It all started back in 2012 when Simon scribbled away on some post-it notes during a particularly dull office meeting. It shouldn't have gone any further than that - except some colleagues and Facebook friends admired them suggesting "they'd make great gift wrap". Just for fun, he decided to follow his friends' advice and this whim became the beginnings of an arty journey that has led to where Wraptious is today.
The more Simon looked into creating his arty wrap, it became clear very quickly there isn't much 'out there' supporting emerging artists in the UK. It's inherently difficult for anyone creative to make a name for themselves. What he wanted to do was create a platform that allows both artists to showcase and sell their work, and customers to enjoy it. In other words - to share the love!
So taking a deep breath, in March 2013 Simon quit his London office-job career, ventured to the creative city of Manchester and enrolled in a graphic design course. Cool design is everywhere in Manchester, and it wasn't long before more artists were sharing their awesome work and the Wraptious community was born. With our first sale made at windy, rainy Castlefield Market in October 2013, we've come a long way in a short space of time - supporting artists who are looking for new avenues to share their work. It's an exciting journey, and we've only just begun.
We’re a growing community of over thirty artists (Wraptees) who love to create and share innovative, awesome art. The more we grow, the more we can support each other and bring exciting new talent and products to you. We have large ambitions and ideas, want to challenge convention and will never stand still.
We’re proud of all our Wraptees and think their talents are exceptional. Though it’s thanks to you buying and believing in the work that Wraptious is able to promote independent art. By purchasing our wares, you are directly supporting the Wraptees who receive a share of each sale. How cool is that?! Rest assured we care about other things too. All our products are produced in the UK and on recycled or sustainable resources where possible. This is fundamentally important to us.
We want our customers to continue enjoying new work. We want to make art more accessible. And we want to inspire all. We know we can't always get what we want, but we're quite stubborn!
We are always looking for new artists to join us, and run competitions biannually inviting artists to upload their work which gets shared and voted on by the public. We think this is a lot fairer than us deciding what's hot or not! See our competition page for more details.
Come meet us at one of our many tradeshows we attending: Spring Fair, Autumn Fair and Harrogate Home & Gift. Thank you for supporting our artists.
Best wishes, Simon x
A lovely review from one of our customers: ""Wraptious products have been among our top selling products since we first became a stockist a couple of years ago. They consistently bring out new and exciting products that are loved by our staff and customers alike. The service from Simon and the team has been first class, nothing is to much trouble and they are always available to give help and advice, we cannot recommend them highly enough." Contempo, Edinburgh