CHUCKFAMILY: one-of-a-kind money boxes

Dear friends,

I still can’t believe that my first container shipment of CHUCKFAMILY money boxes has arrived in Belgium. At last! Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s not a dream.

It took a while to unload and unpack the whole container, but all money boxes are stored neatly in my stock now, ready to find a new home! After all, every home deserves a unique piece of art, don’t you think?

NUMBERED CHUCKS

Believe it or not, but every single CHUCKFAMILY money box truly is one of a kind. After all, every money box has been handmade and hand painted, from the very first to the very last.

To stress this uniqueness, I thought it would be fun to give every CHUCKFAMILY money box a unique number. At the moment, there are 504 copies of each of the 10 types of money boxes.

Why 504 copies of each type of money box, you ask? Well, because 5040 boxes appeared to be the maximum load capacity of my container. Sometimes, the answer is just that simple!

WILL CHUCK NUMBER 330 PLEASE STAND UP?

The first images above shows the bottom of CHUCKFAMILY member Byte, number 330 of the 504 copies to be precise. Just like the rest of my money boxes, Byte number 330 is unique. There’s only one such copy in the whole world. A nice thought, isn’t it?

All of my numbered money boxes were distributed randomly, by the way. So it will be exciting to discover which buyers or collectors will receive the first copy of each type of money box!

As you can see in the pictures, every money box comes with a nice plasticized leaflet. This way you can mark which CHUCKFAMILY money boxes you already have and which money box(es) you still want of course!

WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER?

Would you like to have a unique and original CHUCKFAMILY money box? Click below to visit the CHUCKFAMILY webshop! Who knows, you might as well receive the only number 1 of the Chuck you like!

If you do, please tell me! I’m very curious to know which numbered Chuck belongs to whom!

CHUCKFAMILY money boxes set foot on Belgian soil

Dear friends,

I have very exciting news! Previously I told you about the birth of my CHUCKFAMILY money boxes and the search for an original packaging for my money boxes. Today I am very pleased to announce that the CHUCKFAMILY money boxes have finally arrived in Belgium.

Are you as excited as I am? Well then, below you can read all about the arrival of my CHUCKFAMILY money boxes and how they set foot on Belgian soil.

My first CHUCKFAMILY container shipment

Last week I received a joyful message: my first container with CHUCKFAMILY money boxes had finally arrived in Belgium. I went to collect the money boxes immediately.

I had the honor of opening the container. Such a joy! Such a great moment! The container was crammed with brown boxes. I unloaded the boxes with the help of my friends Ingrid and Philippe and my son Edouard. Then we sorted the money boxes by ‘name’ on different pallets.

Philippe always helps me out with all my logistical problems and questions. This time he handled the forklift truck like a super skilled driver.

Hi there, Chew!

When I started opening the brown boxes Chew (my relaxed money box) was the first to say hi! He was packed  in a nice box with a view. My CHUCKFAMILY money boxes looked even better than I had hoped!

To my surprise, the information leaflet in the packaging was plasticized. It looks great. I hope that my leaflets will encourage everyone to ‘adopt’ even more members of the CHUCKFAMILY.

My money boxes are looking for a new home

As much as I would like to, I can’t keep all of my money boxes for myself. That’s why I call on you!

Do you want to buy one of my money boxes? They will be up for sale on October 15. Click below to visit our webshop.

 

In search of the ideal CHUCKFAMILY packaging

Dear friends,

A few months ago, I traveled to China with my friend Ingrid to witness the birth of my first CHUCKFAMILY money boxes!

In China, I came up with ideas for an original packaging for my money boxes. I wanted the packaging to be more than a dull box. It had to be fun and cuddly, just like the money boxes.

I made the first prototype of the packaging and sent it to China for production. End of story. Or so I thought…

There soon appeared to be a problem with the packaging. So I had to make “a few changes” to the original design… What followed was a long but inspiring design process.

In search for the ideal CHUCKFAMILY packaging - Wim De Prez

The original design of the packaging

The original design of the packaging was based on chuck drawings and paintings I made 15 years ago. First I used a digital technique to make a “stack” of reusable chuck drawings.

Then I made a ‘cross’ that could be folded into a cube and I printed my chuck drawings on the cross. Subsequently I colored the drawings and I rearranged them to make them fit better.

Then I printed my design and I glued it on a selfmade box. The packaging looked exactly the way I hoped it would! The drawings on the box fit together seamlessly!

A box with a view

Since I wanted to design ‘a box with a view’ I cut a hole in the front of the box. I soon realized it would be nicer to cut a hole in the side panel of the box though. So I did.

However, when I received a blueprint of the packaging dimensions from my manufacturer, I noticed that the shape was totally different from my original ‘cross’ design.

So I had to go back to the drawing board!

The second version of the packaging

Since I worked with digital drawings it was easy to adjust the ‘frame’ of the box. However, it was a bit difficult to rearrange the drawings in a way that they would still fit together.

Luckily, after lots of trial and error, I succeeded in fitting new seamless drawings on the packaging. There was even room for a ‘window’.

But at that time, I did not know that my money boxes would be packed in a styrofoam mold for protection during their long trip to Europe. I faced a new challenge…

The final version of the packaging

The styrofoam mold fit the packaging perfectly, but there was one downside: it was 4 cm high and it took up way too much space in the window.

To solve this problem, I reduced window and I drew a crazy peeping Chuck on the extra space.

At last, after many ordeals, I had the perfect packaging for my CHUCKFAMILY money boxes. The image below shows a prototype of the final design.

What do you think?

Do you like the final version of the packaging for my CHUCKFAMILY money boxes? I think it’s fun and cuddly, what do you think?

Would you like to buy a money box?

Keep an eye on our website chuckfamily.com. There’s a lot happening behind the scenes. In a few weeks, we’ll have some exciting news for you!

Unique packaging for a unique moneybox

In December, my good friend Ingrid and I traveled to China for the birth of the Chuck moneyboxes.

During that trip we also discussed the packaging for our moneyboxes with the manufacturer. Because a unique product deserves unique packaging!

Unique packaging for a unique moneybox

Looking for original packaging

I still remember the feeling when I first held Numnum in my hands, the first finished moneybox of the CHUCKFAMILY. A sense of wonder and intense happiness.

But at the same time I also felt anxious. Because how would this product be presented in stores? With or without packaging? And if we would choose to put it in a package, what would it look like?

I decided I wanted a unique form of packaging. I definitely wanted it to be more than just a box. I wanted the package to be as high on the ‘Cuddly Index’ as the moneyboxes themselves.

So I went to work.

Art knows no boundaries

Over the years, my computer has become an integral part of my creative process. I do a lot of drawing on my computer. That way I can quickly try things and combine small drawings to form a larger whole.

I used this technique to create the packaging for our moneyboxes. In collaboration with the manufacturer, we developed a box that is open at the front and closed off on the other five sides.

For those five sides I made a digital collage of earlier Chuck drawings in the same style as the moneyboxes. Below you can see the result.

But I wanted more. I did not want any “borders” on the box. No sharp corners and edges. I wanted the story of Chuck to seamlessly continue from one side to the other. And so it happened.

Below is the preliminary result: a first version (with seams) of the packaging for our Chuck moneyboxes. I made the prototype myself and the final version is being made in China at this very moment. Exciting!

More news on the CHUCKFAMILY

Are you as curious as I am about the final version of the packaging for our moneyboxes? Well then, subscribe to our newsletter. This way, you’ll get an email with images as soon as we receive the first version of our packaging.

Thanks, and see you soon for more exciting news about the CHUCKFAMILY!

Original moneyboxes of the CHUCKFAMILY

Last month a dream of mine came true. I witnessed the birth of my first Chuck moneyboxes.

Moneyboxes? Indeed. Moneyboxes! Cute, colorful and most importantly unique moneyboxes with a touch of silly.

The beginning of a beautiful story!

Originele spaarpotten van de CHUCKFAMILY

Chucks for everyone!

I have spent several years creating paintings and sculptures of the CHUCKFAMILY, a family of bizarre figures that question our traditional ideals of beauty.

Each of these characters has their own personality and story. But they all have one thing in common: they are far from normal. And that is what makes them so cute.

Exactly one year ago I decided to go even further with this. I am full of ideas that go beyond art. I wanted the CHUCKFAMILY to be more accessible, but I did not know how exactly.

Unique moneyboxes with a touch of silly

Ingrid, a good friend of mine, gave me a brilliant idea. Ingrid is an importer of decorative articles. She told me that the moneybox is one of the most universally used objects in the world. Everyone has coins, from the Aleutian Islands to Bora-Bora. In other words, everyone can use a moneybox.

This idea immediately peaked my interest and fueled my inspiration. I could not contain my creative ideas. Not soon after this revelation, I had thought up my first concept for a moneybox in the shape of a Chuck. A fun, original moneybox with a mission.

From concept to 3D design

Having an idea does not mean you have a concrete design, of course. But without a design, you cannot show your ideas to others. That is why I immediately fired up my computer to create the 3D designs of the moneyboxes.

A computer is a fantastic tool, even for an artist. In May, the design for the first moneybox was done. I named it “Chew”. With help from Ingrid, I was able to send the design for Chew to a manufacturer of decorative items in China.

 

From 3D design to 3D print

This manufacturer created a colored prototype of Chew made from clay. In September, he sent Chew back to Belgium. A great moment, but there were still things to adjust.

To convey my ideas even better I used my 3D designs to make 3D prints (real full size sculptures). In December, Ingrid and I traveled to China with these figurines.

 

Designed in Belgium, made in China

After a long journey in comfortable bubble jackets, I finally let the figurines out of my bag. Because the 3D designs were now tangible, we were able to easily convey our wants and needs to the manufacturer.

I told him how I came up with my CHUCKFAMILY, and what I want my sculptures and designs to convey. Then, we discussed the desired dimensions, colors and shine of the figurines.

 

From 3D printing to finished product

The message my moneyboxes send is very important to me. I want my creations to make people smile and I want them to understand that they should not be too serious about my work, and ideally they should not be about the rest of life, either.

The manufacturer understood exactly what I meant and he knew how to translate my ideas into practice. Once again, we discussed the size, color, shine and other practical issues like the location and size of the slot for coins.

 

Numnum’s birth

A few days later, the manufacturer had already made a mold and a first prototype of Numnum, the second moneybox I made after Chew.

Numnum was already colorfully painted. He was as shiny as I envisioned him. Size, color, shine, weight, … the whole look and feel was perfect. Numnum was born. I held him in my hands. A magical feeling!

 

Numnum’s travels in China

When we left the manufacturer we were overjoyed. In the coming months, 10 different moneyboxes will be made, each with their own name and personality. Stay tuned to find out more about the CHUCKFAMILY moneyboxes.

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Next time, I’ll tell you more about the first adventures of Numnum in China. It was love at first sight. What an adventure!