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I Made It! For The Holidays Show this weekend!

Hello Pittsburgh! Join us this weekend for the first of TWO awesome Holiday shows right here at home in the super fun I Made It! For The Holidays Market.

We will be at the nomadic and always changing I Made It! For The Holidays on the evening of 11/22 and during the day on 11/23 vending with over 80 other cool Makers of all things Handmade and awesome. This is a great opportunity to find special, handmade and hand crafted gifts for Hanukkah, Kwanza and Christmas, and everyone on your list. Both naughty AND nice.

Our booth is in the old Abercrombie & Fitch store space (can you get more Pittsburgh than that for direction?) directly across the from the Starbucks. Just look for the brightly colored prints and come say hello! As always we will have lots of our hand pulled silkscreen Art Prints, Rock Posters, Alphabet Prints, Lunch Bags and brand new, fresh off the presses 2014 Turtledoves Wall Calendar (both in Spearmint and Kraft colorways) and more!

The first 50 shoppers each day will receive a GOODIE BAG filled with awesome goodies from the vendors at show. YAY!!!

  • Who: Over 80 of the region’s best Handmade Makers, Artists, & Crafters. Prints, jewelry, ceramics, apparel, home goods, bath & beauty, and so much more!
  • What: I Made It! For The Holidays
  • When: 2 days ONLY – Friday, November 22 (from 5pm – 10pm) and Saturday, November 23 (from 11am – 6pm)
  • Where: at The Waterfront INSIDE two vacant retail spaces (next to The Gap and across from Starbucks ~ previously Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch). Our storefronts are located directly across from each other via a walkway that passes in front of Starbucks which is located at 270 West Bridge Street, Homestead, PA 15120. Here is a google map.

Visit The Waterfront’s Website here.

See you at the I Made It! For The Holidays show Pittsburgh & Homestead!

 

 

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We’re in the papers! Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles strawberryluna & Etsy Shop Owners.

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We had the real honor of being interviewed by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Teresa Lindeman for her profile of 3 Pittsburgh Etsy shop owners (like our own Etsy shop here) about our holiday shopping season preparations just a couple of weeks ago. She was super lovely and fun to talk to on a bright Monday morning, and brought photographer Larry Roberts to our studio along as well.

Imagine our surprise when the article received the coveted slot on the front page of the Sunday edition Business section with Allison printing away! The profile is a cool, in-depth look into how sites like Etsy are shaping business, craft, and handmade into a growing sector of the American economy by fostering the handmade, maker movement.

Also profiled are Sara Baldauff of CraftySara and Kathy Hartman of Sparkle City Jewelry. You can read the entire article here at the Pittsburgh post-Gazette’s website.

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We’re Crafty Bastards! See you in DC this Saturday!

Hoooray! It’s one of the funnest crafty road trips of the year for us, and we’re talking about hitting the highway for the amazing Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair this Saturday 10/1 in our nation’s capital, Washington DC.

We’re just tickled to be vendors this year once more in one of the best shows in the country. What what now? Check out the Crafty Bastards for tons of info to all of your questions. Synopsis from the Crafty Bastards website:

What is Crafty Bastards all about? Check out our official video from the 2010 fair!

Visit the online vendor gallery for a preview of the artists that will be selling their handmade goods this year. You can even connect with some of your favorites on Facebook or Twitter, make purchases from their online shops and cast a vote for the vendor you deem the Craftiest Bastard of 2011. Or, simply drool over the all the eye candy and while you compile your handmade shopping list.

Download the map and booth listings so you can take note if your favorite vendors are close by each other or if you’ll need to hustle to hit up your favorite folks before the crowds all rush in.

Click here to get more tips for planning your Crafty day of fun! And, be on the look out for the official Crafty Bastards Event Guide in this week’s Washington City Paper. Don’t miss it!

Keep up-to-date with the latest Crafty Bastards happenings on our blog, follow@CraftyBastards on Twitter, and join our email list by entering your email address in the box to the right. ——–>

Questions? Email craftybastards [at] washingtoncitypaper.com.

Important Details:

What: Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair , one of the biggest indie craft festivals in the country with over 150 vendors this year.

Where: Washington, DC at the Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & California in the Adam’s Morgan neighborhood.  Google Maps

 

  • We’re booth number 155, on the outer tennis courts on the corner.

When: Saturday 10/1 /11. ONE DAY ONLY!

Cost: Crafty Bastards is FREE to attend! Silly.

Here’s a map  (click the image to see a larger version) of the festival grounds at the Marie Reed Learning Center in the Adam’s Morgan section of DC, at 18th & California:

Click to see the full size version of this map. strawberryluna, booth 155!

Click here to see the complete vendor & map list.

Can’t wait to see you on Saturday DC!

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago – here we come!

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On the road again! Hello Chicago! We’ve been so busy working on new things & packing that we almost forgot to post about our next craft fair, the awesome and 9th annual Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. We’ll be in attendance and vending from our booth, #23, check the maps below, and we just can’t wait to see The Windy City again and be a part of the amazing Renegade Craft Fair once again this year.

Renegade Craft Fair is such a special and amazing, totally FREE event featuring over 300 artists working in just about every Handmade field and medium you can imagine. We’ll be among those lining 6 full blocks on Division St. in Wicker Park with a whole slew of fresh new prints, posters, and the debut of a new line of t-shirts for the little ones and the grown ups too. Yep! Come one, come all.

So drop by booth #23 and say hello!

Detail map, click for the full Renegade Craft Fair Map!

The Super Important Details:

What:  Renegade Craft Fair Chicago is always free-to-attend, Chicago’s biggest and best indie-craft eventwill feature over 300 of today’s brightest makers of handmade goodslive entertainment,hands-on crafting workshops and so much more! Foodbeverages and libations will also be available!

Where: Chicago, IL in Wicker Park on Division St. from Damen to Paulina. 6 huge blocks!

When: 11am – 7pm both Saturday & Sunday September 10th & 11th, 2011.

Why: Because Handmade Is Best. At the Renegade Craft Fair you can expect to find only the best indie-craft and DIY artisans! Featuring both local and national talent, shoppers can anticipate a vast array of independently designed jewelry, clothing, paper goods, home + garden goods, posters, artwork, plush objects, bath + body products, and so much more!!

Check out the amazing artists who will be participating in this year’s Fair! For more information, click here to see the full description by the Renegade Craft Fair. See you there!

Sneak peak at 2 new art prints debuting at Renegade in Chicago.

New art print release: ‘Let Love Grow’ hand screenprinted, limited edition

New hand screenprinted, 3-color, limited edition art print: "Let Love Grow", fresh & ready. (click here for more info or to purchase)

Lately, I’ve been really obsessed with 60′s design, but not the psychedelic and (to me) overly wrought side, but more of the very clean and simplistic designs that came out of Madison Avenue in the forms of advertising and brand / logo design and cohesion. There is something so appealing about those directions to me, very pure. This print and design is a part of that interest, as well as a statement on everyday negativity & violence, be they figurative or actual.

Hey negativity! Scram! Just feed, water, and nourish love and it will grow like a flower forever.

This simple scene is my newest art print “Let Love Grow”, bright & ready to help you plant seeds happiness and love all around you. Featuring hand lettered text, it’s a perfect gift of hope and love for your sweetie pie, as a wedding gift, for a young person in your life, or to brighten up your own home.

Love: Let it grow bright and strong.

You, my friend, are looking at my 3-color, all hand screen printed, limited edition art print with fresh spring green, vibrant magenta, and heartbeat red hand mixed and non-toxic water based inks. Edition of 190. Size: 18 x 22 inches (45.7 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: acid free & archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

Below are some process photos, now also up on my Flickr account, of this art print, “Let Love Grow” being printed. Got questions? Shoot me an email!

1st color of "Let Love Grow", printed. (click to see more process photos.)

2nd color ink (magenta) in the screen, getting ready to print. (click here to see more process photos.)

About to print the 3rd & final color (green) of a new art print, "Let Love Grow". (click to see more process photos.)

All done! "Let Love Grow", finished printing and fresh for spring. (click to see more printing process photos.)

Handmade Nation movie screenings & release

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DIY art and culture lives, thrives and has been gaining a massive resurgence in the past decade. The growth of hand crafted work, arts and crafts that could easily have been made by machines and digital media, but wasn’t, by choice of the artists, is astonishing and rad.

One artist, director, craft show creator (Art vs. Craft), retail craft store co-owner (Paper Boat) and all around superwoman of DIY, Faythe Levine also undertook the writing of a book and making an extraordinary documentary film about this movement beginning in 2006. The film is called Handmade Nation and is just beginning to screen all around the country, and the newly released book is called Handmade Nation The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design. Both authors Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl are touring the US and abroad with their film screenings and talking to folks about the passions and work of folks who make art and crafts with their hands. Both the film & the book have been highly anticpated for 2 years and counting. I can’t wait to see the film and have the book in my wishlist, ready to come home any minute now.

For screenings, or to book a screening (they welcome the inquiries) check out the Handmade Nation website and/or the Handmade Nation blog. The Handmade Nation book is available here, and for more photos, visit the Handmade Nation flickr page. 

Awesome Blossom!
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