[Allyson Van Houten] Today marks the end of an era in the Felt & Wire community. After three years, Felt & Wire Shop is coming to a close, at the end of this year. As the lead curator for the Shop, I can tell you that working on it has been a labor of love for our team and deciding to close it was a difficult decision, one made all the harder because of the wonderful relationships we’ve developed as a result of creating and building a new community along the way.
As I sit and write today’s post, I think back to some of the incredible projects the Shop was a part of and some of the awesome artists we had the opportunity to support. Not to mention the incredible work of the 350+ makers whose paper goods we were proud to showcase and share!
The Feedback Loop Project. In September of 2010 we worked with 25 letterpress printers to launch The Feedback Loop, a project to create limited-edition notebooks to benefit School: by Design, a youth mentoring program developed by Design Ignites Change and the Designers Accord. After weeks of preparation (which may have included some blood, sweat and a few tears) we launched a project that would inspire over a hundred blog posts, and would help us raise thousands of dollars to support this worthy cause.
Felt & Wire Supply. In July of 2011, we went from being a marketplace that showcased beautiful work made by others to a place where anyone could find materials to create something beautiful themselves.
The launch of Felt & Wire Supply gathered unusual washi tapes, unique paper twines, custom calligraphy stamps and ribbons, innovative collage kits, vintage stamps, and premium paper cards and envelopes in beautiful colors and easy-to-use sizes for today’s new makers.
Felt & Wire Exhibit. We also had the chance to highlight truly awesome artists through our Exhibit program. Getting to know the stories, and the people, behind works such as the Neche Collection and Getting Upper poster series was an incredible pleasure. Having the opportunity to highlight their work and their stories in a powerful way? Worth every second.
National Stationery Show. Of course each year we traveled to the Mecca of paper love—the National Stationery Show. Each year we got to meet many of the sellers who created products for our marketplace and those that buy them. In our own booth, we had the opportunity to present the work of sellers who weren’t able to make the pilgrimage to the Javits Center in NYC.
The last three years of working with the Shop have been an awesome ride. Personally, I’ll miss reviewing the new products every morning, talking with our sellers each week and planning awesome new projects for Felt & Wire Shop. As the saying goes, however, when one door closes another opens. Our team will continue to support this paper-loving community through coverage here on Felt & Wire blog and through the support of our sponsor, Mohawk (mohawkconnects.com). On behalf of the entire team, we thank you for your continued support and wish you a happy holiday and a healthy New Year!
Orders for the shop may be made through midnight, December 31. To find your favorite Felt & Wire Shop seller, check our list here. (Shopkeepers: tell us where you are! E-mail Allyson Van Houten at [email protected])
Opening image: Quirky print from Fly Rabbit Press by Chris Charles and her trusty sidekick, Daisy Dog. All other images: © Felt & Wire Shop Sellers.