UPDATE: Stretch Goal UNLOCKED!
This goal has been reached!! Backers will be able to choose their pin(s) after the campaign via the backer surveys!
This unique hybrid moth design depicts a rare beauty of the insect world! Wear or collect this original hard enamel pin to show your love of nature's diversity, your status as an entomology buff, or just because it's too gorgeous to pass up!
The moth the pin is based on is a real hybrid that results from an unusual pairing between Spanish moon moth (Graellsia isabellae) and Chinese moon moth (Actias dubernardi) parents. With its beautiful vibrant colors and trailing tails, it is truly distinct and lovely among insects.
The pin itself measures about 2" across at the widest. The design will be gold-plated with vibrant and smooth hard enamel as well as backed with two posts with rubber clutches for stability. Each pin will come individually packaged on a beautiful, original backing card as shown below.
All the art shown is final and ready to go in the formats needed by the production company - I just need your help funding the project! I'm a small-time independent artist, and while I've been able to personally fund smaller pins before, this is my most ambitious project yet. Please help me bring it to life!
Who are you & why are you making this?
My name is Mary Capaldi! I'm an independent and freelance artist. I love animals, particularly insects, and I enjoy opportunities to use my art to show off the hidden beauty of moths and other bugs to the public (and sometimes educate a little about them, too). This hybrid in particular has long been one of my favorite creatures ever to exist, but many people are unaware of the beauty of silkmoths! I enjoy making pins, and lots of folks really like wearing and collecting them, so this is a great way to celebrate and share a gem of the insect world through a functional and affordable piece of art.
Where can I find more about you & your art?
My shop: MaryCapaldi.com/shop
My portfolio: MaryCapaldi.com
What if I want to pledge for more than 3 Hybrid Moon Moth pins?
Go ahead and choose the 3-pin tier, then add an additional $14 for each extra pin you'd like!
Can I see examples of pins you've already made?
Here are two of my previous pins on backing cards - this moth will be bigger than either of them:
I will be using the same manufacturer for these moth pins as the pins above, so you can expect the same high quality for both the pins themselves and their backing card art.
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter, and there's always a little risk with doing something new! I've referenced previous folks' similar projects to chart a course on this adventure and have several people I can reach out to who have used Kickstarter before should anything unexpected happen on this platform. I have also kept the reward tiers simple to prevent this becoming confusing.
For the project at hand, I have experience in both creating pins and running preorders through my shop. I'll be working with the same company I've used successfully for four previous pin designs with no issues. They'll also be producing my backing cards so everything will come in at once. I've shipped out hundreds of pins, so I am familiar with how to pack them and the shipping rates needed, and I've managed preorder shipments of well over 100 orders in a matter of a few days on my own within the last year.
I've built in extra time to my delivery estimate based on previous experience with my production company just in case anything goes wrong and will keep everyone updated in any event! I'm confident I can fulfill the project as described and delight everyone with these beautiful pins.
(In the interest of full disclosure, at the time of launch I am currently also running a bandana preorder through my shop. These are expected to arrive and ship out while the campaign here is still going on and I anticipate no conflicts whatsoever.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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