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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet & Found item Necklaces on: September 23, 2012 10:02:46 AM
These were so easy to make, and so much fun! Crochet circles, sewed them together, and used vintage buttons and some pieces I purchased at Michael's. To add a finishing touch, I covered the backs with some fabric to match.

I've also made these as barrettes, which seem to be more popular.

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Using Pinterest for promotion? on: September 22, 2012 01:03:18 PM
Hi Everyone!

What are your opinions on pinning your items on Pinterest for promotion?

I sell art prints and there is so much controversy about copyright and stealing images on Pinterest, I'm very apprehensive about doing this but I know it would bring a lot of views and maybe some business.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Art and Craft? on: September 20, 2012 06:41:59 PM
Hi everyone, I have a general question for those of you who are more on the arts end of the crafting business.

I am an illustrator as my main interest (and that is what my returning customers know me for), but I also knit and crochet to sell. I like to try to make my art and my handmade items match in style, and I think that having tangible items at my table brings potential print customers in.  

However, I've read a lot of things that say that you should only focus on one item or specialty, so not to distract your customers. Really, the handmade items are a lot less for me income wise, but not everyone wants just art. I don't want to totally go away from selling these items, but  I also don't want to confuse people and push them away from my booth.

Personally, I think if your space is not cluttered and has some sort of theme, you're okay to have art integrated with other items.

What is your opinion on this?

Here's some images of my booth from a craft show last spring, my space has evolved into something different, but this will give you an idea of what I mean:

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Earrings on: September 18, 2012 09:21:10 PM
I've always loved crocheting with thread, and I've always loved big earrings. So to ease the stress on my ears, and satisfy my craving for big and colorful, I started using my doily & granny square patterns, along with my own designs as earrings.

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / New Funky Artist! Check it out! on: September 16, 2012 11:07:25 PM
Hi Everyone! I am new to craftster and I mostly work in colored pencil and oil paint... I love that saturated color look along with the retro-vintage distortion and style.

John Lennon is my most recent caricature, and one of my favorites.

If you have any questions about technique, please feel free to ask!! I love to make people smile with my art, so enjoy!  Grin
6  New York / New York: Central / Utica, NY Crafters? on: September 16, 2012 10:44:06 PM
Any Utica, NY crafters still active on Craftster? What are some good craft shows in the are other than the Indie Garage Sale (which is my favorite!).
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Newbie Funky Artist & Crafter! on: September 16, 2012 08:36:42 PM
Hey everyone!!
My name is Maria, and I am known as Retro Sorrento.

I am brand new to Craftster, and although I have been scouring the internet with my crafts, I don't think I've been on a community forum since 2004!! I'm definitely a little bit rusty, but very excited to meet some fellow crafters, get some inspiration and get some feedback.  Roll Eyes

A little about myself:
I am an illustrator and crafter. I graduated from RIT in Rochester, NY with a B.F.A. in Illustration, moved back home to Utica, NY and am now working as a florist as my day job. I still keep up my art and craft on a daily basis (although I have to admit it gets crazy sometimes!). I rent a small studio in a nearby town and sell prints and crafts at local craft fairs, stores, and online.

I am extremely influenced by my love of the 60's and 70's culture, music, mindset, etc. I am a flower child at heart. My artwork and crafts definitely reflect my interests. My illustrated work consists of color-saturated caricatures, portraits, city scenes, landscapes, Volkswagen buses, and the occasional octopus tentacle. As a crafter I create vintage-styled crochet jewelry, accessories, and household items.

Nice to meet you all!  Grin
<3 Maria
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