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Best of Kickstarter, 10/10

We scoured the pages of Kickstarter to bring you this week’s best projects. Have a great Kickstarter project of your own or see one you think deserves some extra attention? Let us know about it the comments and we may just feature it in our weekly roundup.

ART

Willard Asylum Suitcases: Ten years ago, New York State decided to close the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, NY to turn it into a drug rehab clinic. While cleaning a pathology lab building, a dusty old attic was opened, revealing hundreds of suitcases that had belonged to patients. Photographer John Crisipin has embarked on the long process of photographing each case, revealing the peculiar contents contained therein.

Preserving Antique Typeface: Launched by the International Printing Museum in Los Angeles, this Kickstarter project seeks to preserve a collection of 100 metal typefaces, or “matrices,” originally used by the Ludlow, a typecasting machine once renowened for its ability to create decorative text and bold, elegant headlines. The Museum wants to digitize the collection and make the physical matrices available for use by museum patrons.

GREEN

The Perennials Project: The filmmakers behind “The Perennials Project,” a series of documentary webisodes focusing on sustainable communities, claim to take inspiration from the very flora and fauna they hope to preserve. “Our team digs plants,” explains their Kickstarter page. “And we believe that one of the best hopes for the future is to think and act more like our deep-rooted, perennial brethren.” If, like me, you have no clue what thinking and acting like a plant actually entails, I guess you’ll just have to fund this project to find out.

FILM

The Story of Sriracha: A chef friend of mine often remarks that Sriracha, having found its way into the pantries and recipes of major cooking talents the world over, ”is the glue of the culinary world.” As someone who uses this stuff to make everything from guacamole to bloody mary’s, I’m pretty keen to see this Kickstarter project, “SRIRACHA: Hot Sauce Documentary,” realized.

FOOD

The Camel Milk Detox: I’ve been known to do the occasional juice “cleanse,” but I’ve never heard someone tout the detoxifying virtues of camel milk. According to mixed-media artist Alicia Sully, camel milk can be used for anything from treating cancer and HIV to fortifying your immune system. So for ten days, Sully will test the theory by drinking nothing but camel milk as part of the “Experimental Food Society Spectacular,” an exhibit in London showcasing daring food-related art projects. Obviously, if she emerges thin and radiant, there will, no doubt, be high demand for camel milk at all NYC Whole Foods locations.