The realization of such an ambitious project is going to require resources beyond what two ex-students have at their disposal.  We are actively seeking assistance from our friends and family as well as anyone who sees the same potential in the project that we do and would like to help it become a reality.  Our largest single expense is likely to be food, with lodging (the occasional camp ground fee or hostel stay) a distant second.  Even on a shoestring budget of $35 per person per day, 50 days on the road brings our total operating costs to nearly $4,000.  Additionally, we've acquired only some of the computer and video equipment we would ideally have along to make the kind of work we want to make.

Although financial support gives us the most flexibility, we’d also greatly appreciate equipment donations or loans.  Drop us a line if you think you have something we can use.  Finally, whenever possible we’d like to stay in people’s homes.  This practice not only makes our nights on the road more comfortable and less costly, it gives us the opportunity to discuss the project with our hosts.  If you (or someone you know) live along the route and would be willing to open your home to us, the hospitality and hot water would be greatly appreciated.

   
 

Liquidating Old Memories in the Pursuit of New Ones donation drive

Below you’ll find a plethora of items and services organized into graduated giving levels.  It’s a lot like PBS fundraisers: “When you become a member at the $150 dollar level we’ll send you this lovely gift basket filled with an assortment of mustards from around the globe.”   The main difference is that most of our gifts are one of a kind.  So don’t wait, if you see something you like send us an email (mail@illuminatedthread.com) before someone else snatches it up.

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  Donate at The $25 level and receive your choice of any one of these terrific gifts:
       
   

 

“Keep Life FRESH™” packaging scrap

avalability: 1

   

Unidentified family portrait

dated 1988

avalability: 1

   

São Paulo poster (two sided, 11” x 17”)

These posters were a giveaway at Brett’s MFA thesis show.  If you missed it, here’s another chance to own one of these collectible limited edition prints.  Remember they’re double-sided so you might want to donate twice!

avalability: 200

   

Advert sampler DVD

A compilation of all the 30 second spots we’ve produced thus far for the Illuminated Thread project.

avalability: 10

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  Donate at The $50 level and receive your choice of any one of these terrific gifts:
       
   

Fish hat

avalability: 1

   

Set of three AGC™ greeting card descriptor cards

AGC is the world's largest publicly owned creator, manufacturer and distributor of social expression products designed to meet consumers' needs to connect, express and celebrate.

avalability: 1

   

“2 environmentalists sentenced in arsons” newspaper clipping

avalability: 1

   

Laetitia Casta by Herb Ritts Poster

from Rolling Stone Magazine #793, 1998

avalability: 1

   

Ear buds

These tiny white in-ear stereo headphones came stock with Brett’s iPod Shuffle™ and are well-used.  Sound quality is poor.

avalability: 1

   

Meeting people is easy. Radiohead documentary DVD

This film contains stroboscopic effects that may adversely affect epilepsy sufferers

avalability: N/A

   

49% Share in Brett’s Riobi™ Compound Miter Saw

Control a little less than half of this rugged piece of construction equipment.

avalability: N/A

   

TI-85 graphing calculator with hand-engraved snowboarding graphic

avalability: 1

   

Service 3:  Phone call

We’ll call you at a predetermined date and time of your choice during our journey.  Wherever we are, we'll stop what we’re doing and drop you a line.

avalability: N/A

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  Donate at The $100 level and receive your choice of any one of these terrific gifts:
       
   

Brett’s “Wrist Rocket” childhood slingshot

includes some ammunition
cannot be shipped to NY

avalability: 1

   

Battalion of plastic army men

avalability: 1

   

Brett’s University of Chicago Master of Fine Arts diploma with padded folder

note: due to a printing error, ink may smear

avalability: N/A

   

Service 4:  MacBook™/MacBook Pro™ Stencil

Either Brett or Joe will meet you at your home anywhere in the Chicagoland area where they will stencil (flat black acrylic) one of three great phrases on the top (legible to other café goers) of your MacBook or Macbook Pro.  Available until September 14.
Phrases include:
“ignore drug laws”
“the party’s over”
“end civilization now!”

avalability: N/A

   

Soviet thermonuclear warhead

Polaroid™ photograph

avalability: 1

   

Red Clouds and Tree by Joe

2008, Acrylic on thrift store print, 12” x 14”

Recycling old into new: a touch of clouds and this print and its frame begin a new life together.

avalability: 1

   

Excerpts from Jack Kerouac’s Some of the Dharma compiled by Brett

These four selections share a common theme reflecting the author’s struggle with alcoholism and together were a motivational tool used by Brett during his last “dry” period.

avalability: 1

   

Spud Webb 8” x 10” autographed photo

avalability: 1

   

Visual representation of the sound of traffic

8.75” x 6.75”

avalability: 1

   

Unique Sexy Diaper with Lamborghini in Desert print

This fun and exotic image comes unframed. (Seriously, someone please request this. I can't look at it anymore.)

avalability: 1

   

Small Stencil Collection (3) by Brett

acrylic spray-paint on paper, 6" x 6"

avalability: 1

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  Donate at The $200 level and receive your choice of any one of these terrific gifts:
       
   

Set of 80 yellow plastic children’s chairs

this item won’t ship until October

avalability: 1

   

Unfinished 1/200 scale plastic model of the “Spruce Goose” flying boat

Fuselage and wing assembly complete.  Some paint on the propeller blades.  Here’s your chance to finish what Brett could not!

avalability: 1

   

Assorted Inland Empire freeway images

A grab bag of nine dynamic 35mm prints taken by Brett

avalability: 1

   

Dec/Jan 2001 Issue of Perfect Ten Magazine

Brett considers this “The best porno mag I’ve ever owned.”  Near mint condition. Must be at least 18 years of age to recieve this gift.

avalability: 1

   

God

crayon on paper, 9" x 12"

This delightful and thought provoking piece by a Dixon, California fourth grader was commissioned by Brett in 2003.

avalability: 1

   

Service 1: Post-Carbon Pony Express

Introducing carbon free correspondence!  Brett and Joe will pick up your letter (enclosed in a sealed envelope) at your Chicago residence or workplace, carry it across the country on their bicycles, and hand-deliver it to any Portland or San Francisco address.
Only envelopes weighing less than one ounce please.

avalability: N/A

   

Service 5: Stolen eye cream

Brett will risk arrest by attempting to shoplift this expensive German eye cream from a Whole Foods™ market in the Chicago area.  If he is successful he will mail it to you.

Availability: N/A

   

Soldier by Brett

Printed on high quality fiber paper and mounted on a rigid back, this striking image of a lone GI making his way through enemy territory is certain to spark heated debate among your sophisticated dinner party guests.

avalability: 2

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  Donate at The $400 level and receive your choice of any one of these terrific gifts:
       
   

Unlabeled VHS cassette circa 1996

Brett has no idea what’s on this unlabeled VHS cassette dating from his teenage years.  Maybe something amazing, maybe nothing.

avalability: 1

   

Brett’s copy of Dimitri Orlov’s Reinventing Collapse with margin notes and underlining

avalability: 1

   

Mike Tracy 8” x 12” autographed photo

"Greetings from on high!"

Brett took this stoic portrait of his father at the top of a mountain during the summer of 2006

avalability: 1

   

Brett’s Kiss enlargement grid

Inkjet print on glossy photo paper with hand-written numbers and letters, 8.5” x 11”

This guide sheet was used by the artist to produce one of his earliest compressed charcoal drawings.

avalability: 1

   

Service 2:  Yellowstone Laundry

You send us a parcel of your dirty laundry, we'll wash it in a pristine mountain lake, dry it in a gentle Montana breeze, then mail it back to you.  You pay all shipping costs.  Must reserve before September 15.

avalability: N/A

   

Star Wars™ Folder

With Princess Lea on the front and Luke Skywalker on the back, this well-used piece of memorabilia dates from 1977 and is the perfect addition to any serious Star Wars buff’s collection.

avalability: 1

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  Donate at The $800 level and receive your choice of any one of these terrific gifts:
       
   

Brett’s first gallery sale check for $4.33

avalability: 1

   

 

Paper scrap with handwritten addresses of two Corsican women

note to males: offer of marriage, permanent residence on the island, and employment in uncle’s sausage factory may still apply

avalability: 1

   

Greatest Artist Award

Brett received this award in his six grade class and it’s been hanging in his bedroom ever since.  Certificate comes in a stylish black frame.

avalability: 1

   

Hand-made Laetitia Casta birthday card

Brett received this sexy collage from a girlfriend while completing his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Davis.

avalability: 1

   

Experimental botany project documentation materials

Brett was quite the green thumb during his teenage years as the contents of this collectable Locheed (pre 1995 merger with Martin Marietta) binder will attest.  Package includes the book Closet Cultivator by Ed Rosenthal.

avalability: 1

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  Donate at The $1600 level and receive your choice of any one of these terrific gifts:
       
   

“Things I don’t like about Brett” by Karla (incomplete)

In an effort to convince herself to break up with him, Brett’s ex girlfriend Karla drafted this hilarious and often sad list of things she didn’t like about him. Consists of two torn sections of an original 8.5 x 11in. sheet of paper.

avalability: 1

   

Newspapers Brett’s grandmother kept because of historically significant events

Dating from 1969 and 1974.  The donor who requests this gift will have the choice of receiving the publications in their current condition or processed into thousands of mechanically shredded scraps.

avalability: 1

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  Donate at The $3200 level and receive your choice of any one of these terrific gifts:
       
   

Brett’s identity

Package includes:

  • social security number
  • bank account number and ATM pin
  • current resume
  • expired passport
  • CA driver’s license
  • optometric records

avalability: 1