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Crafty Wonderland

Portland's Art + Craft Extravaganza

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

Applications are now CLOSED!

Thanks to all of you who applied to our big Holiday Art + Craft Market! You will be notified regarding the status of your application by the end of the day on September 24th!
Until then, enjoy what is left of Summer!
Sorry but we do not take any late applications after the deadline – absolutely no exceptions! If you want to be notified of future applications then you can sign up for our mailing list on the right hand side of this page.

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September 4, 2016   No Comments

Applications are OPEN!

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photo by Shannon Rowland

It’s time to apply for our Holiday 2016 Art + Craft Market!

We’ll have over 250 booths of handmade goods and art at the Oregon Convention Center the second weekend in December, just in time for people to finish up their holiday shopping!

Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market
Pre-Show Ticketed Shopping Event

Friday, Dec 9th 5:00-9:00pm

Free and Open to the Public
Sat, Dec 10th + Sun, Dec 11th
11:00am – 6:00pm

at the Oregon Convention Center
Exhibit Hall D
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in Portland, OR

PLEASE NOTE: Last year’s Friday night ticketed shopping event had such positive feedback from shoppers that we’re doing it again this year! People can buy tickets in order to shop early for first pick of your goods and without the huge crowds. It’s going to be AWESOME! This means that ALL VENDORS will be REQUIRED to load in and set their booth up completely between 10am and 4pm on Friday, December 9th and to have their booths open that evening during the event. Please make note of this and arrange your schedule accordingly. Again, this is REQUIRED and is the ONLY time slot where vendors can load in.

APPLY ONLINE HERE! 

 

Our application system is entirely digital! Follow the link above to the apply page on our website to answer any and all questions regarding the sale and the application process. You will find a link to the application at the bottom of the “apply” page. Check out our list of handy application tips here!

Don’t wait too long! Applications are due September 3rd! 

August 20, 2016   No Comments

August Artist of the Month: Humble Design Co.

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We are super excited to feature Sarah Glover of Humble Design as August’s Artist of the Month!  Sarah’s adorable felt creations are hugely popular at the shop!  We can never keep her potted felt cacti and succulents on the shelf for long!

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Sarah’s provided us with some extra special goodies this month, like super-sized plush cacti – one customer said she was going to make it her travel pillow! – so be sure to come check them out before they’re all gone! Also these new wooden spool pins are sure to look smashing on the jean jacket lapel or backpack of your favorite crafter!

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Show some Oregon love with a mini pennant or magnet, or surprise someone special with a colorful felt flower hairclip or felt garland or tiny owl plushie.  All of Humble Design’s work is sure to please as gifts!

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Sarah was very excited to be featured as Artist of the Month and to answer our questions:

What is your favorite TV show or music to play while you work?
The Office for sure! It’s my all time favorite, and it doesn’t distract me too much except when “That’s what she said!” jokes happen…but overall I’m able to get quite a lot of crafting done while it’s on.

Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration really everywhere, from flowers in the garden to the colors of buildings, to just walking around the fabric store.

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Do you have any pets?  Please describe, if so.
Yes! I have one cat named Kitty, who’s sassy and has an extreme tuna addiction. I also have a Chiweenie named Molly and she’s pretty much my spirit animal! When she’s not sleeping she’s eating cheese or relaxing in the sun… just living the life!

What is your favorite food?  
Mexican food for sure! Burritos are my go to food, with chips and salsa of course! The spicier the better!

How do you reward yourself for a job well done?
When I’m not crafting, I’m thrifting – so if I get a big job done I love to reward myself with a day of thrifting or garage sale-ing with my family. It’s amazing what you can find for a bargain!

August 10, 2016   No Comments

July Artist of the Month: You Are Here

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We are happy to shine a spotlight on Lyn Nance-Sasser and Stephen Sasser of You Are Here for July’s Artist of the Month!!!  You must come check out their expanded selection of prints, cards, postcards, magnets, buttons, journals, patches, souvenir viewfinders and framed prints!

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Stephen and Lyn became master printmakers in the 1980’s when they were founding members of the Northwest Print Council, an organization of artists from 5 western states and 2 Canadian provinces, that later became Print Arts Northwest.  At that time, they worked in silkscreen printmaking; but they have now embraced technology by using digital techniques to create their prints of landmarks and icons.

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The You Are Here series all started in 2012 when Lyn and Stephen received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to create 12 images of Portland icons. Marketing their prints all over the country via the internet, they now have over 60 images of cities from coast-to-coast, as well as Europe and Japan!!!

What are your favorite Portland landmark(s)? The multiple Benson Bubbler drinking fountains, the Thompson Elk fountain and the 31-foot Paul Bunyan statue in Kenton.

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What are your astrological signs? Our astrological signs are quite compatible: Lyn is a well balanced Libra, and Stephen is an optimistic-to-a-fault Aries.

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Do you have any pets?  Please describe, if so. Our famous cat Jimmy (who has appeared on the front of a Hallmark card), is an orange tabby.

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What are your favorite foods?   Portland is such an epicenter of good, farm to table food, that it is impossible to pick a favorite.

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How do you reward yourselves for a job well done? We love to travel, near and far! Favorite NW locations are Astoria, Seattle, Vancouver BC, Central Oregon, the Wallowas, Tacoma and Walla Walla.

July 12, 2016   No Comments

June Artist of the Month: 20 Leagues!

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June’s Artist of the Month is the incredibly inventive husband and wife team of 20 Leagues!  Morgan Pasinski and Jamie Hudson are always crafting up some new displays and fun items for our shop using not much more than a bit of cardboard, a laser cutter, and mystical crafty powers bestowed by Captain Jules!

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 Tiny dioramas and diorama kits for your houseplants, taxidermy magnets, Oregon-themed ornaments, rebar bottle openers, and more!!!

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Extra- special for this month we have on display a “Two-Bit Time Machine” diorama gumball machine – for 25 cents you can experience their vision for the time capsule in Pioneer Square!

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Always ready with a clever twist on words, the dynamic duo supplied some rhymes in answer to our questions – check ‘em out (though we just can’t believe that these folks don’t leave themselves any time for fun!)

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What’s your favorite music to play while you’re working?
Anything with a beat – we’re the Riverdance of twerking.

Where in the world do you find inspiration?
A place in our heads that needs medication.

Which of the twelve is your astrological sign?
We ended up married last time we fell for that line.

Do you have pets?  Please describe them, if so.
We’ve two blue cats.  One’s sharp and one’s slow.

What are your favorite things to eat?
Just about anything that doesn’t have meat.

Where would you say you most like to work?
For ourselves, even though our bosses are jerks!

How do you reward yourself for a job well done?
We do the next job better.  No time for fun.

Check out their website for even more 20 Leagues fun!

June 14, 2016   No Comments

Cool off with us on Saturday!

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Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market
Saturday, June 4th from 11am – 6pm

Over 225 vendors selling amazing handmade goods and art
in a big AIR CONDITIONED SPACE
at the Oregon Convention Center
 Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

Portland, OR 97232
Free Admission! All Ages!
Invite your friends with our official Facebook invite!

June 3, 2016   No Comments

A Sneak Peek…

…at what you might find at this Saturday’s Spring Art + Craft Market!

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Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market
Saturday, June 4th from 11am – 6pm

Over 225 vendors selling amazing handmade goods and art
at the Oregon Convention Center
 Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

Portland, OR 97232
Free Admission! All Ages!
Invite your friends with our official Facebook invite!

June 1, 2016   No Comments

Spring Market Photo Opp with Lookie House!

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This Saturday, June 4th, Lookie House will be at our Spring Art + Craft Market so bring your cameras (or phones) and get ready for the fun!

 

Lookie House is a temporary art destination covered in photo opportunities and filled with 3D art. It has a mural that you can put your face into and have your picture taken as any of a number of characters. Lookie house was made by Tripper Dungan in 2015 and made possible by supporters of the Lookie House Kickstarter.

 

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Lookie House will be waiting for you to come inside and get a picture in its mural. Draw a picture of Lookie and feed it into Lookie’s mouth for a chance to win a prize!

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Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market
Saturday, June 4th from 11am – 6pm

Over 225 vendors selling amazing handmade goods and art
at the Oregon Convention Center
 Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

Portland, OR 97232
Free Admission! All Ages!
Invite your friends with our official Facebook invite!

May 31, 2016   No Comments

Don’t miss this!!

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Did we mention there will be adoptable kittens?!!!
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MSHO’s special live performance begins at 1:00pm
at the
Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market
Saturday, June 4th from 11am – 6pm

Over 225 vendors selling amazing handmade goods and art
at the Oregon Convention Center
 Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

Portland, OR 97232
Free Admission! All Ages!
Invite your friends with our official Facebook invite!

May 26, 2016   No Comments