Update from the salt mines

July was a whirlwind month!

It was four incredibly tough weeks for me, where nothing seemed to go right at all. But one thing that did happen?

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Yes, that’s my poor cat with an inflatable unicorn narwhal horn on her head, spearing a donut. It was the image I sent out to all the backers when we achieved the $8,500 Kickstarter goal. The campaign ended on 7/21 and we had DOUBLED the original funding goal. I’ve been flabbergasted by the amount of support my friends and complete internet strangers have shown for the project! I could not have done it without each and every one of you!
Now begins the long haul as I work with my factory in China to have the narwhals manufactured and shipped over. I’ve been gobbling up all information possible to make sure that I haven’t missed anything now that I’ll be sending out more than 500 narwhals skewers in just a few months time.

And then at one point, this happened. Praise be to Steve Prue for capturing this magical moment. I can’t stop watching.

For people who missed out on obtaining their own set of skewers, I set up a secondary page on Shopstarter. They’re a neat site that will continue to collect pre-orders for skewers and the remaining pieces of art. Though sadly, no backer updates for you if you’re on there. I also started a Facebook Page, where I can update with future public narwhal information.

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In further news, Molly Crabapple is doing a pre-sale of fine Canson sketchbooks in 4.1 x 5.8″ sewn bound books. I’ll be screenprinting the delightful image on the top, so please pick up a set for yourself! You can find them, as always, in her Etsy shop. Available until 8/15.

 

Aside from all this, I’ve been keeping my head down. Reading books on production and manufacturing to make sure I know what I’m doing – my current read is Inspired by Vik Venkatraman. It’s been helping me to make sure that the path I charted for myself on how to mass produce this isn’t missing anything, more of a checklist for me than anything else. It’s really well laid out and I’ve been skipping over the stuff I already know and focusing more on what’s going to happen once my product leaves the factory and how I get it onto the shelves of retail shops. I like keeping my brain several steps ahead of what I’m working on, so I’m ready for what’s coming.

I have a few announcements that will be released on Monday! A couple of art shows I will be in this month, my contribution to an exciting new Kickstarter and hopefully, some new work finally. Stay tuned!

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