The journey of the Bloomer started more than a year ago when artist, Zoe Umholtz, ran out of room in her apartment for her plants. As she sat and wondered what to do with her new off-shoots sprouting from her many plants, it dawned on her that her walls were untapped real-estate.
The idea started as small glass vessels, each cradled in a hand-knitted pouch which hung on her wall with a small nail. Inside were the off-shoots, she had cut, now taking root in water. As her original idea began to sprout, her thoughts began to grow and the first Bloomer was conceptualized. She began to develop her planters into an object which could hold soil, a larger plant and present the playful nature of her personality.
Zoe, an Oregon College of Art and Craft graduate, was excited when her former classmate, Joe Gibson approached with the idea of developing the Bloomer into a product for market. Joe and partner Dylan Lynch, make up Revolution Design House, a Portland based start-up team focusing on the development of American Design. At RDH their goal is simple; help American designers and makers bring their product through production and on to market, all while manufacturing as local as possible.
We need your help to get the Bloomer planter through our final round of prototyping and into our first run of manufacturing. The funds will go towards two separate ceramic production molds, along with our first runs of the two hanging systems. The fabric hangers will be made from 100% Hemp fabric sewn and assembled in Portland, Oregon along with our metal bracket which will be laser cut, bent, and powder coated in Portland as well. Our goal is to get the manufacturing underway and release the product at Dwell on Design on June 22, 2012, with our Kickstarter units being shipped in August. Your contribution is appreciated, and honestly goes towards the momentum of growing American design. Buy local, “love what you own”.
All shipping in the lower 48 states will be covered in the price of your Bloomer or logo bottle opener. All shipping outside lower 48, including international shipping will be on a case by case basis. An email will follow your pledge with shipping rates and info.
WHO IS DOING THE PRODUCTION?
Ceramic production: Mudshark Studios - Portland, Oregon. http://mudsharkstudios.org/
Sewing production: Portland Garment Factory - Portland, Oregon. http://portlandgarmentfactory.com/
Ease of use and installation were big factors while creating the "Bloomer". Our two hanging options are both based on simple screw mount systems. Either screw into a stud under the drywall or first install a drywall anchor. For outdoor use, simply install your mount to a hardy wall.
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