Every week, Kickstarter staff collect a few of our favorite, recently launched projects to share with the masses (we can't help it — we get excited!). You can check out our choices this week, below, but make sure to stop by our Discover page to find even more. So many good projects, so little time!
Laurel Holland was six years old when she got news that her father was killed on a climb in Alberta, Canada. There was a massive snowstorm and his body was never found, allowing Laurel to create an elaborate mythology of her father's eventual return. 20 years later, his body was found, perfectly preserved in the ice and snow. The stories Laurel told herself suddenly collapsed. In their place is Spindrift, her memoir of her father's life and her coming to terms with his death. — Meaghan O.
Jacob Raeder is an artist and designer graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and he is creating ceramics while shirtless and wearing silver lamé spandex. It is unclear whether or not this is his traditional ceramics outfit, but let's just assume that it is. In any case, Jacob is trying to bring his three-dimensional work back into 2D with a 12 page full-color publication printed on tabloid-stock, as well as six poster-sized prints mounted in light boxes. Pretty neat! Best of all, for just $25 you can get a cast porcelain banana, because as Jacob says, "who doesn't like phallic ceramic objects?" — Nicole H.
Have you ever dreamed of donning a space suit? Like a lot of us, the answer is probably, YES! With civilian space travel not too far off in the distance, some of us might even be able to do it, however, for those of us not entirely schooled in the way of the astronaut, Final Frontier's new 3G Space Suit project is a really cool way to get a feel for what it might be like to wear a pressure glove or Anti-Gravity pants. Even cooler to see a modern designer and a former space suit designer for both NASA and Russia, teaming together to create a new space suit that could just be the one people wear on the first civilian trips to space. Who knows, maybe your dream of being an astronaut is still alive! — Mike M.
Catch the Wall is play about the charter school system, New Orleans bounce music, and the point at which the two intersect. To be real, after having spent just one highly memorable week in the city, I'd be behind (no pun intended) literally anything having any point of intersection with bounce music. It helps that playwright Gabriella Reisman admits to never having been more excited about a play in her "entire theater-making life." The piece captures a particular transitional moment between the rising popularity of bounce-as-local-dance-phenomenon and the increasing prevalence of charter schools, which makes it (in my humble opinion) interesting, relevant, and a must-must-must see. — Cassie M.
Mike's project is Cassie-core to the max. A free, temporary community exhibition and event space in Brooklyn, where a series of workshops, screenings, gatherings, open discussions (etc.) will be taking place. Participants are invited to come and encouraged to stay. They'll be able to hang out, meet their neighbors, see cool art, and — best of all! — make tons of neat stuff together. Workshops range from 'zine-making to building typography to Lessons on Inspiration, which (to me) sounds like a creative excuse for simply hanging out and doing enjoyable things in good company. A luxury that can be surprisingly difficult to come by sometimes in New York. — Cassie M.