My name is Bee. I am a pyrography artist and the sole proprietor of a creative, home-based art business in the rural mountains of North Carolina called BeeSymmetry Pyrography. I create functional wooden items, wearable art jewelry, and fine art using a technique called pyrography, or woodburning. Over the past several years, I have been honing my skills and building up my business, selling at craft markets, in a few stores, and from my online shop. I am raising funds now to take the next step into offering WHOLESALE artwork, kitchen items, and more! All with my original hand drawn designs!
With the funds generated in this campaign, I will purchase a GlowForge 3D Laser Printer (www.glowforge.com ) which will enable me to create beautiful replicas of my original artworks. I will be able to not only laser engrave my own original designs onto any wooden surface with ease, I will be able to amp up my home scale production to many times what I am currently able to produce with my own two hands. With the help of this machine, I will be able to offer my original artwork at more affordable prices to more people. Because of my limited time and energy as a work from home mother, this increase in production will have a tangible benefit to my family and enable my business to grow in ways it is begging to but would never be able to otherwise.
In addition, I am asking for a little extra startup cash to assist in repairs needed to a structure on my land that will become my new art studio. For the past several years, I have been working out of my living room and I have well outgrown what my home can hold already. This other building is big enough to house the laser printer, all of my new supplies, and a larger inventory. It currently needs about $1200 of work to get the power going and basic structural repairs to happen.
PRICE BREAKDOWN (How I intend to use these funds):
GlowForge 3D Laser Printer: $6,000 +$100 shipping
Laser Safety Goggles and safety equipment for studio: $500
Building Repairs to Studio: $1200
Integrated Software for Laser Printing and Art Editing: $700
Bulk Wood, Leather, and Art Materials: $800
Educational Funds/Laser Safety Training: $500
Website Design Help: $200
Every single week for the past year+, I have had to decline requests for wholesale orders from stores all around the world! I am often working late into the night, forgoing sleep, and spending a lot of time re-making items I've sold already- all the while having to turn down new orders due to lack of hours in the day! While I have reached my personal productivity limit, I know there is so much room for my business to grow upward! I would love to be able to say yes to the growing demand for my products and make the most of my time and creativity.
Here's where YOU come in! I NEED YOUR HELP!
First of all, thank you so much if you've read this far and are considering helping me reach my business goals! Everyone who donates to my campaign has my unending heartfelt appreciation! There are treasures in store for each of my donors, so let me highlight those for you now. Each of these thank you gifts will be created for you with my new laser printer when it arrives, and designs will be chosen by me for you! (The designs pictured are just examples of my work and may not be the same design that you receive.)
$20~ you will receive a thank-you letter from me and a $5 voucher toward any purchase in my Etsy shop!
$35 ~ you will receive a thank you card, a $5 voucher and a pair of wooden earrings!
$50~you will receive a thank you card, a $10 voucher and a pair of spoons!
$100~you will receive a thank you card, a $10 voucher, a pair of earrings, a set of 6 printed art cards, and a set of spoons!
$150~ you will receive a thank you card, a $15 voucher, a pair of earrings, a set of 6 printed art greeting cards, a set of spoons, and a matching cutting board!
$250~you will receive a thank you card, a $25 voucher, a pair of earrings, a set of 6 printed art cards, a set of spoons, a matching cutting board, and a mandala wall hanging!
$500~ you will receive a thank you card, a $50 voucher, a pair of earrings, a set of greeting cards, a set of spoons, a matching cutting board, a mandala wall hanging, and a small wooden box! (Box will be same size as pictured, but not necessarily this design. 6.5x5x3 inches)
$1,000 or more~ if any of you pledge a donation at this level, my heart might explode from the generosity! And I will create a custom piece of artwork just for you, by hand! (We will discuss the artwork together and it will be on roughly one square foot of wood.) You will also receive the gamut of beautifully printed items stated in the $500 level.
Wow! I hope you all know how much your support will mean to me and my small business.
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And please also follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Etsy for updates and giveaways as my business continues into the upcoming Holiday Season!
Thank you for all you do to support independent artists and work-from-home mothers!
With gratitude and hope for the future,
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