We'll be updating everyone on the successful conclusion of our fundraising campaign on kickstarter soon.
In the meantime, A MILLION THANK-YOUS to all who helped us reach our kickstarter goal! We couldn't have done it without your support!!!
Somewhere along the way during this last week of our fundraising campaign on kickstarter, we lost all momentum. And since we've entered the final hours of our campaign (at the time of writing this we have 35 hours to go), it's pretty much a ghost town on our campaign page. I don't know if it's that we are still only a little over halfway to our goal, and this makes people feel like it's not worth backing, or if it's just bad timing, or what's going on, but every time I check my email I hold my breath that there are new backers, and my face is starting to turn blue!
I'm writing this not to make anyone feel bad, but rather to express frustration in not knowing what it is that makes someone want to pledge. After working at a non-profit public radio station for a few years, and experiencing the ebbs/flows of pledge drives, I'm used to there being inexplicable periods of silence on the donation front. But one thing I've always experienced is the rush of donations that comes in on the final days of a campaign. Hence my confusion about the silence over on Pulp & Deckle's kickstarter. Usually everyone wants to be the hero that charges in on the white horse and saves the day.
We've been trying every which way to get the word out, from putting up flyers around town (even on porta-potty doors!), to haranguing art-loving celebrities on twitter. Author Margaret Atwood was kind enough to RT our campaign link, and at first I was ecstatic and hopeful that her signal boost would increase traffic and support on our campaign. Now, I'm just confused. We've had so many wonderful, unexpected, and generous donations from friends, family, neighbors, and strangers. So I don't want to sound like I'm complaining. I am crazy grateful for all the love and support that has taken us this far. But now that we're ready to charge the finish line and meet our campaign goal, we're concerned it's not going to happen. And while we have some contingency plans bouncing around for what we'll do if we don't make our goal, and don't get the funds, it won't be the kind of triumphant start to our business that we are hoping for.
If you've read this far, thank you. Thanks for listening and for caring. And if you have any brilliant ideas (that are doable in the next 35 hours) for us to meet our goal, by all means, send them our way!
-Jenn, Studio Founder at Pulp & Deckle
For those of you who know Gary, you know he is a HUGE fan of the long-running, & epic, British sci-fi TV series, Doctor Who. Jenn has also taken up the mantle of Doctor Who fandom since meeting Gary many moons ago.
So when the new season of Doctor Who began last weekend, we knew we had to do something to share our love of the show with others. We began straight away making recycled handmade paper from blue napkins, old outdated brochures, and blue scrap paper. Then we added some morning glory and blue bell seeds to the pulpy mix. And voila- we made lovely blue plantable seed paper. But we didn't want to stop there! We then made a lino-cut print of the TARDIS to place with water soluble ink onto said plantable paper.
If you too are a big Doctor Who nerd who wants a TARDIS (or four) to grow in your garden, head over to our kickstarter page in the next 5 days and we'll send you some of these one-of-a-kind seed paper TARDIS prints! Just click on the link and make a pledge of $20 or more and they will be all yours.
(That last bit won't make any sense to you unless you watch Doctor Who, so don't worry if you don't get it.)
Last night we celebrated the Blue Moon by making some blue paper during the St. Johns Last Friday Artwalk. We had a fun and FREE public event from 5-7pm, where people stopped in and helped us make a huge 4x4 foot piece of produce papyrus, we demoed making paper from recycled papers (like junkmail, scrap paper, etc.), and had a mini-gallery of artwork that Jenn has made in the past using cotton papers, Asian papers, watermarked paper, and marbleized paper (pics of the artwork to come!)
We even had some brave and curious folks step up and make their own blue plantable seed paper. Even though making recycled paper is a pretty low-frills process, there's still something magical about pulling up your mould from the vat and seeing the pulp resting there, waiting to become paper.
There were a lot of questions about the produce papyrus process, and hopefully everyone felt more informed after their visit! A few things we've learned that are essential to the success of produce papyrus are-
Placing a sheet over the finished produce papyrus
Thanks so much to everyone who came by last night! We so appreciate your support and hope to be seeing you at the studio again in the future! You can view all the photos from the event over on our Facebook page. Please spread the word about what you learned, and hopefully you'll tell others that we'll be an asset to the local community.
You can also support us by donating to our kickstarter campaign to raise money for studio equipment. As you saw last night, there's so many more things we'll be able to do once we have the right equipment. We're especially excited to start making cotton papers from old clothes, as well as making pulp from plants in our own garden.
We're almost halfway to our goal and we need your help to put things over the top! If we don't reach our goal we won't get any of the pledged money, and will have to start our fundraising over from scratch. Let's keep the momentum going and make it happen the first time around.
GO TEAM PAPER!
Pulp & Deckle is a handmade papermaking studio located in Oregon.