The Heirloom is a versatile alternative to the tripod in the shape of a tomato made from a single piece of red Cordura, camera mount in the green stem and filled with beans. I launched it on Kickstarter in the summer of 2014. You know, tomato season.
Though not as successful in dollars as I hoped it would be, the Heirloom remains one of my favorite projects which received great press and was chosen as a Staff Pick. All in one shot I learned 3D printing, textiles, Final Cut Pro, and setting up a supply chain.
The main issue with this Kickstarter project was its high price. For my first physical product as an independent designer, I explored manufacturing options in China, and despite cost savings I decided against it after hearing many horror stories from first-time manufacturers. Prices for a small run of this product were expectedly high using only U.S.-based manufacturers, and as a result the introductory price was high compared to competing products.