Make 100 Is Back for 2018

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A nudge to get creating in 2018.

Last January we launched Make 100, a creative prompt focused on limited editions of 100. The idea was to start the year with a new project and a commitment to creating. Over 470 creators participated, making everything from photobooks to 3D-printed lamps to handmade tapestries, and much more.

We loved ringing in the new year with this burst of creative energy. That’s why we’re bringing Make 100 back for 2018 — and we can’t wait to see what you’ll make.

Being part of Make 100 is simple: launch a Kickstarter project between January 1 and January 31 featuring a limited-edition reward capped at 100 backers. As long as your project follows Kickstarter’s rules, the only limit is your imagination. Head here for more details.

Need a little inspiration? We asked five creators about their experiences running Make 100 projects in 2017. Below, they talk about how they built a community of backers and how their Make 100 project helped spark their creativity for the rest of the year.

Jenny Odell, Satellite Collection Print 

Artist Jenny Odell created an edition of her print 681 Observatory Domes, Telescopes, and Other Structures for Long Range Observation, a digital collage sourced from satellite images.

“This was a piece that I had been wanting to make for a while, and Make 100 provided me with the little extra momentum I needed to actually get to work on it. My last few projects before this had been more conceptual or installation-based, so this reminded me that I also enjoy making things that people can have in their homes. It's humbling to think of someone living with something that you've made. Also, I heard from a few people who had worked in observatories themselves!”

Derrick Schultz, Personalized Generative Valentine’s Day Cards

Programmer and artist Derrick Schultz applied his creative coding skills to making generative Valentine’s Day cards for backers to send to their loved ones. 

“Starting the year off with this project was huge for me. It gave me a big push of momentum to continue experimenting with my work and getting the community involved in it. I got to hear some amazing stories about who my backers were sending their rewards to! I didn’t expect to hear people’s love stories, but it was a pretty emotional part of the project. I’ve since done three other art projects on Kickstarter, all making custom works for each backer. I love finding new people within the community that are interested in my work.”

Gina Rivara, Make 100 Alcohol Ink Paintings 

Artist Gina Rivara used alcohol inks to create organic, expressive, and one-of-a-kind paintings. 

“The Kickstarter community was more supportive and overwhelmingly positive than I could have ever anticipated. Art is subjective by nature, and the internet is a space where people can be brutally honest. I braced myself for criticism once I launched my project. To my surprise, almost every comment or message was encouraging and kind.

Knowing I owed paintings to people from around the globe was exactly the motivation I needed to prioritize my creative practice. Not only was I practicing and improving my technique, but each painting felt like a little meditation on gratitude for the person I was painting it for. This had an immeasurable benefit on my soul, and I hope my backers felt it!”

Jenn De La Vega, Egg-Centennial Pop

Food blogger Jenn De La Vega, a.k.a. Egg Poppa, launched a project to cook 100 egg dishes and film their yolks being popped.

“I love jumping into creative prompts headfirst. There was something so magical and ‘You can do this, too’ about Make 100. The spirit of my project, the Egg-Centennial, lasted throughout the whole year. People on Instagram tag me when they pop their eggs in the morning. It's very heartwarming to be associated with this simple act… I got to know food enthusiasts through this process. Many of them have become friends and supporters, encouraging me and excited to see what I'm going to do next.” 

Katherine Liu, 4 Questions to Make You Think 

Designer and illustrator Katherine Liu created a little zine to explore some of life’s big questions. 

“I had been wanting to make zines exploring the all these big questions in my head, but I never had the funds to print more than a handful. Make 100 helped me cross that line — it didn't feel too intimidating, and it felt like the perfect way to build a small community of backers for a series.

Now, almost a year later, I'm three zines into 4 Questions to Make You Think, and I've had dozens of lovely, inspiring, and touching conversations with people about some of the big, human questions that sit a little beneath the surface of our day-to-day lives. Make 100 definitely pushed my creative practice forward. Knowing that I had a community of readers supporting my work really nudged me onward and helped me bring the zines to life.”

Is your resolution for 2018 to make new work and push your creative practice forward? Head here to start sketching out your ideas for a Make 100 project.

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