Please Visit Our New Updated Site!

August 31, 2008

www.craftmafiaatlanta.com

Use your craft for good!

August 7, 2008

Beep Beep Gallery is hosting a benefit show for a great cause!  Krystal Woods, an employee of Aurora Coffee, has a degenerative eye disease that requires surgery.  Aurora and Beep Beep have teamed up to auction off some art and crafts to raise money that Krystal needs.

The show is being put together this week, so if you’d like to contribute, please do so now!  Here is some information from Beep Beep Gallery that tells you when, where, and how to drop off your goodies:

 

Thanks again for your interest in the benefit show we’re putting
together at Aurora Coffee in Little Five Points.  Here’s the deal we
need pieces from y’all anytime between now and Wednesday August 6th
(we’re going to hang the show Thursday morning.)  All you need to do
is go by the shop and tell the counter cats that you’re dropping off
art for Krystal’s show, fill out some info, and that’s it.

Or mail it to 468 Moreland Ave NE Atlanta, Ga 30307

There’s no theme, limit of pieces, or size constraints, we just want
work you’re willing to part with for a good cause.  There will be a
suggested donation from 50% to 100% of sales going to Krystal’s
surgery and it would be really great if you could all give as much as
possible.  Everything will be sold at silent auction.  The show will
be up until Friday August 29th and we’ll have a big closing shindig.

Join the Craft Corps!

August 6, 2008

Thanks to Toni Martin for sending this our way!

 

Calling all crafters! I’m gearing up to write my next book, Craft Corps (pronounced Craft Core) which will focus on the community perpetuated by craft and the designers & hobbyists who feed it. As part of the content, I’m hoping to include 50-60 short profiles of crafters of all types. If you knit, crochet, embroider, decoupage, paint, sew, bead, tat, work with ceramics, collage, etc.—I want to hear from you! Whether you’ve found success selling your handmade sock monkeys on Etsy or you crochet chemo caps for charity, I want to know who you are, what you craft and why you do it.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PROFESSIONAL CRAFTERS (in fact, it’s preferable as the book’s other content will focus on that)!

 

I’ve been fortunate enough over the years to receive e-mails from people all over the world, sharing their favorite memory of crafting, what crafting has done for them or what got them started and how they’ll never stop. These stories–from hilarious craft mishaps to touching crafty life stories– have inspired me to collect more to share with the public, handmade community.  

 

If you’re interested in possibly being a part of Craft Corps, please fill out the following questionnaire, cut and paste it into the body of an e-mail, and send it to: craftcorps@gmail.com as soon as possible (but no later than AUGUST 15th.)  If we’re able to use your profile, an editor will contact you directly with more info.

 

Thank you so much for participating! xo, Vickie


P.S.  Stay tuned for the Craft Corps website

P.P.S.  Please pass this along to every crafter you know!
Craft Corps 
Crafter Profilee Form

Name:

Age:

Location:

Profession (If you’re in school just put what level of student, ie College Student, Middle School Student, ect.):

Craft(s) of Choice:

Blog (if applicable):  

Memory, Story or Anecdote related to crafting in your life (no more than 250 words):

Having trouble?  Here’s an example to give you a little inspiration!
Sample Crafter Profile
Name: Libby Bailey (aka my mom)
Age: 64
Location: Lakewood, California
Profession: High School Special Education Teacher
Craft(s) of choice: Knitting, without a doubt. 

“All of my life, the most important thing to me was becoming a mother, in the true sense of the word–not just one who gave birth. When my kids were little, my focus was being the kind of mother that mine wasn’t. Back then in my mind, one way to do this was to home-craft. Knitting made the first connection when for my brand new daughter, I made her a pretty, pink Scandinavian sweater and put it on her little body saying, “Mommy made this, just for you.” After that, every year I repeated the sweater in a different color and size. When her brother joined us, every year there were two sweaters knit by their mother’s hands.

As my children grew, there were many crafts we did together, as a family–with mommy’s hands, teaching little hands. And now, decades later, the little girl all grown up, teaches her mother the advanced intricacies of knitting. The circle is complete.”

 

Amazing Retail Opportunity for our Members!

July 31, 2008
The founding ladies of the Atlanta Craft Mafia recently met with Jake Rothschild of the Irwin Street Market and learned about a fabulous opportunity!
Jake offers permanent vendor spaces to artists and crafters who wish to sell their wares.  He has offered a space to be shared by the guys and gals of the Atlanta Craft Mafia.  This is your chance to have your items in a retail location!
The Irwin Street Market is located on Irwin Street in Inman Park.  The market includes a full restaurant menu, coffee, and ice cream.  There are already many vendor spaces set up, including that of Jacquelyn Roberts of 3 Piece (a proud made member!).  The market is a ‘third place’ (after home and office, of course) to many regulars, and a tourist stop to those who are visiting Atlanta.  It is a very cozy, inviting space, that draws customers in and encourages them to stay and enjoy all that it has to offer!
The upkeep of the market space will be taken care of by the founding members.  We live right around the corner, so we’re happy to pop in and make sure our space is neat and clean.  We will let you know when you need to send more inventory, or perhaps change out old items for those that could sell a bit faster.  Irwin Street Market will process all transactions and make sure you receive payment for items sold.  Of course, any members are welcome to stop by and check out their retail space at any time!
The price of spaces varies by size.  Keep in mind that the more members who opt to sell in the space, the lower everyone’s rate will be.  Irwin Street Market collects the booth fee monthly, and the fee will be divided evenly by all members who choose to participate.  
We would be responsible for creating displays for our items.  We ask that each member provide a display for his or her own merchandise. If you happen to have any old items that would be suitable for display that you are not planning to use, we will happily accept donations!
We have not made any definite plans yet, as we first need to get an idea of how many members would be interested in participating.  If you have any questions, or would like to participate, please email us at theladies@atlcraftmafia.com by Saturday, August 2nd.  After we have an initial count, we will send out the information about expense and display specifics.  
If you haven’t been to the Irwin Street Market, check it out at http://www.irwinstreetmarket.com.
This is the perfect opportunity to have your work showcased in a permanent retail space.  Many people will see your work, and they will always know where they can go to purchase the items you create!  We are very excited to work with Jake and the Irwin Street Market- there are sure to be many more fun opportunities to come!

Atlanta Craft Mafia Art Market on July 18th!

July 17, 2008

Come to Atlantic Station on Friday, July 18th between 5 and 11 p.m. to check out the work of your favorite local made men and women!

The following artists will be featured in the show:

www.3pieceonline.com

www.badgirlzbeads.com

www.cuylerhoveyking.com

www.fattycakes.etsy.com

www.goldenpony.etsy.com

www.jancashdesigns1.etsy.com

www.likeahouseonfire.com

www.lovealison.com

www.loveyu.etsy.com

www.merpette.com

www.therebeccascott.com

www.re-paper.net

www.studiomarcy.etsy.com

www.starbugaloo.etsy.com

www.talulahb.etsy.com

www.wonderroot.org

If you are interested in volunteering to manage an Atlanta Craft Mafia informational booth, please email us at theladies@atlcraftmafia.com.  See you Friday!

Weekend Event at Wonderroot- July 12 & 13

July 8, 2008

Atlanta Craft Mafia loves Wonderroot!

If you haven’t been there yet for a Knitworking Night, this is your weekend to check out the amazing community art center located at 982 Memorial Drive.

On Saturday night, come for the Mint Gallery fundraiser.  There will be live music and you can design your own artwork for a CD insert!

The ladies from the Atlanta Craft Mafia will be there on Sunday from 11 am to 3pm for a community art project.  We will be making collages!  Those who work on collaborative pieces can have their work displayed in a local art show!  There will be a $2 materials charge to work on a collage.  We would love to have some of our made and associate members volunteer, so contact us at theladies@atlcraftmafia.com if you are interested in joining us.

We hope to see you at Wonderroot this weekend!

June Knit-Working Night – Product Photography Tips from a Pro

June 23, 2008

Hey, Crafty Gals and Guys –

You’ve already received the official Evite, but we just wanted to post a reminder that this Wednesday, 6/25/08 from 7-9 pm, is our bi-monthly Knit-Working Night at Wonder Root.  We are so excited about this month’s topic.

Trying to maintain your online shop and make your creations stand out in cyberspace?  Want to make your festival applications a sure thing?  Product photography is key – And, we want to help you take your photographs from ho-hum to whoa baby!

Join us at the talented Steve Pomberg, a local professional photographer, talks us through some of the finer points of compelling product photography.  Get better acquainted with your digital camera, learn some professional tips on how to stage eye catching product photographs and get the inside scoop on some killer finishing tricks using basic PhotoShop techniques.

Special thanks to:
Wonder Root, our host location
Steve Pomberg, our wonderful expert presenter
Cabbagetown Market, providing our refreshments this month

The response to this topic has been tremendous.  If you aren’t able to attend on Wednesday, don’t fret.  We’ll be bringing this topic back again before the end of the year!

************************

Knit-Working Nights are bi-monthly members only events focused on practical business improvement topics.  The next Knit-Working Night will take place the last Wednesday of August.

Haven’t joined the ACM yet?  Want to come to this Knit-Working Night?  No worries – Just submit your application by COB the day before our Knit-Working Night event and we’ll add you to the list.  That’s just how nice we are.

Have a topic you’d like to see covered at a Knit-Working Night?  Shoot an e-mail to theladies@atlcraftmafia.com with your suggestions.

An Offer You Can’t Refuse!

June 23, 2008

The Atlanta Craft Mafia has been offered the opportunity to help put together an all Craft Mafia artist’s market at Atlantic Station on Friday, July 18th.  We are so excited to extend this offer to all of our made and associate members!  There will be a discounted booth fee for those who wish to sell in the market, and volunteer opportunities for those who just want to be involved.  This is a great way to get your feet wet if you’ve never participated in an artist’s market, as you’ll have the support of your entire mafia family.  Our established members will be able to get their names out to what we hope will be a very busy market.  

All of our made and associate members will receive and email with more detailed information.  If you have any questions or would like to know more, please email us at theladies@atlcraftmafia.com.  Can’t wait to see you at the market!

We’d like to thank Alison of www.lovealison.com for helping us to make this incredible opportunity a reality!

Art Event at Doo Gallery on Saturday, June 21st

June 20, 2008

Come to Doo Gallery on June 21st between noon and 2 a.m. to check out an awesome skate deck art show. There will be 50 boards on display.  The works of art are up for auction with all proceeds benefitting local skate parks.  Check out Doo Gallery’s website for more information.  The show will feature our very own LoveAlison as one of the skate deck artists!

Looking for something fun to do tonight?

June 20, 2008

One of our very favorite made members, Alison of www.lovealison.com is being featured in a book!  Check it out tonight from 8-10 at Eyedrum!

eyedrum invite