Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
I've started collecting photography books and one of the top ones on my list to buy was Robert Frank's "The Americans." After getting a Guggenheim grant in 1955, the Swiss-born photographer set off across the country, capturing American life at its best, its worst, and just as it is. When he finished in 1956, he met Jack Kerouac who agreed to write the intro to the book. If you find yourself with a copy, you MUST read the intro first! Trust me, it sets the perfect tone.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The next three weekends will be keeping myself and other Boston Handmade'ers busy with Open Studio events in different towns around the Boston area. I encourage you to check out at least one of these events, but if you really want that gold star, you'd better get to all three. ;)
West Medford Open Studios. There will be four of us representing Boston Handmade at one location. Showing at 56 Bower Street will be myself, Lynne of Cozy Cottage Creations, Allison of Fraske Designs, and Sharon of Stray Notions. The event runs noon to 5 each day. Come get mom that gift for Mother's Day. Mom's LOVE handmade!
Needham Open Studios, the town I live and work in. May 7 the event runs from 10-4 and May 8 the event runs from 12-4. I will be showing out of The Potters Shop in Gorse Mill Studios. Gorse Mill is a major stop for Needham Open Studios, having 16 artists in one location. Come say hi!
Dedham Open Studios event. This event will also have a few of us Boston Handmade'ers showing together representing the group. Participating in DOS will be myself, Kerry Hawkins of Kerry Hawkins Photography, and Nancy MacCallum of Nancyrosetta. Come support the first ever Dedham Open Studios event to ensure that it continues in the future!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Back to the flowers... I love this time of year because the flowers in bloom are so incredible and beautiful! I get a lot of inspiration from then when I'm making flower bricks, and that's exactly what I;m thinking about when I'm working in the studio. I just wanted to share a few more photos I have taken of flowers.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Visit the following Boston Handmade Artisans at the West Medford Open Studios this coming weekend - April 30 and May 1st!
1. Dragonfly Brooch ,by straynotions
2. Brown and Blue Mugs , by City by the Sea Ceramics
3. Souvenirs Sign 5x7 Photographic Pring , by Fraske Designs
4. Needle Felted Strawberries by cozycottagecreations
Sunday, April 24, 2011
When I was a little girl
We didn't have the seasons
Raised in sunny Southern Cal
Was good for other reasons
When we came to Boston it
Was like a burst of color
Fall and winter were the bomb
But spring was like no other
A rebirth to the landscape
Flowers sprouting everywhere,
Blooms of tulips, daffodils
some to keep and some to share
At times the rain would disappoint
At times the sun would shine
Sometimes the rain and sun would share
A rainbow for a time
So get outside, seize the day
Keep your loved ones close at hand
There is no better season
Than springtime in New England
Check out these BH shops: CozyCottageCreations Fraskedesigns KHawkinsPhoto
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
I try to be as conscious about waste as I can be with my business, and take small but meaningful steps where I can. I ship all my items with used packing materials and boxes. I try to collect people's email addresses for my mailing list rather than snail mail addresses. I had been reusing shopping bags for my sales until this winter, but I made the decision to buy new bags to sell my items in. I went with brown paper bags, and I carved a recycle stamp to put on each one, trying to encourage what hands it fell into once it left mine that they should recycle or reuse it.
Here's a cup I cart around with me. Some tips on what to look for when shopping for travel-friendly pots:
I hope these tips are helpful. Let me know if you decide to buy sturdy pots in an effort to avoid plastic and styrofoam!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
We all have something that we are passionate about but you have to find it deep within you. It’s easier said than done but what I will say is that you will be much happier doing what you love and will be more willing to take the risk needed in life to make you happier. Recently I decided to do a career change and focus on my fiber arts business while doing non-profit consulting and it has made me happier in my personal and professional life.
Therefore, I challenge all of you to spend time thinking about what motivates you each morning to get up and do what you love. If you are doing it…keep on keeping on. And if you are struggling, find it within you to take bold risk to do what you love. In the end, no matter what career field you are in, you will create and inner-peace that is beautiful.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Small Paper Quilts: Creating Stitched Collage with Jessica Burko, May 23, 6-9pm
Basic Embroidery with Sharon Fischer, June 6, 6-9pm
Beyond the Album: Crafting with Photos with Lucie Wicker, June 15, 6-8pm
This is your latest opportunity to meet the members of Boston Handmade and learn skills from them that you have always been curious about.
For more information and to register for these classes please visit the BCAE web site: www.bcae.org
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I recently was contacted through my Etsy page by a writer from the Patch. The Patch is an online local news organization that was formed in March, 2010 to improve the quality of life in underserved communities across the globe through access to trusted local news and information. Leigh Medeiros, the writer who contacted me, was looking to do a story about a crafter/artist who lives in Seekonk and I guess I was a match.
Monday, April 18, 2011
1. Big and Little Spoon in Love,by Merriweather Council
2. Stamped Platter , by Arthur Halvorsen
3. 2 Leaf Mugs by City , by the Sea Ceramics
4. Embroidered linen table mats , by straynotions
5. Needle Felted Apples and Bowl by Cozy Cottage Creations
6. Vino 8x10 Matted Photograph by Kerry Hawkins Photography
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Looking for a pretty bowl for some berries recently turned up these two and have inspired a little game and giveaway here and on my own blog. I purchased these around 20 years ago from an up and coming young ceramic artist who in the intervening years has made his/her name in the ceramic world: whose work is in international collections and who is often listed as a mentor/teacher by others. In short, it is unlikely that I would be able to own any current work by this artist.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Breitling, a luxury timepiece manufacturer, is holding a photo contest. The brand, who has shared the finest hours in aviation history, wants to share its passion for flight by launching a special Facebook contest. Submit a photo that best captures the spirit of aviation for a chance to win your pilot’s license or the ride of a lifetime with the Breitling Jet Team. Prepare for take off!
Submissions will be voted on by Breitling Facebook fans and by a panel of judges including actor and pilot John Travolta, professional air-to-air photographer Katsuhiko Tokunaga, and aviation pioneer Yves “Jetman” Rossy.
To enter and for more details visit Breitling on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Breitling.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I've been doing a lot of these "word" hoops in the past few weeks and I am really enjoying them. They've brought be a bunch of custom orders as well! I was recently invited to contribute some work to a text and type show called "Blah Blah Blah" at the Parlor Gallery in New Jersey. The curator found my work on Etsy and wrote to me with the invite.
Here are the 9 pieces I sent for the show:
I won't be able to get the the gallery to see the work but the show goes up on April 23rd!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Wedding season is just around the corner, and there is plenty of fun details to think about and plan. Here at MaJenta Designs we have a custom order service for hinged gift tin / pill box / mint tins that are created with our delicate and colorful Japanese papers! These tins are great for other special events, occasions, or party too!
These gift tins make fun favors for your guests, and look great displayed as part of the dinner reception table setting as well! Here is how they looked displayed for our own wedding:
The gift tins are perfect for including some tasty trinkets like mints, personalized m&m's, or other small candies! These are fun and functional and the guests can always reuse the tin later as a mint tin or pill box!
We are also excited to offer a brand NEW service which includes the option of purchasing 2 magnets to include inside each tin as well!
Please peruse our Etsy Shop for more details about how to set up your own custom order for your upcoming wedding or event!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
1. 5x7 Black and White Print Go Red Sox , by Fraske Designs
2. Patchwork Hoops Set of 3 Red Polka Dot , by Merriweather Council
3. Sterling Tiny Temple Pendant ,by Cristina Hurley
4. Fenway Stands 8x10 Photo Print by Lucie Wicker Photography
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Boston Handmaders taking part of this event will be Kerry Hawkins Photography, Nancy Rosetta Jewelry and Karen Mahoney of City By the Sea Ceramics
Hope to see you there!
Friday, April 8, 2011
visit http://fraskedesigns.etsy.com to browse prints!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Working artists have the natural inclination to spend as much time as possible creating their art. That's what artists do right? Well in today's modern marketplace and environment of information overload artists must do more than that. Contemporary artists of all genres will benefit from exercising their marketing muscles and getting savvy with social networking, photographing one's own work, and selling artwork online through the Eliot School's latest collection of adult ed courses.
The new vibrant arts marketing series is geared towards helping artists navigate the sometimes confusing world of self-promotion and come out shining on the other side. The series begins on April 28th with Selling In The Worldwide Marketplace taught by Boston Handmade's own Jessica Burko. In May there are two additional classes to dive into: Creating a Buzz, Social Media Marketing for Artists on May 1st, taught by Charles McEnerney, and Photographing Jewelry with Smart Phones and Dumb Cameras on May 22, taught by photographer Matt McKee.
Check out the Eliot School website for more information and to register for these classes: www.eliotschool.org
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Show season is upon us again. Many handmade artisans take a little break from shows after the winter holiday season. And by break I mean we catch our breath a bit, check to see that our families and friends are still there and then start again with the planning and the making (Spring and summer show applications start showing up in February or so).
On Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1, from noon to 5 pm, four Boston Handmade members, Stray Notions, Fraske Designs, City by the Sea Ceramics and Cozy Cottage Creations, will participate as a group in the West Medford Open Studios along with more than 60 other visual and performing artists. You can check out all of the artists and download a PDF map to create you own walking tour - - be sure to look for Boston Handmade on the map at 56 Bower Street. Hope to see you there!