07.17.11: I've decided that for these last few days of my project here I'll be GIVING AWAY ONE PAIR OF BOOTS to one person who donates ANY amount before the end of the project on Thursday morning!since the project has been so successful so far. So if you've been wishing for a pair of boots but don't want to pledge at the $100 level, now's your chance to donate any amount (even a $1 pledge will work!) and be entered into a random drawing for a pair of boots! I'm so grateful for all the support of gotten on this project, so I thought it would be fun to give away a pair of boots as a celebration!
07.08.11: over $19,500 and counting! Thank you SO MUCH! Today only: I'll choose one person who donates $10 or more to the project today to get a FREE PRINT of your choice from my etsy shop! In addition to the Kickstarter reward, of course. I'll post the winner right here tomorrow!
UPDATE: The winner of the free print is Sue Clasen!
07.06.11 update: Fully funded! THANK YOU ALL! Please continue to support the project, though, because the more money I can raise, the more patterns I'll hopefully be able to start with!
07.01.11 update: 76% funded already, WOW!! Thank you to everyone who's pledged to the project so far! I'm thrilled at the response and can't wait to see what the final total is. Remember, the more money I accumulate, the more patterns I can start with! Yeah! Happy 4th of July to all you Americans this weekend!
THE CONCEPT: I am creating a line of patterned rain boots using my own quirky and colorful designs on the outside of the boots, and I’m putting secret, hidden message on the inside of each boot. What kind of messages? Loving messages. Empowering messages. Messages that will remind you each and every time you put on the boots that this is your glorious life, that you are amazing, and that you get to choose how you want to live it, right now.
** I will not be starting the line with children's sizes, though that will hopefully come in the future! My plan at this point is to begin with women's sizes 6-11.
WHY RAIN BOOTS? : I think rain boots are the perfect surface for my designs. My artwork is playful, colorful, and quirky—and isn’t that exactly what rain boots are? They’re for puddle jumping, and tucking your jeans into or wearing with cute skirts, and they’re for brightening up rainy days! Plus, when the idea for the boots appeared in my head, I couldn’t let it go. It grabbed me. My heart jumped around in my chest and I instantly started obsessing over it. I was passionate about the idea right from the start.
MY MISSION: This is my first foray into the world of manufacturing. Right now, every product I make and sell is made by hand (by me) in my studio in Atlanta, GA. I’m committed to taking my business to the next level by creating products on a bigger scale that encapsulate the personal message that I aim to put into the world: that we are all powerful human beings who deserve to be happy. We are each profoundly unique, and possess the ability to make our wildest dreams come true. And I believe that color and art are essential parts of living into our dreams and in experiencing life in a deeply happy and fulfilling way! This message threads itself through all of my artwork already, so naturally I want it to extend into the boots as well.
(these images are not necessarily what the actual boots and phrases will be-- they are examples and ideas I'm working with right now...)
WHAT MAKES MY BOOTS UNIQUE: Each pair of boots will have a hidden inner label – an inspirational musing, a loving message – that only you’ll know is there when you’re wearing them. So while the boots will most certainly be pretty on the outside, they’ll be much more than just another lovely pair of rain boots. Each time you put on the boots, the message will be there to remind you that you’re unique and amazing, and it’ll invite you to live color to the max (that’s my motto!). I want the boots to remind you that you are perfect exactly the way that you are and that you can choose to embrace it. When you wear the boots, you can step into the inner power and awesomeness that’s inherently inside of you. And I think that's pretty rockin'!!
YOUR CONTRIBUTION: The money that you donate to the project will go directly toward funding the manufacturing of the first line of boots.
I am working with a factory overseas to produce the boots and have received a sample pair of boots already. (Not with my design yet, but that will come once I’ve secured the funding and can place the exciting first order!) The pieces are all in place to put the boots into production, and I’m raring to go!
I CAN ONLY DO IT WITH YOUR HELP! Your donations will cover the costs of getting the the first shipment of boots produced and shipped to the USA, where I’ll lovingly send them to you and all the other people and shops who orders them.
I'm planning to start the line with TWO patterns and TWO different inner messages, but if the project exceeds my hopes for its success, I’ll be able to start the line with a bigger range of patterns, which would be exciting! The amount I’m trying to raise will cover the costs of starting the line with 2 different designs. But more money = more designs! Fun!
This is where you come in! I want you to join in my army of boots on the ground and to love this project as much as I do. I want you to love it so much that you want to shout about it from the rooftops, and I want you to tell everyone you know! The thought of seeing someone walking down the street wearing a pair of my boots makes me so dang excited, I can hardly stand it. Knowing that everyone in our colorful army will be in on a special secret (we all have hidden messages in our boots!) makes me exceedingly happy. And when you see someone walking down the streets wearing a pair of my boots, you can give each other a special secret nod and know that you are both part of the same colorful army.
I hope you’ll not only help me make these boots a reality by supporting and donating to my project, but to also help me spread the word far and wide! I need you!!
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP SPREAD THE WORD:
1. Tweet about it! I’m @jessicagswift on twitter. Here are some sample tweets that you can copy and paste (or change to make your own or whatever) to make it extra quick and easy for you:
· @jessicagswift is making rain boots! With hidden loving messages! Help her make these babies a reality on @kickstarter: http://ht.ly/5mHwb
· Love in the form of rain boots! @jessicagswift needs your help to make these babies a reality on @kickstarter: http://ht.ly/5mHwb
2. Please feel free to use the same messages above to post on facebook, change them to your liking, write your own, whatever! Please also like me on facebook!
3. Post a badge on your blog or your website telling the world that you’re supporting my project! You can right click and save the badges below to use them, or there are more available on my website. Link it back to this page so more people can learn all about it! :)
THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I can't do this without you, and I appreciate you so much for helping me to make this huge dream a reality. You're amazing and beautiful, and I'm filled with heart-exploding gratitude for you!
Now let's get these boots on the streets!!
Please add a bit extra to your pledge to cover shipping costs! I appreciate it, and I would ship them for free if I could! :)
Here's the breakdown:
$1 - $24: Please add $2.00
$25 - $74: Please add $4.00
$75 - $149: Please add $14.00
$150 - $249: Please add $16.00
$250 - $499: Please add $28.00
$500 - $999: Please add $50.00
$1000 - $2499: Please add $100.00
$2500 - $4999: Please add $150.00
$5000 and above: Please add $200.00
And HUGE thanks to my good friend George Howell for his help with the video! Please contact him if you need any video help-- he's awesome!
- (30 days)