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Craftstravaganza!

27 Apr

I think its impossible to say that word without the least bit of excitement, even if you have no idea what the Craftravaganza is.
If you don’t know what it is then check this out:

Craftstravaganza


The funny thing is, the other day I realized that I had attended this show about five years ago with my friend Kate. There was a booth there where you could make your own buttons out of old books and newspaper clippings. I was looking through a dictionary/thesaurus trying to find another word for “traveling” or “wandering” and a few minutes later I was wearing a button with the definition for “wayfaring”. If you had told me that five years from then I would be selling my work at the very same show under the name Wayfaring Art I probably would have laughed and called you crazy.

This week has been going surprisingly smooth considering Craftstravaganza is my first show of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I have a to-do list a mile long but the fact that I am not having one mental break down after another is a modern day miracle. Today I have the always interesting task of buying clothes. For those of you that don’t know, clothes and I don’t mix. I have no fashion sense and don’t really care to have any. The problem with this is that if I showed up to art shows in what I wear on a normal day, I might be mistaken for a homeless person. While it would be fairly correct to assume such things about me, I am making a valiant effort towards dressing fun and quirky for my shows this year.

Here is a glimpse of what I have so far…

Its a skirt I got years and years ago from the vintage section at Ragstock when they still had the warehouse in downtown Minneapolis. I’ve never worn it in public before but have always kept it because I knew someday there would a good use for it. My mom informed that its a handmade skirt from the early 1970’s. It scares me to wear something with such bright colors and patterns but I’m excited to go with something other than my usual black and brown combo. So anyways, today’s goal is to find something… anything… that goes with that. Its times like this I wish I had someone to dress me because goodness knows I don’t care enough to do it well on my own.

Oh, I also wanted to remind people to watch the Fox 9 Morning News tomorrow because the lovely MA Rosko will be doing a feature on Craftstravaganza. I believe she will be talking to some fellow artists selling at the show.

I guess that’s it for now. I know its the St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend as well but if you can pull yourself away for a little bit on Saturday, I highly recommend coming out to the Craftstravaganza and checking out all of the wonderful arts and crafts work being sold there! I’ll be there in booth #24 selling my journals and other little items. So come on out and support handmade!

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Diversify…Diversify and then when you’re sick of that… Diversify some more

18 Apr

As I noted in my last entry, business has been rather poor. I’m sure its not very professional of me to say that but lets face it, when it comes to business, some months you sell a lot.  Some months you sell nothing.

So in an attempt to put a stop to the pity party I’ve been throwing myself lately, I’ve decided to feature some of my creations that aren’t journals (well, for the most part they aren’t).

When I originally got into the arts and crafts world all I wanted to do was make and sell jewelry because when it comes to jewelry I’m, well… obsessed.  So to let that side of me show more in my work, I put up a few pairs of earrings including this one:

Northshore Waves

This pair was inspired by the color and movement of the waves of Lake Superior as a warm summer sun dances across them. They are made of 18 gauge bronze wire that I’ve hand pounded and molded. I just really love working with wire and metal and being able to pound it into whatever form you want… its a fabulous stress reliever!

Another thing I just put in the shop are my bookmarks made from my handmade paper. Due to my refusal to throw away any scraps leftover from book making I literally have a closet full of paper scraps. And aside from using them in my guinea pig and rat cages or as eco-friendly (ugh, I swear I’m not always so cliche) packaging materials, about the only thing you can do with paper scraps is form them into new sheets of paper. Right now I’m making cinnamon, tea and pine needle bookmarks…

Handmade Paper Bookmarks

Last but certainly not least, I’ve put some more of my Wayfaring Stranger Series journals in my Etsy shop. I love these little journals. They are rough and rugged and 100% me. They are made from my rustic leather scraps and each one has a 1930’s hobo symbol burned into the front cover.

Wayfaring Stranger - "Safe Camp"

In other news, today I went to a silent auction. I originally went to win a couple tattoo shop gift certificates but came home with a local coffee shop gift card, a fascinating African piece of art and a gift certificate towards a class at a local art center. What more could a girl hope for? I’ve been checking out the classes offered at the art center and I really want to take the sculpture class because I would learn all about welding and large scale metal work and get to make my own outdoor metal sculpture (for the record, I decided long ago that if bookmaking fails me, I’m definitely entering the world of sculpture)… Unfortunately the class is a bit out of my price range. So I’ll probably take the ceramics class… I’ve been meaning to take on the wheel again after it thoroughly kicked my butt in high school ceramics…

“Well I tried to wake it.
I tried to break it.
I tried to lay it down by the river
Even the river wondered…
Which side are you on?”

-Breathe Owl Breathe

Revamping the blog for the holiday season!

10 Oct

Hello to the few, the proud, the dedicated… my wonderful readers!

The holiday season is fast upon us. Despite my inner protests to having anything Christmas related up before the day after Thanksgiving, I found myself wandering through the Christmas section at Kohl’s today and it actually did get me in the creative spirit. Which is good considering I have two craft shows the week before Thanksgiving and business in Etsy land is steadily picking up.

I recently became a member of the HandmadeMN team on Etsy which has been a huge source of encouragement and info related to living and working in the handmade world.

I guess that’s it for now. Just wanted to get a post up so people know that I didn’t die and I plan to keep you all much more updated with what is going on with Wayfaring Art. I’ll leave you with a photo of my current favorite journal:

Roadsinger came to town, long cape and hat,
People stood and stared then closed their doors, as he passed,
He strolled the empty street, kids banged on tin cans,
Then the panting dogs began to bark, as the Roadsinger sang

-Yusef Islam

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