Saturday, April 21st was day one of spring’s Chatty Crafty event. I got to incorporate some of my antique-ing finds into my booth:
One of my favorite things about traveling to shows outside the area is seeing new faces- and I definitely saw and met plenty of them! One of my neighbors was Sally of Sew Few - her upcycled, handmade clutch bags and purses are unrivaled- immaculately crafted and all one-of-a-kind.
She explained that her family owned an upholstery business, so she has access to all of these amazing upholstery samples to create her unique, boutique quality bags. I am so lucky to be able to count myself as a proud owner of one of her creations:
One of my other neighbors happened to be the only other person from Pennsylvania at the show. Matt of Alternate Histories was super friendly and loaned me one of his Ikea sign holders- thank you so much, Matt! His work is definitely unlike any that I have ever seen- he retools historic photographs to include science fiction inspired minutia. Although I couldn’t think of a space left on my walls for his intricate creations, I did get to come home with some of his quirky greetings cards:
Candice from Cordial Kitten was in Chattanooga- I met and traded with her back in September 2011 at Renegade Chicago. She split her booth with Sally Harless of sadly harmless - both their work meshed so nicely together.
I came home with another kitty by Candice, this time in 2D form:
The kitty is pictured with work by Leslie of Off the Map. Her collages of tree and bike silhouettes paired with bold colors and maps are just gorgeous and can be personalized by state and or city. Here’s a photo of just some of her setup:
In addition to talented artists, there was a decent selection of vintage items at the show.
The Green Door Trading Company had a very colorful arrangement going on.
Katie of Vintage Love hauled so many goodies to the show- i love the setup!
Out on a Limb (above) was a booth with a very interesting story behind it. Andrew and Robin Scharff are devoted parents seeking to expand their family of four to include a fifth member- an adopted child from China. All of the money raised from sales at Chatty Crafty and on their etsy storefront go towards their dream of adding to the family. Pretty inspirational if you ask me! Best of luck, Andrew and Robin!
If you know me, you know that I’m mildly obsessed with plush food- I think I mention that fact in every blog post that features plush food- whoops! Anyhow, as a result, I fell in love with the work of Brian and Cre Willis of Seven Feathers Tribe- not only do they have cute felt junk food, they have a whole assortment of felt veggies and fruit:
Check out this doggy who sought shade in my booth- so big and shaggy and cute!
How amazing is this silkscreen print by Josh of arcade death?! I’m always excited to see fellow printmakers, but it was particularly exciting to meet Josh and talk shop- he comes from a traditional printmaking education background as well. If you’ve made it this far in the post and you’re a printmaker, this is your open invitation to nerd out with me any time!
These little illustrated magnets by Little Red Afro are so fun! I picked up a tiny cupcake with a moustache, obviously:
The mounted felt moustache is courtesy of Heather from squackdoodle. The letterpress gift tag and happy birthday cards are by Beth of Quill and Arrow Press- her work is chock full of beautiful, contemporary patterns. I also adore these envelope cards:
I love these eclectic plush creations from Canoo, based out of Asheville, NC.
I was blown away by Celia Barbieri’s Button Florist booth- a fusion of colorful flowers, buttons, and ceramics? It was a dream come true! I spent way too long perusing her creations and took way too many photographs of each bouquet.
I am also so lucky to be a proud owner of one of her beautiful bouquets:
Finally, I met Janae Easton, another artist who traveled from afar to be at the show- all the way from Florida! Her colorful renderings are just my style- bright and full of patterns. We even have similar birdy styles! Her storefront is called platypusfile.
She still uses the gocco process to make her cards and prints- awesome! I came home with an adorable tote, card, and handmade infinity scarf by Janae- thanks so much!
Thank you so much to Lynda from Chatty Crafty for having me- I didn’t know what to expect before I arrived, but I met so many talented artists and really fell for the town of Chattanooga. I should mention that while I didn’t do much sightseeing, I ate at some top notch restaurants over the weekend. Urban Stack, a highly recommended burger bar, was packed when I walked there for dinner on Saturday night. I also enjoyed a meal at The Blue Plate right on the green where Chatty Crafty was held. Before I left Tennessee on Monday, I indulged in this delectable donut across the river at Julie Darling Donuts- YUM.