It's strange when you identify with certain words so much that when you see them it's as if you're reading your name. I perk up every time I read the words "paper doll." My name was taken from a 1980's soap opera called Paper Dolls, my first blog was The Life of a Paper Doll, and my personal Instagram still remains @paperdoll_ta.
Yesterday I received an email from my favorite local kitchenware store, Fishs Eddy, with the subject title "Paper Dolls Box #2 [small size]" and I got SO excited. For those of you who are not familiar with Fishs Eddy it is a kitchenware company run by Syracuse alum (woo!) in the Flatiron district of NYC. Their store's interior is a little piece of upstate NY countryside heaven. You can find everything from archival plates, to quirky dinnerware, to classic table settings. It's such a great shop. My DG sorority sister and best friend introduced me to it when I first moved to the big city.
What I love about Fishs Eddy is the story behind it because.. if you can guess.. I can relate to it so well! The owners were wandering through the small towns that make up upstate New York and stumbled into Fishs Eddy. This little town is where they discovered a barn filled with dishes and bowls and platters! And they got to take home all of it! When they brought everything back to their apartment in NYC the seedling of Fishs Eddy started to sprout!
While attending Syracuse University you found yourself doing a lot of wandering through backroads and small towns. My friends and I would make a point to find cool little undiscovered (to us) streets and antique stores to run around and get lost in. This company reminds me of that moment in my life.
Fishs Eddy has been collaborating with illustrators and artists for years. This particular project, Paper Doll Box #2 [small size], is something that designer Todd Oldham brought to the table. The funny thing about this scenario is that Todd didn't actually draw these dolls, he discovered them at a flea market in Ft. Worth Texas! You can read his story any more on the Fishs Eddy blog! These girls and boys are now printed on a tray, a glass and a pillow which make up the collection. Go to fishseddy.com to shop it!
All photos are from fishseddy.com