Around Town: Wonder Fair

There are many things to love about Downtown Lawrence. Wonder Fair is at the top of that list.

wonder fair clapboard sign

Wonder Fair in Lawrence, KS is an art gallery and print shop that also sells stationery, gifts, t-shirts, and more. They exhibit local and regional artists regularly and have cultivated my ideal aesthetic: artsy bookish cat lady with a social justice philosophy. I often go in to shop for gifts and come out with something for myself. It can be a dangerous place.

cards at wonder fair - librarian style

Last year they moved from their tiny space up a set of narrow, rickety stairs to a street level shop with gorgeous windows and at least three times the space. They also opened an art supply section, where print makers and illustrators can buy the tools of the trade from a local, ethical store rather than say, Hobby Lobby. art supply at wonder fair - librarian style

They’ve also started hosting classes. I’m dying to take a paper flower workshop, and am  just waiting for a class to pop onto the schedule that doesn’t conflict with weekend plans. phases of the moon at wonder fair - librarian style

In addition to classes, Wonder Fair also sponsors Letter Writing Club (which usually meets at Decade, one of my fave coffeeshops) and The Secret Order of the Black Diamond, a secret letterboxing and print exchange society, and is a big supporter of progressive Kansas politics. wonder fair lawrence ks - librarian style

I love the current art installation from Anna Metcalfe! The hanging ceramic boats make a delightful tinkling sound when they bump into one another, and it looks so different from so many different angles (for example, in this shot from my Instagram). installation at wonder fair - librarian style

And for Kansas Day this year, they installed a Gabriel Dawe inspired yarn rainbow.

rainbow tv at wonder fair - librarian style

Wonder Fair is also a big supporter of zine culture! They have a fantastic selection.

zines at wonder fair lawrence ks- librarian style

And of course, my favorite, the graphic tees. They sell designs from local creators with a Lawrence twist, as well as from designers like Stay Home Club.

wonder fair t-shirt wall - librarian style

Wonder Fair Lawrence KS is one of my favorite places in the world. The shop is less pretentious but just as cool as places you’d find in Portland or Boulder, but with an unfussy vibe that is perfectly Lawrence.

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  • I’ve never been there before but will have to check it out next time I’m in Lawrence!

  • Ok. I’m the worst. I definitely didn’t realize you were blogging here too! Let me just creep on all of your posts now… 😛 LOL

    I haven’t been to wonderfair in ages! Which is silly considering how much I love stationery… I have been intrigued by the letter writing club though! AND I have been meaning to try Decade as well. We’ve slowly been making our way through the Lawrence coffee shops. 🙂 Good to know it’s a favorite of yours! 🙂

    XO – Alexandra

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    • Ha! I’m probably confusing because I have two gravatars/profiles. I have my “work-ish” blog but apparently I work too much but I love blogging.

  • Stefanie Meier

    this is absolutely lovely
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