pre-production & the holidays
hello lovely backers,
thank you so much for joining in - only 10 days to go!!
though not nearly as fun as the design process, pre-production is a huge part of making this all happen and come together smoothly.
generally production would take at least 10 weeks - 2 weeks to receive the fabric, 2 weeks to cut the fabric, 3 weeks for the screen-printing, and another 3 weeks for sewing.. in the past i've always used all local cutters, printers and sewers. this time, however, with the holidays right around the corner, i'm trying something new. my mother was in thailand this year with her good friend suzy (who's thai). through friends they met charoen and his family, who have a small factory in a village trying desperately to preserve its traditional craft of fabric making and natural dying. Its a wonderful opportunity to try out production for our linens - and because they'll do all the cutting, printing, and sewing under one roof, it will take a lot less time. it is such a sweet family, and i'm thrilled to be able to work with them to help support this struggling village.
since i really want to have new stuff for this year's SF Renegade Craft Fair (dec. 18&19), i've gone forward and ordered 50 yards of fabric and shipped it to charoen in thailand - though for future production (when there's more time) they will make the linen there for us. its enough for short sample runs (about 20 pieces) of about 3 or 4 designs. i've also sent them artwork, pantone colors, patterns, and samples from my previous collection. with production, communication is never easy - even when its right here in berkeley! so i have also hired Oom, a thai friend of suzy's that lives in chiangmai (near charoen's factory) to check in on progress and keep me updated - she has been a huge help. if all goes as planned i will have this first small run in time for Renegade!
if not, which is also very possible, i'm busy making new stuff in-house (in-studio-apartment). so you have something to look at, below is a peak at some designs i'm working on for rubber stamps, paper jewelry, paintings and prints, and possibly some hand-painted linens (long requested by my friends at LOLA - lolahome.com). i also have some super soft organic cotton flannel that i want to use for robes. and of course lots of beautiful stationery. enjoy!
p.s. i figured out that if everyone on my mailing list pledged just $5 we'd easily make our goal. so please let your friends know that i've just added a new $5 reward, which will get them a limited-edition hand printed card and envelope (normally about $8 with shipping) with new artwork inspired by our new collection.
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Always wanted to design your own line or produce your designs? Here I will include you in my design process & share the steps and progress of production too with weekly email updates.
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you will receive the updates and an inside peak at my design and production progress, and you will also receive a limited-edition, hand printed card and envelope - with new artwork inspired by this new collection (regular value $8).
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I will include you in my design and production process & progress, and you will be invited to an exclusive Kickstarter (for backers only) 2-day sale on my website, where you'll get first dibs on the new collection at 40% off!!
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i will include you in my design and production process & progress, you will also be invited to a private 2-day online sale (40%off!), AND i will mail you a much sought after 2011 linen calendar, screen-printed and featuring my illustrations and hand-lettering.
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I will share my progress with you, you will be invited to the private 2-day online sale (40%off!), plus get the 2011 linen calendar in the mail, PLUS.. You will also get a limited-edition print of my artwork from this new collection, hand-printed on beautiful archival tree-free paper, signed by the artist.
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I will share my progress with you, you will be invited to the private 2-day online sale (40%off!), plus get the 2011 calendar in the mail, PLUS.. i will create a monogrammed (or other custom icon) set of 6 custom linen napkins [or stationery (box set of 40), your choice]- all mailed to you in a very special package.
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I will share my progress with you, you will be invited to the private 2-day online sale (40%off!), plus get the 2011 calendar in the mail, PLUS the limited-edition print, AAANND.. I'll orchestrate the perfect dinner party for you and your loved ones! your package will include: a linen apron printed with your custom monogram/icon to match your 6 custom napkins (or stationery), the recipe for my absolute favorite dish from my years living in Bologna, Italy, and 6 beautiful menus, calligraphed and illustrated by me, for your next special celebration!
- (21 days)