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Aarting CollectionBy Aarting Collection
First created
Aarting CollectionBy Aarting Collection
First created
$2,166
pledged of $18,000pledged of $18,000 goal
23
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, March 1 2011 2:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Help 12 awesome artists from around the world get their designs produced and into stores worldwide!!!

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

We make designer toys based on submissions that artists post on our site. Blankie: Series 2, our next release, has 12 different pieces included in the series designed by 12 artists from all over the world. Visitors to the site are encouraged to vote on their favorite design using a fair voting system that we developed. Blankie promotes the best talent - regardless of designer name recognition, access to technology or of the limitations of geography.

The "Blankie" platform is the world's first community-based designer toy.

Blankie: Series 1 (our first contest) attracted over 150 designers from all over the world and about 150,000 people showed up to vote! The community helped pick the 12 winning artists and we have since had those artists' "Blankie" designs manufactured and distributed. Really cool boutiques like Myplasticheart in New York, Artoyz in Paris and Artransmitte in the UK carry them.

HERE ARE THE SERIES 2 DESIGNS!

YOU CAN CHECK OUT WHAT WE MADE BEFORE HERE: www.aartingcollection.com

WHAT'S THE $$$ FOR?

Our original plan was to have the money made from Series 1 cover the costs of producing Series 2. Unfortunately, due in part to the current global economic situation, our factory in China recently raised production costs. While Blankie: Series 1 has been well received, we still aren't yet able to pay the bill to produce Series 2.

We’ve already designed the toy; the great designers to be included have already been selected; we have a good relationship with the factory and a great network of bloggers that support what we're trying to do. All we need is to raise enough to make sure that we can afford to pay the factory!

By pre-ordering Blankie, you can help us cover the extra production costs to fully produce this series. Also you’ll be helping to grow our community so we can continue to help artists and designers get their stuff made.

We've created great looking designer toys before, and with your help we can do it again!

To watch us talk more about this project and, sure, see what we look like, check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch...

BELOW IS ONE OF OUR DESIGNER TOYS FROM BLANKIE: SERIES 1. It was designed by Cvele from Serbia.

THE COMPLETE SET FROM BLANKIE: SERIES 1

FAQ

What are designer toys?
They’re a curious combination of art and toy where the raw materials of plastic and color are elevated by the hands of talented designers into super cool collectibles for big kids!

What is the Aarting Collection?
The Aarting Collection is a creative platform that exists to create high quality, limited edition art products from designs submitted by artists and chosen by public vote.

Why 12 designs?
Releasing several designs at once in a series is familiar and helpful to both manufacturers and retailers. We decided on 12 unique designs because that's a good number of artists who can get exposure for their work while keeping the production costs at a somewhat manageable level.

Can you tell us anything about the factory in China?
Only Chinese factories have the ability to manufacture and mass-produce high quality toys. The factory we use came highly recommended from leading industry sources. We've personally met with the owner; he has a great reputation within the designer toy industry.

Once you've reached your initial goal of $18,000, should we keep supporting? What will do you with the additional funds?
Yes, please keep supporting! All proceeds will go towards making more toys which will allow us to give our artists more exposure in more places. It also will help us ensure the highest quality production.

So how long does it take to produce a series of toys?
About 8 months. We will, of course, send supporters lots of updates along the way!

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    Every dollar helps make this a reality! Be a part of a vibrant and growing artist community. Many Thanks!

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    Pre-order ONE Blankie from Series 2! (International folks: please add $5 for shipping)

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    Pre-order TWO Blankies from Series 2! (International folks: please add $5 for shipping)

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    Pre-order SIX Blankies from Series 2! (International folks: please add $5 for shipping)

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    Pre-order TEN Blankies from Series 2, PLUS your name listed on the insert. The insert is included in the box with every toy! (International folks: please add $5 for shipping)

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    $250 – THE AWESOMENESS ASSAULT! Pre-order a full display case of toys from Series 2 (includes 25 toys/2 full sets of the designs), your name listed on the insert PLUS membership on our Advisory Board – artists, tech people, investors, and regular folks who give feedback on ideas for our next products.

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    DOUBLE RAINBOW! All of the above PLUS an original signed and numbered artist 11X14 print featuring all the designs from Series 2. Created by Todd Wahnish -- limit 50!

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    COLLECTOR’S DREAM PACKAGE! All of the above PLUS all an additional full set of the 12 designs each individually protected in beautiful high quality display cases!! limit 25!

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Funding period

- (42 days)