Anthology gives voice to 295 Midwestern makers
Since opening in 2008, shop has added more artists
Artists and sisters Sachi and Laura Komai first opened Anthology on State Street in March 2008 to share their own projects and encourage people’s creative endeavors.
“People could come in and just be inspired by what other people are making and get craft supplies,” Laura says. “It was really very much driven by this desire to facilitate people’s creativity.”
Since opening, Anthology has worked with 295 different artists from the Midwest. With so many products, the store moved in September 2018 to a larger location along the same block of State Street.
“We were just bursting at the seams at our old location,” Laura says.
The second floor of the store has a dedicated crafting workshop and supply area. On select Saturdays, 1-3 p.m., the sisters host “crafternoons,” when community members can learn how to make new projects.
Sachi, an illustrator, and Laura, a graphic designer and photographer, both contribute designs and pieces to the store. Laura says customers have asked for more Wisconsin- and Madison-focused items over the years, so the owners have collaborated with artists to create new products that reflect that theme.
When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, Anthology was in its first year of business. In 2011, the sisters launched a series of Act 10 and Gov. Scott Walker protest buttons, and from there the buttons became something customers consistently looked for when visiting the store. Laura says that as artists and women, they wanted to give a voice to women and other people in the community.
“I think it is so common for small business owners to be portrayed as rugged individualists, forging their own paths. But being small business owners has really brought home how much we all depend
on the well-being of everyone in our community,” Laura says.
Hot Button: Anthology creates political pins featuring everything from women’s rights to environmental issues. $1.50 each in store, $15 for a 10-pack online
Color My World: Embrace your artsy side with coloring postcards. $9
It’s Tea Time: Co-owner Laura Komai designed the Wisconsin Tree of Life tea towel, among other items. $16
Squeakin’ Cute: Co-owner Sachi Komai draws many designs for Anthology, including the store’s best-selling Lil’ Cheese Curd onesie. $22
Pop Art: Show off your favorite TV show characters or actors with a pair of pop culture earrings from Foxy Hipster. $12-$32
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Send a loved one a handcrafted or hand-designed card from Anthology’s expansive selection. Prices vary
230 State St.
Maija Inveiss is digital content editor of Madison Magazine.
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