Fully Funded! All Stretch Goals Unlocked!
Having had a love for illuminated manuscripts and the curious beasts on their pages for a long while now, and being an avid pin collector I decided to combine the two and create some amusing and beautiful pins.
The pins will be hard enamel with the metal in various plating finishes (such as nickel, gold, copper and black nickel) to best match their colouring and the way they were originally illuminated.
Once backing is complete and the campaign is successful backer surveys will be sent out where you can let me know which of the unlocked pins and stickers you would like.
A Note on Shipping: Shipping is unfortunately going to be a little more for international (non-Australian) backers. For backers who want one or two pins I will send the pin(s) by air mail, letter post, in order to keep prices down. However, for orders of three or more pins I won't rely on letter post and will ship the order as a small package, this increases the shipping by a bit again. One way to get around this: if you and some of your local friends are keen to pledge, pool your money, get a larger number of pins and they'll be sent in one parcel which you can then divvy up between you on receiving them.
Sticker Scribe: a reward for those who can't pledge a lot but still want to show their support and get something cool in return! You will be able to choose from any of the unlocked designs, each will be available as a sticker! The stickers are to be produced through a high quality sticker manufacturer who have excellent quality, hard wearing stickers. They are waterproof and UV protected and will be approximately 4 to 5 inches across depending on design. Want more than one sticker? Just add the amount for however many extra stickers you'd like to your pledge.
Pin reward levels: each of these is for the number of pins stated. Each pin will be hard enamel, manufactured to a high quality, back stamped with the "Medieval Menagerie" logotype, two pin posts to prevent rotation, rubber clutches, and backing card. The pins will vary slightly in size depending on design but they will all be between 1.3 to 2 inches.
Please note: There may be some slight differences between the digital mock-ups and the actual pins, colours will vary slightly in the process and some small elements in the designs will be edited to better suit the final product.
First pin to be released:
I have had a sample of the first pin made to make sure the quality of the manufacturing is up to scratch and that the design will work well for the medium. Here are some images of the sample pin:
Each design is set up as a stretch goal so that there will be an adequate amount of funds for each pin to be manufactured. I will be getting samples made of each design before mass production in order to make sure they are precise to the design and also to check the colours work well together.
First Stretch Goal, unlocked at AU$1,000
Second Stretch Goal, unlocked at AU$2,000
Third Stretch Goal, unlocked at AU$3,500
Fourth Stretch Goal, unlocked at AU$4,000
One sticker will be added to every order! Choose your sticker from the unlocked pin designs when the Backer Surveys are sent out!
Fifth Stretch Goal, unlocked at AU$5,000
Sixth Stretch Goal, unlocked at AU$6,000
Seventh Stretch Goal, unlocked at AU$7,200
Final Stretch Goal, unlocked at AU$8,400
BONUS Ninth Design, Unlocked at AU$10,000
- Pin Manufacturing
- Sticker Manufacturing
- Shipping Supplies
- Kickstarter, Payment Processing Fees & Taxes
- July to August: Campaign
- August and September: Funds Transfer, Samples Ordered & Surveys Sent (I will be away for 3 weeks in September but will be checking in periodically to give you updates on samples etc.)
- October: Orders Placed with Manufacturer (Production estimated at 4 to 6 weeks)
- November to December: Rewards Shipped to Backers
Here are links to each of the manuscripts and particular folios (one leaf of a manuscript volume, with both the front - recto - and back - verso - sides available as writing spaces) that the drolleries have come from. I will add to the list as they are unlocked. These manuscripts are in the public domain and most have been painstakingly and lovingly scanned so that we can enjoy them in high resolution from all around the world. Considering this and the fact these artists, who are long gone, cannot be reimbursed for their work, I will be donating 5% of the proceeds to Purple House who are an Indigenous-owned and run organisation providing dialysis in the most remote parts of Australia.
Knot a Dragon: Bestiary c. 1300, GKS 3466 8º, 39r, Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark this specific dragon is an Asp, who keeps one ear blocked with its tail and the other ear pressed to the ground so as not to hear the charmer.
Triple Threat: Book of Hours c. 1400, Stowe MS 17, 182r, British Library, London, UK goes directly to the page this grotesque inhabits! Be sure to peruse the manuscript at length as there are some wonderful creatures here.
Friends for Supper: Book of Hours, c. 1425, MS M.1004, 157r, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, USA unfortunately not the easiest to navigate and not everything is a very high resolution, but an absolutely beautiful manuscript nonetheless.
Keep it Clean: Book of Hours for the use of Chalon, c. 1505, MS 6881, 30r, Municipal Library, Lyon, France again, not the easiest site to navigate, like the Morgan again, not everything is here and not to a very high resolution, but there are some gorgeous drolleries in this manuscripts pages.
Beat Your Drum: Concerning the Fates of Illustrious Men and Women, The Destruction of Jerusalem, c. 1413, MS 63, 237r, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA this marginal is directly linked in the above, selections of other folios from the manuscript are available here, by scrolling to the bottom of the page and cycling through the thumbnails.
Snicken: Book of Hours, c. 1500, MS W. 427, 203v, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA this link goes to the exact folio that the snicken appears on, there are two other "snickens" in this manuscript too! The Walters collection is a brilliant archive to peruse, the website is responsive and easy to navigate.
Nock. Paw. Loose.: Breviary of Renaud de Bar (Summer), c. 1302, MS 107, 127v, Verdun Library, Verdun, Canada this link goes directly to the folio that the archer rabbit is taken from, there are many other bad bunnies in this beautiful manuscript! Here is a list of the manuscripts in the Verdun Library's catalogue.
Cape Caper: Froissart's Chronicles, c. 14th century, MS 2643, 1r, National Library of France, Paris, France link goes directly to the folio which depicts Isabella of France's welcoming to Paris, here is the link to the full manuscript in thumbnails. The BnF (Bibliotheque Nationale de France) website is a brilliant tool for navigating manuscripts.
Diving Past: Theological Miscellany including Summa de vitiis, Bestiary, c. 1250, Harley MS 3244, 55v, British Library, London, UK link goes directly to the folio which depicts the bat, along with some birds. The British Library's online catalogue of manuscripts is extensive and very well put together!
Risks and challenges
With the production of any product, there can be delays or errors.
However, I am a perfectionist and will be keeping a close eye on every part of the process. The manufacturer I am working with has great customer service and business practices and after getting a lovely sample from them I am confident that they will be an excellent partner for this campaign. To make certain of this, samples for the unlocked designs will be ordered ahead of mass production to finalise colours and moulds and anything that may come up in production.
If delays or visual defects occur, I will work with the company to resolve these issues and keep everyone aware of what's going on and when to expect their rewards. If there are any rewards that don't make it to their destination because they are lost in the post, or they arrive damaged, I will send a replacement out to fulfil the reward.
I have worked in customer service for over 13 years and have experience producing record covers, hand painted signs and other graphic design applications. I have been collecting enamel pins for several years now and have a keen understanding of what makes a good pin. I am excited to do an excellent job running this campaign and can't wait to fulfil the rewards everyone has pledged for!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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