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1  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / The great indie internship experiment on: May 02, 2009 03:38:07 PM
So, I had an idea.

I'm a college student in Jamaica, and I'm moving to New York for the summer to look for internships. I do media and fashion, so I sent out my resume to companies involved in those fields. I've even sent my resume to companies that are involved to an extent in the diy scene, like Bust magazine and Etsy. I have a few prospects, but in replying to them I got an idea.

Indie culture, diy, and independent businesses are one of the only things that fire me up. I love the fact that the diy scene abroad is becoming a movement, which is something that I've yet to see back home. I've always been a fan of indie business through online participation, but I've never really been as physically involved as I've always wanted due to my location.

Here's my idea: instead of interning at big companies, why not intern at several small indie businesses during my stay? I have a strong background in working with the media, and in writing, design and craft, so why not become an unpaid intern to the people I've always respected? I could see small businesses work, make connections between cultures, be a part of a movement, and learn a great deal about myself, other people, the creative process, and the global diy movement.

I could work with a new business every couple of weeks and document my adventure in a blog. I guess, in a way, this my attempt to start making things happen in my life, as opposed to waiting for someone else to determine my way.What do you guys think?

Also posted this on Craftster.
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Crafty temp jobs for working holiday makers in London? on: April 02, 2008 09:56:21 PM
Hey everyone,
I'm planning on going to England for my gap year on a working holiday VISA, which simply means that I can work in England for a year. I'm taking some courses at Central Saint Martins to prepare a portfolio for art school, and as such I'm looking for temporary jobs in the London area- the craftier they are, the better. Please contact me if you have any such information, and I hope I posted this in the correct place. Thanks a lot.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / International Sellers at Craft Fairs? on: May 18, 2007 02:47:40 PM
Hey, I was just wondering if it's possible for international vendors to take part in Craft Fairs like Bazaar Bizarre, Renegade and so on. I guess you'd need some kind of permit, but as most of the applications for these fairs are closed, I can't really see any application forms to see what's required.
Thanks for your help.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Super cool Saosin hat! on: April 13, 2007 05:39:57 PM
My boyfriend's birthday is Sunday so I decided to make him a hat featuring his favourite band, at present. I couldn't wait so I gave it to him today. He was soooo happy, jumping up and down and squeezing me and then pretending to be cool to pose for the pics  Smiley. He thinks it's so great having a creative girlfriend, but he had better come good on my birthday!

Hat is made with bleach and vinyl patches I cut with an exacto knife (well, actually, an exacto blade and some paper wrapped round it 'cause I couldn't find my exacto). I used black fabric paint to splatter the patches before I glued them on. I also used album artwork as a guide.

What do you guys think? (I hope I put this in the right category).
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help! My sewing machine suddenly stopped working. on: March 25, 2007 12:59:04 PM
My sewing machine is a Brother.. it's a couple years old. It was working fine, then suddenly it stopped. I don't think it over heated, because I used it a couple days later after turning it off and it still won't work. You can hear the motor running but the spinny thingie (what is that called?) won't move. It won't sew no matter how much I push the presser foot. Please help me! Perhaps something is slack/loose? anyone have similar problems?
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Is Art/Design school really necessary? on: February 18, 2007 11:11:57 AM
I'm a student about to embark on the wonderful world of art/design school, as well as the editor of an online zine interested in knowing what people who have more experience than I do have to say about this topic.

Does one really have to go to an art school/university in order to have a successful business in their chosen field? Can a person just really teach themselves all they need to know from books or the internet or crafty communities? I'm sure with the growth in sites that offer free tutorials, etc, this phenomenon must be more widespread. What if someone can't afford further education? Is it that they're doomed to being less popular, considered less 'accomplished', and generally less satisfied than the person who has had formal education?

It'd be really interesting to see where this topic goes.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Be Not Afraid Zine- It won't change your life... on: February 05, 2007 10:47:51 PM
But you probably will!


We're an indie culture zine of sorts, aiming to inspire people to learn, subvert, and DO! We feature interviews with diy superstars, tutorials and how-tos, and general knowledge that we hope you'll use and then write to us later about how we helped you to become a huge success. A girl can dream, can't she? Wink

Hip, innovative and helpful, we hope to take the zine to a bookstore near you.

We're also looking for more contributors as well as crafty people to feature. Contact us at: veronica.is.in@gmail.com

Signing off!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / "whipped topping" effect for polymer clay food? on: June 27, 2006 03:04:02 PM
Hi, I'm attempting to make some polymer clay food jewelry, but one thing is stumping me. How do you get that kind of soft, whipped, peaky look that's used for frosting or whipped topping, etc?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Smells good! swap on: June 23, 2006 08:16:33 PM
How about a swap that features everything that's yummy scented? Participants can trade candles, soaps, jewellery, lip balms and other bath and body stuff like perfumes or scented oils, even baked goods(if that's possible)! But the idea shouldn't even be restricted to those items- how about participants trying their hand at making dolls that are scented (like strawberry shortcake!), sachets for cupboards, stationery and paper goods? The ideas are limitless!
Any thoughts or comments or ideas?
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / The Paypal Battle on: March 02, 2006 03:08:08 PM
Hey all, I've been having this problem with Paypal for quite some time (a few years now) and I've finally become frustrated enough to actually say something.

The problem is that Paypal seems to discriminate. I'm from Trinidad (in the Caribbean) and I can't create an account in order to purchase goods online through paypal simply because of my geographical location. If you look at the drop down bar which lists all the countries which are allowed to sign up, Trinidad and Tobago simply isn't there. It's as though we, as well as many other countries, simply don't exist.

Yes, I know there's the option to pay through paypal without actually having an account. Believe me, I've tried that, but all in vain- this option, when I last checked, is only available for American residents.

I love the whole diy/indie culture that seems to be growing stronger and spreading faster everyday. I love being part of a community that rejects commercialisn and superficiality and tries to make something better out of the world. I love creating, and I love supporting others who create by purchasing their goods. The community of people who create is diverse, as well as global, and shouldn't be restricted to a particular area.

I'm not saying that it's paypal's fault. I have tried, however, to contact them by sending them messages in order to address the problem, and they haven't responded. I'm aware that in order for this to happen, paypal has to come to some agreements with the banks or the governments of the countries who currently can't utilize their facilities.

What I am saying is that it is a great inconvenience for people like me who wish to purchase crafted goods but cannot because of these policies. We're forced to either go through the tedious process of sending a money order. Which is not so bad, considering the fact that many online stores do not have this payment option at all, so we have no other choice but not to purchase the particular item.

If more countries were allowed to join paypal, or even if online/craft stores used more alternatives to the paypal shopping cart, there would be so many advantages. The wide population of potential purchasers would finally be able to actually purchase! Overall sales would definitely increase, and more people would be allowed to share and participate in the diy/indie community.

Because, after all, aren't we supposed to be a community? Because of paypal's discrimination, it sure doesn't feel like it.

I'd really appreciate any comments,suggestions or criticisms. Has anyone else had this problem? Are there any ways that we can overcome it? Do you think my whole argument is justified, or are there any disadvantages to paypal actually accepting more international orders? Any suggestions on how I can actually make a change?

Thanks for listening.

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