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$2,347
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
33
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 3 2014 7:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

We wanted to pursue a new approach to printing, so we've spent the past several years working on just that.. 

FOOD GRADE DYES

These are organic mixtures that we design and create in house. Anything from the natural world that contains strong pigment is a candidate to become a printable dye.

We avoid using products that a person could actually eat, so most of our dyes are created from spent, spoiled, or recycled ingredients. Used coffee grounds, expired produce, and corked bottles of red wine have all proven extremely useful. Also, these things tend to be free so utilizing them is good business! 

VIEW OUR GREETING CARD LINE
VIEW OUR GREETING CARD LINE

Most importantly these dyes print beautifully! We have even figured out how to print on garments with our coffee dye to create graphics of incredible quality that last through wash and wear.  

ESPRESSO DYED TRI-BLEND TEE
ESPRESSO DYED TRI-BLEND TEE
12x16 PRINTS FROM ESPRESSO & WATER BASED INK
12x16 PRINTS FROM ESPRESSO & WATER BASED INK

STENCIL PRINTING

Inspired by the techniques used by artists on canvas and city streets we designed this process to be completed entirely by hand. As our runs grew in size we were forced to trade our xacto knife for a laser cutter.   

Our approach now relies on spray guns, water based inks, and laser cut stencils. The goal is to capture the style and esthetic of stencil art in a process that allows for efficient production. 

EARLY DAYS OF STENCIL PRINTING
EARLY DAYS OF STENCIL PRINTING

 We now have a registration system where reusable stencils are dropped into place, secured with weights, and sprayed with mixtures of water based ink. We began with t-shirts and have since pushed into cards, prints, and beyond. 

Our stencil printing process allows for images of remarkable quality that include subtleties and textures unique from anything available on the market today. This process has endured countless revisions to arrive where it is now and we can't wait to share it!

STENCILED HATCHETS

In addition to paper products and garments we are working on a growing line of stenciled hand tools. Our goal is to recreate the textures and tones that appear throughout the stencil printing process on another medium, wood. This concept combines art and functionality to create tools that are meant to be admired and put to work. 

STENCILED HATCHETS
STENCILED HATCHETS

ETHOS

In addition to developing innovative print concepts we work to promote resourceful manufacturing right here in the USA.  

We design and fabricate all of our own printing equipment                           

We turn waste products into artwork                                         

We source every component from within the USA - most within CA 

- We avoid industrial chemicals 

- We use recycled ingredients throughout our process

- We manufacture entirely by hand

Being resourceful with what's around, reusing materials, and manufacturing by hand is not nostalgia. We believe it's a recipe for quality!

ARTIST COLLABORATION

Much of our design is completed in house. However, we embrace collaboration as an important part of our identity. 

FERNANDO JULE, EL SALVADOR
FERNANDO JULE, EL SALVADOR

This past year we have pursued multiple collaborations with other brands and independent artists. From world renowned surfboard manufacturers in California, to mixed medium artists from Paris, and a talented muralist from El Salvador. The future of Domestic will continue to be molded by a community of talented individuals from all corners of the globe.

OUR STORY

We are Alex & John. A father-in-law/son-in-law team working jointly out of Santa Barbara, & San Diego, CA. 

John has been screen printing professionally for over 35 years. His level of experience, craftsmanship, and attention to detail are remarkable. John always says when you're printing, "there are a thousand things trying to go wrong at the same time". It's difficult to imagine that someone could be more equip to deal with this situation than him.

Alex is part stencil artist, printer, designer, chemist, and dreamer. A collection of titles that aim to push what is possible in print application. Young at heart and old school in his approach to craftsmanship. Alex's dream is simple, to take pride in creating and to enjoy every minute of it.

FUNDING

We are raising funds to continue our process of research and development in addition to building inventory so that we can begin to approach retailers. 

-a few of the dyes we have developed here in our studio-
-a few of the dyes we have developed here in our studio-

It has taken us years to develop printable food grade dyes that are vibrant, consistent, and viable. Its been a humbling process that has relied on trial and error and its just getting started! We want to continue experimenting with new dye concepts to expand upon our color palette and to build more dyes that are viable on garments.  

In addition, we need to build stock so that we can begin to approach retailers. Our inventory has been limited due to funding; and creating solid inventory is the life blood of our business and the next step towards the dream of showcasing our print concepts to a larger audience. Thanks for your help! 

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Risks and challenges

We have completed production runs on all of the products that we will be offering our backers. As a result we are confident in our ability to fulfill orders in volume. However, there are variables in every production scenario. The most notable is sourcing. Fortunately we have established wholesale accounts with a number of domestic suppliers who provide us with the variety of components that we need to both produce and ship our products.

To further combat any snags related to sourcing we have provided our backers with a conservative timeframe for delivery. This gives us an added cushion should we encounter out of stock items or delivery delays.

Finally, we have already sought out back up sourcing options for the components that have proven to take the longest to reach our studio. This offers us yet another option when snags occur.

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    (1) 5x7 Hand numbered greeting card with craft envelope - inside is blank. Take your pick! Choose any single card from our line of STENCILED & DYED greeting cards.

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    (2) 5x7 Hand numbered greeting cards with craft envelopes - insides are blank. Take your pick! Choose any single card from our line of STENCILED & DYED greeting cards. After making a pledge, you will receive an email within 72 hours allowing you to select your specific greeting cards.

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    Choose (1) 12x16 hand numbered edition print. Select from our line of 12x16 editions printed on the highest quality recycled 120lb card-stock and hand numbered by batch and edition. After making a pledge, you will receive an email within 72 hours allowing you to select your specific print.

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    (6) 5x7 hand numbered greeting cards with craft envelopes - insides are blank. Take your pick! Choose any 6 cards from our line of STENCILED & DYED greeting cards. Shipped in a sturdy craft jewelry boy. After making a pledge, you will receive an email within 72 hours allowing you to select your specific greeting cards.

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    (1) T-Shirt of your choice. Choose any piece from our line of screened, dyed, & stenciled tees. Printed in small batches on the highest quality 50/50 & Tri-Blend constructions, each of these pieces is truely one of a kind! After making a pledge, you will receive an email within 72 hours allowing you to select your specific shirt.

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    (2) T-shirts of your choice. Choose any 2 mens or women's tees from our line of hand printed garments. THIS INCLUDES ANY OF OUR ONE OF A KIND ESPRESSO DYED GRAPHICS! After making a pledge, you will receive an email within 72 hours allowing you to select your specific shirts.

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    (1) Stenciled Hatchet. Choose any piece from our line of acrylic stenciled hatchets! Crafted from American Hickory and coated in polyurethane. Each piece is made by hand and no two are exactly alike! After making a pledge, you will receive an email within 72 hours allowing you to select your specific hatchet.

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    PAPER & STEEL
    (1) Stenciled Hatchet of your choice &
    (4) 5x7 greeting cards.
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    PAPER STEEL & THREAD
    (1) Stenciled Hatchet of your choice.
    (1) T-SHIRT of your choice.
    (4) Greeting cards of your choice. A sampling of our 3 mediums. This gives you a taste of everything that we create! Shipped in sturdy craft board boxes. enjoy! After making a pledge, you will receive an email within 72 hours allowing you to select your specific hatchet, shirt, and greeting cards.

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    ARTIST COLLABORATION. The opportunity to work together with us to create a limited edition run using the original artwork of your choice. We will collaborate on design, print style (stencil, dye, or ink), and medium. You will receive a full limited run of products & the chance to become a contributing artist for our 2015 catalog.

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