Void Spotlight: Ten Artists Doing Awesome Things on the Internet
Get inspired by some of the best artist websites, newsletters, and crowdfunding campaigns we've discovered recently!
By Siena Oristaglio on December 13th, 2017
As you know, we're always on the lookout for artists whose artwork we believe in and who are doing creative things to connect with their communities. This month, we found ten artists who fit that bill perfectly! Read on for this month's features:
Jenna Wortham, Fermentation and Formation (Tinyletter)
How they describe it: "i got tinctures in my bag, swag."
Why it's great: Each email is a beautiful offering complete with storytelling, wisdom, self-care advice, links to articles, recipes, and music, media, and artworks. Truly a joy to read.
About the creator: "Award-winning journalist for The New York Times Magazine, among other things."
Geeta Dayal (Patreon)
How they describe it: Geeta Dayal is creating articles and essays on music, art, and other subjects
Why it's great: Very descriptive overview page that gives background on the artist, and links to her work, unusual and creative reward tiers, interacts often with patrons in the community tab, regular and fascinating update posts that include various forms of media.
About the creator: "Geeta Dayal is a frequent contributor to Wired and many other publications, writing on art, culture, technology, and design. She is the author of Another Green World, a book on Brian Eno."
Cassie Marketos, mmmm, vol 1. (Tinyletter)
How they describe it: "writing stuff about stuff. you feel me?"
Why It's Great: Detailed storytelling that arrives regularly in your inbox. Each letter is a small, beautiful window to peer through.
About the creator: "I'm a writer and content strategist based in Los Angeles. I've built communities at Kickstarter, Google, and the Obama White House."
Sharine Taylor, shharine.co (Website)
Why it's great: Simple and clean design, clear singular mailing list call-to-action on homepage, well-organized navigation that gives me a great sense of the various projects Taylor is involved in.
About the creator: "Sharine Taylor is an Afro-Jamaican Toronto-based creative, writer, editor and academic. Her work has appeared on VICE Impact, Noisey, Gal Dem Zine, Pitchfork, VICE, LargeUp and more, and she has also been been featured as a panelist on CBC's The Current. She is currently a contributor at Noisey and is on the final leg of pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in the humanities, majoring in media studies with a double-minor in sociology and and socio-cultural anthropology.
With a body of academic research and freelance work centred around intersectional analyses of Jamaica's cultural production, identity, (mis)representations of Black and Afro-Caribbean bodies and diaspora, she ensure her work applies an anti-colonial, anti-oppressive and anti-racist frameworks." (Portrait photo by Noor Aqil.)
Austin Kleon, austinkleon.com (Website)
Why it's great: Well-designed graphics, beautiful use of column layout to include a place to sell work and a clear mailing list call-to-action, fun, frequent, and informative blog posts.
About the creator: "Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work! His latest release is The Steal Like An Artist Journal: A Notebook For Creative Kleptomaniacs. His work has been translated into over twenty languages and featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. New York Magazine called his work “brilliant,” The Atlantic called him “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet,” and The New Yorker said his poems “resurrect the newspaper when everybody else is declaring it dead.” He speaks about creativity in the digital age for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He grew up in the cornfields of Ohio, but now he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons."
Lisa Marie Basile (Tinyletter)
How they describe it: "poetry :: ritual :: light & dark ::"
Why it's great: Emails includes lovely, intimate writing, links to fantastic poetry and upcoming events, and interviews with various artists.
About the creator: "Lisa Marie Basile is an editor, writer and poet living in NYC. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Luna Luna Magazine and the author of APOCRYPHAL (Noctuary Press, 2014). Her book NYMPHOLEPSY, co-authored with poet Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein, will be published by Inside the Castle, 2018. She is also the author of Light Magic for Dark Times (Quarto Books, 2018). She is working on her first poetic fiction novella, to be released by Clash Books/Clash Media."
Mildred Louis (Patreon)
How they describe it: Mildred Louis is creating magical filled comic adventures!
Why it's great: Beautiful and bold illustrations in the header and body of the page, clear breakdown of what patrons receive, creative use of reward tiers with named packages and illustrations, frequent communication with existing patrons, excellent use of livestream to connect with existing patrons, clear goals that inspire further patronage.
About the creator: "Mildred is a queer comic creator and colorist with a huge love for inspiring and magical storytelling. She currently runs the ongoing magical girl inspired webcomic series Agents of the Realm. The comic updates every Tuesday and Thursday. For more of her work, feel free to stop by her Portfolio."
Jean Hannah Edelstein, Thread (Tinyletter)
How they describe it: "Let me tell you about some things."
Why it's great: Emails are often short vignettes from Edelstein's life, sometimes with links to other published works. Always exciting to read.
About the creator: "I'm Jean Hannah Edelstein, a writer, editor, and author, originally from upstate New York, then a Londoner and a Berliner. Now: New York City."
Niina Pollari, You don't have to buy anything (Tinyletter)
How they describe it: "on major shopping days, i send you something that you don't pay for."
Why it's great: On days when our inboxes are flooded with Black Friday deals or Cyber Monday specials, it couldn't be more refreshing to receive a poem or a piece of writing or art from Pollari.
About the creator: "Niina Pollari’s first book DEAD HORSE came out from Birds, LLC in 2015; she also translated Tytti Heikkinen’s The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal (Action Books 2012). She is equally from Finland and Florida but lives in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter at @heartbarf."
Natalie Eilbert, To Insist While There is Still Time (Tinyletter)
How they describe it: "I write often about the pain of personal history, the struggles to be active, the anxiety of bravery."
Why it's great: Eilbert's Tinyletter contains stunning, intimate, long-form musings from the writer. Letters include images, announcements about upcoming events and collaborations, and sometimes a close dissection of a poem Eilbert is engaged with. Always a deep and exciting read.
About the creator: Natalie Eilbert is the author of Indictus, winner of Noemi Press's 2016 Poetry Prize, slated for publication in early 2018, as well as the poetry collection, Swan Feast (Bloof Books, 2015). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Granta, The New Yorker, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the 2016 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at University of Wisconsin–Madison and is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.
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