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Saturday, June 10, 2006

craftacular spectacular

warning: if you don't have time to read this rather lengthy post, then stop! otherwise, read on!wow, where do i begin?! it was a wicked good day>>>my senses were overwhelmed & i was giddy with excitement! i met some very incredibly talented & wonderful artists... & saw, touched, smelt & drooled over a lot of nifty stuff! it was so great to be around so many creative folk...it was like i was in a sea of creative souls...there was a definite buzz in the air! the craftacular was spectacular {smile}! >>> just wish some of my blogging/non-blogging pals & my sisters were with me on this adventure...oh well, i will be happy to share my day with y'all...here is emily, she is that fab recycling artist that i had mentioned before...she showed me her latest creation, a mosaic frame with this adorable owl...what a hoot! she said she used 2 bottles of kaluha to complete this fab frame... she was so very kind & humored me as i gushed on & on about how much i love her work. i simply could not curb my enthusiasm...poor dear, i freaked her out a bit, i'm afraid...i swear, i'm really not an "art stalker">>>just a very appreciative patron of the arts/crafts...{ the glitter gals, naomi & heather, tell me not to worry about that! more on them below}... i really appreciate the fact that emily can turn "trash" & ordinary things into something extraordinary & also functional...i'm always such a sucker for that whole recycling/remixing/repurposing concept! so eco-friendly & all that... she's also going to be featured on hgtv's that's clever show, to be aired next month, july 16th i believe she said. meet jewelry artist, meredith (upper left)>>>her stuff is so bea-u-ti-ful! i fell in love with this abalone necklace (upper right)>>>is it not gorgeous or what?! {i hope it wasn't taken today! i'm gonna email her & find out>>>oh joe, ahem, someone's birthday, hint, hint, nudge, nudge is next month!}...she tells me that she finds a lot of her materials, such as this lovely abalone piece, from ebay from all over the world...& her creations are truly one of a kind! i smiled widely when she told me that she found that piece of abalone on ebay & it was naturally beautiful like that! i told her that's why i love the stuff! nature's gifts are so rare & beautiful, aren't they? right next to meredith's table was a soy candle maker, me likes gifts ( not pictured), i chatted with this artist's (steven) girlfriend, dawn, who was so wicked friendly. she told me that her bf started this company because their kids' school was about to close & so they started this at first to raise money to keep the school open...et voila, me likes gifts was born! 5% of the proceeds go to the madison public schools...i'm such a sucker when it involves children! so, i bought this sweetly fragrant candle {jasmine} & handcut soap {lemongrass}... can i just say, mmm! then there's erika, the butterfly jester metal artist (lower left), & might i add, extraordinare...you gotta admire gals who can wield a blow torch & solder iron! her whimsical creations are so fun to look at & touch! so very detailed & textural! wow, i would love to learn how to blacksmith...she tells me that once she got over her initial fear of using the machinery & handle all that scorching heat, it's rather fun & not hard>>>i can sense that she enjoys what she creates>>>it shows through in her art! her metal works can be found scattered about downtown madison. sadly, she is a self-proclaimed artist of the "stone age" as she admits that she has neither a website nor email...but she did kindly give me her snail mail addy & (with her verbal permission) here it is, in case you want to drop her a line: erika koivvnen, the butterfly jester metal artist, 20 n. baldwin, madison, wi 53703. i also met this very clever felted wool artist, betz ( not pictured) & found her creations so enchanting...she transforms old sweaters into lovely, beautiful & functional things {again, am such a sucker for recycled art}, like these wicked adorable birdie purses...too die for! (sorry there's no pictures here bec. i started to feel self-conscious about snapping away practically every table i stopped at! really didn't want to give the impression that i was an "art stalker"!)...she informs me she has a blog!>>>so check her out & see what i mean! nearing the end of my journey, i came across this cute couple (upper left), newlyweds really {they were married last january}>>>sorry, i didn't catch their names>>> but i did get a cool magnet with their web info...the personalized votive candle holder which they somehow transferred their wedding photo onto the wax holder is what caught my eye... {aw, too sweet!}...at $20, they are reasonably priced...told them i was going to email them soon...bec. our 4th wedding anniversary is not too far off! some of my cool loot i brought home from the craftacular (upper right) & i was fasincated by the swirl & detail of erika's cool flower metal piece (lower left)...too cool for words, really! & last, but certainly not least, the divine glitter gals, heather (to the left) & naomi (to the right), who brought us (along with emily, recycling artist) this fab event! had a blast ladies! so nice to meet you in person>>> u guys totally rock! can't wait for next year... & you can betcha that i'll be a loyal tgw customer. always glad to support wonderful women entrepreneurs, small businesses & local artists! {smile}
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addendum: i had only heard about this event a mere few weeks ago...& would have loved to be an actual seller...maybe next year, if the glitter gals will have me? yes, i did splurge on a few trinkets, but nothing big {a candle jar, soap & a few pairs of lovely earrings>>>as i've got a few birthdays to get gifts for}...it was my chance to venture out, see what's out there>>> be inspired by the wonderful artists i met & their creations i admired...
& above all, make connections with creative souls like me.
to me, that was worth it!Posted by Picasa

7 Comments:

  • At 6/11/2006 02:02:00 AM, Blogger weirdbunny said…

    I thought you were going to sell stuff, not spend the day, spending your profits buying stuff!! Glad you had a great day and met loads of people!

     
  • At 6/11/2006 06:20:00 AM, Blogger sweet memories said…

    I think you will have a table next year too right?! Your art is just as beautiful as theirs! What a fun day! And you still had the time to post all of this! Thank you! What fun!

     
  • At 6/11/2006 01:15:00 PM, Blogger Judy Scott said…

    What a good time we could have had together, so glad you enjoyed yourself. Start working now for next year to get lots of goodies together. LOL love Judy x

     
  • At 6/11/2006 04:53:00 PM, Blogger Betz White said…

    Thanks so much for stopping by my table, I enjoyed your enthusiasm! :)

     
  • At 6/11/2006 10:21:00 PM, Anonymous emily said…

    Hi Mary Ann,
    It was great to meet you in person! I think your enthusiasm for art is great, I'm just not used to being complimented on it so much from anyone other than my mom or my mother-in-law, so sorry if I seemed freaked out, I was just a little embarrassed from all the praise. I really appreciate you taking the time to come to the Craftacular and document it so fantasically! Keep in touch, we'd love to have you apply to be a vendor at the next Craftacular!

     
  • At 6/11/2006 10:56:00 PM, Blogger norththreads said…

    Looks like a fantastic time! You must be brimming with ideas!!

     
  • At 6/12/2006 10:38:00 PM, Anonymous looney said…

    again...wish this event was during our soon to be visit...maybe next year? so many neat and crafty art businesses and women to boot-YEA! like emily said, maybe you could apply now to enter your art next year. and i agree with all your colleagues, esp. sweet memories-your art is divine! xoxo Looney

     

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