photo by Heidi Hoffman Photography
Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale!
Saturday + Sunday, December 14th + 15th
Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
Free Admission! All Ages!
You will find a link to the application at the bottom of the “apply” page.
Don’t wait too long! Applications are due September 15th!
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1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
Not every craft fair is going to be the right fit for your work. If you haven’t had a chance to come to one of our shows in the past, take some time exploring our previous vendor lists, peruse our flickr pool, and peek at our facebook page to see if this looks like the right venue for you.
2. SUBMIT IMPECCABLE PHOTOS!
Often, all we have to base our decision on is the 4-5 photos or website link you submit with your application. Make sure your product photos are in focus, well lit, and really show off your work! If photography isn’t your forte, have a friend help you or do a trade with someone who will make your products look like superstars. If you’re submitting a website, make sure your inventory is up-to-date with the types of items you wish to sell at the sale. It doesn’t help us when we reach an empty Etsy shop or a blog where we have to scroll way down to figure out exactly what it is that you make.
Please read all instructions carefully and be sure you are following the directions provided in filling out your application and paying your application fee. When you don’t follow directions it creates unnecessary work for us and makes us cuckoo.
September 1, 2013 3 Comments
Come to the shop this month to see the beautiful artwork of Michele Maule! We are excited to show some of her original pieces, as well as new prints, cards and best-selling Portland postcards!
Michele lives in Portland with her boyfriend and their comical Boston Terrier, Chloe. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking (with an emphasis in printmaking) in 2005. She loves so many different kinds of art making. Michele often switch between painting, collage, printmaking and illustration. The art at Crafty Wonderland this month is a representation of animals, insects and myths that can be found in Oregon.
Our state provides some of the most beautiful landscapes and environments. It’s also home to many animals that aren’t always easy for us to see. I wanted to feature them in this show and give people a chance to see my interpretation of them in this series.
The American Pika was one of my favorite animals to learn about and paint. American Pikas can be found living among the rocky base of Crater Lake National Park, as well as mountainous areas of Central and Eastern Washington. They keep to themselves mostly, but they will yell out to other Pikas if there is any predatory dangers in the area. Also, they’re incredibly cute. Pikas have adapted to living in cold climates, however if they are exposed to more than six hours with temperatures higher than 77 degrees, the little Pika cannot survive. With global warming expected to raise the temperature of our planet in coming years, the American Pika could be in danger.
The Grey Wolf, or Timber Wolf, is another animal in this series that I fell in love with. Grey wolves inhabit Eastern Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Grey Wolves are in serious endangerment in Oregon with as little as two dozen counted in November of 2011. The wolves were completely killed off in 1946, but have been making a very slow comeback. They are being killed mostly to protect livestock, and with the growing human population it is hard for them to maintain habitats. A couple of fun facts about the grey wolf include, their saliva can be used to help stop bacterial infections in wounds. Also, the alpha male, and the alpha female, are the only wolves in a pack that reproduce.
All of the animals in this series are important animals to us and our environment. I wanted to pay a small homage to those animals that I admire through these pieces. These paintings and drawings were a joy to create. Every tiny line that makes up their being gave me a reflective, meditative space to exist. My hope is that my love and appreciation for each animal is conveyed in each portrait. I also hope that people pay close attention to how their lives may directly, or indirectly, impact the lives of the animals that share this beautiful state with us.
August 6, 2013 1 Comment
We are pleased to present the fun and functional work of Oh, Little Rabbit as our July Artist of the Month! They hand screen print their original illustrations onto baby onesies, lunch bags, dish towels, and aprons!
Their product line is a reflection of the things they enjoy and would want to have in their own home. They love the idea of practical art. A piece that can be displayed and visually enjoyed, as well as earn its keep on the oven bar by being the best dish drying flour sack towel around. Being eco-friendly is very important at Oh, Little Rabbit. They make sure to use organic and recycled materials whenever possible. They also use nontoxic water based inks. It’s a two person operation – they do everything themselves – and really do love what they do.
Jason and Cara Hibbs started Oh, Little Rabbit as a part time hobby business in the beginning of 2010. When they first opened, they were printing out of a converted hallway coat closet in their 1 bedroom apartment! As their business grew they decided to take a leap of faith and turn their ‘hobby’ into full time jobs!
Come by the shop this month to see their work in person, or visit their Etsy shop!
July 9, 2013 No Comments
Come by the shop during the month of June to see our special Artist of the Month display featuring the imaginative and colorful art of Portland duo Jolby & Friends! While you’re here be sure to check out the mural they did for us that hangs behind our cash wrap. It’s a crafty Oregon theme!
We also have copies of the new book Monsters Under Bridges, written by Rachel Roellke Coddington with pictures by Jolby! This is their second book collaboration. We have their first book, The King’s 6th Finger, as well!
Jolby & Friends is a collaborative creative studio based in Portland, Oregon. Founders Josh Kenyon & Colby Nichols began their partnership in 2005 after meeting at the Art Institute in San Diego. They combine their talents as Art Directors, Designers and Illustrators. The two have exhibited their illustrations in galleries all over the world and try to achieve two goals within the work they create: “Tell a memorable story” and “make people smile”.
June 4, 2013 No Comments
This month we’re excited to feature the beautiful work of Alissa Thiele from A Tea Leaf. She’s been selling at our craft fairs for quite some time and is also the newest employee in our retail shop!
Combine one part sweet Midwestern drawl, one part savvy designer, one
part hard-core crafter, with a dash of Portland, Oregon’s hip
independent spirit and you get mixed media artist, Alissa Thiele. This
petite artist charms you with her soft accent, and cuts you with her
sharp artistic sensibilities stemming from her study of nature and
Emerging deep from the husks of the Nebraska plains, this artist is
now seeking inspiration, good teas, and a dose of rain in Portland.
Her subtle artistic observations combine influences of urban and
natural beauty alike. Her artwork series, Standard Movement, displays
her delicate juxtaposition of found and created components such as
coffee rings, stencil graffiti in honeycomb patterns, found vintage
paper, and drawn native Oregon plants. Together, the various elements
create an abstract, yet recognizable organic collage that is as
elegant as the flourished frames that hold them. These same graphics
translate well to Thiele’s greeting card series, custom-made wallets,
and pendants that carry the same name.
To round out her craft offerings, she has a jewelry line, strictly
earthy color. Overall, Thiele’s work is elegant yet quirky, wild yet
calming, altogether creating a harmonious symbiosis of the organic and
other-worldly. She may be short and sweet, but this Cornhusker
transplant’s art and crafts pack a solid punch.
You can also see more of her work online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/atealeaf
May 14, 2013 No Comments
Explore the frontier of technology, art and culture this month with The Wild! It’s a series of events happening all over town from May 11-25th. There will be fashion shows, tech tours, comics, a web conference, and much more! Our Super Colossal Spring Sale was the kickoff event last Saturday and we’re also participating in the WebVisions conference on May 22nd-24th! So many fun events…be sure to check it out!!
May 13, 2013 No Comments
225+ Artists selling Handmade Goods, a Special Wedding Section, Free Craft Projects, Adoptable Cats, Free Goodie Bags for the first 200 Shoppers + More!
SEE YOU THERE!!!
May 10, 2013 No Comments
An exciting addition to this year’s Super Colossal Spring Sale is that we will have REAL LIVE CATS available for adoption through the CAT Adoption Team! And our sources tell us the adoptable kitties will be wearing bowties by Business Catual!
May 7, 2013 No Comments
The Super Colossal Spring Sale is THIS SATURDAY!!! Scope out your favorite vendors on the vendor list, and download a copy of the booth assignments and a map of the room to start planning your day of handmade fun!!
May 6, 2013 1 Comment
We are super excited to have a special Wedding Wonderland section in our Super Colossal Spring Sale this year! What is Wedding Wonderland, you ask?! Vendors with items we thought might be of interest to folks planning a wedding have been conveniently placed together in several rows! All of our vendors have amazing goods to show you, so please be sure to visit all of the booths whether you’re planning a wedding or not!
Saturday, May 11th
Free Admission! All Ages!
Goodie bags to the first 200 shoppers!
May 2, 2013 1 Comment