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Portland's Art + Craft Extravaganza

April Artist of the Month: Unusual Cards

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Portlanders, that blazing ball of fire in the sky has finally arrived and we are so excited to welcome the sunny weather as well as April’s Artist of the Month, Francesca Berrini of Unusual Cards!!!

This sunshine makes it feel like anything is possible and almost anything IS possible in Francesca’s art – dinosaurs, kittens, religious and historical icons, jello mold spaceships, all hanging out together!  Customers have a great time pouring through all her designs in the shop!

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Francesca collects most of her original source materials from various thrift stores and the “kindness of strangers” to create unique, colorful, hilarious collage designs.  She cuts and pastes multiple layers of images to create scenes that are the embodiment of tall tales and turns them into prints, candles, greeting cards and magnets.  We currently have a couple framed originals in the shop!

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Francesca was very happy to answer some questions (truthfully? You decide – her bio on her website indicates she was born in the Arctic tundra in 1952, and raised by polar bears until the age of 7!) about herself and her process for our blog:

What is your favorite TV show or music to play while you work?
It really depends on the type of work I’m doing. For creative work I’m obsessed with podcasts – Serial, Sawbones, The New Yorker Fiction Podcast, What the Crime, This American Life, the Moth. For the really boring work of stuffing cards into clear bags I’ll watch RuPaul’s Drag Race or Black Mirror.

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Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in anything that’s very sincerely trying to convince me of something in an overly enthusiastic way. The mid-century printed material I scavenge to cut up is really full of unblinking optimism, but it’s really not that different in tone than a lot of stuff that’s being produced today. I love the look of a solid lie printed in glorious technicolor.

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What is your astrological sign?
Tauraquaries with Leobra rising.

Do you have any pets and if so, please describe!
I have a Shiba that came from the Humane Society about 11 years ago. This is the reason I am constantly covered in pet hair.

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What is your favorite food?
Whatever my husband cooks for me.

Where do you most like to work?
I love working in my art studio at the North Coast Seed Company. I’ve been there for over 10 years now!

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How do you reward yourself for a job well done?
I guess I don’t really “reward” myself per se. I just keep working and hoping that I’ll keep doing it well. The reward is being able to work on whatever I think is worth working on. I think the idea of rewarding myself would work well if I was taking steps towards some kind of goal, but if the goal is just being able to continue to do the work I like, then there’s no end in sight. Maybe I’ll invent a time machine so I can high five myself right before I die.

Come check out Francesca Berrini’s work at the shop and at www.unusualcards.com!

 

April 18, 2016   No Comments

Notifications have been sent!

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photo by Shannon Rowland

For those of you who applied for our Spring Art + Craft Market the notifications were sent out this morning! If you did not receive any news, please check your spam and promotions tabs/folders before emailing us!

Thank you to everyone who applied! We’re looking forward to another great mix of vendors on June 4th!!

CRAFTY WONDERLAND
SPRING ART + CRAFT MARKET!

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

11am – 6pm

at the Oregon Convention Center

777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Exhibit Hall D Portland, OR

All Ages * Free Admission

200+ vendors selling amazing handmade goods!

Goodie bags for the first 200 shoppers!

March 29, 2016   No Comments

Applications are now CLOSED!

Applications for our Spring Art + Craft Market are now CLOSED!
Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications by the end of the day on March 29th.
Sorry but we DO NOT accept any late application under any circumstance.

Feel free to check out the Apply Page for general vendor info. To be notified of future events and applications feel free to sign up for our mailing list on the right hand side of this website.

HAPPY SPRING!!!

XO Cathy + Torie

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March 16, 2016   No Comments

One week left to apply!

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photo by Shannon Rowland

There is one week left to apply to the

Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market

Saturday, June 4th
11am-6pm

Over 200 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!

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 March 15th! 

March 8, 2016   No Comments

March Artist of the Month: Kara Burke!

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We’re thrilled to announce Kara Burke as our March Artist of the Month – just in time for the arrival of Spring and perfect Portland dog-walking weather!  This long-time member of the Crafty family’s irresistible pet pillows, paintings, patches, snap pouches and jewelry are sure to charm any animal lover!

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This lovely lady recently got so busy making custom pillows she was able to leave her full-time day job and work solely for herself.  She feels very lucky to have time to work on new projects and enjoy life in between.  “I’m excited to work on different custom projects this coming year, including but not limited to my custom pet pillows. I love being able to come up with something made just for the recipient. Especially when it’s of their dog!  I get lots of commissions for kids who are away at college and are homesick / missing their family pet. I love helping them feel closer to home.”

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Kara likes to keep things light and easy, but her work is truly a labor of love – from drawing to sewing, she does it all by hand. Her simple, affectionate style will draw you in and her sweet, sad-eyed pups and other animals (cats! pigeons! whales!) will warm your heart.  “Sometimes I find inspiration from travel but more often than not, I find it most from my home – my family, my childhood, the different places I’ve lived. And my dogs, of course!  We’ve just recently upgraded our pooch pack to 3 – Henry, Blue and our new baby Bob. They’re so fun and are hilarious together.”

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Springtime in Portland means you may find this hard-working lady walking to local spots Ruby Jewel or Eb & Bean for ice cream (with 3 dogs in tow!) after a long day.  But come the warmer weather, she’ll happily be heading out of town – “I’m excited to marry my best friend this summer, at the place where so many of my memories have been made – my family’s chalet on the most perfect midwest lake.  He loves dogs and ice cream too. Woof!  Perfect.” We couldn’t agree more.

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March 7, 2016   No Comments

Applications are open for our Spring Art + Craft Market!

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photo by Shannon Rowland

Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market

Saturday, June 4th
11am-6pm

Over 200 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!

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 March 15th! 

 

March 1, 2016   No Comments

February Artist of the Month: Willamette Valley Confectionery!

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we are very excited to announce February’s Artist of the Month, Willamette Valley Confectionery!!!

This old fashioned candy company does its namesake valley proud by using berries, fruits, nuts and dairy products from local farms.  They are a self-proclaimed “little family” consisting of Kenneth Hoyt, Risa Northway, and resident “new guy” Zack Jackman, a recent graduate from Oregon Culinary Institute. Ken says they work “shoulder-to-shoulder” in their candy kitchen/lab/packaging room and warehouse, nicknamed “Candyland,” and that having a new employee brings lots of energy and excitement to the mix.

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“I find creative inspiration in the farms and farmers that supply us with our beautiful berries and nuts… and vintage cookbooks, where are all of our recipes originated.”

Willamette Valley Confectionery small-batch, handcrafted candies are free of all artificial colorings and preservatives, and their nostalgic packaging, all of which is compostable, biodegradable and/or recyclable, will complete your sweet experience!

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Ken recommends their salted caramels, either coffee or regular, with coffee.  Treat your sweetie (or yo’self!) to a perfect Portland pairing this Valentine’s Day (or anytime!)

by Joanna Kurimsky

 

February 12, 2016   No Comments

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If you are interested in becoming a vendor at one of our future craft fairs, please read THIS PAGE on our website! Everything you need to know should be answered on that page and the booth fees will be updated once they are decided. Thank you!

January 12, 2016   No Comments

December Artist of the Month: Robot Candy

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Our final Artist of the Month of 2015 is the spectacular dream team Jenn Hill + Jenny Tiffany of Robot Candy!!! They were actually our first ever featured artists to grace this page and the special space on our shop wall in 2012.  We are so happy they are still a part of our family!!!

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For over 10 years Jenn and Jenny have been making Portland a cuter, craftier place with their awesome work inspired by the designs of Japan, Sweden and the 1960s.

Most recognizable are these ladies’ famous tile coasters featuring fun, retro imagery sealed under a resin coating.  There are literally hundreds of designs to choose from, including Portland bridges and other landmarks, crafty cats, vintage ads, sweet floral patterns, and more!!!

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Besides the plethora of coasters, you can also find adorable needle felted critters and bowls, hand-sewn tissue pouches and pincushions, plush sweater softies, art prints, zipper pouches, and tiny handmade buttons and necklaces.

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So much of their lines, Robot Candy as well as Chet & Dot and Automatte, have a warm + fuzzy, comfy vibe and no wonder, Jenn highly recommends embroidering in bed while watching tv.  Sounds excellent! And after the holidays you may find them treating themselves to a very well-deserved dinner at Screen Door or Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty here in town!

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December 21, 2015   No Comments

Thanks, Portland!!!

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the Super Colossal Holiday Sale this past weekend!! We had record breaking attendance and couldn’t quite believe the masses of you pouring through the doors on Saturday! How wonderful it is that so many people are supporting local makers and artists – and many lucky people will get fantastic handmade gifts for the holidays! WE LOVE YOU, PORTLAND!!!

Certainly none of this would be possible without all of our amazingly talented vendors, who worked so hard to fill that giant convention center hall with pure awesome. You guys are the best!!! And a huge thank you to all of our staff, volunteers, sponsors, the Convention Center folks, our friends and family, and everyone who helped make this show a success! We couldn’t do it without you!

If you want more Crafty Wonderland you can visit our retail store in downtown Portland! We’re open year round and feature the work of 200 local artists! (808 SW 10th Ave, just across from the Central Library.)

AND Be sure your calendar is marked for our Super Colossal Spring Sale on June 4th!

December 16, 2015   No Comments