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1  UNITED STATES / Wisconsin / Madison Craft Fair November 18th - Looking for Vendors on: September 02, 2012 12:39:53 PM
Handmade for the Holidays
Community Craft Fair

Sunday, Nov. 18th | 10AM ~ 4PM
Arboretum Cohousing
1137 Erin Street
Madison, WI 53715

Join Arboretum Cohousing for their third Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Sunday, November 18th in the Arboretum Cohousing community room at 1137 Erin Street, from 10am to 4pm. Entrance to the craft fair is free and open to the public.

Vendor tables are only $5 with a bake sale donation, or $10 without. Setup begins at 8:30am - 9am. Please e-mail crafts@arboretumcohousing.org to signup to be a vendor.

There will be a bake sale stocked with delicious homemade treats, plus coffee, tea, and lunch items, with proceeds benefiting the Neighborhood House.

This fun event will also feature children's activities, live music, and a white elephant sale.

For more information or to be a vendor, please e-mail crafts@arboretumcohousing.org or visit http://www.arboretumcohousing.org/crafts/.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first RL collage (img heavish) on: November 03, 2008 05:39:11 PM
My first RL collage

So heres the story a few months ago I had to create some concepts for a local ethnic/music fest. Im a designer for a bank, but we were supporting this thing, so it was a fun little project. I sketched something quick, scanned it in, then decided to play with textures and see what happened. This is what I came up with:

Anyhoo, of course they went with another concept (the life of a designer), but I liked the idea of digital collage so much that I really wanted to use it some more. I love texture and pattern so I started collecting cool textures while I was browsing; wood grain, fabric, butterfly wings, apples. Mmm, texture. Then about a month ago it got pretty slow at work, so to keep my mind going I started sketching little characters on the backs of my business cards. Im more of a designer than an artist, but sometimes I like to sketch. Then one weekend I thought I would scan some in and try doing that digital collage thing, and this is what I came up with

Now my husband thought they were all that (I dont know), and hes doing a marketing degree (horray for putting your husband through college). He thought it would be a fun project to try marketing this stuff, he set up an online shop and a deviantart account which was all good, until this weekend I was notified that I would be having a solo art show at a local coffee shop. Now I thought he was just going to do his little marketing stuff online. Im excited, I think, but Im also panicking because I dont have nearly enough (I need, like 20 pieces). Plus they want me to do some originals, and I have never done a collage before in my life. So on Sunday we went to the craft store and bought origami and scrapbooking paper, some decoupage glue, and some mat board, and I tried to recreate the digital collages in RL.

Anyway, that is my hugely long story. I guess I'm looking for advice... I'm afraid I'm just going to be laughed at by the "art" community... Madison has a pretty big art community. Im sort of freaked out right now, and I really dont know if what Im doing is good enough to have an art show, but I dont want to bow out because it could maybe be successful, and if not it should at least be fun. So right now Im hoping for ideas on how to create original collages I think Id like to do some bigger stuff, but I dont know where to find big pretty paper the wrapping paper was all sort of kitschy and shiny, and there wasnt a great selection of the big paper. I dont know. Ack.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Cat Turtleneck Sweater on: October 26, 2008 03:51:23 PM
An autumn sweater for Pookie, knit in the round.



I happened to be knitting this on the bus a few days ago, and for the first time in my life someone had to sit down next to me and ask what I was knitting. I tried to laugh it off and act like I really wasn't a crazy cat lady, but I don't think he bought it. Cheesy

Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the taking of these photos. The humans, however, were another matter....
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