POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A women’s NFT group inspired a Polk County woman to create her own.
“I just wanted to do something for people in Ukraine and I saw this group on Facebook offering to raise money,” said artist Katie Webb.
Visible Women NFT just dropped their art on the blockchain and all the funds raised will support pregnant women in Ukraine.
“Babies are being pulled from NICU and put in a basement,” said Webb. “I just can’t even imagine. It brings all the important stuff to the forefront for me [like] family, humanity.”
Webb designed watercolored art which she scanned to sell as an NFT. She says her art represents the beauty of pregnancy.
“It’s just something very special about being pregnant,” she said. “I’m 31 weeks pregnant. This will be my third boy. We have two little boys, Wilder and Ren.”
Webb said her decision to sell art as an NFT for mothers in Ukraine is inspired by how lucrative the new Web3 space can be.
“I just feel like it was the right place at the right time. I’ve been looking into NFTs and this space can leverage raising funds for social issues and donations. It’s incredible.”
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are still relatively new to the art scene. Art on the blockchain contain unique signatures that prove that a person owns the original of a piece of digital art. This allows collectors to have a better feeling of ownership over a piece they buy and gives many artists and photographers new opportunities to make money with their craft. Recently, NFTs have sold for hundreds and even thousands of dollars recently.
However, there is still much debate over its impacts on the art industry and the planet’s environment. For example, anyone can claim a photo or art online as their own by turning it into an NFT, even if they did not make it. Buying and selling NFTs are often done with cryptocurrencies, allowing buyers to remain anonymous and the value of an art piece to be inflated. The computing power necessary for this blockchain is also believed by many to be harmful to the environment.
Still, the growth of NFTs in the last year has been explosive and NFTs are expected to generate billions in sales this year alone.
Webb’s husband Andy Webb, who is also an artist, said he admires his wife will to use her passion for a good cause.
“I wholeheartedly support it, 100%,” said Andy. “I think it’s cool she’s found a way to give back to a cause that she believes in with her own signature and flare. It’s inspiring.”
If you want to learn more about the Visible Women NFT, check out their Instagram.