|It seems prophetic that so many of the Victorian pieces said|
"Forget me not". I hope our 21st century versions won't
be forgotten either.
Wendy and I had discovered sometime in 2004 that we each had a passion for the 'original' perforated
|The originals came in plain center and perforated center so|
an assortment of woman's accomplishments could be worked
on the cards. We loved this idea so the original
Tokens and Trifles came with a 'blank' too.
|A delicate and still perfect original that was over 100 years old|
I found it on a ski trip in Vermont and couldn't wait
to show it to Wendy
|We were about to cut this pattern when the company doing|
out manufacturing failed to get their annual loan and closed
This was my personal favorite and I still mourn that we
never even tested the finished design file!
Wendy and I scoured the antiques markets and built what is definitely the largest collection of these perforated paper wonders in the world. We even have the printing plates that pre-printed the patterns on some - including the unstitched versions and stitched versions. We were planning a book with the definitive history.
Justyna came aboard as she had just finished an entrepreneurship MBA, was an engineer like me and a stitcher. Between us we had all the skills needed. We learned tons about packaging, manufacturing, partnerships, design patents, and more. It was looking great as the market really liked the little cards, they were featured in magazines, other designers were using them and they were in stores around the world.
|An Ebay find that led me to visit the seller in Germany,|
she had so many treasures
|An outstanding example of the flights of fancy available in the original 'perforated paper period'.|
Wendy, Justyna and I had searched out a very special operation with some incredibly good equipment here in Massachusetts. I had a background in laser holography and so knew what type of laser
|There were patterns for cut and stacked perforated paper |
I went into high gear, we had already found all the US manufacturers who could do volume laser
|This one is printed with the pattern over the squares|
|We are incredibly proud of the product lines|
and so, so sad to close.
had come up and we all felt it was a very important project and devoted time to it as well. The time was right for the Cabinet of Curiosities. Our E-Textile work exploded. All things that made it hard for us to devote the time we needed to make the company come back from the blow in 2009.
We have known for several years that it was time to close - yet the love of the product line has kept us open. So much so that it really doesn't make sense anymore. So today is the beginning of the last phase. Our site will remain open for 1-year from today for people to access the free patterns, but operations and sales will be closed down soon. So if you would like some of the sewing cards for yourself or as gifts, please visit the site soon.
Tricia, Jusytna and Wendy