Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to bring your attention to one of our all-time favorite stockists out in San Francisco called Little Paper Planes. Owner Kelly Jones started the store as an online shop in 2004 after she and her friends had graduated from art school.
Jones filled us in on the beginnings of the store: “At the time, the Internet was a very different place. There were very few online shops focusing on art and art ephemera. It seemed like the wild West at the time where anyone could create something new. I didn’t set out to start a business in any regard, but I thought it would be an interesting platform for my friends and I to sell the things we were making since graduating from Art School. From there it just grew slowly and evolved over time.”
The brick and mortar version of LPP opened its doors two years ago in the Mission District of San Francisco on Valencia Street, lively with coffee shops, galleries, bars, independent stores, and restaurants. They’re in good company with other creative entrepreneurs with favorite nearby establishments such as Paxton Gate, Voyager, and Gravel and Gold.
A big support to the thriving artist community of the Bay Area, LPP provides support for local creatives through their residency program. All types of creatives and makers are offered the opportunity to spend a month using space at LPP for their studio space. ”Currently we have Dorothy Santos in residence. She is a SF based writer, editor, and curator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital arts, computational aesthetics, programming, coding, open source culture, contemporary art, and activism. Santos is using her residency as a way to engage with the public and learn more about how new media and digital arts is viewed and perceived,” Jones shared.
When asked where the name ‘Little Paper Planes’ came from, she said, “I wish there was an amazing story around it. At the time I liked the idea of having the word paper in it since so much of what my friends and I were making were 2D works. So Little Paper Planes came up and it just stuck!”