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Posted in Vendor Spotlight, tagged art, awesome things to do, craft, december 3, event, falmouth, hand painted jewelry, highwire handmade, holiday, maine, mayo street arts, portland, sale, silver, southern maine, vintage on November 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Hey, hey, Tuesday! Thanksgiving is upon us and birds are on everyone’s brains (or tofurkies, or if you’re like my clan you’re thinking of a delicious brunch menu) but one person in particular, Sophia Sarno of Highwire Handmade, has birds on the brain all the time. Hand painted, delicate little earrings, pendants, rings and more feature birds on wires, an iconic image familiar to everyone, everywhere… as long as the power lines are above ground. Here are some goodies:
Highwire Handmade will be sharing a space with IDILLARD, who makes painted home accessories with animals. Stay tuned for a Vendor Spotlight on IDILLARD and start making your wish list now!
The Big Chill Arts, Crafts + Vintage Sale will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo Street from 10am-4pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Posted in Vendor Spotlight, tagged activities, art, craft, event, holiday events, holiday sale, lofted designs, lori dennis, maine, mayo street arts center, portland, southern maine, the big chill, to do, vintage on November 20, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Happy Sunday! It’s a busy day in Big Chillville so we bring to you a quick snapshot of vendor Lori Dennis of Lofted Designs. Lori couldn’t be with us for the Big Thaw in Spring so we’re super psyched she’ll be selling her silver necklaces, earrings, rings, dog tags and more at The Big Chill on Saturday, December 3rd at the Mayo Street Arts Center. Without further ado:
Posted in BIG THAW Photo Album, tagged a new heirloom, ashley tyler, david jacobson glass, day of, event, jen boohers, maine, mayo street arts center, michelle bolduc, my little anchor, photos, portland, quercus design, The BIG THAW on May 12, 2011 | 2 Comments »
May I regail you with tales of organizing a craft fair? I hope so. The #2 biggest fears I had in the days leading up to the event were #1: Are customers going to show up? and #2: Will all the vendors fit? Because I spent the month leading up to The THAW in hyper-contact mode with friends, message boards, newspapers, Facebook and more #1 was all taken care of. Signs up and down the street directed people towards our little shin dig and people just kept pourin’ in. Good! #2 was a little scarier – turns out my estimate of how much space everyone would get was a little, er, generous and we had to do some last minute rearranging as the vendors were setting up. FORTUNATELY we hand-selected a group of very friendly, flexible and happy people to play at The THAW and everyone was psyched just to be there selling their goods. So officially: THANK YOU to all the vendors who didn’t get mad at me! :)
Madder Root was located upstairs in front of one of the amazing, huge, gorgeous, pretty, awesome windows in the main room at Mayo St. I’m so excited because their clean, white linen and saturated screen printed inks looked beautiful in the morning light. You can also see from the photo that they thought ahead (along with other vendors) by bringing coupons for customers to use on their Etsy site in the future. Good idea, ladies!
Look at these gorgeous, spring-y colors from David Jacobson Glass. Lots of vendors thought ahead and included items at their spaces that got people in the mood for the season. Although it was about 40 degrees that day and more than a tad chilly (pro tip: always bring a warm layer to a craft fair!) people were ready to forget about snow, especially the April Fool’s Day storm. David’s pieces brightened up the back of ‘the island’ (a grouping of vendors in the center of the floor) and his “conversation pieces” (trademark by David Jacobson) are the most clever things you’ll ever leave a note on. Click on the image to visit his website and learn more!
Ashley Tyler (A New Heirloom) is setting up her wares at her great display innovations in the corner next to Jen from Quercus Design. Her work is so beautiful, just take a peek at her Etsy shop and tell me you don’t want everything in it. We’re excited for Ashley, as she’s moving in to a brand, new studio in Biddeford this month where she can spread out and get really creative. Yay for real studios replacing corners in our apartments!
That’s all for now, everyone — I plan on posting daily until all the photos are gone! Again, please email any snaps you might have taken of the day to: thebigthawportland at gmail dot com. Thanks!
Posted in Uncategorized, Vendor Spotlight, tagged anna low, april 16, art, bright colors, calendar, craft, diary, east bayside, east end, event, fair, journal, local, maine, munjoy hill, portland, purplebean bindery, sale, sketchbook, things to do, vintage on April 15, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
How did you start making books?
I bound my first book in kindergarden but the obsessive binding really started in college with a great book arts class. I started working my way through all of the bookbinding instructions I could find and had to give away my little book experiments to make room for more. It’s grown from there into a nice ‘job’. I love making functional art. Every book I make is different and I think of all of them as collaborations between myself and whomever the book goes home with. I like that a hand-bound blank book might inspire someone to fill it’s pages with amazing sketches or writing…or something completely banal in a colorful cover.
What kind of goodies can our customers expect to see at your table at The BIG THAW?
I’ve got all kinds of funky and colorful goodies for The BIG THAW. I’ll have my customary Buttonhole Journals – nice books for journaling, list making, note taking, general musings. I love this binding because it’s both decorative and the books lay open flat. The binding also allows for lots of decorative paper and embellishments, so the books are cheery and user friendly. This winter (it was a long winter) I’ve been a recycling fiend in the studio, so I’ll also have a nice stack of books made with reused material, including some old school flash cards that I’m in love with and manilla paper that still smells of grammar school.
What textures/colors inspire you most?
One of the reasons I keep making books is because there is so much cool paper and fabric out there. I love colorful. But I also love black and white. And cheesy kitsch. It’s hard to narrow it down. I guess I should say, the next beautiful piece of paper is the one that inspires me the most?
What’s your favorite thing about Spring in Maine?
I love winter and snow but this year I’ve been antsy, antsy for mother nature’s big thaw. I love spring in Maine because it means gardening season is ON. I’ve got my veggie seeds started inside, I prowl the yard for signs of the bulbs I planned last fall, and if I owned a hair drier I’d be using it to melt the last chunk of dirty snow under the lilac. I also love that all the windows are open because 55° feels warm.
Right on, right on! 55 DOES feel warm and hopefully we’ll feel that tomorrow, Saturday April 16th, the day of The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale. 10am-4pm at Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo St. in Portland’s East End (off Cumberland Ave between Franklin and Washington). Look out for the signs! Can’t wait. :)
Posted in Uncategorized, Vendor Spotlight, tagged animals, art, art show, arts, arts center, bayside, bright color, community calendar, craft, east bayside, east end, etsy, event, events, fair, forest city, handmade, local event, maine, mayo street, mayo street arts, mayo street arts center, munjoy hill, painting, portland, public events, sale, spring, thaw, The BIG THAW, vintage, warm weather on April 14, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Melon Bee: Well, Melissa is going to have some really neat fabric items, like aprons, cute baby bibs, and sweet iPad covers. She does fun fabric trades with her mom, all the way on the other coast in California. I (Bevin) am going to bring prints of a series I painted… it’s an animal for every letter of the alphabet! The originals are colored pencil, ink and water color. I painted all the animals during a pretty miserable winter in Minnesota, and I really believe they helped me maintain some sanity! I have also been working on some little painted panels inspired by Swedish textile patterns lately, and I will have a few at the sale.
TBT: What do you love most about the Spring in Maine?
MB: Well, I actually just moved here in September, and the Fall was beautiful! …So, I haven’t experienced a Maine Spring yet, BUT I am super excited because I imagine it’s similar to Minnesota. People just come out of hiding, and everyone is thrilled to get outside and take a deep breath of fresh air. There’s something about warmer weather after it’s been so cold that just makes your whole body relax!
Thanks, Bevin! You can find Melon Bee’s creations and more at The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale on Saturday, April 16th (this weekend!) at 10 Mayo Street (Mayo Street Arts Center). Please email email@example.com if you have any questions!
Posted in Vendor Spotlight, tagged 2011, allsey, antique, april 16, art, calendar, center, community, craft, destash, east bayside, east end, etsy, event, fair, jewelry, maine, maine team, mayo, mayo street, munjoy hill, portland, sale, street, The BIG THAW, to do, upcycle, vintage on April 14, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Buried treasure by the Saco River?? Yes, we will be there to see what you’ve found. Once I had a friend whose mother worked at a place that had an old carriage house out back and we would always find utensils, medicine bottles, etc. in the sand. So cool! You, too, can come see what Allsey found by the banks of the Saco River, and get an up-close look at all these awesome wares (mostly the little kid at the top of this article) at The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale on Saturday, April 16th, 10am-4pm at 10 Mayo Street (Mayo Street Arts Center) in Portland. Hurrah!
Posted in Uncategorized, Vendor Spotlight, tagged art, art show, arts, arts center, celebrate, community calendar, craft fair, crafts, david jacobson, east bayside, east end, etsy, event, events, fair, forest city, functional, glass, handmade, heirloom, local event, maine, mayo street, mayo street arts, munjoy hill, photography, portland, public events, sale, southern maine, spring, thaw, The BIG THAW, traditional, vintage, warm weather on April 13, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Ohhh drizzle, drizzle. The weather’s forecasting cloudy and in the 40s for Saturday but as long as it’s ANYTHING but this we’ll be psyched! Actually, rain is a huge part of the thaw – after all, how would thirsty crocuses get what they need to start popping their heads out of the ground?
Here’s a bit of glass magic from David Jacobson Glass to brighten up your gray day. We’re intrigued by his text bubbles and beautiful rendered housewares!
What new wares can customers expect to see at The BIG THAW?
I’ve been making a lot of new work for this show that I’m excited about. Handblown glass bud vases in celadon, robin’s egg blue, turquoise and white. More slumped glass platters and bowls in new color combinations. For example, black and white stripes, cobalt blue stripes, a pale blue stripe that looks like spun sugar. And, my Conversation Pieces™ — just like the word balloons you see in comic strips, but made out of handblown white glass. You can hang them on the wall, if you choose, and write and draw on them with dry erase markers to say whatever you want, whenever you want.
2. What inspires your glass work?
Textile patterns, and colors and textures that I see in nature. The texture of the finished piece is as important to me as the colors I use and how it looks. For example, the glass bowls I make have a lot of texture as a result of the two layers of glass canes that I fuse together.
3. What is your favorite thing about Spring in Maine?
Knowing that summer is right behind, with tennis and kayaking.
As if we weren’t excited enough for Saturday! You can find David peddling his wares at The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage sale this Saturday, April 16th. Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo St, Portland, right off of Cumberland Ave on the East End. We look forward to seeing you there!
Posted in Uncategorized, Vendor Spotlight, tagged apparel, april 16th, art, bags, beast, boots, card, community calendar, craft, east bayside, east coast, east end, event, fair, fowl, jackie dubois, jacqueline dubois, jewelry, kimono, maine, mayo street arts, mildred, munjoy hill, pillow, portland, sale, shoes, silk, spring, thaw, The BIG THAW, vintage, warm weather, woodland on April 9, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Oh my! Have you been outside yet today?? Yikes, it’s warm and all I needed to wear was a t-shirt and a cardigan! That doesn’t hurt at all, no sir. We’re hoping the weather is nice enough next Saturday that we can open the upstairs AND downstairs doors and all just breathe in that fresh, salty, Maine-y air. Not to mention Silly’s is down the street so getting a whiff of BBQ and french fries every now and again wouldn’t be, bad either.
Today we’re featuring: Mildred! This lady (Jackie Dubois) will be inhabiting the “BIG THAW Shop” which happens to double as the coat room at Mayo St. As you’re walking in to the fair don’t forget to stop and flip through her amazing vintage clothing, shoes, and her animal cards and silk pillows (made from vintage kimonos. Oh god, yes.)
What can you expect to find from Mildred at The BIG THAW? Here’s what Jackie says:
“Been stitching up a collection of primitive style quilted pillows made with vintage kimono silks and wools as well as organic hemps and linens. I will also share a few new printed animal cards from the Beast and Fowl series: tigers, antelopes, roosters, hawks, rabbits and llamas, oh my!
My vintage heap will include light and breezy frocks and tops, good plaids, checks and woven prints, boots and heels, leather bags, cardigans, cropped sweater vests, silky scarves and a bit of jewelry.”
The vintage heap sounds like what we need to stock up for Spring in Maine: not too hot, not too cold, sweltering and freezing all in the same day. P.S. Jackie has insane taste in boots and you better hope she’s got something in your size on Saturday the 16th. Love!
When it comes to being a vintage seller and artist, Jackie practices what she preaches, too. Her walls are filled with local artists’ work. Let’s hear what she had to say about what inspires her:
“I love simple. I also love intricate. A balance of fresh and worn.
My friends inspire me most. I am so thankful for all of the creative people in my life: fashion designers, wood workers, painters, writers, chefs, musicians. My walls are filled with the works of my visual artist friends, my record collection includes the sounds of my musician friends…being reminded of such talent keeps me motivated to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Jackie — your favorite decade? (We love this question).
“I am currently admiring the 60’s Bobbie Gentry good girl style: pegged jeans, gingham and tiny calico tops, western ankle boots (if not bare feet), long hair and leather fringe.
In contrast, I never get tired of the ultra femme and glamorous 20’s: pale skin, short perfectly coiffed hair, sequins, feathers and oxford heels.”
(I can get behind the pale skin and oxfords thing — it’s going to take about 5 beach trips to get my Irish tan on (freckles) to liven up this winter white.)
And, lastly, we will leave you with Jackie’s thoughts about what she most loves about the Springtime in Maine. Us too, Jackie, us too.
“Watching our yard evolve into a wonderland of wildflowers, herbs, ferns and mushrooms. Sitting on top of mountains. Soaking up the sun. Growing tomatoes. Firing up the grill. Bonfires. Rummaging outdoor
flea markets for old gems. Bike rides. Ocean swims. Hammock naps. Moving projects from the studio to the porch…oh, I can hardly wait!”
As it turns out, Jackie heard about The BIG THAW from Kris Johnsen of Emblem Studio (via Facebook). Thanks, Kris, for bringing Jackie to us!! The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage sale will be happening big time a week from today on Saturday, April 16th at The Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. in East Bayside, Portland. 10am-4pm.
Posted in Uncategorized, Vendor Spotlight, tagged animals, art, craft, east bayside, east end, emblem studio, event, fair, graphic design, illustration, kris johnsen, lady lamb the beekeeper, last night on earth, local event, maine, munjoy hill, music, musicians, my morning jacket, portland, screen print, thaw, The BIG THAW, things to do, vintage, wolf parade, woodland, woods on April 7, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Well, you just learned all about Meagan Anderson (half of our awesome-poster-making-team) so why not bring the goods on Kris Johnsen of Emblem Studio (the other half!) for a bit of internetty distraction? I asked Kris a few questions about his work, the fair and more:
The BIG THAW: What new/favorite products/designs will you be sharing at the fair?
Kris Johnsen (of Emblem Studio): As always I will have recent gig poster from music events around portland and a few National acts. I will also have more art prints available, some of which as on my blog Emblem Studio and some I have yet to show with the world. I’m excited about a few drawings i have been working on that are going to be turning into art prints and will hopefully be done in time for the fair. I will also soon be working away from screen printing and trying to do more wood block and linoleum block prints. I have also been working hard on new ways to display my prints since it’s always hard to put everything on display when trying to work with such a small area. I might include some Portland Pins stuff also.
TBT: You get a bulk of your work from events and musicians – describe the process of collaborating with people who are not necessarily visual artists in giving something you know they’ll like. What are some of your favorite posters you’ve done for an event?
TBT: You’re new (like me!) to the craft fair circuit… do you have any advice for people who are considering selling at a craft fair but aren’t sure how to start?
Some great advice and some great work to look forward to from Emblem Studio. The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage sale will be held on Saturday, April 16th at the Mayo Street Arts Center (10 Mayo St., Portland, just down the street from the big church on Franklin arterial) from 10am to 4pm. We are so looking forward to seeing you there!