‘Jack’ is inspired from the designer's memories of a more simple time. An extension of her Steel Life Desert Collection planters.
Thank you for checking out my Kickstarter Campaign!
Over the past two years, as a landscape designer I noticed a lack of modern or fashion forward planters for my clients. All the planters I came across followed the same basic mold. I wanted to bring something more design conscience and artistic to the modern garden without compromising sustainability.
The first products I introduced into the market are in what is called the Desert Collection. 'Jack' and 'Jack be Little' will be a great addition to this modern family. This Collection is comprised of ideal planters for succulents and water-wise plant material. People can use them for other things too, of course...fruit bowls, candy dishes, keepsake displays, jewelry holders, and the list goes on as far as your imagination does.
Growing up in one of the few, solar powered homes in Southern Oregon at the time, I have always considered myself a preservationist of the natural environment. I remember hammering together creations out of my father’s wood scraps from his shop. Still after 30 years, I am rummaging through unwanted materials that can be up cycled into desirable, functional products.
I have always placed great importance on using American-made raw or salvaged materials whenever possible and try to support the Pacific Northwest’s economy by working directly alongside my team of local artisans and small business owners.
I have gotten great reviews on the 'Jack' and 'Jack be Little' planters thus far. However, with YOUR support, I will be able to continue my journey on providing architecturally interesting, design savvy planters and other home/garden accessories. If I can exceed my goal, I would LOVE to offer more rewards to the great people that support me. Steel Life believes in returning favors and paying it forward.
You don’t know Jack? Let me introduce you...
Jack is made from a seamlessly designed, beech wood stand that was created with the help of another local artisian in Bend, Oregon and the Amish community further north. Beech is rated one of the top sustainable wood products on the market today...another reason to LOVE our product. The 'Jack' stand is then finished with a UV-resistant, water-repelling coating that is made from natural, renewable oils and waxes. Our prototype does not show the planter with the wood finish, but it will be a beautiful walnut stain that compliments the citrus and sky blue planter cone.
Jack's cone-shaped bowls are individually spun by one set of hands and the use of machinery that dates back to the early 1900s, then...
...BOLDLY powdercoated with two of Steel Life's signature colors.
Steel Life's Desert Collection was previewed in the Uptown Design District for Palm Springs Modernism Week last February. I was thrilled by the enthusiast response from the public on our products. Steel Life has been featured on Apartment Therapy and Studio 'G's websites. It has also been recognized by A.P.L.D (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) and was displayed at Dwell on Design in Los Angelos last month.
Steel Life already has the recognition it needs to become a successful BRAND in the Home and Garden Industry, it just needs a little funding to keep the momentum going! (this is where you come in.) The 'Jack' is one of its' kind and I can't wait to get it out in the hands of the modern public. More specifically, YOU!
I will be using Kickstarter funding for the following:
New cone molds and Initial Inventory: $3,200- planter stand set up fees: $ 800-
Initial Powder coating: $1,000- Shipping and other Fees: $500-
Branding & Marketing: $ 200- Kickstarter Campaign Fees: $500-
*88% of funds raised will go to local artisians and other small business owners that Shannon directly works with.
*9% funds will got to any forgotten materials, shipping, credit card processing and Kickstarter fees.
*3% Steel Life branding on products. We need to represent!
To keep my costs low, I am mostly offering my 'Jack' and 'Jack be Little' planters to my backers. That is, after all, what I am trying to get out to the masses! Some of the rewards, however, include a set of stylin' Retro Jacks and Kickstarter exclusive notecards from me.
I have also added trade and retailer exclusive rewards for those looking to increase their sales and stand out from their competitors.
I truly appreciate each and every contribution to my campaign. I have backed other kickstarter campaigns and have been able to enjoy seeing their success. Now, I'm ready to try it myself. So, let's DO THIS!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $6,200 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on September 6, 2012.
Aug 7, 2012 - Sep 6, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
A heartfelt THANK YOU and virtual fist bump with the firework blowup! You will also have access to all my project updates.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Every dollar helps me get to my goal, so I would like to thank you by sending you a Kickstarter exclusive, 'You Don't Know Jack' mod postcard with a personal 'thank you' message.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $25 or more
You will receive your very OWN set of retro JACKS to play with friends and family~yah, baby! You will also receive a 'You Don't Know Jack' mod postcard with a personal 'thank you' message from me.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $75 or more
9 backers Limited (16 of 25 left)
Call me CRAZY, but I would like to offer the first 25 backers a SUPER SPECIAL PRICE for supporting me early on in the game! You are not afraid to show your love for modern design and I can DIG that! You will receive your very own ‘Jack be Little’ planter in Citrus (orange), along with the retro 'Jacks' and mod postcard from me. Don't be fooled...this is a smokin' deal! Free shipping, unless outside of the US (add $25).Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $100 or more
1 backer Limited (4 of 5 left)
If you missed out on the first limited reward, this one is QUITE THE DEAL, as well! You can still pick yourself up a ‘Jack be Little’ planter in Citrus (orange) at well below the estimated retail price. Sweet! In addition, you will receive the retro 'Jacks' and a 'You Don't Know Jack' mod postcard with a personal 'thank you' message. Free shipping, unless outside of the US (add $25).Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $125 or more
3 backers Limited (2 of 5 left)
Your choice! One of your very own ‘Jack be Little’ planters in Sky (blue) OR Citrus (orange). In addition, you will receive the retro 'Jacks' and personal thank you card from yours truly. Free shipping, unless outside of the US (add $25).Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $125 or more
0 backers Limited (25 of 25 left)
This reward is in honor of my dear friend, Erin, that is currently fighting against breast cancer. You will receive a limited addition, breast cancer awareness PINK 'Jack be Little' planter just like the one I would like to give her for her courage and perseverance. LOVE THE PINK! In addition, you will receive a set of retro 'Jacks' and a personal thank you note from me.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $250 or more
Thinking BIG? This reward offers you one of your very own Original ‘Jack’ planters in either Sky (blue) or Citrus (orange). You will also receive your own retro 'Jacks' and a personal thank you card from me! Free shipping, unless outside of the US (add $25).Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $450 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
Holiday Gift Pack: If you have a couple of family members or friends that love modern design, consider the 'Jack be Little' as a perfect holiday gift for them all! This reward includes 4 'Jack be Little' planters in the color of your choice (as mentioned above), a designer postcard for each planter to be included with your gift package, AND a set of retro jacks for yourself. Wala! Your holiday shopping is done! Now it's time for you to relax by the pool.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $600 or more
1 backer Limited (2 of 3 left)
Double your pleasure! You will receive two (2) Original 'Jack' planters and two (2) 'Jack be Little planters in either Sky (blue) or Citrus (orange). This will cover your mod gardener needs plus a few gifts for your bffs! In addition, you will receive a set of retro 'Jacks' and a personal note from me for the both of you!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $800 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
SWEET Retailer's Display Starter Pack: This reward includes a variety pack of our 'Jack' and 'Jack be Little' planters along with a great selection of branding goodies to set up with your display. You will receive one (1) original 'Jack' in Citrus, one (1) original 'Jack' in Sky Blue, one (1) 'Jack be Little' in Citrus, one (1) 'Jack be Little' in Sky Blue, and two (2) 'Jack be Little' planters in a surprise season color! This great offer won't be around again! I am offering five (5) of these rewards. Please include $50 for shipping, unless outside of the US (add additional $50). Available for brick and mortar retailers only.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,500 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
Exclusive Retailer's Display Starter Pack and Signature Store Color Offer: Are you looking to separate yourself from your competitors? Then, THIS is the package for you. You will receive the Retailer's Display Start Kit and all the branding goodies as mentioned above. AND your store will be able to choose one EXCLUSIVE COLOR for your store instead of choosing from our Citrus or Sky. NICE! We will also market your color choice as 'exclusively yours' on our website and facebook page. This reward is a GREAT investment for your business and a great way to seperate yourself from your competitors. It's a win-win! This reward is HOT! HOT! HOT!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012