Sale of Work
What’s happening at Layabout Studio? There’s always something new on the work bench or in the press. You will see it here first; then, if you like what you see, we invite you to visit our shop. Here, for now, is the latest Layabout work. A lot of our books, cards, and curios went out into the wild never to return. Our stock isn’t great at the moment, but we’re working on it. We would like to keep it closer to home and hear directly what people want. When starting up an online store, there is always the wonder and worry: ‘Will anyone want anything?’
The answer to that is ‘probably‘ because we sold our first books in Chiangmai at the end of 2011. We have sent material up north monthly for over four years, and achieved regular sales. Our cards and curios appeared in Attic Studios and we brandished our goods at Neilson Hays Library Art Fairs. Now we want to do it ourselves and reach a larger audience directly.
Experience has told us what people most likely want. Handmade notebooks always sell, for example. Yet, we don’t have a handle on who buys them because we don’t see the customers. Why do some people prefer handmade goods? They are probably people like us (hah)! If you think that’s true – based on what you see and read in these pages – we’d like to hear from you. Can we make something for YOU?
Even from regular sources, handmade papers vary slightly in consistency. Paper makers dip a mould and deckle into a vat of pulp. The stuff doesn’t come off a production line. Also, in the case of book covers where a decorative technique is applied – marbling, dyeing, pasting – no two covers are the same. Although the number of pages in a notebook, and the size of the notebook, can be controlled, the exact decoration cannot. You may think that dicey or attractive; but it means each book is unique in the old ‘one of a kind‘ sense. You get something personal from Layabouts. Sure, if you want to be seen in a fashionable coffee house with a must-have brand, pay 25 dollars for something that came out of a Chinese factory at 20 cents a pop. If you want a real cheapie, go to a supermarket. You have read this far because you are interested in handmade goods and here is the latest Layabout work: