Our events this month include First Friday Art Walk and the Wednesday Night Market at Alliance for the Arts. Learn more on our local event page.
This month we will be continuing work on some new designs for a February Valentine/dessert release and a tote bag. We are excited to be vending at the Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival in February!
On Patreon this month, we will be releasing our first digital zine! This one will be themed New Explorations.
Photo above: palm trees at St. Armand's Key, Sarasota.
We've released lots of new items in the last few weeks, including cards, prints, incense, and stickers! Sign up for our newsletter or Patreon page to get a notification for our next release.
Our next art show will be this Saturday, February 5, from 9AM-2PM at the Sanibel Community House! Join us for a variety of original art, shell and other crafts, jewelry, baked goods, cards, and more at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957. We will have a selection of our original artwork, prints, and Valentine cards available!
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be sharing an otter coloring page, product previews, and artwork from some ongoing projects. We also will be announcing some exciting "secret news" this weekend!
Photo above: an illustration from a new project Matt is working on.
Plans are coming along for our retail space in southern Florida! After much planning and research, we have realized that we can't do it alone. Having a little extra help from our supporters is essential to making this happen. We hope that you may share our dreams and would like to see us continue on our paths as artists. In addition to continuing our online sales, a physical location in southern Florida will allow us to focus on our artistic endeavors, and provide a larger studio space to create and display new artwork for you. We have endless ideas for new designs, including apparel, tropical flora & fauna-themed artwork, incense blends, and more. Learn more about our plans on our GoFundMe page!
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be releasing a mermaid-themed coloring page, creating an octopus sticker sheet, sharing some previews of current art projects, and discussing how the business plans are coming along for The Island Octopus retail space!
Our next shop update will be in October for our Virtual Halloween Market! Expect to see new stickers, incense, art, and some bat ornaments.
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be releasing two animal coloring pages, discussing the upcoming Halloween incense blends, releasing a bird-themed digital download, and sharing behind-the-scenes photos of our current projects! Learn more about Patreon here.
We are excited to inform you that The Island Octopus has a Patreon page! Each tier will provide you with exclusive content, artwork, downloads, samples, creations, and more.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a membership platform that allows us to offer our supporters and followers monthly content and receive constant feedback as we create new artwork, incense, apparel, and more.
Patreon also supports our new explorations and ideas! Without the monetary support of our patrons, many experiments, projects, and prints would simply not be possible. When you become a patron, you are allowing us to purchase supplies & equipment, and spend time exploring and creating. Some of this money will also go towards opening our new retail space.
What do we offer on Patreon?
Each month, patrons will receive new content including articles, photos, creations, downloads, discount codes, behind-the-scenes videos, and/or early access to new releases. We currently have 8 different tiers on Patreon, which offer different types of content at different monthly pledges. Swipe through the photos below to see what each tier’s perks are!
Does this mean we will stop adding items to the store?
No, it doesn’t. But you will find exclusive offerings through our Patreon page such as samples, coloring pages, and digital downloads. You will keep seeing our artwork, books, and incense in the store as usual. Patreon tiers of Palm Tree and higher will also receive early-access to select new releases of incense, artwork, and apparel.
Why this change?
-We would love more feedback from our supporters as we create new products. Patrons will be able to comment on, vote, and give feedback on new product ideas and releases.
-To support our new explorations and ideas! Without the monetary support of our patrons, many experiments, projects, and prints would simply not be possible. When you become a patron, you are allowing us to purchase ingredients & equipment, and spending time exploring and creating. Some of this money will also go towards opening our new retail space.
-We would like to try unique experiments that wouldn’t necessarily be offered in our retail space. Select tiers will offer behind the scenes experiments, unusual incense blends, hand-collected ingredients, test batches, and/or digital downloads.
How do I join?
-View the monthly tier options by swiping through the photos below and visiting our Patreon page.
-You are not required to stay on the same tier annually or anything (no contract), but can join and try out different tiers. Patreon will auto-renew you each month on your current tier, but you always have the option to cancel or change tiers.
-The Seashell Tier allows you to see many of our exclusive posts, and therefore learn more about the higher tiers you might be most interested in. It starts at $3/month.
-For the physical product tiers, such as Fiddler Crab, the monthly pledge includes shipping the item to you, so you will see two options for USA patrons and International patrons so that we can cover the appropriate shipping cost.
Visit our Patreon page here!
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be releasing an ice cream coloring page, discussing an incense blend, releasing a new sticker design, and more! Learn more about Patreon here.
A new print & postcard set, Summertime Sweetness, have been released in the shop!
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be releasing a sea turtle coloring page, discussing some incense projects & experiments, sharing a sneak peek of our upcoming t-shirt designs, and more! Learn more about Patreon here.
Later this month, we are excited to release some Magic Sand incense and a new print/postcard design in our online shop! Sign up for our newsletter to get a notification when these are available..
We now have an Island Octopus Facebook & Instagram page, so give them a follow to see some more fun pictures in your timeline.
Welcome to The Island Octopus! We're excited you're here.
The Island Octopus LLC™ was founded in 2021 by husband-wife team Matt and Melissa Gindling. Our store will offer whimsical critters, beachy art, coloring books, apparel, and handcrafted incense. We started this project with the intent of giving our creations a home, while offering clients, fans, and friends an inside-look into the creative process.
As we work towards opening a physical storefront, you can follow our journey by joining our Patreon page, and signing up for our newsletter! On our Patreon page this month, we will be releasing a bird-themed coloring page & a digital art background, talking about our Magic Sand Incense, and more.
And, later this month, you can expect to see our online shop open!
THE ISLAND OCTOPUS BLOG
Follow our journey, learn more about our products, join us for events, and view behind the scenes photos!