This very evening, Wednesday the 4th of April, at 4pm sees the launch party for a new artist run shop in Bristol.

Paper Scissors Stone is calling itself a temporary emporium and will showcase some of the very best of local, high quality design.

After the success of the five temporary ‘pop-up’ shops, open in the run-up to Christmas 2011, Made in Bristol will be hosting five ‘volumes’ of this artist run ‘temporium.’ Each will feature a selection of talented makers and artisans working in Bristol. The shop will bring together all kinds of artists; from glassworkers to textile designers, chocolatiers to furniture makers. Shoppers will be able to purchase fashion accessories, home wares, illustration prints, and other high quality, skillfully created products directly from the people who made them.

The handmade trend that Made in Bristol promotes just keeps growing, and their hotbed of creative talent is well deserving of a prime place at the heart of Bristol’s shopping hub, Quakers Friars in Cabot Circus.

“We were delighted with the reaction our Christmas pop-ups received, and cannot wait to share more locally created treasures on the high street in 2012.”

Bryony Morgan. Director, Made in Bristol.

Paper Scissors Stone is run by the artists themselves. This means customers will encounter knowledgeable makers on hand to talk about the work on sale – a far cry from the dwindling customer service experience of larger stores. The pieces on sale haven’t had far to travel, so it’s a greener way to shop, putting money back into our local economy and supporting other small Bristol based businesses.

Here’s a list of the people taking part in Volume 1:

Abigail McDougall, Alice Shields, Malobi, Andrew Sutherland,
Emma Garner, Louise Cunningham, Hazel SuttonMilk & Cereal, Katy Christianson, Linda Thomas, Moon & Magic, Liv Bargman, Phoebe S Wang, Sarah Macfarlane, B:Leaf Skincare, Naomi Hocking, SooMin Leong, Susan Taylor, The Silent Room & Zedhead Designs.

The shop itself is a work of art in in it’s own right too, with furniture specially created by Charlie Crowther-Smith.

Two doors along from Paper Scissors Stone, friends and colleagues of the Made in Bristol/Drawn in Bristol teams, Collaberation Nation open another of their ‘Pop-Up’ temporary retail spaces too; urban design meets illustratory collaberative cool. It’s another locally run business with amazing products available to buy now.