How much will it cost?

December 28, 2017

It will be affordable!

Price = Materials cost + Labor

– We sell our works for the cost of materials, plus the hours of labor.
– You decide how much an hour of our time costs.
– If you can’t afford to pay for our hours in Euro, you can can also exchange time
1 hour of our time = 1 hour of our time

Hours of labor

But how much does one hour cost really. In Germany, the minimum wage (Mindestlohn) is 8,84 Euro brutto. And depending on the kind of work you do, and the form of employment you have (i.e. self employed, company worker), the rate per hour differs. For example, company consultants cost 100Euro/hour, self employed programmer charges 60 Euro/hour, pattern makers earn 30-50 Euro/hour and Deliveroo riders earn 8-9 Euro/hour.
It is very difficult for anyone to know what is the “fair” payment as there are big differences in the price of one hour.

We are aware that by saying “You decide how much an hour of our time costs” we put you in difficult position. You do not want to be cheap or exploiting, but also can not afford 60 Euro/hour, even 8 Euro/hour will add up when it comes to handwork.
Still, for now, we are keeping this price scheme of “you decide” because we would like all of us to think about it. what is the fair price for one hour? and How can our society pay to the makers/builders/craftspeople fair fee, inside and outside of our contry?
And really, we will take any offer you make, from 50 cent/hour to 1000 euro/hour. So please do not be hesitant in proposing the fee.


To give you an idea of how much something would cost to commission, here are some costed examples from our Opening Collection.


“ohne mich” Jean Jacket
>> http://www.kobakant.at/KOBA/ohne-mich/
materials: second hand jean jacket, 1.5mm side glow optic fibers, Lulu LED modules, ATtiny microcontroller, capacitor, two BC 338-40 NPN Transistors, while wool felt, Karl-Grimm copper conductive thread, fusible, metal snaps, power supply
materials cost: 22 Euro (not including jean jacket)

techniques: sewing, couching, fusing
hours of labor: 12 hours


Unentschlossen Hat
>> http://www.kobakant.at/KOBA/unentschlossen/
materials: second hand wool felt hat, 0.5mm fiber optics, Karl-Grimm silver plated copper conductive thread with nylon core, silver plated conductive polyester knit fabric, ATtiny microcontroller, two red super bright SMD LEDs, shrink tube, multi-strand wire, CR2032 coin-cell battery
materials cost: 8 Euro (not including felt hat)
techniques: couching, sanding, shrinking tube
hours of labor: 4 hours 30 minutes


EMF Listener Jacket
>> http://www.kobakant.at/KOBA/emf-jacket/
materials: Wool fabric, synthetic leather stretch fabric, polyester thread, zipper, popper,Bemis heat glue, copper ripstop fabric, Karl-Grimm copper conductive thread, polymorph, transistor 2N3904 x 8, 2N3904 x 2, Stereo Audio Jack, solder, wire, Li-Po rechargeable battery
materials cost: 57 Euro
techniques: fusing, soldering, sewing
hours of labor: 22 hours


EMF Listener Cape
>>
materials: Wool fabric, synthetic liner fabric, polyester thread, snaps, button, Bemis heat glue, Bart and Francis Metal thread, Karl-Grimm copper conductive thread, transistor 2N3904 x 4, 2N3904 x 1, Stereo Audio Jack, solder, Li-Po rechargeable battery
materials cost: 42 Euro
techniques: Embroidery (couching), sewing, soldering
hours of labor: 20 hours


KOBA Uniform
>> http://www.kobakant.at/KOBA/koba-uniform/
materials:
materials cost:
techniques:
hours of labor: