Last night I had the pleasure to meet one of the project creators I pledged to. Australian Artist Emma Lindsay is here in Iceland on an Artist Residency facilitated by the Bær Art Centre just outside of Hofsós.
A postcard from Emma of one of her bird paintings
view of the common room and the spectacular scenery
Emma Lindsay and I at Bær
The Veterans Book Project was one that left a lasting impression and a continuing project that hopefully offers a healing path for war veterans who return to civilian life traumatised by what they have been through. I was sent a poem by returned soldier Nathan Lewis you can read his story online here.
Born From Earth a project by Kat Kiernan who was completing her BFA in Photography sent me a 7x7" limited edition photographic book of her thesis Between Earth and Water. Kat needed funding for a plane ticket to Iceland to complete her thesis.
There are quite a few crowdfunding platforms around now besides Kickstarter and Pozible
RocketHub, IndieGoGo, FansNextdoor to name just a few and they are not all just for creative artsy projects...some are there to help businesses get off the ground, develop open source software and product ideas...you will find links to many more here. If you have an idea that you want to develop maybe one of these platforms will help materialise your dream...however be prepared for a lot of online networking to promote your project.
If you are supporter to any of these crowd funding sites be aware that you may have to sit tight for any rewards coming your way...artistic ventures usually take time to bring to fruition...but they are worth waiting for and this is a great affordable way to support the arts or any other area that interests you.