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Popping Up at Moves!

8 Dec

Hey everyone, please join me, my friends Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty, and many other talented Brooklyn artists and designers at the MOVES POP-UP SHOP this weekend.  Open from noon to 7pm (and on Saturday waaaay later as we’ll be having a few bands join us.)   I’ll be selling a small line of southwestern-inspired porcelain vases (that’s one of my new ones up there) along with a few other projects I’ve been working on, so come on down and get busy!

Moves Pop-Up Store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

December 11th and 12th (the 11th will be exploding with awesome stuff up and down Franklin Street)

214 Franklin Street

2 blocks from the Greenpoint G Stop

See you there!

Great Elk Gig Poster

20 Jun

It’s going to be a great week!  Made this poster for my friends Paul + Patrick of Great Elk.  I’ve been a big fan of their music for many years and am excited the release of their new EP.  Their music makes me feel like rolling down the windows and getting lost on the highway at night.  Come on out this Thursday if you’re in New York.  It’s going to be a good time!

Listen to Great Elk here:  www.myspace.com/greatelk

For more info on tickets and location on the show, click here.

24 Hour Crafty People

11 Jun

Check out my flickr page for more info on these artists!

Whew!  I think I’ve finally recovered from last weekend.  With the help of my craftin’ posse, I covered 4 craft events in 2.5 boroughs and lived to tell the tale (although in wind-blown, half-caffinated form). After seeing all the cool loot out there, it’s only whetted my appetite for more.  Here are some highlights…

The NewNew House on Governor's Island

I started the weekend off by taking the ferry to Governor’s Island, just off the rocky coast of Brooklyn.  After not spotting any pirates on the ride over (boo!), my lovely companion and I rented bikes and had an amazing day soaking up the hidden treasures of the island.

One of which was the New New Team’s house, an officer’s home that the team has taken over and decorated with their wares (all for sale). I was chuffed to scoop up a beautiful tea towel from Claudia Pearson there.  The NewNew house is now open Friday – Sunday until September 5th.

Allison and Craig of Strawberryluna

The next day, my friend Lisa joined me for a wild ride around Brooklyn and Queens.  First, we hit the Brooklyn Flea for a little snack.  We checked out the Jonathan Adler booth (they now have store now on Atlantic Ave.), before heading off to…

RENEGADE!  The mother of all summer craft fairs.  There were a number of highlights this year.  Sassy hand-painted bubushka dolls from BoBo BaBushka, tounge in cheek t-shirts from Sharp Shirter, wonderful fabrics and wood jewelry from I Am Dorkas, crisply designed tea towels from Girls Can Tell and much, much more!

Elyse Allen's hand-woven rugs and textiles

After rehydrating, Lisa hit the gas and we headed up to the Maker’s Market in Queens.  Although some of the booths were packing up by the time we got there, we still managed to see some well-crafted furniture and lighting displays.  Elyse Allen’s knitted chair seats and rugs, embedded with swarovski crystals were wonderful to discover.

What a fantastic weekend!  Thanks to all of you who posed for my photos, was great meeting you!  If I’m forgetting anyone, please let me know.  Thanks for stopping by and click here to check out the rest of the photos.

Quick Update!

7 Jun

Hey guys, just a quick little post this morning- I’ll be updating the Monday Muse section later tonight.  Had a hectic but wonderful weekend- hope you did too!  My friend Lisa was good enough to accompany me on perusing not one, not two, but THREE craft events yesterday.  Will have a big ole update for you with lots of fun pictures later tomorrow.  See you soon!

It’s Raining Craft!

5 Jun

Carnival umbrella by dingaling.etsy.com

Hopefully, the weather will be sunnier this weekend… there’s a lot to get out to Brooklyn and Queens for!  This weekend is the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn.  Whoop!  I don’t know if you get as excited as I do, but I’m raring to get out there and see what great stuff there will be this year.

This weekend also brings the opening of the NewNew House on Governor’s Island, where several artists and craftspeople (including one of my favorites Claudia Pearson) will be selling and showing their work.

If you’re in Queens and the stifling heat has you pining for the Beer Gardens, stop by the Makers Market on the way.  It looks like it’s going to be a really fun event, and it’s hosted in the beautiful Socrates Sculpture Park.

Last but not least, the Brooklyn Flea is going over the top this weekend by hosting the prolific potter Jonathan Adler in addition to kicking off their summer music series with Camera Obscura in the Vault.  Wow.  I’m going to need another 3 day weekend to recover from all this!

Give me a shout in the comments if you make it to any of the above this weekend.  Take an umbrella and enjoy the heck outta yourselves!

Fleas Please…

7 May
Brooklyn Flea 2009

Recently, I’ve begun researching ways to start a small business with little or next to nothing in your bank account.  A few days ago, my local Flea market (The Brooklyn Flea) sent this article in Inc. Magazine to my attention.

It relates what a lot of sellers on Etsy and the web probably already know, Flea Markets are great incubators for your business!  From what I’ve been reading in the Daily Worth and CraftMBA recently, multiple places to sell your wares is a good way to get your business off the ground.  Plus, if you’re already selling online, just using the web may not give you the boost you need to make a living off the amazing stuff you sell.  For aspiring crafters like myself; farmer markets, craft fairs, and flea markets are great ways to get out there and get noticed.  They don’t cost as much as a huge convention fairs like ICFF or Surtex, and give you a temporary storefront and invaluable face time with your customers.  Plus, they’re fun!  I hope to get my game on after I start my website and sign up for one later this summer.

Here are some Fleas and Markets in Brooklyn, NY for you to check out:

Brooklyn Flea (Ft. Greene)

The Makers Market at the Old American Can Factory (Park Slope/Gowanus)

Artists and Fleas (Williamsburg)

…………And Manhattan!

Green Flea (Midtown)

Crafts on Columbus (West Side)

PS:  Comin’ on up, check out these craft and maker fairs!

This weekend only-  Crafts in Chelsea!  (Chelsea)

May 7-9  Brklyn Designs (Brooklyn, DUMBO)

June 4 – 6  Makers Mart (Queens)

June 5- 6  Renegade (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

And in the far reaches of Philly…

May 15- 16 Art Star Bazaar (Philedelphia, PA)

…. I know I’m missing a bunch here, so please feel free to add in the comments.  Thanks so much!

The Brooklyn Craft Season begins!

30 Apr

Hey guys, I’m a little overwhelmed at the major craftitude going on in my neighborhood these days. Last weekend I happened upon the King’s County General Store, a new market that takes place at Southpaw in Park Slope every month. There was a mellow vibe, lots of handmade jewelry, clothing, ceramics and sweet stuff to nosh on. Great way to spend a rainy afternoon! Check out their website for future dates.

This weekend (May 1st and 2nd) brings the Spring Food + Craft Market. The humungo fair with tons of great local talent seems fit to give Renegade a run for it’s money! They’ll be hosting screen-printing classes along with cupcake (CUPCAKE!) workshops.  I’m looking forward to checking out some of the food vendors like Milk Made ice cream and Bacon Marmalade.  Bacon Marmalade sound crazily tasty to me.

Also, I’ll be selling some of my screen-printed cards and prints at Screwball Spaces Open Studio in Red Hook this weekend. Come on by! I’ll be in the ceramics arena with my good friend + ceramist Erika Tuttle.

Be sure to scoop up some of that crafty stuff and have fun out there!