I'm a freelance illustrator, surface designer and designer maker based in the UK with a passion for all things patterned.
With the aid of the Prince's Trust I started my illustrated business in 2012 with the aim to get my surface designs and illustrations onto as many surfaces as I could find! After 2 years of hard work and dedication I have finally reached a pinnacle stage in my brand where I am about to take the next big and exciting step into a new product line.
Printed on gorgeous American Apparel t-shirts, my sublimation tees feature my pencil surface designs from edge to edge. Sublimation dye printing is an innovative and unique way of achieving all over print, direct to the garment, without having to have the fabric printed separately.
This bespoke print process is wonderfully scientific; designs are printed onto high quality transfer paper which is then heat pressed on a large format press to release the dye particles into the t-shirts.
What's more, each t-shirt is printed directly here in the UK using a small printing studio in London. A firm believer in buying local and supporting small business I've made sure to translate these beliefs into my new t-shirt line!
For my first drop I will be releasing 3 different designs to choose from, Spiritual Alchemy, Crystal Points and Flora and Fauna and will come in 3 different sizes, Small, Medium and Large.
Inspired by mysticism, palmistry and alchemy this black and white print features a multitude of my pencil illustrations, including the all seeing eye, sleeping moon, sun, crystal ball, stars and alchemy symbols.
Flora and Fauna
My first ever surface design featuring a print of stags, roses and sweeping blackbirds is quintessentially english. Printed on white, this t-shirt is perfect for upcoming spring!
A gorgeous seamless print of crystal shards, coloured digitally with jewel shades.
- Chest measurements below:
Small - 34"- 36" Medium - 38"-40"Large - 42"-44"
- Wash t-shirts inside out with similar colours
- Colours will stay vibrant and beautiful due to being printed on gorgeous polyester American Apparel t-shirts.
- My logo is sublimation printed inside the back of each tee.
- Due to the print process, these tees will features some white creases under the arms where the t-shirt has been laid flat and folded during it's printing process. Don't worry! This is completely normal and is a result from the unique way of printing.
Funds raised from my kickstarter campaign will go towards having a batch of 200 shirts printed. These will be sold through both my online stores, Etsy and notonthehighstreet.com, as well as any design fairs that I will visit with my goods.
As most of my sales are primarily through my online stores (I just celebrated my 1,000th sale in my Etsy shop!) my £2,000 budget will cover all the packaging and labels to make sure each t-shirt is posted out to its recipient in a beautiful state!
I also have already had interest from some boutiques and stores who are keen on stocking my t-shirts; having the t-shirt stock on hand means I can arrange meetings to bring my garments along and hopefully have my designs stocked nationwide. An ultimate dream!
If you are interested to pledge any money towards helping my first t-shirt line drop, please see what your pledges can get you through my rewards system!
Pledge £5 or more
For any pledges of £5 you will receive a little goody bag including one of my temporary tattoo packs, a thank you card and an illustrated sticker.
Pledge £10 or more and you'll receive 4 of my temporary tattoo packs an illustrated sticker and thank you card.
Pledge £25 or more and receive one of the sublimation tees you are helping to fund! My tees will be for sale at £40 each should I achieve my Kickstarter goal, but for your wonderful pledge receive yours for £25.
Pledge £50 or more and receive not only one of my sublimation tees, but a surprise goody bag filled with my illustrated goods! Possible items included - zipper pouches, cards, temporary tattoos, iPad cases, writing sets and more...
If you are interested in seeing more of my portfolio work, as well as my creative working CV and credentials, please take a look through my deborahballinger.co.uk
Risks and challenges
My only risk and challenge will be any set backs that may arise through the printing process - wether this is a delay in the supplies arriving, or any errors that may happen with the print.
Due to my close working relationship with the print studio, I have let them know about my kickstart campaign and about the possible large order that may come their way! Any errors or issues will be passed on to me so I am aware of any problems that may arise in the process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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