XENIS LAUNCHES THE PINOCCHIO PROJECT ON KICKSTARTER
DESIGN STUDIO USES THE KICKSTARTER PLATFORM TO BREATHE LIFE INTO DREAM OF PRODUCING MUSEUM-QUALITY WOODEN CHARACTERS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES
Vancouver, BC – (May 1, 2015) The Xenis Gallery, an artist design studio that creates hand-carved wooden characters so exquisite that each piece is considered a stunning work of art, announced the launch of their Kickstarter campaign, The Pinocchio Project, with the idea of bringing their two new 10-1/2” wooden Pinocchio characters to life at affordable prices.
The studio was founded in 1995 by Marlene Xenis, who was later joined by her two daughters, Tania and Jesse, and a team of highly skilled artisans. Hand-carved out of a variety of woods including Canadian Maple, the Xenis team has turned their love for the arts into unique, eye catching, collectible characters. But times have changed, and this talented design team has taken notice. “We are a small studio struggling to survive in a world geared to mass production,” notes Marlene. “It is our dream to create a new Pinocchio that maintains our high quality standards, yet affordable so that more can share in the joy of owning a finely crafted wood character.”
Xenis believes that people are looking for designer products with an artisan-quality, rather than the plastic replicas found at mass retailers. The studio sources components for their wooden characters from around the world and bring them back to their studios outside of Vancouver to be assembled and given their final, artistic touches, making each assembled piece a true work of art, meant to be enjoyed for years to come. Xenis has cut costs by dealing directly with a wood manufacturer in Italy, whose high-quality standards match theirs, cutting out the middleman, but not compromising design integrity.
Xenis is asking for support to raise funds for The Pinocchio Project to assist them in bringing these loveable characters to life from a single block of wood. Based on the level of funding, backers are guaranteed something special from Xenis. The Pinocchio Project launched on Kickstarter May 1, 2015 and will end June 30, 2015. Visit our page to learn more and to offer your support.
Written by: D. DeForte