This sculptor of adorable animal critters is a veteran of Kickstarter, having launched eight prior campaigns to fund various art and book projects.

Kickstarter debuted its "Make 100" Creative Initiative in January, contacting Portland artist Hilary Pfeifer ahead of time to enlist her participation.

The sculptor of adorable animal critters is a veteran of Kickstarter, having launched eight prior campaigns to fund various art and book projects. Artists were early adopters of Kickstarter for obvious reasons. It broadens their audience, exposes them to new collectors, and it creates community. COURTESY: LITTLE FOXES - Pfeifer plans to carve 100 unique foxes from reclaimed wood in her Northeast Portland woodworking studio.

"I love it," says Pfeifer, "it just works for me. People receive an original work of art and can follow along with a project as it comes together. It's a way to bring people along and into the studio with me."

The crowdfunding platform provided few guidelines for its "Make 100" participants other than to "bring something good into the world," and do it 100 times. The emphasis is less on raising dollars than on small, creative art projects. In her case, Pfeifer decided to make 100 little wooden foxes from reclaimed wood. Other artists made things like custom enamel selfie pins or brushed metal spinning tops.

Pfeifer plans to carve 100 unique wooden foxes in her Northeast Portland woodworking studio. As she began whittling away on her task she had an idea to use the foxes in a music video inspired by the Malvina Reynolds folk song "Little Boxes." Pfeifer is also making another set of 100 "classic" red and white foxes which, like the originals, are available as rewards to supporters at different levels. Backers may also receive a patterned Little Foxes bandana or dish towel. All of Pfeifer's foxes are hand-carved using found wood or scraps she found rummaging at places like The Rebuilding Center.

On top of all this, Pfeifer has added a push goal: if she raises $5,000 she will create a book based on the carved little foxes and the stop-animation video. Every verse in the book and song will be about different kinds of recycling. COURTESY: LITTLE FOXES - Pfeifers fox-decorated handkerchief is an award for backers.

"They fit in the palm of your hand," she says. "Some are upright; some are on all fours. I'm still researching the recycling story, and the fox story, and figuring out those little small details," she says.

Last year, Pfeifer participated in METRO's Glean Project where four artists were invited to the Waste Transfer Center (commonly known as the dump) to pull materials to create works of art. She made 50 abstract wooden mobiles inspired by the lures that falconers there use to control the seagulls and the hawks circling the trash. Pfeifer sold most, and the rest are available through Velvet de Vinci, the San Francisco gallery that carries her work. Commuters on TriMet's Orange Line may have spied her animal totem poles on the old Trolley Trail located south of downtown Milwaukie.

Don't forget to check back in with Social Sources in March to see which projects live, which projects die.

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Goal: $2,500

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2017

So Far: $3,046

Stretch goal: $5,000


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