Sunday, October 31, 2010

Alt Craft Deadline - November 16

The American Craft Council is now accepting AltCraft applications for their flagship show in Baltimore and Atlanta.

This bustling section celebrates the innovative techniques and materials of the burgeoning handmade movement. This is an opportunity for talented artists and indie designers to gain national exposure at a well-established show.

They will be accepting 30 artists for Baltimore and 10 for Atlanta.

As part of the Council’s commitment to indie crafters, the cost of participation includes pre-setup of a skirted table, seating, electricity, lighting and trusses.
More info at

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Holiday Heap Update

An enormous THANK YOU to all of the talented artists & crafters who applied to Holiday Heap 2010.
We had the hardest time yet going through 100's of very qualified applications to find the best possible mix for our fair.
We really are humbled at what terrific work is being made in Baltimore and beyond and are so glad to get to see it all.

Our applications have closed for this year, and we'll be announcing our vendor list shortly. In the meantime, gear up for what is sure to be the best fair to date!!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pratt Library Altered Book Competition!

Feeling creative? Grab one of those unwanted books and turn it into a work of art. The Enoch Pratt Free Library is proud to announce its 2nd annual Altered Books Competition.

An altered book is any book that has been recycled into a work of art. They can be rebound, painted, burned, added to, drilled or otherwise adorned. As simple as adding a drawing, or as complex as creating an intricate sculpture.

All entries to the competition are due at 1pm on Saturday, November 20. There will be a teen (13-18) and an adult (18+) category. Prizes will be awarded to the top three altered books for each category. The top 20 altered books will be on display at the Central Library starting December 10th.

My librarian mother would be mortified, but at least you'll be recycling!
To get involved, visit

Friday, October 22, 2010

Open Studio Tour!

I would venture to say that most artists in Baltimore would be thrilled to invited you into their studios just about any day of the week for a cup of tea, or a coupla Bohs, especially if you had some dollars burning a hole in your pocket, but you know... that can be a little intimidating for some, and what if you don't have dollars but you just have a giant crush on a local artist (art crush, romantic crush...we don't judge) and want to see what makes them tick? Enter School 33's annual Open Studio Tour!

Sadly, I won't be able to participate this year (I swear it has nothing to do with the fact that my studio is in desperate need of a vacuum and a mop), but if I were around this weekend I'd be sure to take a look at the following studios in all their art-makingest glory:

... and sometimes people who aren't technically part of the tour will have their door ajar, too, so don't miss this opportunity to barge right in...

For more info, go to School 33 and get it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Current Space Seeks Crafters/Artists/Hoarders for Holiday Sale!

Current Space is interested in having a mixture of items for sale during their fundraiser. They are looking for folks interested in selling their crafts, artworks and/or rummage inside the new gallery space while music, food and drinks are being enjoyed around Current Space grounds.

Fundraiser is November 6, 2-8pm
Current Gallery
421 N Howard St
Baltimore, MD 21201

Table/selling space - around 4'x6' is $25
Sellers must provide their own table or are welcome to sell their goods on the ground.

To RSVP, or for further questions please email:

Monday, October 18, 2010

MICA Hosts Jewelry Open House

Are you interested in taking more jewelry classes, or just want to see a jewelry studio? MICA is hosting an Open House to meet jewelry center faculty and learn about courses offered through the certificate program. Guests can view demonstrations and get a tour of the facility. Refreshments will be served.

For directions, visit

The Open House is on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 6–8 p.m. at the Jewelry Center at Meadow Mill, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 103, Baltimore.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Letterpress Printmaking at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Ever wanted to letterpress print your own holiday cards, but don't have a half-ton printing press? Now is your chance! The holiday is approaching and it's time to create your very own personalized holiday cards using vintage printing presses at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The class will begin with a tour of the museum’s print gallery featuring an overview of the history of printing, and an equipment demonstration. Each participant will use vintage printing presses, typeface, and images to craft 12 personalized cards with envelopes.

The cost is $40 per person including supplies. Reserve your spot by Wednesday, October 27, 2010 space is limited. For more information or to register contact 410-727-4808 ext. 132 or Gena Morris at

About Baltimore Museum of Industry

Founded in 1977 as a project of the Mayor’s Office, the Baltimore Museum of Industry is a private, nonprofit organization established to celebrate the past, present and future innovations of Maryland industry and its people through dynamic educational experiences. The Museum is a leader in innovative education of Maryland industry and a major attraction for Baltimore, Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Monday museum is closed. The Museum is located at 1415 Key Highway. Parking is FREE

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Paper Crane at Atomic Books

Heidi Kenney of My Paper Crane will be here to discuss her work and process and to also sign copies of her new book, Every Day's A Holiday.
Date: Friday, October 15th
Time: 7-9PM
Location: Atomic Books. 3620 Falls Rd. Hampden, Baltimore.
Cost: Free
Heidi Kenney will be coming to Atomic Books to give a chat on her work and process, and to sign copies of her new book, Everyday's A Holiday (Chronicle Books). She also plans to have some amazing cupcakes–and a little goodie bag for all attendants to take home at the end of the night.
In this festive how-to book, Heidi shares a year's worth of classic and not-so-classic projects that the whole family will enjoy, from the National Bird Day embroidered handmade book to the St. Patrick's Day mini leprechaun pin.
Heidi Kenney created her blog ( as a venue to showcase her handmade art projects. Her work has been featured in many galleries and she sells her creations to a number of select shops. She lives with her family in Pennsylvania.
Facebook event page:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Baltimore Print Studios Opens on North Ave Sunday!

Come join us as we celebrate with Baltimore Print Studios - their grand opening is Sunday!!!!
Baltimore Print Studios will be a community access printmaking facility offering equipment & workshops for letterpress and screen printing. The opening event will offer a tour of all the equipment & processes as well as refreshments & good company.
Come meet founder Kyle Van Horn and your fellow Baltimore printmakers from 3-7 on Sunday, October 17th (THIS sunday) and get more info on this new and exciting Station North Arts District landmark!!
Free, no experience required!

Baltimore Print Studios
18 W. North Ave (next to the Windup Space)
Baltimore, MD
Facebook Invite HERE.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Holiday Craft Fair Time!

Richmond Craft Mafia's handmade holiday show

It's Holiday Craft Fair application time already, and deadlines are already passing by! our own HOLIDAY HEAP is due THIS FRIDAY!!!!! We don't want you to miss out, so here's a shortlist of the MANY fairs in the area & beyond that we think are worth applying to! (got a good one we missed? email and tell us!):

Holiday Heap - December 4 - Baltimore (due October 8)
Merry Mart - December 5 - Baltimore (due October 11)
One of a Kind Show & Sale - November 11-14 - New York (ASAP)
Handmade Holiday - December 12 - Richmond, VA (Due October 20)


Friday, October 1, 2010

All Crafty, All Weekend!

Looking for something to do this weekend? It's a craft takeover! For those not heading down to DC for Crafty Bastards, check out the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival up in Timonium. There will be over 250 artisans and crafters from all over the country. (Plus, Mother Nature is about to get crafty too- we've felt the chill in the air, so keep your eyes open for changing leaves and fall color!)

Also, don't forget that this is the LAST WEEKEND to apply for this December's Holiday Heap, the craftiest show in Baltimore. So get the best images of your work ready, and click here to apply!

image from flickr user tigerlillyshop