The Original Cowly - Art Toy
the Original Cowly is my first vinyl Art Toy inspired by my childhood toy-making adventures. Cowly is your new best friend. (^__^)
Since I was a kid, I always loved making my own Toys out of all sort of clays, as I grew up in the French country side in a tiny village I was constantly surrounded by cows. on top of that my cousins were farmers and one of their cow named "Vrius" was like a dog, no matter how far out in the field she was if you called her name she would come to greet you, you could even ride her, she was the best !! when I was 13 inspired by all this cows, I sculpted a tiny cow out of polymer clay with a fluorescent pink nose. ( because fluorescent colors are awesome ! )
10 years later I tried to remember all the little toy characters I used to make as a kid, and this little cow popped back up. And I thought she was pretty cute, and I started wondering what would happen if I used the skills I had acquired until now to bring to life my childhood character as an art toy. I came up with the name "Cowly", my thought behind this name was that french people like their cow so much that they actually have included it in their everyday language, for instance to say something like " this is Pretty Cool !! " they would say " this is Cowly Cool !! " or in French " C'est Vachement bien !! and I thought it was the perfect name for her.
Two years ago I was very lucky to be sponsored by a Taiwanese art enthusiast ad so I had the opportunity to release a very small run of Cowly Toy, the colors and design were a little off compared to what I had in mind but it was my very first vinyl toy so I was still very happy to see it come to life, since I only had a very limited number manufactured I actually gave most of them to family members and friends, and few people around the world were lucky enough to get their hands on one.
my goal for this Kickstarter project is to produce a true original Cowly Art Toys in three different colorways, as well as a white DIY version which you will be able to paint and customise yourself. So everyone that wants a Cowly could now adopt one and spread Cowly love around the world.
The factory was kind enough to do three samples for me of the final toy, so the pictures you see are the final Art Toy that you will get.
I have been working on and off on this project over the years, and since 2012 I have been activly working on the Cowly toy as well as some other toys which hopefully should land on kickstarter in a near future. below is my workflow for this project. ( keep in mind that I do everything by myself. )
I first sketched Cowly, trying to remember and refine her shape without loosing the feeling of the original sculpt I did when I was 13.
then I went onto sculpting the model digitally. once I was satisfied with the digital sculpt I then separated Cowly into three parts and design the articulation joins for each.
After I was happy I started making the prototype. I wasn't sure which size to make at first. here you can see a 4 inches version beside a 3 inches one.
the prototype was 3D printed with the help of Shapeways, and then sanded down by hands for many hours in order to get the smooth finished I was after.
below you can see the design of Cowly's box as well the color chart for each model and pictures of the final Cowly Toy you will get.
here are the real French Cowly stamp you will be getting if you add £2 to your pledge.
below is the details of the laser engraved wooden keychain you will get when you add £4 to your pledge.
below are more detail picture of the custom handmade T-shirt pledge. the pictures are from the first prototype I made out of felt, the final one will be made out of a different and more fluffy fabric that I found recently and that i think looks even better, since I will be making these by hands, you guys can choose any size you want, whether it is for a kid or an adult also Two colors will be available a green one and a blue one with a different design on each. You can get this reward by adding £17 to your current pledge. Hope you guys like it.
below are the pictures of the Montbeliarde Cowly reward. The montbeliarde Cowly is a special limited edition of 5 pieces that I have hand-painted by myself, it comes with two set of magnetic accessories that I made out of resin, and a beautiful laser engraved wood box with custom insert. Only two are available through kickstarter as the rest of them have already sold out.
As I have already worked with the factory two years ago to produce a very limited number of Cowly, the factory still has the metal molds which will be reused to produce the original Cowly, So after talking with them they are confident that they can manufacture the original Cowly within a month after the projects has been successfully funded. Although this might not be an accurate date, for example if the goals have been exceeded more time will be required to produce more Cowly.
so here is my production schedule for Cowly :
▶︎ Production of the original Cowly : 1~2 month depending on demand
▶︎ Handmade felt Cowly: 1~2 month depending on demand
▶︎ Production of handmade T-shirts: 1~2 month depending on demand
▶︎ Production of keychain: 2 weeks
▶︎ Production of badges and stickers: 1 week
▶︎ shipping time allowed : 1 month
Because most of the production of the Cowly rewards overlaps the estimated delivery time will be 3 months, but small items like Keychain and Stickers will most likely be delivered before the estimated time.
Risks and challenges
since I started working on this project, I faced many challenges already especially since I do everything on my own, I had to learn new software to make exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it, learning Chinese was also a pretty big challenge in order to have a better communication with the manufacturer. All my meeting so far have been in Chinese. Now the biggest challenge for me is to find the money to make this project come true, when I do the next biggest challenge will be to make sure everyone get what they have pledged for as soon as possible. I am dedicated to bring the best possible experience to my kickstarter backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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