How are all you wonderful Pulp & Deckle supporters? We realized it's been almost a year since we last got in touch and wanted to drop-in and say hi! We also wanted to give you a rundown of what your support has made possible in the past year. We would not be here without you. We can't THANK YOU enough!
Here's what we've been up to:
- We went out in the community and did demos. at farmers markets, the Art in the Pearl Festival, and the Museum of the Oregon Territory
- To further get the word out about the studio (with a tiny advertising budget) we participated in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards, were part of the Black-Friday alternative for small businesses Little Boxes, did a video interview for the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, and were interviewed for the blog thebillfold.com
- We taught workshops for varied ages and skill levels and continued to hone our instructor skill set
- We took a 6-week small business course at the Portland State University Business Outreach Program
- We were fortunate enough to get our largest custom order to date, making 1500+ pieces of paper for a series of 33 custom, letterpress, leather-bound books. Getting a small business started while keeping our day jobs has proven to be challenging and rewarding. Our biggest frustration is that we want to offer more to our community. Some of what we'd like to do is have low-cost drop-in workshops, participate in more street fairs, start a handmade papermaking wiki website, expand our class offerings (pulp spraying!, drawing on handmade paper!, 3D paper techniques!), and to get out (even more) and teach classes and do demos. at local libraries and schools. We've got big plans.
As we continue to grow the studio we're looking at ways we can meet our financial goals. The kickstarter campaign that launched us was just what we needed at the time. Now our needs are focused on achieving our goal of working full-time at the studio. To help make this happen we've launched a campaign on Patreon. The set-up is quite different from Kickstarter, as it's meant to be a way to support artists on an ongoing basis. We'd love for you to check it out and share with fellow art and paper enthusiasts.
Thank you again for changing our lives by making Pulp & Deckle a reality!
GO TEAM PAPER!