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Update #5

THANK YOU.

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we did it!!!
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i am so touched and amazed by your generosity and support.
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here's a quick production update: some of the sample linens arrived today from thailand (see below)-- and just in time to bring to the renegade craft fair this weekend! as usual, there are plenty of adjustments and changes to make for the main production -- that, thanks to your pledges, i'll be able to follow through with.
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also pictured below are the rubber stamps my dad and i are making, and a print of my new calligraphy A-Z chart (for a 'calligraphy starter kit' with dip pen, italian ink, and tips + tricks).
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i will be in touch soon with details on fulfilling your rewards.
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xoxo thanks again xoxo
;) diva

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Update #4

coming together

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thank you for coming together to make this happen - we're just about there!!!
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i just got news that the sample linens from thailand will arrive in a couple days - so i'll have some to sell and show off in time for Renegade! and with the funding from all of you i'll be able to place a larger order to sell on LINEA CARTA's website and to stores all over (and for our 'backers only' sale, of course!). so. exciting. {see below for a sweet photo of oom and charoen in thailand.. couldn't have done it without them either!}
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did i mention that this is my absolute busiest (craziest) time of year?? though its really hard its also kind of exhilarating.. as you know, i'll have a booth at the Renegade Craft Fair next weekend (18+19th) and just a week away its all coming together. besides the great news about the new linens, i also got the rubber impressions for stamps in the mail today (my dad and i will be cutting the blocks and putting them together this weekend) - super cute. AND an order of organic cotton t-shirt tunics arrived from alternative apparel that i'll be printing on. and the organic flannel robes i'm sewing to print on as well. AND the earrings, prints, paintings, cards, wishing bracelets, pencil cases.. but wait -- there's more! i also have some linen that i'm printing small runs of myself -- see below for a sneak peek of some coasters just drying.
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and last but never least are henry and nico (the only ones getting any rest around here!).
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thank you again, with my whole heart.
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Update #3

pre-production & the holidays

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hello lovely backers,

thank you so much for joining in - only 10 days to go!!

though not nearly as fun as the design process, pre-production is a huge part of making this all happen and come together smoothly.

generally production would take at least 10 weeks - 2 weeks to receive the fabric, 2 weeks to cut the fabric, 3 weeks for the screen-printing, and another 3 weeks for sewing.. in the past i've always used all local cutters, printers and sewers. this time, however, with the holidays right around the corner, i'm trying something new. my mother was in thailand this year with her good friend suzy (who's thai). through friends they met charoen and his family, who have a small factory in a village trying desperately to preserve its traditional craft of fabric making and natural dying. Its a wonderful opportunity to try out production for our linens - and because they'll do all the cutting, printing, and sewing under one roof, it will take a lot less time. it is such a sweet family, and i'm thrilled to be able to work with them to help support this struggling village.

since i really want to have new stuff for this year's SF Renegade Craft Fair (dec. 18&19), i've gone forward and ordered 50 yards of fabric and shipped it to charoen in thailand - though for future production (when there's more time) they will make the linen there for us. its enough for short sample runs (about 20 pieces) of about 3 or 4 designs. i've also sent them artwork, pantone colors, patterns, and samples from my previous collection. with production, communication is never easy - even when its right here in berkeley! so i have also hired Oom, a thai friend of suzy's that lives in chiangmai (near charoen's factory) to check in on progress and keep me updated - she has been a huge help. if all goes as planned i will have this first small run in time for Renegade!

if not, which is also very possible, i'm busy making new stuff in-house (in-studio-apartment). so you have something to look at, below is a peak at some designs i'm working on for rubber stamps, paper jewelry, paintings and prints, and possibly some hand-painted linens (long requested by my friends at LOLA - lolahome.com). i also have some super soft organic cotton flannel that i want to use for robes. and of course lots of beautiful stationery. enjoy!

xo diva

p.s. i figured out that if everyone on my mailing list pledged just $5 we'd easily make our goal. so please let your friends know that i've just added a new $5 reward, which will get them a limited-edition hand printed card and envelope (normally about $8 with shipping) with new artwork inspired by our new collection.

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Update #2

inspiration

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thanks for all the great feedback -- keep it comin! and keep spreading the word!!

the new fern design is definitely a favorite, and since i know pink isn't everyone's color, if possible i'm going to add green as another color option (below, pic 1)). also, keep in mind the fabric is a natural colored, unbleached linen, and the inks are water-based, so these bright colors won't look AS bright (below, pic 2).

thought i'd take a step back and fill you in on some of my inspiration for this collection. for links go to my blog (not sure how to include links here). pic 3: my sketchbook, vintage illustrated animal encyclopedia pages (from thriftypyg on etsy), screen printed neon envelope from Ape Do Good printing in sf, hi-tec-c pens by pilot (the best!), vintage stamps (from thriftypyg), stickers by Merry & Merry from japantown. pic 4: italian candy wrapper, french mushroom fevre (vintage cake prize) from Castle in the Air. pic 5: metallic gold thread, vintage czech folk art stamps (also from thriftypyg), japanese gift bag from friend kyoko, hand made card by ESSIMAR (love this artist). pic 5: henry the pug and nico the rascal (are these the cutest dogs ever or what?!).

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Update #1

new designs!

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well, only 16 days to go, and if this project is successful i have to be ready to roll! so i've been fine-tuning artwork, pattern layouts, and colors. see below for a preview..

although there are 8 designs here, the $3700 goal will only cover the minimum production of 3, maaaybe 4 designs (plus the calendar which i'll definitely do) - so i'd love to hear your feedback: which are your favorites and must-haves?

and, of course, if we go above and beyond the $3700 we can make all of the designs (and more products besides just the calendar, tea towels and napkins).

thank you thank you thank you~ and please keep forwarding & sharing this project with friends and family!

xoxo diva

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    Always wanted to design your own line or produce your designs? Here I will include you in my design process & share the steps and progress of production too with weekly email updates.

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    you will receive the updates and an inside peak at my design and production progress, and you will also receive a limited-edition, hand printed card and envelope - with new artwork inspired by this new collection (regular value $8).

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    I will include you in my design and production process & progress, and you will be invited to an exclusive Kickstarter (for backers only) 2-day sale on my website, where you'll get first dibs on the new collection at 40% off!!

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    i will include you in my design and production process & progress, you will also be invited to a private 2-day online sale (40%off!), AND i will mail you a much sought after 2011 linen calendar, screen-printed and featuring my illustrations and hand-lettering.

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    I will share my progress with you, you will be invited to the private 2-day online sale (40%off!), plus get the 2011 linen calendar in the mail, PLUS.. You will also get a limited-edition print of my artwork from this new collection, hand-printed on beautiful archival tree-free paper, signed by the artist.

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    I will share my progress with you, you will be invited to the private 2-day online sale (40%off!), plus get the 2011 calendar in the mail, PLUS.. i will create a monogrammed (or other custom icon) set of 6 custom linen napkins [or stationery (box set of 40), your choice]- all mailed to you in a very special package.

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    I will share my progress with you, you will be invited to the private 2-day online sale (40%off!), plus get the 2011 calendar in the mail, PLUS the limited-edition print, AAANND.. I'll orchestrate the perfect dinner party for you and your loved ones! your package will include: a linen apron printed with your custom monogram/icon to match your 6 custom napkins (or stationery), the recipe for my absolute favorite dish from my years living in Bologna, Italy, and 6 beautiful menus, calligraphed and illustrated by me, for your next special celebration!

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