Thursday, May 29, 2008

San Diego Book Arts Call for Entry

San Diego is just a hop, skip and jump away from Phoenix so submit your work for their juried art exhbition! Then you'll have the excuse to go away to lovely San Diego and see the exhibition. Here's the scoop:

The Second National San Diego Book Arts Juried Show
September 20-October 31, 2008

University of California San Diego, Geisel Library

Deadline for entries: June 15, 2008

The show is open to artists who live or work within the USA; all structures of artist’s book, unique or limited edition, are eligible, as long as the size when displayed is under 30 inches. The entry fee is $15 for SDBA members and $25 for non-members.

Erika Torri, Executive Director of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, will be the juror. The Athenaeum hosts a juried book arts show every other year, and under Erika’s direction has built a world-class collection of artist’s books.

The PDF prospectus is available here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Paper Studio named "Best of Phoenix"

We were so excited when we found out that The Paper Studio was named "Best of Phoenix" by the Arizona Republic! What a fabulous way to start the day. We look forward to welcoming new and returning customers to our paper wonderland!

One quick update to the article that appeared last week - we are switching to summer hours starting the week of June 1st. The local store will be open to the public Thursday & Friday from 11-5 and Saturday 10 -5. Web orders will continue to be filled and shipped every day. Come on in or shop online to see all of the new merchandise that's rolled in since your last visit!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Etsy Artist Market

The Paper Studio partnered with the Arizona Crafty Burrito Collective (one of’s home grown Arizona teams) to host a successful Etsy Artists Market on Sunday, April 27. Local artists filled our parking lot with colorful tents full of handmade merchandise which can usually only be found online in their Etsy stores. has revolutionized online selling for artists by making it affordable, easy and fun to sell handmade items online to a worldwide audience. In just a few short years Etsy has grown to include over 60,000 storefronts and its creators do a lot to make the site artist-friendly, encouraging artists to share information in online forums and collaborate locally.
The Etsy Artists Market offered a rare chance to talk with artists and see their work in person. Shoppers saw an eclectic selection of jewelry, ceramics, cigar box purses, smocked and sewn handbags, puppets, sock zombies, handspun yarn, clothing and handmade journals. The artists freely shared advice about how to start selling and buying on and hopefully more Arizona artists will soon have their own Etsy stores.
One Paper Studio customer drove all the way down from Flagstaff to see the Etsy Artists Market and we’ve received enthusiastic feedback from the customers who visited. They’ve requested that we host another Etsy Artists Market, perhaps in the fall. Till then, visit the Arizona Crafty Burritos website for links to their online stores and information about local shows and events.