Call For Artists!

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Hello local artists! We want you to show off your awesome work!

We have an awesome 10 foot by 10 foot display window at the front corner of our store. It is our goal to use this to display the work of an eclectic assortment of creative people.

What is the space?

The retail display window is approximately 10 feet by 10 feet. It includes a back wall with a doorway for access and full glass windows on three sides. It is regularly driven by on both The Boulevard and Irving Street. It is in high sun and does have significant changes in temperature, so bear that in mind when thinking of what you want to display.

What can I display here?

Almost anything you want! Want to make a big installation piece? Sure! Want to sell things from our window? We can help with that. Want to suspend things from the ceiling? As long as it’s nothing really heavy, go right ahead! Want to paint the room itself? As long as it is returned to neutral at the end of the month, have fun!

What’s the catch?

Minimal catches, we promise! Each artist will have the space for one month. You must install your work within the first week of the month, keep your work up for as much of the month as possible, and clean out the window and return it to neutral by the end of the month. If you let Wyrd Armouries make any sales for you, we will collect 25% commission on those sales.

In return, we will promote you and your window in our social media, and have your contact info of your choice easily at hand for anyone who sees your work.

What do I need to do to display my work?

Simple answer? Send us an email at wyrdarmouries@gmail.com ! Please include the following things in your email:

  • Your name and contact info
  • An artist statement or artist bio
  • Photo examples of your work
  • A proposal of what you would like to display
  • Your top three choices of what month you would like to display your work.

Availability:

Please note that in October and December Wyrd Armouries decorates this window for the holidays. These months are not available.

Currently available are:

  • January 2020
  • February 2020
  • March 2020
  • April 2020
  • May 2020
  • June 2020
  • August 2020
  • September 2020
  • November 2020

Progress! Update on our Studio Renovations

I promised updates, and what do you know – things are starting to look up on our building renovations! Mind you, it looks worse before it looks better, but we actually have work happening on our roof!

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Removing the tin tile on the last section of ceiling of the main room, revealing old construction techniques and awesome huge beams.
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A bit more tear out – bad wood removed and ready for repair.
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Back room, our big project! Tearing out the old rotted flat roof.

Yeah, it looks ugly now. But not too much longer and we’ll no longer have rain inside!

Next step… fixing water damaged floors, and then we can start building out our work stations!

Update – The Great and Terrible Studio Building

As promised, I’m following up on our 2018 in review with some more detailed posts, so here’s a “where we are” update. Our big news last year was finding a new building to move our business into. Well, it’s a year later and we’re not nearly as far along as we hoped, but progress has been made and we’re learning a lot.

First, we found some of the history of the building! We got into a storage loft that had been painted shut since the 70s to find various seasonal displays stored away. Not in the best of shape, but still a cool find and let us piece together more of the history. Our tax records put our building as dating from 1930, but we have a suspicion it was built on the bones of a previous building on the same corner. The business in 1930 was Globman’s department store, a local chain started in Martinsville, VA (about 30 minutes away) by a Russian Jewish immigrant family. By the 70s they had outgrown the Boulevard, Eden location and moved to the then new Eden Mall. By 1973 our building was a Western Auto. We found some of their holiday displays, too.

As of this fall, we officially own the building. So that’s exciting! After going back and forth for a while with our landlord to try and find ways to fund fixing our roof, we worked out buying it from him instead. So yeah, it’s ours! Wonders and problems and all.

Here’s a look at the inside – our progress, our problems, and why we still love our new old building.

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“Cynthia’s” side of the studio, where we’ve both been doing much of our work as we renovate the rest.
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Leatherworking station. More permanent furniture is still to come, but I’m loving the room.
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Sewing station.
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Front wall mostly built, to divide our showroom from our work areas. Look at that lovely tin tile ceiling!
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View into Nathaniel’s side of the back… with our room problems showing in the back of the room.
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The beginning of storage and work bays being built on the back side of the dividing wall.
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Display case salvaged from another local building we’ve been clearing out. There are 2 more of these we still have to restore. Love the rolling base Nathaniel built!
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View from the inside of our front window, out onto The Boulevard.

Last Day of Store Fundraising!

Hello everyone! First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to our fundraiser for our new storefront! We have raise 21% of our goal. Not enough for the major repairs, but enough that next week we will be starting our major build out!

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Our window sticker has gotten a lot of excitement and curiosity from our neighbors!
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Turning the office side from industrial cream to warm brown. Going to continue the steampunk aesthetic in here!
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Stripping off decades of old paint, we found beautiful old oak beneath!
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Speaking of beneath, beginning the clean out of the old basement. Yay working sump pump!

There are still a few hours to donate, so click here to help and get cool stuff!

What’s next for us? Next week is loads of lumber, so we can begin building the wall to separate our front gallery from our workshops, with new counters and new flooring for general awesomeness.

Thank you again everyone for your help!

 

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One last cool picture for you: Historic picture of The Boulevard! We found this in the shop while cleaning it out.

 

Big Update: Our Awesome New Store!

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Those of you who follow us on our social media know that since November things have been super special for our business. So here’s what happened:

In October, Nathaniel found out that the building he had his workshop in had been sold, and that the new owners were not keeping the current tenants. So, we put aside a couple of days to find him a new building, preferably in his home town of Eden, NC. A couple of conversations with amazing locals later, and we were shown a vacant older storefront with amazing front display windows, a built in office, and a huge main room. It needs some love, but it is perfect for what we have wanted.

So, a couple of days later we had an agreement with a new landlord and I was planning a major move to North Carolina to join Nathaniel with the amazing shop.

It’s been a bit of a slow start, getting all of the legal business stuff taken care of and getting the funding together in our slower sales part of the year. But we are on the way to making something awesome! When we’re done, the front will have a sales gallery, the back and office will be made into our studio space. We’ll be able to create more efficiently, have space to teach, and bring our creations to an old downtown.

We need your help fulfilling this dream! We are currently raising money for our build out and building repairs. Visit our IndieGoGo campaign and we’ll give you awesome things for your help. Or, help us spread the word, or buy something awesome from our online store! Everything or anything will help.

We’re really looking forward to fostering a local creative community, and we’d love to have you with us for the adventure!