Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Exciting Development: Acquire Boutique gallery show 2010

Hi all,

First, the lull in interest in papercutting last week is now over, thankfully, and the panicky-aspects of my personality can calm down as custom pieces head out to South Carolina, Illinois, Scotland, and Queens.

So, over the past few weeks I've been poorly keeping a secret about a new gallery opportunity.

Meet Nikki Dalrymple:

Nikki was a producer for PBS and the National Geographic Channel, but decided to follow her passions and started a Brick&Mortar store and design business in the North End of Boston named Acquire Boutique.

The North End is legendary for a couple reasons: Food, food, food, pastries, history, food again, and oh yeah, food. It is also one of the oldest and best preserved neighborhoods in Boston (Paul Revere's house is still there).

It is also the best up-and-coming retail district of the city and boutiques and beautiful shops are springing up. Beyond a doubt, Acquire, with its quirky mix of vintage and modern decor, is the best! I can prove this better with photos than words, so here's some design "porn":

But don't take my word and beautiful photos (thanks Nikki for letting me "borrow" them), Nikki and her shop have been featured in the following: Lucky, Boston Home magazine 2009, Stuff magazine, New England Home, Daily Candy, the Globe, Home Furnishing Now, Travel and Leisure, The Improper Bostonian, Boston Common, and recently won a Best of Boston award. That's some crazy good press!

Anyway, Nikki posted on her blog back in July 29th looking for interesting silhouette artists/papercutters. Well, during the Boston Arts festival, Nikki just happened to walk into my booth, and after talking briefly handed me a card and mentioned showing my work at her store.

Jen and I visited a couple days later and were BLOWN AWAY by the store, everything in it is beautiful, stylish, and best of all, reasonably priced! Seriously if you are anywhere near Boston, check out her store, buy everything, and afterwards, get a cannoli down the road.

So, it's now official, I will be showing a series of nautical-themed pieces at Acquire from, get this, May 15- August 15. That's the ENTIRE summer tourist season, and the neighborhood is very good for buying local and supporting local stores, so it's the best of both worlds! I'm extremely excited, there will be an opening party, and I be sure to post many times as things develop.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Slow week!

Hi everyone,

I've been hearing the buzz around Etsy that everyone's sales are starting to pick up. Wish that was the same here! Last month was great, and I ended up sending out TWELVE pieces this Monday and Tuesday! But...only one new customer in a week. Strange how that happens!

Regardless, it's given me tons of time to get little projects done like start applying to grad school, apply for a second job (winter is rough for papercutting if I follow last years trends)

I got my new computer yesterday! I've called it the Beast. Dont get me wrong, the processor is pretty ho-hum but still a huge upgrade from what I had. Apparently if you run a busy business 99% online/on the computer and your six-year-old laptop freezes everytime you open photoshop and gmail at the same time, it's time for an upgrade. The Monitor is the only thing I really splurged on as it makes doing several things at a time very helpful. I split the screen in half and do one thing on the left side, and another on the right. It's like having an employee!

Other than that I've done some geneology stuff, cleaned up my etsy shop a bit, and started Twittering!
Oh, and check out my etsy page, I've uploaded seven new items!