Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
We went down to check out some of our BEST members at CB yesterday, and had a great time! There was so much great stuff there, and Beastie Boys music to boot! Sweet Pepita had some supercool new shirts, Dandelion Blu had great enameled necklaces that I am coveting, and I walked away from Block Party Press's booth amazed again at the things she can do with polymer.
Definitely a fun show!
Friday, June 27, 2008
You will turn heads with this gorgeous pink vintage concoction
by Grey Brocket
I just love polka dots! This bathing suit by Harajuku is irresistible.
Look mysterious in this amazing handmade hat by Sookie
Keep your skin glowing with this yummy scrub by BEST's own Spa Therapy
Who doesn't want to rock this awesome bracelet by EmeliaRo?
The Broken Plate,
and Block Party Press, as well as fellow Baltimoreans Red Prairie Press, Spaghetti Kiss, and Imogene and Annie.
Saturday, June 28 from 10am-5pm
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, MD
More info here!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
- I have an unreasonable, unrelenting fear of spiders.
- Mayonnaise grosses me out.
- I have always wanted to go to
- My hair used to be pink.
- I stayed up all night to read the last Harry Potter book.
- If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be sushi.
- I saw Moulin Rouge five times in the theatre the first week it came out.
- I can always justify spending money on shoes.
- I miss Jeff Buckley.
- I am terrible at gardening.
- I make coffee so sweet, it tastes like candy.
- The most difficult thing I have ever done was ride a bike in
. San Francisco
- Among the jobs I have had – dog groomer, ice cream scooper, produce stand attendant.
- My husband proposed to me at the
/ Nightmare Before Christmas ride in Haunted Mansion Disneyland.
- I can do math in my head.
- I speak enough French to get by. I can swear in Spanish or Italian, and I know the words for “beer”, “jewelry”, “vegetarian”, and “thank you” in German and Czech.
- I actually like playing video games, although I rarely do.
- I once drove to
on a whim. Boston
- No one believes this, but I am actually an introvert.
- I would move to
in a second. London
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Anita of Miscelena Handmade Papercrafts has volunteered to be our first person to complete my short little snippet to begin the discussion process.
1. What part of your life do you find is/was the most creative ? Do you think back to these times when creating your work?
This is by far the most creative period of my life to date! Over the last decade and a half, I've worked hard to build a design career while raising my son... which didn't leave a lot of free time for other creative pursuits. After years of being in a 'production' position (i.e. helping translate others' ideas onto buildable designs), I'm now in a design position at my day-job and my son is in high school, pursuing his own creative ideas in a two-year specialized art class. As a result, I now have more time and ability to explore my photography and papercrafting ideas at home, AND I've developed a network of fabulous artists and designers who share my enthusiasm for 'playing' with color, pattern, texture and concepts. I feel so very
lucky to live within such a creative network of friends, family and other professionals.
2. Did you have a creative mentor? A teacher or role model that taught you about creativity or simply inspired you to be creative?
Oh, this is very much in my genes: when I was small, my mother and grandmother sewed most of their (and my) clothes, and a real value was placed on handmade gifts... and handwritten notes. Much like cooks who find it difficult to simply follow a recipe, I learned early that it's better to 'make it your own', by altering a design or pattern and following inspiration. These days, I'm also constantly encouraged and inspired by my friends in the design-industry who each seem to have their own 'homemade' interests as well: some paint, some are photographers, some sew - there's always something new and exciting!
3. When you get stuck, how do you get out of it?
I've learned that it's no good to try to force creativity... when nothing's working quite right... nothing fits, the colors don't quite coordinate, I can't even cut a straight line... I have learned to just shrug it off, let it go. It's like giving myself permission to have some downtime: I'll go do something else entirely, usually reading (there's never enough book-time, it seems!) and come back to it later. If it's an on-going block, there's nothing like a trip to the art museum (ANY art museum) to jump-start some creative thoughts.
4. What is your creative process when making your product?
I usually start with one particular item: a stamp I've found, or a new patterned paper, or even just a color ("Today I feel.... lime green!") and start searching out the items (other stamps, other papers) that feel related to the theme, either color-wise or style-wise. Choosing inks - and I rarely use just one in a design anymore - is the next step; what colors do I want to emphasize? Is it about contrast or coordination? Is this a 'happy' card or a somber note?... then last come the embellishments: ribbons, twine, old dictionary pages, detailed brads, a bit of metal, etc., to add style and make the cards unique.
5. Do you have any creative thinking tricks you like to share?
I carry my point-and-shoot camera *everywhere*. I'm not a 'serious' photographer, and my shots are as often more simple documentation than thoughtful compositions... but whenever I see a palette of colors or textures(sky/trees/roadway or brick/concrete/railing or skirt/sign/building) I try to 'catch' it. Even if I never directly reference the images I capture, I think it keeps my brain 'tuned' to looking for patterns and contrasts.
Post written by JennyJen42
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
But have no fear! Some of the craftiest bastards from near and far will come out of hiding this Saturday at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, MD.
I am really looking forward to seeing these Owly Shadow Puppets
and perhaps purchasing a Mean Card or two from Julianna Holowka...
There will also be BEST and Charm City Craft Mafia members in attendance along with many other Baltimore artists and crafters, so be sure to stop by and say hi!
This Saturday, June 28 from 10am-5pm
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, MD
Work by finalists:
The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Open Studio Tour
Saturday, June 28, 1–4 p.m.
More info here.
Monday, June 23, 2008
photo by my lovely neighbor from the Richmond Craft Mafia, modernjune
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Maryland Art Place's current exhibition, Convergence, features work by recent graduates from MFA programs in the Baltimore area. From black and white photographs to a sculpture made of sail cloth the show includes work in a wide variety of media. The exhibition is rich with texture and sits beautifully against the pale blue walls of the MAP gallery.
Artist talks are this Friday at 6 p.m. followed by a gallery reception starting at 7 p.m. See you there!
Participating artists include:
Christian Benefiel (UMD, College Park)
Lauren Boilini (MICA)
Ruth Bowler (UMD, Baltimore County)
Andrew Buckland (MICA)
Mahwish Chishty (UMD, College Park)
Penny Forester (MICA)
Joshua Gillen (Towson University)
Ellen Harper (Towson University)
Aniko Makranczy (UMD, College Park)
Justin Storms (MICA)
Work pictured by :
For directions to MAP and gallery hours, visit www.mdartplace.org.
Post written by VWStudios
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Saturday began with extreme heat and humidity, and although crowded, the shoppers seemed to be all wilting. Then one of the worst thunderstorms I have ever had the pleasure of being in struck. While the wind was blowing tents away, the rain was collapsing others, the pool was filling with water, and we were risking being electrocuted by the lightning. Unfortunately, several artists booths received so much damage, they were unable to come back the following day. It was an experience to say the least... Enough with the negative though.
I do have to say that I was blown away by the level of craft, sophistication and creativity of every single vendor there. I was humbled to have been included and even a little star struck. There was a great balance of vendors and merchandise, there was no one overwhelming media that stuck out. I can honestly say that I think there was something there for everyone. I was a little sad that I didn't get to see Lotta Jansdotter, a personal hero of mine! I suspect that she packed up when the terrifying storms rolled in and then didn't return on Sunday. I was incredibly happy to be neighbors with fellow Baltimoreans Rachel and Phil of Red Prairie Press- they are the nicest people and do one hell of a business. I think I must have one of each of their t-shirt designs by now.
My other neighbor was the lovely Catherine of Reiter8. She uses recycled sailboat sails and re-purposes them into messenger bags, totes and beach bags. They are "uni-sex" and have a great graphic quality to them- plus they are very durable and a green craft. Some of my other Renegade favorites were Orangyporangy, I got a great skirt that I am wearing right now. I also loved meeting and purchasing from The Candy Thief, her hair pieces remind me of those that Flappers wore in the 20's. I got a beautiful resin necklace from Fern Works, they made the trip all the way out from Oregon. I had to bring my ever patient husband back a gift, and Seibei's "Make Me A Sandwich" monster shirt was calling his name.
Of course I got a new scrub from Biggs and Featherbelle, I covet their products. There was no way Cindy and I could pass up the singing pickle T's from Wheelhouse Pickles, and they were giving out free samples of their fabulous pickles as well. I wanted to get some cards from Mean Cards, to send to friends and be, well, mean! But my favorite the "some may call you an enabler, I call you a friend" card was sold out. I'll have to catch them at Crafty Bastards in 2 weeks. So despite, the torrential rain, wind, dangerous lightning, and flooding, it was still an incredible experience for me and if anything, I learned a lot from. I hope to be back next year with a vengeance- much like those thunderstorms.
Post written by DandelionBlu