Hello Kickstarter! My name is Rebecca Groom, and I am the person behind Palaeoplushies™; a series of realistic hand-made soft sculpture dinosaurs and other dinosaur-related products designed by myself.
I have successfully run two previous Kickstarters to produce soft toys, t-shirts and other goodies related to feathered dinosaurs Velociraptor and Archaeopteryx. My focus on scientific accuracy has been warmly received by palaeo-fans and those from the palaeontological community alike.
This time I've decided to run a smaller-scale Kickstarter project focusing on one product: A t-shirt featuring the four-winged feathered dinosaur Microraptor!
The artwork featured on the shirt was designed based on accurate reconstructions of this dinosaur, but with a heraldic flair. I have sold this design previously via Redbubble (featuring different text), where it proved popular. By running this Kickstarter I wish to get this design printed on better quality shirts using a more durable printing technique!
About the Shirts
I plan on getting this design printed on black Gildan Softstyle t-shirts. I like these shirts as they are lightweight (150gsm), a little stretchy and have a soft feel. They also wash well and dry fast! They are made of 100% ringspun cotton. The cut is reasonably short in length and the sleeves are slim fitting.
The design will be screen printed using a technique called discharge printing - The ink removes the dye from the garment and replaces it with pigment from the ink, leaving a very soft print with almost no feel. The print wont crack over time and the printed area doesn't feel "plastic-y" like some printed t-shirts.
T-Shirt Size Guide:
- S - Chest: 34/36 Width: 46cm Length: 71cm
- M - Chest: 38 Width: 51cm Length: 74cm
- L - Chest: 40/42 Width: 56cm Length: 77cm
- XL - Chest: 44/46 Width: 61cm Length: 76cm
- XXL - Chest: 48/50 Width: 66cm Length: 83cm
Postage and Packaging
I will be posting these via the Royal Mail and they will not come with tracking numbers! In the UK you have to pay a fair amount extra for tracking, and to keep costs down I have not included this in the postage prices:
- UK: £3 GBP (2nd Class Small Packages)
- International: £5 GBP (Standard Airmail)
I plan on making these t-shirts available only through this Kickstarter. I will order the exact amount for all the backers, with none left over, so grab them whilst you can!
Risks and challenges
As with any project, there's always unforeseen risks and challenges. I have completed two successful Kickstarters before I have already encountered a few of the things that can go wrong- luckily everything went smoothly in the end and I know what to expect this time!
As this Kickstarter is smaller in scope and I will not be importing anything, I do not forsee any delays due to customs/shipping.
I am using a UK-based t-shirt printing company who I already have a working relationship with. I'm very pleased with the quality of their products, their quick turn-around and I've had good feedback regarding their shirts from previous customers.
My local Royal Mail Post Office are used to me by now - I have a Drop and Go account which means I can deliver larger quantities of items to them which they then process for me.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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