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Building heirlooms, inspiring you to tell your stories. Each Storybox is a handcrafted, customized treasure chest of memories. Read more

Bronx, NY Mixed Media
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Building heirlooms, inspiring you to tell your stories. Each Storybox is a handcrafted, customized treasure chest of memories.

Bronx, NY Mixed Media
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About this project

This is no ordinary project.

Every Storybox is as unique as the story it tells. Each story comes straight from the hearts, minds and memories of the main characters.
Those characters are you.

Each Storybox is meticulously handcrafted in The Bronx, NYC by artisan Jordan Roberts and his sidekick-writer Kate. Once we decide together what stories you want your Storybox to tell, you'll choose what items will best represent those stories. Each shelf can represent a different stage of life, a different phase of a relationship, a different event or memory. 

We work with you to make sure your story is told as you remember it, in your particular voice. Jordan sculpts every character and every piece. He carves and assembles every box and woodburns every word excerpted from the stories you share.

The Goal: 6 Months of Storybox production and a table saw

The goal of The Storybox Project is to raise enough support to fund 6 months of Storybox production.  This will allow us to get the word out, and also allow us to purchase the tools necessary to create the actual boxes right here on a regular basis (borrowing a table saw isn't very fun.)

Invest in the Storybox Project, and you're lending a hand to an independent artist. You're supporting painstaking quality and attention to detail.

You're standing behind an art form that promotes personality and builds real connection.

Storyboxes bring out the beauty of real life and real people.
Whether you invest in a Storybox of your very own, or claim one of our many other personalized rewards, we at the Storybox Project are grateful for your part in our story! Thank you for helping us get off the ground. We can't wait to see what's next.

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Questions?  Ideas?  Email us at thestorybox@bhof.org

What you get!                   

$10 = Mini-Memory: Miniature Family Photo in a Frame.   

If you choose to contribute $10, we'll create a tiny Storybox-scale framed photo out of any* photo you send us!  Simply click the Mini-Memory option from the panel to the right, and make your contribution.  We'll email you shortly with more details!  

$50 = A Little Something from your story

Contribute $50 and Jordan will sculpt a miniature of virtually any item you can think of.  We'll send you a small survey for you to fill out--and you'll give us all the details you'd like included in your one-of-a-kind, completely customized polymer clay sculpture!

$750 = Customized sculpture (E-mail us if you'd like two!)

It's pretty straightforward:  Choose this reward, and you'll get a whimsical, one-of-a-kind caricature hand-sculpted to your specifications.  Based on the photos and description you supply, your sculpture is completely customizable, from the cap on your head to the shoes on your feet!  Get creative!

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The Simplebox!  For the same contribution, you could alternatively choose a handmade Simplebox.  It's the same as the full Storybox pictured below, just without the caricatures.   Tell us your stories, choose which items you'd like hand-sculpted...design your own unique treasure chest of memories!

$2000 = Full Storybox!

We are so excited about this concept--we'd make it for free if we could.  The text wood-burned into the background is made up of direct quotes from stories told by the real creator of the Storybox: You!   We can't wait to start working with you on designing your very own Storybox!

*The sky is the limit as far as customization goes: any props, poses, furniture, or outfits that you can think of, we will do our best to translate into fun and durable sculptures, mini-photos, and Storyboxes. The whole point of The Storybox Project is to preserve what is good, precious, lovely, worthy-of-remembrance.  So we reserve the right to decline any design elements that are inappropriate or that deny or detract from the dignity of human beings.  

Risks and challenges

Of course, the biggest obstacles an artist faces are shortages of time and money. If we can raise the money, though, we can make the time--which means you can create your Storybox!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $10 reward

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    Mini-Memory: Miniature Family Photo in a Frame. A tiny treasure, a Storybox-scale photo of your choice in a handmade clay frame, Storybox style. Thanks for helping us get The Storybox Project started!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $50 reward

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    A Little Something from Your Story: With this donation, you get an item sculpted to your specifications. Remember your first bicycle? Love your grandma's antique radio? Recreate and commemorate the extraordinary nature of your ordinary objects!

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    Only ships to: United States
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    $250 reward

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    Peticularly Delightful: A one-of-a-kind clay figure of your own precious pooch, crazy kitty, or other pet. Send us your photos, and we'll send you an adorable piece of art.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    $750 reward

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    The Simplebox: Completely customized, original Storybox, filled with hand-made items representing your memories and decorated with woodburned phrases from your actual stories. If you also want a personalized figurine, see The Storybox below!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
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    $750 reward

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    Sculpted Surprise: Send us a photo of anyone, design their outfit, choose their props--we'll sculpt a caricature guaranteed to tickle them pink (well, sort of).

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    Only ships to: United States
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    $2,000 reward

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    The Storybox: It's the whole story--hand-made, designed-by-you, complete with caricatures (up to 2), woodburned story excerpts and customized miniatures.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (40 days)