Curious Customs at Art Outside

We Bring the Folk
Marrilee Ratcliffe
1,598 Facebook Friends
Austin, Texas
United States
1 Team Member


We're currently re-building our website, adding all of our new designs and products and making the site easier to use all around.  Unfortunately, many of the links at the right reference the old site.  In order to keep us from changing promised perks after you've contributed, Indiegogo doesn't allow us to edit these areas.  But you can visit  and get a look at a partial selection of what we have to offer. We're  photographing all of our new line and will be getting it up in the next week. Thanks for your understanding; we wear many hats around here!

Our Story

Hi.  We're Dave and Marrilee and we are artists who like to create and share interactive art. 

The Impact

Previously, most of our interactive art was temporary in nature, being shared with our community and then let go; up, up in flames.  The art we're now making though centers around a different kind of interactivity: creating platforms that can be shared and re-shared. We want to create a performance stage for the 8th annual Art Outside festival ( that professional performers, casual entertainers, and those new to sharing their gifts and finding their voice can enjoy an audience from. 

Last year we made the prettiest little stage you could cut your teeth on and this year we want to further honor people's contributions by creating an even more magical space.

To create this large piece, we'll be working very closely with half a dozen skilled apprentices who are interested in learning more about wood-working and glass.  You will be directly contributing to the growth of their craft and experience as artists. 

What We Need & What You Get

$6,000 covers, material cost, sound and light rental, and transport - in that order of cost.  The materials budget represents the vast majority.  While much of the magic in our former efforts was largely in dressing up simple materials (plywood and 2x4s), with this project we want to invest in maple, cherry and walnut.  We hope to create something that can be cherished and used by our community for years to come. 

The sound and light rental portion is also noteworthy as we will be recording the scheduled acts so that they will have these materials for their own promotional purposes.  So, you're not just building a stage, you're helping to potentially further the careers of dozens of other artists too. 

Finally, this isn't an operation we can simply throw in the back of our van.  It takes truck rentals and significant logistics planning and dollars. 

Other Ways You Can Help

Thank you for your support.  If our project and our message resonates with you, please pass along and share on social media sites and with your friends and family. : )

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  • $1USD
    One of the Folks

    Popcorn! On us at Art Outside. : )

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  • $10USD
    Folk Star

    Popcorn and something with ice, on us at Art Outside!

    8 out of 50 claimed
  • $20USD
    Folk Box Hero

    Pop-corn and an Art Outside 2010 Folk Stage cd or digital download. Over a dozen acts, varied in all but their musical powers of Righteous Awesome.

    2 out of 40 claimed
  • $30USD
    Folky Fresh Folk

    Pop-corn, an Art Outside 2010 Folk Stage cd or digital download and a custom nightlight of your choosing - great stocking stuffers!

    8 out of 30 claimed
  • $50USD
    The Folkenator

    Pop-corn, an Art Outside 2010 Folk Stage cd or digital download and one of our Curious Custom small hanging lamps - we'll surprise you with one of our favorites!

    12 out of 25 claimed
  • $50USD
    Get Folkin High

    Popcorn and other delectables at a private screening to the yet to be released, most-best austin-indie film: "Austin High." IT'S. SO. GOOD. You'll wanna be able to say, "I saw it first."

    2 out of 12 claimed

    Folk Outisder

    You need a ticket to come see the stage, right? Get a special discounted Art Outside ticket here!

    20 out of 20 claimed
  • $100USD
    Folkin von General

    You get an Art Outside ticket, a cd or digital download AND surprised with one of our unique, small hanging lanterns!

    11 out of 20 claimed
  • $160USD
    Folken Calrissian

    An AO ticket, cd or digital download, popcorn, cocktail and a small, medium or large hanging or desk lamp of your choosing!

    3 out of 20 claimed
  • $300USD
    The Folky Freshenator

    An AO ticket, cd or digital download, popcorn and we'll design you a custom lamp with your artwork or design motif idea.

    4 out of 5 claimed
  • $1,500USD
    Colonel Folkenstein

    We bring the new stage to your event. We'll provide necessary audio and beauty; you provide talent and minimal necessary travel expenses. (Yes, we would love to travel across the Country to bring this to you!)

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