Tuesday, December 18, 2007
by the way, have you pledged to have Handmade Holidays at http://www.buyhandmade.org/ ?
and have you checked out What Would Jesus Buy? http://wwjbmovie.com/
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
This Sunday, 11/11/07
Come see Chromosapien, Enju & Superchica-- And get a jumpstart on your Holiday shopping by supporting local and unique artists! It will be at the Garden Cafe on Junius St., Dallas.
For more information please check out http://www.juniusheights.org/
Stitch Guerrilla Craft Fair & Fashion Show
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Start off the holidays on a good foot- take the Handmade Pledge! By promising to only buy handmade goods this holiday season, you are not only going to get lots of hugs and kisses from the recipient, you will also support the indie community. Handmade Holidays are the way to go!
You don't know where to buy handmade goods, you say? Start out with these local shows:
*Bishop Arts Hoedown- Thursday, November 1st in the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff. contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
*Junius Heights Arts and Crafts Bazaar, November 11th at the Garden Cafe on Junius St., Dallas- coinciding with the Junius Heights Home Tour, come out and meet local artists and do some shopping.
***Hipsters Handmade Holiday Bazaar*** at the Dallas Market Hall on Dec. 1st with love bands, crafts, and demos. www.urbanstreetbazaar.com
*Deck the Halls- being thrown by Armhole and the Texas Tarts, you can't miss this party at the Sons of Hermann Hall on Sun., December 2nd. contact email@example.com for info.
*Winter Art Fair- December 8th at the Alex Sanger Elementary School at 8410 San Leandro Dr. Dallas, 75228 call (972)749-7600 for more info.
*of course, you will always find a treasure at the Deep Ellum Sellums which occur every second Saturday of the month on Elm Street in Deep Ellum from 8:30-11:30p.m.
and you can always make your own creations, as well! You don't know how to start? Take a class at Make Studio at 313 N. Bishop Ave. and impress your loved ones! Julie will teach you everything from sewing and silkscreening to jewelrymaking and fused glass!
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
This has been a crafty PSA from your local Craft Mafia. signing off--
Friday, October 19, 2007
Craft Recipe: Jack-o-Lanterns
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
We hope you had as much fun as we did and that you'll come see us again soon. Check out our individual websites for updates on shows, sales and new merchandise. The DCM is working hard to become a driving force for Indie Craft in DFW. XOXO Judy
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
This trunk show will feature the works of Enju, chromosapien, Harrilu, and Superchica, along with a few local guest artists! We will have a Project Make fashion show, so please come out and show support for your local Craft Mafia! Fun will be had by all :)
We have a new website as well! Super Judy of Superchica fame has assembled a mighty fine website. Check it out at http://www.thedallascraftmafia.com/. And please sign up for our monthly newsletter while you're at it.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I really like that these are organic, and I have also used them for gifts for friends with new pets or for someone brave enough to pet-sit for me.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Now for something else.... Has anyone stumbled upon the new channel called OvationTV? It's the only network devoted to art and personal creativity with the best of performance, people, art, music and film. So far I've seen a wonderful program about Mark Rothko (one of my favorite painters) and last night I saw a another great show about Degas and his sculpture The Little Dancer. Everyday there is something I'm really interested in. If you have cable or satellite tv you should be getting this channel.
One more thing. Recently my husband and I had a great discussion about art and music and wondered if painting is dead. By that I mean, could it be possible that everything that can be done in the realm of canvas painting has in fact been done? I plan to write an article about this for the DCM newsletter soon. Think on it and share if you like. :)
Enjoy your day.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
With all the time indoors, I've spent a bit too much time staring at my house. It's definitely put me in the mood to redecorate my space. So, I recovered a lamp shade and made a couple of cushion covers. Its amazing how the small changes can make such a huge difference!
Recovering a lamp shade is super easy-- here's how I did it:
- I used a paper bag and cut it so it was 1 large piece of flat paper (cut out the bottom portion) to make a pattern for the fabric/paper that I wanted to use.
- I pulled my lampshade off my lamp-- luckily it is white and pretty plain (if you have pleats, or a designer fabric that would show through, carefully take off that layer, leaving the posts and under layer/lining on the shade).
- I started on the bottom left of the paper and carefully rolled the lamp shade, marking the top and bottom with pencil on the paper bag as I rolled -- this shows you the shape and amount of fabric you will need. If you have a big shade, you may need to find a larger piece of paper or tape the bags together to form one piece.
- After making it all the way around on the shade, I cut out my pattern that I had made
- Using the pattern, I cut about 1/2 inch from the top and bottom of the pattern so that there is fabric to wrap around the top and bottom edges of the shade. I also cut the fabric approx 3/4 inch longer than your template (for a nice clean seam).
- Using Fabric glue (You could also use spray mount), I spread small amounts of the glue as I rolled the shade--carefully glue the fabric on, by placing the shade down on one end and rolling it slowly, smoothing out wrinkles and bubbles as I went-- similar to how I created the pattern.
- Once I made it all the way around, I folded the fabric onto itself, making a clean neat edge to glue down for your seam.
- For the top and bottom, I cut small slits around the edges around the top and bottom and applied more glue to wrap them into the inside of the shade, creating a nice round edge.
That was it! Pretty easy-- takes a bit of time, but much cheaper than a new lampshade, and if I wanted to go further, I could use trim to cover any imperfections I left at the top and bottom rims of the shade.
Being indoors so much has also inspired me. In the last couple of weeks I've been working on new designs that I want to test to print on fabric. It is a bit of a different process than some of the other items I print, but I have a real desire and interest in fabrics and wallpaper and hope that I can experiment with it enough to make a few designs I love. We'll see. I really want something fun and original that would actually turn into something else fun to buy or use.
Fingers crossed the rain stops soon!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
What's up this week? Well, speaking for myself I've had a crafty few days and yesterday I had a chance to pass on a little of my craftiness. When you were a kid did you know you were creative? Did someone open your eyes to the world of art and craft? I remember a project that I did in kindergarten. It was very simple really, but I loved it. Our objective was to take a large piece of construction paper and create a collage/mixed media piece using fabric, buttons, pipe cleaners and other little objects. I made a bunny. He was orangey and brown with green and mustard buttons all over. I used a lovely piece of vintage fabric (which at the time was not vintage) to fill his body and pieces of bric-a-brac to outline it. This was a really meaningful project for me (obviously) and to this day I can still see that bunny and somehow I'm still working with vintage fabrics, buttons etc.
A young friend of mine visited me in my studio yesterday. She's only 8 years old, but there is really something special about her. She describes herself as very creative and told me about how she's fascinated with the Mona Lisa. Well, that was just about all I had to hear. I invited her to join me for a few projects and my hope was to give her an outlet to express herself and explore various kinds of crafts. At the end of the day we had made several sculptures and partially completed a little dress and some embroidery. I'll be meeting with her again to complete the projects and I hope that I've been an encouragment to her.
Here's a fun project I came up with when I was about 8 years old....
Work on a metal or glass surface that is non-porous and easy to clean. Using markers (not perm) draw a circle or square onto the surface and fill it in with lots of color but not a specific design. Then squeeze regular white school Glue on top of the colored shape you've just made and using a cotton swap or your finger, mix it all around, but keep it in some sort of circular or squarish shape. You should see the colors from the marker mixing with the glue. The glue should be thick, maybe a 1/4 of an inch. When you're happy with the color you're done. Let it dry overnight and the next morning peel it off and punch a hole in it. You have a cute little pendant. It's a fun project for kids that is easy to wash up with soap and water.
That's all for now. Have a great week.
Friday, June 8, 2007
We are also motivated to help those around us. We will hereby promote craftivism as a goal of the DCM- that is, volunteerism through crafting- within the group and beyond. We have selected a few programs with which we will volunteer our time and efforts to make our world a better place :)
We are going to accomplish a lot, and you will see more of us around!