by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Former Lake Oswego resident and Lakeridge class of 2007 alum Elizabeth Brown is launching Decade, a magazine focusing on food, fashion and intellectualism. You can help by contributing funds at

Want to help a Lakeridge alumni kickstart a new magazine?

Elizabeth Brown, class of 2007, could use some help generating funds to publish the first issue of Decades magazine.

'Decades is a magazine formed by three recent graduates looking to fill a void in the West Coast publishing industry,' wrote Brown in an email. 'We focus on food, fashion and intellectualism. It's a magazine that aims to share our tastes, enrich readers' cultural awareness and shed light upon our young, talented friends.

'My formal role is art director for the first issue, but my responsibilities are more than just design. I am on the core team of three women starting this magazine. Since November we've been collecting content, contacting publishers, throwing events and learning how to run a business.'

The three women making up the core team are Brown, Chloe Schildhause and Sky Madden.

Brown met Schildhause and Madden while studying art and media at the University of San Francisco. As undergrads they worked on several successful projects and created the popular weekly column 'Campus Chic' for the USF newspaper, The Foghorn. Schildhause wrote the column with Brown contributing photography and teaming up with Madden on video components.

The trio also worked together on the Ignatian Literary Magazine under the supervision of USF professor and poet D.A. Powell. Schildhause was editor in chief her senior year, Madden was an editor and writer, and Brown was head designer for the publication.

Schildhause is the magazine's editor in chief. She studied media at the University of San Francisco and magazine writing at Columbia Journalism School. She interned at publications like Dazed and Confused, Nylon and British Vogue., The Bold Italic and The Tahoe World have published her writing.

The trio needs just $7,000 to publish the first issue.

'All together Decades is 60 pages of wonderful writing, photography and art, printed on thick high-quality paper. A treasure to hold and present on your coffee table,' Brown said.

'We put our project on kickstarter so that we can cover publishing costs. As kickstarter goes, we reward every backer with a personal and Decades appropriate gift.'

The project will only be funded if at least $7,000 is pledged by April 1 at 11:04 a.m. EDT. Pledges start at $10.

To learn more, visit kickstarter page

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