HELP US TAKE PULP TO THE PEOPLE!
WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO:
Pulp & Deckle is a community studio and small business that is dedicated to sharing the art, science, history and craft of handmade paper with others. We launched our small business in the fall of 2012 with the completion of a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising just over $13k to purchase studio equipment and supplies. Over the past 3.5 years we've grown exponentially. Here's a bit of what we've been up to;
- Teaching workshops and classes to hundreds of students
- Making and selling thousands of sheets of paper crafted from recycled materials, plants, and textiles
- Partnering with the arts non-profit c3:initiative to launch a residency program focusing on introducing artists to the medium of handmade paper and giving them a group exhibition showcasing their work
- Providing studio access to artists and students via monthly memberships
- Demonstrating papermaking at farmers markets, maker fairs, and street and craft festivals
- Selling handmade paper based goods and art via our Etsy shop
- Exhibiting our artwork at gallery spaces
- Partnering with other organizations to offer free and/or low cost workshops
WHAT'S CHANGING & WHY WE'RE GOING MOBILE:
As you can see, we've been busy! One of the key reasons we've been able to grow is thanks to being in a creative business incubator with the arts non-profit c3:initiative since 2014. We've been amazingly lucky to partner with c3:initiative as they've provided us with space for our studio, promotion, and the operating support for our artist residency program. The time is near for us to "leave the nest" and fly on our own as our incubator term is ending, and we need your help to take the studio to it's next stage.
If you live in Portland you probably know all about the housing crisis and massive surge in population growth. As real estate prices have risen many artists have been priced out of living and working in this beautiful, creative city. When we started mapping out our future studio plans and toured potential new locations, it quickly became clear that the neighborhoods where we would be centrally located are out of our price range. So we decided to get creative. How can we stay in Portland and afford our operating costs, while staying accessible for our students and clients? WE GO MOBILE!
What does going mobile mean exactly? It means we pack up our studio equipment; our Hollander beater, 12 ton hydraulic press, drying box, moulds and deckles, and all the other odds and ends that we use to make paper and we go to where our students and clients are. We are doing this by purchasing a food truck and turning it into our mobile studio. Why a food truck? To make paper you need water and power. A food truck setup is ideal in that we can pull up the truck and teach you how to make paper just about anywhere.
In a way, we've started to test the model of going mobile over the past year. We've loaded up our station wagon (without our beater, press or drying box) and taught modified versions of our workshops at the Bamboo Garden, Portland Community College, Pacific University, the ADX maker space, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. We've made it work, but we have been limited in what we're able to do.
With a completely mobile studio we can broaden our reach and teach at non-profit orgs like the IPRC, schools, homes, farms, businesses, and at public festivals and events. And if you're looking for a way to incorporate a fun activity into a private event, we can offer a papermaking class at your home or business, for an engagement party, a birthday celebration, an art afternoon with friends, a private class, or company team building event. In other words, we can bring the studio to you and customize our offerings to your needs and space, whether we put up our pop-up tent in your driveway, or set up a temporary classroom in a park or courtyard.
We can also operate as a pop-up retail shop, selling our cards, banners, seed bombs, journals, and of course, papers, from the truck window. And our new membership options will allow for more flexibility, as an individual could rent the truck for the day, or a group could pool their resources and rent the truck together.
In addition to the mobile studio, we will also have a home based production facility in our garage in North Portland. We plan on teaching small classes and operating our artist residency program in this space.
WHAT YOU CAN GET FOR YOUR SUPPORT
When you give to our campaign, not only will you have our sincere gratitude and be a patron of the arts, but you can also choose a totally unique reward for your support. To give you an idea of what you can get, here are some photos of the reward prototypes.
WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING
$8,000 - Purchase of a 1993 UMC Step Van with only 77,000 miles and equipped with a gas generator, water tank, water heater, electric hook-up and fuse box, sinks, venting fans, serving window, and counter top work spaces. (We've found a local seller in Portland who has agreed to sell us her truck pending our successful campaign here.)
$1,000 - Kickstarter and bank fees
$1,500 - Shipping for rewards, new exterior truck signage, registration, insurance, general interior truck sprucing up (repairing seat covers, waterproofing countertops, etc.)
You may notice that this budget does not include costs for the rewards. While we would love to include this in our budget, we want to make our goal. It would be FANTASTIC AND AHHHH-MAZING if we exceed our goal so we can pay ourselves while fulfilling the rewards. The more people you share this campaign with, the better our chances are of making and exceeding our goal.
And if we do exceed our goal we'd love to throw in a couple of stretch goals for buying a faster, more efficient beater ($5k), and solar panel power for the truck ($2k.) Dare to dream...
THANK YOU FOR KEEPING THE ART OF PAPERMAKING ALIVE!!!
Risks and challenges
1. The main risk is not making our goal and not getting any funding. Should this happen we will apply for an auto loan to purchase the step van and slowly transform it. Because we are a very small business this would put a heavy burden on our operating costs. However, we are committed to the mobile studio and will find a way to make it happen!
2. We have started to build momentum with teaching workshops in our current studio location. Getting people used to the new mobile model will take some time.
3. Now that we are going mobile we will need to restructure our artist residency program. Since we are leaving the c3:initiative incubator they will no longer be our partner/funder. To keep our artist residency program going we need an additional $5,000 (beyond this campaign) and an exhibition space partner. Read more about the residency program and how you can support it on our website at http://www.pulpanddeckle.com/2017-residencyLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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