Christmas presents

Slowly Christmas gets closer and closer so it is time to think of the Christmas presents.

My brother is a fervent Steam train freak. He travels all over Europe to visit exhibitions and conferences. It is his work and his hobby and he is the most difficult person in this world to buy Christmas presents for. But this year it has become easier.

I decided to make the “Heart for Steam” line:

It consists of a nice pillow and a shirt:

I guess it is better than the collections of beer what I normally buy for him. Now I only need to hope that it will arrive at my home before Christmas.

A front only version is available in the webshop:

 

Cryptocurrency

A family member got me interested in crypto-currencies and appearantly the market right now is domitaed by bears and everybody is eagerly awaiting the bulls to return and boost the value of the cryptocurrencies up again.

People who are eagerly holding on to their investments having the faith that soon the market will turn around and the value of their portfolio will shoot for the moon are people who HODL (hold on for dear life) their investment.

HODL Cardano

Cardano is one of the promising cryptocurrencies out there and that is why I created the “Cardano HODL!” t-shirt.

Designing the shirts

What can I say here, it is clearly a case of “practice makes perfect”. I started fooling around with designing some shirts about a month ago and was pretty happy with the results, but if I look back at the first designs and compare to where I am right now, I can say that the first results where not that good.

To reach version 2, I first needed to learn about vectors and the use of them. Just glueing a picture on a shirt will only work if the background of the picture is identical to the background of the shirt. Lettertypes, style, it all needs to fit and fortunately with the final version of the Gobustan shirt I feel it all came together.

Slowly but steadily the shop is getting it rightful shape. Keep you updated!

First designs

Inspired by our Autumn trip to Azerbaijan where we visited the beautiful Gobustan national park, I created the Gobustan 2018 t-shirt. The front is felled with the rock art, which is plentiful in the rocky surroundings.

Now the question is how to upgrade the Instagram posts in a way that they are not only about nice pictures of travels anymore but also about the product, the t-shirt. For this there are two options:

  1. The post with two pictures, the first being the picture describing the visited location and the second being the t-shirt. The risk however is that nobody will check the picture of the t-shirt, as based on my own experience I rarely look beyond the first picture.
  2. The collage, integrate the t-shirt picture with the pictures of the surroundings. Here the risk is that the power of the original picture is lost as it becomes part of a collection.

In the end I chose the collage. I am not sure this was the best choice….

Instagram

Instagram

Step by step I am setting up the right micro-climate for my apparel “kingdom”.

With a limited budget it takes a lot of investigation to find a way to set up a shop with a shipping solution and a kind of nice user interface.

At first I checked apparel design sites with the intention to set up a webshop. However the costs are high (300$ / year) and there are no shipping solutions combined with warehousing. So the alternative was to create a website and claim a small shop in a not too accessible clothing Webshop called storenvy.

As storenvy itself is difficult to find and once you find it, it is impossible to find Carpathian Basin, there is the need to drive customers to the webshop and here this website comes in. The other purpose of this website is to create a frame (story) behind the brand,

Than the next question is how to drive traffic to the website? For that on of the solutions is Instagram. So Carpathian Basin Instagram is now live as well!