If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the woodcut and papercut maps I’ve been making both by hand and on the lasercutter at NextFab (which is like a playground for makers).
For the last two and a half years, I’ve been conflicted about how to maintain Philly Love Notes. People have suggested doing Kickstarter, accepting ads or sponsored posts, or adding a “DONATE” button to the site, but I’m concerned that this would detract from the blog itself, which is already dependent on people donating their time and writing talents (you can always submit a love note directly through the site or via email).
So I’ve decided to sell papercut and woodcut maps to raise money for a website redesign and for other blog related projects. All of the lasercuts are based off of a 3’x4′ Philly map that I handcut during a brief stint of insanity. I’ll be taking pre-orders at the end of the week for a variety of neighborhoods and a limited number of custom cuts with your choice of Philly location. All money raised through these sales will go directly into updating Philly Love Notes, so if you want to support the blog, or are looking for something Philly-related for your house or as a gift, stay tuned. Until then, here’s a sneak peak at some of the neighborhoods
Favorite Spot: 5th Street bike tunnel
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 5th Street between Arch and Race
I Am: Into ads, dogs, cycling and my ladyfriend Gwen
Years in Philly: 9 (nonconsecutive- I moved back in ’10)
Current Home: Point Breeze
Favorite Spot: The Pavilion in the Trees by Martin Puryear
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park
Address: It’s hard to find, but it’s close to the Japanese Tea House
I Am: A museum professional from Fairmount who loves animals and Philadelphia
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Fairmount
Favorite Spot: Washington Avenue Green
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Pennsport
Address: Washington Ave and Columbus Blvd.
I Am: A librarian who loves to take advantage of all the culture and nature that Philly offers.
Years in Philly: 15
Current Home: Queen Village
Favorite Spot: Philadelphia, from the Divine Lorraine to Pennsport
I Am: Chris Monroe
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home (neighborhood): Passyunk Square, South Philly.
Favorite Spot: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill
Address: 8126 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
I Am: A mom, fiancee, government employee and baker
Years in Philly: 26
Current Home: Mt Airy
I’ve decided to start selling papercuts to help fund a redesign of Philly Love Notes. The website needs to be more functional as a Philly resource, and to put it bluntly, it needs to look nicer. I don’t feel comfortable putting advertisements or sponsored posts on the blog, and I’m still not completely sold on Kickstarter. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, Twitter or the blog, you’ve seen the evolution of my papercuts, which I’ve decided to start selling.
Below are some examples of custom pieces. They are all hand cut, and therefore take many hours each (and have been priced accordingly). The maps and home portraits are completely customizable in relation to size, paper color, and location, but don’t come framed. I’ll be taking limited commissions at a time, so if you’re interested, send me an email at email@example.com.
I’m also working with NextFab to learn how to lasercut. Once I’ve gotten a hang of that, I’ll be making copies of the large Philly map made earlier this summer and some more detailed neighborhood maps. Having access to all the machines brings up tons of possibilities for Philly-centric things to make, so if you have suggestions of what you’d like to see, please let me know.
CUSTOM PAPERCUT MAPS
(please email about pricing)
CUSTOM HOME PORTRAITS
STARTING AT $125
Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive and Rittenhouse
I Am: A reverse commuter
Current Home: NoLibs
Melissa Geary (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive
Neighborhood: Art Museum
Address: It’s its own address
I Am: A medical student
Years in Philly: Two
Current Home: Daytona Beach, Florida
Favorite Spot: BuildaBridge
Address: 205 W Tulpehocken St, Philadelphia, PA 19144
I Am: Writer/Blogger
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Northeast near Bustleton