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Topic: 3/16/06 - Interesting Book Signing / Craftster Get-Together Locations?  (Read 27054 times)
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« on: March 16, 2006 06:16:18 AM »

Hey everyone,

Still recovering from the flu but I think it's almost gone! And my fever broke today. Woo hoo!  But I'm still half-brain-dead so forgive me if the following makes little sense...

I have to get my book publisher some information and I'm hoping to get some help from you all. Smiley

Some of you know that I have my first craft book coming out soon. The latest info is that it arrives from the printer at the end of April and then makes it's way out to bookstores by the end of May. Craziness!! I can't believe it!

My publisher would like me to compile a list of some cool & crafty places in major cities across the U.S. where I could hold some sort of combo book-signing and Craftster-get-together (like mini CraftsterCON, hee hee). Some ideas I had for what would happen at these events would be crafty demonstrations, craft supply swaps (so fun!), other stuff like that...

So the kinds of places that would be great to hold the event at would be:

1. Perhaps a craft-themed business but not an absolute requirement. But basically a place that would possible be willing and interested to host this event for free.

2. Large enough to hold perhaps around 50 people (totally guessing about the attendence here! Tongue)

If you have any suggestions, please respond here with the name of the place, the city it's located in, and their website if they have one.

Thanks so much!!

Leah
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2006 06:37:13 AM »

To get the ball rolling, here are a few places I know about or have just heard of through the grapevine...

Spark Crafts Studio, Somerville MA
http://sparkcrafts.com/

Make Workshop, Lower East Side NY
http://www.makeworkshop.com/

Stitch Lounge, San Francisco, CA
http://www.stitchlounge.com/

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2006 07:07:02 AM »

i know that galapagos in williamsburg brooklyn does all sorts of events, including book release parties and such.  it's a bar but they are very art friendly.

http://www.galapagosartspace.com


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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2006 07:12:03 AM »

Texans chime in here. We want Leah to visit! I haven't made it up there yet, but I'd suggest The Work*Shop in Austin. Bet the Austin Craft Mafiosi would even make it a joint event if your publisher was interested. They have that Stylicious show coming out in April... could be a combined event of crafty goodness. Wink

The Work*Shop, Austin, TX
http://www.theworkshopaustin.com/
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2006 07:20:06 AM »

Maybe the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh - they are a contemporary art gallery but in the fall they hosted a "Media Swap" for local vendors.  Their website is: http://www.mattress.org/.
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2006 07:29:09 AM »

Threadbender yarn store, Grand Rapids (really, it's Wyoming (suburb)) Michigan. I'm not sure it'd be large enough to hold 50 people, but I'm fairly certain they wouldn't mind a packed house.
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2006 07:52:56 AM »

Okay, I'm going to be way general and just say VIRGINIA BEACH, VA! Wink For real, it's a good place to come-- beaches! Smiley

You could rent a space at the Pavillion and hold the craftsterCON/booksigning in there. The rooms are GIGANTIC-- they're always doing arts/crafts shows there (and YAY bead show on Sat!)

http://www.vbfun.com/conventionCenter/
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2006 08:09:36 AM »

Thanks for all the ideas so far. I hope this ends up being a reality because I love to go to new places. Grin

And keep 'em coming...
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2006 08:52:09 AM »

NYC.

The Market NYC
http://www.themarketnyc.com/noflash/index.html

I would second the Galapagos but it's so dark in there. But it is very art friendly.

And how about The Warsaw in Williamsburg (261 Driggs Avenue @ Eckford) where they held BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular.



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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2006 09:30:26 AM »

You MUST come to Chicago!

Quimby's Bookstore- selsl local zines and embraces the DIY movement- they have free book signings all the time

http://www.quimbys.com/

You could also contact the Chicago Craft Mafia to probe them for some location ideas....

http://www.chicagocraftmafia.com/
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