Papernstitch provides an online exhibition space for talented artists, designers, makers selling handmade goods, and independent boutiques. The exhibition space is curated monthly, and each exhibitor is hand selected from the submissions pool for every exhibition.
We showcase a new exhibition of talent each month and these exhibitors display available works/ products on the site. These products are linked back to each exhibitor's online store where these available works can be purchased (a personal website shop, Etsy, Dawanda, Big Cartel, Art Fire, Folksy, etc). Ex: Each and every product on the Papernstitch site will have a buy button. When a buyer clicks that button, it will redirect to the exact link where that item can actually be purchased from you, the exhibitor, directly.
"If I become an exhibitor, what's in it for me?"
We know how hard it can be to promote your work and get yourself out there, especially for emerging artists and artisans. Papernstitch provides a cost effective solution to promoting your work and products, while showcasing those items in a professional way to the papernstitch audience. The idea is that the high level of traffic to the site will bring you and other exhibitors increased traffic and hopefully, increased sales as well.
It helps to think of our exhibitions as an alternative form of advertising for your work. Only with this advertisement, you don't have a tiny sidebar image...You have an entire page filled with products, a full description of your shop, all your web links and contact info, even a mini interview. AND we work with a large community of other sites and blogs that help promote papernstitch and our exhibitors as well. Read pns press mentions here.
Each exhibitor will have an image from their papernstitch store on the current exhibitor's page at all times. These images will randomly rotate every five minutes to ensure each exhibitor's work is displayed fairly and prominently. Your papernstitch shop may also be promoted on the papernstitch blog for additional exposure. And we also have daily favorites, shop of the day, and the new and notable section (all on the front page) that change daily. Every exhibitor has an equal playing field for being a part of these front page sections.
"What are you looking for from potential exhibitors?"
First and foremost, we are looking for high-quality work with originality, in a variety of categories including but not limited to: art, books and zines, ceramics, clothing, accessories, housewares, jewelry, paper goods, craft supplies, toys, kids, and vintage. Other considerations include: design aesthetic, product appeal, photographs and styling, etc. We encourage potential exhibitors to browse the site before submitting to see if their work would be a good fit.
"How much will it cost me?"
We want you to keep as much money in your pocket as possible, so we do not charge a commission on any works that are sold as a result of the exhibition. Instead, we charge a small fee each exhibition, which helps to pay for advertising papernstitch on other major sites (in turn driving more traffic to the site and to your products). Currently, the fee for new sellers is $55 for one exhibition (about one month's time) and can be paid through paypal after your shop has been accepted. AND if you decide to continue on the papernstitch site as a returning exhibitor, you will receive a discount on all future exhibitions.
Still not sure? Read past exhibitor's testimonials and press mentions