Years ago, I made a couple of designs for shirts, had them professionally silkscreened and then I hand-colored each one of them. They were pretty nice, I think. However, I didn’t end up selling them like I’d hoped to, that is, in some local shops. Perhaps I was asking too much for a t-shirt at the time. I think I was charging $20 each — yes, for a hand-colored shirt.
Since then I have seen shirts going for $30 and $40. Short-sleeved shirts. Not hand-printed. Not colored individually.
I thought I’d try this again. I mean, I love doing it. Let’s see if I can sell a few. After all, this is the day of social media, blogs, whatnot. These were not available to me that first time around.
So, my first shirt is going to my daughter who is graduating tonight from her school of nine years. I thought she might like to have her friends sign it as a keepsake. I grabbed a plain white shirt I’d had stored away for just such an occasion:
And here is my second shirt, which I had the idea for while making the first shirt:
I also had this gray shirt in storage, waiting for the optimal occasion. What I actually want to do is to sell !00% organic cotton shirts, and these two are not that. I have already ordered a few organic cotton shirts to work on, but of course they are more expensive than these $2 and $3 shirts. Still, I like to do what I can to support only the best and most sustainable land practices.
How did I make these? I hand-carved stamps and used a brayer with Speedball fabric and paper ink. So no hand coloring for me this time. However, each of the stamps you see were hand-carved. Mostly by me. (The heart/key stamp on the first shirt was carved by my daughter who gave me the stamp for Christmas.)
Oh, and I carved this logo stamp this morning, so it’s on the gray shirt, but not on the white.
What do you think? Know anyone who would buy something like this? Should I pursue?