My attention has recently been captured by jotterblog, a paper/stationary/craft blog written by one of our avid fp blog fans. As I am new to their site, I went back and checked out the archives, and found a post on these awesome paper dresses.
It’s coming up, so clear your calendars, and make that road trip to NY! The Renegade Craft Fair is sponsored by Bust Magazine and is seriously awesome. This year is their biggest yet, with over 300 artists participating. And I’m sure some of our favorite craft bloggers will be there. Leave a comment with your link if you’re going! It looks like this year there will be vendors set up in the pool instead of the park. I guess that lessens the chance of getting hit with a baseball. See you there!
Oh, and if you live near Chicago, the fair is held there too! Check out their site for more info…
Above are some photos from last year. Check out the rest on the RCF flickr site.
The first few images for the travel swap are posted! Check out the details on our flickr page.
Also, on the flickr page, I recommend checking out all of the messages left in our “introductions” stream. Find it under “discuss” or “discussions”. Practically all of the swappers participating have listed their blogs, websites, or myspaces. Lots of new blogs and artists out there to be discovered. So get to it!
This is for anyone signed up to swap… You should have your partners by now. I’m still getting some comments trickling in about not having partner info. If you don’t have a partner, then the message went to your junk box or you gave me the incorrect (or no) email address. So let me know asap and I can fix you up!!
Also, be sure to join our travel swap flickr group so you can share you photos and see everyone else’s. I can’t wait to see all the crafts!
I know this is late notice if you actually live close enough to Philly to go tonight, but I would like to support the artist anyway, so I thought I’d give her a shout out…
May 11th, 7pm-9pm
At Benna’s Cafe’ (which is located on the north-west corner of 8th and wharton st in south philly)
Katie Henry will be having a party and you are all invited.
There will be mint juleps and miniature dinosaur cupcakes and miniature fruit tarts and wine and cheese and balloons and good people.
Oh and there will also be Katie’s beautiful sewn drawings and handbags.
Please come if you can, and tell your friends to come as well.
I was browsing through this week’s issue of Time Out New York, when I spotted the word “Etsy” under the “recently opened” section. It seems Etsy, our fav DIY web merchant, has opened up their warehouse, or the Etsy Lab, for…
*Workshops on making things
*Advice & help with your Etsy shop
*Meeting other artists
*Getting out of your house
So if you live anywhere near Brooklyn, I would check it out!
One of my favorite artist / bloggers, Anahata, is on this month’s cover of Cloth Paper Scissors! I picked up this magazine for the first time a few months ago, and it’s really great for artistic inspiration, especially collage ideas and techniques. I’ll definitely be buying this month’s issue to check out the feature on Anahata…
So there were seriously eight different FP employees in the home office yesterday wearing blue and white stripes. How ridiculous is that? And yes, we have an FP man! He merchandises the stores!
And about the swap…
There are just under 200 people signed up! woohoo! Thanks to all you bloggers that spread the word! So I’m gonna match up partners and email you info. There are about 10 people that didn’t leave me your email address! If your name is listed, (I left out your last name for security or whatever) please comment with your email. I won’t post the comments… This is gonna be fun.
Cody F (male swapper! woohoo! he did the vday swap and the poor guy received a necklace, so this time I’ll let his partner know he’s an FP man…)
Today is the last day to sign up for our travel themed craft swap! This is such a fun opportunity to share your creative talents with another crafty free people girl, and all of the blog readers as well. Check out details here and sign up here.
I was walking home from work last week and spotted this amazing trunk in my neighbor’s garbage. It’s made of metal and super heavy, but I dragged it home. All the straps are leather and its marked with all these old labels from its travels. I think I might use it as inspiration for the swap! How perfectly strange is that?
I want to thank everyone that’s already signed up for the travel swap (probably about 150!) and encourage you to get even more people involved! I love the community the last swap created, and all of the back and forth in the flickr group was such a great chance to share your crafty talents with even more people. So the last day to sign up is Monday. Post the info on your blogs and let’s get some more people involved over the weekend.
After Monday, it’ll take a few days to get all the info together and then I’ll email you with your partner’s info and the link for the travel swap’s flickr group.
I saw these globes and maps over at Terramia and it reminded to get thinking about what I’m gonna make!
Rocket St. George posted the above images of tents in the spirit of the upcoming season of music festivals. I thought the whole camping idea could be added onto the list of inspiration for the Free People travel themed craft swap. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check it out!
But the tents also reminded me of this past exhibit called “Shelter” by Saviour Scraps, a Brooklyn arts collective that makes installations re-using scraps of fabric to create their imaginative environments. One of the FP girls emailed me their link a while ago because her sister is one of the artists involved. You’ll wanna check out their site and their current work on view at Monkey Town in Williamsburg.
The Valentine’s swap was a huge success and we’ve had lots of requests for another, so let’s do it! A huge theme in recent FP collections is travel. We’ve had store displays and product inspiration from across the world (the last two collections focusing on India and Africa), and summer is coming, so think about vacations! Get inspired by maps, travel guides, road trips, exotic countries, you get the idea.
So this time each participant will be matched with a partner. You will make something beautiful inspired by the idea of travel and they will make something for you in return. (Last time I matched everyone with one person to send to and a different to receive from, and it got a little crazy.) The sign up will be open for two weeks, so get your friends involved! Then you will have
about a month to make you goodies and send them out.
Click here to participate, and make sure you fill out all your info! Your email and mailing address are super important. Oh, and make a note if you’re totally against shipping internationally. Comment with any questions. Get to crafting!