Today's shop is an extraordinary one! Castle in the Air in Berkeley, California is a small, family business owned by the incredibly creative Karima Cammell. You may recognize the name of this shop being that Castle in the Air is our go-to crepe paper source. The shop yields a varied inventory of unique and beautiful craft materials, but is more like stepping into a carefully curated museum (a 7-foot crepe paper tuna graces the ceiling - enough said!). See below to take a peek inside Castle in the Air...
The view from the front door of Castle in the Air (we weren't kidding about the crepe paper tuna!). The simple garlands on the ceiling change seasonally and and are the most asked about craft in the shop. They are made of florist crepe with a pinked edge. A strip of metallic crepe is glued down the center and the edges are pulled to ruffle.
A beautiful display of sealing wax and seals. Some of it is still hand formulated in cauldrons.
Castle in the Air has eight file cabinets full of Dresden trim. It is nearly impossible for them to catalog and keep track of it all but if you call the store, they likely have it! (*A note from Karima: By the way, this is a craft supply that is disappearing from the world. As the old hydrolic molds and presses break they can’ be replaced so I’ve watched many styles vanish.)
A sneak peek into a waxed crepe paper flower class...
Finished Pajaki displayed in the shop, along with a handmade crepe paper lantern. Both were classes at the shop!
A Crepe paper and Dresden party hat! The Castle in the Air team just did a street fair in front of the shop and made 100 different hats with passers by.