Posted in General Info, tagged applications, art, big thaw, craft, events, fair, maine, may 2012, portland, sale, spring, vintage on January 31, 2012 |
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Copper Heart Necklace from Rough Magic Creations, $45.00. Click for listing!
Oh, good! In a surprisingly easy technological effort of composing the application, waving my magical .pdf wand and uploading it to wordpress: applications are here, and five hours before deadline!
If you’d like to visit the application page, click here.
Or if you want to cut through the red tape, just click here to download the application..
Applications will be open from Wednesday, February 1st through Wednesday, February 29th. Space is limited and we try to accommodate as many applicants as possible by working together! We love shared tables (got a crafty friend?) and we try to consider all factors when planning the line-up/layout of the event. Please contact Audrey at: thebigthawportland at gmail dot com if you have any detailed questions.
The Big Thaw will be held at the Mayo Street Arts Center, as always, with a wine, beer and snack bar and local music sounding from the rafters. Yayyy! We can’t wait!
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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 |
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Ya-da-da! Melon Bee!!
Hola, readers! We caught up with Bevin Holmberg of Melon Bee
who will be sharing her space at The BIG THAW with Melissa Bankhead, seamstress extraordinaire. We learned that Bevin is a recent Maine transplant (Welcome, Bevin!) and that she has a super cool ‘day job’ to help pay the bills…
The BIG THAW: What goodies can customers expect to see while they’re browsing at The BIG THAW?
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.
Loggerhead Turtle by Melon Bee
TBT: Lots of your work deals with animals and animals are our favorite. Do you pick the ones you want to illustrate at random or for a reason?
MB: Growing up, if I wasn’t outside exploring, I was inside pouring through world book encyclopedias, trying to draw all the interesting animals I found. As a kid, I wanted to be a marine biologist, and my favorite animal was a manatee, so that was a given for the letter ‘m’ in this series, but I tried to make some stretches for most of the other letters!
TBT: When you’re not painting what occupies your time?
MB: When I am not making art on my own, I am hiding in the backroom of Trader Joe’s, working on signage for the store. I also love riding my bike and walking around Portland (don’t have a car)… there’s so much to explore! I’ve been taking a ceramics class at Portland Pottery, too, which has been fantastic.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
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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 |
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Conversation Pieces by David Jacobson Glass
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.
Vases by David Jacobson Glass in super Spring colors
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.
Textures and Tones in David Jacobson's Work
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!
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Posted in Vendor Spotlight, tagged art, craft, east bayside, east end, fair, hand me down designs, maine, malaika picard, munjoy hill, photography, portland, sale, shaun johnson, spring, thaw, The BIG THAW, vintage on April 13, 2011 |
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Radio Print by Shaun Johnson
Our vendor spotlight on Shaun Johnson Photography is brought to you today by Malaika Picard of Hand Me Down Designs. Thanks, Malaika!
Although I’ve met Shaun before, I only recently became aware that he did photography. And after seeing his work, I was very impressed. I asked him a few questions about himself and his art, and this is what he had to say:
When and how did you first become interested in your craft?
I have always been interested in photography, but I never really took it seriously until July of 2010 when I participated in the Kelby International Photowalk. After the photowalk ended, my picture was selected best of the Portland photowalk and was entered into the international contest for the photowalk. Needless to say I was shocked. I was an armature with a simple point and shoot camera, and my picture was chosen over professionals. That is when my interest was really peaked to precede more into photography.
Crashing Waves by Shaun Johnson
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from everything around me. I like to take something everyday and turn it on its side to create something new and not really noticed before.
Is there any impression or statement that you would like your work to make?
What I would like my work to say is that anything can be turned into a work of art, no matter how obscure.
Many thanks to Malaika and Shaun for their time! You can find Shaun and his photographs at The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale on Saturday, April 16th (this Saturday!) at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo Street in Portland. Can’t wait to see you there!
Sunset by Shaun Johnson
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Posted in Vendor Spotlight, tagged art, art show, arts, arts center, bayside, community calendar, craft, craft fair, crafts, diy, drop spindle, east bayside, east end, etsy, events, felt, fiber, forest city, handmade, little eye designs, local event, maine, mayo street, mayo street arts, mayo street arts center, munjoy hill, portland, public events, sale, skein, spin, spring, thaw, The BIG THAW, vintage, warm weather, weave, wool, yarn on April 12, 2011 |
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Party Lights by Lulubeans
Today’s Vendor Spotlight is brought to us by Shanna Tice of The Makings of Shanna Tice. We thank her very much for her time spent putting all this great information together! You can find Lulubeans set up on the lower level of Mayo St. among the artist studios. Without further ado…. Lulubeans!
Basket of Locks by Lulubeans
Soft, dreamy, and luxurious are all things that come to mind when laying your eyes on April Newman of Lulubean’s hand crafted, hand painted fiber and hand spun yarns. April strives for the highest quality fiber when creating an artistic blend for hand spinners. It is also obvious by looking at her work, that she has a sophisticated and elegant color pallet with her hand dyed batches. There is also so much fun in her variety of juicy colors, and she pushes toward a very trendy and modern color combination with her craft as well. I can’t help but think of each batt of blended fibers as a unique one of a kind painting. Not only does April explore color, but she blends fiber in the most creative way using bamboo, faux cashmere, domestic wool, merino lamb, SW merino, sari silk fabric strips, mohair, Tussah silk, baby alpaca, Wensleydale locks, soy silk and kid mohair, and more!
Fiber and Spindles by Lulubeans
When I asked April what inspired her to begin her work as a fiber artist and what gave way to the start of ‘Lulubeans’ she replied, “I taught myself to knit when my first daughter was a toddler. Yarn kept my hands busy and soothed my busy mind. Once I had mastered knitting and purling, making my own yarn was the natural next step!” I then asked her what her favorite part about her work was and the answer didn’t surprise me! ” I love the functionality of what I do. It makes me so happy to know that fiber I have dyed will make a novice spinners first hand-spun yarn, or that a yarn I have spun will be lovingly knit into someone’s favorite hat. Making things that other people use to make things is a great and fantastic thing; the creative chain (and the joy of making!) just keep going, and going. Awesome.” One of her more popular items does just what she loves it to do: teach others to spin. April sells a complete ‘Learn to Spin Drop Spindle Kit’ which includes one top whirl drop spindle, 4 ounces of handpainted domestic wool top (also called roving), clear, easy to follow drop spindle instructions AND hours and hours of fun! You want to give it a go, don’t you!?!
Walrus by Lulubeans
There is so much about the fiber arts community that excites April. ” I have so much admiration for so many artists and crafters. The fiber arts community is hustlin’ and bustlin’ and growing by leaps and bounds online *and* here in Maine. I’ve been so lucky to virtually meet so many talented people, and connect with so many fantastic artists right here in my home state.” Lulubeans has a wide variety of fiber available including beautifully finished hand spun yarn. April plans to show up at ‘The Big Thaw’ not only sharing her fiber wears to the public, but to meet and enjoy a day with fellow artists. ” I can’t wait for The BIG THAW! There’s going to be so much talent and positive energy in one place and it’s going to be so good to be a part of that!” I think we can all agree that we love ‘The Big Thaw’, but what we can also agree on we love the most is what ‘The Big Thaw’ will do to bring us together! YAY!
Hear, hear, ladies! The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Fair will be held THIS WEEKEND on Saturday, April 16th from 10am to 4pm at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. We can’t wait!
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Posted in Vendor Spotlight, tagged art, arts center, baby hat, boom chick a boom, booties, calendar, community, craft, east bayside, east end, events, fair, ladies' fashion, local, local locate, maine, mayo street, molly angie, munjoy hill, portland, sale, spring, thaw, vintage, warm weather, women's apparel on April 12, 2011 |
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Clutch by Boom Chick-a-Boom
Oh my goodness! Only four days left for us to create, stock up and pack up for The BIG THAW. We can’t wait to see you all there – in the meantime, a little goodness from Molly Angie at Boom Chick-a-Boom:
Red Booties by Boom Chick-a-Boom
We caught up with Boom Chick-a-Boom tonight and were dying to know what was in store for her shop at The BIG THAW. Molly’s been cranking out oh-so-soft baby booties, handmade printed baby hats, and linen tops and skirts for the ladies. The baby hats are a collaboration between Angie and her friend, Kim Teret, who supplied the drawings.
Baby Hats by Boom Chick-a-Boom
When we asked what inspired her work, Molly said “My son, Javi, who is 19 months old. Also, all the beautiful fabrics at Z Fabrics.” Yes! We love Z Fabrics on Congress St., too, and are always amazed they can fit so many awesome fabrics in to one little shop. And the our kids’ ability to teach us is endless, they keep it fresh and always hilarious!
While the weather gets warmer and warmer we asked Molly what she was looking forward to unpacking for her summer wardrobe: “T-Shirts, for sure.”
We’re with you on that one, lady!
The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale will take place from 10am to 4pm at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. in Portland, ME. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Posted in Uncategorized, Vendor Spotlight, tagged a new heirloom, arts, ashley tyler, bathing suit, bikini, community calendar, crafts, dress, east bayside, east end, events, fair, jodphurs, leather, local, local locate, maine, munjoy hill, native american, necklace, peninsula, portland, sale, scarf, scarves, silk, spring, t shirt, thaw, The BIG THAW, vintage, warm weather, women's apparel on April 10, 2011 |
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Leather and Horn Necklace by A New Heirloom
Happy sunny Sunday, everyone! I am about to go out the door for some breakfast at Marcy’s, but in the meantime let’s ogle over some goodies from Ashley Tyler: A New Heirloom.
Ashley Tyler is a recent Maine transplant whose work in the fashion industry is bringing muchas cosas to the Portland, ME apparel opportunities available to fashionable women in these region. At Picnic last December my booth partner, Kate, and I were set up across from A New Heirloom and I think we were slobbering and drooling at the prints, shirts, scarves, necklaces, ponchos for the entire two days. Tyler’s work is inspired by Native American prints, customs and animals/nature — she says “it lights my brain up” which is just about the best way to describe inspiration I’ve heard in a long time. This influence is clear in her design, but a deeper level reveals her love for space, stars and technology as well. Her prints are modern reflections of ancient designs.
Black Printed Scarf by A New Heirloom
When you swing around the floor at Mayo Street next week you will find A New Heirloom stocked with her signature scarves, shirts, bags and necklaces with some sweet summer additions. How’s about some Aviva t-shirts, tops and skirts, dresses and (drumroll, please…) braided bikinis! I can’t even believe how awesome these are, and A New Heirloom will be selling them at a steep pre-season discount for all you Maine ladies who just can’t wait to get in to an ocean-state-of-mind.
A New Heirloom: Bikinis! Yes!
And if you’re worried about missing Ashley’s booth at The THAW, never fear: you can pick A New Heirloom out of a crowd quite easily: in addition to executing beautiful, luscious silk creations and soft and tactile leather work Ashley also happens to be a whiz out of making something out of nothing: her craft fair booth set up is one of the most creative we’ve seen at the Maine fairs. Flashback December 2010 and Kate and I are setting up our Picnic table — Ashley shows up (in wool plaid and jodphurs!) and starts setting up apple crates, towered high, on her table. A rickety wooden ladder goes on top and garments are hung from the rungs to weight the apple crates which hold folded items. Oh my gosh! We asked her how on earth she came up with such a creative way of displaying her work that still did justice to her inspirations and materials. Here’s what she said:
Just look for the awesome booth set up to find A New Heirloom at The BIG THAW
“I’m so glad you liked my improvised booth set up. I knew I wanted to do something tactile and unique and needed to figure out a way to utilize a small space w/ only a table without a rolling rack. sooo I decided to use whatever I had around me: Our barn in Limerick is full of apple crates and old ladders so…I literally awoke one morning with the idea to stack the apple crates on the table and then put the ladder across the top of the crates to create a place to hang the garments and stabilize the crates. The end effect was a sort of ‘stage.’“
We can’t get enough of Ashley’s goodies. See below for some more pictures! Or better yet, see her next Saturday at The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage sale at 10 Mayo St (Mayo Street Arts Center) in East Bayside, 10am-4pm. One block down from the big Catholic church off Cumberland Ave/Franklin Arterial in Portland!
Ladies and Gents' T-Shirts
Braided Bikinis by A New Heirloom
Amazing, versatile Diamond Dove top from A New Heirloom
Tree Top in a spring ensemble from A New Heirloom
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