Scott Grove shared this studio tour with us on Rochester Artisans Insiders the other day. If you believe in the “right tool for the job” – you’ll get a kick out of Wendell Castle‘s big, bright beautiful workspace.
I kept wishing my dad could have seen this!
Check out Scott Grove’s other videos on You Tube. His website is here, which also include business courses.
I met Michelle Roberts a few years ago when we had lunch to sift through ideas on some projects between Rochester Artisans and her branding & design business, Novus|Be Known. I could tell immediately that she’s the real deal, very creative and very motivated.
But even before that I knew Michelle on Facebook through her beautiful Messenger Birds. Simple design, beautiful form & finish and interactive because they come with a blank scroll of paper for your special message for the recipient of your gift.
I wanted to share my story of how my craft is now in Hallmark stores across the country. I wanted to let our fellow artisans know that Hallmark is looking for artisans and their handmade craft to sell in the stores. They are repositioning themselves as more of a handmade, support-the-artist company which lends some awesome opportunity to all artisans! I thought this was some useful information coming from someone whose dream just came true!!
“I knew I could do it and I just did it.”
Thanks to my #TheHungerford neighbors, Airigami, for providing this video in their newsletter. This is going to sound weird, but it was waaay more interesting than I anticipated! I hope you’ll take a look, then pop <– (get it!?) over to their website. They have tons of photos and videos. Most are balloon related but I never tire of watching this one, Oreogami.
This video addresses the issue that lots of artists talk about – as do musicians, and many others I’m sure. We get asked for donations for fundraisers, sometimes it’s even mandatory. “It would be great exposure!” You can die from exposure and exposure doesn’t pay the rent.
My personal rule of thumb is simple: do what’s in my heart. If I like the organization or the organizer, and it’s within my budget for the year, it’s likely I’ll contribute.
I’m associated with the Maplewood Y Artisan Craft Show and we do require a donation of artwork with a retail value of $15. We put all these items in our raffle along with gift cards & tickets donated by area businesses. It’s part of the fundraiser, the reason the craft show is held and 100% of the money raised goes to fund youth programs at that YMCA. Because the booth fee has always been low ($45 this year), and my actual cost for making a $15 retail value item is way less, I feel it’s fair & reasonable for a 6 hour show.
Thanks to Samantha Lake for sharing this video!
I saw this video on Facebook and had to learn more!
Rangoli, also known as Kolam or Muggu, is a folk art from India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali (Deepawali), Onam, Pongal and other Indian festivals. They are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. Similar practices are followed in different states of India: Rangoli in Karnataka, Kolam in Tamil Nadu; Mandana in Rajasthan; Chaookpurna in Chhattisgarh; Alpana in West Bengal; Aripana in Bihar; Chowk pujan in Uttar Pradhesh; Muggu in Andhra Pradhesh;Golam kolam or kalam in Kerala and others except in North eastern states.
The purpose of rangoli is decoration, and it is thought to bring good luck. Design depictions may also vary as they reflect traditions, folklore and practices that are unique to each area. It is traditionally done by women. Generally, this practice is showcased during occasions such as festivals, auspicious observances, marriage celebrations and other similar milestones and gatherings.
Rangoli designs can be simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, or flower and petal shapes (appropriate for the given celebrations), but they can also be very elaborate designs crafted by numerous people. The base material is usually dry or wet powdered rice or dry flour, to which sindoor (vermilion), haldi (turmeric) and other natural colors can be added. Chemical colors are a modern variation. Other materials include colored sand, red brick powder and even flowers and petals, as in the case of flower rangolis.
Take a look at these amazing designs on Google images!
This video by Derek Muller of Veritasium doesn’t specifically mention art but that’s where my head always is. One of my favorite things about Rochester Artisans is helping emerging artists, of any age. I share it in hopes that you find the same encouragement that I found in it.