All posts filed under: myDuctbills
January 10, 2011
February 16, 2009
Photos taken October 26, 2005
January 27, 2009
Tyler being creative with finding a band-aid.
December 18, 2008
Back in August of ’08 we attended/exhibited our handmade wallets at the Bumbershoot Seattle Music and Arts Festival. Leading up to the event, Tyler and me had to crank out a ton of wallets by hand in order to fully fill out our product presentation. Tyler prepped a bunch of partially completed wallets for me; he got them ready up to the point where they required a design on the outside. My job was to decorate these little beauties with stripes, flowers, flames, stars, etc. I particularly like this video because I cut my finger during the shoot and require a band-aid to stop the bleeding.
This might very well have been the last time I will ever make a wallet out of Duct Tape- at least in volume anyways…
December 11, 2008
A couple of days ago me friend C told me she spotted one of our handmade “Ductbills” in the current issue of InStyle magazine under the “Holiday Gifts for Him” section. The striped/camo wallet pictured above was made using our do-it-yourself Duct Tape Wallet Kit. And as the InStyle plug denotes, you can pick one of our crafty little kits up at nearly (80) Urban Outfitters stores this holiday season. Get ‘em while they last; they are only carrying a limited quantity!!!
The time lapse video below was one I made for UO to spark initial interest in our product. You see, with our Kit, you can make whatever design you want. I certainly enjoy crafty people who are willing to experiment.
December 4, 2008
What would you do with 700lbs of colored Duct Tape? I will tell you what I did… I gave it away.
A few weeks back, me little brother Tyler and me loaded up a rental truck with several hundred rolls (and several hundred pounds) of multi-colored Duct Tape and we drove down to a little hole in the wall spot in east Portland called S.C.R.A.P. to make a donation. We happily hand carted in, stacked up, and gave away all of our remaining Duct Tape to them. The lady in charge of receiving donations was so pleased and she had a smile brimming from ear to ear when she saw all the wide rolls and the various colors we offered. She told me they’re always looking for Duct Tape. She told me everyone loves it. She even pointed her finger out the front door window and directed my eyes to her bike seat that was crudely covered in sticky red duct tape. A thousand and one uses if you will… Bottom line, she loved the donation and that made Tyler and me even more excited about our gift. It was our pleasure and we both nearly teared up as we drove away. It was like leaving one of our kids in a basket on a doorstop, ringing the bell, poof, we’re gone…
You see, this is the same inventory of tape that we used to make our wallets with… but no more. We both paid our way through college folding this stuff by the hour. Thousands of hours. Years later, since graduating to a more refined and manufactured db clay product line, and since we invented and launched a kit that teaches kids how to make their own wallets, we no longer have/had a need for all of this tape. It was time to let it go. It was time for someone else to realize its potential. It was time for us to move on.
What is S.C.R.A.P. you ask?
“The School and Community Reuse Action Project–is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.”
Visit the S.C.R.A.P. website to learn more.
Hopefully the crew and kids at S.C.R.A.P. will have as much fun with this stuff as we did.
This was a very gratifying tax right off too!
October 24, 2008
In June of 2007, we the wallet making people of db clay, hosted a kids arts and crafts activity day down at the Portland Saturday Market. We had about (50) kids show up and we taught them each how to make their own wallet using our myDuctbills kit. Images below captured the day:
Banner on left, me in foreground, Tyler in background.
Brian’s hands on left.
Me and some kid from Meadow Park having just completed Step 1: folding wallet body in half
Tyler taking over pocket detail. Mom and daughter on the left looking on.
Some kid wanted me to cut out flames for him. I must say, this kid went home with a pretty radical wallet.
Limited quantities of Kit available at (80) Urban Outfitters stores this holiday season. Go pick one up!
October 19, 2008
For all you young entrepreneurs out there, that want to start your own business selling a product (Duct Tape Wallet, beaded necklace, photography print, flower pot, etc for example), I wanted to share a little lesson I learned early on: the importance of assigning item numbers.
When it is just you, by yourself, and you are hand making one of a kind products casually, then you don’t need to worry about items numbers. But, if you want to gain efficiency, streamline your production processes and transition to more of a volume sales merchant then you will need to know how to assign, and what an item # is. Essentially, by assigning an item number, you are giving each of your products a specific code name. No one else has the same name. And unless the product changes, the item number always stays the same. This will allow you to better keep track of how many of each design you sold, it will make inventory tracking easier and its nice to have a specific code for each product in case you want to start selling your product to a stores someday… I’ll write how to go about doing that in a separate post. Next young entrepreneur lesson up: how do I make a wholesale order form and get my product in a store?
Below is a screen-shot from my Ductbills days. Demand eventually took over, and I had to figure out how to make my wallets faster. To do so, I would make several units of each design rather than one of a kinds. This allowed me to get in a groove and bust out 25 camo/pink wallets at a time, rather than just 1, and then I’d assign an item #: specialty4, for example.
For ’bout half a decade, I (or someone working with/for me) would go down and run a booth at the Portland Saturday Market underneath the Burnside Bride. We also attended numerous/additional street markets such as the Folk Life Festival, The Bellevue 6th Street Fair and the Bumbershoot in Seattle. We did a lot of shows. All of which required product to be hand made for entry and resale. Years later, we weren’t allowed to sell our wallets at most shows considering we now had/have mostly manufactured products.
Below is the routine of making wallets and selling them at street markets. Here’s how it went:
Hand make Wallet in workshop.
(Old workshop/studio in St. Johns)
Living room in Canby. Stocked up on hundreds of wallets. Ready to go sell at market.
Sold wallets by the butt load. Some got stolen. Thief or patron, everyone loved them.
This kids first wallet is a db clay. He has a bright future ahead of him.
One time, a storm drain near our 10×10 booth overflowed due to excessive rain. The days in the rain were always a gamble. We all had our own tricks for making it work. Fortunately for me, my product was waterproof (Made from Duct Tape at the time).
October 18, 2008