What happened to us on Reddit.com

If you are a new customer who found us on Reddit.com, we have a story to tell.

On a simple afternoon in March of 2015, and unbeknownst to us, a well-meaning person out in the world found our listing for a "Free Sample", and posted the link on Reddit.com

The result within about 2 weeks was over 47,000 requests for a free sample.

That is alot.

Most, we think, are from people who just want a free something (we understand, we like free stuff too!).  And we thought we would try to follow through. But after sending out a few hundred and receiving no sales, or even inquiries, we abandoned the project.

Some time has passed since then, but we are taking up the challenge again with the change of offering the SAMPLE as free, but asking interested persons to pay the mailing costs of $1.00.

This will enable us to reach the most interested possible customers without going bankrupt in the process. Our samples are all handmade in batches, not individually, so it will be a first come/first serve event.

To all of those 47,000+ individuals, we thank you very much for liking our GraffitiMats, and hope you will become customers sometime soon. And for those who are just on the search for the free things life can provide...we salute your effort.

Posted on April 12, 2017 .

Sometimes at a show....

People ask the most interesting questions.  And some of the most obvious...but not obvious to our customers.  Like, where does the name GraffitiMats come from?

To answer that question, I need to step back a few years, and tell you that I was a rugweaver before I started making GraffitiMats.  I made beautiful and complex woven rugs on a huge 12 foot wide handloom.  Loved doing it.  Loved the planning.  The weaving? Well, not so much.  

My fascination with floorcloths began as a solution for  highly trafficked areas of a home...my home, to be honest.  We had teenagers, and landscapers in the family.  A rug got a first-class workout at our house.  I thought about painting floorcloths, but the painterly world seemed a long way from my studio work.  But I had fabrics in all kinds of colors....alot of fabrics.

Much experimentation happened with those fabrics and finally I found a design theme that pleased me.  I wanted these mats to be simple, spontaneous....colorful.  This was a direct opposition to my rugweaving, where so much planning went into each piece.  The process reminded me of....graffiti.

And while I am not in favor of vandalism of any kind, the mats still give me a reminder of the process a graffiti artist might go through as they evaluate the space they will paint.  Nothing is even or true....choices are joyous and spontaneous.

Those qualities apply to our mats as well.

Posted on March 24, 2014 .