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Pairing modern technology with 100% sheep's wool for a unique, soft, durable line of jewelry.
Pairing modern technology with 100% sheep's wool for a unique, soft, durable line of jewelry.
85 backers pledged $2,898 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: STRETCH GOALS (!)

1. Print look books (high-end photos that showcase the jewelry) for sending to retail stores. And getting some future retail accounts!

2. A new collection! One that involves screen printing techniques on the felt. I will be working with a company in the US to make this happen. 

tac·tile/ˈtaktl/ Adjective:

1. Of or connected with the sense of touch. 

2. Perceptible by touch or apparently so; tangible: "an almost tactile memory".

THE GOAL

To fabricate a run of 800+ pieces of jewelry and therefore create samples for retail stores. What does this mean specifically?

  • ordering linear yards of felt
  • having the funds to pay up front for production
  • ordering 14k gold hardware from a US company
  • creating 800 pieces allows me to sell my line in small, unique boutique stores by having stock for future orders

If I meet more than my Kickstarter goal, I plan on using the money for:

  • creating retail look books (high-end photos of the jewelry)
  • creating retail sample packages
  • a future new collection

THE STORY

I have always loved felt (sheep's wool). It started when I was baby. My parent's laid me on the skin of lamb's wool (wow, if that doesn't sound hippie, I don't know what is!) and I loved it! It was one of my earliest memories. Fast forward a couple years, uh, decades, and I was introduced to a laser cutter at college. I always wanted to do something with the two, but it wasn't until I graduated that I was able to take it to the next level. I am intrigued by the idea of combining old with new. Felt is one of the oldest textiles in the world and by pairing it with modern technology explores the relationship further, pushing the limits. I use felt from Germany, with eco-friendly dyes. 

All the designs are original and often influenced from nature, culture, and even my dreams. I carry a sketchbook around with me and often jot down ideas or quick sketches. From there the designs are translated into Illustrator. Once in Illustrator each idea is prototyped (using the spectacular TechShop Epilog Mini Helix) making sure it meets minimum requirements and is what I envisioned.  I then talk to a lot of people about it, gather ideas, what works, what doesn't and forge on ahead. It has been a journey of sheer joy, frustration, late nights and wonder - and I love every minute (well, almost every minute) of it!

THE FUTURE

To boldly go where no felt has gone before. I plan to combine felt with other mediums that will compliment and transform the wool in new ways.  I am starting to actively pursue other technologies, using different techniques, and  other potential materials incorporated with the felt. In other words, the sky is the limit! I plan on expanding the line in the near future. 

THE REWARDS

  • sustainable, 100% wool
  • eco-friendly natural dyes
  • 14k gold filled hardware throughout (no nickel for sensitive skin)
  • soft and yet incredibly strong

ADD-ON'S

Include any item to your pledge. For example, say you want an earring/bracelet combo (the best combo, if I do say so myself!)

  • Earrings = $28 
  • Bracelet = $34
  • Necklace = $36

The Bracelet - 3 designs - 4 colors

Magenta Diamond Style Bracelet
Magenta Diamond Style Bracelet
Green Botanical Style Bracelet
Green Botanical Style Bracelet
Blue Laser Style Bracelet
Blue Laser Style Bracelet
Adjustable bracelet - up to two sizes (fits most men)
Adjustable bracelet - up to two sizes (fits most men)

The Earrings - 3 Designs - 4 Colors 

Magenta Felt Pinwheel Style Earrings
Magenta Felt Pinwheel Style Earrings
Red Felt Laser Style Earrings
Red Felt Laser Style Earrings
Green Sunflower Style Earrings
Green Sunflower Style Earrings

The Necklaces - 3 Designs - 4 Colors

Magenta Revolve Necklace
Magenta Revolve Necklace
Blue Laser Style Necklace
Blue Laser Style Necklace
Green Sunflower Design
Green Sunflower Design

The Designs

Botanical Bracelet
Botanical Bracelet
Diamond Bracelet
Diamond Bracelet
Laser Bracelet
Laser Bracelet
Revolve Design
Revolve Design
Sunflower Design
Sunflower Design
Intersection Design
Intersection Design

Risks and challenges

Every project has challenges, and if we're being honest, isn't that part of what makes it fun and exciting? I would like to think so! One of the biggest challenges thus far has been explaining and educating people on what felt actually is. At first glance most people think the jewelry is made of wood or leather. Once people touch it, do the synapses connect and they exclaim "it's soft!" I love that moment, when something you expected was not at all what you expected!

The other challenge is the current market saturation of other laser cut jewelry out of various materials. It's become the new trend, and you see a lot of acrylic and wood laser cut items. I would like to think that felt is a notch above, as it's something unexpected within the expected. What I mean is, we think of jewelry as something hard, as metal, wood, or plastic. But it is something else entirely, a soft, pliable, yet strong, and dense material that is honest - and by honest, what you see is what you get - wool from sheep with natural dyes. Most people are intrigued by the very nature of the material, when combined that with laser cutting techniques . . .MIND BLOWING!

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FAQ

  • Yes! Cause I'm cool like that! Say you pledged for the bracelet at $34, and you want to add a necklace to that, no problemo! See the add-on's below.

    Earrings = $28

    Bracelet = $34

    Necklace = $36

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  • Heck yeah . . . multiply up! Just pledge the add-on amounts in an quantity you want. I'll survey you at the end, so you can tell me what you want then.

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  • I am shipping the good 'ol USPS, which domestically takes 3 to 5 business days. International is also USPS, and takes 5 to 10 business days

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    $1 certainly doesn't go unnoticed around here! A "you-are-SPECTACULAR-oh-so-awesome-thanks-a-gazillon" email, handcrafted by yours-truly!

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    A PDF of two bracelets for you to print at home and cut out. Optional: coloring inside the lines, or outside if you want to. Coloring - its not just for kids! And a extra special thank you email!

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    *SHIPPING EARLY DECEMBER* Forget the mall, this is less hectic! Bracelet - your choice of design and color. Adjustable up to two sizes (even fits men).

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    An awesome, modern bracelet - your choice of design and color. Adjustable up to two sizes (even fits men). Wear it and you will be the envy of all your friends. Everyone will want to touch your wrist, not in a creepy way - promise!

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    *SHIPPING EARLY DECEMBER* A necklace - your choice of design and color. Perfect for that loved one (or maybe an awesome Secret Santa gift? Just saying!)

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    A spectacular necklace with 14k gold-filled hardware - your choice of design and color. You could sleep in this, that's how light it is!

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    Your choice of any pair of earrings with one other item (earrings, bracelet or necklace) in any color. You will be the talk of the town with this combo!

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    Woo hoo! Go big or go home- your choice of any pair of earrings, bracelet, and necklace in any color, a complete set. Wear them all at once and you'll get oodles of compliments!

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    Okay, breaking out the big kahunas! I will work with you to create a custom design (up to two revisions). You will get a (2) pairs of earrings, (2) necklaces and (2) bracelets in that design. Perfect for the person who has everything - or
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