While the street fair circuit brought us a huge audience, it didn't bring us much $$. We chalk it up to unusually warm temperatures, and and overabundance of merchandise choices. In the future we'll likely focus on vending at curated indoor markets and getting our retail goods into local businesses via wholesale orders. Next summer we'd like to do more demos at farms, museums, and public spaces. Ideally we would collect plants and fibers from said locations and have a mobile paper mill to make paper on site. We'd blog about the demos along the way and build a paper recipe database on our soon to be built papermaking wiki website. Then all we'd need is a faster, more portable beater- want to help us get one?
One of our goals as we head into the fall is to continue to build relationships with businesses, artists and makers. We've had some great custom order opportunities, soon we'll start working with artists in our new combined studio residency program with the c3:initiative in Sept., our open call handmade paper postcard exhibition opens on Sept. 5, and in mid-Sept. we're making space and earth paper at the OMSI Mini-Maker Faire.
There's been little time to catch our breaths and take in the beauty of summer in Oregon so we too are going to try and squeeze in some summer fun over the coming weeks. Next weekend we'll head out to a group papermaking retreat with the Western Gathering of Papermakers on Whidbey Island. We've never been to the retreat before, or to the island, and will be doing some camping on the host's property. Needless to say, we're super excited to meet some fellow papermakers and get out into the wilderness.