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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: More bike craftivism on: February 17, 2010 08:37:19 PM
I especially love the first one. Genius.

2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Crafters Raise Funds for Bushfire Victims on: February 12, 2009 02:01:03 AM
Please check out this website for all the different ways you can make stuff or buy handmade stuff to help bushfire survivors http://handmadehelp.blogspot.com
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Crafters Raise Funds for Bushfire Victims on: February 08, 2009 07:54:12 PM
Greetings everyone

I hope all Aussie craftster crew are safe and well.

There's been a bit of local response to the tragedy that is continuing to unfold.  Please join in on one of the initiatives and do your bit to help today.

MOST IMPORTANT - please book to donate blood.  It probably won't happen this week but the need is always ongoing 13 14 95 or http://donateblood.com.au

If you are an etsy seller please consider donating some or all profits towards the relief fund.  If you tag your items 'bushfire' they will appear on this page http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=tag_title&search_query=bushfire

Alternatively (especially if you don't have your own etsy store) you can donate items to this store http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6902734

Some crafters are beginning to make toys for the children check out the Meet Me At Mikes blog for updates on that project http://meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com/2009/02/handmade-help-victorian-bushfires.html

Any other ways crafters can help?  Please add anything you know.

Love to everyone
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Large scale (and I mean BIG) cross stitched QR Code on: January 12, 2009 02:28:29 AM
I got asked to participate in a festival about street art and performance and made a 1mx1m cross stitched QR Code.  The stitching was done with finger knitted wool and it's stitched on some animal hutch type fence stuff I got from my local hardware store.

At this size the QR Code doesn't really work but it was still a ton of fun to make and I love the outcome!

More pictures and explanation here http://radicalcrossstitch.com/2009/01/12/qracks-in-the-land/

Thanks for looking!!
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Melbourne Revolutionary Craft Circle Action (ADULT THEMES) on: December 05, 2008 03:42:23 PM
Hi all

This action was the subject of a short film which just won first place in a short film comp about housing affordability!


6  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Join the Craft In! - Melbourne on: November 29, 2008 03:56:25 PM

Hi all

We'd love to see some craftster peeps come join in on this craft action we're doing in the city to help raise awareness about the economic and environmental advantages of buying handmade and buying local.  We'll have copies of the handmade pledge to sign and a card making table so people can have a go at making something.

Let me know if you're keen to help organise or promote this event

Craft In!

Melbourne Craft Cartel helps patch up economic woes - Call to action!

Craft-in demonstration to be held in Bourke St Mall, Melbourne CBD, Monday December 8th

On Monday December the 8th the Rudd Government is giving big cash bonuses to pensioners, parents, low income families and first home buyers. The objective of this handout is to boost peoples spending in order to keep the economy pumping. What the Government isnt talking about is the most effective way to spend this handout to truly support the economy.

As crafters we understand the importance of buying handmade. We know that buying a handmade present means supporting your local community as well as giving a big finger to mass produced sweat shop crap. We know that buying handmade is infinitely better for our environment too.

As crafters we also understand that in times of economic pressure, people are less likely to spend a few more dollars for the handmade option.

We want to give the community the message that if they really want to contribute positively to the Australian economy, they should forget the plasma tv and Buy Handmade and Buy Local this festive season.

Did you know?

- For every $100 spent at a locally owned business $45 goes back into the community and our tax base. For every $100 spent at a chain store only $14 comes back.

- Small local businesses are the largest employer in Australia. Every $1million spent locally equals 14 jobs!

- Non-profit organisations receive 250% more support from small local businesses than from large businesses. So if you support local business you support local causes too!

- Local business are more likely to purchase goods and services from other local businesses which dramatically reduces transport costs, one of the biggest causes of climate change.

- Handmade goods are more likely to include recycled materials which reduces the need for landfills

- Handmade goods are unique, high quality and set trends rather than following them!

The Craft Cartel will be supplying craft materials at the Craft In and encouraging passers-by to make a crafty gift or card themselves. The Craft Cartel will also be handing out an alternative gift buying guide, with plenty of ideas for christmas gifts that dont cost the planet or our communities.

We are looking for more crafters, designers, makers and handmade retailers to join us on the street to spread the message of buying handmade. We encourage people to bring examples of your work and promotional material to spread to people on the streets. We want people to come talk to passers-by about the pressures they face trying to earn a living making and selling handmade goods.

So come join us on the street and spread the word amongst your communities about buying handmade!

RSVP on Facebook and spread the word http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=50241196632

7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Melbourne Craft Cartel - new website! new markets! members wanted :) on: November 10, 2008 06:14:28 PM
Greetings all

The Craft Cartel has a shiny new website! http://craftcartel.com

And we've got a ton of events coming up.  Get on our mailing list if you want to be kept in the loop.  And check the markets page on our website for details on our upcoming events.

We're always looking for new members so if you're up for some handmade market action and the odd bit of radical craft action, get in touch.

Hope to meet some of you wonderful craftster peeps at the Bike Love market!!

8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Melbourne Craft Markets? on: November 10, 2008 06:09:46 PM
Welcome to Melbourne  Smiley

Out west there's also the Maribyrnong Makers Market.  I think the next one is this weekend. Not sure about any of the details but you should be able to find them online somewhere.

9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Bike theme crafts needed for market! (melb) on: October 28, 2008 03:54:59 PM
OK kids, it's officially a call out!  Please also let us know if you want to do a shared table, we'll ty and match some people up.

We want your bike crafts!

Or on a bike, or just somewhere in the general vicinity of a bicycle...

The Melbourne Craft Cartel is running a bike themed craft market at the Bicycle Film Festival Street Party on Nov 23.  So we're on the hunt for crafters with arts and crafts to go on bikes, use on bikes, make bikers look hot, or have crafts that have bikes on them.  Sound like you?

The Street Party is gonna be super neat and will have tons of music, beer, hot boys and girls doing ace bike tricks, a bike fashion parade, and a bike-themed art jam.  Check out the BFF website for more details http://bicyclefilmfestival.com.au  And of course this is our FIRST market for the summer season so we are PUMPED!  (that was a bike pun, be warned, there will be more).

Stalls cost a measly $10 or $15 if you want to be a full Craft Cartel member (which means you get a whole page on our soon to be snazzy website for just $5 - deadly!) and you need to provide your own table.

Your stall can have non bike related crafts on it but it needs to have at least one bike related.

So if you're keen to join in the fun of this awesome day send the following details to

[email protected]

Table size:
What crafts you sell:
What bike crafts you'll have:
Member? Yes/No
Wanna be? Yes/No

If you want more details about membership, the bike crafty pageant, the Bike Love bicycle mating project, the Art Jam or whatever check out our facebook page or give me a buzz and I will ramble at you about it all for a while.

love & rage

casey & rayna & crew

casey-0439 354 560
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Bike theme crafts needed for market! (melb) on: October 26, 2008 10:02:09 PM
Hey all

It's the 23rd at the BFF street party.  We're working on a proper call out as I type so stay tuned.

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