For all those spoonies and chronic illness warriors out there, with your help I will be turning my Spoonie Logo design into an enamel pin!
What is a spoonie?
Inspired by Christine Miserandino's "Spoon Theory", "Spoonie" is a term to refer to anyone who lives with a chronic illness which forces them to carefully measure out their energy and activity levels (whether from fatigue, pain, or something else). This includes but is not limited to CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, EDS, lupus, and more.
Hi. I'm Julian, I have lived with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (otherwise known as ME) since 2012. In 2015 I became unable to hold a regular job and spent a year mostly housebound, during which I learnt about the Spoon Theory. It quickly became a huge part of my identity and still is; there is no other term or community that truly understands how I have to live my life.
There is a really sad scarcity of Spoonie Pride materials out there so I have tried to amend that by producing some Spoonie designs, which until now I have only sold on RedBubble.
My spoonie logo design has been popular in the spoonie community and I wanted the chance to produce it as an enamel pin so that it can be worn as a point of pride! I'm also hoping to sell any left over pins on my Etsy.
The original spoonie logo (seen below) has been converted to a more enamel-pin-friendly version, with black borders and reduced number of colours. This is due to the process of making enamel pins as well as helping to result in an overall better looking design when shrunk down to pin size!
Colours may differ slightly in the final product due to monitor inconsistencies as well as the process of converting colours to Pantone shades for enamel pins. Backers will be kept up-to-date with any minor changes made (if any) to the design.
About the Pins
This is my first Kickstarter so I am aiming for a modest goal and a small run of pins.
These pins will be produced via AwesomeMerchandise whom I have used before and found their team to be very reliable and friendly.
The pins will be backed on black coloured metal with a metal clutch fixing. They will come on a custom designed backing card (5x8cm) and be wrapped in plastic for safety. They will be 30mm in size.
Any spare pins will be sold on my Etsy, but they will be at a higher price than sold here!
£400 - All enamel pins will be upgraded from soft enamel to hard enamel! The pins will still be produced through AwesomeMerchandise. UNLOCKED
£500 - Spoonie Logo custom cut vinyl stickers will be produced and a free sticker will be added to every backer's reward! These stickers will also be produced through AwesomeMerchandise. UNLOCKED
More Stretch Goals may be added as the campaign progresses.
December-early January: Kickstarter runs
Early January: Kickstarter finishes!
Early January-End of January: Pins produced by AwesomeMerchandise and sent to me, Backers contacted for shipping details
Feb-March: Rewards sent out*
*Please note there may be some delays in shipping if the project is overfunded and a huge volume of rewards need to be sent out. Backers will be kept up to date on any delays and all orders should be received by end of March at the very latest.
- 60% - production
- 20% - shipping
- 10% - Kickstarter fees
- 10% - buffer
Shipping & Delivery Estimates
For UK orders: Rewards under £20 value will be sent by standard 1st class Royal Mail to save on shipping costs for backers. Est. delivery 1 working day.*
Rewards over £20 value will be sent by Royal Mail Tracked 48 (no signature required) to avoid post getting lost. Est. delivery 2-3 working days.
Rewards over £50 value will be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed By 1pm to ensure a safe delivery. Est. delivery 1 working day.
For International orders: Rewards under £20 value will be sent by International Standard to save on shipping costs for backers. Est. delivery to Europe within 3-5 working days and to the rest of the world within 5-7 working days.*
Rewards over £20 will be sent by International Tracked to avoid post getting lost. Est. delivery to Europe within 3-5 working days and to the rest of the world within 5-7 working days.
Country exceptions for International orders: Rewards to backers from certain countries known to have a high rate of post getting lost will be sent by International Tracked regardless of reward value. These countries are as follows: Canada, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Mali, Nigeria, Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Chile, Peru.
*If you would like tracking added at additional cost, please contact me to arrange.
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter. However, I have received input and advice from artist friends who have run successful enamel pin kickstarters in the past. I also run an Etsy so am familiar with packing and shipping orders to people in a timely fashion.
If the project is overfunded, there may be delays to shipping due to a huge amount of rewards needing to be sent out. I anticipate that even with this delay rewards will be sent out no later than by the end of March, but this is unlikely to happen unless the project is incredibly overfunded!
Colours of the final pins may differ slightly from the original design as the colours need to be matched to Pantone colours for production. This is the case with pretty much all enamel pins and shouldn't take away from the design itself!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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