Applications are OPEN!
Sat, May 5th
11:00am - 6:00pm
at the Oregon Convention Center
Exhibit Hall D
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in Portland, OR
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Applications are due February 15!
2018’s first Artist of the Month is the lovely as ever dream team, Jenn Hill + Jenny Tiffany of Robot Candy!!! They were actually our first ever featured artists to grace this blog as Artist of the Month and the featured space on our shop wall back in the days of yore. We are so thrilled they are still a part of our happy little family!!!
For over a decade Robot Candy has been responsible for helping to make Portland a cuter, craftier city with their awesome work inspired by all things mid-century. Most recognizable are Robot Candy’s famous tile coasters featuring fun, retro imagery. There are literally hundreds of designs to choose from - Portland bridges and other landmarks, crafty cats, vintage ads, sweet floral patterns, and their own unique take on the RESIST logo.
Besides the abundance of Robot Candy coasters to choose from, you can also check out Jenn and Jenny’s other lines, Chet & Dot and Automatte, which all have a warm and fuzzy vibe: needle felted fuzzy kitty necklaces and other irresistible critters, hand-sewn travel tissue pouches (great for sneeze season!), adorable knit baby sweaters, plush softies, tote bags, art prints, and more!!!
Come visit our shop to see their work in person or check out http://www.robotcandy.com/ for more info. And read on to see what Jenn Hill had to say about future projects for Robot Candy and what podcast you should be lending an ear to in the new year!
What do you predict for Robot Candy in the coming year?
We will branch out with a new product line this year - we are super excited about that!
What do you predict for the maker/art world in general?
I think the maker world is going to continue to grow and evolve. It’s been so amazing to see how it’s changed and become more mainstream over the last decade. I love to see so many people be able to do what they love for a career.
Current celebrity crush?
I don’t really have celebrity crushes, but right now I’m watching the Lucy Show from the early 1960s and so I’m rather smitten with Lucille Ball.
Current political crush?
I think I love Joe Kennedy, but ask me again in a year.
What shows are you looking forward to the coming year?
We are planning to do some out of town shows this year, perhaps Renegade, but we really love doing local shows the most. The public school sales are always lots of fun and it’s nice to be able to support them.
What are you reading/what podcast are your listening to?
I’m currently reading about natural dyes and I’m listening to an assortment of True Crime podcasts. I just finished Dirty John which was really good - surprise ending!
Homemade eggnog is a current favorite around here.
Do you carry an umbrella? What do you think about umbrellas in Portland?
I keep an umbrella in my car and I use it because I don’t like being wet. Staying dry is nice and I have never really understood the whole “real Portlanders don’t need umbrellas” thing.
By Joanna Kurimsky
It’s officially the holiday season here in Portland and we’re celebrating with Beth Kerschen as December’s Artist of the Month!!! We are thrilled to have her beautiful work on feature at the Crafty Wonderland shop during this busy, high foot-traffic time and encourage you to come check it out in person! Her prints, postcards and bookmarks make perfect gifts for Portlanders and Portland-admirers in your life.
Beth is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses photography and printmaking to create her unique cards, prints and original work exhibiting the famous signs, bridges and buildings that make Portland so distinctive. She uses a blend of photography and printmaking to create her images, combining images of well-known structures, skylines and signs around town to create layered, collage-like composite scenes.
Subtle and unpretentious, yet super imaginative with fine art appeal, Beth’s bridge series woodblock prints are often purchased as a full set to bring a Portland vibe to a particular room or location. For example, the famous Jupiter Hotel will be featuring Beth’s work next year, as well as using it to decorate the walls of their brand new guest rooms! Read on to see what Beth had to say about that, and also her responses to a few other questions!
What are you excited about in the coming year?
I am really looking forward to doing a solo show at the Jupiter Hotel Gallery starting March 1st through May, 2018. This show is in conjunction with the grand opening of Jupiter Hotel’s new expansion called Jupiter NEXT (which is adjacent to the original hotel). My artwork will used as part of the guest bedrooms in this new, gorgeous hotel that will have amazing views of Portland. You can see the preview announcement of the new building and the guest rooms here: https://jupiterhotel.com/jupiter-next/
What books are you reading/podcasts are you listening to?
I just finished listening to the S-Town podcast and I am reading the Ender’s Game Series (called Endersverse) by Orson Scott Card. I love all sorts shows and movies, but I do love to escape into some science fiction. I might have answered this same question with a similar answer last time I was artist of the month! It is a big series to cover! :)
What is your favorite word or swear word?
My favorite word is “Dude”, as it can be used for any situation: to address someone, to swear, to show exasperation, to show excitement, to show seriousness, to show concern…it is all just a matter of tone. (Usually used more heavily around good friends.)
Do you carry an umbrella? What are your thoughts on the whole umbrella thing in Portland?
I don’t carry an umbrella! I have always thought umbrellas were cumbersome (even before moving to Portland) and I always lose them by leaving them at my destination. Portland’s rain is usually fairly mild, so a good raincoat with a hoodie works perfect for me. I love wearing hats too, then my glasses don’t get dripped on. When I shop for a overcoat for dressy events, I really try to find a nice one with a hood…which is key even for dressier occasions. I don’t begrudge people that use umbrellas, but I find it funny that umbrella users in Portland are do defensive about using one because so many people in Portland are anti-umbrella…but I actually never, never see anyone using an umbrella!
Visit Beth Kerschen at her website, http://bethkerschen.com/ and come see what she’s got at the shop!~by Joanna Kurimsky
Featuring art and handmade goods from over 250 amazing vendors!!
It's the best place to find the perfect holiday gifts!
Saturday, Dec 9th + Sunday, Dec 10th!
from 11am - 6pm
(Please note that HALL A is not our usual location!)
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
photo by Shannon Rowland
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 8TH
5:00PM - 9:00PM
AT THE OREGON CONVENTION CENTER
777 NE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BLVD - HALL A
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TICKET PAGE!
AS ALWAYS, THE SHOW IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ALL DAY
SATURDAY + SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH + 10TH FROM 11AM - 6PM!
- Entry into the show from 5:00-9:00pm on Friday, December 8th 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 9 + 10 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 West charges a $3 fee per ticket. We are sorry but this is the only way to buy tickets as per Convention Center rules. You can not buy them directly from us.
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!