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Ski & Snowboard, Tarpestry Style

Pack a Tarpestry on your next ski or snowboarding trip! It’s the perfect companion for all things wet, snowy, and gnarly.

When you get to the parking lot, it’s time to put on those snow pants and ski or snowboard boots. Lay a Rugged Tarpestry on the snowy ground for a dry boot change and gear up. No more hopping on one foot with the risk of the dreaded wet-sock!    

Pack a lightweight Mini Tarpestry in your backpack and hit the ski lift. Shred the gnar and pull the Mini out for your backwoods break time in the warming hut. Keep your ski bum dry.  When your day on the mountain is complete, pull out the Tarpestry once again for ski boot change.  Afterwards, lay it down in the back of the car – water-repellent side up!  This will protect your car from wet snow drips.

Ready to make your powder days on the ski mountain even more epic? Shop here.

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Universal Shaman by Jeff Wood

Meet the newest member of our Artist Series: Universal Shaman!  This native-inspired work of art is designed by legendary artist Jeff Wood.  The original artwork was featured on Widespread Panic’s 2011 Red Rocks show poster.  Universal Shaman is our second collaboration with Jeff Wood.  A few years ago we made a run of Tarpestrys from his “Red Hot Mama” design.  

The Tarpestrys from our “Artist Series” are the ultimate in quality thanks to the upper fabric.  We take high resolution images of artist’s designs and have them digitally printed on sturdy poplin (poly/cotton blend) fabric.  This printing process creates a UV/fade resistant fabric that will last for years and years.  Add that to our weather-resistant base and you have the ultimate Tarpestry!

The Universal Shaman won’t last long, shop now!

Earth Day

We like to treat every day like Earth Day at Tarpestry!  We work hard to have an eco-conscious and sustainable business and are always brainstorming ways to be better – because we love the Earth! We’re super fans of playing in nature, whether in the woods, at the beach or just taking a stroll through a city park.  There’s symbiosis between us humans and the Earth and getting out there and being in nature helps us to understand the true connection.  

For this Earth Day we plan to celebrate by getting out into nature and enjoying it’s splendor.  We often take a Classic Tarpestry out into the woods and find a nice quiet place to sit and watch and listen.  What starts as a quiet sit in the woods is soon filled with chirps of the birds, rustling of the leaves, and other wildlife scurrying around.  Laying down and closing our eyes next to a stream is one of the most comforting feelings we have found.  So, this Earth Day to we invite you to join us by taking your Tarpestry out into nature to reconnect with the Earth!

See our Sustainability page to learn how we are striving do our best for the Earth.

Tarpestry Tour: MerleFest

We’re excited to be headed back to one of the oldest and premier music festivals in the country – MerleFest!  April 27th – April 30th.  This will be our second year vending at Merlefest and we can’t wait to be back to see the kind folks and great pickin’ once again! Last year our favorite shows were: John Prine, The Waybacks, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine, and Love Canon…just to name a few.

It usually rains during the weekend of Merlefest and you know what that means…soggy, wet grass.  So make sure to bring your Rugged Tarpestry our come swing by our booth and pick one up!  You can wear it like a poncho when the storm hits in the middle of your favorite show.  Then lay it down on the lawn for a dry seat.  If you’re headed to MerleFest, please stop by our booth and say hi!

Want to know where else we will be this summer?  See our schedule here!

Bike With Tarpestry

Are you a biker?  Yes, that means bicycle and all types of motor bikes!  The Tarpestry can be a great asset to the bike lover in many ways.  Let’s start with bicycles.  Tarpestrys are great for long road trips because you can pull it out of your pack for an anywhere picnic!  If a big storm appears on the horizon you can take cover with your bike under your Tarpestry.  The Mini Tarpestry is great to have on hand if you’re leaving your bike out in the rain. Cover your bike seat with it so you can come back to a dry seat.

Into dirt biking?  You can get some good use with the Tarpestry in additional ways.  Maybe you take a few friends to the dirt track with you who just want to watch.  Set them up with a sweet Rugged Tarpestry to sit on! The Tarpestry is your best friend if you have a muddy day on the track.  Lay your it down in the back of your car with the water repellent side up and pile your dirty gear on top.  Your Tarpestry is tough and the water repellent side is easy to clean once you get home!

Do you enjoy riding a motorcycle through the curvy mountain roads to find peace of mind?  Although you may be traveling longer distances at higher speeds than bicycles, the Tarpestry can come in handy in similar ways.  The Tarpestry rolls up nicely and can be stored in a saddle bag very easily.  Pull it out at one of the pull offs on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a picturesque view and some lunch!  Maybe you like to take your bike to remote camp spots but are wary of rogue storms.  Use your Rugged Tarpestry to cover your bike to keep it dry to ride for the next day’s adventure!


Tarpestry Festival Tour 2017

It’s our favorite time of year again – music festival season!  Every Spring through Fall we hit the road and set up our traveling booth across the country.  We have a great lineup this year, concentrating mostly on the East Coast but heading out West for Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Tarpestrys are the perfect companion for music festivals because you can use it at camp AND take it to shows!  If you’re headed to any of these festivals please stop by our booth and say hi!

       
April 27th – April 30th MerleFest Wilkesboro, nc    
   
May 19th – May 20th Hidden in the Hollow Festival Butler, TN    
   
May 25th – May 28th DelFest Cumberland, MD    
   
June 15th – June 18th Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO    
   
July 27th – July 30th FloydFest Floyd, VA    

We will add more festivals in a month or two, so check our Tarpestry Tour page for updates.

 

Tarpestry-Cycle Campaign

Protecting the environment is a number one priority for us and we are always striving to do better.   Tarpestrys help eliminate single use plastic tarps bound for the landfill – instead of buying a tarp for a one-time outing, Tarpestrys can be used for years!  But we started thinking about the actual life cycle of a Tarpestry.  Even though they are durable and made to last, the Tarpestry too has a shelf life.  That got our brains working about how could we extend the life of the Tarpestry even more and prevent them from heading to the landfill.  We came up with a great plan that works for us with an added benefit for all Tarpestry owners.  We are proud to introduce our Tarpestry-Cycle Campaign!

Ready to retire your well-loved Tarpestry and trade up for a newer model? Save the landfill and your bank account by sending your beloved to us – we will recycle and repurpose it! When we receive the Tarpestry we will send a 25% off coupon code.  We will re-purpose the old materials (when possible) into a variety of handy items like tote bags, dog bed stuffing and more.  More importantly, you will be saving your Tarpestry from the landfill and 25% off your next Tarpestry purchase!  We want to keep Mother Nature as clean as possible and we think this is a small action we can all take to make a big difference.  A win for everyone!

Learn more about our Tarpestry-Cycle program here.

Tarpestry and Sustainability

Since conception of the Tarpestry business our number one goal is to be a sustainable and eco-friendly company. Because alongside taking pleasure in the environment there have to be provisions to protect it. That is why we are dedicated to incorporating sustainable components in all aspects of business and life.  Here are a few examples of what we are doing:

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS

  • Tarpestrys are hand made in Boone, NC, where we live and run all aspects of the business.  Local manufacturing reduces transportation as well as freight oil and gas consumption.   Producing our product locally is very important to us as we believe it enriches our community and local economy.

CLEAN WATER

RECYCLE & REPURPOSE

  • We recycle or repurpose all shipping materials, cardboard, paper and plastics. We encourage you to do the same with our shipped order materials!

GREEN PACKAGING MATERIALS

  • Tarpestrys are packaged with biodegradable thistle and paper. For shipping orders, Tarpestrys are wrapped with paper instead of plastic.

REUSE

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Guest Blog: Spring Hiking + The Mini

Guest Blogger: Amanda Swartzbaugh

Ahh, the tease of warm weather in late Winter and early Spring! When you get that sweet taste of what Mother Nature is about to unfold. What do you do when gifted a warm day in midst of (typically) the coldest time of year? Well, if you’re a vitamin-d-loving-eager-beaver-adventurer like me, you throw on your hiking boots, grab your backpack and a Mini Tarpestry and head to the mountains. Full disclosure, I am fortunate to live in Colorado where The Rockies are my playground and I try to take advantage of that as much as I possibly can.

I recently got to enjoy one of these sunshiny days and it’s still true – there is nothing that makes me happier than being outside. And, as much as I love the Classic Tarpestry for practically anything I do outside, I have to brag on the Mini for a minute because it is quickly becoming my new go-to.

Here’s the deal – if you really want to spend your day enjoying the great outdoors, you don’t want to haul around a lot of extra weight or gear. Trust me, after just a couple of hours of “moderate” Colorado hiking….continue reading.

Spring Cleaning Sale

Spring is here and so is our annual “Spring Cleaning Sale”!  March is a great time to start planning your outdoor trips for the year.  Lock in those dates for music festivals and camping and beach trips. You will need Tarpestry to up the comfort ante on these trips – so shop our sale.  Tarpestry also makes the best presents!  Plan your gifts for weddings, birthdays and graduations that are coming up fast.  The Spring Cleaning Sale runs March 20-27 so take advantage while you can (Shaman Tarpestry not included). Get your Tarpestry today and get outside for an adventure! Shop the sale here.

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From Colorado to Carolina

Ted and I spent 8 amazing and transformative years in Denver, Colorado.  During that time we started the Tarpestry business, got married, explored Colorado and traveled across the country on festival tours.  All Tarpestrys were made locally at Stryker By Design – a manufacturing company right outside of Denver.  After a few years of deliberation we decided to move back to the Blue Ridge Mountains in our home state of North Carolina.  

In late 2015 we packed ourselves and the business and moved to a family farm outside of Boone, NC.  We set up our office in a beautiful old barn and set out to find a local manufacturer.  We lucked out and stumbled upon Tsuga, a company that designs and produces quality outdoor products and bags.  In early 2017, Tsuga completed the first Tarpestry line of the year.  

We are proud of our Colorado roots and are excited for our future in the mountains of Appalachia.  Tarpestry is officially….Built in the Blue Ridge.

To learn more about our origins, see the Tarpestry Story!

Custom Tarpestry

The wonderful world of Tarpestry just got way more fun…you can have any* image you want on a Tarpestry! If you love your dog’s face, put their photo on a Tarpestry. If you have your own artwork, put it on a Tarpestry. We can have any high resolution image digitally printed on top quality fabric. These custom Tarpestrys are great marketing/promotional items and great merchandise. This is a prime opportunity for artists, bands, festivals and businesses. Put your design or logo on a Tarpestry!

Leftover Salmon had us make a Tarpestry of their Album cover for their merch. Northwest String Summit created a Tarpestry with their logo which sold out the weekend of the festival!  We’ve also done a few collaborations with artists. Isadora Bullock, Ryan Kerrigan and Kind Design had Tarpestrys made of their designs.

What will you put on your Tarpestry? See this page for more info!

*Ok not anything, licensing rules apply

 

Meet Gypsy

Gyp·sy /ˈjipsē/ :  a nomadic or free-spirited person.

We’ve just released a brand new design to our Classic collection: “Gypsy”. The upper layer of this Tarpestry features a soft 100% cotton fabric.  This Tarpestry is the perfect traveling companion because it can be used as a tarp for camping, a blanket and a comfortable seat to share. The mandala design brings out your inner gypsy with funky shapes and colors. To see all the ways we love the Classic style, see our blog post.

Pack this Tarpestry on your next gypsy journey!

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Tarpestry Toes

This year we are running a photo contest called “Tarpestry Toes”.  Photos that are submitted for the contest will be featured on the website and/or social media and the winner will get a Tarpestry of their choosing!  The rules are pretty simple: submit pictures via social media or our website that include your Tarpestry, your toes and your view.  We are open to as many submissions as you want to send.  In October we will pick the top 5 Team Tarpestry favorites for the general public to vote on.  The submission with the most votes at the end of the allotted time will be our Tarpestry Toes Winner!  So take your toes to your favorite spot with your Tarpestry, get creative, and start snapping epic pictures.