The enormity of the LIFEMERCH project is daunting….
6000 people at a conference with wildly varied tastes, differing backgrounds and sky high expectations of what the apparel ought to be. There is an excitement buzzing around the project, many friends and leaders sending appreciated well wishes and encouraging words.
There is a pressure to deliver that builds day after day.
For the past few months I have been churning out designs (56 to this date), striving to find which firecrackers will go off and which ones will be smoldering duds. I believe that I am finding my way, narrowing my search and refining my style through this process.
July has never seemed so close in January. Seven months out I feel as if I am running out of time; the clock is ticking, hours chiming away as I struggle against sleep, entrenched in the earliest moments of the day and the quietest times of the night.
The potential behind this endeavor is staggering, the hours toiling away at a project of this magnitude have flown by and the dreams are unfolding. Through the research and demand I have found myself growing as an artist, striving to work outside of my comfort zone, searching for a way to appeal to the vast majority instead of a solid niche (while still making all of the varied demographics happy).
I am going to be designing all of the shirts/apparel as well as running the Merch Store for the LIFE 2016 conference (roughly 6000 people) in Kansas City MO this July!
I attended LIFE 1998 as a student (as proof I have included the cover of the Alliance Life Magazine that I appeared on as a Steeler hat wearing 9th grader whilst nailing my sins to a cross). Being part of the The Christian and Missionary Alliance my whole life, I have been deeply impacted by this massive event that takes place every 3 years.
Straight up: this is the biggest thing that I have ever done. It really is a dream come true (ask my friends, how much I’ve talked about it over the years). It’s a daunting task and will take quite a bit of energy, however in the end I believe that LIFE will have some awesome shirts to remember 2016 by!
These are some Shirt options I designed for the Apex Youth Retreat. I would love to hear which 3 you like best to help me decide which shirts go to print. If you could comment below with the name of the 3 shirts you would be most inclined to buy and also if you could tell me why, that would be fantastic!