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SFS Contest submission: ADAMJK

This next submission from Adam JK, a designer and maker of short-run paper goods from Brooklyn, NY is another favorite. Adam runs an “internet gift shop" out of his small apartment and uses that limited space to inspire his tiny creations. Making clever trinkets with very personal themes, Adam encourages shoppers to stop for a second and smile… then wonder if he’s just crazy.

Exit through Adam’s gift shop here:

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
– Chuck Palahniuk

SFS Contest submission: Nonesuch Garden

Setting out on a mission to “rekindle the imagination and wonder within us all”, Megan Baehr, the creator behind Nonesuch Garden, submitted this behind-the-scenes video for our SFS Contest.

View all of her whimsical and adorable creations at:

The Maker’s Summit + Big Cartel

Join us Saturday, March 1st for the Maker’s Summit in Greenville, SC. We’ll be part of a panel discussion on the virtual marketplace, we’ll have a little spot in resource row, and be there to answer any questions and shake any and all hands. Oh yeah, we’ll have a bunch of goods from the Big Cartel shop to giveaway as well. Sold? Good, here’s the skinny:

What: The Maker’s Summit
Where: Greenville, SC » map
When: Saturday, March 1st

Welcome Lucie Bodie

We weren’t kidding when we said we’re shaking Support Fort up a bit. We’re welcoming another new addition, Lucie Bodie, to the team. Lucie has some serious coding chops and is ready to answer any and all questions you throw her way.

A Southern girl through and through, Lucie’s spent most of her years calling New Orleans home. She had a brief stint in Chicago, where she attended culinary school and worked her magic in a few restaurants around the city. Her passion shifted from cooking to wine and she spent years cultivating her knowledge before delving head-first into the world of freelance web design. What better way to blend those two world’s than designing sites for a few of her favorite Chefs (Falkner, Freitag). She’s still a foodie and wine enthusiast at heart, but now you can find her casually enjoying the two at home with her family in North Carolina.

Lucky for you (and us), she’s bringing her hard-working spirit and technical knowledge to our team and we know she’s going to be a great asset to our already stellar Support Fort. Welcome, Lucie!

SFS Contest submission: Chapz

The SFS contest showed us just how clever you can be when it comes to documenting and promoting your hard work. We’ll be showcasing our favorites over the next 2 weeks, leading up to the announcement of the winners on Feb. 24th. We’ll kick things off here with this amazing effort from the fellas at Chapz Clobber, contender for the submission with the best name.

Shop the full line of handmade bucket hats at:

Vanessa starts a social experiment

For her Employee Art Grant, our trusty office manager, Vanessa decided to embark on a social experiment, by leaving letters for strangers and asking them to respond in some way, either by answering questions included in the envelope or sending along whatever they’d like. So far, she’s distributed letters in Utah, Kansas, New York and mailed letters to friends and strangers to help distribute in Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, and California.

Read people’s written responses, see where letters have been left and follow along as the project unfolds here and here. And, hey, if you want to get involved, shoot her an email.

Welcome Andy Borsz

The Big Cartel family continues to grow as we’ve just added Andy Borsz to our team of developers. A studious practitioner of agile software development, we’re beyond excited to be adding his expertise to our dev team.

As a bona fide nomad, Andy grew up all over. He called Brooklyn home for eight years and just relocated to Chicago by way of Jacksonville during the Polar Vortex of 2014. An experimental music lover and musician, you can find him destroying the sound of his guitar in the duo Slasher Risk, or revamping and readying his bus conversion for international touring adventures.

Let’s all give Andy the warmest of welcomes, as we couldn’t be happier to have him joining our ranks.

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
– Ansel Adams

Paper Cuts by Ryan De La Hoz

We’re always happy to gain a little insight into an artist’s mind, so we had to share this glimpse into SF-based Ryan De La Hoz's studio and creative process. Check out more of his creations »