Tag: Dave Engledow

Monkitree
What a Ride!
2012.12.11 22:12:40
wbfWhen Dave Engledow's World's Best Father photo series went viral this fall I was a bit nervous about what that would mean. Last year I threw a paypal button up on my website to help Dave sell the 100 calendars he printed. Surely going viral would change things. And boy did they! Dave printed 1500 calendars thanks to the Kickstarter supporters who helped Dave come up with the money needed for the printing cost. 1200 came my way to ship from the Monkitree website. Our brand new Monkitree website! As in hot off the presses.

The calendars arrived and we were off and running. We worked out the kinks and thanks to Peter we were able to keep the labels printing and the packages going out the door.  831 packages with 1200 calendars going all over the world. The World has spoken- Dave Engledow is the World's Best Father. The very first order came from Bree Candland (an excellent music blogger - What Bree Sees) who essentially lives around the corner from Monkitree (she selected in store pick-up). And pulling up the rear was the first person who "liked" Dave's facebook page- Nate McNeil.

If you are interested in seeing where the calendars went off to, Peter created a map using Map Your List. This is not intended to be 100% accurate and does not include the calendars sent to those who supported the Kickstarter campaign. but gives you an idea of the reach of the calendars.

Click here to view the map

A special thank you to Dave for creating the calendar, Alice Bee for being a great sport and Jen for the creation of Alice Bee, supporting Dave's work and your service to our country. Thanks for allowing me to be involved in your success and another big thank you to Peter who helped me with the shipping labels.

Thanks to all who purchased calendars! I hope you enjoy them and if you are giving them as gifts that they are well received!
Clare


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Monkitree
Climbing the Monkitree
2012.10.20 02:41:14

Hello. Hello.

When Peter and I first moved to Maine with the plan of renovating a building in a historic downtown, opening a gallery and living in the building throughout the process, I started a blog called "Climbing the Monkitree." Little did I know that two years after opening Monkitree I would be recreating a website and starting a new blog right here on our website. We have had great progress over the years but it has felt like a series of baby steps.

A couple of years ago, my Dave Engledow taking a picture of Alice Beefriend Dave Engledow and I talked about including his photography in a show at Monkitree. We made it happen. The show was called "Plastic Fantastic: The Art of the Toy Camera" and it included Dave's images created with the Diana Camera. It was a great show and I hope had some influence on Dave to continue pursuing his photography (do you like how I try to give myself some credit there). Dave did continue taking pictures and after Alice Bee was born he began taking his World's Best Father series.

Last year we threw a paypal button up on our website so Dave could sell what had become the World's Best Father Calendar. We sold the calendars mainly to friends and family. Dave began his Engledow Art Photography facebook page and fans started growing. With more fans come more calendar sales so Dave started a Kickstarter campaign so he could print enough for his new fan base. Well that just generated more fans and then Boing Boing, Huffington Post and Laughing Squid paid attention. Next thing you know Dave is getting a call from the Today Show. Last time I looked he had 36,723 facebook fans.

So the pressure was on! Spiff up that website and start selling calendars! I hope you enjoy everything I have on the website so far. It is a work in progress and I will definitely be adding more beautiful pottery, jewelry, scarves, wooden serving pieces and more.

I took this picture of Dave taking a picture of Alice Bee at her birthday party last year.





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