Awesome! I don’t watch America’s Got Talent, but my favorite show The Soup (I love you truly Joel McHale) just turned me on to these fantastic hats by Hannibal Means!
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I’ve been busy getting ready for my very first craft fair–The Renegade Craft Fair–which is next weekend in Brooklyn. Renegade travels to multiple cities each year–it kicked off in Austin in May. Here are two of the lovely crafters who were at the fair in Austin.
Lora of b.bags began her business in 2008 with some experimenting, which I am very familiar with. I’ve been thinking lately about how sewing (and crafting in general) is 90 percent trial and error. Just finding the right design that works for you can take a long time. But if you stick with it, like Lora, you can find your groove. Every b.bag is handmade using upcycled materials, which is the practice of taking useless items and creating something new. This purse is extra eco-friendly because it serves two puposes at once—you can wear the bangle around your wrist, and the purse is both a place to put your trinkets and a stylish way to hit the town. I like the way the linear stitching on the applique. I also appreciate that Lora takes care to ensure each item she designs is durable and will last for a long time. For more information about b.bags please check out Lora’s Facebook page and her blog.
Jenny Rinzler,owner of Ciuccio Baby, realized early in life that it’s actually easier to learn how to make things that you want. Jenny started making clothes for her dolls (so did I!) and it evolved from there. After years of experimenting–a hippie dress made out of butterfly pattern sheets that didn’t quite make the runway–Jenny decided to try her hand at making a full size quilt as a wedding gift for her best friend. Well that project was so labor intensive Jenny thought perhaps the first quilt would also be the last. But then inspiration struck—she’d just make smaller quilts. She calls her mini-quilts “loveys” and they are just that–a perfect perch for a baby, a comfy blanket for a toddler, and a sweet soft memory of a loving childhood. Exactly what you want in a first-rate security blanket.
P.S. If you’re in Brooklyn June 5th and 6th, stop by to see me! I’ll be at a booth I’m sharing with my childhood friend (next door neighbor! Jennifer Cooke of Raeburn Ink… Jen also has a new book coming out soon about customizing t-shirts.
The Queen City, The QC, Crown Town, and The Hornet’s Nest are all nicknames for Charlotte, North Carolina, US. We went there for our niece’s Bat Mitzvah recently and had some time to look around. Charlotte has several world-class museums, including the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, which celebrates the region’s rich history of displays craft with glass, metal, fiber, wood, and clay art pieces. I was particularly interested in the emphasis on how “craft” evolved from purely utilitarian objects up to the 19th century into decorative and artistic pieces. As you may know, my new book is all about the evolution of craft and how it has shaped our relationship with materials, and how we can use design and craft to create a more sustainable world.
Katie is the beauty behind Vaka Design. She’s been making jewelry for thirty years, taught by her grandmother, Maryclair O’Day, and then trained as an artist at UNC Charlotte. Katie has three sons, works in her home studio, and gets to be a mom and a successful goldsmith. She makes exquisite pieces out of ruby, turquoise, tourmaline, diamonds, opal and more. She works with gold and silver, and the beauty of her pieces are heightened because of the handiwork involved. So much nicer than machine-made. And more affordable, too.
Glass blowing is a craft I am a little intimidated by. It just looks like it is such a delicate process, and maybe I just don’t have the patience. The time that goes into making just one of these beads might be too frustrating for me. So I’m glad I found Susan Lambert who clearly has the discipline and the technique it takes to create these little wonders.
Fiber arts are intriguing to me, and this crochet cuff is a perfect example of why. I never would have thought to create something so pretty and simple, but here it was on Etsy just waiting for me to discover. Natalie is the owner of Stitches and Pearls, and she is a native of North Carolina. She’s a self-taught knitter. It’s her escape from the cubicle to her happy place. You can get into her head and share her creative process, knit by knit, on her blog.