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Crafty Wonderland

Portland's Art + Craft Extravaganza

December Artist of the Month: Little Lark

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Our December Artist of the Month is Christy Nyboer of Little Lark!  Little Lark was created in 2006 when the birth of her son inspired Christy to supplement the lack of non gender specific baby clothes in the market. What started off as a simple hobby has steadily grown over the years to now include a wide range of products in stores all around the world!

Little Lark sells unique apparel for all ages that isn’t limited by traditional colors and motifs, and offers a beautiful selection of greeting cards, toys and gifts appropriate for any occasion. Christy creates designs that are modern, hip, non-gender specific and exhibit simplicity and style with a sophisticated edge.

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See what Christy had to say about her work and style:

What is your favorite TV show, music, or podcast to have on while you work?  
I am in my office Monday through Friday, so I get pretty bored listening to the same stuff all the time.  My favorite podcast to listen to while working would probably be This American Life, but I also listen to quite a bit of OPB since I never make time to read the news.  When I have tons of work to do and need to keep moving, I love to listen to 80’s music and anything funky with a good beat.  I really enjoy listening to classical, old singer-songwriters, electronic ambient, instrumental and old jazz.  I appreciate silence in nature, but not in my office… it keeps me awake.

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Where do you find inspiration?  
Most of my inspiration comes from science and nature with a focus on what is beautiful, mysterious and optimistic about our world.  Being a mother of two boys, I am very interested in how beauty and wonder is seen through the eyes of children and their natural, unbiased desire to learn and discover.  Many of my ideas and images have blossomed from old educational books, nature walks, and my many fond memories of growing up in Alaska.

What is your astrological sign?  
Cancer!

Do you have any pets?  Please describe, if so.
I have an almost 18 year-old grey cat name Frida (named after Kahlo, of course) and the star of my much-loved Cat design!  She always brings out the best in me and is always there when I’m having a bad day.  We have a very strong bond and it will be a very sad day when she leaves.

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What is your favorite food?  
Japanese food!

Where do you most like to work?  
I have a hard time getting anything done at my house, so my office in NW industrial is where I do most of my work.  If I have only computer work to do, I often enjoy working at a local coffee shop.

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How do you reward yourself for a job well done?
This January I am planning on getting lots of massages! The holiday season takes an especially huge toll on my body and mind, but I usually try my best to not work in the evenings and weekends so I can spend that time with my family.

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December 26, 2016   No Comments

Holiday Hours!

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We’re here for all your last minute gift needs and stocking stuffers!

HOLIDAY HOURS:
Mon – Fri 10am-7pm
Christmas Eve (Saturday) 10am-3pm
Christmas Day (Sunday) CLOSED

 THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING LOCAL AND BUYING HANDMADE GIFTS!!!

December 20, 2016   No Comments

THANK YOU!!!

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photo by Eleanor Gorman

Every year after our Holiday Art + Craft Market we are both elated and in total awe of the number of you who come out to support artists and buy handmade goods. We extend our most gracious thanks, on behalf of the hundreds of vendors who worked incredibly hard to get ready for the show. Your support helps these wonderfully creative people express themselves, pay their bills, and follow their dreams. THANK YOU FOR BUYING HANDMADE!

To our vendors: Thank you for bringing it yet again! Your displays were fantastic (they get better every year!), your products were so inspired, and we would have nothing but a 60,000 sf empty room without you! You filled that space with love and dedication and complete awesome. You’re the best!!

We’d also like to thank all the folks at the Oregon Convention Center who work so hard on our behalf to make sure the event goes off without a hitch, to our staff both at the show and at our retail shop, to our fabulous volunteers, to our friends and families for their support during this crazy time, and especially to all of our sponsors!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ALL!!!

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December 14, 2016   No Comments

THIS WEEKEND!!!

Shop from the best and brightest makers and find the best holiday gifts this weekend at our Holiday Art + Craft Market!!

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Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE ADMISSION:
Saturday, December 10th + Sunday, December 11th, 2016
from 11am – 6pm

The Oregon Convention Center – Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97232

December 9, 2016   No Comments

Nikki McClure + Emily Winfield Martin!

Meet some of your favorite artists this weekend at our Holiday Art + Craft Market! Special artist signings in the Land Gallery / buyolympia booth #2!

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Saturday from noon-2pm:
Nikki McClure
Nikki McClure is well known for her artwork cut from a single sheet of paper with an x-acto knife. Her annual calendar has become hugely popular! Here’s your chance to purchase one, meet her in person and have her sign it! Stop by the Land Gallery booth on Saturday from noon-2pm for this amazing opportunity!

If you happen to be one of the lucky people to get a goodie bag when the show opens, the bags this year feature Nikki’s artwork and were produced by the folks at Land!
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Sunday from noon-2pm: Emily Winfield Martin of The Black Apple
Emily Winfield Martin is a beloved painter of romantic and whimsical scenes. She has recently published her third children’s book! She’ll be signing books and prints on Sunday from noon-2pm. Imagine what fantastic holiday gifts those will make!

Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE ADMISSION:
Saturday, December 10th + Sunday, December 11th,  2016
from 11am – 6pm

The Oregon Convention Center – Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

December 7, 2016   No Comments

Fun Projects in our Free DIY Area!

Our friends at Collage have come up with yet another fantastic project for our visitors at the Holiday Art + Craft Market this weekend!

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AND The wonderful folks from Scrap will be offering their ever-popular Creative Reuse Gift Wrapping and Card Making Station in the DIY Area too!

 

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Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE ADMISSION:
Saturday, December 10th + Sunday, December 11th,  2016
from 11am – 6pm

SPECIAL TICKETED PRE-SHOW SHOPPING EVENT:
Friday, December 9th from 5-9pm (sold out)

The Oregon Convention Center – Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

December 5, 2016   No Comments

Tickets are now on sale for our First Pick Pre-Show Party!!!

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photo by Shannon Rowland

Have you ever dreamed of shopping our Holiday Art + Craft Market without all the crazy crowds of people?? Or maybe you want first pick of all the handmade goodness?

WE KNOW! Last year’s Friday Night First Pick Pre-Show Shopping Party was such a success that we’re doing it again this year! Get your tickets now and be one of the lucky ones who can shop our show before we open to the public over the weekend! We’re only selling 500 tickets so get one while you can! (To give you an idea of crowds, there are usually close to 2,000 people waiting in line to get into our show when it opens on Saturday morning and our attendance for the entire weekend is 20,000…so 500 will feel like a gentle breeze!)

If the early shopping perk isn’t enough, your ticket also gets you one free drink of your choice at the cash bar!

Crafty Wonderland First Pick Pre-Show Party
Friday, December 9th
5:00pm – 9:00pm
at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd – HALL D

UPDATE: The Friday night party is sold out, but the show is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Saturday, Dec 10th and Sunday, Dec 11th from 11am-6pm!

Tickets are only $20 and include:
* Entry into the show from 5:00-9:00pm on Friday, December 9th and an opportunity to shop early from over 250 handmade vendors without the crowds.
*One free drink of your choice at the cash bar

A few things to note:
-The legendary Crafty Wonderland “goodie bags” will NOT be given out at this pre-show event. They will be given out to the first 150 shoppers in line at the show on Saturday and Sunday. As usual, the event will be free and open to the public all day Saturday and Sunday, December 10 + 11 from 11am-6pm!

-The free DIY craft activities will NOT be happening during the pre-show party but will be up and running all day Saturday and Sunday as usual.

- Kids 5 years old and under are free. Kids 6 years old and up will be required to have a ticket to attend. The event is all ages but is meant to be a relaxing shopping experience where you can have a grown up drink and shop at your leisure so we encourage you to come kid-free if possible!

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance through TicketsWest. No tickets will be sold at the door the night of the event. Get yours now before they sell out! You don’t want to miss this – it’s going to be HUGE!

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Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE ADMISSION:
Saturday, December 10th + Sunday, December 11th,  2016
from 11am – 6pm

SPECIAL TICKETED PRE-SHOW SHOPPING EVENT:
Friday, December 9th from 5-9pm
Click here to buy tickets!
The Oregon Convention Center – Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

November 28, 2016   No Comments

November Artist of the Month: Tea Party Animals

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Welcome to the world of cute chubby animals doing various adorable things! Our November Artist of the Month is Reese Lee, of Tea Party Animals!

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Tea Party Animals, which Reese calls her “mini empire”, features her paintings of little animals with attitude – lots of chubby wisecracking cats, as well as outdoorsy bears, hipster birds and even donut obsessed sharks – just SEE if you ever hear the Jaws theme without thinking “donut donut donut” ever again!

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A customer favorite by a landslide is the cat on the toilet reading a newspaper proclaiming his appreciation for a “good poop”. Whether in magnet, print, card, woodblock or sticky note form – it never fails to fly off the shelf!

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Here’s what the artist herself has to say about the real chubby animals in her life: “My illustrations are inspired by things that I think are funny, either that I see or that occur in my mind. I’m easily amused, so it’s not very hard! Some are inspired by my cats, Bacon (RIP), Egg, and Cheese. Bacon was my very first cat. “Fiber is My Friend” literally happened with her: I came home one day and she was chewing on a cardboard box, something she’d never done before and I never saw her do again! A newer piece I’m particularly pleased with is “Meowriachi Band”. The band is simply so delightful. A piece that has a “secret” is the cat in the poncho next to a cactus. Know what he’s playing? Guess again. It’s the MEOWracas! *lol*”

You can find the cute colorful art of Tea Party Animals in the Crafty Wonderland shop, as well as Reese’s jewelry line, Travel By Sea. Or visit her online at or at the Portland Saturday Market!

By Joanna Kurimsky

November 15, 2016   No Comments

October Artist of the Month: Little Gold Fox Designs!

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There’s a chill in the air, the daylight is fading faster, the leaves on the trees are changing color and starting to fall.  Autumn is here and with the shift in the season comes our October Artist of the Month – Arrowyn Craban Lauer of Little Gold Fox Designs!

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Old world designs meet eco-friendly manufacturing techniques to create a line of work that is mysterious, distinctive and environmentally conscious.

As her website declares, Arrowyn crafts art “for lovers, dreamers, and tree huggers”.  Inspired by traditional folk art paper cutting designs, “I started sharing pictures of my designs and the response was so incredibly positive that I made prints and started selling them like hot apple strudel.”

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You can find a wealth of pieces in our shop that hearken to their roots in traditional folk art, such as eye-catching earrings detailed with floral patterns or shaped into animals, as well as bookmarks, prints, greeting cards and postcards, even t-shirts!

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Gorgeous natural wood such as birch or walnut, intricate paper cutting designs and old world style brewed with modern sensibilities of sustainability (everything, down to the plastic packaging, is eco-friendly!) make Little Gold Fox Designs attractive to the eye as well as the conscience.  Come visit our shop and fall under her spell, and read on to see what she had to say about her work and what sparks her imagination!

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What is your favorite TV show or music to play while you work?
I love watching and listening to murder mysteries while working. One of my favorite shows is BBC’s Murdoch Mysteries – a show that takes place in the late 1800’s in Canada and the detective uses his own inventions to solve crimes!  I also enjoy listening to podcasts: This American Life, Serial, and Radiolab being my favorites.

Where do you find inspiration?
I find most of my inspiration in nature…the colors, patterns, and shapes of the natural world are my greatest muse. I also love folk art, mostly Russian, German, and Eastern European; Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts; and Medieval ornament. I could endlessly peruse old library books and Pinterest in search of these sources of inspiration.

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How do you reward yourself for a job well done?
I sometimes get a special treat like ice cream, other times clothing, jewelry, or new shoes fit the bill. :)  And once a year, after the holidays, my husband and I spend a weekend at Breitenbush hot springs to unwind!

You can find Little Gold Fox Designs online at:
http://littlegoldfox.com
https://etsy.com/shop/LittleGoldFoxDesigns
https://www.facebook.com/littlegoldfoxdesigns
https://www.pinterest.com/littlegoldfox/
https://instagram.com/little_gold_fox/

Text by Joanna Kurimsky

 

October 17, 2016   1 Comment

September Artist of the Month: Christa Pierce

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We are very happy to name Portland illustrator Christa Pierce as September’s Artist of the Month!!!

The bright florals and sweet creatures depicted in Christa Pierce’s prints and greetings cards are sure to bring a smile to your face.  We are lucky enough to have several lovely framed pieces this month, which will lend light to any room that needs a touch of good vibes.

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These microwaveable Healing Heart pillows, stuffed with lavender, seeds, essential oils, and other yummy-smelling ingredients make a cute gift for a friend who needs a hug – or perhaps, for yourself!

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Christa Pierce is a positive force to be reckoned with.  Her children’s book, Do You Know That I Love You?, which she wrote as well as illustrated, has enjoyed national recognition.  It’s always very popular among kids and grown ups in the shop.  We are excited to see what Christa comes up with next!  Come check out Christa’s work at the shop, and read on to see what she had to say about what inspires her, her process, and her dog!

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What inspires you?
“I once had an acquaintance tell me, ‘Everything is beautiful to you.’ I treasure that comment and try not to lose that perspective. I feel most inspired, centered, and ready to be creative when I’m appreciating the little things: being outside, feeling the breeze through the window, burning incense, drinking my favorite beer, or petting my dog.  Along with that attitude, I’m a huge art lover and feel very inspired by and appreciate other’s great work, which makes me want to go back to my desk and contribute myself.”

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Tell us about your pet(s).
“I am obsessed with my little dog, Sir Lancelot. My first year out of college I was freelancing full-time from home and became terribly lonesome. I had gone from living with 7 girls in a house in Seattle to all by myself in a studio apartment. I adopted Lance to be my studio mate 3 years ago, and he has been the most wonderful friend ever since. He’s very sensitive, like me, and we do everything together. There’s a dog-friendly bar near my house, so sometimes he comes with me and sits in his own chair!”

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Where do you most like to work?
“Drawing is my favorite thing to do – once I get going I can do it for hours and hours and hours!  I try to move myself from location to location so I don’t get stiff or uninspired. Right now, my favorite rotation is: studio desk, then on top of my bed, then the backyard – each spot with Sir Lancelot close at hand.”

By Joanna Kurimsky

 

September 8, 2016   No Comments