Why is Victorian art so woefully short of dinosaurs?
Take for example, the most famous Victorian designer, William Morris, who worked for 40 years creating books, paintings, embroidery, stained glass, and hundreds of lavish wallpaper designs. But do you see any dinosaurs? Nope. With this Kickstarter project, I aim to fix that problem.
I’ve drawn a parody of Bill’s most famous pattern—Strawberry Thief. But my design includes all the dinosaurs you could ever want and each one is nibbling a fresh strawberry. I call the pattern Strawberry Thieves.
If this project is successfully funded, I’ll digitally print my design on silk habotai and silk twill to make some top-quality scarves, pocket squares, and neckties.
Let’s take a closer look at the pattern.
We owe a great debt to the Victorians, but they seldom included the dinosaurs that modern fashionistas crave.
Pocket square 12" (30 cm) silk twill (14 mommes) with hand-hemmed, rolled edges. Perfect to add a dash of color and prehistoric fruit-lovers to your blazer pocket. Some people have said they plan to frame the pocket square to spice up an art collection.
Necktie 3" wide (7 cm) silk twill to add a subtle charm to your wardrobe.
Square scarf 36" square (90 cm) silk habotai (8 mommes) with hand-hemmed, rolled edges. Silk habotai is the fine silk weave originally developed for kimonos. Very light with a smooth surface. It’s the best of the best.
Long scarf 27" x 78" (68 cm x 198 cm) silk habotai (8 mommes) with hand-hemmed, rolled edges. Perfect for someone who prefers a long scarf and some thunder lizards eating fruit.
Silk is the most luxurious natural fiber with a long history. In addition to the glorious, smooth finish, silk has a wonderful affinity for color dyes. So printing on silk is a delight. The scarves will be light silk habotai. A smooth weave originally developed for kimonos and now used for scarves and lingerie. The pocket squares and neckties will be a heavier silk twill with a fine woven surface texture. The edges of the scarves and pocket squares will be hand hemmed like the goods you find in the finest shops. All the production will happen in China where silk originated.
Although the pattern is silly, there’s nothing silly about the production quality of these items.
When will you receive your rewards? I feel safe promising January 2018. There’s a lot of printing, inspecting, packing, and shipping to do once the project closes. I’ll push to make it sooner.
Free shipping in USA. If you live in the United States, there’s no additional charge to deliver your reward to your door.
International shipping. We apply the amount we’ve budgeted for U.S. postage to international orders, so international sponsors only need to pay the extra amount beyond what a U.S. order costs. Kickstarter will apply that cost when you make your pledge.
In some countries, customs duties may be applied to print shipments. I have no way of predicting if they’ll apply to your shipment. Customs inspections are all very arbitrary and willy-nilly. Most shipments slide through without any extra duties, but a few sponsors may find that a customs fee has been slapped on. I can’t predict it or avoid it.
Pay attention. If you are an international sponsor and receive a tracking number when we ship, track your package daily to make sure it doesn’t get hung up in the system and returned to me. Don’t just assume it will show up at your door. Shipments have a way of getting stalled when they are nearly at your house, and monitoring the status of the tracking number allows you to intervene promptly—before the authorities send the package back.
Some people have told me they plan to frame the silk and treat it as an addition to their art collection. That’ll work.
Updates and progress reports. Sponsors of this project will receive periodic updates through Kickstarter as the project unfolds but not so often that you think I’m a pest.
Questions? Send me your questions and if I know the answer, I’ll add the Q and A to the FAQ section of this page.
Leftovers from my previous Kickstarter projects are available while supplies last at www.calamityware.com. Not only is this a good place to find some unusual gifts, but it is the only place you’ll find the world’s greatest shower curtain.
Don Moyer, Pittsburgh, September 5, 2017
Risks and challenges
I think the Strawberry Thieves project is low-risk. The design is done. Proofing is done. Printing should be uneventful. This project doesn’t require the invention of any new technologies, doesn’t call for anti-gravity devices, or time travel.
I assure you, you’ll get updates along the way so you know exactly what’s going on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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