Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Iris brings together the art of drawing and photography. Be the first to experience the Iris.
Iris brings together the art of drawing and photography. Be the first to experience the Iris.
1,702 backers pledged £184,618 to help bring this project to life.

About

Iris - The Drawing Tool that Inspires Creativity project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Iris - The Drawing Tool that Inspires Creativity

£184,618

1,702

Iris is a completely redesigned circle drawing tool.

The Iris is your perfect tool for drawing and measuring circles. Simply rotate the rings to open and close its captivating aperture mechanism. Iris will inspire you with every stroke of your pencil. 

Iris is our second Kickstarter. We at Makers Cabinet are experts in drawing and writing implements and the designers of the Høvel pencil plane. 


 At Makers Cabinet, we believe that drawing and writing tools should guide the path towards creativity rather than limit its potential. Instead of being a burdening generic tool the Iris is intuitive and unique. 

We aim to inspire everybody that uses the Iris with a sense of satisfaction. Its mesmerising mechanism sparks delight in everyone that sees it open and close. We believe that the Iris helps rejuvenate the flow of creativity at moments of mental block. 

The scalable Iris drawing tool.
The scalable Iris drawing tool.

 The concept of the Iris came from conversations with our Kickstarter Community. Our supporters said that circle drawing tools lacked innovation and were difficult to use. These tools were unreliable and short-lived. So, we set out to completely redesign the circle drawing tool.

As amateur photographers, we noticed that camera apertures were reliable mechanisms and were surprised that they had not yet been developed for other purposes. In response to this observation, we designed an instrument that brings the quality of the camera aperture to your desk.

The mechanism of the camera aperture has endured 200 years of photographic history. Owing to this resilience, the Iris is the perfect replacement to the inadequate rotary drawing compass. 


Rotary compasses are:

  • Difficult to hold
  • Useless without a ruler
  • Restricted to certain mark-making tools
  • Immortalised by the holes in our pages

Iris is:

  • Easy to use
  • Compatible with any mark-making tool
  • An accurate measuring instrument
  • Seamless on your page

 At Makers Cabinet, we strive to create objects with a guarantee of longevity and durability. Iris is the product of this ethos. 

Iris is engineered using the most durable and effective materials. Its rings are machined from solid brass that patinas, improving with time and use. The leaves are resistant to ink and graphite as they are stamped from carefully selected stainless spring steel that retains its shape. The Iris houses twenty intricately designed leaves that enable you to create accurate circles with every stroke of your pencil.

The Iris is a reliable measuring instrument. In conversations with our users, we were inspired to add a scale along the side of the circle aperture. This allows you to effortlessly draw circles and measure diameters. The scale is marked with a high fidelity laser etching that denotes accuracy down to a millimetre. 

Reminiscent of a camera’s aperture enclosure, its scale is marked with a red dot. This allows you to read the diameter of your circle without the impediment of any other tool. Below the Iris’ leaves sits a natural rubber footprint that seamlessly grips to your page. This means that all your focus can be on the circles you are drawing and not the instrument that you are using.

Every Iris purchased in the Kickstarter comes with a wooden base. 

Our first wooden base prototype was intended to simply support the Iris on your desk. However, at Makers Cabinet, we design every tool with the intention to be both beautiful and functional.  

Accordingly, our updated base locates the centre-point of a circle. To achieve this, simply lay the Iris flat on your surface and place the base against the inside of the aperture. This added feature enables you to take your drawings to the next level. 


In 2017 we launched our first Kickstarter for the Høvel pencil plane. Høvel is a completely redesigned pencil sharpener which planes your pencil to a perfectly crafted point reminiscent of woodblock planes.

Since we launched the Kickstarter, the Høvel has won a Stationery Award, has been stocked in 20 stores worldwide and galvanised our business. Get a Høvel at a reduced rate by backing the Iris here today.

This project is promoted by Jellop, the ad tech power behind the best Kickstarters with 650+ successful Kickstarter projects with over $300MM raised between them.
This project is promoted by Jellop, the ad tech power behind the best Kickstarters with 650+ successful Kickstarter projects with over $300MM raised between them.

Risks and challenges

The design is complete, with our initial prototypes completed and Iris is almost ready to go into production. Redundancy measures are in place, with a manufacturer in reserve should we encounter problems with the first. However, unforeseen delays can and often do happen.

This being our third Kickstarter between us we are confident that we can deliver an awesome product on time and with amazing quality. We promise to remain transparent throughout the campaign and during production to keep you updated on our progress.

Please note that you, the backer are responsible for any duties
charged by your local postal service upon receiving your reward.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.28

    Join our circle!

    Become part of the Iris Campaign and recieve all of our exclusive news and updates. Thank you so much for supporting us, even just a pound goes a long way!

    Includes:
    • A Personal Thank You
    • Exclusive News and Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    41 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 6

    Pencils for your support

    Support our project and receive six limited edition Makers Cabinet pencils.

    Includes:
    • Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £45 or more About US$ 57

    Epic Early Bird (50% off RRP)

    An Iris at the best possible price!

    RRP £90/Iris

    Includes:
    • Iris Drawing Compass
    • Wooden Base
    • Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 10 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £58 or more About US$ 74

    Super Early Bird Iris (35% off RRP)

    An Iris with a very massive discount.

    RRP £90/Iris

    Includes:
    • Iris Drawing Compass
    • Wooden Base
    • Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 30 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £67 or more About US$ 85

    Early Bird (25% off RRP)

    An Iris at a great price.

    RRP £90/Iris

    Includes:
    • Iris Drawing Compass
    • Wooden Base
    • Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 50 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £72 or more About US$ 92

    Early Bird (20% off RRP)

    An Iris at an awesome price!

    RRP £90/Iris

    Includes:
    • Iris Drawing Compass
    • Wooden Base
    • Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 390 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge £81 or more About US$ 103

    Iris (10% off RRP)

    You will be one of the very first to receive​ an Iris.

    RRP £90/Iris

    Includes:
    • Iris Drawing Compass
    • Wooden Base
    • Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 439 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge £110 or more About US$ 140

    Iris + Høvel (20% off RRP)

    Get your Iris plus the updated Høvel, great for any desk!

    RRP £138 (£90/Iris + £48/Høvel)

    Includes:
    • Iris Drawing Compass
    • Wooden Base
    • Brass Høvel
    • Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 466 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £117 or more About US$ 149

    Pair of Irises (35% off RRP)

    Perfect for you and your friend

    RRP £180 (£90/Iris)

    Includes:
    • Iris Drawing Compass
    • Wooden Base
    • Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 80 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge £144 or more About US$ 184

    Pair of Irises (20% off RRP)

    One for you and one for your friend
    RRP £180 (£90/Iris)

    Includes:
    • Iris Drawing Compass
    • Wooden Base
    • Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 68 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge £193 or more About US$ 246

    Pair of Irises and Høvels (30% off RRP)

    Perfect for you and your friend

    RRP £276 (£90/Iris) (£48/Høvel)

    Includes:
    • Iris Drawing Compass
    • Wooden Base
    • Brass Høvel
    • Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 74 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge £270 or more About US$ 344

    Studio pack (40% off RRP)

    Perfect for your studio or as gifts in time for Christmas

    RRP £450 (£90/Iris)

    Includes:
    • Iris Drawing Compass
    • Wooden Base
    • 10× Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 19 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 638

    Special Edition Iris

    A special edition Iris, personally engraved with the signatures of the founders of Makers Cabinet. The Iris is seated in a handcrafted wooden box by Odin Ardagh.

    Includes:
    • Special Edition - Signed Iris Drawing Compass
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge £540 or more About US$ 689

    Retail Pack (60% off RRP)

    Be one of the first retailers to stock the Iris well in time for Christmas!

    RRP £1350 (£90/Iris)

    Includes:
    • 15× Iris Drawing Compass
    • 15× Wooden Base
    • 30× Special Edition Makers Cabinet Pencils
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)