Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We are hiring!


**THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED**

Hello! We are hiring!

We are looking for a great person to assist with packing and shipping orders.  If you love to wrap presents, write thank you notes and have a strong attention to detail, you will do well in this position.  We have a very small and close knit workplace so it is imperative you are comfortable in a small working environment.  Computer work is not too complicated but, you must be comfortable with a desktop computer and shipping software.

REQUIREMENTS:

experience making things

strong attention to detail

ability to follow instructions

self motivated independent worker

strong work ethic

interest in small manufacturing

must have some experience with fabric (sewing, cutting, pressing, measuring)

must be comfortable with a computer

comfortable using cutting tools and industrial equipment

comfortable working in a very small environment (2-4 co-workers)

DESIRABLES:

previous packing/shipping experience
nice
neat handwriting (you’ll be hand writing thank you notes)

experience in a production and manufacturing environment
background in art and/or design

interest in handmade community and/or small independent business

HOURS:

Part time (10-12 hours a week to begin, more during our busy season)

10 am-2 pm, 3 days a week


This is an entry-level position.

Looking for the right person to start immediately.

Please send cover letter and resume to: info@moopshop.com
Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Space


Good Morning, Wednesday. This is my new landscape. The studio has been moved and we are slowly getting back to production and shipping out orders from the last 10 days. There's a lot of 'where's the such and such?' and adjusting muscle memories to the new space and finding better ways to organize. But, I love it here.  Feeling pretty grateful to get to work in a space like this. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Moved



This week has been filled with so many emotions of change and adjustment.  We left behind the studio we worked so hard to build out three years ago...the one we thought we would never leave...to move into the most beautiful studio we've ever worked in.  So much hard labor went into making it this way and I am forever thankful to Jeremy who made it all happen and for letting me be his assistant while we worked on refinishing the space.  I want to say we will never leave here but, I've learned, trusting permanence is not a smart thing to do.  Things change, commitments change, people change, locations change...our lives are filled with change.  For now, I'm focusing on the moment and looking forward to settling into our new North Side location.  I do hope everyone who can will join us for an opening party towards the end of October.  I'll set the date soon.  In the meantime, we'll be catching up on production and shipping and getting to know our new studio.  It's beautiful here.  I'm happy to have this be where I get to go each day.


p.s. I have moved the blog to our website and sometimes I forget to post things back over here...so, for the most up to date, visit the blog here.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

smallness

I am often immersed in a world of much larger than me, small businesses.  The US Gov’t defines a small business as less than 200 employees - that is a lot of employees!  That means you are dealing with a lot of volume, cash flow, materials, data, clients, customers, etc.  That kind of business is huge to me.  Moop is a business that employs three other people, besides myself.  The four of us together can accomplish a lot.  We make a lot of bags, every day of the week.  The work is repetitive and labor intensive but, it results in really well made bags - bags that you’ll want to carry every day.  I know this because I carry our bags every day and so does everyone who works at Moop and thousands of people worldwide.  When I asked for photos of you all carrying our bags, you sent me the most amazing images of you in the most fantastic places - some close to home and some very exotic.  I loved seeing those.  I would venture to guess that a big part of why each of you have chosen to carry a Moop bag is because we are small.  I am so committed to our smallness that I think it frustrates those around me.  But, running Moop is not just my business - it is my lifestyle.  It is so integrated into everything I do.  For many years I talked about it as an extension of my creative practice but, it is my creative practice.  Moop has taught me more about what it means to live a deliberate lifestyle than anything else.  It has required me to balance and juggle so many things and has forced me to grow and learn on a daily basis.  7 1/2 years ago I never ever could have imagined I would be in the place I am.  I have worked hard to get here and so has everyone who has ever worked for me.  I have an immense gratitude for everyone who has devoted their days to helping me do what I do.  Currently, Jess, Gena and Jesse help to make that happen and they are, quite literally, THE BEST!  I had a birthday a few weeks ago and for the first time in my life I had emotions around getting older, how I have changed, the things I have experienced, where life will take us next.  I am looking forward to what Moop will look like in 20 years, who will be working on it with me and where it will have taken us.  In just a few weeks we are making another studio move.  When we moved into our current space, I thought we would be here much longer.  But, things change and we move - best not to cry about it!  Every time we move, I am reminded of the kind of people Jeremy and I are - we are the kind that will make your space fantastic by putting in our own sweat and muscle to make it what we need it to be.  One day, I dream of doing that in a building we own.  But, for now, it’s okay to be doing it for someone else because the direct benefit to us is worth the weeks spent building and sanding and painting and cleaning (while also doing our other jobs).  The new space will be beautiful when we are finished with it. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you, having a party and getting to make our bags in a space we worked hard to made great.  Thanks for reading my long ramble! I love what I do and love more than anything the support you all have shown us by allowing Moop to continue to make great bags.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

xoxo

Wendy

Friday, August 15, 2014

Home


I feel very lucky to call this place home.  This is the view from my bed as I wake up each morning. This summer, Jeremy built the small barn, the chicken coop and 4 large raised bed gardens. Tomorrow, we'll be photographing the Moop collection in this space with a bunch of my most favorite people. I can't wait to share the images with you.  It's been a long time since I've felt so inspired by a place, the people around me, the things I get to do everyday and the life I've worked so hard to build.  Hard work pays off.  Keep on trucking, folks and enjoy your weekend!
xoxo,
Wendy

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bayardstown


We will be at Bayardstown Social Club this Saturday for a last minute pop-up shop with Deadbury DeadTugboat PrintshopCellar Door Soap and Steel City Cotton Works.  Bring your friends, your picnic, your booze and your conversation because we'll be there with bags and ready to hang out.  Starts at 6pm.  See you there!
xoxo,
Wendy

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Pittsburgh Glass Center

Jeremy Boyle / Travis Rohrbaugh :: 2014

Jeremy has work in the upcoming Pittsburgh Biennial.  It opens tomorrow at The Pittsburgh Glass Center.  He's been working with glass and water jets at TechShop and The Glass Center for the last 6 months in partnership with glass artist, Travis Rohrbaugh.  The resulting work was complex to produce, subtle in design and completely beautiful.  We will be at the opening tomorrow - I hope to see you there!  
Event details can be found here.
opening August 1, 6pm-9pm
Pittsburgh Glass Center, Hodge Gallery
5472 Penn Ave, PGH 15206

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday re-run


Here's that fantastic video Moosehead did about Moop.  Many of you have already seen it but, I can't believe this was almost two years ago - you should watch it again!  Not a whole lot has changed though...it's still me and my fantastic team designing and manufacturing each and every Moop bag.  I love this video..hope you do, too!
Happy Monday!
xoxo,
Wendy

Thursday, July 17, 2014

An audio interview


In February I wrote about the fantastic entrepreneurial resource put together by Jen & Omar from These Are Things and Chris Guillebeau from The Unconventional Guides - I contributed an audio and a text interview to the companion and Chris just released the audio file of my interview.  If you want to hear me talk at length about how I started Moop, why I value process and how an art practice informs what I do then download this to your itunes library and listen to it on your drive somewhere.  It's about an hour and the audio begins a little jumpy but, comes together fine (it was recorded via a Skype interview).  And, if you love it, you should consider purchasing the guide.  I purchased my copy a few months ago and spent a week listening to every interview and reading the guidebook from start to finish.  If you have little to no experience and want to start a business, this is a super great resource.  If you think you have a lot of experience, you will likely still learn a lot from this publication.  I am always looking to learn from those around me, never believing I have all the answers.  We all come to conclusions via a collection of daily experiences - ones that involve our relationship to the world around us which in turn, forms who we are.  There is much to be learned every day so, keep yourself open to it. 
You can purchase Designed to Sell, here.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Some Begins


Dear Pittsburgh, 
Tonight I will be at 707 Gallery to celebrate the opening of my sis-in-law, Jamie Boyle's, new exhibition, Some Begins. She and Meg Shevenock, long time collaborators, are showing their newest body of work. It will be beautiful. You can read their statement here.
My favorite line: Say it with today on the bus i sat next to eternity and it was very kind and it saved me a window seat.
Hope to see you there! Also, stick around for The Night Market where you can pick up wares from the likes of Tugboat Printshop and Reiko Yamamoto Studio. It’s a beautiful day for wandering around the streets of downtown Pittsburgh.
See you there!
xoxo,
Wendy