How did Small Town Studio come to be?
Back in 2002, Meg Majors was studying photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her mother, Martha, was invited to Ghana, West Africa for the second time to do training with Deafblind children through Perkins School for the Blind. This time, the Hilton-Perkins International Program asked Meg to travel along as the documentary photographer - to record this special collaboration.
The years passed . . . Meg completed her Thesis on portraits of children who are Deafblind between Ghana and America, Martha is currently planning her 6th visit to the school, and now Meg is in the beginning stages of building an Artist's Collaborative Workshop in Ghana. The mother and daughter pair have collectively visited Africa 12 times since 2001!
During Meg's visits to Ghana (just home from the 4th one), she built relationships with artists, drummers, and dancers. Both her integration with natives and her photography background enabled her to experience first hand ceremonies, events, and the creative process/production, not often seen by the public. Around 2004 Meg started selling the work of crafters she met while traveling at Craft Fairs, Cultural Events, etc. In early 2007, Meg was sent to Turkey on a photography assignment and met artists in Istanbul & Ankara - adding Turkey to the Small Town Studio global community.
Small Town Studio represents any independent artist or collaborative group, anywhere in the world. Our unique and eclectic array of products come from friends, friends of friends, neighbors, etc! Word our mouth has been our best method of networking to find new members.
We hope to continue to grow in 2008 and by 2010 have an official home base in America and Ghana.
Where do the products come from?
There is no middle-man or woman! All items are purchased / consigned DIRECTLY by the Small Town Studio buyer and the artist.
We strive to pay fair prices for all products, keeping in mind that overpaying can hurt by causing inflation over time in the country and underpaying is no way to make a sustainable living for anyone.
Where do the proceeds go?
The proceeds from all sales go right back into the business. Artists that we work with on-consignment, get a fair percentage of the final selling price, otherwise profits go towards growing the business, publicity, purchasing, show fees, and the daily cost of doing business.
Our newest endeavor is raising money for Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries to start a business that will benefit their community and be self-sustainable. See www.smalltownstudio.com for the current project (full info coming by October 2007).
Items are inspected before being shipped to ensure you are receiving a quality product. Due to the unique handmade process in which each item is made, we do not consider slight imperfections or minor flaws to be damaged merchandise, but merely the artist's touch. All Sales Are Final.