10. Another year that the IRS cannot call this a mere hobby - I made it through 2015 stronger than ever that even the IRS cannot rule out petrichorpaper as a hobby. That is a major success considering you have 5 years to prove that your start-up is a worthy enough financial endeavor for them.
Top 10 of 2016:
1. The paper mill will be open...for real!!! I am taking January and February off to direct my complete attention to the house in order to get this baby rolling. Also because it will be nice to have nice house functions - like hot water and a full size refrigerator. Due to the size of the space it will be appointments only. But since I live here that means it can be available most days of the week!
2. Sponsor @ Small Press Book Fair. It is my first time sponsoring an event which feels like a big deal for me. It's probably not but it is to me.
3. New line of paper and paper products. I don't know exactly what they are yet but you can count on a variety of natural dyes, inclusions locally harvested, locally harvested fibers, variety of art papers (printmaking, watercolour & calligraphy are the goals), sketchbooks, lamps, stationery kits.
4. A variety of new workshops will be available such as a Valentine Papermaking (paper heart) theme and seed paper. Thinking about approaching the Buffalo Zoo about a possible Poo Paper workshop! Also keep a lookout for workshops at Tifft this year.
5. Yes, seed paper will become a thing this year. I will be welcoming seed paper into my production list but will be doing plenty of research in terms of invasive plants.
6. Consigment shops. I will finally be getting products prepped and ready to distribute to a number of local shops to sell. If you or anyone you know of that would like to sell any of my products feel free to contact me with consignment information.
7. Weddings. A couple of people have contacted me in regards to wedding stationery and I will gladly take on those projects. I am currently weighing my options of entering into the Buffalo & Rochester Indie Wedding Vendor options but financially this may not be the year. Who knows though!
8. Conferences in Santa Fe, New Mexico & Brazil. Sadly, I will not be making either of them as I will be taking a personal trip to Europe this fall (but you can count on some paper visits happening while I'm there!)
9. A lofty idea but one I am greatly considering is a retail space. I've always wanted to run my own shop and not just when I'm at home before heading off to another full-time job. The window displays, seasonal shopping, workshops and studio work....again just like the wedding vendor it is a bit of an investment that I will have to be more certain I can make.
10. Paper and print collaboration. This year you will see a lot more print going on these sheets. More fine art on only handmade paper. It will be a personal guarantee of the paper quality. Plus the print will bring out some of the life of the paper.
Wishing you all the best of new year's!