What is [SIC] APPAREL? Simply put, [SIC] APPAREL is a garage operation made up of individuals who enjoy creating art together. Fairly standard for a start up apparel company, but we have an angle. [SIC] functions like a gallery and is made up of a group of talented and dedicated artists who treat each shirt like a canvas: each shirt you buy is a piece of art. The selling of these shirts benefits the artists by spreading their work far and wide around the world. Along with promoting themselves as creative individuals, artists at [SIC] also have the opportunity to raise money and awareness for non-profits by dedicating a particular design to an organization of their choice. The [SIC] facility is an energetic and creative space for artists who develop unique quality apparel.
What sets us apart...
- All artwork produced is original.
- Artists can be involved throughout the printing process, start to finish.
- We support non-profits through sales of selected products.
- Our studio facility offers a creative space for our artists.
- We are eco-responsible and run our facility under LEED standards for conserving energy.
The Goal! Our goal is to expand the creative community that we live in. [SIC] helps emerging artists promote their work and gain exposure. In developing this collective our hope is to provide people with an artistic experience that goes beyond the confines of a physical gallery. We feel that the best way to make art accessible to all kinds of people, is to print it on shirts. The gallery then, is not a space in a building, but it is you, the customer.
In the future we plan to host gallery events once every six months to showcase new artists joining the collective and their art. Soon we will be offering artwork prints available on high quality cold-press paper. Finally we are going to be introducing BYOB "bring your own blank" where at select pop-up shops fans can bring a tee of their own to be printed for five dollars or less.
Why $18,000? What are you investing in? Your pledge will go towards developing an environment where artists can make a difference and benefit financially by producing original artwork. In order for us to go into full production and be able to help the artists produce their artwork at the highest quality, we need a long list of supplies.
Our largest expenses consist of printing equipment, including a high output industrial radial printing press, a forced air conveyor heater, a vacuum exposure unit, a KDL wash booth, an enviro-friendly sump pump filtration system and over a hundred aluminum frame silkscreens. Additionally, the company's primary and most recurring expense is the supply of apparel. All of our apparel comes from a cut a sew supplier in the LA area. [SIC] will also buy materials such as inks, squeegees, screen wash, screen racks, transparencies, large format inkjet printers, test sheets, printing tape, and sponges.
We plan to outfit and develop an essential studio workspace that will require additional electrical work to operate curing heaters and space for storage. Doing all of these things on an eco-conscious level is costly and includes everything from power usage and water consumption, to how we dispose of solid waste at the appropriate facilities in our area. Overall your pledge is an investment in the possibility to continue producing great apparel and expressing shared ideals through graphic, illustrative and photographic art.
How You Can Help! We appreciate all of your help and support. There are three important ways you can help [SIC] APPAREL succeed:
- Back. Launching a new company isn’t easy. We’ve invested a lot of our own money into this project, but your pledges could help make [SIC] a success.
- Join. Visit us @sicapparel or on Facebook. While you’re there, don’t forget to tell us your thoughts. We love to hear from you!
- Talk. Have a blog? Or a friend who might find [SIC] interesting? Spread the word, and let us know if you need more info or photos!
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