New & Old Retroviral Mugs Restocked!

Hello everyone! Good news! Our online shops are finally restocked and ready for you! All 6 Retroviral mug designs are available on Folksy and Etsy.

The last few months have been very busy post-Kickstarter. Back in May we received our biggest order of mugs to date, and we have been packing orders steadily since then. All of our Kickstarter pledges are on track to be dispatched by the end of this month, so we thought it was high time to reopen the online shops!

You can order mugs via Etsy or Folksy, whichever is most convenient for you. Thank you for all of your orders and support so far. Please keep spreading the word… like a virus!

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We’ve crossed the Kickstarter finish line!

It’s midnight in London and our Retroviral Kickstarter campaign has just ended. What an incredible ride this has been! Thank you SO much to our backers for supporting the project and making Retroviral happen! For a small business like Thefty, this is a game changer.

Our campaign was supported by 136 backers, who pledged £5,517 in total, which is 275% of our target amount. A rough tally of the pledges adds up to almost 500 mugs ordered in under 4 weeks. AMAZING.

What next?

  1. We will be making all 6 designs available for Pre-order in our Etsy and Folksy shops, so don’t fret if you missed out on the Kickstarter!
  2. The manufacturing stage! The designs will be submitted within the next couple of days.
  3. Right now? It’s time to get some sleep.

Once again, an enormous thank you to our backers who made this happen! It’s all very exciting.

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Thefty goes to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Thefty-LSHTM-Measles-1-700pxDid you know that 5 pence from every Retroviral mug sale is donated towards research at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (aka the LSHTM)?

The LSHTM is a world leader in developing vaccines and treatments, with the mission of improving global health. It is wonderful to be contributing towards this mission. The director of LSHTM, Peter Piot, was a key figure in responding to the recent Ebola Virus crisis, and so it was a natural fit for our charity donations to be given to the school; our Retroviral mugs are covered in images of viruses, so it makes sense for them to be linked to an institution which is battling the effects of these diseases.

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Until yesterday, I had never visited the LSHTM campus! I was kindly invited to visit the school grounds, meet the team, and hear more about the school’s work and (super-interesting) history. LSHTM is housed in a beautiful 1920s building in London’s Bloomsbury. It has many of the original Art Deco features (including a droolworthy library), plus lots of Science-inspired artwork and historical artefacts (for example, John Snow’s replica pump handle… and no, not that John Snow).

Interesting fact: The original LSHTM campus was located near London’s Docklands, because sailors returning from far-flung locations would bring back unfamiliar illnesses  – hence “Tropical Medicine” – that needed urgent attention! The corridors of the new campus have curved, wooden elements which are reminiscent of the hulls of ships, or ocean waves. A nice detail. Thanks for having me, LSHTM!

To donate to LSHTM directly, click here.

To order Retroviral Mugs, click here.

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Retroviral is a collection of Fine Bone China mugs for design nerds and science geeks alike. The eyecatching designs riff off unexpected biological motifs: the microscopic structure of virus particles. The collection includes six designs: Measles, Influenza, Smallpox, Rabies, Herpes and HIV. Retroviral is an artist’s spin on scientific information, and exists at the meeting point between design and science communication.

Retroviral is live on Kickstarter until April 3rd. The more pledges we receive, the more mugs we will be able to make… and the more we can then donate to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

If you miss the Kickstarter deadline, fear not! The mugs will be available for online pre-order on Etsy and Folksy. Thank you!

New Retroviral Mugs… on Kickstarter now!

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Hello! Helena of Thefty here with big news:

  1. We’ve got three NEW Retroviral mugs!
  2. We’ve launched them on Kickstarter!

Our Kickstarter campaign is live NOW! See it HERE!

We’ve been working with a new manufacturer to perfect six mug designs, three new (see GIFs below): Influenza, Measles, Smallpox, and three old: Herpes, HIV, Rabies.  Now it’s time to get them manufactured and into our customers’ homes.

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Why Kickstarter?

On Kickstarter, backers can pre-order the mugs before we get them manufactured, thus covering production costs in advance.  If you want to complete or expand your collection then please jump in! You’ve got until April 3rd to get involved in the campaign.
The more you pledge, the more mugs you get.  The more pledges we get, the more mugs we can make! It doesn’t stop when we reach the funding goal! 

What to do next?

  1. Check out our Kickstarter campaign (especially the video!)
  2. Pledge if you can!
  3. Help spread the word! Tell your friends! Share the link on social media with the hashtags #Thefty and #Retroviral (We’re on InstagramFacebook and Twitter)
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Check back here for updates on the Retroviral relaunch. Thank you very much for your support so far!

Thefty x EBSA: Custom Retroviral Mugs

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We’re delighted to reveal our latest project: A true Art X Science collaboration between Thefty and EBSA!

Last December we were contacted by EBSAthe European Biosafety Association – about creating a custom design to celebrate their 20th anniversary. EBSA is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to ‘provide a forum for its members to discuss and debate issues of concern and to represent those working in the field of biosafety and associated activities.’ Now, collaborations are always a delight, but given the subject matter we work with, it’s particularly wonderful to team up with organisations in the scientific community.

We worked with EBSA to produce something in their corporate colours… but absolutely not bland and corporate looking! The custom Fine Bone China mug was given to all attendees of the 20th anniversary conference, held in Lille, France, last week. More than 500 Thefty X EBSA mugs will soon be worming their way into labs and offices across Europe and beyond!

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As this is a custom design, it is not available for general sale. If you or your organisation are interested in commissioning a custom design, please get in touch!

Alternatively, if you’d like to get your hands on our mug range, please visit our online shop.

If you are interested in reading more about EBSA and their mission, you can visit their website.

New Stockist: Thefty at the Wellcome Collection!

Hello! Exciting stockist update: Our Retroviral mugs are now stocked at the Wellcome Collection Shop.

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The Wellcome Collection is one of our favourite places in London: describing itself as ‘the free destination for the incurably curious‘, the collection displays an eclectic mix of medical artifacts and original artworks exploring ‘ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art‘.

In other words, the Wellcome Collection is the perfect place for our mugs to be.

The next time you drop by (perhaps to catch the States of Mind installation) make sure to pop into the gift shop – Retroviral mugs aside, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll leave empty handed.

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The Wellcome Collection

Galleries, Cafe & Shop

183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE

Buttercup China & Thefty at Spring Fair

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My lovely mug manufacturers Buttercup China attended Spring Fair, the enormous annual gifts and homewares trade show in Birmingham. I was thrilled that Buttercup selected my Retroviral mugs to display on their stand. I dropped by Spring Fair yesterday to say hello to the team, and to ogle the display: Buttercup’s stand is always stunning, what with their giant wall of bone China dinner plates catching your eye from a mile away!

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(If my mugs seem a bit different here, you’re right – the display items are samples and the items in my shop look much better!)

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Retroviral Christmas Giveaway

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We’re giving away a FREE Retroviral mug as a little Christmas thank you to all of you! To enter, just LIKE Thefty on Facebook, and COMMENT on this photo to say which of the three mugs you’d like to win (Herpes, HIV or Rabies).

Deadline for entry is midnight of December 15th, UK time. The winner will be selected at random (by traditional ‘names in a hat’ method) and will be announced on the 16th. The competition is open to UK residents only. Good luck! Read more about Retroviral here.

West Hampstead Christmas Market 2014

Hello! On Saturday we attended the 2014 West Hampstead Christmas Market. We woke up to perfect weather – brilliant blue skies and a dusting of glittering frost – and headed to West End Green to set up our stall. We had great day chatting to customers about our items (our Retroviral mugs elicited more than a few double takes), getting to know our fellow stall holders, and enjoying live music, carols…and plenty of hot mulled wine. And chicken soup. And falafel. O! What fun!

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Our Retroviral mugs made their market debut on Saturday! It was lovely to see customers’ reactions face-to-face, and to see how many design-nerd-science-lovers there are out there. Viruses on a mug might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they sure make for an excellent conversation starter! You can read more about them here.

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We were also selling art prints, postcards and Christmas cards at our stall. Our Christmas cards are still available online, so go and get ’em while stocks last.

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Above: South London Samba kept us entertained with their drumming, although I probably put off multiple potential customers with my aggressive dance moves.

Below: The super-lovely ladies from The Village Haberdashery. If you find yourself in NW6, make sure to visit their colourful store on Mill Lane.

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Below: Eyecatching luxe clutch bags by ClutterClutch. So many metallics, so much fluoro, so much sparkle! If I knew how to use emojis on WordPress I’d insert a heart here.

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Thefty HQ gets the Retroviral Treatment

Hello! The Ohh Deer Pillow Fight competition has been extended, so you can now get your Retroviral Cushions until December 1st! I ordered one of each design for myself – Herpes, HIV, Rabies, and a collage – and can confirm that the colours are lovely and bright, and the cushions are nice and fluffy. Of course, in addition to cushions, Retroviral mugs are still in stock in our online shop.

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Shop Retroviral cushions here

  Shop Retroviral mugs here

 

Christmas 2014 Last Order Dates!

Hello! I know, I know, it’s only mid-November…but in terms of postal deliveries Christmas is closer than you think! If you’re planning to order Retroviral‬ mugs in time for Christmas gift-giving, we recommend placing your order before the dates listed below. Please keep in mind that mail can be delayed at busy times such as Christmas, so get your shopping done as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Happy shopping!

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Blogstagram: The week in Instagram pictures.

Hello! Happy Halloween! It’s been another busy week at Thefty HQ! Apart from being up to my eyeballs in mugs, I’ve also been up to my eyeballs in…eyeballs (see below). And pumpkins, and monsters, and zebras, and mugs. Did I mention mugs? It has been a good week in real life, and of course on Instagram. Check it out:

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Thefty-Blogstagram-Halloween-625px-006Snacking on (gummi) eyeballs while working at my desk. They taste pretty good, AND they contrast nicely with my lipstick. Win-win.

Thefty-Blogstagram-Halloween-625px-003I love the Hendrick’s gin packaging design: Vintage-style illustrations, gold foiling, and insects in ballgowns. YES. I approve.

Thefty-Blogstagram-Halloween-625px-001Mugs and monsters in the office. (This is how most people have reacted to my Retroviral mug collection.)

Thefty-Blogstagram-Halloween-625px-005A Halloween vignette including my boyfriend’s zebra mask.

Thefty-Blogstagram-Halloween-625px-002And yeah: PUMPKINS! 

What are you doing for Halloween?