Who and Why?
My name is Louise, the owner and illustrator at missloutoyou. I run a small clothing business which features cute and colourful prints of my own characters and motifs which represent them. My works are inspired by various subjects and aesthetics, including Japanese fashion. One style of fashion which is shown a lot in my works is uchuu kei. A quick definition for uchuu kei would be fashion which uses a lot of alien and space themes.
I use uchuu kei on fashion pieces as well as within characters. I repeatedly use my characters The Space Agents on apparel and accessories, which feature a variety of alien-like creatures exploring the galaxy. When I share these characters on social media, I notice that a lot of people appreciate and relate to them, which is wonderful!
I have been discussing with many people who all suggested and agreed that I should get enamel pins made of these characters. As a huge collector of enamel pins myself, it would be a dream to be able to get some manufactured of my own characters and share them with you all! I will discuss more on designs and details below.
You do not need to know the characters in depth (or at all!) to join this kickstarter. As long as you appreciate their designs that is all that matters to me :)
The Pin Designs:
To begin with I am using my characters Astron the gamer and Celestine the nurse for these pins, you can find their profiles below! I decided to begin with these two characters as they were voted the most popular by you guys!
There are four pins initially: Astron , Celestine, Astron’s MSP (his favourite console) and Celestine’s Bubble Boomer (her main health restoring ‘weapon’). More designs will be released as stretch goals if we get funded!
For every £200 above target, a new pin will be released!
Here are the two profiles for the main pin characters-Celestine and Astron! With each new goal I'll be posting character Refs :)
The backing cards will be made exclusively for these pins. They will be made in a business card style and then I will combine the card and pin myself. I will design these and post these during the kickstarter :)
*Do note these will not be packaged in plastic seal bags, the aim for these is to cut unnecessary plastic use within the packaging. These will be wrapped in tissue paper and sent in small cardboard boxes (large letter sizes) as this is widely recyclable.
More about the pins:
- 35 mm
- Gold plated
- Rubber Clutch
- 5 Colours (Ivory, Light Pink, Light Blue, Pale Gold, Purple) (Pantones below)
Colour Scheme and Pantone Colours:
To keep the set consistent they all with have the same colour scheme. They may not contain all the colours but will still be matching.
The original pantone colours chosen (in the wrong pantone code) can be found in the post update section!)
New pantone colours (in the correct pantone code)
*I will be telling my manufacturer I want white however P 1-1 C is the closest to show this for now :)
But who are the Space Agents?
The Space agents are a small group of creatures from different parts of the galaxy who join forces to try and stop demons from gaining control of the milky way, as by gaining control here they can rule the galaxy. A handful of the characters included in this are: Juna the human pilot, May the anthropomorphic fighter, Astron the four-eyed support and Celestine the cyclops nurse.
The story is still in the works however you can find an introduction to them in this short tapastic comic--> https://tapas.io/episode/1041494.
My Last kickstarter I did unfortunately did not cover all of my funds due to underestimating shipping costs and fees, so I have done a breakdown of the costing for the pins:
£650 for 200 pins in 4 designs
£70 Fees (10% fees with leeway)
£90 Packaging and Backing Cards
£40 Safety Barrier/Leeway
Do note if we hit any stretch goal, I will be able to produce more of each pin :)
Risks and challenges
I am still new to the enamel pin world as a creator, but have been in it for a while as a collector! I have done plenty of research into which manufacturers to use, as well as get feedback on the best colour palettes and designs for these.
The designs may be tweaked if they do not get instant approval, but they will not be anything too distinctive that would immensely change the look of the design. It may be the thickness of the lines or the amount of colours in one section.
It also may take longer than desired to get these pins out, but I imagine August will be the earliest we will receive them. I will keep you guys updated through this process though!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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