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Jonathan the PainterBy Jonathan the Painter
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Jonathan the PainterBy Jonathan the Painter
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$51
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
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About

This is not simply a Keychain.

This is 15 years of cancer-fighting, life-living, story-telling, paint-brushing goodness...

 ...forged into a handcrafted, interchangeable, magnetic, colorful reminder of who, and what, is important in your life. Our Storycoin Keychain Set is an escape to the ocean, a visit to an art studio, and a reminder to always Choose Happy. We do this through the magic of AR (Augmented Reality) and your support can help us create something really unique -> 

State of the Art

We merge Art & Technology to tell stories. Utilizing Augmented Reality technology and the original artwork I've created in my role as the Artist in Residence at the MGH Cancer Center, each of the included Storycoins can be scanned with a mobile app to launch a video that brings the paintings to life. It's just like being in my studio, watching me paint, and learning about the story behind each one. Here's the technology in action -> 

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Want to enjoy the peace and serenity of Rockport Harbor? The 'Safe Harbor' painting featured on the cover of the box can bring you there. The original painting was created for  the opening of a new cancer center, providing an opportunity for patients and families to be distracted from the waiting room, if only for a moment. With the power of Augmented Reality, your seat by the harbor is always within reach -> 

Rockport Harbor, behind my studio, is always a very peaceful place to be ->

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And here's how the AR technology works on the packaging cover -> 

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Locally Sourced

We know the importance, and see the difference, in using local partners, and treating our team like family - because most of it is :) I do all the design work and painting, my Brother does all the legal work, and my Mom does all the actual work. So it's basically just like it was growing up. Except our extended Storytelling Family now includes our friends Allen -> a Master Metalsmith; Amy -> our Packaging Specialist; and Gus -> our Mobile App Guru. Everything is made in the USA. Everyone takes this project personally. Because we all have a story to tell!

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My-Storytellers -> Natick, MA

  • Jonathan the Painter -> Rockport, MA
  • All American Pewter -> Pembroke, MA
  • Virtual Lab VR -> Boston, MA
  •  Sunrise Packaging -> Blaine, MN 

Our Story

Like so many other families, our story revolves around cancer. 15 years ago my father passed away after a courageous 4 month battle. January 25th, 2004 could have been the end of the story. But for us, it was just the beginning. We knew he wanted us to continue a legacy of helping other people, so my Mom, Brother and I formed the non profit (501c3) Conquer Cancer Coalition only two months later. Along the way, we were able to establish a charitable license plate in Massachusetts, that helps us raise funding for free programs and services, such as survivors days, support groups, and art programs for cancer patients, families, and caregivers. This year we were also able to purchase gifts for children whose treatment kept them at the hosital this holiday season. As a family we have raised and distributed $865,000 just from the proceeds of our 'Conquer Cancer' plate! 

We also designed, built, and maintain the 'Cancer Garden of Hope' on Boston City Hall Plaza. The garden features flowers, sculptures, a gazebo and a wishing well. But the most important element are the engraved bricks and plaques we install on the walls of our garden with wisdom like, 'never, never, never give up.' And we take it all to heart. 

And, each year we host a free event at the Cancer Garden of Hope, featuring live music, food, local resources, and a chance for the community to come together and share stories. This year will be the 10th anniversary of this special place!

Why A Keychain?

Great question! Along our cancer journey, two things always stand out for us ->

  • The simple acts of compassion
  • The stories

We've collected so many small tokens of kindness, often given directly from someone's keychain or pocket, to people like us, when we've needed it most...a small angel, a lucky penny, an origami bird, or a simple note. We know these little things can make a big difference. And we know there is a story behind each one. 

Help Kickstart Our App

Our product consists of four major components: 

  • Original Artwork
  • Handcrafted Storycoin Set
  • Custom Packaging
  •  Mobile App 

The first three phases are complete, and we are so happy with the high quality and finish of our Storycoin and Keychain Set. We know you'll love them too

What we need to do now is finish integrating the technology. We've signed a contract to work with our friends at Virtual Lab VR to help us launch our creative Mobile App. We will use the money we raise through Kickstarter to finish creating our App, and anything above our goal will help us expand our line of Storycoins, Original Content, and AR enhanced Jewelry. 

We've gotten this far on our own...want to help us finish the job?

Upon successful fundraising, we can also implement this technology in paintings I donate to hospitals, transporting people from the waiting room into a seaside studio. What we are doing here is just the beginning. Combining Art & Technology to facilitate Hope & Healing is the real magic, and you can help make it a reality.

Design & Development

We are currently working to develop an entire line of wearables that incorporate our unique and colorful magnetic Storycoins. From a single pendant to more complex designs, tie clips, belt buckles and more...we're designing something for everyone and every occasion, because you never need a special occasion to wear a Storycoin.

 Rewards 

Our Keychains are ready. We can't wait to hear what you think, and we'll send it out as soon as our successful Kickstarter campaign ends. The mobile app will take about 4 weeks to launch and we will keep you updated with posts here, and on our website.

 $25 - The Basic Reward is a complete Storycoin & Keychain Set. This includes one pewter keychain and all 4 colorful Storycoins, presented in our custom packaging. Kickstarter supporters can enjoy a 37% discount from our retail launch price of 39.95

Basic Reward
Basic Reward

 $75 - The Collectors Reward includes the Basic Reward, plus a Storycoin Keychain Set with box signed by the artist (me), and a set of 4 coasters featuring each Storycoin painting (4" square acrylic finish with cork backing)

Collectors Reward
Collectors Reward

$225 - The Studio Reward includes the Basic and Collector Rewards, and a Hand Painted Giclee -> a numbered, matted, and framed print of 'Safe Harbor' measuring 16" x 20" This will look great hanging in your home or office, and  then you can wow your friends, family, and co-workers by bringing the painting to life with our AR enhanced App on your phone. Oh, that's the App you helped create, by the way. 

Studio Reward
Studio Reward

All painting inquiries @ jonathanthepainter.com 

Help Conquer Cancer

To learn more about our story, how you can get involved with us at the Conquer Cancer Coalition, to be a part of the Cancer Garden of Hope on Boston City Hall Plaza growing, and to help keep our unique Painter Without Borders Program at hospitals in Boston going strong, please visit us online at conquercancer.org

We Love Challenges

For the past 15 years, we've learned that's it's all about the stories. It's also helped us keep everything in perspective. This has been an incredible adventure for us, and running a company always has its share of challenges. These are the challenges we love. We've invested our time and energy not only in creating a well crafted product, but doing it with people we trust, value, and respect. That means anything we encounter on the way we learn and grow from. My Mom always says, 'it's not cancer, we'll figure it out,' and she's right every time!

For instance, When Allen told us we need to remove any ferromagnetic metals from the drying room at our fabrication shop. The first thing I did was look up ferromagnetic :) 

 Or when Amy told us that the way I designed the packaging there would be no way to get the Storycoins out, and she sent us a way to fix it :)

 We have also have 3 years worth of fulfillment experience thanks to selling another product through an online retailer/wholesaler. This of course has been invaluable to us in understanding and managing the information, product and shipping flow across multiple digital platforms. We've sourced with international distributors in the past, and we're really excited with the local team we've put together for My-Storytellers. We are ready to scale this product up, take it to market, and bring some unexpected color into the day! 

Your Life Is Your Story, Make it A Good One!

From our Family to Yours -> Susan, Matthew, Jonathan, and always Michael

Thank You

May you always find a way to Choose Happy, to count the Small Blessings, to find the strength to Adjust Your Sails, and to keep Hope Growing Strong! These aren't just the sayings we put on our Storycoins...These are the words we live by!

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Risks and challenges

My Mom always says, 'stepping stones or stumbling blocks, it's just a matter of perspective.' Scaling up our production, design, technology and product marketing will always have its share of challenges...from the unpredictable New England weather, to nuances that arise from creating a product made by hand. We all work to our strengths, and we've got the track record to prove it. Our team is equipped to handle any challenges, and our greatest risk is putting our story and our passion out there for the world. We take what we do personally, and believe that small acts of kindness have the power to change the world -> or at least make it a little more colorful. We're up for that challenge, are you?

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