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shawné michaelainBy shawné michaelain
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shawné michaelainBy shawné michaelain
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$5,717
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 15 2018 5:05 PM UTC +00:00.

About

 STRAPP is the modern, no fuss strap-on harness with a secure, shape affirming style.

Strapp’s two patterns, the Crush and the Cruise are designed to include:

  1. A higher, form flattering waistline. 

They both feature a high waist, as opposed to the traditional hip hugger, with a comfortable, breathable mesh and side snaps for easy-on/easy-off.

  1. Adjustability without extra material hanging off the sides. 

For those of you who’ve used these products before, this means no mood ruining velcro sounds and any flappy, worn out, straps to tuck in where you can. In tests, our wearers take less time putting on this harness than existing harnesses. 

  1. Added support around the toy opening for increased stability. 

The soft o-ring in the middle, accommodates girths up to 2 inches, making this harness compatible with most toys.

  1. No exposed uncoated metal hardware.

All of the hardware is secure and lays flat against the body to protect against snagging or digging into the skin of either partner. It won’t even wiggle loose as you move like some of these beloved all-leather models you’re used to seeing. 

  1. A non-branded look.

Your sex should be about you - not us! Make your own memories, check out Strapp's branded t-shirts if you’re into the logo thing. 

There are more than 6 million millennial harness wearers in the USA alone, and I've designed this harness to celebrate us in the way we feel best. Every new product for this market expands our lifestyle’s historical narrative and makes space for better options that will actually excite us. 

The Crush and the Cruise are a step forward toward more accessible, more advanced intimate wearables. The goal is to use an initial more expensive harness to help fund a more affordable model with a similar style. I believe good sex shouldn’t be exclusive. For some, a harness is as as a part of daily life as socks or underwear.

Photo : Amber Williams.
Photo : Amber Williams.

I am shawné michaelain holloway, a performance artist and sex educator based in Chicago, IL. I created STRAPP with help from Lean Artist, an artist accelerator, lead by Jeremy Bailey. The prototypes generated from this work are featured in an art installation included in the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s exhibition I Was Raised on The Internet. 

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, July 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, July 2018

During five years of experience in the adult retail industry, I have spent hundreds of one-on-one consultation hours with customers building an understanding about where the products just aren’t keeping up with the needs of the community. I noticed that the harness category seems to see the least amount of innovation, and is least accessible to those looking for an affordable, high quality option, that they're actually excited to buy. Many go to an "old reliable" - but, with your help, I'm here to change that. 

Photo : Amber Williams.
Photo : Amber Williams.

What your contribution will support : 

  • a comprehensive size spectrum from XXS through XXXL. - We’re working with a pattern expert to figure out how to adjust the design for maximum accessibility.  
  • the labour and materials associated with our first manufacturing run.  
  • the founder and a small staff of consulting experts working to integrate new upgrades. 
  • crowdfunding fees and expenses.

This project is a part of Kickstarter's Designed By Artists collection : "Designed by Artists is a celebration of Kickstarter projects by artists building community-centered products. From conceptual dating apps to hardware for new media art, these projects create thoughtful, useful products that enrich the lives of the people who use them." 

Risks and challenges

There are always certain unknowns in the manufacturing process. I will provide updates throughout the campaign in the event of any timeline setbacks or other major events!

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