These are some of my offcuts...
And this is a tangram set (it's a game):
I need space in my studio so I am chopping my offcuts into tangram sets. Like this:
Right now, I have bits and bobs of birch, spruce & Formica plywood; oak, walnut, ash, poplar, maple & iroko hardwood; pine softwood; white & clear acrylic.
Each set comes vac-packed like this. You don't know what you're gonna get. It's a surprise!
But they are all offered at £12 and come with a manual with 40 figures to solve.
Each reward has the following:
- Thickness: varies between 6mm and 24mm
- Material: Surprise. Each set is made from 7 pieces of the same material
- Booklet with 40 figures + answers
- Vacuumed packed
Making tangrams is the perfect use of offcuts because:
1. a set consists of 7 small shapes. 5 right triangles, 1 square and 1 parallelogram
2. each piece has angles of 45º or 90º >> great for the chopsaw.
So I have build a jig for my chopsaw that let’s me cut each piece with one single cut.
If you never played of never heard of tangram before, it’s a great puzzle game where you have to recreate a given shape using all 7 pieces.
The pieces cannot overlap. It looks very simple but it is actually very difficult and is a great exercise to visualise things in space. Find out more here.
Some are easy to solve:
And others much harder (including paradoxes):
This is the second Kickstarter as part of Quickstarter, a series of campaigns where I give myself a brief that I have to fulfil in a short amount of time, in parallel with my design practice. I’m doing this to challenge my creativity and for the joy of working on “quick/fun” projects. Each of them follows the same criteria:
- Designing, prototyping and manufacturing should not take longer than 3 months.
- The campaign has to be under 20 days.
- The funding goal has to be below £1 000.
- The reward has to be offered under £20.
- The video has to be shot in 1 day.
Want to launch a Quickstarter too? Feel free to do so! Find out more on the Quickstarter page here.
Here, I am raising funds to create the tangram sets and print the first run of 300 booklets. I will get started on the chopping as soon as the campaign is over. The booklet is done and only needs to be printed.
I don’t want to rush it and cut my fingers on the chop saw so here is the estimated timeline:
- 18th of June - Quickstarter launch
- July - End of campaign - printing of booklet
- July - Chopping and packing
- August - Summer holidays (it's healthy)
- September - more chopping / packing. Delivery of your tangrams sets!
Risks and challenges
I am a product designer and have intitiated many projects and products in order to fulfill them from beginning to end. I have ran 4 crowdfunding campaigns of my own and have fulfilled them all. The last big Kickstarter was MOON in collaboration with Kudu studio (check bio!) and we designed and manufactured the product from scratch. This product was a great challenge as it it is made up of more than 60 different custom parts.
In parallel with my design practice, I run Sidekick Creatives ltd where we help other creatives to launch their Kickstarter campaigns. To date, I have been involved directly and indirectly with 48 Kickstarter campaigns.
I am aware of the potential pitfalls of running a Kickstarter campaign. I know what it takes to run a Kickstarter and especially how to wrap the project and send you the rewards. All the costs have been well overlooked, and I have set the shipping date realistically within my capacity. All will be done to make sure the deadline is met and I will let you know if any problem occurs in the production and fulfillment of the project. The great thing about this Quickstarter is that everything is made in my studio so I have control over everything!
- (20 days)