Independent fashion publication, Atlas Magazine, run by BA(Hons) Fashion Photography graduate Olivia Bossert, is a magazine geared at the promotion of the next generation of fashion creatives. She has already raised more than her original goal of £4,000, within six days of launching the campaign, and has now announced a stretch goal of £6,000.
Established two years ago by two young online friends, Olivia and Megan Breukelman, Atlas Magazine was born out of a mutual desire to learn more about the magazine industry and to simply have fun being creative. Having never met, the two embarked on a mission to create a platform where young, up and coming creatives of the fashion industry could showcase their work.
Kickstarter.com is a crowd-funding platform for independent projects and Atlas Magazine's fundraising window will span 30 days. In exchange for pledging money, Atlas is offering rewards, ranging from digital and print copies of the magazine, to a professional fashion shoot complete with hair and make-up artists.
In the two years since Atlas was launched, the team has produced nine online issues, which collectively have been viewed over a million times. Their Atlas Tumblr blog is now followed by over 12,000 people, while Atlas also has huge followings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Reflecting on this success, Olivia said: "When the numbers of online readers began to increase, it hit me that there was potential in the project we had created. I flew to New York to finally meet Megan, and we discussed where we wanted to go next. I finished university in June this year, and decided to dedicate myself full time to taking Atlas to print and e-reader devices by December...Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that the Kickstarter campaign would raise so much money so fast. It's a dream come true to see that people are genuinely interested in the magazine, and want to help take talented young creative's to the forefront of the industry."
About Olivia Bossert
Olivia Bossert is a young graduate fashion photographer and publisher. She co-founded Atlas Magazine at the age of 20 with her online friend, Megan Breukelman. Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, she moved to Falmouth, UK to study a BA(Hons) degree in Fashion Photography at Falmouth University, from which she graduated in June 2014. She currently lives and works full time on Atlas Magazine in Falmouth.
About Megan Breukelman
Megan is a photographer born in Toronto, Ontario and based in New York City, New York. She is currently finishing her BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts, having previously attended the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida for the first half of her degree. She took a year off to gain experience in her field between universities, working with Judy Inc., Elite Model Management, Chloe Magazine and focusing on her own digital publication, Atlas Magazine.
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