Make It Happen / by Stefaan Conrad

Overall, the process of working on Recalibrate has been an incredible team effort. I’ve adventured with my wildly talented friends who are always ready to push themselves and experience nature in a new way. We’ve gone climbing, white water rafting, bouldering, mountain biking, snowmobiling, trail running, and taken pictures the whole time. I’ve reached out to outdoor enthusiasts who have willingly written articles about their connection with Mother Nature. In the last week or two, I’ve solidified some design choices and started to reconnect with the printer that I talked to during fall quarter. Most recently, I’ve started brainstorming ideas for how I want to present my final project in the Rasmussen Gallery come mid-May. (See the post about my gallery presentation idea.)

I want to thank EVERYONE that has played such an integral part in creating something that I’m truly passionate about. I couldn’t have come this far without the unending support of my family, friends, and all those who are directly involved in working on Recalibrate.

The next steps are both exciting and daunting at the same time. Exciting, because Recalibrate is coming to fruition and seeing things come together is amazing! Daunting, because the physical production process and display construction is an inevitable financial investment.

That’s where you come in!

Friends, family, friends of friends, whoever you may be and however you found yourself here, I’m asking for your support in meeting my goals for this project. I’ve come up with a budget for the final phases of Recalibrate which is just shy of $1,500. Below I’ve laid out the estimated and foreseeable costs of producing my senior thesis.

  • Printing costs: $600-$700 (variation due to uncertain page count)

  • Display table supplies: $400 (lumber, leg pieces and fittings)

  • Gallery printing and frames: $200 (frames, mat boards, glass, hardware)

  • Display accessories: $150 (statement cards, table decor)


This project has already been a crowdsourced miracle and I can’t wait to be able to share it with all of you! If you believe in supporting young artists, I would love your consideration. As a thank you to everyone who contributes to the next steps in producing Recalibrate, here’s what I’ll give you to express my appreciation:

  • $25 donation: limited edition 8x10 print of an image from Recalibrate

  • $100 donation: copy of the final edition of Recalibrate

Thank you again for all the support I’ve received from my readers. The feedback I’ve gotten is amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better support system.

I owe this project to all of you.


Here’s a shot from the NorCal coast this past weekend. I’m NEVER let down when I get out to this rugged and untamed landscape.

Here’s a shot from the NorCal coast this past weekend. I’m NEVER let down when I get out to this rugged and untamed landscape.

For those who may be on my blog for the first time, please read through my recent posts to learn about my project and feel free to follow the process throughout the next couple weeks and months. Find updates on my Facebook and Instagram.