Oak City Collective is a new art and design collaborative opening in Spring 2013 in downtown Raleigh’s historic Warehouse District. OCC was founded out of our love for Raleigh and the wonderful creative community it fosters. There are so many local artists that deserve to be seen and heard. As talented as they are, it is sometimes hard to get exposure and can be even harder to sell a piece of work for what it is truly worth. This is our proposed solution—our mission is to promote these artists in a format that is easily accessible and approachable for everyone through screen print design.
We will be screen printing apparel, bags and prints that reflect the city of Raleigh and our local artists, musicians and creative contributors. In addition to our own designs and those submitted by local artists, we will provide placement for existing local brands, with the overall goal being to make it easier for an artist to spread their talent around and get their name out there. We hope that it will create a chain reaction and reach and inspire everyone in our great city and beyond.
In addition to bringing attention to our local talent, OCC will be giving back to the community each step of the way. Each artist will be paired up with a local non-profit or charity organization to which a direct percentage of the profits from each design will be donated. We hope that this project will not only bring a sense of unity to our city, but also recognition to our vast creative scene and the artists that make Raleigh so unique.
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Risks and challenges
There are many costs associated in regards to procuring the proper equipment and creating a product that is marketable. We want to be sure we are prepared to produce each artist's design true to their vision without cutting corners on quality. We will put as much heart and soul into the production of each design, as the artist has put in to create it.
Additionally, we must find local artists who are excited about contributing and have unique designs to share with the community. At this point, we have had excellent feedback from the artists we have reached out to and have been so impressed by their enthusiasm about joining the OCC project.
Our final, and largest obstacle is creating visibility. This project means nothing if we aren't able to provide an attentive audience for our artists. Not only are we providing an outlet for creativity, supporting our local community through charitable donations, and providing a product that Raleigh can be proud of- but we want to make a statement. Oak City Collective will provide the opportunity to show everyone why Raleigh is the greatest city in the world.
That being said- we are confident that our team is capable of conquering each of these obstacles with ease. We have spent months planning and troubleshooting to ensure that the launch of Oak City Collective will make the people of Raleigh proud, and we promise not to disappoint.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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