So you love dachshunds do you? Of course you do. They are vertically challenged hot dogs of cuteness!
Now, add some stilts, and of course a drop of smugness (because really, what dachshund on stilts WOULDN'T be smug?) and you've got yourself something pretty great.
I'm an independent designer and artist and recently came up with this piece of art that I felt would make a great t-shirt. I've done a few t-shirts in the past for some clients, as well as fun ones for friends and family and have rather enjoyed it, so I figured, why not share my designs with other people?
My goal for this Kickstarter is simple: get funded to back a production run of Dachshund on Stilts t-shirts! By backing this Kickstarter at the $19 you get a pretty spiffy t-shirt shipped directly to your door!
100% cotton! - All t-shirts are 100% cotton Gildan 4.5oz Softstyle in Kiwi Green. (color on your screen is approximate) A really great, breathable fashion fit shirt, that washes and wears well, and most importantly holds screen prints wonderfully!
WE HIT $1000! - NEW COLOR CHOICE ADDED! NAVY! What do you want to see with a dachshund on stilts? A mug? a keychain? - if we hit $1600, another award will be added!
Website for shirt so you can check out sizing details: http://gildan.com/distributors/catalog/printSellSheet.cfm?lang=en&id_catalog=en&id_product=64000
Postcards: If you're like me, you've gotten lost in the world wide web and forgotten about the simple act of hand writing a letter. Well, getting back into this wonderful old tradition has never been easier! Keep in touch with friends and family and let them know that you hope they are as happy as a dachshund on stilts! ($5, $56 and above levels)
Prints: Are your walls just bare and lonely and in need some something on them? Well, today is your lucky day. Grab a "making of" poster that showcases the original sketch, and a few of the steps from design to final art, in lovely 12 by 16 print, signed by yours truly! (Rolled without frame unless noted in award level.) Showcase your love of dachshunds, smuggness, cuteness and hilariousness all at one time at the $13 dollar award level.
Custom Design Level: Anyone out there really like this dachshund character I created? Well, this is your chance to get a character designed that is inspired by you. Yes! You! For this level, I will take your breed suggestion (or animal - if you would prefer, I am open to horses, mice, cats, pigs etc) and create a limited edition run of t-shirts for a design I create based on your idea. You will get 5 Gildan Softstyle t-shirts in sizes and color of your choosing with your inspired design. You will also get the digital artwork files, to print or post for personal use (no resale of course). *In addition you'll get a few dachshund shirts, poster and postcards.
Timeline: I'd like to ship everything out in early to mid November. The project is set to end on November 2nd. I will then take a few days to send out surveys and collect size and address information. Once all that is done I will send off the design for printing and 7-10 days later I'll have shirts ready to go! So you should have your shirts in hand by the week of Nov. 19th or just a bit after (US) in plenty of time for the holidays! Any international orders may take a few more days. *Custom Design Level will get dachshund material shipped with everyone else, however the custom design and proceeding shirts will most likely be completely in late December or January.
I've already secured a shirt and card manufacturer so all I need now is funding! So let's hope we can do that!
Additional Funds: I had planned on donating a percentage of additional funds, but sadly, as of yet, a charity for procuring stilts for dachshunds doesn't exist. This being the case, any additional funds raised will go to printing more of these shirts, OR adding colors, or the beginning of additional future designs. :)
Risks and challenges
The main risk and challenge with this project really was just getting the artwork to come out just right, but good news, that's already done! Now I just have to get funded in order to meet the printing minimum for the shirts and get the artwork officially ready to print, and cross my fingers that everything comes out as wonderful as I hope it does.
If it looks like i'm close, but not quite there with the funds, I may have to look into slightly pricier but smaller minimum so I can still bring the project to fruition, but hey, it's a dachshund on stilts! What's not to love?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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