Legend has it that, if you wanted to, you could construct an entire outfit plus like every accessory entirely from Kickstarter fashion projects. There's a lot there, and more coming every day: from belts to really durable pants; from rainwear to boots to piles and piles and piles of wallets that get slimmer every day—it's all here. We combed through the site to find some interesting live fashion projects right now.Read more
Leon Reid IV came to the Kickstarter HQ to give a fascinating talk about his life as a public artist. He discussed his own artistic evolution, from his beginnings with cloak-and-dagger street art in Cincinnati, Brooklyn, and Berlin, to his work's later iterations, at first clandestine, and later endorsed by the art world.
Many of Reid's pieces focus on both interactivity and site specificity: they are large-scale installations that are unavoidable to people walking around them, and they invite reaction and response. Watch the video above for an overview of Leon's career making public art — and find out how a reflective vest and hard hat will let you get away with anything.
As the internet works to make many facets of our culture more accessible, the art world is also evolving. It's exciting to see projects that explore the ways artists can directly reach their audiences. Launched by Portland-based artist and writer Krystal South in September of 2014, Exhibition Kickstarter was noteworthy for the way it brought artists and collectors together in a digital space, while simultaneously producing an IRL exhibition of internet-born goods. For Art and Photo month, we chatted with South about the problems with the old-school art world, her experience making the digital real, and—bonus!—got a few good tips for running a great project.Read more