Molly Crabapple is spending a week in hell. And she needs help to do it.
Molly is an artist on the Lower East Side of New York and her week will be spent in a hotel room with the walls covered with paper. She plans to do nothing but create art for a week to celebrate her 28th birthday. To fund this little experiment, she turned to Kickstarter.com, because hotel rooms, giant reems of paper and hundreds of Sharpie markers can get expensive.
Kickstarter is “the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world.” It is an online pledging site that allows interested parties fund projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields. Instead of having artists or inventors beg for money and donors receiving partial ownership in return, Kickstarter allows the creators to keep 100% ownership of their project, and instead offer “unique experiences” in return.
For example, Molly is offering donors of varying amount opportunities from suggesting an animal for within the portrait to getting an 8″x11″ cut from the final product to the chance to hang out in hell for a few hours, enjoying an absinthe lunch and a look at the (possible) insanity.
Kickstarter also protects its users by only funding projects who reach the goals on time. This means that artists don’t try to create underfunded work and donors can take chances.
Molly has raised more than $13,000 (almost 300% its original goal) from 378 donors. This is social media at its finest!
Molly’s projects has already far surpassed its goal, but head over to the Discover page and kickstart a project today!
For more about crowdfunding, check out Crowdfunding: Investment for Good.
photo by Patrick Hoesly via Flickr