Contributors needed for a book called Yarn Bombing: The Art of Knit Graffiti about the history of yarn graffiti in urban spaces. Email mandy AT yarnbombing DOT com for more info.
Our beloved Chicago floating indie store of handmade goods,DEPART-ment, is open: April 25, 26 and 27 at AV-aerie, with the opening party on Friday, April 25th from 7-11pm. My favorite part: "All things handcrafted. No brand names. No foreign assembly. No questionable ethics."
If you were wondering how a site based in Ning could possibly be sold, or bought for that matter, you now have some one to ask. Scion sent out an email earlier today announcing Casie Metcalf as the proud new owner of one Indiepublic.com. You may know Casie from her other site, Vintage Image Madness, or from her shop on Etsy. Casie offers up cool old timey post card images and is no slouch when it comes to social networking online. No word on her plans for the site yet, but we'll be watching.
Readymade tries out life in the digital lane via a new paper-free issue. Are we going backwards or forwards? I am confused.
Crafting as a business has his the news again. This time in Forbes. Read the article here and be sure to check out the 9 Clever Online Craft Fairs here. Some are familiar like Etsy and EBay, but also listed are some lesser known sites. Guild, World of Good, Ten Thousand Villages, artsEfst, CraftMall.com, and Strictly Handmade all make appearances. Way to keep up with the trends Forbes, but where's DaWanda?
The Design + Craft Forum will take place in the RISD Auditorium on Friday, April 11, from 10am-4pm. The forum is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Evolution/Revolution: the Arts and Crafts in Contemporary Fashion and Textiles currently on view at the RISD Museum, and sets out "to explore issues that arise from the intersection of art, craft, and technology."
Among the speakers are Joanne Dolan Ingersoll, Curator of Costume and Textile at the RISD Museum, Andrew Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of American Craft magazine, and Harumi Hotta, Design Research Specialist at The Museum at FIT. (For more information and/or to register contact Deborah
Clemons, 401-454-6530 or visit the Museum site)
As crafting and the handmade movement gain momentum, there seems to be a lot more discussion about the difference (or lack thereof) between hobbyists, crafters, and artists. Certainly this was the case at Craft Con last weekend. Perhaps some of it stems from a desire to legitimize ourselves professionally and if it is, then today marks another step closer to that goal. This Wall Street Journal article in the career section outlines some tactics for starting and succeeding in your craft business. Who woulda thunk it?
Craft Con! I iwish I was in San Fran to get in on the action.