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Help me get my colorful, new line of hand-printed linen and leather bags into production - and into your hands!

I'm a printmaker. I've been silkscreening since 2008. I started out printing art prints on paper, and then moved to printing on linen and making small bags. The bags were a huge hit! But demand for them has grown way faster than I can make them.

My studio is in my apartment. I create all my designs by hand, instead of on a computer, and cut and print the fabric myself. I usually sew my bags, too. With the growth in demand for my bags, I've decided it's time to grow this business and go bigger and work with a manufacturer who will cut and sew my bags.

And while I'm at it, I might as well totally redo my bag line - make them bigger (hello, tote bags!), and stronger, and give them leather handles. I've made sample bags and have met with local manufacturers. I've also found a place where I can print my bags that's not in my apartment. I'm pretty much ready to go into production!

Right now, I'm looking at making two sizes of bags - a larger tote and either a cross-body bag or a small, handheld tote. They will be ready to ship in mid-January (a little late for the holidays, but early for the spring season). If I raise more than my goal, I will either produce an extra size, or a bigger run.

Right now, I'm looking at making two sizes of bags - a larger tote and either a cross-body bag or a small, handheld tote. They will be ready to ship in mid-January 2013 (a little late for the holidays, but early for the spring season). If I raise more than my goal, I will either produce an extra size, or a bigger run.

I'm so proud of these bags; they are some of my best work. But I need your help to get them into production so I'm asking for your help to get this new project launched.

Please fund my project and make this new line a reality!

If you're wondering where the funds are going, here's a breakdown:

Materials and manufacturing: $5500

Kickstarter and Amazon fees: $450

Studio rental: $300

Patterns and samples: $300

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I have run a manufacturing business in the past and am so aware of the potential risks - production delays, materials shortages, etc. - that come with a new product launch. I've worked hard to source reputable, local manufacturers and suppliers that I can regularly visit and project manage.

I also have a few retail stores who are interested in purchasing my bags, once they're made. I know that if I can just get these made, they'll be a huge hit! (Have you seen them? They're adorable!)

At this point, really, my biggest obstacle is start-up capital, and that's where your help is key.

Please support this project. You'll get a bag or two, I'll be able to make a lot of them, and the world will have access to some amazing, hand-printed bags.

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    One of the smaller bags (either the cross-body bag or the small tote bag, depending on which one I decide to have made) in one of the prints. You can choose a print once I finalize selections in November.

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    A thank you card, a limited-edition "Live Bravely" print on paper, a large tote bag, plus one of the small bags, in one or more of the prints. You can choose your bag prints once I finalize selections in November.

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    A thank you card, a limited-edition "Live Bravely" print on paper, two large tote bags, plus two of the small bags, in one or more of the prints. You can choose your bag prints once I finalize selections in November.

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    A thank you card, a limited-edition "Live Bravely" print on paper, four large tote bags, plus four of the small bags, in one or more of the prints. You can choose your bag prints once I finalize selections in November.

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    Want a custom design? I'll work with you to design a print for a two-color bag, then will print and manufacture 16 of these for you!

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