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Unique designer umbrellas: to make your rainy day a little less wet and a lot more delightful! Read more

Boston, MA Fashion
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This project was successfully funded on August 16, 2011.

Unique designer umbrellas: to make your rainy day a little less wet and a lot more delightful!

Boston, MA Fashion
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Lauren Briere
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Lauren Briere

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When did rainy days become so sad?

When I was a kid, rainy days were full of pitter-pattery wonder. Now I find myself frowning alongside all the other sad worker bees during the morning commute. It isn’t like our umbrellas are the problem, but they aren’t helping either.

My mission is to make the umbrella into something whimsical and beautiful, not just a solemn guardian on those wet days. Each Over Our Heads umbrella is made with my original artwork on the inside of the canopy, surrounding you with colorful scenes when you need it most - on those dull gray days. The outside is left simple and reserved so that you only have to share the love if you want to.

In short, I’m out to make your rainy days a little less wet and a lot more delightful!

Why umbrellas?
Because they desperately need cheering up. Umbrellas are constantly associated with dreariness and discomfort, but their form and simplicity gives them a strange sort of beauty. It’s the perfect artistic canvas because you can take it with you, and it gives you a view that is both panoramic and personal. Plus, when you’re sharing one it means you’re close together - embraced tightly under your own little domed art gallery. That’s something we could all use when we find ourselves getting wet and sad.

My goal:
Right now each of my umbrellas are painted entirely by hand. This is a problem because, with the amount of time that it takes, I have no choice but to sell them at fine art prices. I’d rather they be priced like umbrellas!

To do this, we intend to start reproducing Over Our Heads umbrellas using a printing process called sublimation. This will allow for the charm and detail of the design to be preserved while greatly lowering the price of each item. It also doesn’t give that chunky texture when you run your fingers over it - it’s like the artwork is a part of the material.

Your contribution:
We have already partnered with a printer, but we need money in order to place our first order. Your donation will help pay for the very first shipment of Over Our Heads umbrellas! And the best part is that if you donate $50 or more, it will count as your own pre-order (it gets better too; check out the rewards!).

But if you like our mission and don’t feel you have the money, I still love you. In fact, I could use your help getting the word out there. You can follow me on Twitter (@OverOurHeads) or facebook (Over Our Heads). Even a single mention on the interwebz will go a long way in making our dream of cheering up your rainy day a reality!

SHIPPING- (so I've done the research and these are the best prices for those of you who are getting a pre-order= please include this w/ your pledge)

                     AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, and all EUROPE: $35
                     CANADA: $24
                     US: $6

These are the two 'brellas that will be reproduced:


  • I've been doing the footwork in getting the cheapest shipping cost available and finally have some answers! :)

    shipping to the UK, Australia, and New Zealand is $35
    shipping to Canada- $26
    shipping within US- $6

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  • Of course! when the pledge time is up I'll send out a inquiries to everyone- asking which umbrella they'd like and also their address.

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  • We are striving for that! IF anywhere not in the US then the UK.

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  • I've been getting a lot of mail asking to what else I do- DO FLATTERING! I've done a couple music videos for my friends The Weepies, currently waiting for a children's book to be published, and I do commissions here and there. My portfolio site is: for those who requested seeing it! You guys are so sweet!

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  • they are standard 'golf' umbrella sized. I was easily influenced by Mary Poppins and her talking bird handle umbrella. These, sadly, will not have a talking bird.

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  • I will strive to print onto the BEST umbrella that I can afford. I've definitely had my share of brellas blowing inside out... always surrounded by tons of people too! There's pity in their eyes and then BAM! It happens to them!

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    A thank you card with your own little doodle on it from me! Also, you'll be thanked on our fancy blog.

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    A decal featuring the Over Our Heads "Octobrella" logo and a huge public thanks on the blog!

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    A t-shirt and decal featuring the Over Our Heads octobrella logo

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    Will count as your pre-order for one of the very first printed umbrellas.

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    Two pre-orders, featuring one of each of the two initial launch designs

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    A pre-order, plus a hand-painted umbrella featuring the Over Our Heads octopus... in space!

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    $500 - a pre-order, a custom, hand-painted umbrella featuring a cartoon version of you (or your favorite animal)!

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    Two pre-order plus a custom, hand painted umbrella featuring a cartoon version of you or your favorite animal (AND A T-SHIRT + DECAL!!!!)

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    Everything! (two pre-orders, a hand painted octopus in space umbrella, a custom hand painted umbrella, and of course, the t-shirt and decal)

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    Everything! PLUS an original piece of wall art. I also promise to give you a heartfelt hug if I ever pass you on the street. Hell, I'll kiss you full on the lips!

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