About this project
The best thing about early Renaissance maps are the sea monsters that frolic in the waves. Now you can surround yourself with charming and bizarre sea monsters every day.
The Sea Monster Jamboree Shower Curtain is based on my letterpress print of sea monsters...but much, much bigger. It’s beautiful and funny.
In 2015, my Sea Monster Jamboree Kickstarter project allowed me to produce a limited-edition letterpress print of my drawing of exotic sea monsters. I’ve always thought that design would also make a superb shower curtain. But printing a non-fuzzy image on such a big area without any seams is a production challenge. Now, I’ve found a master textile printer who can produce a high-quality impression that’s more than 6 foot square. Let’s do this!
What sponsors will get. If you know my other Kickstarter projects, you know this is good stuff. This is a really top-quality fabric curtain. Heavy-weight (140 gsm), white polyester fabric printed on one side in black, 70" x 70" (180 cm x 180 cm). Twelve button-holes along the top accept all conventional shower-curtain rings. Fully hemmed. Made at the Ningbo Siteler workshop in China.
Astonishing gift. Every bathroom would be enhanced by giant sea monsters, right? So this makes a perfect gift for all your friends who bathe. I made pledge levels to make it easy for you to get lots of extras. Study the pledge levels and you’ll see getting multiple curtains is the best deal.
Exciting DIY projects. If you are handy with a sewing machine, this is raw material for lots of projects. Some people have told me they will use this amazing textile as window curtains, a table cloth, room divider, chair cover, or really big bib.
Caring for polyester. Wash polyester separately in cool or warm water using a gentle machine cycle. Hang it up to dry. Don’t bleach. Don’t dry clean. Don’t iron, since high temperatures may result in color transfer and melting of fabric. Ouch! You can extend the life of all fabric shower curtains by using a shower curtain liner which also allows the sea monsters to hang outside your tub.
When? I have already reviewed and approved a pre-production proof. So, production can begin as soon as the project reaches its goal. Assuming nothing calamitous happens, you should be bathing with sea monsters in November 2016. Maybe sooner.
Free shipping in USA. If you live in the United States, there’s no additional charge to deliver your reward to your door. We’ll also apply the amount we’ve budgeted for postage to international orders, so international sponsors only need to pay the extra amount beyond what a U.S. shipment costs.
International shipping. Sea Monster Jamboree shower curtains can ship anywhere in the world. Orders outside the U.S. have a postage charge that varies depending on where the package is going. Heavy-duty shower curtains are heavy, so postage costs are shockingly high. But for a giant artwork that will undoubtedly enhance your home, perhaps you can justify the expense.
Read this if you are outside the U.S. In some countries, customs duties may be applied to reward shipments. I have no way of predicting if they’ll apply to your shipment. Customs inspections are very arbitrary and willy-nilly. Most packages sail through without any duty, but some are selected by chance and the recipient gets hit with a duty fee. So if you can’t tolerate the risk that your shipment might get selected for extra costs, you should probably not support this project. Or arrange to have your reward shipped to a friend in the U.S. who can bring you your sea monsters in their luggage next trip.
Customs inspectors are unpredictable. We’ll be using the U.S. Postal Service for these shipments because that seems to minimize the number of packages that get hit with customs fees, and there are no extra broker fees added.
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 us. Don’t just assume it will show up at your door. Shipments have a way of getting stalled, and monitoring the status of the tracking number allows you to intervene promptly.
Updates and news. Sponsors of this project will receive periodic updates through Kickstarter as the project unfolds. You can also receive a trickle of news about designing, producing, and enjoying all my silly projects by liking the Calamityware Facebook page.
Questions? Send me your questions and I’ll add them and the answers to the FAQ section of this page.
Previous Kickstarter projects. If you missed my previous Kickstarter projects, you’ll find left-over stuff at Calamityware.com. There are some other unusual products there, too, that began as Kickstarter-Don projects.
Want to see more of Don’s drawings? I post a new drawing of something almost every day on Flickr.
Risks and challenges
Countless things could go wrong to delay this project. But the design is done and the pre-production proof have been approved. So if I get enough sponsors for a production run, I can green-light production right away.
Technical problems are unlikely. We have reserved a production slot. If we miss the boat, there will be another one within days.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if our ship as seized by belligerent sea creatures?
I promise that I won’t stop working until all my sponsors receive their sea monsters. My gloomiest prediction is that we will ship by the end of November 2016. I will try to make it sooner. I’ll give you steady updates all along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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