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Shirts featuring archive images transformed from black and white into vibrant colours allowing you to wear a little piece of history.
Shirts featuring archive images transformed from black and white into vibrant colours allowing you to wear a little piece of history.
31 backers pledged £2,520 to help bring this project to life.

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Shirts featuring archive images transformed from black and white into vibrant colours allowing you to wear a little piece of history.

£2,520

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I'm a student graphic designer, currently in my first year at Norwich University of the Arts. I've always enjoyed history, photography and graphics and Time Machine Tees is what happens when all these passions get combined! 

The project began when I started to mess around with old black and white photographs, adding colours to them and exploring the stories they contained. I was fascinated by all of these little glimpses into the past and thought they should be appreciated. I got the idea to print these photos I love onto shirts and Time Machine Tees was born! 

The first couple of recoloured photographs - which inspired Time Machine Tees.
The first couple of recoloured photographs - which inspired Time Machine Tees.

Time Machine Tees are all-over printed t-shirts featuring photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries transformed with vibrant colours, bringing the photos back to life. 

The shirts themselves are American Apparel and printed in the UK using a method called sublimation. This is where the design is printed and then heated to dye the t-shirt fibres rather than a transfer on the surface, leading to a high quality finish and vibrant colour. 

For the first set of t-shirts, there are five designs, each a different photograph! One of these will be a Kickstarter exclusive, a limited edition print just for those who pledge to help fund Time Machine Tees. The shirts will be available in Small, Medium and Large.

Tasiusaq (1889) - Kickstarter Exclusive

Photograph of Tasiusaq Bay, Greenland taken in August 1889. The colours are inspired by those of the Kickstarter logo. It will be exclusively produced for the awesome pledgers that make up this fantastic crowdfunding community. 

Rauma (1927) 

This photograph, take in April 1927, shows Rauma in Telemark, Norway with a traditional cabin in the snow-covered mountains. 

 Stongfjorden (1907)

This photograph was taken in 1907 and depicts the view over Stongfjorden, Norway and the surrounding mountains. The photographer himself was a member of the family that owned this land overlooking the fjord that was used as a farm.

Lahti (1935)

Lahti, Finland around 1935. The photo shows the radio station and masts and the view over the city centre before the outbreak of World War II. 

Arsuk (1889)

Arsuk, Greenland in 1889. The name of the village means 'beloved place' in the Greenlandic language. This photograph overlooks the fjord and mountains to the north-west. 

More Details:

  • Sizes:

Small: 34" - 36"

Medium: 38" - 40"

Large: 42" - 44" 

  • The Shirts
American Apparel, 100% polyester shirts. Printed using sublimation to achieve all over print. During the printing process the shirts are laid on the press leading to little imperfections and creases under the arms. This is normal and adds to the character of the design.

T-Shirts can be washed inside out with similar colours and will retain their vibrancy thanks to the high-quality t-shirts and printing technique. 

This project's target is £2,500 which if achieved would be used to not only fund the production and packaging of the reward items but to also set up an online store for Time Machine Tees. This will open the door for loads more designs meaning more pieces of wearable history can be created. The money would also allow me to purchase the rights to photographs from archives across the world, helping to create diversity within the brand. At the moment I'm limited to using photographs that are made freely available by a small group of national archives. I really would love the opportunity to expand the range, creating themed and seasonal collections of shirts that appeal to the retrophiliac in all of us.

The Kickstarter is an awesome way to raise awareness of the idea and get people interested. It would be a brilliant springboard to launch Time Machine Tees from!

If you're interested in pledging any money and helping Time Machine Tees come to fruition, that would be awesome! To say thank you there are some reward categories. 

Pledge of £2 or more: every little helps! As a thank you for giving money to make Time Machine Tees a reality you'll get a mention on the special thanks page on our website. Every one who pledges will feature to show how much all their help is appreciated. 

Pledge of £10 or more: a hand-written thank you card featuring the re-coloured photograph designs that appear on the t-shirts to appreciate your support for the project. 

Pledge of £20 or more: a pack of stickers featuring the t-shirt designs and the Time Machine Tees logo as well as a personal thank you card.

Pledge of £45 or more: receive your choice of sublimated tee from Rauma (1927), Stongfjorden (1907), Lahti (1935) and Arsuk (1889) available in unisex sizes Small, Medium and Large. You'll be getting one of the very first Time Machine Tees while helping to fund the project in future. You'll also receive a personal thank you.

Pledge of £60 or more: receive the Kickstarter exclusive shirt, Tasiusaq (1889). This limited edition tee will only be produced for pledgers of the campaign as a special thank you for chipping into the project. You'll also receive a personal thank you.

Pledge of £150 or more: if you pledge over £150 you'll receive a one-off, truly personal Time Machine Tee! You'll be able to select a photograph from an online archive and what colours you'd like to be included and this shirt will be produced. A little unique piece of history, just for you to wear.

Pledge of £250 or more: if you pledge over £250 you'll receive two one-off, truly personal Time Machine Tees! You'll be able to select two different photographs from an online archive and what colours you'd like to be included and this shirt will be produced. A little unique piece of history, just for you and a friend to wear.

Risks and challenges

The challenges that this project will face are mainly related to printing and production of the shirts but the company I am using is local and I have been in contact with them prior to this Kickstarter. I know that they will be able to produce the shirts, as seen in the photographs, to a high standard and on time.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.52

    As a thank you for giving money to make Time Machine Tees a reality you'll get a mention on the special thanks page on our website. Everyone who pledges will feature to show how much all their help is appreciated.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $25

    A pack of stickers featuring the t-shirt designs and the Time Machine Tees logo as well as a personal thank you card.

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    Pledge £45 or more About $57

    Your choice of sublimated tee from Rauma (1927), Stongfjorden (1907), Lahti (1935) and Arsuk (1889) available in unisex sizes Small, Medium and Large. You'll be getting one of the very first Time Machine Tees while helping to fund the project in future. You'll also receive a personal thank you.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $76

    You'll receive the Kickstarter exclusive shirt, Tasiusaq (1889). This limited edition tee will only be produced for pledgers of the campaign as a special thank you for chipping into the project. You'll also receive a personal thank you.

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    Pledge £150 or more About $189

    You'll receive a one-off, truly personal Time Machine Tee! You will be able to select a photograph from an online archive and what colours you'd like to be included and this shirt will be produced. A little unique piece of history, just for you to wear.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $315

    You'll receive two one-off, truly personal Time Machine Tees! You'll be able to select two different photographs from an online archive and what colours you'd like to be included and this shirt will be produced. A little unique piece of history, just for you and a friend to wear.

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