There’s a new Webworm shirt.
As you probably know by now, a few times a year I like to join forces with people I like to create unique shirts for Webworm. I love collecting weird t-shirts, so I just assume other people like to do this too.
Usually the money raised goes back into this newsletter — but with this one, I’ll be sending any proceeds to Ukraine, thanks to my friend Dr Andriy Boyko.
I met Andriy back in 2001 (20 years ago, holy shit) when we were both furiously trying to get into medical school. We were competing with about 1000 other Health Science students for these coveted spots.
(Spoiler alert: I wasn’t smart or disciplined enough, and didn’t become a doctor. I knew it wasn’t for me when I was dissecting a rat and accidentally scalpelled into the rodent’s bowels which exploded all over my glasses. That day I went and enrolled in journalism school).
Unlike me… Andriy did get into medical school, and is now a very smart doctor.
He’s Ukrainian, and last week he emailed me this:
“As a born and bred Ukrainian, it is devastating to watch the crisis that is unfolding in my home country. This war is a direct threat to my family, friends, culture and identity, and I need to do something to help.
As a doctor who speaks Ukrainian and has close contacts on the ground, I have been well placed to establish a medical supply chain to bring medicine and essential needs directly to the Ukrainian military and hospitals caring for refugees and the wounded.
If you’ve been wondering how you can help in Ukraine, please consider donating to our crowdfunding effort, and share with others.”
So yeah — any proceeds from these Animal tees will be going to Andriy’s GoFundMe.
This shirt is called The Animals of Webworm, and it’s very special to me as it was designed by my four tiny nieces, with some assistance and design from my brother Rob.
It features all of the animals I’ve mentioned on Webworm since its inception, which are printed over the entire shirt.
As usual I worked with New Zealand’s Little Yellow Bird, because they care: all their products are traceable from farm to factory, they’re gender neutral, and they’re incredibly inclusive in their sizing. They are a soft pink colour, with a round neckline.
Also because my nieces helped make this thing, I’ve printed it in kid’s sizes, too!
Adults tees (in XXS - 5XL) are $49 NZD — that’s about $33 USD.
Kids tees are $34 NZD — that’s about $23 USD.
I know Webworm readers are spread all over the globe — so I’ve tried to keep shipping super simple: it’s $5 within NZ and Australia, and $15 internationally.
If your order is over $100, then shipping is free.
All those shipping prices are in New Zealand dollars — and again, all proceeds go to Ukraine. That’s about $6 NZD per adult shirt, and $4 NZD for each kids tee.
This is a hand-made print — where large silk screens are laid onto the fabric one-by-one. Ink is then applied a section at a time, so it’s truly a bespoke process. No two shirts will be identical, and the print is completely unique to you.
And while the fabric continues to soften with wear — the animal print will remain clean and sharp.
Basically, I really care about this process and we put a lot of thought into it — so wanted to pass all that on!
A bit about the design…
As I mentioned earlier, this shirt was designed by my brother Rob (who also created Webworm’s “Worried Worm” logo) — based on sketches from my wonderful nieces.
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