BREAKING NEWS: Wow! Double-wow! We made it! $10,000 and almost 100 backers! Woollard could not be more happy or more grateful for all the support and enthusiasm from far and near! To celebrate, we just added a new reward (Make-Your-Own "Woollard" Snowman Kit) - a woolly DIY project to help celebrate the winter holidays!
Now let me tell you a bit about more about this project...
My name is Kara Johnson, but I write and draw children’s books as K.J. Scribbles. I am a material scientist and product designer. Every material has a story to tell. We love them or hate them, they are funny or boring, they are unexpected or mundane. Beyond products...I want to capture and unlock the character of a material in words and illustrations, in a story that kids will love to read and touch, first in a printed book and later in a digital world.
The writing part was pretty easy for me, but it took years (10!) for me to learn how to draw...now the book is ready to print. And that brings me to today, Woollard and The Stuff Kids. The money raised in this Kickstarter campaign will pay for the first high-volume production run of Woollard's Little Stitched Book at the minimum order quantity. The Stuff Kids is more than one book, it's a series of books and each character is made of a different material. Woollard is the first book in this series. Woollard is made of felt. Wool felt to be exact. Woollard lives in the country and does things that felt might do if he was feeling a little bit cute and curious.
After Woollard, the next book in the series will be about a little guy named Walter - he is made of concrete. If we exceed the goal for this campaign then we will print more Woollard books, write/illustrate/print Walter's book and design/build a digital world for The Stuff Kids where kids and adults can play - in an app, on your phone.
There will be 10+ characters in The Stuff Kids series. First Woollard, then Walter. There’s Bob - he’s made of cork. And Elmer - he’s made of wood. Clay - she’s made of terracotta, Rusty - he’s made of steel, Sandy - she’s made of glass. A.G. - she's made of silver. Stretch - he's made of rubber. Charlie - she's made of charcoal. Page is made of paper, Poly is made of plastic. You get the idea. Some might only live in a digital world, some might be printed. Here are some early prototypes:
I hope that you might want to buy Woollard's Little Stitched Book...get some cute and felt-y wool schwag or...just send a little woolly love to Woollard and his friends by supporting this Kickstarter campaign. Everyone gets a thank you postcard! And if you want more than just a book...get a t-shirt, a set of 4 felt "puzzle" coasters with die-cut flowers, framed original artwork (5" x 10") or a custom illustrated and framed mini-poster (11" x 17"). Here are some early concept sketches and prototypes of these add-on items:
When this project started, I didn’t have any kids to test my ideas with, but now I have two of my own and I want to publish Woollard before my kids grow-up and you know what people say: that happens fast. So here goes: This campaign is dedicated to little kids everywhere who (even before they walk or read) want to learn and know more about how things are made or what they are made of. And to my own kids: Sam - a most wonderful troublemaker and my favorite little monkey and Katie - the best little ladybug that a mom could ask for.
Let's go make Woollard...!
Risks and challenges
1. Printing The Book
Woollard is completely written and illustrated. When this campaign closes a few rounds of production-quality prototypes will be reviewed, final testing and design for assembly will be completed with a printer who can do high volume production, including assembly of Woollard into the book. If everything goes well, the books will be printed and shipped to you in time for 2016 Valentine's Day celebrations. But if you want to give someone a holiday sneak-peek I will make sure that Woollard's postcard arrives in time for December 2015 gift-giving.
2. Making Woollard
In the prototypes that I have made so far, the character of Woollard himself is a little red ball (with eyes and a mouth stitched and sometimes a daisy stuck to him) attached with thin wires between the pages at the center of the book. I have started conversations with a few manufacturers who can do the same hand-crafted quality and personality of Woollard, but in the final phase of design for manufacturing I will probably need to make some adjustments to assemble Woollard into the book. My goal is to maintain the tactile qualities and the authenticity of the material in the current prototype while also accommodating high volume production constraints.
I might learn a few other things along the way, but right now those are the things that are keeping me up at night...! ; )Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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