STAMFORD, Conn. -- With the launch of its Kickstarter to publish its first physical issue, Dekit Magazine seems to have come out of nowhere, when in fact it's due to publish its seventh issue in April. Founded by Stamford native Stephanie Harris, the art magazine's first digital issue was published in December 2010.
"Dekit was created to inspire people to transcend their perceived limitations and believe in their visions," said Harris, the founder, editor and creative director of the magazine.
"The art world reflects the constructs of the world at large and for many there isn't a seat at the table. I saw a need to build on connections, versus exclusion, through art. And so, Dekit uses creativity and the influence of those who create to reveal common threads and open dialogues around relevant topics, in order to inspire people, connect people and hopefully make tangible change," said Harris.
Since the release of its first issue, which explored what it means to be human, Harris has published six digital issues focusing individuals from a variety of creative disciplines throughout the world, while working at Stamford Hospital. Now, she has launched a Kickstarter campaign to take Dekit Magazine to print with its seventh issue.
The upcoming issue will be printed in full color, featuring artists whose visions and stories broaden the mind's palette and challenge our present-day conceptions of consumerism and consumption while presenting the works of artists such as CJ Hendry, GN Chan, Amelia Fais Harnas, Delia Rubio and more.
As Harris prepares to scale the reach and impact of Dekit Magazine, the scariest thing now is raising $18,000 with her Kickstarter campaign to print the next issue and cover cost of hiring professionals.
Some of the rewards Dekit Magazine's Kickstarter campaign promises include both digital and printed copies of its upcoming issue, exclusive invitations to an issue launch party taking place at the new sushi restaurant Kashi Stamford, located at 131 Summer St., along with a photoshoot in New York City or the choice of joining the editor in Miami for Art Basel.
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