Andres and I have been hard at work creating the foundation to our teeny business, popote. It began with a lot of talk about opening up our own store, then realized we didn't have the moola to get any of that in the works, and went back to the drawing table. It then came to, "What can we make now?" Andres, coming from a print making/graphic design background thought it would be great to design our own line of cards. We walked around different stores, seeing what was out there. It was inspiring to see many creative cards being made, many of which could easily be framed because they were so artistic. To set ourselves apart from everything that we saw out there, we decided to experiment with a different medium, vinyl.
Working with close friend, Annie (also a graphic designer), we came up with some designs, put them through the plotting machine, and began the strenuous, but somehow relaxing job of picking vinyl. Thanks to a good friend, Francois, we were able to book a table at this year's SF Zine Fest. We got our name out there, had some sales, and got motivated to keep the action going. We quickly opened an ETSY shop, and are currently picking more designs and creating new cards that should be posted on ETSY within the next couple days. We're also making home decals that you can place pretty much anywhere around your house (your plain IKEA kitchen table, refrigerator, wall, mirror, laptop, etc). We've been getting a lot of great feedback on what we're doing and it's just making us work that much harder on creating things that we hope everyone else will enjoy. While creating all this is fun, we're also finding out how much it takes to make yourself an actual business. There's a lot of stuff we need to educate ourselves on, but we're so thankful that we are surrounded by creative minds that can lend in really useful tips! Hopefully we will also have a table at Bazaar Bizarre, and APE, so keep an eye out for us! In the meantime check out our popote shop.