Initial idea from Jochen from Berlin:
I would like a handmade notebook in the format A6, the material should be produced with a local Kenyan pattern, locally produced in Kenya. I would like a part of a saying from a leso visible on the outside (perhaps even with business relevance). Apart from that I would like the words "Ideen verbinden…"(please include the ellipsis) on the bottom left of the front cover. On the bottom left of the back cover, the English version "Ideas connect …" I'm flexible with the color and open to suggestions.
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The story of the project:
The words written on the lesson are normally African proverbs.so should those words be seen prominently or ….They are usually in a large font so it they can't fit an A6 book.i will look for some samples to show you.
in regards to your question: I would like to have both terms "Ideen verbinden…" and "Ideas connect…" on the outside of the book, probably stitched. In regards to the lesso proverb. I thought about just one word out of a complete proverb. It is okay if I know the proverb (you could probably write it in the inside of the cover to better remember 🙂
Overall feel free to add your thoughts and creativity,
Thanks for your response.My measurements for the book will be 10.5cm by 15 cm.The width is 2 cm thick.Are you okay with that….The words to be stitched;do you want any colour of thread used on the stitching or I just use my discretion.
The pages inside the book will be plain.Is that okay with you?
I am also looking for some sample lessos,will send you the photos later.
I went to search for lessos with some business relevance.sadly most of them are mostly to do with God and the wedding ceremony because that's when they are mostly worn.I picked one that when translated means "focus on the goal",here are the pictures.( I have attached them)
The lessos are really colourful therefore the stitching has to stand out.I thought that we could use gold stitching.The don't of the stitches will be small because the space for an A5 is pretty limited.
thank you so much for your effort! I understand the challenge to find something business related. As it is a challenge and the color is even more relevant to me I suggest we just pick the right color. If then there is a single word which makes sense in relation to business we could display this word. I like the green-orange fabric of one of the books displayed above. In regards to the stitching I can imagine that grey or silver could work with this fabric. So from my side all is fine 🙂
If I don't find those specific colours then I will use the same material as the one you have seen and liked but the catch is that it won't have any wording since it's a different type of print called kitenge.Is that okay with you?
For the stitching I used a crocheting machine to make them since the hand made stitching was too big for the small book.
I hope you like the colour of the thread.
Thanks for the feedback.I took some more photos and sure hope the lighting is good.Let me know if the photos are okay.
Am Resending them.
the photos are still not good enough to really see the outcome. It looks like you have also stitched the quotation mark (what was not intended) and left out the three dots after the two words. This changes the meaning into opposite.
I would appreciate if you could change that? And as I said photos from all sides with a bit more light and possibility to read the letters would be great.
I didn't realise that the dots have a different meaning.Sorry about that.Let me redo and send better photos.
I have redone the stitching in red colour.
thanks for the update. Now there are the three dots which is correct but as I wrote earlier there should be no quotation marks. The quotation mark makes the meaning different, so need to be removed. Hope this is possibly without too many effort?
I will remove the quotation marks for both before and after the word.its not a big deal.
Here are more photos.
it looks better now, but why have you added the three dots also before the quote?
I am getting confused now.You told me to remove the quotation marks and include the elipses from our initial conversations.Please confirm.This is what i did.Am i supposed to remove the elipses both before and after the words.
I have finally understood what you mean.Will get back to you with more pics after redoing the writing.
good to hear! Looking forward to it.
Finally did it again.please check it out.
it looks great!
Thank you! Looking forward to my new notebook.
That's great news.I will add you a free bookmark of the same material.Are you satisfied and that I can now send it for shipment.
that sounds great!
Yes, I am satisfied.
That's great to know.it was a good learning experience.
Costs to realize this idea
Cost of material
|1||5,20 €||5,20 €|
Cost of labour
|1||4,33 €||4,33 €|
Cost of packaging
|1||4,33 €||4,33 €|
Cost of delivery to local operations manager
|1||4,33 €||4,33 €|
|Subtotal – payout to craftsman||18,19 €|
|Customer aquisition costs (advertising etc.)||1,82 €|
|Handling fee Urban Change Lab||1,82 €|
|International shipping & Handling fee for logistics partner ((very small items) 5,00 €)||5,00 €|
|VAT (Import into EU)||5,10 €|
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