Most of the products in the Calamityware store start as Kickstarter projects. Here are some things I’m working on that might become Kickstarter projects in the new year.
As always, my predictions are likely to be wildly inaccurate. The freedom to start new projects, procrastinate, change my priorities, and put work on the shelf are some of the reasons I love my self-inflicted projects.
Kitchen Witch Canisters A set of stoneware canisters to store kitchen essentials—eye of newt, toxins, cookies, etc. Decorated with a pattern that pays homage to the ancient tradition of the kitchen witch. Remember her?—a benign gal with the power to thwart minor domestic demons.
The book Carry On An illustrated guide to the things one can safely take on a commercial airline flight. Plenty of pictures to edify and divert anxious travelers.
More Weird Jigsaw puzzles. I've been sketching several puzzle ideas. One favorite features dogs and another aliens on a cruise. One would think I’d be able to get at least one puzzle done in time to be Kickstarter projects in 2022, right?
Things-Could-Be-Worse teacups and saucers. Extending the discombobulated blue-willow theme on to cups worthy of a tea party. (This could please the people who have been requesting tea cups for years. I hope I don't disappoint.)
Throw Blanket Revisited. I'm currently exploring the feasibility of producing the Creature Comfort pattern on bedspreads. They'll be woven on the Jacquard loom in Portugal like the exquisite Creature Comfort throw blanket.
Letterpress print. Perhaps another letterpress print for people who want to add whimsy to the art collection. So many directions this could go.
Projects inchoate? Some tantalizing and not-so-tantalizing sketches that could become projects...or not.
Other potential projects on my wishlist include insulated water bottle, butter dish, clock, disguises, porcelain salt and pepper shakers, mugs, pins, t-shirts, wine stoppers, pajamas, notecards, my margarita-based vaccine recipe, and solar-powered doohickies. Watch for email updates as the year advances.
Naturally, you might feel tempted to write and tell me which products you want me to work on. Go ahead. But don’t expect an individual reply and don’t expect me to actually shift my priorities just because you want a cummerbund.
I draw every day. I’m exploring the zone where products are beautiful, utilitarian, and funny. I hope you’ll find something I’m doing worthy of your support. But I plan to keep up the effort, whether anyone is behind me or not.
Don—Pittsburgh, December 28, 2021
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