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We are supper excited to announce our first stretch goal – a free surprise vulture art sticker included with every pledge, if we hit $5500!
You asked, we answered! At $6500 we will unlock multiple new product options, including a longer-handled over-the-shoulder grocery tote, long sleeve t-shirts, and additional hoodie color options!
Do you love vultures? If your answer is yes, awesome! You are in the right place! If your answer is no, I’d love to help change your mind about these absolutely incredible birds.
“Recycle” features a lammergeir, or bearded vulture, a huge bone-eating bird native to Europe, Africa, and Asia. These massive birds have a nearly 10ft wingspan and are best known for their habit of carrying bones high into the air to drop onto rocks. Incredibly aimed, the bones shatter into pieces, allowing the vulture to access the nutritious marrow within. Lammergeirs can also digest whole bones thanks to their incredibly acidic stomachs. Using these ingenious methods, they can eat what even other vultures leave behind. Vultures are nature’s best recyclers, and with that inspiration, this artwork was born!
“Recycle” is a collaborative piece designed and drawn by the very talented Cara Mitten and inked/painted by Foxfeather Zenkova. Cara is an artist passionate about all things feathered, and Foxfeather is a wildlife rehabilitator, educator, and artist focusing on vulture conservation. Along with her small team of educational ambassador birds, she aims to spread awareness of the plight of vultures and need for their protection.
Vultures are the most imperiled family of birds in the world and are in desperate need of support. They do critical services for the health of ecosystems, purifying and preventing disease through their necessary clean-up work. Far from the greedy, sinister monsters that most people think they are, vultures are intelligent, social, peaceful, gregarious birds.
Because they are so often unfairly maligned, it is of huge importance to help change peoples’ attitudes towards these amazing birds. The way they are represented in media matters. This beautiful artwork, available in all kinds of fun forms, strives to help people spread the word; vultures rock!
For your support, you will not only get awesome art, pins, or apparel but you will be supporting independent artists and conservation efforts. Foxfeather is saving to travel to and volunteer at the world’s largest vulture conservation organization, to help out, expand her skillset, and bring some of that knowledge back home. It will also support her work doing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, as well as offering free educational programs about vultures in-person and online. Funds from this kickstarter will not only make awesome merchandise, but will directly support those efforts!
The absolutely perfect grocery bag!
Women’s Cut T-shirts:
Be a super patron and receive one of the collectible, one-of-a-kind original paintings that were the source of this project! The ink painting is 11″ x 14″, the watercolor painting is 12″ x 16″. Both come with a merchandise bundle including a pin, shirt, tote, sticker, and magnet!
If you would like to make your own combination of items, simply pledge for the highest level that you want (to properly calculate shipping) and then add additional funds for any of the following items. You can order as many of each as you like. Please message me with what additional items you wanted so I can keep track!
If we can hit our funding goal, I want to offer thank you bonuses for everyone that has pledged! Please help us share this campaign so we can get more goodies made for you!
$5500 – Free surprise vulture art sticker included with every pledge
$6500 – Addition of long-sleeve shirts, longer-handled over the shoulder grocery totes, and expanded apparel color options!
$7500 – Free illustrated mini-comic about how you can help save vultures!
$10,000 – To be announced if we near the goal – I have a really fun idea for this one!
I have created and shipped out multiple successful Kickstarter projects already, and have almost twenty years of experience in printing t-shirts and the making of other merchandise.
A number of shirts, stickers, totes, and pins have already been ordered and are in production, so the chance of any significant delays are minimal, despite the quick turnaround time for this project. There is always the chance that something could get held up during shipping to me, but since the artwork is finished and production has begun, I am confident that I can get items to backers very quickly. If this project were to become wildly popular I would need to order more merchandise, which could cause a small delay for late backers (small as in 2-3 weeks max – I will ship things in order of pledges). I will update the project if that looks likely.
My goal is to have everything ready and ship everything out as soon as funds have cleared through Kickstarter, about 2-3 weeks after the campaign ends. For folks in the U.S.A, this should allow for holiday delivery, for international folks it would be estimated to ship in December and arrive in January.