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Tatay’s Gift: An Awesomely Illustrated Children’s Book Teaches Children About Giving

Monday 02.24.2014 , Posted by
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After spending time in the Philippines and being immersed in their hardworking, loving, generous culture, artist Brad Woodard wanted to share the lessons he learned with his young son. Using his illustrating skills and his wife Krystal’s storytelling abilities, the duo has come up with a vibrantly illustrated children’s book. They seek to help those who still need help after typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and bring a beautiful story about giving into the world. Tatay’s Gift tells the story of a young Filipino boy learning the importance of serving and giving in his community by watching his Tatay (Tagalog for dad) every day. [Read more...]

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Artist Seeks to Tell the Untold Stories and Capture Images of Every Native American Tribe in the U.S.

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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As we see the destruction that Western Civilization is causing to the Earth, the Native American way, that the colonists tried to take away with the forceful acquisition of land, no longer looks so savage. With a deep appreciation for the land and profound spiritual connection to all living things, the Native Americans were “going green” long before it was cool. Imagine how different things would be if settlers worked with the Native Americans and learned from them rather than backing them into reservations and forcing them into a monetary economy. While the N-word and other racial slurs are culturally taboo, we still propagate Native American derogatory stereotypes, even making millions off of them with sports teams like the Washington Redskins. Seattle-based photographer Matika Wilbur has set out to challenge the prejudices about Native Americans by photographing and interviewing members of all 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. [Read more...]

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Drum Pants: the Drum Kit That You Wear

Friday 12.13.2013 , Posted by
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If you think about it, most of us have been playing drums our whole lives. Yeah, we might not have drum kits, but our legs and bodies work pretty well. Just a good song can get us slapping our thighs and feeling the beat. That’s why the new product DrumPants is so incredibly perfect: it’s a wearable sensor kit that attaches to your clothing, letting you play music or even control smartphone apps with the ease of drumming your body like you always do. [Read more...]

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Kudzilla: A 40ft Kudzu Monster Needs Your Help to Become A Reality

Sunday 11.03.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re from, or have ever ventured, down South in the Carolina’s or Georgia, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the kudzu vine growing on buildings, telephone poles, and trees. Chris Lindland, creator of the amazing clothing line Betabrand, has been fascinated with the leafy vine since his college days in Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina. He and a friend have been dreaming up creating a behemoth kudzu sculpture that will be the greatest roadside attraction ever built: Kudzilla! They have put together a team of architects, engineers, and botanists who are ready to make the 40 ft Kudzilla a reality, but they need your help to get this project on the ground. [Read more...]

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“The New America”: Nando Costa’s Laser-Cut Stop-Motion on 800 Blocks of Wood is Epic

Thursday 10.31.2013 , Posted by

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It’s been a while since we heard from Nando Costa and his Kickstarter launched project to laser engrave a stop motion film. After a long two years, and a ton of work on Costa’s part, the project is finally complete… and it was well worth the wait. The animation features a series of modernist psychedelic vignettes that flow in hypnotically smooth motion as changing wood grain flickers across the rectangular background. [Read more...]

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How Creatives Work: Reinvigorating Analog Processes with Nick Brandreth

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

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Nick Brandreth is unusual in today’s Great Recession professional environment. He gave up a lucrative career in the world of New York City advertising photography in order to follow his passion for art. He came up to the George Eastman House (the foremost museum on the history of photography) in Rochester New York, home of the once-prosperous Kodak Corporation and the world-renowned photography school at Rochester Institute of Technology, which he had previously attended. Here, he apprenticed with Mark Osterman, Process Historian at the Eastman House, in order to learn about alternative and historical methods of creating photographs. He gave up shooting digital in order to try to reinvigorate analog processes which have all but disappeared. Now he teaches at the Eastman House and will be trying to finance his new project through Kickstarter. It consists of photographing areas that would be affected by fracking and natural gas drilling in Upstate and Western New York in order to bring attention to the issue, using the alternative methods of photography he has taken as his medium. [Read more...]

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Of Men and Beards: A Book Launching on Kickstarter Explores Beards and the Men Behind Them

Wednesday 07.31.2013 , Posted by

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What is it about a man with a beard that says so much? Photographer Joseph D.R. OLeary has been asking that question as he creates more than 130 portraits of bearded men in his exquisite and revealing style. “Are bearded men more attractive? Respectable? Trustworthy? Does it define him, or not?” His playful, yet serious project “Of Beards and Men” explores these themes and is now the subject of a Kickstarter project to launch his limited-edition coffee table book. Happily, it looks well on its way to success. [Read more...]

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Forget Flying Cars, Here’s a Flying Bicycle!

Thursday 07.18.2013 , Posted by

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Imagine this: you walk out to your garage after your morning coffee, hop on your bicycle, ride down to the nearby field, and then fly to the beach. Wait… fly?!

That’s the idea behind this wild Kickstarter project called Paravelo. They’ve connected a modified folding bicycle to a powered parachute assembly, creating a hybrid bicycle-trailer-flying machine. It’s an affordable way to get in the air, and to the airfield. [Read more...]

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Embrace Your Limitations & Share Your Story

Wednesday 05.22.2013 , Posted by

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After years of pointillist drawings, Phil Hansen developed nerve damage while he was in art school and his hand began to shake. He stopped doing art all together and felt lost, until he went to see a neurologist who told him although the damage was irreversible, he should “embrace the shake.” Hansen took this advice to heart and found new ways to create art. He began thinking of limitations he could impose upon his art- one piece using under $1 of supplies, another series of paintings on his chest rather than a canvas, and a spiral portrait created by the words of other people’s inspirational stories. He made a portrait of Jackie Chan using Karate chops with paint on his hand for each stroke and his creativity and inspirational story landed him a TED talk (see below). Now Phil Hansen has started a Kickstarter to create a new motivational, collaborative piece by having people call him to share their stories of facing a limitation and he will hire a team to help him create a documentary of the process. [Read more...]

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Wearable Art: Unique Sublimation Printed T-Shirts

Monday 04.08.2013 , Posted by

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Want to support artists, create jobs in America, and look ridiculously cool? Then you should consider pre-ordering a vibrant t-shirt by RaveNectar so that this visionary company can get its feet on the ground. Not only will you have a shirt that will surely get you noticed and have people asking where you found that amazing wearable art, but you will also be supporting the independent artist who created the design of your choice. The t-shirts are created on a sublimation printer, which is very new and much pricier than silk screening, so RaveNectar needs your help to open their own print shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (far, far from China). [Read more...]

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