My newest product from FLOOF Collage pARTy! is the Maker Pak. Comprised of a melange of 80% recycled/reused materials, each one is a cellophane bag full of imagination-inspiring Miscellaneous Madness.
The idea originally arose years ago (I can’t believe FCp! is 7 years old now) when I would host a birthday party at FCp! and not have time to re-sort all the materials by color.
At the beginning of FCp!, my shop was organized in cute baskets by material – lace in one basket, ribbons in another, paper cut-outs in another. My son Ethan Stern, who is a glass artist living in Seattle, came home to Ithaca to visit for the first time since I opened the studio to the public.
“Mom,” he offered, “your shop is very sweet, very ‘country’, but not as user friendly as it could be. Give me $50, go visit a friend for lunch, and I’ll hook you up.”
When I returned from lunch, he had bought 6 tiers of plastic stackable bins, the kind with 3 drawers each, and had all my materials sorted by color! Wow, what a difference!
Now, when budding artists came to make something creative, their color preferences were a new source of inspiration, and the ideas often arose from the objects they pulled from the drawers.
In 2016 I had the idea to market some of my materials in shops around town. Originally I called them “InspirART EcoFUN”. Again, Ethan offered his 15 years of experience in the art world to help me. (I often tell people I inherited my talent from my son, because he was a working artist long before I was).
“Mom,” he said, “you need a shorter name, and you need the name to reflect your brand.” The light bulb went off in my head, and thereafter my labels said “FLOOF Maker Paks”.
So far, FLOOF Maker Paks have been offered in 3 sizes – 1 oz., 2 oz. and 3 oz. This Fall, I will be assembling Mega Paks of 10-12 oz. as holiday gifts.
Enjoy and be inspired, knowing that you are an eco-hero as well as an artist! Here’s what the instruction card you will find inside each FLOOF Maker Pak will look like: