PAPAYA! has been outgrowing it's previous warehouse and offices for quite some time now. Last week we moved to our new diggs! It's been a huge undertaking by everyone in our company and it as really paid off. There's breathing room for storage AND for each of our design styles. We all have our own offices and plenty of creative space! (That's my office up there)
Here's a view from our cool mezanine. We're hoping for warehouse parties with ghetto performances by staff and friends. But this view only shows half the warehouse room! So crazy. If it's raining we can have a semi pull INTO the building and unload inside. WHAT! I know right! (And please note my mom's obsession with chandeliers. Yep- that's some over the shipping stations. Theirs now a pink one over the center desk too. So now you know your orders are actually packed under twinkle lights!)
This is a sampling from our new designer Sarah's office (she also took these lovely photo's!) and Eli's space.
And the pink lair belongs to my Mother's office. All the rooms are still a bit bare since we just got settled in. But I'm sure it will get trashed soon enough. I'll post the mayhem when it arrives too. I'll share more from the design studio & Kathleen's hot pink cubby in the next post.
I came upon some incredible new faces recently and I am soooo thrilled. That's really what I need when I am messing around. A person's face makes all the difference. This woman is particularly striking but most of mine are not. I like trying to make a mundane and plane face turn into something more fantasy like. Some of my favorites come from the most simple looking cabinet cards.
If you have been coming around for a while you know I have to get into the holiday spirit at really odd times. I'm getting the Halloween stuff in order this week. (And that's considered behind)I'm digging the creepiness of it and I have a huge stash of old photo's that no one around here ever wants me to use for our regular PaPaYa! series. But I love them. Just look at these poor bastards up there getting hitched. I know it's just old photography solutions for holding still but boy do they look like they have a story eh? So now's my chance to get away with some freaky goodness.
Here's a link if you want to see the rest of the Halloween cast for 2008.
A little more tweaking in the studio today. Getting us all to fit together in our new space has been a process. Luckily we laugh a lot and drink rediculus amounts of tea! Kathleen's going to kill me for posting this since I know how we both Looove to have pictures of ourselves around. But I couldn't resist her and Brennan working away looking so cute in their zones.
Also we have some big news from the warehouse! The Papers are finally In and they are on the website now. We even have a new one designed by Pamela Garrison herself! I am so excited to be sharing papers with designs by myself, kathleen and Pam! Here's Pam's gorgeous, "Vintage Tangerine" design.
And one from Kathleen...
And some I think I showed you before from me...
Also the long awaited Envelope Sets have finally arrived as well. So there's lots of new stuff to check out right here.
If you've been here a while you will know I have been struggling with PaPaYa!'s logo for some time now. But I think I have finally settled on a new one I can stick with. That's it in the upper left corner. My kick ass co-pilot, Kathleen created this fantastic new catalogue cover for spring. There's so much new stuff in the parking lot that there is heavy machinery needed to move it all.
Who's buying all this stuff! It blows my mind. I feel so grateful for the people who have helped us get the PaPaYa! momentum flowing and to everyone who continues to purchase our quirky goods. I sure am happy to make them. The other day I was surprised to find someone asking me the classic , "what would you do if...." I was stunned because I couldn't imagine doing anything thing other than making crazy people out of family cabinet cards and off beat scenes. YES! What more could a lady ask for. A big kiss to everyone and the Universe at large for such a blessing.
I'm back from the tradeshow mayhem. Now we are snowed in with a freak snow storm this week. It's actually been nice to bundle up inside and sled down our street with the kiddos. Thanks to the snow I am also missing this weeks PLAY retreat up in Port Townsend. It's Teesha's new brain child. Three full days of self directed art making. Have to do that at home I suppose. Like all of you I'm sure it's definitely been busy. Kathleen has officially moved to town and joined us in the studio! WooHoo. Though her cute little Mini Cooper can't even make it out of the driveway. Poor thing. But we are already zooming away on tons of new products and designs. I can't tell you what a relief it is to actually have a team now and not be working all alone on so many things. I think you can expect super things from us this year! And I had to share my wooden deer head with all of you. It hangs over my desk- and even though I haven't found the right accessories for him yet I just love him. But you should here the comments I get around here about him. But we don't care. Nothing can break our love.
I have been really digging embroidery lately. Indian florals always have that embroidery look to me. I'll be making my first trip to India in late February. I can hardly wait to see all the lovely textiles and colors. It's been a dream since I was a little kid to go there. I'll be just outside of Rajastan. (I hear it's the mecca of textile artisan's in India) I'll be there working on some new goodies for PaPaYa! and just wrapping my mind around what's possible in a land full of artists. I have had to gear myself up for the heart possible wrenching realities of India as well. But I am so looking forward to the full spectrum. Anyhow. Wanted to share today's spin off of my embroidery obsession....
I am the founding artist of PAPAYA! and our flagship, PAPAYA! Living Boutique in Ashland, Oregon, USA. This is my persuit of creative abandon. I'm here to share my artwork, inspiration, travels and lifestyle. To learn more visit the tabs at the top of this blog. Xoxox...