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Craft Fair: 2014 Marist Holiday Traditions

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For the past two years I have lightly dabbled in the world of art and craft fairs. It was easy to get involved in the beginning, my school offered an annual Artist Market, and all of the set up was provided. After experiencing success, I decided to keep an eye out for other, indoor festivals. I wasn’t quite ready for the investment of the display and tent for an outdoor festival, but felt ready to step outside of the comfort zone of my school and explore other possibilities.

Nick helped build a beautiful display for my first festival in Athens. I had moderate success, and continued to pursue other opportunities. Since the beginning of my festival quest, I have heard about the Marist Holiday Traditions. I have heard rumors about the crowds, the eager buyers of all things handmade, and the huge size of it.

Last year, while participating in Wesleyan’s Artist Market, another vendor raved over my items and urged me to apply to Holiday Traditions. It was just the confidence boost I needed, and I submitted my application. In addition to the Marist art show, I also submitted applications to St. Pius X Marketplace, and the Marietta Whimsical Wares.

I was thrilled when I found out I was accepted to all three, then overwhelmed when I realized they were three weekends in a row. I quickly set aside my fears, and got to work. I have spent the last couple of months pumping out work, and can’t wait to put it on display. I will have some pieces from last year as well as a number of new additions. I plan to post pictures of my latest work throughout this week.

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I will have matted, letter prints for just $10.00 each. This is a personalize and cost friendly gift option. These prints are made from my mixed media encaustic letter paintings, which will be available for $25.00 each. Combine letters to spell a word, to represent each member of a family, or create a monogram.

Jukebox Encaustic

I will also have my 6″x6″ encaustic paintings. I have added 17 new pieces. Each one is layered with collage paper, an image transfer, and oil paint. I love seeing the connection people have with each painting. A jukebox may spark a childhood memory in one person, while another remembers being rocked to sleep looking at the rocking chair silhouette. Each painting is meant to spark feelings of nostalgia, little snapshots of objects tied to our memory. These will be available for just $35.00 each, a very affordable price for a one of a kind gift.

Chair Encaustic

I have also continue to experiment with larger “object” encaustics. I select an object I feel connected to, and turn it into an encuastic collage. I layer paper, encaustic wax, and oil paint. Once I have my layers set, I lightly sketch the object into the wax, then carve it out, revealing the layers in the background. I love the simplicity of the shapes, with the complexity of the background filling the negative space. Similar to my 6″x6″ paintings, these also focus on the how we tie memories to objects.

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This mixed media piece will be available at the raffle! I hope it finds its way to a good home.

MARIST HOLIDAY TRADITIONS:

  • 400 volunteers
  • 240 vendors
  • Raffle of hundreds of items
  • Multiple buildings
  • Bake sale
  • Cooked Goose Cafe
  • 1 day: 11/8/14
  • 9am-4pm
  • $3.00 admission fee

Marist claims to be one of the largest juried art and crafts shows in the Southeast, and based on the information I have received so far, I believe it. If you live in the Atlanta or Georgia area, come check out the Marist Holiday Traditions. It is the perfect season for shopping, and the perfect place to buy a unique, handmade item for gifts. Address is below, I hope to see you there! Remember, perfection is overrated, buy handmade.

3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30319.

From I-285 East OR West, take exit # 29 onto Ashford Dunwoody Road. Head South towards Atlanta, away from Perimeter Mall. Marist is located approximately 1.0 mile inside I-285 on the right hand side.

From I-85 take I-285 West to exit # 29. Turn left onto Ashford-Dunwoody Road, away from Perimeter Mall. Marist is located approximately 1.0 mile inside I-285 on the right hand side.

From I-75 take I-285 East to exit # 29. Turn right onto Ashford-Dunwoody Road, away from Perimeter Mall. Marist is located approximately 1.0 mile inside I-285 on the right hand side.

From Buckhead take Peachtree Road North. Turn left onto Ashford-Dunwoody Road, go approximately 0.9 miles. Bear left at 1st light, right at 2nd light, stay on Ashford Dunwoody Road, go approximately 0.8 miles. The entrance to Marist School will be on the left at the stop light.

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Handmade Ceramics: Wood Grain Mugs and Vases

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In the spring of last year a new, local shop reached out to me about including my pottery in their store. I was excited about a new opportunity to sell my artwork, but tentative about the required year long commitment, and monthly rent. Despite my concerns I decided to jump in with both feet, and commit to Crafted Westside.

Since I signed my contract I have been hard at work, creating, producing, and filling my space at Crafted. The store has been a huge success, and after a short 5 months of being open, they have already expanded into the space next door. I’m looking forward to the  upcoming holiday season, and am keeping my fingers crossed that I will set my personal best sales months.

One of my favorite things about my commitment to Crafted is it has pushed me out of my comfort zone. I have had to develop new designs, techniques, and products. I have had to chart what is selling, and what is collecting dust and taking up space on my shelves. I have had the opportunity to experiment, and experienced a great deal of trial and error.

A few weeks ago, while brainstorming new ideas, I decided I want to try my hand at hand building with slabs. Up to this point all of my products had been thrown on the pottery wheel, and I needed a change of pace. I went to my local ceramic store, perused their shelves, and fell in love with a wood grain stamp. An idea immediately hit me, I would hand build a few sets of mugs and vases, using slabs, and this beautiful patter.

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Keeping with the look and feel of my pottery, I decided to keep the exterior simple, with the white body of the clay, and a quick layer of clear on top. For the interior I used blues and greens, to stick with the earthy feel of the wood. I also decided to experiment with gloss and matte finishes. Rather than coat the entire exterior with clear, I left a section at the bottom unglazed.

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I was really excited about my finished products. They have been delivered to Crafted Westside, and are sitting on the shelves, waiting to find a happy home. I hope they do well, so I can continue to play around with my beautiful new stamp.

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In addition to my wood grain pieces, I also made a set of hydrangea inspired vases. Check out Crafted’s website here to look at more products!

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Craft Fair: 16th Annual Wesleyan Artist Market

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It’s the week I have been preparing for, for the last few months, it is Artist Market week!

I’m so lucky to work at a school that offers opportunities to promote my artwork, like the Wesleyan Artist Market. Last year I felt very accomplished as I packed up my booth, a good 30 pieces shy of what I came in with. I hope to be just as successful as I was last year, and since then I have added a lot to my inventory.

Here is a sneak peak of what I will be offering this year. Prices range from $5.00-$750.oo, offering a lot of options for all size and depths of wallets. With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, and Father’s Day in the not too distant future, this market is a great opportunity to pick up gifts and plan ahead. Support local and handmade and come visit!

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Last year my biggest seller were my encaustic letter paintings. A collage of pattern paper, a layer of encaustic wax, and an oil painted letter come together to create these personalized works of art. Unfortunately, due to time constraints I was limited on how many letters I was able to bring in. On the first night all my vowels sold, which meant I could no longer display cleverly spelled out words.

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This year I started letter painting in advanced, and have the entire alphabet created. In addition, I have also scanned every single letter I made, and had high quality prints made. The prints are the same size as the original, 6″x6″, and are matted in either 8″x10″ or 8″x8″. I hope these prints will help meet the demand for the letters. The $10.00 price per letter will also allow people to more easily buy a few, spell out words, or hang an initial for each member of their family. These prints will also make an appearance on my Etsy shop soon!

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In addition to the re-appearance of my letter paintings, I also have my 6″x6″ silhouette paintings, at $35.00 each. These were my second biggest sellers, and I hope the range of images I have picked will appeal to the crowd once again. I love to focus on old and vintage in these pieces. The encaustic wax inherently creates a hazy, dreamlike surface to my paintings, and the vintage items pair well with the wax.

Antique Photo Collages

A new item I am offering this year are my re-purposed antique photographs. While at an estate sale I discovered an entire table full of 1920’s photographs. Something about the antique cars and stiff looking portraits appealed to me, and I decided to use them as part of a new encaustic series.

To create these pieces I layer paper, the photograph, and add a thick layer of wax on top. The hazy wax blends the layers of photographs and paper together, creating a cohesive look. In the future I envision the original photographs hanging next to silhouette transfers of the originals, with bright colors popping behind them. It will be a comparison of old and new, breathing new life into old photos. Be on the look out for these in the future!

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I will also have larger encaustic paintings, a few from last year and a few new ones. The new encaustic pieces I am working on focus on sketching. Lines are carved into the wax, and filled with oil paint. These range in subject matter from chickens to chairs, and range in price from $250.00 to $450.00.

Birch Tree Encaustics

In addition to my sketch encaustics I also have antique silverware paintings, ginkgo leaf collages, and lots of birch trees!

Fused Glass

Like last year I will once again put out a handful of my fused glass pieces. I have my traditional geometric style as well as my new pieces, which incorporate my new obsession, glass paint. I have nest and birch tree themed plates and bowls using the paint to add the details. Whatever doesn’t sell this weekend will make its way to my Etsy shop, Sweet Celadon.

I hope to see a nice crowd this weekend, I hope you stop by! Thanks for checking out my blog, help me spread the word by sharing with others! Check out the line up of entertainment and food trucks at the Artist Market here.

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Review and Giveaway: Etsy Shop, Nesting Pretty Nature Inspired Hair Pins (closed)

image_7A few months ago, while perusing Etsy, I stumbled across an adorable all-things-hair shop, Nesting PrettyNesting Pretty, owned and operated by Tamara Louise, has a wide range of accessories, including hair pins, head bands, hair clips, earrings, necklaces, and vintage items. Despite offering a range of things, Nesting Pretty has a distinct style, which visually connects all of the items together through a nature, florally, and vintage inspired theme.

As I perused her shop I immediately found and favorited a few things I fell in love with, and moved on. After clicking through a few other shops I suddenly decided to look back on what I just favorited, one of which was this adorable, turquoise, sparrow bobby pin. After another look at the very reasonable and affordable price, I purchased it without a second thought. A few days later it arrived in the mail, and I was in love.

I do have a slight obsession with hair decor. I even had to create and design a headband holder for my closet to accommodate my ever growing collection of headbands. After awhile I had to take a headband breather, which brought me to the world of decorative bobby pins. This sparrow was the perfect addition to my collection, it has brought me endless compliments and an easy way to jazz up my hair.

After my very satisfying transaction and purchase from Nesting Pretty, I decided to contact Tamara and see if she would be interested in participating in a review, giveaway, and holiday shopping highlight on my blog. I was thrilled when she agreed, and I love the item she has selected to giveaway. See below for details about entering to win this adorable branch themed bobby pin pair!

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Nesting Pretty is a shop that offers a wide range of in-style and adorable items. I definitely plan to check off a few gifts on my holiday list this year via Nesting Pretty. This is on the top of the list for recommended shops to stop at, and check out, this holiday season. Support local and handmade, and give a unique gift this season! Right now Tamara also has a discounted section of her shop, it’s always great to check something off your list, get a good deal, and all before the craziness of black friday and holiday shopping.

If you are in love with these nature inspired hair pins all you have to do to enter is visit Nesting Pretty here, favorite her shop, and imagecomment below with a link to your favorite item in her shop. You can also win one more entry by visiting my Etsy shop here, favoriting my shop, and commenting below with a link to your favorite item in my shop.

Next Thursday, 11/14, the winner will be randomly selected using the plugin And the Winner Is… They will be contacted via e-mail, and will have 24 hours to confirm their prize before a new winner is selected.

Thanks for checking out my blog, participating in my giveaway, and checking out my recommended holiday shops this year! Help me spread the word by liking, tweeting, e-mailing, and sharing! I couldn’t do it without your help!

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