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19 October 2010 @ 12:04 pm
1.  Hi there! First things first: What's your name, what's your business name, where are you from, and where are you currently located/crafting?

My name is Sara Barrett. My business name is Bark Decor and we are located in Braintree, Ma. Bark currently sells (100% handmade) art prints, giclee prints, screen printed t-shirts, fine gold and sterling jewelry, greeting cards and home decor. We also do custom items such as stationary and wedding invitations.

 

2.  How did you get your start? Please tell us a little bit about how your business went from an idea to what is is today.

Bark got it's start in 2009 when I moved to a white walled apartment and decided to design specifically for that space. With each new piece friends and family encouraged me to sell prints of my work. So I did! And with the addition of my jewelry making sister Shana in 2010, Bark has grown from what was art prints to a wide range of wearable and home decor items.

3. What inspires you the most to create?

I am mostly inspired by nature and it's revolving seasons. Each new season brings with it different animals, flowers, plants, rain, and even different kinds of people. I am constantly stimulated with new changes in technology but still marvel at the old ways of creating things.

4. What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?


Currently my favorite materials to work with are screen printing and good old hand drawing. I'm a sucker for grey tones and mossy greens.

5. Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?


I don't really have a specific favorite artist, I admire and appreciate everyone I meet in the handmade world. GO US!

6. Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business? (Nothing TOP-SECRET, of course!)

Yes! Some of my art work has been chosen for the set of the new tv show "Better With You" on ABC, and I have an upcoming editorial in Romantic Homes magazine. I also have some new products coming out soon but they are top-secret (t-shirts, pillows, stationary, and wedding jewelry)--oops!

7. What are some other things you like to do when you are not busy making awesome stuff?

I like to check out the music scene and I even make music when I'm not secluding my self to my home studio. You can listen at http://www.myspace.com/theeagledeer I also enjoy spending time with my horse and being around family.


8. What are the top 3 reasons someone shopping at the BBB 2010 should be sure to stop by your table?

1. We are hot sisters!
2. We are funny sister!
3. We are nice sisters! ..and our stuff ain't bad either.

9. What is your favorite background noise to listen to while working?

I always have pandora on. The ease of not having to make playlists and the constant variety of new artists keeps me inspired, some of my favorite stations are: Little Dragon, Flying Lotus, and cheb i sabbah.

 

 10. Where do you do your (craft) work? (e.g. in a studio, in the living room, a spare bedroom, the floor, kitchen table - what's your work area like?)

I do most of my design work out of my home office which is tiny! I usually print and mock up things downstairs in the living room. Basically I've taken over the house.

11. If you had to contribute something you made to a time capsule to be opened in 2110, what would it be and why?

Probably a t-shirt. I wonder if they will still exist then...?
 
 
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18 October 2010 @ 02:41 pm
Yay! Time for another 2010 Vendor Profile!

Let's chat with Michelle of Hoosier Magnolia!


Hi there! First things first: What's your name, what's your business name, where are you from, and where are you currently located/crafting?

Michelle Jones
Hoosier Magnolia
a transplanted magnolia, originally from Mississippi
live and make in Roxbury, MA

How did you get your start? Please tell us a little bit about how your business went from an idea to what is is today.

I am a painter by trade, but became very interested in patterned fabric during graduate school.  I began making quilts for friends who had babies, which combined the love of pattern with a functional item. 

What inspires you the most to create?

Patterns, different textures, fairytales and folklore, whimsy. 
Possibilities.

What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?


Fabric fabric fabric.  I love red with aqua.



Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?

Jen Corace's prints.  I love her aesthetic, color palettes, and subject matter.
Susanne Schubert of Umsteigen.  She creates the most playfully sophisticated hoodies and Ts around. 
Amy McClure of Olaria Studios.  The textures she uses for the patterns on her jewelry are inspired.

What are some other things you like to do when you are not busy making awesome stuff?


I LOVE reading while sitting with my two dogs (shih tzu and a gigantic airedale terrier). 
I enjoy adventure traveling and rock climbing with my husband. 
Swimming in the ocean is by far my favorite thing to do.

What are the top 3 reasons someone shopping at the BBB 2010 should be sure to stop by your table?


new new new (stuff!!!)

What is your favorite background noise to listen to while working?

Mountain Man, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Joanna Newsom, This American Life, and Tom Ashbrook



Where do you do your (craft) work? (e.g. in a studio, in the living room, a spare bedroom, the floor, kitchen table - what's your work area like?)

I have two spare rooms devoted to my craft.  One has shelves filled with bolts of fabric and blank Ts/onesies, as well as a HUGE waist high table for cutting and prep assemblage. 
The room I sew in is painted a very intense bright blue.  In this room I have a couple sewing machines, a serger, an ironing board.  For inspiration, a blue star quilt from a trip to India hangs over my sewing machine.

[FOR VETERAN BBB VENDORS] What advice would you give to a new vendor selling at the BBB for the first time?


Have different price points. 
People want to buy something and chances are they will love your stuff.  Make it easy for them to get in on the action.

[FOR VETERAN BBB VENDORS] What advice would you give to BBB SHOPPERS?

In theory, it is great to look everything over before you buy....but sometimes, you just need to strike while the iron is hot.  You might be too tired to make it back around to the fancy beaded poodle at the end of a show.  And who knows if it will still be there!!!!!!!!!

website: http://www.hoosiermagnolia.com/
 
 
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17 October 2010 @ 12:40 pm
Good Sunday to you, fine readers! This afternoon we're chatting with Liz Smith, the crafter behind Made in Lowell, and the maker of all kinds of felted delights, including the ingenious and adorable felted cupcake pincushion ring.

1. Hi there! First things first: What's your name, what's your business name, where are you from, and where are you currently located/crafting?

I'm Liz Smith of Made in Lowell, I make all my pretties in the historic textile mill town of Lowell Massachusetts.


Made in Lowell


2. How did you get your start? Please tell us a little bit about how your business went from an idea to what is is today.

I have always made and sold things! When I was little kid I would make miniatures then set up a table in the living room where my mom would buy them from me, she was an excellent customer :) I went full time with this venture in 2007 when I moved into my studio.

3. What inspires you the most to create?

I love that with raw materials, knowledge, practice, and time I can conjure into being something that totally did not exist before! And if it's cute and makes people smile, then that's even better.

4. What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?

I'm crazy about wool, polymer clay and paper. I love combinations of colors and I am always falling for new combos.


Made in Lowell



5. Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?

I love the work of The Intuitive Garden, her resin work is meticulous and completely original! I also admire Mimi Kirchner, her details and craftsmanship are so excellent that she managed to make me appreciate art dolls, a genre in which I had no prior interest. Then there are about a gazillion more on my list!!

6. Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business? (Nothing TOP-SECRET, of course!)

I am planning on expanding my lines of ornaments and pincushions!

7. What are some other things you like to do when you are not busy making awesome stuff?

I love going to bookstores with the husband, visiting our 'rents on the Cape and Vineyard, but mostly I am ALWAYS making stuff.

8. What are the top 3 reasons someone shopping at the BBB 2010 should be sure to stop by your table?

Whimsy! Seriously, I have a high dose of cute to share with you. If you love color, texture and useful stuff too, you must visit!

9. What is your favorite background noise to listen to while working?

NPR

10. Where do you do your (craft) work? (e.g. in a studio, in the living room, a spare bedroom, the floor, kitchen table - what's your work area like?)

I have an amazing studio in an old textile mill in Lowell. It has brick walls, rough wood ceilings and metal plate floors. I have a long worktable down the center and I am surrounded by cube shelving full of my enticing art supplies. All the studios around me are filled with my crafty friends. I kinda can't believe my luck.


Made in Lowell


11. If you had to contribute something you made to a time capsule to be opened in 2110, what would it be and why?

Probably a cupcake pincushion to prove to the future that we were not all about war and divisiveness, we also loved cupcakes and sewing!

12. What advice would you give to a new vendor selling at the BBB for the first time?

Bring lots of stuff! Also, plan on a small footprint for your work area, make friends with your neighbors and enjoy yourself!

13. What advice would you give to BBB SHOPPERS?

Come early and wear layers you can shed once inside. Bring a reusable shopping bag, cash, checkbook and credit card, you WILL find stuff you want to buy; for yourself and for gifts!



Thanks, Liz! Can't wait to see all your crafts at the BBB!

xo The BBB Organizers
 
 
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12 October 2010 @ 03:30 pm
Time for another Vendor Profile!

Let's meet Erin Mccloskey of Pear and Peacock

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Hi there! First things first: What's your name, what's your business name, where are you from, and where are you currently located/crafting?


Hello! My Name is Erin Mccloskey and I am the designer and creator behind Pear and Peacock.  I am from the San Francisco Bay Area but I currently live in southwest Virginia. We are in the perfect location for traveling all over the Midwest and East Coast for craft shows.

How did you get your start? Please tell us a little bit about how your business went from an idea to what is is today.

About two years ago I graduated and jumped right into the corporate world. I quickly discovered it wasn’t for me. I felt creatively stifled and really struggled when I tried to see my future career. I always loved attending craft shows as a buyer but never saw myself as an artist. Six months later I discovered I just hadn’t found my medium yet. I picked up some pliers, a small butane torch and started messing around with metal. I instantly fell in love. I slowly began upgrading my tools and teaching myself new techniques while setting up my business. I had finally found something I could see myself doing for a long time.

What inspires you the most to create?

My creative juices start flowing when the weather is beautiful and I can open the door in my studio and let the breeze in, I get a pretty new vintage component or I am learning a new technique that I just can’t wait to practice. I have found I have to dive in and play with the metal to bring the designs in my head to life.

What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?


My favorite material to work with is non-mined, recycled fine silver. I use touches of recycled 24K gold and a variety of vintage components to incorporate color, keeping my shop fresh but still earth friendly.



Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?

Some of my favorite indie artists have actually been booth neighbors of mine at past craft shows. I love getting to chat with talented people from all over that are new to crafting or veterans to handmade. I also love “window shopping” all the beautiful clothing and handbag shops on Etsy.

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business? (Nothing TOP-SECRET, of course!)


My schedule is packed with shows this season. Once everything mellows a bit I plan on diving further into the wedding market as well as teaching myself a few new techniques for designs I can release in the spring. I also plan on spending some serious time with my camera. I am determined to tap into its potential.

What are some other things you like to do when you are not busy making awesome stuff?


I wish I had a neat answer for this one but honestly I put almost all my time into my business. It is hard work wearing all the hats as other crafty business owners will tell you. I am working on balance.  I love antiquing, working on my blog and plan on learning to sew my own clothing soon.

What are the top 3 reasons someone shopping at the BBB 2010 should be sure to stop by your table?

1.      I would love to meet you
2.      I have tons of new designs this year (gift shopping!)
3.      My work is simple, delicate and perfect for everyday wear

What is your favorite background noise to listen to while working?

I am addicted to audio books, This American Life, and old TV series on Netflix



Where do you do your (craft) work? (e.g. in a studio, in the living room, a spare bedroom, the floor, kitchen table - what's your work area like?)


I am lucky enough to have my very own studio space in our walkout basement. It is probably the brightest room in our house and I love it. It gave me a permanent place to hang my favorite landscape painting I bought in high school and had been dragging apartment to apartment during college.

If you had to contribute something you made to a time capsule to be opened in 2110, what would it be and why?

I would probably contribute my Siblings Necklace. It has special meaning for me and was one of the first necklaces I sold at my first craft fair last year. Hopefully future folk will like it too!

[Pear and Peacock website]
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Thanks Erin!
See you and your pretty pieces in December!
xo
The BBB Crew

 
 
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Our 4th 2010 Profile!

Hello Rachel of Rachel Pfeffer Designs!

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Hi there! First things first: What's your name, what's your business name, where are you from, and where are you currently located/crafting?

My name is Rachel Pfeffer, and I run Rachel Pfeffer Designs. I'm originally from Western MA, and lived in Boston for a couple of years, and now find myself in Washington DC!

How did you get your start? Please tell us a little bit about how your business went from an idea to what is is today.

I majored in studio art at  Brandeis University, but shortly after graduating realized that all I really wanted to do was make jewelry. (It's kind of like sculpture....only teeny tiny!) My dad is a jeweler, as is my uncle (his brother) and my other uncle (my mom's brother in-law). Two cousins are jewelers as well, so I guess it runs in the family. 

What inspires you the most to create?

I only make items that I would want to wear. Most of my creations come from me thinking "Ok, what would I be really excited to see?" I also like designs that are clever or funny or functioning in some way.

What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?

I mostly work with sterling silver, but sometimes gold and brass. I try to make my pieces as colorful as possible, and love using raw geodes and crystals. 



Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?

I am envious of people who make paper goods- it's something I always wish I could do. I love Paperedtogether's letter press coasters, and PragyaK's bird prints. My living room is slowly getting covered in prints I buy from Etsy. People who sew really impress me too, and since I'm in the middle of planning a wedding for a year from now, I have been drooling over the wedding dresses by the English Department on Etsy. 

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business? (Nothing TOP-SECRET, of course!)

My next collection involves live flowers, but I'm still figuring that one out...

What are some other things you like to do when you are not busy making awesome stuff?

I love wandering around cities, and taking pictures of fun things. I just recently got to DC so there is much exploring to be had. I'm addicted to painting my nails, but you would never know because they get chipped up within 5 minutes. I love a good magazine and am training myself to like coffee. Mostly I make stuff though. 

What are the top 3 reasons someone shopping at the BBB 2010 should be sure to stop by your table?

1. There's a good chance I will have candy to give you.
2. I have funny beard related key chains for guys made out of old silver quarters from the '40s.
3. I have rings that range from teeny tiny dainties to massive knuckle-covering monsters. Something for everyone!

What is your favorite background noise to listen to while working?

Lately it's been mindless television, but that hasn't been working out so well. Usually putting Kate Nash or Regina Spektor on my Pandora gets be in the creating groove, and when I need an extra boost, TV on the Radio.  

Where do you do your (craft) work? (e.g. in a studio, in the living room, a spare bedroom, the floor, kitchen table - what's your work area like?) 

My studio is a wall in our living room! I have a long skinny workbench that everyone asks if I made (I wish!) up against a window.  My dad made a dust collector for me out of a chrome vintage bread box and big silver tubing, and everyone thinks its a robot. I should name him. 



If you had to contribute something you made to a time capsule to be opened in 2110, what would it be and why?

Probably a small honeycomb necklace, because that was one of my first designs that caught on, and I still love it. Plus maybe  honey bees won't exist then, and it will be hip like dinosaur things are now.

[Rachel's Website]
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Thank you Rachel!
See you soon!
xo
The BBB Crew

 
 
 
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Profile numero tres!

Time to talk to Danielle of The Merriweather Council!

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Hi there! First things first: What's your name, what's your business name, where are you from, and where are you currently located/crafting?


Hi! My name is Danielle Spurge, maker and CEO of The Merriweather Council. I am from Long Island, New York but I currently craft in my apartment in Boston!

How did you get your start? Please tell us a little bit about how your business went from an idea to what it is today.

I have always wanted to do something like this, as I’m sure most makers and crafters have, and this past May I graduated from college (MassArt) and was supposed to be headed off to grad school, but things didn’t go according to plan and I thought this would be the perfect time to get The Merriweather Council rolling! I was scheming about it all through college and I made it my top priority after graduation!

What inspires you the most to create?

I love color, and trying new colors together and the feeling of working with my hands. Knowing that I am making something that is one of a kind and that has never been seen before and will never be created again is also a huge motivation. I just love to experiment and try new things! I keep my embroidery floss organized by color and looking at my box of thread makes me excited because I am a craft nerd.


What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?

Embroidery floss, embroidery hoops, vintage fabrics, cotton solids and sobo glue! Those are my materials in most cases. I don’t have a favorite combination but I really like the way red looks with teal.


Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?

I have been a fan of MisNopalesArt on Etsy for a while and I own the Racoon with Umbrella print, it’s so adorable I can’t stand it. Also my boyfriend bought me the flying Dachshund tee shirt! I also love Kiki and Polly, RozArt and Jen Zahigian of RoadsidePhotographs. All of these for their use of color, simplicity and wonderful nostalgic feel. There are so many things I find on Etsy and at handmade markets that I love though.

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business? (Nothing TOP-SECRET, of course!)

My business is so new that pretty much everything is a NEW development but I am working on having more variety and customization in my online shop.

What are some other things you like to do when you are not busy making awesome stuff?

When I am not crafting, which is pretty infrequently, I go to NY to visit my parents, hang out with my friends, take little adventures around Boston, make things… oh wait…

What are the top 3 reasons someone shopping at the BBB 2010 should be sure to stop by your table?

I have something you probably won’t see anywhere else. 2- my work is fun, vibrant, simple and it might make you smile. 3- I like to meet appreciators of craft so come say hi!

What is your favorite background noise to listen to while working?

Something on Bravo (Real Housewives of NJ, anyone?) or itunes on shuffle! I have a thing for boy bands (I know, I know…)



Where do you do your (craft) work? (e.g. in a studio, in the living room, a spare bedroom, the floor, kitchen table - what's your work area like?)

My “studio” is in my living room where I have my sewing machine, fabric stash, ironing board, desk, threads, glues, etc… somewhat organized and very accessible. I like working from home but everything is covered in threads!

If you had to contribute something you made to a time capsule to be opened in 2110, what would it be and why?

One of my wishbone stitch embroideries! These little dudes will always remind me of 2010. I would also attach a little note that said ‘everything is fine’ because sometimes you just need to hear it.

[Danielle's website]

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Thank you Danielle!
We can't wait to see you and your hoops at the Cyclorama!
xo,
The BBB Crew
 
 
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06 October 2010 @ 01:53 pm
Time for another vendor profile!
Let's get to know Alli Coate!

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Hi there! First things first: What's your name, what's your business name, where are you from, and where are you currently located/crafting?


Hi! My name is Alli Coate, originally from Pembroke, Massachusetts and currently located in Providence, RI.

How did you get your start? Please tell us a little bit about how your business went from an idea to what is is today.

I have been making things ever since I was little, but first began working on products to sell when I was a student at RISD (the Rhode Island School of Design). I took a class called Entrepreneur with an artist named Oren Sherman, and it was the most fun I had ever had. It was great to bring ideas every week and get feedback from an encouraging group of peers. If that class hadn't existed, I think I still would have ended up making the things I am making now, but the class really helped me to recognize what I was strongest in and what belonged in my "brand." It can sometimes be very difficult to see this for yourself, so it can be incredibly helpful to have a few people around with opinions you trust.

What inspires you the most to create?

I love the challenge of figuring out how to make an idea work! Unfortunately this sometimes backfires on me; I'll spend a lot of time and energy designing and figuring out construction techniques, but once it's time to actually create the thing I'm already sick of it. Now I keep this tendency in mind when I'm dreaming up ideas.

What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?

My favorite materials are fabric and thread. I am especially drawn to vintage and vintage-inspired fabrics, which tends towards a faded color palette that just adore.



Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?

I love Laura Normandin. Everything she makes has the same careful consideration and touching simplicity. I feel the same about somethingshidinginhere. There is something about a really simple idea that just grabs you and stays with you. I love the kind of thinking that produces ideas that make you stop and say, "why didn't I think of that?"

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business? (Nothing TOP-SECRET, of course!)

This holiday season I'm debuting a line of illustrated fabric products that I'm very excited about! I've had my favorite illustrations printed on fabric and I've been making decorative pillow covers and clutches. I can't wait to get them into people's hands!

What are some other things you like to do when you are not busy making awesome stuff?

I love drawing, volunteering, and watching movies. Right now I'm on a documentary kick. I am also a dedicated podcast listener- my favorites at the moment are Radio Lab, This American Life, and Escape from Illustration Island.

What are the top 3 reasons someone shopping at the BBB 2010 should be sure to stop by your table?

1- Lots of sweet art prints that make thoughtful gifts,
2- illustrated fabric goods that you will fall in love with,
3- and free gifts to make you smile!

What is your favorite background noise to listen to while working?

It depends on the work- usually it's either podcasts or a movie. I definitely get my money's worth out of netflix!

Where do you do your (craft) work? (e.g. in a studio, in the living room, a spare bedroom, the floor, kitchen table - what's your work area like?)

Unfortunately my work area is usually in chaos! I have a few "stations" throughout the house, and usually end up trailing my projects around and making a big mess.



If you had to contribute something you made to a time capsule to be opened in 2110, what would it be and why?

My sister thinks the scuba diver in my illustration looks like a space man- maybe the future-humans will think so too?

[Alli's website]
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Thank you Alli!
See you in December!
xo,
The BBB Crew

 
 
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05 October 2010 @ 02:29 pm
Hello Everyone!

Today marks only TWO MONTHS until the 2010 Bazaar Bizarre Boston! This year is EXTRA SPECIAL because we are celebrating TEN YEARS of crafting and selling and celebrating! It's the BBB's 10th Birthday!

Let's kick off the countdown RIGHT with our first interview / profile/ vendor spotlight!

We are pleased to introduce LOOKA Jewelry!

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Hi there! First things first: What's your name, what's your business name, where are you from, and where are you currently located/crafting?

Hi!  My name is Liz Ryan, otherwise known as 'Looka' to some of my friends.  I am the jeweler (as well as designer & owner) behind
 LOOKA jewelry.
 I grew up in Spencer, MA (a small town outside of Worcester, MA) and have settled for the past year in beautiful Northampton, MA    where I am happily creating my jewelry.

How did you get your start? Please tell us a little bit about how your business went from an idea to what is is today.
 
I got my start working seriously with metal and jewelry while at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.  Although it wasn't until a few years after graduation that I began to think I could create jewelry of my own that people would want to wear (and even own!)  My experience working as a bench jeweler for a successful small business helped me to see jewelry making in a new way.  With encouragement from my  family, closest friends, and boss-friend I started LOOKA jewelry.  I started with a few designs in the beginning and with positive feedback from my first customers new ideas and creations began snowballing from there.

What inspires you the most to create?

 My jewelry designs are often inspired from those things I love most (a love of miniatures, collections, keepsakes, handwriting, rabbits....)  I am inspired by the idea of creating a piece that could be given as a keepsake and embrace sentimental possessions.  
 
In general I get inspired seeing other artists at work and love being in the zone where there is no place I would rather be than the studio.

What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?
 
 My material is metal and I love the color palette you can create from mixing various metals together in one piece of jewelry.
 Whether it be copper, brass, silver, rose gold, yellow gold, or oxidized silver each metal has its own natural color that is beautiful to me.  



Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?
 
Fellow jewelers Figs & Ginger : Their designs are very sweet and I love the wearability of all their work.  I am inspired by how they run their business (from what I have gathered through their blog) and admire their dedication to running an earth-friendly (green) business.
 
Vintage by Crystal :  She is an artist making amazing cotton spun figurines and ornaments.  Words can not describe them, check out:
www.vintagebycrystal.com.  Her mini animal figurines are some of my favorite handmade works out there to collect.
 
Lea Redman @ Leaf Cutter Designs:  An out of this world indie artist who created the Worlds Smallest Post Office.... the tiniest letters to send through snail mail to your friends.  We found each other through etsy and realized we share a love for mini letters and ants.... I consider her a kindred art spirit.

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business? (Nothing TOP-SECRET, of course!)
 
 On the design front I am excited to be experimenting with using vermeil (pronounced : ver-may) on some new designs.
 Vermeil is silver that has a thick *real gold coating. (Think gold-plated but way better)
 It will be fun to introduce more gold jewelry options to my collection without the crazy expense of solid gold.
 
 On a personal business front I am working towards taking my business LOOKA jewelry to the next level and have a goal to be make LOOKA jewelry my full-time career in the somewhat near future!

What are some other things you like to do when you are not busy making awesome stuff?
  
 This summer was filled with my first garden (and enjoying the best tomatoes), lots of great books, checking out the beauty of Western Mass from high & low, and lots of local ice cream.
I also love camping and sending out lots of letters to friends in my free time.

What are the top 3 reasons someone shopping at the BBB 2010 should be sure to stop by your table?
 
 1. We'll have lots of new designs - lots of stuff not on the website yet
 2.  A lot of the jewelry designs can be customized (hand-stamped with your own special message) like on our Envelope Jewelry.
     Or a cool moneyclip designed just for that special someone with a custom designed image of your choice!
 3. We are friendly :) and love talking about bunnies. (esp. house bunnies!)

What is your favorite background noise to listen to while working?
 
Lots and lots of Pandora Radio (lately I've been into the Ingrid Michaelson station).
NPR's Fresh Air and This American Life are always fun too.

 
Where do you do your (craft) work? (e.g. in a studio, in the living room, a spare bedroom, the floor, kitchen table - what's your work area like?)
 
I work from my home studio and also somedays from my employer's studio after hours.
Although some nights I'll do some simple work in front of a movie with my boyfriend on the coffee table.

If you had to contribute something you made to a time capsule to be opened in 2110, what would it be and why?
 
I would contribute one of my handmade Envelope necklaces.  I would stamp a special message and the date on the back that related to this year 2010.
Letter writing is already becoming much less common.... who knows how humans will be communicating in 2110!


Thank you Liz!
We can't wait to see you and your work on December 5th at the Cyclorama!
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Please stay tuned for more vendor profiles, giveaways, information on the event and...A BRAND NEW WEBSITE!
xo,
The BBB Crew
 
 
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27 November 2009 @ 11:19 am


Hi Everyone!

Early Bird tickets to this year's Bazaar Bizarre sold out in RECORD TIME (12 hours!) but we have a few spots left on the prestigious guest list.

We would love to give you some of those spots so do the following to be in the running for 6 individual tickets and two PAIRS of tickets!

All you need to do is update your Facebook status and tag "Bazaar Bizarre Boston" in it (that means just put an @ before typing "bazaar bizarre boston") or update your Twitter with a mention of "@bazbizbos".

One week before the event (this coming Sunday, Nov 29th) we will find all the statuses mentioning the BBB and from that list randomly pick THREE people to receive individual tickets and ONE lucky person to receive a pair of tickets! And we'll do the same for the Twitter folks! (And don't worry, if you're a vendor or an early bird already, you can give the tickets to a friend!)

SO update your status talking about the BBB and you might win the tickets!

HOORAY!
Thanks for being our friend and we'll see you on December 6th!

xo
The BBB Organizers

(Sorry, you can't win BOTH the Twitter and FB tickets! Winners will be determined using a random number generator after we count up the BBB mentions from FB and from Twitter. You will be contacted via FB message or Twitter DM on Monday Nov 30th.)

Links:
Bazaar Bizarre Facebook
Bazaar Bizarre Twitter
 
 
baz_biz_bos
23 November 2009 @ 08:39 am
Hey Everybody!

The countdown has officially begun! Only 13 Days until Bazaar Bizarre Boston! LESS THAN 2 WEEKS! Are you ready!?

We're looking for a few record/music vendors to fill a room a this years Bazaar Bizarre. The fee is just $50 (that's 1/4 the regular fee!!) and you'll get a 6 foot table. You can reserve multiple tables, if you've got tons of vinyl to unload.

Send an email to boston_info@bazaarbizarre.org with your name, business info (if any) and how many tables you would be interested in. Payment will be due immediately in order to reserve your spot!

Keep in mind: You can ONLY sell music in this room. T-shirts, crafts, etc are not allowed!!!!

See you soon!!!