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Craft Business News: Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Craft Show Hits San Francisco

Steph Cortes, self-proclaimed Master of Geekery and the genius crafter behind ne

Friday December 3 & 4  marked the 5th annual Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Craft Show.  Crafters from all over the Bay Area and beyond set up shop at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center to display their rocking wares for the weekend.  Bazaar Bizarre was more than just your ordinary craft fair!

Find Creative Inspiration by Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone

Eye of Inspiration

Novelist Molly Moynahan moved out of her comfort zone and found creative inspiration by attending Gong Lab's Suite for Dreamers.

a guest post by Molly Moynahan

At 50 + I sometimes feel I’ve earned my place on the couch, in bed, watching television or reading Oprah, congratulating myself on my specialness, cat on lap, chocolate at the ready. And then it hits me that I am becoming one of those people I once pitied, inert, pathetic, declining opportunities to be creatively moved to remain static.

Holiday Design Bazaar Benefits the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Fine Arts Program

PuNk rAwK pUrL's Tammy George

Saturday November 19, 2011 was the second annual Holiday Design Bazaar at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood.  A truly special event, this annual fundraiser, in collaboration with local craft superstars, helps to raise money to support the public elementary school's fine arts programming.  Crafters pledged to donate 25% of their sales from the day to help the cause.  This year's event was brimming with wonderful local vendors and family and friends of the Harvey Milk school.  I took some tim

Sifu Design Studio Helps Knitters Master Their Craft

Collection of yarn

Years ago, Lisa Whiting was teaching a Japanese-speaking friend to knit in exchange for language lessons. When Whiting moved away to Chicago, her friend asked her, "What am I going to do without my knitting sifu?"

"Sifu" means "master" or "teacher" in Japanese and, Whiting says, "I was so honored that I decided that would be the name of my company."

Studio Sweet Marie and Kitty Mae's Millery and Accesories Holiday Block Party

Lisa Elstun of LRE Couture

Lisa Elstun of LRE CoutureI am thrilled to report that one of the most amazing fashion design mentors in the Denver community, Lisa Elstun of LRE Couture, has just launched her latest and greatest collection called Sutra by Ellery!  The kick off for this new line was at a block party featuring over a dozen designers at both Studio Sweet Marie and Ki

Eclectic, Bohemian Up-cycling of Furniture and Fashion - Interview with Jeanne Connolly of Vintage Renewal

Jeanne Connolly is a masterful, indie furniture and fashion designer.  Her work starts with taking something that exists (vintage furniture and fashion) and recreating it into a new thing of beauty.  She uses a clever combination of color and fabric in each of her one of a kind (OOAK) designs.  Take some time to check out her store and her "sold" galleries.  Her work is inpirational.  www.vintagerenewal.com.  I was thrilled when I discovered her on IndieMade!

DIY Trunk Show showcases the best of the Midwest

DIY Trunk Show

Chicago's holiday shopping season kicked off with a bang on Saturday, Nov. 19 with the DIY Trunk Show (http://www.diytrunkshow.com), the city's largest Midwest-focused craft fair. Shoppers packed the Broadway Armory, the show's new Edgewater location, to stock up on everything from handmade holiday cards to stuffed monsters to one-of-a-kind pens.

Local crafters Amy Carleton and Cinnamon Cooper launched the show in 2003, and it's since been taken over by the Chicago Craft Mafia, an organization of local craft business owners.

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