Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Sean Martorana x Philly Love Notes

The best part about running Philly Love Notes and making maps is the opportunity to connect with, spotlight, and help build the Philly community (see Giving Back This Year -- news about 2017 soon, #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign, #whyilovephilly parties, Philly Love Letters). So... I'm very excited to announce the new project, #whyilovephillyarts, a series of collaborations aimed at showcasing the amazingly talented artists and makers we have here in the city.  The Concept - Commission a piece of art from a variety of painters, illustrators, graphic designers, Read more

Papercutting

Who do you love in Philly?

One of the best parts of this whole mapmaking endeavor is that I can occasionally decide, on a whim, to give one or two away (my friends also all know what they’re getting for every wedding, baby shower, housewarming, etc.).

I was in a particularly bad mood last night, so I put out a question to the Internet(s): Who makes you love Philly? I was essentially bribing strangers to make me feel better with the promise of a possible papercut map, but the answers turned out to be super sweet, so I wanted to share them here.

I’m going to keep this one going for a little bit, so if you want to spread some love to a Philly friend via social media, tweet at me (@phillylovenotes) or post on the Instagram photo and tag that special person.


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MAPS FOR SALE!

PRE-ORDER MAPS GO ON SALE TODAY

In an effort to raise money to support the blog, I’m selling papercut and woodcut maps of Philadelphia. All of these maps are based off of a 3’x4′ Philly map that I handcut during a brief stint of insanity. In an effort to make these cuts as authentic as possible, I learned how to use the lasercutter at NextFab and will be creating them all myself.

I’m taking pre-orders in order to raise the funds needed for materials and laser time. I can also only create a limited number between now and December 20, which is the date all cuts will be shipped by (in time for the holidays).

Custom cuts are created based off of an address provided by the buyer. An icon, such as a heart, can be cut at that location. Neighborhood cuts are currently available for Center City, Fishtown and South Philly. All maps can be purchased via Etsy

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at phillylovenotes@gmail.com

Custom-Woodcut

$150, 8×10 Custom Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

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$125, 8×10 Custom Papercut on White Acid-Free Paper

Center-City-Woodcut

$100, 8×10 Center City Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

Fishtown-Woodcut

$100, 8×10 Fishtown Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

South-Philly-Woodcut

$100, 8×10 South Philly Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

Papercuts are also available of the neighborhoods above for $75/each. Photos to come.

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE BLOG!

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The Map Project

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).

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Papercuts for sale

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 phillylovenotes@gmail.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

5×7
8×10

(please email about pricing)

Final map 2Final Map 1Final map 4

CUSTOM HOME PORTRAITS

STARTING AT $125

Final home portrait 1Final home portrait 2Final home portrait 3

 

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DONE!

Finally finished the Philly papercut this past weekend. Check out the progress below and the contest to win it. And don’t forget to get tickets for the summer #whyilovephilly Party!

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Two Year Blog Anniversary and CONTEST

PHILLY LOVE NOTES ANNIVERSARY CONTEST: Enter to win a giant one-of-a-kind Philly papercut

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Philly Papercut (BEFORE)

Philly Love Notes started two years ago today with my first love note to Hardena in South Philadelphia. From there it’s grown to 212 love notes, two #whyilovephilly parties with another on the way (June 26th!) and two #whyilovephilly Valentines Day Twitter campaigns. Running the blog has allowed me to meet amazing Philadelphians, has changed my perspective on the city, and has given me a chance to share a little Philly-love with a lot of people.

To celebrate the 2 year birthday (of my baby — on Mother’s Day no less), I’m organizing a Philly Love Notes contest.

If you follow my Twitter, Instagram or Facebook feeds, you’ve probably seen the large Philly papercut I’ve been working on in addition to the smaller custom ones. You can win the papercut by submitting a love note either through the blog, or sending it directly to me via email. Read more

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Papercutting Philly (my homage to Joe B)

I recently started a side-side project doing small (3×5) paper cuts of Philly. My science brain likes the clean lines and orderliness of precision cutting, and my hyperactive brain actually concentrates for the couple hours it takes to make each one. I’ve been creating custom ones for friends and whomever else answered my posts on social media, but they’re something I’m thinking about potentially selling to raise funds for a Philly Love Note website upgrade — a much much needed one. Any thoughts?

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South Philly, left; Northern Liberties, right

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Clark Park in West Philly

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