Project image
)}
$2,688
pledged of $78,000pledged of $78,000 goal
50
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 24 2015 2:34 AM UTC +00:00
Twig TerrariumsBy Twig Terrariums
First created
Twig TerrariumsBy Twig Terrariums
First created
$2,688
pledged of $78,000pledged of $78,000 goal
50
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 24 2015 2:34 AM UTC +00:00

About

Hi there! Twig Terrariums began as a creative outlet between two lifelong friends and quickly grew into a thriving business that focuses on merging art, botany, and personal well-being. Developing the horticultural therapy (HT) aspect of Twig has been very important to us as we quickly saw the benefit these workshops made on our participants. We held our first workshop in 2010 after an invitation from a popular lifestyle company, and the response from our students was uplifting, to say the least! We knew we were on to something, and wanted to study it further.  Soon, we found ourselves customizing our workshops at the request of local schools, nursing homes, botanical gardens, and high-stress environments to induce the relaxing effects of horticultural therapy.  

Our early experiences in the therapeutic field - from counseling youth, special needs children and adults, and Alzheimer's patients - have been instrumental in maximizing the benefit of each workshop. We are proud of our accomplishments, and have been featured in the news several times because of it!

Now five years later, we realize just how effective HT is at treating stress, anxiety, and depression. Our horticultural therapy-based workshops currently center on using a cognitive therapeutic approach by grounding the participant in their current environment, and effectively creating a tactile hand-eye coordination exercise. The kits we've created are specifically designed to pass that experience on to everyone!

And that's where you come in.  Do you know someone who can benefit from one?  Chances are it's you, or someone close.  The kits come complete with everything you need to get started, and are designed with style, creativity, and longevity in mind.

Our instructions are tested on an eight-year old focus group and are based on the time-proven practice of HT.  The therapeutic effects of garden environments have been documented since ancient times, and today, we know HT can treat a variety of symptoms.  These five terrarium kits are designed to be unique, horticultural therapy-oriented desktop pieces that can thrive in most environments.  And you know what?  They're a great experience for everyone.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

The money funded from this Kickstarter project will create a new branch of Twig, specifically dedicated towards Horticultural Therapy. We'd like to grow independently, since no one has a better grasp on our business needs than us. As leaders in the recent terrarium revolution, we have created kits and ready-made terrariums acting as a mid-size company. Yet still, we create our own terrarium tools in order to produce our works quickly and accurately. We know what plants and mosses look good, and thrive together. We understand high quality customer service tailored to the individual, or individual institution's needs. For these reasons, remaining independent is important to us.

Historically, we have never received business loans or investments, opting to operate at a financially independent level and grow accordingly. We hope to gain funding towards these specific goals:

*Purchasing glass and ingredients in quantity. (30%)

*Creating a cost-effective program that makes HT available to lower-income groups.  (15%)

*Wages to hire staff for kits and workshops, and train them accordingly.  (40%)

*Marketing tools to spread the word about HT and how it can benefit everyone. (15%)

And there's more:

Your terrarium kit will be individually prepared and inspected by people earning a fair wage for their work, and enthusiastic about their new lease on life. It's true - we have found that the assembly process and plant maintenance at Twig can be a positive segue to increasing interpersonal skills and work ethic.

By using a combination of horticultural therapy and career-building skill development, this program specifically targets disadvantaged adults (parents reemerging into the work force, military veterans returning to civilian life, those recovering from illness, etc.), enabling them to surface into the job market with the necessary skills.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/66840.php

http://www.australianscience.com.au/biology/dig-down-to-lift-your-spirits-soil-bacteria-act-as-antidepressants/ 

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jul/raw-data-is-dirt-the-new-prozac

Workshops at Build it Green - Brooklyn, NY
Workshops at Build it Green - Brooklyn, NY

Twig is a proud member of:

_________________________________________________________________

With your donation of $65, you will receive one of these:

Bubble Terrarium
Bubble Terrarium

_________________________________________________________________

With your donation of $60, this nifty terrarium is yours.

Zen Cloche Terrarium
Zen Cloche Terrarium

  _________________________________________________________________

Your reward for a donation of $55.

Glimpse Terrarium
Glimpse Terrarium

  _________________________________________________________________

Your donation amount of $25.

Here Comes the Sun
Here Comes the Sun

 _________________________________________________________________

Your donation amount of $50.

Epiphany Aquarium
Epiphany Aquarium

 _________________________________________________________________

Your reward for $20 of love is this gift of squid love.  Hang in a place that receives bright, indirect light and let it bring a bit of whimsy.  The deluxe package of 6 is also available for $120.  Thank youuuu.

Air Squid
Air Squid
Air Squid Bundle
Air Squid Bundle

 _________________________________________________________________

This sessssy bumper sticker is yours for a donation of $5.  Really, it's just a bit of love.

Twig Bumper Sticker
Twig Bumper Sticker
Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow, Co-Owners of Twig
Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow, Co-Owners of Twig

We hope you'll come find us online and share our Kickstarter with your friends or anyone who can benefit from Twig!

Risks and challenges

Since Twig's inception in 2009, the company's financial backing was propelled by a very small investment from Michelle and Katy so they could move into their first studio. From there, the biggest challenge was reverse-engineering a company after receiving such amazing accolades from the press. After wo-manning our first booth at the Brooklyn Flea, we were picked up by the New York Times and headlined their home section. Wow!

The next biggest challenge was mastering the art of shipping the unshippable, which we have since perfected and are patenting. Over the years, we whittled down our process to be the most efficient, environmentally friendly means of shipping fully assembled terrariums.

The quality of our work is paramount. We encourage our team members to focus on each creation to ensure they are made with love.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Whatever your donation, we offer you our eternal gratitude!!!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    A Nifty Bumper Sticker - Yes, this gorgeous, cheeky bumper sticker can be all yours! Support your love of dirt in the classiest of style with this adhesive declaration of love.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Air Squid - Your reward for a magnanimous $20 donation is an epiphytic dream - an airplant requires no soil and is easy to care for. Hang in bright, indirect light for a bit of whimsy and soak weekly. Care instructions provided.

    Size varies - all of them adorable.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Here Comes the Sun Terrarium
    This kit comes complete with everything you need to create this sweet succulent terrarium: high-quality glass vessel, the finest in organic materials, detailed instructions, succulent seeds, driftwood, and terrarium dweller to relax inside.

    D = 10cm H = 10cm

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 17 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Epiphany Aquarium
    This illuminating aquarium is made from partially recycled glass and requires the least care, and the least light. Marimo moss balls are known to be lucky, and will stick around for a really long time - just change the water once a week and give them low light. A bit of sea fan is added for design.

    H = 25cm D = 13cm

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    Glimpse Terrarium
    This terrarium comes complete with everything you need to create this perfect little world for you to glimpse any time your heart desires: the finest in organic materials, detailed instructions, live plants, and driftwood.

    H = 17cm D = 13cm

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 4 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 $60 or more About $60

    Zen Cloche Terrarium
    This terrarium comes complete with everything you need to create a perfect little Zen world: the finest in organic materials, detailed instructions, live plants, and driftwood.

    D = 12cm H = 16cm

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 5 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 $65 or more About $65

    Bubble Terrarium
    This terrarium comes complete with everything you need to create a perfect little bubble world: the finest in organic materials, detailed instructions, live plants, driftwood, and precision terrarium tweezers.

    L = 17.5cm H = 11cm D = 13.5cm

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    Deluxe Air Squid Bundle - Your reward for a magnanimous $120 donation is an epiphytic lover's dream - 6 DELUXE Air Squids, complete with clear hanging line, create a beautifully surreal display that turns any bright area into a small, hanging, florally aquatic sculpture that is sure to catch attention. It's stunning - trust.

    Airplant requires no soil and are easy to care for. Hang in bright, indirect light for a bit of whimsy and soak weekly. Don't have a place to hang it, and don't want to damage the walls or ceiling? Grab small Command hooks safe for that purpose - they look great! Care instructions provided.

    These are deluxe air squids - the airplants are each at least 8" long.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 2 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 $240 or more About $240

    All five right HERE: Epiphany, Here Comes the Sun, Glimpse, Zen Cloche, and Bubble Terrarium kits, but with seeds instead of live plants!
    That's right: you receive all five of these lovely kits, complete with lots of fun, natural embellishments. That's $15 off when snagged in this bundle, and can ship to Canada as well!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 0 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 $260 or more About $260

    All five right HERE: Epiphany, Here Comes the Sun, Glimpse, Zen Cloche, and Bubble Terrarium kits!
    That's right: you receive all five of these lovely kits, complete with lots of fun, natural embellishments. That's $15 off when snagged in this bundle.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 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 $500 or more About $500

    Glimpse, Zen Cloche, and Bubble Terrarium
    and a 1-Hour Skype Session Workshop!

    That's right: you receive all three of these lovely kits, complete with lots of fun, natural embellishments. Then, we'll schedule a Skype session (or in person if you're local to NYC) where we will have a custom-tailored virtual HT workshop with you. You're sure to love it.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 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 $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Our undying love, first born child, shout-out on our website, plaque on the wall. :)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (60 days)