And its live… the new Papertastic store is open for business. Well, actually the shop isn’t at the moment, but thats Stage 2. Stage 1 is this – the blog, where we get to share our inspirations, what we love, what we hate, what we think, what we’ve been doing, and what’s new in the Papertastic world.
“So what is Papertastic?” I here you ask (figuratively speaking since this is the web, and you’re hopefully just reading this and not talking aloud to your laptop.) Like the name says, its all about paper, and the wonderful things that designers and artists are doing with it. Since we live in Devon, England, we’ll be championing English designers and makers but will be searching worldwide for new trends and inspirational work that make us go weak at the knees. That’s stationery, cards, notebooks, gift wrap, invitations, party decorations, calendars, art prints – basically lovely things on paper.
“And who are the people behind this fabulous new store?” you wonder (you really must stop speaking aloud now, people are beginning to stare). Well, I’m Wendy Harrison, designer and creator of Scissor Paper Stone Wedding Stationers and Letterfest, an online boutique selling personalised handmade gifts and home decor. And the guy sitting next to me is Bob Harrison, internet big wig, designer, collector and No 1 Man (in my life anyway). It’s been my dream ever since I was a little girl to open a stationery store and whenever we go shopping and I see a stationery boutique, I’m in like a shot feeling the papers, lusting after cards and notebooks, and generally embarassing myself. So this is the answer – an online store specializing in paper goods, including stationery and art, designed both by ourselves and our favourite designers and artists within the UK. Its an excuse for me to do alot of shopping, sourcing new work from designers and finding new trends and products in the stationery world. I hope it will be inspiring, entertaining and at the very least, help some local artists promote their work. And this poster from Southampton designers Champignons I think sums it up!