Thursday, February 25, 2010

Handmade Nation TONIGHT at MICA

Don't forget- Handmade Nation screens TONIGHT at MICA's Brown Center!
Click HERE for more details!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

American Craft Council Show THURSDAY-SUNDAY!!!

hand printed card from bowerbox press

hand sewn dress from Sweet Pepita

This weekend, More than 700 of the country's leading craft artists will gather under one roof to present their latest designer, handmade work at The American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, the largest juried, indoor craft show in the nation. The highest quality of handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, home d├ęcor, and more, will be available for purchase at the Baltimore Convention Center, February 25-28, 2010.
The show has also added a new section in the last few years- the DIY/Emerging Artists section - in which a handful of Charm City Craft Mafia folks & Baltimore Etsy Street Team folks will be exhibiting! This section features rising indie crafters whose work illustrates the innovative techniques and materials of the burgeoning new handmade movement, in a shared market-style space. There will also be a section for kids, a section for outdoor sculpture, a demo-section and an exhibit of student work from both Savannah College of Art and RISD.

Thursday, February 25 (10 am - 6 pm)
Friday, February 26 (10 am - 9 pm)
Saturday, February 27 (10 am - 6 pm)
Sunday, February 28 (10 am - 5 pm)

more info HERE!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Donations needed for Silent Auction to benefit Santi School Project

We were recently asked to spread the word about a local benefit event for the Santi School. Right now they are looking for artists to donate work for their upcoming Silent Art Auction. Check out the details below and if you are interested or would like more info, please contact Laura at

Laura Parkhurst & Jackie Lesh present A Silent Art Auction @ the St. John’s United Methodist Church(2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218) On Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 6pm to 11pm!

All proceeds from the event will go to the Santi School Project: A non-profit organization that was formed to raise $ to build schools in the rural village of Ramche, Nepal. They have built 1 school, are educating more than 60 kids and have begun renovating a new school! Check out for more details and progress. Please feel free to spread the word and attend the art auction. They would love to have you!

Here is what they would like from you: Art of any kind and any size!

If you are interested in donating art for the Silent Auction Please email the following 2 lines to Laura at as soon as possible!

  1. I will participate in the Santi School Silent Art Auction @ St. John’s on Saturday, April 10, 2010
  2. My phone # is: ________

(Email addresses and phone #’s will only be used to send reminders and to notify you of the sale of your work or of the need for pick up.)

They are asking that you set the minimum bid for your piece at $50.00 or less. The artist may collect 50% of the profit from the piece or choose to donate the entire amount to the Santi School Project! Work can be dropped off in the weeks prior to the auction by emailing Laura to arrange a time:

The final deadline to deliver work = Saturday, April 10, 2010 @ St. John’s Church by 2pm.

See you at the Auction!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Handmade Nation screens at MICA Feb 25

Holy cow! Lucky You, Baltimore!!! A screening of Handmade Nation is being held at Maryland Institute College of Art next week! The director of the Indie Documentary about DIY Businesses, Faythe Levine, will be presenting the film in person - free of cost.
In 2006, Levine traveled to 15 cities & Interviewed 80 artists & designers to capture the virtually tight-knit community that exists through Web sites, blogs & online stores & connects to the greater public through independent boutiques, galleries & craft fairs. Interviews were also conducted in artists' studios & homes. If that doesn't interest you enough, it should be noted that Handmade Nation might just have the best animated opening title sequence of all time.
Want to see a preview?

Thursday, Feb. 25 - 7 pm
Brown Center's Falvey Hall
1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Monday, February 15, 2010


photo from Art Star

Something's Hiding in Here

Hey all! It's that time of year again. You've been in hibernation for a couple months recovering from holiday fairs and restocking your goodies, and all the while, indie craft fair organizers are working hard and spring fair applications are rolling in! Here's a current list of ones we've gotten excited about so far (let me know if I've forgotten any)!! We are in the process of planning a date for Pile of Craft 2010. We will post on this blog ANY & ALL info as soon as we have it! Thanks for your patience!

Spring Bada-Bing
April 18th
Richmond, VA

Handmade Market
May 1st
Raleigh, NC

Crafty Wonderland
May 1-2
Portland, OR
(applications due TODAY!!!)

Art Star Craft Bazaar
May 15th & 16th
Philadelphia, PA

Renegade Craft Fair Austin
May 15th & 16th
Austin, TX
(applications due TODAY!!!!)

Handmade Mart
May 23rd
Silver Spring, MD

Bazaar Bizarre Maker Faire SF
May 22-23
San Mateo, CA

Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn
June 5th & 6th
Brooklyn, NY

DIY at Artscape
July 16-18
Baltimore, MD

Renegade Craft Fair LA
July 24th & 25th
Los Angeles, CA

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco
July 31 & Aug 1
San Francisco, CA

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tonight in Baltimore-News other than snow!

Lots of gallery openings tonight, if you can get out of your parking spot!
Animal Attraction
at The Whole Gallery
H&H Arts Building
405 W. Franklin St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

New Painthings-Ted Gahl / Tatiana Berg
at Nudashank
H&H Arts Building
405 W. Franklin St.
3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Terms of Use
at Gallery Four
H&H Arts Building
405 W. Franklin St.
3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Flourescent Brown
at Open Space
7pm - 10pm
2720 Sisson St.
Baltimore, MD 21211

And don't forget that this weekend (saturday) is also the American Visionary Art Museum Gala & Parade! The event is ON, and the party will be great! Theme is Life Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness. Ticket info HERE.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Baltimore Tattoo Convention THIS WEEKEND!

February 5-7th (hey - that's this weekend!)
Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel
101 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States
Phone: +01 800 541 8239

Visit Mafia member Mike Bracco / aka Spaghetti Kiss and a ton of other talented artists & designers! And its right downtown! you can walk, ride light rail or take a cab or bus! Where ELSE were you gonna go in the snow-pocolypse this weekend - in fact, why not commemorate it with a new tattoo!?