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Inspired by nature, built by you. Zoofold eco-friendly animal masks are perfect for festivals, costume parties, or just for fun!
Inspired by nature, built by you. Zoofold eco-friendly animal masks are perfect for festivals, costume parties, or just for fun!
223 backers pledged £10,366 to help bring this project to life.

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REWARD UPDATE: 

Get all three miniature printables FREE when you pledge for a full size Zoofold. The perfect craft project for a rainy day! 

The mini DIY printables are 60% of the size of a full Zoofold
The mini DIY printables are 60% of the size of a full Zoofold

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Zoofolds are folding 3D animal heads designed to be worn to fancy dress parties and festivals. The unique designs mean they work as both masks and hats - so they look fantastic in photos and are comfortable to wear. They even look great hanging on a wall.

Zoofolds will be made right here in the UK, printed on 100% recycled card, and will be recyclable. So you can party with a smile - knowing that you are supporting local business without harm to our environment.

On May 2nd 2016 Leicester City FC beat incredible odds to be crowned champions of the Premier League. In honour of their historic win - we have come up with a special reward (#11) especially for fans of The Foxes.

LCFC Offer: Buy TWO foxes, get ONE free!

You can also bulk buy for groups of supporters:

Reward #15 12 Pack

Reward #16 30 Pack

I am launching Zoofold with three designs on a British woodland theme: Badger, Deer & Fox.  5% of profits from this collection will be donated to The Woodland Trust.

The animals don't yet have names, and I hope the kickstarter community will join me in naming them. Backers are invited to submit name suggestions to be voted on at the end of the campaign.

Zoofolds come to you flat-packed in a box, hand-finished with double-sided tape applied to the numbered tabs. All you have to do is fold, peel & stick. In just 15 minutes you will have your very own beautiful 3D animal head. They are also supplied with an adjustable headband to fit your head.

Zoofolds come flat-packed in a box. Inside the box is everything you need to create the mask in 15 minutes. There is no need for scissors or glue, so there is no mess. Each Zoofold design is made of 2 - 3 pieces of card, already cut, scored and hand finished with double-sided tape.

The last step is to attach the adjustable headband, go outside & embrace your wild side!

Zoofolds are designed primarily to sit on top of your head like a hat. The reason for this is a practical one; a mask can get in the way of you enjoying yourself and very quickly becomes uncomfortable, hot and sweaty. At a party or festival, wearing a Zoofold on top of your head leaves you free to eat, drink and generally have a good time.

Zoofolds have small eye holes cut out of them to provide basic, but limited, visibility when being worn as a mask. This allows you to look the part and take fantastic photos while you do. If you wish to wear the Zoofold as a mask for longer periods of time you are free to edit the size of the eye holes.

I begin each design by drawing it in 3D on the computer, studying animal photographs to perfect the form. To test the shape I have to create a 2D net which allows me to print it and make my physical prototypes by hand.

While refining my designs this way I realised that I needed a quicker way to test my versions, so last year I invested in a cutter-plotter, which now allows me to cut, score and test designs more efficiently. 

I create the high-res printed images that make up the colouring of the animals myself, using a technique that layers photographs with digital brushwork and colouring. While the shape of the mask is angular and faceted, I wanted the artwork itself to be a realistic rendering of the animals themselves so that Zoofolds could be beautiful design objects in their own right, not just novelty items.

It is important to me to support UK businesses, so I will be working with a local cardboard engineering company to help me manufacture the Zoofolds. I have now also sourced suppliers for packaging and labelling so all I need to do is press go.

Zoofolds are designed for people to have fun, but that should not be at the expense of our environment. That is why Zoofolds will be printed on 100% recycled card and will be laminated using bio-degradable material - so that they are recyclable. So Zoofolds are an eco-friendly alternative to disposable but damaging plastics.

To help the wildlife that inspired them, it is my intention to give 5% of all profits from Zoofold's Woodland Collection to The Woodland Trust - a charity that protects the woodland habitats of our native wildlife.  I hope to raise money for other charities with future Zoofold collections.

The goal of this campaign is to fund the first run of manufacturing for the three woodland designs. The main costs of the campaign are detailed below.

  • First Production Run: £4030 
  • Full-colour print proofs from printers: £1200 
  • Tooling for each of design: £300 x 3 = £900
  • Boxes & Posting Bags: £900
  • Safety Testing for CE mark: £500
  • Postage: £850+ 
  • Labels: £700 
  • Double-side tape: £100
  • Tape Cutting Machine: £100
  • Kickstarter fees at 5%: £500
  • Payment processing fees at 3%: £300  

All backers in the UK will be entitled to free delivery!

  • The first 50 people to buy a zoofold will get the Super Early Bird discount price of £12.
  • The next 50 people will get the Early Bird discount price of £14, to help me make my first 100 sales!
  • The kickstarter price for a zoofold is £16. When the campaign ends the RRP of the product will most likely be higher.

Everyone who buys more than one zoofold, will receive a cute enamel lapel pin of the Zoofold mascot Reynard to thank you for your support. Not to mention that buying two or three items gets you a cheeky discount! 

Reynard - Enamel pin reward
Reynard - Enamel pin reward

For those who would prefer a craft project - you can get a printable pdf of miniatures of all three designs for just £5. You can make them at home. Just print them out on A4 paper, cut them out and construct using glue or double-sided tape. 

Printable fox next to standard fox
Printable fox next to standard fox

The best value by far is the 12-pack bulk buy, which works out as £10/hat. Which is a great idea for anyone hosting an event or wedding!

If you are the type of person that loves to get surprises in the post? Why not buy our One Now, One Later reward. We will send you a Zoofold of your choice now, and a brand new mystery design in October, just in time for Halloween!  

Special edition silver fox
Special edition silver fox

I am also creating a special edition futuristic silver fox, just for the kickstarter campaign. They feature red light up eyes. These designs will take more time to make by hand, so the numbers are limited (please note the mirror-card foxes will not be bio-degradable).

The idea for Zoofold was born out this Fantastic Mr Fox costume I designed for Bestival 2010. I put so much love into making the hats that after the festival I hung them on the wall of my living room, where they stayed.

Over the next few years I would often look at my creations while sitting at home feeling dissatisfied with my career as an architect. I thought: 'If only I could design fancy dress costumes for a living?'.

By 2014 the feeling still hadn't left me, but how could I launch a product without re-training as a seamstress? My skills lay in architecture, not sewing. So I hatched a plan to combine my architectural talents (3D design, spatial thinking, draftsmanship) with my love of fancy dress, and animals in particular. Which is when I started playing about with my first zoofold prototypes.

See more photos, and follow our progress on our social media pages:

zoofold.com | @zoofold instagram | @zoofold twitter  | @zoofold facebook

Thank Yous 

I would like to thank everyone who has helped me turn Zoofold from a crazy dream into an exciting reality. The support and enthusiasm from you all along the way has helped to spur me on!  

Extra special thanks go toTom Kangro, Tom Rozwadowski, Paula Gawronska, Elle Stevenson, Pete McMahon, Pat Skingley, Isabel Crawford, Chris Davies, Ru Burley, Patch Burley, Jo Aspin, Em Connolly, Jim Connolly, Mark Griffiths, Leonie Try, Stanley Burley, Suzanne Bell, Kieran Turner, Blaise Burley & Fika the Cat, Pop-up Business School & School for Creative Startups 

I couldn't have done it without you!  xx

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge as a brand new business is building a good relationship with a manufacturer to ensure quality and delivery is up to scratch. Please bear with us as we iron out glitches in our early production runs.

In order to guarantee safety for children under 14, I am required to get a CE mark. This means testing of the manufactured product has to be undertaken before dispatching items bought for children. Products purchased for use by adults however will not be delayed for testing. I will send a survey to backers regarding this at the end of the campaign.

I’ll do my best to ensure that I deliver what I promise and keep everyone informed of the progress of the project.

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.24

    Support the campaign in any way you can.
    Every little helps.

    Along with my deepest thanks, in return I would like to invite you to help me name my characters!

    Submit your choice of name for either the Fox, Deer or Badger. The names will be compiled into a list to be voted on at the end of the campaign!

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    Printable pdf of all three animals in miniature size : deer, badger & fox.

    Lovingly created just for you to thank you for your support. The pdf will contain printable pages to make miniature versions of all three animal heads which can be printed on A4 paper, cut out and glued.

    A link will be emailed to you at the end of the campaign

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 6

    A cute ENAMEL PIN of our little fox mascot, currently known as Reynard.

    The enamel pin will be sent to you via 'snail mail' at the end of the campaign. Free delivery to the UK.

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    A cute ENAMEL PIN of our little fox mascot, currently known as Reynard, AND a printable pdf of all three animals in miniature: deer, badger & fox.

    The enamel pin will be sent to you via 'snail mail' at the end of the campaign. Free delivery to the UK.

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    Pledge £12 or more About US$ 15

    ONE ZOOFOLD
    *super early bird price*

    Help me get my first 50 sales!

    Lovingly packaged in a box and sent to you as soon as the first batch comes through. Choose from either Fox, Badger or Deer at the end of the campaign.

    Free Royal Mail 1st class delivery in the UK

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    Pledge £14 or more About US$ 17

    ONE ZOOFOLD
    *early bird price*

    Help get me to my first 100 sales!

    Lovingly packaged in a box and sent to you as soon as the first batch comes through. Choose from either Fox, Badger or Deer at the end of the campaign.

    Free Royal Mail 1st class delivery in the UK

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    Pledge £16 or more About US$ 20

    ONE ZOOFOLD!

    Lovingly packaged in a box which will be sent to you as soon as the first batch comes through.

    Choose which design you would like at the end of the campaign.

    Free Royal Mail 1st class delivery in the UK

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    Pledge £26 or more About US$ 32

    Special edition Silver Fox.

    A futuristic style mirror fox with glowing red eyes.

    This special edition fox design will be cut from reflective silver mirror-finish card and finished by hand. The design will include glowing red LED light eyes.

    Free 1st Class Royal Mail delivery to the UK

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    Pledge £30 or more About US$ 37

    Buy one - get one for a friend!
    Support me by buying two Zoofolds.
    And I'll also enclose a cute ENAMEL PIN of our little fox mascot, Reynard!

    Each lovingly packaged in it's own box, and sent together.

    Choose which designs you want at the end of the campaign.

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    Pledge £32 or more About US$ 40

    Buy one now - & get a surprise one later!
    Support me by buying two Zoofolds.

    If you like the element of mystery - this is the reward for you!

    Choose from one of the designs you want now. This will be sent as soon as the first batch is made.

    The second will be a mystery, hot-off-the-press Halloween themed design - delivered to you in time for Halloween 2016.

    And I'll also enclose a cute ENAMEL PIN of our little fox mascot, Reynard!

    Each lovingly packaged in it's own box, and sent together.

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    Pledge £32 or more About US$ 40

    LCFC Special

    BUY TWO FOXES - & GET ONE FREE!!

    Perfect to proudly support Leicester City FC's Historic Win. Three fox hats to share with your friends.

    Fox masks can be worn with pride to next season's LCFC matches. They work as hats so you won't miss any action! Go Foxes!

    I'll also enclose an ENAMEL PIN of our own fox mascot, Reynard!

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    Pledge £45 or more About US$ 56

    All three Zoofolds!

    By far the best reward. Support me by buying one of each design: deer, badger and fox.

    I'll also enclose a cute ENAMEL PIN of our little fox mascot, Reynard!

    Keep them for yourself or share them with friends!

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    Pledge £80 or more About US$ 99

    Visual Merchandiser's Special
    (small shop)

    Dress the mannequins in your shop window with woodland creatures.

    Get 6 Zoofolds of your choice sent to you.
    and get an enamel pin for yourself!

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    Pledge £85 or more About US$ 106

    The WHOLE GANG Reward

    3 Woodland Zoofolds + Mystery Halloween Zoofold + Silver Fox + enamel pin + printable pdf

    Get all our designs sent to you. The deliveries will be staggered: Woodland ones sent as soon as they are made, with the Silver Fox sent later, and the Halloween mask sent in October.

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    Pledge £120 or more About US$ 149

    Twelve Pack Special!

    Are you planning an event?
    Perfect for weddings, stag & hen dos, festivals or parties. Its an extra special price for bulk buy which works out as £10/per zoofold - choose from 4 of each design, or 12 of the same.

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    Pledge £215 or more About US$ 267

    Visual Merchandiser's Special
    (multiple shops)

    Dress the mannequins in your shop window with woodland creatures.

    Get 30 Zoofolds of your choice sent to you.
    and get an enamel pin for yourself!

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