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the last three weeks have been busy with back to back to back shows in the philadelphia region! here’s a round up of some of the talented artists i met and great art i saw at each event 🙂

on September 29, i was a second time vendor at Vix Emporium’s Go West Craft Fest at the Woodlands in West Philly. it was a brisk fall day and plenty of families came out to see the art and entertainment! above is an image of my booth setup and some cuties who showed off the plush owl and cat they went home with.

i came home with these sweet polaroid camera buttons- i love them so much and i can’t find the artist who made them anywhere! the back of the packaging looks like it reads catkowski.etsy.com, but i couldn’t find the shop. if anyone knows, please let me know! i’d like to give credit where credit is due 🙂

i couldn’t decide which photo i liked better so i included both! these gorgeous blue bowls from Anne-Marie Gincley are the perfect size for a side dish like rice, pasta, or edamame. i also traded with Emily from Vix for one of her delicate birds nest necklaces under her etsy persona precious meshes.

Chase Brown was at the last Go West! and i adore his ceramic flask pieces. i brought one of the smaller ones home to use as a bud vase. thanks so much for the trade, chase!

the following weekend, i headed over to Penn’s Landing to participate as a vendor at the Old City Seaport Festival at the Philadelphia Seaport Museum. vendors had to arrive so early to set up that i got to see the sun rise on the Delaware River:

the day was beautiful and many Go West! artists were also there. i met Virginia Evans and her husband of Apricot Basket, whose photographs and stationery are great! be sure to check out her etsy store. anyhow, the Seaport Festival was a well attended family event that seemed to be a great time for all who attended.

the following friday, i headed down to Main Line Art Center for another edition of their One Night Stand event. i participated back in May, but if you missed my post about it, it’s basically a Friday night art show/sale featuring young artists from the area. here’s a photo of my setup and of the space near me:

there were some returning artists . . .

(prints by Gillain Pokalo and sugar skulls by Emily B. Snedden Yates)

 . . . and there was a whole bunch of new faces! my neighbor was the ultra-talented painter Anna Kocher:

one of my favorite setups of the night was the work by Claudia Eckel, a painter whose primary subject matter is cats!

the ceramics by Bethany Rusen were also stellar:

later that weekend, i headed back down to Lancaster Ave. to participate as a vendor at Ardmore’s Clover Market! it was a perfect fall Sunday and people came out in droves early in the morning! the wind did kick up a bit, but my booth managed to stay in tact. whew! here’s an image of the setup, along with some new items i’ve had out on display this fall craft season:

there were many talented returning vendors that i’ve written about in previous posts, but i did manage to scope out some cool finds i’d never seen or posted about before. i also noticed that many artists and antique vendors had very elaborate setups that were just stellar in terms of arrangement. so inspiring!

the top left features a display by Creekside Antiques– i came home with two of those skeleton keys. the bottom left is a vendor i’ve written about before- Press No. 9. how cute is that tote bag? the right features two gorgeous necklaces by Reagan Hayhurst; i loved her setup and her work!

recognize these flowers? i posted about my own ventures making them this past summer for my boyfriend’s family’s beach house. The Painted Home was selling their own version of the craft with giant spiral flowers and stems made of actual twigs! very cut stuff, ladies.

i’m not exactly sure whose booth this was from (perhaps funretro?) but i loved the packaging of these keys.

Milkshake Crafts had a really cohesive setup and i loved these small art panels! how adorable are those Russian dolls? the handmade jotter books were also cute.

my favorite display of the whole show was hands down the work of Made by Liddy. i will be posting separate photos on my “show setup” Pinterest board. the whole look was cohesive and professional and i was totally blown away. it also helps that i’m a sucker for hand drawn type on chalkboards!

as you may have noticed from my Seaport Fest photos, I’ve been setting out a dog bowl at my outdoor shows. i’ll leave you with two satisfied pups who came for a drink. thanks so much to everyone who made the fall season a success!

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hey all! if you’ve been on the blog lately, you may have noticed that my “upcoming shows” column has been growing slowly. my fall season is three weekends of shows beginning next weekend!

Saturday, September 29: The second installment of the thrice-yearly event sponsored by West Philly’s own VIX Emporium! Held at The Woodlands Historic Mansion/Cemetery/Landscape in West Philadelphia, this festive family friendly event is happening from 11-5pm. There will be over 50 art/craft vendors, as well as food and a packed entertainment schedule. Check out this neat Pinterest board featuring work by all the creative vendors who will be in attendance!

Saturday, October 6 + Sunday, October 7: I will be a first time vendor at Philadelphia’s annual Old City Seaport Festival at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn’s Landing. You do need to purchase a ticket to attend, however your ticket includes admission to the museum, historic ships, craft area, entertainment areas, and deck tours of the Tall Ships. They will have food trucks and a beer garden located on the second floor deck of the museum, as well as river tours throughout the day. They have a whole schedule listed for each day that you can check out by clicking on this link. I attended this event years ago as a kid and I really enjoyed; it something that is definitely unique to the east coast. Anyhow, I’ll be there both days from 10-5- hope to see some of you there!

Sunday, October 14: I will be a returning vendor at Ardmore’s popular Clover Market! I was sad to miss the fall season kick-off date in September, but it only makes me more prepared for October’s market 🙂 This “modern flea market” is one you surely don’t want to miss- Janet Long’s suburban creation has gained press and notoriety in the past few months. The market is located in the parking lot at 12 E. Lancaster Ave. and is open from 10am – 5pm, rain or shine. Check out the website for detailed maps, where to park, and more! There’s even a comprehensive Pinterest board showcasing all of the artists who will be vending during the fall season.

Hope to see you this fall season! I will be showcasing a couple new prints, many new greetings cards, and even a new shirt design! Woo hoo!

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On Mother’s Day weekend of this year, I was a third time participant with Philadelphia’s famous independent craft fair, Art Star Craft Bazaar. Held every year at Penn’s Landing, the show is curated and run by the ladies of Art Star Gallery & Boutique, on 2nd Street in Northern Liberties. Also every year, it gets more awesome! This year, my booth was in a cluster next to the Seaport Museum.

It was super sunny on Saturday, so Katy and I soaked up the rays.

I also debuted my new plush kitty cats! They come in three colors and each is slightly different. Each color of kitty has a name tag with a little description about its personality. The orange cat is “Big Tig,” the purple cat is “Dr. Fuzz,” and the grey cat is “Kasey.” If you’re interested in picking one up, here’s a link to my plush kitty cat etsy listing.

On Sunday the 13th, I got to roam around the show, take photos, say hi to friends, and pick up some great items! Here are some of my favorites:

My booth neighbor was gioconda padovan, an artist who creates her own children’s stamp sets from original illustrations. Her products are super cute and whimsical- you can see from one child’s example, they’re easy to layer as well. She had a table set up for kids to test them out, which was cute entertainment all day long.

I’m psyched about this purchase, a print by Shawn Hileman of Philadelphia’s Masthead Print Studio fame. It’s currently living in my studio, naturally.

Just down the way from me was Laura of The Wind and the Sail, my booth neighbor from last year! She hails from Indiana and I cannot say enough how much I adore her work- last year, I picked up a kitty cat with a mole (just like my own cat) and a cute plush beaver friend. It was great to see you again this year, Laura!

One day . . . one day, I will buy something from Bubbledog. I love all of their colorful goods, so I can honestly never decide what I want to bring home!

I had seen a preview from Art Star about Betsy Olmsted’s work and I couldn’t wait to see it in the flesh . . . holy moly is it beautiful (and very inspiring). Who would ever want to actually use one of these hand towels?? They’re way too pretty to ruin in the kitchen!

To continue with artists from PA Dutch country (Betsy Olmsted resides in Lancaster), I picked up this sweet, springy thank you card from Ready the House, a design team based out of Lititz. Check out their etsy for some bright, locally influenced designs.

I’m so into this new coaster set by my friend Bryan of yardsale press– it’s the perfect housewarming gift!

At every show I see her at, I drool over Namoo‘s fabric goodies. This time was no exception.

Neogranny had such a colorful setup, packed with laser cut wooden embellishments.

As mentioned before, Heidi Kenney’s plushies are some of my all-time favorites. How hilarious (and well crafted) are these dirty bananas? Too much cuteness.

Courtney and Justin of Wider Awake Print & Design did such a stellar job with their first setup as Art Star vendors! I am a huge fan of their work and you should be too- make sure to check out their site and etsy storefront for colorful and quirky silkscreen goodies.

I’m a big fan of these new Overdue Industries bunting necklaces- a fresh departure from their other necklace styles.

To continue with necklaces, these chevron ceramic necklaces by Tasha McKelvey are really hip. I didn’t pick one up, but I did get this beachy ceramic dish from her, pictured below:

In the dish is a “surf and turf” pin set from yardsale press. Underneath is a silkscreen print on a wooden postcard by Melanie Linder of Spread the Love.

I always love work by Phil Barbato! Check out these new baby octopus plush- look at that rotten tooth on the back one! Too funny 🙂

Holland Cox featured a great assortment of bold, patterned clutch bags and wristlets.

Sun in my Chest’s booth made me so happy (just like their prints say) thanks to their assortment of mono-printed goodies. As I mentioned last week, as much as I love silkscreen printing, it’s always exciting for me to see older, more traditional printmaking processes at these kinds of shows.

I wish this ceramicist had a website, but alas I only found an art center profile on Tabitha Trolli, the girl who crafted these gorgeous vases. I seriously went back to her booth four times before I decided on what I wanted to purchase:

Sarah Lee Parker Textiles’ booth was near mine last year and I adored her designs just as much as I do this year. How fun are these tea towels?

It was such a pleasure to meet Becki and Chris, the creative duo behind Everyday Balloons. The pair from Pittsburgh are also silkscreen printers who do everything by hand – very admirable and very time consuming. I fell for their suite of owl prints and am so happy that I got to bring them home with me! I already have the hooties framed and ready to rock for a print/photo salon style wall I’m planning to hang soon. Not only are their prints awesome, but how cute are these business cards? I kind of want to frame these too:

Anyhow, the Craft Bazaar was a great success and I’m so lucky to have been able to participate again this year. A big THANK YOU goes out to Megan and Erin of Art Star, to my faithful helpers, my mamadukes, and to everyone who stopped in! Including the doggies who came for a drink:

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The weekend after I returned from Tennessee, I was a returning vendor at the South Philadelphia staple, Crafty Balboa. The weather started out kind of yucky, but both my helper Katy and I came prepared with our jackets.

Me wearing my platypusfile scarf that I got the week earlier in Tennessee 🙂

the line of tents around Passyunk Fountain . . .

my helper (and best friend of 20 years) Katy! thanks so much for your help 🙂

After the show, a bunch of us headed down East Passyunk for some grub. yay friends!

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Two weeks later, I was a first time vendor at Ardmore’s Clover Market– I’ve been a customer at the event twice before, so it was fun to be on the other side. My booth was nestled in a back parking lot area, around the corner from the food vendors . . .

 . . . and directly across from the New Hope Fountain Soda truck- how cool are those taps built in to the side of their sprinter truck?

As usual, there was a great variety of vintage goodies- i particularly enjoyed this display:

Another great item I was thisclose to bringing home with me were these social media pillows by The Pillow Works:

I’m excited to announce that I will be participating again with The Clover Market in the fall. I will be vending at both the October and November shows- you can see the details in the upper right hand column of my page. So pumped!

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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.

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it has been a whirlwind couple of weeks! i vended for the first time at Go West! craft fest, had a print show with Bryan Sculthorpe at Nice Things . . . Handmade in South Philly (that is still up until next week if you missed it!), drove to Tennessee solo to participate in Chattanooga’s Chatty Crafty, sold my wares at the annual Crafty Balboa: April Showers fair, started a new “etsy treasury tuesday” feature on this blog, and have spent many hours in the studio. however- this spring/early summer season is NOT over yet- i still have new work to debut, new shows to vend at, and even a solo gallery show across the country! here’s the deal:

THIS SUNDAY, May 6th- I will be a first time vendor at Ardmore’s Clover Market! you may remember some past posts about it, as I have been to a couple of their past markets as a customer. This show is really well curated and features a wider range of goodies than your typical craft show. The weather is supposed to be beaut so it’s a perfect way to spend a Sunday! 10 – 4pm at 12 E. Lancaster Ave- my booth will be tucked away in a back parking lot off of Cricket Terrace, so please make sure to come find me and say hello! Also of note- there is free parking everywhere in Ardmore on Sundays! BOOYA.

NEXT WEEKEND, May 12 & 13, I will be at Penn’s Landing for another edition of the biggest craft show in Philly- Art Star Craft Bazaar! I am super excited- this show is just great, no two ways about it. It is both Saturday & Sunday, from 11-6pm. My booth is number #102- you can check out the map here and see that I’m right off of Walnut, next to the Seaport Museum. Another fun fact? Rowan alumni are dominating this year, accounting for four vendor booths! So be sure to stop in and see Yardsale Press, Wider Awake, and Brainstorm, as well as me- we were all born out of the same messy print studio in South Jersey. BOOM.

On May 14th, my solo gallery show Memoria will be opening in Reno, Nevada at their city’s McKinley Arts Gallery East location.  The month long show features work from my thesis exhibition at Penn State in 2010. The body of work featured is definitely a departure from my standard colorful, illustrated silkscreen prints; rather, it’s focused on my family’s history of mental deterioration through imagery and process. The above piece will be shown, alongside 11 other works. I unfortunately will not be able to make it to Reno to see it, so I’m hoping they will send me some images I’ll be able to post!

FRIDAY, MAY 18 FROM 6-9PM I will be participating in Main Line Art Center’s One Night Stand, an event for members and artists ages 21-35 to sell their work to people of any age 🙂 I will be manning my table for the evening selling framed prints and framed original Polaroids. I’m excited to participate and see some new faces! Main Line Art Center is located at 746 Panmure Rd. in Haverford, PA.

 I just got word that I will be a returning vendor to InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor 13! This year, in addition to the Saturday and Sunday dates, they’ve added a special Friday night preview from 5:30-8:30 that I will also be participating in 🙂 Anyhow, the show is on June 9 and 10th from 12-6. I feel like I say this about every event, but this is seriously one of my favorites of all year- there is an abundance of talent, great raffles, sometimes a photobooth, yummy food trucks, live music, and OH YEAH- it’s sponsored by Philly Brewing Company and they usually run “an all day, all you can drink” wristband special which is my jam! Art for the Cash Poor is at the Crane Arts Building at 1400 American Street in Fishtown. Click here to read my post about last year’s event.

Finally, I’ve been releasing new prints quietly at shows and on etsy, so here are a couple of pics:

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spring craft season has officially spring! two weekends ago, the day after the Go West! Craft Fest, nick and i headed to Ardmore’s Clover Market to check the scene. if you haven’t seen my schedule, i am participating in May’s market and i’m very excited! anyhow, check out some of the work by the talented vendors who participated in April’s market:

loved these vibrant fabric flowers by little blue studio! all the way from maryland 🙂

i enjoyed these mega-detailed prints by the 50/50 company, especially this philadelphia one that i picked up.

have you had a taste of a beverage from the new hope fountain? holy moly, sooo delicious- i urge you to check them out! i enjoyed my first beverage by them at montgomeryville’s grilled cheese place melt down.

i’m such a sucker for a) plush food and b) plush food with a moustache. check out val’s art studio for all kinds of needlefelted goodies.

nick and i picked up a sweet wedding card from rachel ink- she had all kinds of adorable stationery that you can find in her etsy shop.

adorable stitched silver lined clouds by chez sucre chez. not only were her contemporary cross stitched creations awesome, her booth setup was very cohesive and creative.

i wrote about them back in november, and i’m still just as smitten with their work- almanac industries has these sweet letterpress nautical-themed cards.

 . . . also a sucker for owls. check out this plush owl catching some Zzz’s by emily ann’s kloset!

elegant silkscreened cards by press no. 9

i know this isn’t art related, but how freakin’ cute is this fat corgi nugg?!

there was a variety of vintage vendors throughout the market, but i was really surprised to happen upon these letters from the keswick theater! pretty cool find, circa dee!

here’s a pic of our purchases from the market- we were obviously on the hunt for wedding cards for our 4 upcoming weddings this year. the fork and spoon is by rachel ink, as mentioned prior. the “let’s party” card is by my local fav, black heart letterpress. the tiered cake congrats card is by rifle paper co. – we actually found it elsewhere in ardmore, at paper source in suburban square. we walked in just as they were closing- i can’t wait to go back!

i have been on the hunt for fruit scented sugar scrub and alas i found it at sweet sally’s booth! i didn’t realize it at the time, but they came all the way from lewisburg, pa- the home of bucknell, where i used to teach! pretty cool.

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