Meet the Spring 2019 Kickstarter Creators-in-Residence
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Earlier this year, we announced an open call for the fourth edition of our Creators-in-Residence program. We received hundreds of applications from amazing, independent creative people, and today we’re thrilled to announce our eleven residents for the spring 2019 season.
From March through May, these residents will make use of the space and resources at Kickstarter’s Brooklyn HQ to plan, launch, and fulfill campaigns across categories. Learn a bit more about them below, and stay tuned for their projects.
Join us in welcoming eleven talented creators into our Brooklyn HQ for the next three months
Carly Pifer is a Brooklyn-based writer and content creator intent on updating the genre of erotica for a modern, sophisticated reader. She’s currently building Aurore, a women-powered site for real sex stories that she is both “terrified and thrilled” to launch on Kickstarter this spring.
Jordan Draper is an artist, entrepreneur, and six-time Kickstarter creator who’s lived all across the globe. He was a musician for 10 years, and has since started designing and publishing board games as Jordan Draper Games. During the residency, he’ll work on manufacturing and fulfilling his recent campaign for Tokyo Series, which raised over $200K from 1,702 backers earlier this year.
Krystal Persaud is a product designer and passionate advocate for women working in STEM. She was previously the Senior Director of Product Design at littleBits, and currently teaches product design, sustainability, and interaction design at SVA and New Jersey Institute of Technology. At Kickstarter, she’ll work on Grouphug, the company she founded to empower everyone to practice sustainable habits on a daily basis.
Myriah Towner is a Brooklyn-based storyteller and digital curator whose work has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail Online, and Arts London News. Previously, she co-created The Emmett Till Project, which serves as a digital platform commemorating the murder and trial of Emmett Louis Till that helped spark the Civil Rights Movement. This year, she’s planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign for Black Farmer Stories, a multimedia project that aims to preserve the legacy and cultural heritage of Black farmers.
Nicholas O’Brien is a Brooklyn-based artist and researcher, and an Assistant Professor in 3D Design and Game Development at Stevens Institute of Technology. He makes video games, digital animations, and installations addressing civic history, urban infrastructure, and overlooked narratives of technology and labor. At Kickstarter, he will work on developing The Last Survey, an interactive work of speculative fiction.
Co-founded by siblings Meredith Finkelstein and Jesse Finkelstein, Print All Over Me is the world’s leading online platform for high quality, custom-created apparel, home goods, and textiles. It began as a project to make manufacturing simpler and more transparent, and has grown into a company with two privately-owned factories, over 500,000 active users, and wholesale accounts with institutions and brands like Google, The Whitney Museum, and Nickelodeon. At Kickstarter, they’ll work on an experimental project exploring creativity and consciousness.
Regine L. Sawyer is the owner and writer at Lockett Down Productions, a small press comic book company that specializes in science fiction and horror comics. She’s also the founder of the Women in Comics Collective International, an organization focused on the work of women and non-binary people working in the comic book industry. During the residency, she’ll focus on planning and launching a Kickstarter campaign for a new comic book series.
Sarah Rowan is a game designer who will use her time at Kickstarter to work on her first board game publication, Soothsayer. She has been writing games together with her wife for years, and has a strong dedication to bringing greater diversity of experience to the gaming scene. When she isn't working on games, she likes growing bonsai and practicing martial arts.
Tim Platt is a comedian, actor, writer, and musician who’s appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Master Class with Steve Martin, and Comedy Central's Someone's In Here. Along with performing stand up, Tim performs comedic micro-plays in the duo Pasic & Platt, puppeteers with the ongoing show Cartoon Monsoon, and is a member of the Story Pirates, an arts-education company that turns stories written by kids into shows. He wrote the song "V is for Vegetable" for Sesame Street, and will use the Kickstarter residency to develop a campaign for a full-length comedy album.
Ytasha L. Womack is an author, filmmaker, scholar, and dancer. She's author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture and the Rayla Universe series. She travels internationally speaking on Afrofuturism and teaches Afrofuturism Dance Therapy classes. While in residence, she plans to launch a project for A Spaceship in Bronzeville, a three-book series of novellas with Mouse Books.
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