Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Party at the Maker's Market

Last Sunday, while at the Maker's Market, I was chatting with a customer about the show.   It was a dreary, rainy day and yet there was still a decent amount of foot traffic.   We were both happy about that, and then he said something about that really caught my attention...
"It's like being at a museum.  The quality of the work is so amazing!"
wow.   I've always thought we were a pretty classy, talented bunch, but that was even higher praise than I'd ever expected.   But if the shoe fits....

If you'd like to get a taste of our "museum" quality work, this weekend will be a fantastic opportunity to do so.  Here are a few of the fabulous people who will be showing and selling alongside me.   Wipe that drool off your computer, put your party pants on, and come play with us!

Monday, December 14, 2009

The challenges of booth set up at Gifted

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of spending the day with Felicity of Wish by Felicity and Debbie from Milk Made at the Brooklyn Flea's Gifted show.   The {NewNew} team had arranged to purchase a table that their members could share for the day.   For those of us with a thin wallet but big hopes, this is a fantastic opportunity.   The challenge was how we'd fit us all on one table!

We're each used to having at least a 2'x4' table to spread out our goodies.  At Gifted all we had was one 2'x6' table.   Which, divided by three people, gave us each 2' square.   It seemed ridiculous.  I know I thought it'd be a disaster.

But it turned out great!   Limitations sometimes push you.   And this pushed each of us to find the essence of our lines.   As you'll see in the pictures below, we found ways to make our products look great while keeping the table top from falling into chaos.

Walking in from the front door, we were towards the back wall by the Lafayette Street side window which gave us fabulous light (which my poor lamps fought against...).
Felicity had fun rearranging her set up all day, but she really caught the essence of her fun and colorful jewelry with these pieces.

Debbie and Felicity's work is very different, but since I was the 'non' jewelry person (and the last one to show up for set up...heh), I got the pleasure of setting up in the middle of the table.   It actually worked out well as your eye seemed to rise UP the table following the increasing heights of our displays.

And then there was Debbie's milk bottle cap inspired jewelry mountain holding down the end of the table.   I love that she brings along an old fashioned milk bottle with cap.   I didn't know you could even find them any more!

The view for us was pretty great too.  We had a good angle to observe the crowds and see people shopping handmade!

If you were one of those people... I hope you had a fun time and found lots of goodies!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

An invitation to the Brooklyn Collective and more...

I'm thrilled to announce that warpeDesign will be available at two stores in the very near future.

Starting on December 11th, Brooklyn Collective will be hosting several new artists and designers including yours truly. Sharing store space with General Nightmare Antiques, the Collective is a great place to stop and shop for the holidays. If you want to meet the artists, come by the "Holiday Opening Event" on Friday, December 11th from 7pm-midnight. There'll be wine and refreshments all night as well as a special live performance by The Static Jacks. And yes, I will be there... just look for the little redheaded girl with a silly grin.

Later this month, you'll be able to find warpeDesign tea light covers and lamps a little north of the city in Beacon, NY at Clay, Wood, & Cotton. This hot, new shop is the brain child of Kristen of Cakehouse and Kristy of Beacon Bookmarks. After paying their dues selling on the craft circuit in many a fair, they joined up with Kelly, the creator of beaconcitizen.com, to create a home online and in the real world to house and sell the kind of products they love and to represent the people that make them.

I am so thrilled to be a part of both of these stores.  They are not only the kinds of places that I want warpeDesign to be in... but they are the type of stores that I myself love to shop in.  

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Happy Holiday Handmade Cavalcade!

Just wanted to send a quick little "THANK YOU" to everyone who came to the 2nd Annual Holiday Handmade Cavalcade.  We felt very loved.   With over 1000 visitors showing up in the rain even before our 1/2 way point...   It couldn't have been a better show.   We were happily exhausted at the end of the day, but that didn't stop some people from talking about what we want to do in 365 days for 2010 Holiday Cavalcade!   So, thanks again for making it a great day!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December Craziness ensues!

I just came back from Ikea with supplies... will need to hit the ribbon store and get some light bulbs too.   And make lots more tea light covers, cards, and lamps!    So much time, so little to do... wait.  no.  Reverse that.   (I hope someone remembers what movie that came from, because I don't!)

Tomorrow I'm heading over to the Bowery Bazaar to set up several hanging lamps in the unofficial {NewNew} space.   I'm thrilled to be sharing the space with several other fabulous artists including:

Better Than Jam, who not only sews her own clothing designs, but creates and prints the fabrics for them too.

and KnitKnit, who designs and creates wonderful fiber jewelery and accessories.  One of my personal favorites is her Knitted Power Cord Scarf/Necklace. 

Next on the list will be this Saturday's 2nd Annual Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, created and hosted by the {NewNew} in the New York City's Nolita.   With nearly 50 artists designing  paper goods, t-shirts, jewelry, stuffed animals, soaps, and art...  there's going to be something there for everyone.

And that's just this week...  More insanity ensues next week!  Stay tuned, my warped ones, for further details on my plans...  some possible shop appearances are planned as well as plenty of shows!