Kickstarter is turning five this week and to celebrate, they’re hosting a block party at their swanky new Greenpoint digs at 58 Kent Street. The popular crowdfunding platform is planning a slew of live music, demos, an art gallery and yummy eats, plus it’s totally kid-friendly. They’ve also cherry picked some of their best success stories to come hang-out and inspire budding Kickstarter novices. These are the ones we can’t wait to meet.
Sogi’s Honey Bakeshop. Despite working out of a tiny 5′ x 5′ kitchen, watercolorist and cookie baker Sogi Zolghadri has already received applause from the likes of Martha Stewart Weddings and Free People. She recently turned to Kickstarter to raise funds to expand her mini cookie empire, known for its intricate custom-painted cookies. Sogi’s Honey Bakeshop is hosting a workshop on painting cookies at the block party – RSVP here. sogoalzolghadri.com
The Itty Bitty Project. Designer Agnieszka Gasparska stumbled across the idea of The Itty Bitty Project after putting together a one-off gift for a four-year-old. Remodeling a kiddie tee she added a pretty red button, some cut out felt shapes and voila, the birthday girl could button and re-button the piece onto her t-shirt which ever way she wanted. “The Itty Bitty Project takes the t-shirt and turns it into an unexpected opportunity for play, exploration and creative decision-making,” says Agnieszka. Available in sizes 2-6, the t-shirt sets come in eight different styles and are priced at $32. ittybittyproject.com
JIX. French visual artist Patrick Martinez wanted to devise a construction game that was cheap, flexible and light. Using special LINX connectors and standard drinking straws, he created LINX, the drinking straw construction game. Safe and sustainable, LINX is also educational too. Patrick explains, “it gives children an opportunity to develop their motor and spatial skills through hands-on play. If the campaign is successful, one of our first goals will be to get LINX in the hands of teachers and physical therapists.” jix.us.com
3Doodler. Boston-based company WobbleWorks only requested a modest $30,000 on Kickstarter for their 3Doodler project but backers were so impressed that more than $2m has been pledged. In a nutshell, it’s a 3D printing pen that you can draw in the air. As 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong stable structure. Projects are limitless. Users can draw basic 3D shapes, models, jewelry, ornaments, decorative art, fridge magnets and even personalize everyday objects. 3doodler is priced at $99 plus 50 strands. the3doodler.com
MO-TO. It took two years of experimentation and development for Brooklyn-based Vlad Dragusin and his company Candylab Toys to create MO-TO, a series of heirloom wood car toys, inspired by mid-century American car design. “We’re slowly drowning in forgettable toys that break and disassemble – ending in piles of plastic bits. This determined us to create a line of heirloom wood toys that are elegant, indestructible and simple.” Priced between $30-$35 each. candylabtoys.com
Boneyard Pets. Inspired by traditional balsa wood dinosaur puzzles, Greenpoint’s Eric J Winston wanted to modernize the childhood favorite using new materials and intuitive assembly. “The balsa puzzles were a joy to put together, but the final product was always a bit of a letdown. We want to make design objects that are sturdy and visually interesting as the dinosaurs that inspire them.” The quartet of dinos, dubbed Boneyard Pets, are made of birch, laminated ply or neon acrylic. sfdshop.com
Kickstarter Block Party; noon-6pm, May 3; 58 Kent St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn; http://www.kickstarter.com/events/blockparty