oh my goodness, there is so much to catch up on. How can I be behind already when it is only February? So, first of all, I read an article recently that said we are entering the era of picture and video, and words are falling to the side. As picture-happy a person as I am, words are good too. So I should follow through and catch you up to speed on the story behind the Instagram feed. So, let's see, where are we?
The biggest news is that Anthology is turning 10 in about a month. I always say that the Ides of March are our birthday. We have plans for the 16-18th of March, cake and other treats on the back table, maybe some balloons... In addition to looking back on our past 1o years, we've been doing a lot of looking forward and thinking about plans for the next 10 years. Things are very much up in the air, but the walls are long overdue for painting so that led to a remarkably (for me) short conversation about paint chips, and an idea of a wall mural. Painting the store is a big task so that will definitely wait until we are in our 11th year, most likely sometime next January or February. BUT, the wall mural idea (which started out as Rifle Paper wallpaper, which, while lovely, would not be quite as site-specific as what we ended up with), turned into printed bags, turned into stickers, turned into a stamp. As usual, once I find an image I like, it ends up in a lot of different forms.
After being jealous of other people's custom designs, I decided to stop sulking and at least make some new buttons. I am working on some new Madison notebooks so those should be ready by graduation.
Naturally we had to rebut Scott Walker's dismissal of Madison.
My other big project has been to prepare for our art exhibit at the library in June. A little ways off but I am working on prints of various Laura and Sachi works. Oh, and I am taking an online workshop from Kelly Kilmer so I have been preoccupied with painting and collaging in the evenings.
Meanwhile Sachi has kept up her pace of card making. She has several new card designs already and is still going as strong as last year. No, your eyes are not deceiving you: she's already on to Mother's Day.
As far as other new arrivals, this is the quiet time of year downtown so we've done a little restocking post-holiday, but there will be more to come later in spring. We have some new t-shirt designs in the works which are an exciting development (begging other artists eventually pays off). We did get more washi tape (phew!),
and have generally been working on restocking some of our favorites.
We hope you are staying warm and inspired at the beginning of this new year! We are looking forward to new goods and new creative endeavors.