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Nerd Scouts!

by Claire Voigtlander

Art

Eugene, United States

Nerd Scouts! Handmade Badges for the Coolest People!

Hello! 

My name is Claire, and I am the founder and lead artist behind Nerd Scouts I am a fiber artist, and the product that Nerd Scouts offers is miniature, wearable art pieces with nerdy designs that are inspired by science fiction and fantasy literature, pop culture, television shows, and movies. Here are just a few examples:





My Origin Story:

 

I was just a little girl of 7 years when I saw Star Wars for the first time... It was in the late 90's when A New Hope was re-released in theaters for their 30 year anniversary. Within seconds of the iconic opening to A New Hope, I knew I was hooked. I sat on the edge of my seat the entire film, staring at the screen with wide eyed wonder, quickly darting my eyes back and fourth from my mother to the screen as if to say, "Are you seeing this?!" It was amazing. I had never seen anything like Star Wars and I knew, I was in love. My love for Star Wars has not waned in the least, if anything my adoration for all thing sci-fi has grown exponentially throughout my life. 


 

Though my love is everlasting, my predilection for being a nerd wasn't always something I was eager to declare. I have vivid memories of being bullied and rejected at school, I'm still continuously harassed by people on the internet, and the self loathing I felt for obsessing over the things that I do is unrivaled. I grew up feeling embarrassed, ashamed, completely isolated, and cut off from my classmates. I knew I didn't want to give up the lifelong friends I had made in a galaxy far, far away, but it wasn't for another decade or two that I realized the most logical thing to do, was to embrace my nerdy-ness wholeheartedly. 

Throughout my school years, I tried desperately to be accepted into the cool kids group (and by cool kids I mean the guys who would play Magic The Gathering at lunch and build killer robots with the robotics club). Despite my attempts, they never accepted me into the group, and I was once again feeling displaced and alone. I finally found my solace in Art. When I walked into the art classroom my freshman year, I got the same feeling I did the first time I heard the Star Wars theme music for the first time (also I think Mr. Stephens, the art teacher, was playing the Star Wars soundtrack at the time). My eyes lit up, and I knew I was home. 

 

After finishing up college years, I had to figure out a life plan. I wanted to combine my obsession for nerd culture and my love for art. So, I spent an afternoon, as I often do, thinking about what life would be like in other universes. I thought about what skills and knowledge would be useful, or complete nonsense, in fictional lands. I always thought that my wealth of knowledge from my years as a Girl Scout would come in handy in an apocalyptic world, so I continued my train of thought and pondered... if scouting existed in Westeros, or Middle Earth, or a galaxy far, far away; what sorts of things would be in the handbook? What merit badges could you earn? 

 

That is when a creative firework went off in my head. I should make merit badges inspired by my favorite stories! Genius! And thus, Nerd Scouts was born! I wanted to make a product that would appeal to groups of people who are proud of the group and culture they are a part of. I wanted to make a product that could spark up conversation with a stranger about Dr. Who, or Jurassic Park. I wanted to make a product that would let people feel like they aren't alone, that they have a friend in me, and that they have a safe place to go whenever they want to. 


Alrighty...that's the story...now the badges!

As of right now, I have over 100 different merit badge designs that you can enjoy, and I continue to create new designs every month. Every single item in my shop is hand made, by me. However, I want to expand the product line to offer you a number of new items at a variety of price points. I want to introduce a line of stickers, machine made badges, greeting cards, t-shirts, and so much more!

 

I have put every spare penny I have into Nerd Scouts, but as a working artist, I just don't have the start up capital to do all the great things I have planned! Which is why I have decided to offer great badges, art prints, shirts, and other great items via this crowdfunding campaign so that I can keep them coming in the future.


 Though Nerd Scouts is not a physical scouting group, I do have faith that as more people get in on this, the community will grow as well. I can just imagine the excitement walking down the street and spotting someone with a Nerd Scouts design on their backpack or jacket pocket. Ill know that thats my people!  Being able to represent my nerdy self with a cool piece of paraphernalia is something I would have loved as a young person, and I believe that other people want this too!


Financial Break Down: 


Financial Break Down: 

 

I am asking for $2,000 dollars to start out. I believe that with this little jump-start I will be able to invest in cool new products that will help me create newer and better badges! 

 

In order to make the best badges possible, I will need the following:  

 

Wacom Tablet: $500

Printing costs for limited edition art prints, cards, stickers, etc: $500

Machine Embroidery: $500

Tabling at Comic Con's: $100+ per convention

Website hosting: $150 a year

Adobe Creative Software: $100 a year


Stretch Goals:

Desktop Computer: $1000

Custom Lapel Pins: $500

Booth Banner for Conventions: $200

Display Racks: $150

Packaging for Products: $200

Professional Embroidery Machine: $7,000


 

If my goal isn't met, whatever amount I do raise will go into purchasing my items from the above list from the top down. The most important item is a Wacom Tablet; a digital drawing pad to assist me in my digital art creations. My ever-expanding product line relies on the purchase of this tablet.

If you like the badges, please share my story and campaign on your social media platforms! It will make you feel good and allow more people to see the awesome projects that I have started and that BackHer is presenting!


You can follow me on:

Twitter: @Nerd_scouts

Instagram: @Nerd_Scouts

Tumblr: nerd-scouts.tumblr.com 

Online at www.NerdScoutsHQ.com


Thank you for your time, and May the Force Be with You.

xoxo, 

Claire


$2,100.00 of $2,000.00 goal
29 backHers
Done
Rise circle logo a1d7224fa41d5676fbf02e48fc36f63bb1e5a41108b958764f393e8f77aab697 backHer Rise
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Supporter!

CAMPAIGN CLOSED

This campaign ended on January 17, 2016

Perks

$5.00

Shout Out!

For this donation you'll get a shout out on my social media platforms and on the Thank You page on the Nerd Scouts website!

Estimated delivery: January 2016

3 backHers
Unlimited

$10.00

+ Shipping
Thank You Card!

For this donation you'll receive a hand written thank you card that doubles as an art print! WOW! You'll also receive a shoutout for you or your company on the website!

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

4 backHers
Unlimited

$25.00

+ Shipping
SOCIAL MEDIA SECRET SPECIAL SURPRISE

You'll get a custom patch or pick from a design on the website! Valid only from Janurary 9- the end of the campaign!

Estimated delivery: March 2016

Ships Worldwide

2 backHers
Unlimited

$25.00

+ Shipping
Nerd Scouts Dog Logo Patch Pack!

For this donation you'll receive a machine embroidered patch with the Nerd Scouts Dog logo, the Thank You note, and a Shout Out!

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

4 backHers
Unlimited

$50.00

+ Shipping
Totally Sweet Sticker Prize Pack!

For this donation you'll receive a totally sweet Nerd Scouts originals Sticker Pack! Your inner 90's child will be super psyched! Sticker pack will include some crowd favorite designs from the Cryptid Badge Set! You'll also receive a Thank You note, and a Shout Out!

Estimated delivery: March 2016

Ships Worldwide

0 backHers
Unlimited

$75.00

+ Shipping
Totally Excellent T Shirt Pack!

For this donation you'll receive a T-Shirt with the Nerd Scouts Dog on it, a Nerd Scouts Dog Patch, a Thank You Card, and a Shout Out! Shirts will be Unisex sizing

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

0 backHers
Unlimited

$75.00

+ Shipping
Super Awesome Print Pack!

For this donation, you'll receive a Nerd Scouts Art Print, a Nerd Scouts Dog Patch, thank you, and shout out!

Estimated delivery: March 2016

Ships Worldwide

2 backHers
Unlimited

$100.00

+ Shipping
Early Bird Custom Nerd Scouts Patch Pack!

For this donation, you'll receive a Nerd Scouts original patch, of your choice! Plus a T-Shirt, logo patch, thank you, and shout out!

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

3 backHers
2 of 5 left.

$150.00

+ Shipping
Custom Nerd Scouts Patch Pack!

For this donation, you'll receive a Nerd Scouts original patch, of your choice! Plus a T-Shirt, logo patch, thank you, and shout out!

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

0 backHers
10 of 10 left.

$300.00

+ Shipping
Super Magical Prize Pack!

For this donation, you'll receive a Nerd Scouts Original Badge, of your choice! Plus a Nerd Scouts original artwork print, a T-Shirt, logo patch, thank you, and shout out!

Estimated delivery: March 2016

Ships Worldwide

2 backHers
Unlimited

$500.00

+ Shipping
ULTRA RADICAL ULTIMATE SUPER MAGICAL PRIZE PACK!

For this donation, you'll receive TWO Nerd Scouts Original Badges, of your choice, each of the upcoming machine embroidered badges (three brand new designs), a Nerd Scouts original artwork print, a T-Shirt, logo patch, thank you, and shout out!

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

0 backHers
Unlimited
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Nerd Scouts!

by Claire Voigtlander

Art

Eugene, United States

$2,100.00 of $2,000.00 goal
29 backHers
Done
Rise circle logo a1d7224fa41d5676fbf02e48fc36f63bb1e5a41108b958764f393e8f77aab697 backHer Rise Together Fund Supporter!

CAMPAIGN CLOSED

This campaign ended on January 17, 2016

Nerd Scouts! Handmade Badges for the Coolest People!

Hello! 

My name is Claire, and I am the founder and lead artist behind Nerd Scouts I am a fiber artist, and the product that Nerd Scouts offers is miniature, wearable art pieces with nerdy designs that are inspired by science fiction and fantasy literature, pop culture, television shows, and movies. Here are just a few examples:





My Origin Story:

 

I was just a little girl of 7 years when I saw Star Wars for the first time... It was in the late 90's when A New Hope was re-released in theaters for their 30 year anniversary. Within seconds of the iconic opening to A New Hope, I knew I was hooked. I sat on the edge of my seat the entire film, staring at the screen with wide eyed wonder, quickly darting my eyes back and fourth from my mother to the screen as if to say, "Are you seeing this?!" It was amazing. I had never seen anything like Star Wars and I knew, I was in love. My love for Star Wars has not waned in the least, if anything my adoration for all thing sci-fi has grown exponentially throughout my life. 


 

Though my love is everlasting, my predilection for being a nerd wasn't always something I was eager to declare. I have vivid memories of being bullied and rejected at school, I'm still continuously harassed by people on the internet, and the self loathing I felt for obsessing over the things that I do is unrivaled. I grew up feeling embarrassed, ashamed, completely isolated, and cut off from my classmates. I knew I didn't want to give up the lifelong friends I had made in a galaxy far, far away, but it wasn't for another decade or two that I realized the most logical thing to do, was to embrace my nerdy-ness wholeheartedly. 

Throughout my school years, I tried desperately to be accepted into the cool kids group (and by cool kids I mean the guys who would play Magic The Gathering at lunch and build killer robots with the robotics club). Despite my attempts, they never accepted me into the group, and I was once again feeling displaced and alone. I finally found my solace in Art. When I walked into the art classroom my freshman year, I got the same feeling I did the first time I heard the Star Wars theme music for the first time (also I think Mr. Stephens, the art teacher, was playing the Star Wars soundtrack at the time). My eyes lit up, and I knew I was home. 

 

After finishing up college years, I had to figure out a life plan. I wanted to combine my obsession for nerd culture and my love for art. So, I spent an afternoon, as I often do, thinking about what life would be like in other universes. I thought about what skills and knowledge would be useful, or complete nonsense, in fictional lands. I always thought that my wealth of knowledge from my years as a Girl Scout would come in handy in an apocalyptic world, so I continued my train of thought and pondered... if scouting existed in Westeros, or Middle Earth, or a galaxy far, far away; what sorts of things would be in the handbook? What merit badges could you earn? 

 

That is when a creative firework went off in my head. I should make merit badges inspired by my favorite stories! Genius! And thus, Nerd Scouts was born! I wanted to make a product that would appeal to groups of people who are proud of the group and culture they are a part of. I wanted to make a product that could spark up conversation with a stranger about Dr. Who, or Jurassic Park. I wanted to make a product that would let people feel like they aren't alone, that they have a friend in me, and that they have a safe place to go whenever they want to. 


Alrighty...that's the story...now the badges!

As of right now, I have over 100 different merit badge designs that you can enjoy, and I continue to create new designs every month. Every single item in my shop is hand made, by me. However, I want to expand the product line to offer you a number of new items at a variety of price points. I want to introduce a line of stickers, machine made badges, greeting cards, t-shirts, and so much more!

 

I have put every spare penny I have into Nerd Scouts, but as a working artist, I just don't have the start up capital to do all the great things I have planned! Which is why I have decided to offer great badges, art prints, shirts, and other great items via this crowdfunding campaign so that I can keep them coming in the future.


 Though Nerd Scouts is not a physical scouting group, I do have faith that as more people get in on this, the community will grow as well. I can just imagine the excitement walking down the street and spotting someone with a Nerd Scouts design on their backpack or jacket pocket. Ill know that thats my people!  Being able to represent my nerdy self with a cool piece of paraphernalia is something I would have loved as a young person, and I believe that other people want this too!


Financial Break Down: 


Financial Break Down: 

 

I am asking for $2,000 dollars to start out. I believe that with this little jump-start I will be able to invest in cool new products that will help me create newer and better badges! 

 

In order to make the best badges possible, I will need the following:  

 

Wacom Tablet: $500

Printing costs for limited edition art prints, cards, stickers, etc: $500

Machine Embroidery: $500

Tabling at Comic Con's: $100+ per convention

Website hosting: $150 a year

Adobe Creative Software: $100 a year


Stretch Goals:

Desktop Computer: $1000

Custom Lapel Pins: $500

Booth Banner for Conventions: $200

Display Racks: $150

Packaging for Products: $200

Professional Embroidery Machine: $7,000


 

If my goal isn't met, whatever amount I do raise will go into purchasing my items from the above list from the top down. The most important item is a Wacom Tablet; a digital drawing pad to assist me in my digital art creations. My ever-expanding product line relies on the purchase of this tablet.

If you like the badges, please share my story and campaign on your social media platforms! It will make you feel good and allow more people to see the awesome projects that I have started and that BackHer is presenting!


You can follow me on:

Twitter: @Nerd_scouts

Instagram: @Nerd_Scouts

Tumblr: nerd-scouts.tumblr.com 

Online at www.NerdScoutsHQ.com


Thank you for your time, and May the Force Be with You.

xoxo, 

Claire


Perks

$5.00

Shout Out!

For this donation you'll get a shout out on my social media platforms and on the Thank You page on the Nerd Scouts website!

Estimated delivery: January 2016

3 backHers
Unlimited

$10.00

+ Shipping
Thank You Card!

For this donation you'll receive a hand written thank you card that doubles as an art print! WOW! You'll also receive a shoutout for you or your company on the website!

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

4 backHers
Unlimited

$25.00

+ Shipping
SOCIAL MEDIA SECRET SPECIAL SURPRISE

You'll get a custom patch or pick from a design on the website! Valid only from Janurary 9- the end of the campaign!

Estimated delivery: March 2016

Ships Worldwide

2 backHers
Unlimited

$25.00

+ Shipping
Nerd Scouts Dog Logo Patch Pack!

For this donation you'll receive a machine embroidered patch with the Nerd Scouts Dog logo, the Thank You note, and a Shout Out!

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

4 backHers
Unlimited

$50.00

+ Shipping
Totally Sweet Sticker Prize Pack!

For this donation you'll receive a totally sweet Nerd Scouts originals Sticker Pack! Your inner 90's child will be super psyched! Sticker pack will include some crowd favorite designs from the Cryptid Badge Set! You'll also receive a Thank You note, and a Shout Out!

Estimated delivery: March 2016

Ships Worldwide

0 backHers
Unlimited

$75.00

+ Shipping
Totally Excellent T Shirt Pack!

For this donation you'll receive a T-Shirt with the Nerd Scouts Dog on it, a Nerd Scouts Dog Patch, a Thank You Card, and a Shout Out! Shirts will be Unisex sizing

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

0 backHers
Unlimited

$75.00

+ Shipping
Super Awesome Print Pack!

For this donation, you'll receive a Nerd Scouts Art Print, a Nerd Scouts Dog Patch, thank you, and shout out!

Estimated delivery: March 2016

Ships Worldwide

2 backHers
Unlimited

$100.00

+ Shipping
Early Bird Custom Nerd Scouts Patch Pack!

For this donation, you'll receive a Nerd Scouts original patch, of your choice! Plus a T-Shirt, logo patch, thank you, and shout out!

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

3 backHers
2 of 5 left.

$150.00

+ Shipping
Custom Nerd Scouts Patch Pack!

For this donation, you'll receive a Nerd Scouts original patch, of your choice! Plus a T-Shirt, logo patch, thank you, and shout out!

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

0 backHers
10 of 10 left.

$300.00

+ Shipping
Super Magical Prize Pack!

For this donation, you'll receive a Nerd Scouts Original Badge, of your choice! Plus a Nerd Scouts original artwork print, a T-Shirt, logo patch, thank you, and shout out!

Estimated delivery: March 2016

Ships Worldwide

2 backHers
Unlimited

$500.00

+ Shipping
ULTRA RADICAL ULTIMATE SUPER MAGICAL PRIZE PACK!

For this donation, you'll receive TWO Nerd Scouts Original Badges, of your choice, each of the upcoming machine embroidered badges (three brand new designs), a Nerd Scouts original artwork print, a T-Shirt, logo patch, thank you, and shout out!

Estimated delivery: February 2016

Ships Worldwide

0 backHers
Unlimited
Is there something we should know about this project?

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