, and I have been fighting and advocating for the rights of the homeless on and off for most of my adult life. Prior to all that, I also spent my earlier years as a painter and photographer, and for over a decade now I've been sitting on a huge pile of unfinished works and projects. 

And very recently, I've taken on two new projects: the co-host of the podcast Empires Crumble, and my own more personal video-cast, Badly Made Ramblings

For the past fourteen years I've been supporting myself with Practical Rabbit while also struggling with a myriad of health-related challenges and disability issues, and as much as I love the work I've been creating, for many years now I've been falling deeper and deeper into debt and poverty. It was never my plan to be printing t-shirts for a living, and while I'm grateful that I've been able to keep a roof over my head, long-term my business is unsustainable for a variety of reasons and I've only stuck with it for lack of better options. 

A few years ago, after I started writing for The Wild Hunt, I realized that I actually might have other options. The longer that I write, the more I realize that I need to be writing more and would love to be writing full-time one day, or at least as close to full-time as is possible for me. But in my current situation, I barely had the time to finish my current once-a-month obligation, let alone time for any additional writing. I have at least a dozen unfinished essays and stories sitting in a folder, as well as at least a dozen more in my head that I'm afraid of losing track of, but I don't have the time to put them to paper. 

And then a few summers ago, I started working with clay and porcelain for the first time in fifteen years, and quickly realized that what I was creating has the potential to grow into a business that has a much greater chance of being stable and sustainable for me than relying on silkscreening does. My aim is to offer one-of-a-kind pieces to the community at a reduced cost compared to what similar pieces are priced at. 

I also recently relocated to France for several reasons, primarily for the sake of my health and an improved quality-of-life. I'm currently a university student (for the first time in my life!) in a French-language intensive at Université Rennes 2, and I'm trying to re-establish my art and pottery practices over here after selling pretty much everything I owned in order to relocate. 

By supporting me on Patreon, you'll be buying my time back for me so that I can create. You will be a part of helping my shift from a screenprinter and occasional writer to a more frequent potter and storyteller and artist, you will enable me to build a more steady income that will improve my quality of living and allow me to write and create even more, and you will also be freeing my time up so that I can devote more time towards working with folks in various capacities. You'll also be helping me re-settle and re-establish myself in France, where I am trying to secure permanent residency long-term. Additionally, you'll be supporting my recent forays into podcasting and videocasting, which would never have been possible without such help. 

I also have some long-term projects that you'll be helping me complete, some which have been on hold for years. These include a volume of poetry and accompanying stories, a personal website featuring my visual art and painting in addition to my writing, a blog I plan on starting, and large chunks of unfinished personal writing that I hope to form into a memoir one day. 

Thank you in advance for your support, and I look forward to creating for you  :)

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