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Flat Out Tees by Stephen Winslow

Saturday!  Sunshine, not-too-freezing temps and a run of vendor spotlights on The BIG THAW Blog to show you all the fantastic sellers who will be with us on Saturday, April 16th at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. in Portland!  Seeing as we have more vendors than days left before The Thaw I’ve really got to get cracking!

Speaking of cracking up, this feature is of Stephen Winslow of Flat Out Tees, a freaking genius of shirts that make you go ‘What the…?” or “LOL.”

Rock On.

While we’ve picked out our favorites for this feature, you really gotta get over to FOT’s Etsy shop to check out all the designs he has up so far — good news, though, for all you absurdists out there:  Stephen is open to custom work so if you have an idea for a t-shirt and would like someone to make it for you he’s your man.

Ninja Tee by Flat Out Tees

Stephen will be sharing a space with his wife, Glorijane, who makes jewelry using buttons, seed beads and more.  Stay tuned for more info!

Please join us for The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo Street in Portland., 10am-4pm.

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By Sara Picard of Beyond the Lens Photo

Wednesday!  Malaika brings us another vendor spotlight, and a very special one at that.  You’ll see why!

Today’s featured vendor is very near and dear to my heart (she’s my daughter!).  I promise to do my best to present her art in a professional and unbiased way, but if I’m not successful, please forgive me!

Sara Picard, currently a freshman in college, is a self-taught photographer.  What started out as a young girl’s favorite pass-time is now emerging as a young woman’s chosen art form.  She calls herself Beyond the Lens, and, in my humble opinion, she does a fantastic job of bringing that quality of deeper sight to her work.

Sara has done photo shoots for family portraits and weddings, but her specialty is bringing out the over-looked beauty in ordinary, every-day objects.  She has a knack for seeing the extraordinary in things the rest of us take for granted and finds a way to bring that quality to the forefront.  Her photography has a way of making you think, “Wow, I never noticed that before!”

While Sara is a bit nervous about bringing her photography to The BIG THAW beside all those other “real” artists, her offerings will be the perfect compliment to the amazing mix we can look forward to on April 16th.

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Good morning, everyone!  A quick note, too, we were featured on Handmadeology today!  Yes!!

Gorgeous artwork by Meagan Anderson and Kris Johnsen.

Just a reminder that there is a limited amount of The BIG THAW posters available for sale before the event.  Day of they will be $10 but you can swoop them up for $8 now!  We’re trying to raise money to get some ‘paid advertising’ to supplement our grass roots, word of mouth, Facebook-y type marketing.

Here is the link for Portland locals who would like to pick up.

Here is the link for anyone else who wants it shipped.

 

We really appreciate your support for our little craft fair!

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ohmygosh!  It’s STILL snowing in Portland.  Wherever you are we hope you’re warm, healthy and don’t have one eye bulging out a la Ren & Stimpy due to the tremendous stress of neverending winter.  Don’t worry, The BIG THAW is coming soon!

Today we get to ogle the work of Dunja von Stoddard aka DOONYAYA which is a just plain awesome name.  The Doonyaya shop offers pot holders, sachets, cat toys, journals, postcards and beyond.  Let’s take a little peek:

Colorful Catnip Toy!

Cat toys!  Sometimes it’s a GOOD thing that a product gets tested on animals and these are one of those things.  Apparently the felines go wild for these guys.  I personally go wild for the fact that they’re not those creepy, hairy mice that my cats seem to bat around for a bit, ignore, and then they emerge months later from the sofa covered in fur and food.  Doonyaya’s catnip toys do double duty as colorful accents while making your kitty go nutso for cat herbs.  Fun!

Sooo many colors you may need to grab two!

Now might be a good time to mention that Dunja’s business tithe (10% of her profits) go to organizations that save and protect animals.  So on top of all the niceness listed above you’re also doing your little part towards contributing to the health and happiness of other critters.

In the paper department, Doonyaya peddles journals and postcards.  The latest work is inspired by Victorian culture and 60-80s pop culture.  Pictures are worth a thousand words:

Journal Designs by Doonyaya
New!! Oversized Postcards from Doonyaya

So, basically once you’re done filling your shopping cart with all of the above you’ll probably like to see her potholders and sachets, complete with silk screened birds.  Fresh clothes and fashionable casseroles, here I come!

Sachets by Doonyaya.  Look at the kissing birds!
Potholders by Doonyaya.  Owl and bird love!

So there you have it, folks.  I had an opportunity to ask Dunja about how she heard about The BIG THAW and she had these lovely things to say about Maine artists and the Etsy Maine Team:

I heard about The Big Thaw from joining the Maine Team through etsy. I am so impressed with how many artists and crafters there are in our State, and the team has been a great way to see what my fellow Mainiacs are doing. Having moved from New York, I’ve found Maine to be incredibly inspiring and supportive of artists. I am living the dream here, making things every day out of my garage-turned-studio, and getting encouragement and feedback from my small but mighty crafting community. I am excited about the Big Thaw because I always get inspired by what other artists are creating.

Us, too, Dunja!  And no lack of inspiration come Saturday, April 16th 10am-4pm at Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. for The BIG THAW!

Awesome. Just awesome.

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Greetings from The BIG THAW and hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!  Some highlights in our corner of the universe included waking up to snow on Saturday morning (what the?!), a rousing show from Dirty Rogers, Huak and the Heebeejeebies at Geno’s on Saturday night and a rather impulsive and indulgent shopping spree at Fotoshops (closing…boo…), Material Objects and Bliss (big sale!) with some very nice ladies.

Best Buddies T-Shirt

Speaking of nice ladies, today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to the fine stylings of Bethany Hayes-Chute.  When The BIG THAW caught wind of her Etsy shop we were charmed to bits by the screen printed homage to all things Maine, plaid, and her lighthearted ‘creatures’ that play in geometric space on her t-shirts and onesies.

Maine Tee. Plus that Guy is holding a Chicken.

To follow the handmade code is one thing – but to really embrace it is another.  Not only are Bethany’s ‘creatures’ a cast of characters that have followed her from childhood, but she shares them with the world via a hand made silk screen press.  Mmm and who doesn’t love unique silk screened Tees for a Maine summer?  And look at these colors!

Dance Party Onesie. Your kids can look awesome, too!

And as if making cool t-shirts and onesies wasn’t enough Bethany makes gorgeous, simple, yet substaintial necklaces to boot.  The BIG THAW and Bethany are a match made in heaven — both artist and organization placing a huge emphasis on quality over quantity.  Bethany describes her jewelry work in her Etsy shop as such:

All of the pieces I create are original, one of a kind designs. I have extremely high standards for quality of materials, workmanship and technique. I use only Sterling Silver or Fine Silver findings and materials, never base metal, surgical steel or silver plated. In instances of gold findings and materials, I use either 14K Gold-Fill or 22k Gold Vermeil.

Yes, Bethany, yes!

Palmwood and Copper Necklace

Visit her Etsy shop here to start your shopping list for The BIG THAW on Saturday, April 16th at the Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo St, 10am-4pm.  See you there!

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Speechless! I’ve literally never written a check for anything so cool as 100, limited edition, four-color screen prints of a fox, a bunny rabbit and two birds.  All of them signed and numbered, ready to share with the local universe (and beyond!)

 

so so so so so so nice!

I’ve made an Etsy listing for local people, click here if you’d like to purchase and pick up somewhere on the peninsula (I’m flexible and mobile).

Annnd here is a listing for those who can’t make it to the Portland, Maine peninsula or for those who are insanely busy like me (I hear ya, we’re nuts!) who would like me to ship it to you.  Really fantastic Spring colors, one of these is promised to a frame to hang in the hallway at my place!

 

look at the fox pop! bright, citrus orange against blues and greens!

The poster, which is printed in four colors on gorgeous, heavy-weight paper, will be for sale at the very reasonable price of $10 the day of the fair.  If you purchase in advance, however, the Etsy listings are 20% off at $8.  Coupon clipping be damned, here is a better way to make some savings!

We’ll be using proceeds from the sales of the posters to printing flyers, making proper sign-age the day of the event, populating Mayo Street with candy dishes full of delicious candy and so much more.

Oh!  Did I mention Emblem Studio was available for custom screen printing work?  Such excellent craftsmanship, we are so, so pleased here at The Big Thaw.

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Did you know The BIG THAW is on Facebook?

Well, it is.

Here is the group page:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_121923504545596

Here is the event listing:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=104897699588395&ref=ts

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Beginning tomorrow, The BIG THAW website will be shining the spotlight on our vendors so that all you shoppers can start making your wish lists and saving those pennies (quarters, dollars, benjamins) effectively!

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Friendly reminder, kittens!  Have your applications in the mail by Friday so they are here in time!  Click here for application page.

In other news:  our poster is ALMOST done!  You may have noticed we revamped the colors on the site.  The blues, greens and punchy orange all come from the poster design and we can’t wait to show it to everyone when it’s finished!

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Good morning from Audrey at Little Eye Designs

Phew!  My mail carrier must be mightily confused where up until a few weeks ago all s/he brought to my front door was bills and catalogs.  With all these handwritten envelopes coming to me from amazing Maine artists, crafters and vintage resellers my new favorite thing to do is come home from work and get the mail!  OK, truth be told, it’s always been one of my favorite things to come home from work but this is the icing on the cake.

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Today:  a reminder. It’s a good idea if you haven’t sent in  your application yet to make sure it’s in the mail by Friday, February 26th to make the February 28th deadline.

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Another reminder: no application is considered ‘accepted’ until you’ve received and email from The BIG THAW confirming your application and your vendor fee check has been deposited.  We’ve had an overwhelming demand for upstairs spaces, so those of you who end up in the artist studios downstairs will receive a $10 refund from your original check.  The artist studios downstairs will be open, as well, and we will be feeding customers down the stairs the only way we know how:  with candy.  Also, thoughts on a purchase-based raffle have been kicking around and I’ll have more details later but I do know it will be incentivizing visiting downstairs vendors.  The spaces downstairs are perfect for:  vintage sellers and people who need wall space to hang flat or framed prints.

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals by Meagan Anderson and Emblem Studio

In other news, I hope to be meeting this weekend with Kris Johnsen of Emblem Studios and Meagan Anderson who are the fantastically talented artists who are going to be making The BIG THAW poster.  We’ll have a run of 100 limited edition silk-screened prints available for sale at The BIG THAW.  The poster you see in front of you is an earlier collaboration from the two talented artists that piqued TBT’s interest and made us say “Yes, yes.  These are the people who must make our high-flying flag.” Er, poster.  Still!  Keep your eyes peeled for visual excellence.

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