They funded what?
Thanks to Kickstarter, over 77,000 projects — from art and design to fashion and tech ventures — have been independently funded. Some of these projects are wonderful, admirable even, and others are odd (“Let’s crochet a house!“), odder (“a study testing the effectiveness of medieval warbows against medeival armor“) and, well, human skin wrapping paper.
Many Kickstarter projects — both fully funded and sadly unsuccessful — have been launched in our great city. Here are the best, worst and weirdest of the bunch, as well as updates on where everyone is now. (Spoiler: If you ordered a Smart Pen, you might be out of luck.)
See ‘em all here.
Light it up!
The latest Kickstarter campaign I’m digging is by a guy called Seth Manlove. (Yes, real name.) His lamps are completely handmade in his Lancaster County workshop and they’re a breath of fresh air in a home decor category that can take itself very seriously. (See: this. And this.)
While grand crystal concoctions have a place—Versailles—spunkier versions like Manlove’s feel cooler, fresher, a bit like your artwork jumped off the wall and splashed itself onto the nearest object. But it’s not all could-be-garish tagging—some of the designs are more polished than you’d expect.
Click here to see them all.
Some people launch Kickstarter fundraising campaigns to make bison wool socks. Others want to make a documentary about Phish fans (ugh). But Philadelphia University industrial design Jackson Gordon has a much more fun goal in mind: He wants to build a Batman batsuit.
Gordon launched his campaign called Batman: Real Combat Armor on Monday and has raised $450 so far.
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Birchrun Hills Farm in Chester Springs, PA is already known for several of the cheeses that they produce on the farm. But in order to move their cheese-making business forward they need a cheese cave and some other pricey additions. The family-run dairy has already secured financing to build the cheese cave but they’ve turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for a curd vat, shelving and cooling system.
Sue Miller and her family hope to raise at least $25,000 in the next month and is kicking off her Kickstarter with some launch events.
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Philadelphia writer Alex Millard has begun a Kickstarter campaign to fund a project that asks women to draw penises, and then write a six-word bio about them.
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Priority Bicycle on Kickstarter
As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. The beauty of websites like Kickstarter is that things are invented (and funded) by people, for people. And trust me, these ingenious ideas are taking health and fitness to a whole new level. Plus, all of these Kickstarters are still funding, so if you see one you really like, you can contribute to the cause.
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Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook have just teased three menu items for Rooster Soup Co., the hopeful product of Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry’s kickstarter, and we’re salivating.
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Image via Geography 541.
We at Shoppist adore helping out local designers. (Hello, it’s the driving force behind the entire Philly Mag Fashion Project.) So when we got word about Geography 541, a local jewelry brand helmed by Madeline Tolle, we had to check out her work. And it’s fantastic.
But she needs your help!
If you needed one more reason to love Federal Donuts, here it is: Federal Donuts is collaborating with Broad Street Ministry (BSM), a non-profit, to launch a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign will fund Rooster Soup Company, a gourmet soup restaurant where 100% of the profits will go to the Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative. BSM has been providing social services and meals (over 60,000 a year to be exact) to those in need in Philadelphia. Bill Golderer, founder and convening minister of BSM, spoke on the team up saying, “when unlikely collaborators like Broad Street Ministry and Federal Donuts join forces – new possibilities emerge. Getting in the game together leads us past helplessness, and allows us to envision radical new solutions.”
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Mothers everywhere understand the conundrum. How do you coax kids off the couch and into a project that reaps more rewards than a marathon session of (dare I say it?) Yo Gabba Gabba!? The short answer? Cookies! The long answer? They’ve got to bake those suckers, and, hey, why not throw in some valuable cultural skills at the same time?
Enter Bakers’ Passport, Philly mom Meg Puglisi’s company that doubles as a baking lesson and foreign language tutorial. “As a parent, I know how important it is to expose children to cultures that may be different from their own. Language exploration is a perfect way to create a spark of interest in other cultures, and with Baker’s Passport, kids are learning while having fun.”
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