Monday, March 31, 2008
For 24 straight hours, Baltimore artists will hang their work on the walls of Maryland Art Place in preparation of the annual silent auction and gala known as Out of Order.
Find out more online. We look forward to this event all year... I hope my husband and I can find a babysitter!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
If you are a talented crafter (of course you are), one of Artscape's newest additions, DIY @ Artscape, may be perfect for you to showcase some of your unique talents. Artscape is supporting the emerging Do It Yourself trend by creating an entire section of the site dedicated to these hip and talented new wave crafters. For the first time, DIY @ Artscape invites crafters to create and sell original pieces of work at affordable prices. The application deadline is Sunday, March 30, 2008.
Artscape, the largest free, public arts festival in the country, features 150+ artists, craftspeople and fashion designers, visual art exhibits both on and off site; incredible live concerts on four outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film and classical music; demonstrations; workshops; an entire park dedicated to children with entertainment, hands-on projects, interactive learning experiences, take-away crafts, street theater and family fun; and a delicious international menu of food and beverages.
For more information about DIY @ Artscape, visit www.artscape.org or call the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts at 410-752-8632. See you there!
The lecture is open to the public and free of charge. College of Notre Dame is located at 4701 North Charles Street in Baltimore. For more information, please call 410-532-5516.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I know I can't help but be inspired by the new season. I have been out taking pictures of the signs of Spring and have been very inspired by what I've found. Here are some of my Spring photos. I hope they inspire you to create something amazing.
Post and images by BlockPartyPress
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Librarians were more than happy to help point us in the right direction and even gave us new leads to follow when we couldn't find what we were looking for there.
I scan their photo archives weekly for images of Druid Hill Park for my own blog and often delight on spying on my little house captured in time over 150 years ago. This week I thought I'd browse their site and discovered an online gallery of Maryland quilts. On this tour, visitors can get lost in the details and collage of early Maryland quilts and browse the history of Baltimore Album Quilts. You think you know quilts, but you may be surprised. There's much more to them than you think!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
For my jewelry-making tools and materials I frequent:
Made in Metal: This shop is run by Jo Ann Aiken. Alongside raw materials and tools, you will find beautiful bench and studio space available for rent, workshops, and most likely an exhibition in the gallery space.
Terra Firma: Stop in and say hi! to Bill! He has everything you could possibly imagine in the way of metalworking tools and materials. Additionally, he has just expanded his shop to include a dazzling bead and findings section.
International Gem and Jewelry Show: This comes into town several times a year. If you like beads, you absolutely cannot miss this. ‘Nuff said!
Normal’s: THE place for used books and records. I could be in the art and zine section all day. I have found some beautiful out-of-print hardbacks here!
The Book Thing: THE place for free books! I have a small collection of old hardbacks. I love to pick up anything that has a mid-century modern cover, anything French, and anything with botanical drawings. Really. . . I will grab anything that will work beautifully as a photo prop.
Atomic Pop: I just love the book AND toy selection here. All at once, you can pick up knitting patterns, a comic book, a gorgeous Taschen book, a BUST magazine, a plush toy from My Paper Crane and a Hello Kitty keychain. Does it get any better?
Places I love to go:
Visionary Museum: Okay. This is a given. I know. But I had to mention it. I always walk away feeling reinvigorated and ready to MAKE. A plus: I also always walk away with wonderful trinkets from the gift shop.
Tulip Garden: One of my most beloved Baltimore outdoor spaces. Make sure you go when the tulips are in bloom. I don’t think this is even called the “Tulip Garden”, but I can’t help but refer to it as that. It’s just breathtaking.
See you around town!
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
My first stop was Studio C, opened by our very own B.E.S.T. Member Constance of Vibrant Earth Jewels. Tucked up on the second floor of Red Canoe, the shop is a sunny display of handmade jewelry and gifts. I quickly snatched up some dangling earrings made from vintage chandelier crystals. Next I ventured into Spinster Yarns and Fibers, a must stop for anyone who knits, crochets, or works with fibers. It is a haven of cubbies filled with rainbow colored yarns and wools in every shade imaginable. They also have an impressive book selection and other fiber supplies. In addition to their wonderful stock, they are also offering classes. Go to spinsteryarnsandfibers.com for more info.
Next stop was Rock Candy, dangerously close to my home, for someone like me with a raging sweet tooth. They carry organic and gourmet chocolates, funky items like candy bacon and Legos, great gift items, bulk favorites like gummi bears and worms- but by far the most exciting is the small movie theater in the back, complete with concession stand. Currently the theater is available by reservation, check out their site, rockcandybaltimore.com for show times, chocolate tasting events, and new items.
Also be sure to stop into Bediboo, a unique children's clothing boutique, for hip urban tots and their Mamas. Another business I am keeping an eye on is Beth's DIY Workshop. Beth will teaching classes on using power tools, basic plumbing repairs, and simple carpentry. The workshop will have benches, tools, a DIY library, and will be available to rent open hours for customers to work on projects. What a great resource and congratulations to all the new business owners!
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I have also stood next to the original Mona Lisa in the awe-inspiring Louvre, seen large, intricately carved pieces of early Hindu temples, stood in a room filled waist high with motor oil in the Saatchi gallery. I tell you this to give you a frame a reference for my views. I am not an artist, not a crafter. I am an addict. While I enjoy any sort of intelligent discussion, I am not interested in the debate of art vs. craft. I group them both into an aspect of my life which comes second only to my family and friends. It is a way of life, a daily need, an appreciation for making.
As a 30 something who has spent close to half of her life around fine craft and crafters, only to recently find myself knee-deep in the indie community, I can easily see both sides of this argument. I have traveled to most of the most prestigious shows in the country, and seen work that made my jaw drop, made me willing to mortgage my home to own it, inspired me to devote much of my career to promoting the craft industry. And, I will add, I have found the fine craft community to be a generous and friendly group of people, who have in many senses built the road that the indie community of today is now cruising down.
On the flip side, I have found the indie crowd to be inspiring in many other ways. The overwhelming support of each other, the fearlessness which allows them to try new materials and subvert expectations, the lifestyle which actively promotes the rejection of mass production, the return to the beauty of everyday useful objects made by hand, the support of independent businesses - these all mesh so perfectly with my own beliefs that it is impossible for me to not support this movement as well.
I guess I just can't identify with the rhetoric of the recent SNAG conference. Do I think some craft is better than others? Of course, that's the nature of the world. But to discount craft artists because the lack of a B.F.A. or M.F.A. (visited AVAM lately)? I don't want to go down that road. I don't like where it's headed.
Overall, this discussion saddens me. I believe that the broad category of “handmade” and all of the social benefits that come with it is only weakened by the attempt to separate out some very talented and qualified indie craftspeople simply because they are too young or don’t have the right “pedigree.” Over and over, I have lamented the lack of younger buyers or makers, at American Craft Council Shows, Museum Shows, and other juried "fine craft" shows. I don't envy show producers... it's a difficult task that lies ahead.
To echo sentiments from Imogene and Sweet Pepita, the indie craft community is a vibrant, creative group of diverse artists which I am proud to be a part of. I am also proud to know many, many of the craft artists who belong to the world of "fine" craft. I hope that we can find a way to unite and preserve all forms of making, to ensure a strong future for craft in America.
Editorial post by jenmenkhaus.
Monday, March 17, 2008
I remember when I studied jewelry at MICA, waiting for the 27 with my toolbox sitting on the ground at my feet. I had to get to class straight from work later that night. An older gentleman took note of my box and asked if I was an artist. He was curious and chatty.
"Yes," I told him.
"Oh, well, what medium?"
"Jewelry," I said.
See, and this is where things changed. This man who was, just a minute ago, so interested and cheerful now seemed kind of offended.
"That's not art. That's craft. You're not an artist."
At the time, I was really hurt. I felt I worked too hard not to be taken seriously, and from his mouth, the term "craft" might have meant unskilled or leisure activity.
I think things are different now. There is validity in craft and there are phenomenal advocates for it in the greater community. Which is why I was so sad to read about certain ideas and opinions that were presented at the last SNAG conference.
We are here.
Editorial post by Sweet Pepita
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
From 10am until 5pm, Studio C, along with neighboring shops Rock Candy, Bediboo, Spinster Yarns & Fiber and Beth's DIY Workshop, will be holding a raffle for a gift basket made up of items from all 5 new shops! Tickets are available for just $1 at the Red Canoe.
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The address is 4337 Harford Road, two doors down from the Chameleon Cafe. Stop on by, enjoy the festivities, and don't forget to pick up a raffle ticket! What better way to spend a Saturday?
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Wouldn't it be great if more graffiti artists could express themselves in such a soft and fuzzy way! Now you have to check her out.. more info can be found on my blog!
Post written by JenyGwen
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Much like our own newly formed B.E.S.T., the CCRG started out as a small group of girls meeting two nights a week and soon found themselves in an organized league of over 80 women. We all remember the down and dirty roller girl teams that gained popularity in the 70’s, these women are actually just like the rest of us. They are artist, mothers, teachers, activist and so much more. They work hard, play hard and hit pretty hard too.
So come on ladies, pull on those fishnets, hot pants and roller skates, come up with your roller girl name and head on down to the Fifth Regiment Armory this Saturday night (March 15th) at 6:00pm to support the amazing women of the Charm City Roller Girls.
For more information on the teams, rules of the game, pictures and upcoming bouts, check out the Charm City Roller Girls site at www.charmcityrollergirls.com.
Written by: Jill Popowich (aka- Wicked Witch of Westminster)
Pic by GlobalGlenn from the CCRG flickr site
Monday, March 10, 2008
value of a hand-written greeting when I was barely able to form the letters. Our shared enthusiasm for papercrafts - handmade cards and other remembrances - is still going strong.
I spend most of my weekdays working at a computer (albeit luckily as a commercial interior designer - a job I love!), and while I enjoy the connection and communication available via the internet, I believe our world will be a bit less beautiful if we lose the ability to touch one another with our own handwriting, our own words in ink on paper.
Flickr (my blog!): flickr.com/photos/miscelena
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Saturday, March 8, 2008
Mix and knead together. That's it! This playdoh is not sticky and does not dry out.
I love the idea of giving artists the same (or very similar) blank canvas and asking them to make something out of it. I've seen it done very successfully many times, but have never seen it done in a way that just plain made me smile. I walked into Atomic Pop last night, and was happily greeted by their incarnation of the blank canvas project - although in this case it's plastic bunnies, bears, dogs, and more.
The show is called "Vinylmore," and it features over 50 different artists, many of whom call Baltimore home. It's the first DIY Art Toy Show happening here, it opened last night, and you need check it out. If you can't, you can see many of the pieces on Atomic Pop's blog or Flickr set. Work shown is "Horizon, Have A Nice Day, Southern Champion Set" by Sara Tomko, a graphic designer from Baltimore. Link to City Paper article.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Next come the prototypes. I make the same form over and over until I find the proportions I like. In this case, I started with cups and am now adding bowls, vases, and other cylindrical forms to the line. In time, these forms will sport printed images, subtle washes of color, and soft undulating glazes—connecting them visually to the last group of pots made. Keep you eye out for the finished pieces coming soon.
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Thursday, March 6, 2008
And check back soon, as we'll be posting updates as well as special gifts from some of our members when you donate!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The fine line between art and craft is intentionally being blurred by a pair of exhibits mounted at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The current show, “Pricked: Extreme Embroidery,” explores how “handcraft traditions are rejuvenated in mainstream art and design.” I hear the show is out of this world and I can’t wait to find a weekend to get away to NYC to take a look.
Nava Lubelski, Side Dish, 2004
Hand-embroidered thread on ink stained cotton canvas
12 x 12 in.
Photo: Nava Lubelski
The first of these two exhibits, “Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting,” opened last year and included a wide array of non-traditional materials mixed with traditional techniques and traditional formats featuring non-traditional imagery. The show featured work by Baltimore artist, Piper Shepherd. It was by far the highlight of a weekend full of art.
Post by VWStudios
Monday, March 3, 2008
The Baltimore Festival of Maps features more than 20 area arts and cultural organizations presenting activities exploring the rich history and contemporary interpretations of maps and the mapping process. March 16 - June 8, 2008. The complete program schedule is here.
Oh, and it's got a fun blog, too!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
I've always enjoyed taking breaks from my tedious fine art projects by knitting a pair of gloves or ear warmers and eventually sought out a market to sell my creations and began It Knits. As I explored this market through craft shows, I found more artists and art supporters here in Baltimore than I ever imagined existed! This town is hungry for hand made goods and the shopping experience that comes with them. I've heard so many Holiday Heap show patrons say how pleased they are to have a mall-free shopping season. And who can blame them?
With all the craft activity happening here, I feel strongly that we are on our way to making Baltimore a craft destination. I love to see more groups form and more shows scheduled. It creates a buzz around our community and reminds the public that they have a multitude of amazing artists right here in their own town to buy from and support! I've experienced the successes of working collaboratively within the Craft Mafia and can only imagine what could be done if the local craft groups worked together. It's a great time to be crafting in Baltimore, so pick up that project you've been neglecting and get to work!
Applications for the Charm City Craft Mafia's 2nd Annual 'Pile of Craft' show on June 21 are now available at http://craftmafia.wufoo.com