If you know me, I'm a stationery freak. I love cards, pens, hand-lettering and calligraphy, patterns, and anything that makes paper look pretty! As a local teen, I am very interested in finding out more about my community's local arts scene, and this was the perfect opportunity! I also adore anything and everything art-related (especially if it's cute!), so when I saw the post about The Silk and Cotton Pop-Up Shop on COCA's Tallahassee Arts Guide webpage, I knew I had to go. I dragged my trusty chauffeur (my dad) into the car and off we went.
When I opened the door to Julie Guyot's Railroad Square studio, I was immediately greeted with cheerful hellos and vibrant patterns. Julie Guyot, the host of the pop-up, and Eliza Schneider-Green, one of the artist participants of the shop, introduced themselves to me. They also offered a cupcake, which I happily devoured.
If you're wondering what a pop-up shop is, wonder no more! It's a temporary store, used by people who don't have stores themselves.These pop-ups allow vendors to get to know their potential customers and how many there are, without commitment or risk. They pop up, are usually open only for a day or so, and then disappear. If the shop works out, the vendor might feel comfortable enough to open a real space. Basically, pop-ups are just a more personal artist web store, where you can browse the artist's wares and learn more about the artist in person.