archive for the ‘artists, creatives, crafters : local’ category

jack!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

love the yellow & blue
i commissioned another portrait from the wonderful kat corrigan: this is jack! he belongs my brother & sister-in-law. it’s crazy how kat can capture his personality from seeing only one photo.

from the smut machine

Friday, February 14th, 2014

from the smut machine

from the smut machine

from the smut machine

from the smut machine
i went to the opening of fluxjob at minnesota center for book arts last friday night, and i put a buck into the smut machine. a little book popped out and it is smutty* and fabulous.

*only g-rated drawings shown here.

saturday’s last minute handmade

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Last Minute Handmade Gift Market
julia miller

Last Minute Handmade Gift Market
cynthia levine

Last Minute Handmade Gift Market
solid manufacturing company

Last Minute Handmade Gift Market
erin smith

Last Minute Handmade Gift Market
elizabeth pechacek

Last Minute Handmade Gift Market
kim tschida petters (vandalia street press)

Last Minute Handmade Gift Market
martha mcquade (scarfshop)

Last Minute Handmade Gift Market
annika kaplan

saturday’s last minute handmade gift market was so much fun! i got to spend the afternoon with amazing artists that make stuff that i love, and i got to see friends that i haven’t seen in months. i didn’t have any new work to share (hence, no photos), but that didn’t matter. i was more interested in shopping. : ) thank you to everyone that came to say hi and support local artists! i’m looking forward to LMHGM 2014!

last minute handmade gift market 2013!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Last Minute Handmade Gift Market
it’s happening again! martha, cynthia, julia, and i have organized the 3rd last minute handmade gift market, and it’s this saturday. peace coffee graciously offered to host for a 2nd year in a row, and we’ve got a great line up of artists:

Annika Kaplan
Cynthia Levine
Martha McQuade (Scarfshop)
Julia Miller
Elizabeth Pechacek
Kim Tschida Petters (Vandalia Street Press)
Jen Shaffer (Painted Fish Studio)
Erin Smith
Alex Worre & Dan Cordell (Solid Manufacturing Co.)

stop in, get a cup of joe, and do a little last minute shopping!

gus

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

miss this guy
gus’s portrait was painted by local artist kat corrigan during her 30 dogs in 30 days event in july. the portrait was painted from one of my favorite pictures of him, taken when he was around a year old. he was 14 when i put him down at the end of may. even though he was getting around slowly, his quality of life wasn’t what it used to be. he probably could have hung around a few more months but the thought of having a dog that cannot walk or get around like he used to upsets me. i miss the old guy.

susan

Friday, May 24th, 2013

susan
local artist kat corrigan painted my kitty susan during last march’s 30 cats in 30 days. kat also painted my pup hannah last year, and gus is the next on the portrait list!

scenes from last minute handmade 2012

Monday, December 17th, 2012

martha mcquade (scarf shop)
martha mcquade (scarf shop)

julia miller
julia miller

west cermak (trinh mai & jeff nelson)
west cermak (trinh mai & jeff nelson)

tia salmela keobounpheng (silvercocoon)
tia salmela keobounpheng (silvercocoon)

berry holz
berry holz

jen shaffer (painted fish studio)
me (painted fish studio)

elizabeth pechacek
elizabeth pechacek

zac fittipaldi
zac fittipaldi

betty jager
betty jager

vandalia street press
vandalia street press

beez kneez
beez kneez

betsy burr & beth chekola
betsy burr & beth chekola

last saturday’s last minute handmade gift market at wonderland park coffee shop was a big hit! the work was amazing, the crowd was fun & fabulous, and the location was perfect. and i couldn’t ask for better partners in julia and martha. here’s hoping it becomes an annual event!

last minute handmade : dec 15

Friday, December 7th, 2012

last minute handmade gift market december 15 2-6pm
we’re doing it again! julia, martha, and i have put together the second last minute handmade gift market. it’s next saturday (a week from tomorrow) from 2-6pm at wonderland park coffee in minneapolis. true to the name, we found our venue at the last minute, with a nudge from my sis and legwork by julia.

we’ll be joined by some of the great creators that joined us last year, and we’ll have a few new faces. our current vendor list:

betsy burr
beth chekola
betty jager
berry holz
martha mcquade (scarfshop)
julia miller
tia salmela keobounpheng (silvercocoon)
west cermak (trinh mai & jeff nelson)

please spread the word, and come see us on december 15th!

happy weekend!

etsy : printing grounds

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

etsy : printing grounds :  Set of Three Tea Towels, Hand Printed Dot, Bitty Dot and Harvest in Burnt Orange
i think i have more tea towels that i don’t use because they’re too beautiful than i have tea towels of lesser distinction (the cheap ones from ikea with tea & wine stains). and yet, i still want more, more, more! i really like this set of 3 hand printed tea towels in burnt orange (or in slate?) from etsy shop printing grounds. bonus: they’re printed in minnesota!

photo credit: printing grounds

etsy : jennifer davis

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

etsy : jennifer davis : hand painted shooting targets
i’ve been a fan of local artist jennifer davis for a really long time, and i have been waiting for the perfect piece to speak to me… 2 weeks ago jennifer’s hand painted shooting targets were featured on the jealous curator, and i knew right away that i needed a jennifer davis target. i placed my order, and asked for a target that had orange on it, and i now have one hanging in my “studio”. YAY, ART!

photo credit: jennifer davis

xerxes

Monday, November 19th, 2012

i gotta get one of barbara's buildings!
barbara gilhooly‘s window installation at gallery 360
xerxes & 50th, minneapolis mn
november 16, 2012
fujifilm

sugar skulls!

Monday, October 15th, 2012

rachel's skull!
rachel

kate's skull!
kate

tracy's skull!
tracy

valerie's skull!
valerie

my skull!
me

i joined the girls on the east side last friday at rachel’s, and we painted sugar skulls. i have to admit, i knew nothing about sugar skulls going into the evening, so it was extra fun for me! i did a tiny bit of research, looked at a lot of pictures, and played with lots of color.

hannah!

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

hannah! painted by kat corrigan
about a month and a half ago, jenn forwarded an email about painter kat corrigan‘s 30 dogs in 30 days july 2012 project. i immediately contacted kat and asked if she could paint hannah and have her be the july 25th dog. i’ve always wanted a portrait of hannah (cheesy?) and july 25th is the 8 year anniversary of being her owner. you can read more about hannah’s arrival on kat’s blog. (i should commission her to paint gus, too!)

photo credit: kat corrigan

highlandfest art fair

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

highlandfest art fair

highlandfest art fair

highlandfest art fair

highlandfest art fair

highlandfest art fair

highlandfest art fair

highlandfest art fair

highlandfest art fair

on saturday i went to the highlandfest with some friends. we ate cheese curds & browsed the art fair. then we drank beer on their patio. it was a perfect summer day.

friday gathering

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

friday gathering

friday gathering

friday gathering

friday gathering
the east side girls came over on friday night for some bookmaking. i wanted to find a technique that i was pretty sure no one had done before, so i went to kevin smith’s non-adhesive binding, vol. 2: 1- 2- & 3-section sewings, and decided to start simple with a 1 section (8 sheets folded in half) binding, then try a 2 section (2 sets of 8 sheets folded in half) binding. and at the end of the night, we tackled a tricky 3 section binding.

so, while i haven’t felt very creative lately, i’ve been doing my best to facilitate creativity for others.

happy july!

art group

Monday, March 26th, 2012

rachel's rick rack

rachel's chick box

valerie's lady with teapot

tracy's explore tin

valerie's chick box

yummy paints

my fish box

kate's chick with hat

last friday i went to my 2nd art group meet up with some really great ladies on the east side of town. formed by rachel and valerie, they found me on etsy and invitedĀ  me to join them along with kate and tracy. they’re a talented group — with different skills and focus — and it has been fun getting to know them and watch our projects emerge. friday’s theme was around placing a figurine on a paper mache box and everyone had a different take on the project, which i love.

last minute handmade gift market : monday, dec 19

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

last minute
about a month ago, we decided to do a christmas market… we being martha, eireann, cynthia, julia, and me. as if we don’t already have enough craziness swirling around at this time of the year, we thought it’d be fun to add more! and it’s coming together nicely: we each take a to-do when we can, we’ve found a great location (modern times cafe), and we’ve got amazing artists joining us.

yes, we’re sorta crazy, but i think we all like it that way. if you’re in town, come by and see us. if you’re not in town, tell the people you know that live here about our last minute handmade gift market!

etsy : blue tricycle

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

etsy : blue tricycle : 2012 printable calendar, mid century chairs
oh my, this is right up my alley: 2012 printable calendar, mid century chairs from local etsy seller blue tricycle. eeeeeeee! also: the mini calendar, perfect for stuffing stockings!

photo credit: blue tricycle etsy shop

last friday at willow house

Monday, December 5th, 2011

last friday i took the day off, slept in for a ridiculously long time, then scrambled to run all my errands before settling in at willow house for their 2nd annual craft fair. once my table was set up i was able to explore what everyone else had made:

at willow house : karen
karen made scarves, cowls, and hats with thrifted sweaters. i think all of but one of us crafters bought something from karen! i love my new cowl/neck warmer.

at willow house : anna, jenn, june
anna manned a table full of fabulous fabric goods sewn by jenn, holiday napkins made by her (anna’s) mom, and story blocks that she (anna) made. it was so much fun to watch anna sell her awesome blocks! yay!

at willow house : julie
julie brought beautiful stained glass pieces and a collection of spirit dolls. the pink, wide-hipped beauty on the left? her spirit is creativity, and i brought her home with me.

at willow house : ann
ann’s wood toys were a hit: i saw numerous buyers with their hands full of knights and castles and more. i bought a little horse from her last summer, and still love it.

at willow house : kristin
i wanted one of everything on kristin‘s table, but settled for a set of small beeswax candles for me, and a gnome ornament or two as gifts.

thanks, kristin & ann! the shopping was fabulous, and the sales were an added bonus!

etsy : olfactory scents

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

etsy : olfactory scents : lotion bar
julie of olfactory scents contacted me a few months ago, inquiring about a trade: a couple of my polaroid prints for some of her natural bath products. i’m as concerned about what goes on my body as i am about what goes down my drain, so i was interested in what she had to offer. and i wasn’t disappointed! she loaded me up with little samples and i am ready for more. julie’s lotion bar leaves my skin soft all day, and her salt scrubs are just the right coarseness: not too rough, but you know they’re doing their job. the knitter’s balm is soothing my already-too-dry hands. and she’s a stickler for detail with the packaging, making any item perfect as a stocking stuffer. also: sample sizes!

julie also creates ceramic buttons!

photo credit: olfactory scents etsy shop