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Arts in Focus: JackBear Stamps

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I learned of Arts InFocus a couple of weeks ago.

Arts InFocus is a collaboration with more than 30 PBS stations across the country – sharing content with each other to spotlight the amazing arts and cultural scenes of communities nationwide. The series airs Fridays at 8:30pm on WXXI-TV and on select PBS stations across the country, and serves as a perfect lead-in to Friday night’s PBS Arts block. PBS Arts programming presents a series of programs that highlight music, theater, performers and artists. Arts InFocus repeats Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV and is available on demand on this web site.

John Ballou, however, I met a few years ago. We were both set up to sell at Spot Coffee on a Sunday afternoon, I think it was. I was somewhat new to shows and was offered this $10 opportunity by Vickie Porter, I think it was. My memory is fuzzy but I think maybe Jen Born was there too. There were only about a half dozen of us. I was happy to meet some new friends – and unhappy to not meet a single customer.

Two Little Boys Stamp

I watched John carve stamps that afternoon, mesmerized. I honestly didn’t know a human could carve such tiny, intricate detail by hand. And when I look at his work now, I’m even more blown away. Pop over to his blog and read some behind the scenes stuff, then watch his appearance on Arts InFocus.

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Mayday is May 3 at Village Gate

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May 3
10:00 – 4:00
Mayday Underground Crafts + Art

Village Gate Atrium
274 North Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14605

ArtSnack
Cat Clay
Chicory Farm and Inn
Circuit Breaker Labs
Crimson Iris Kusudamas
Emily J Photo Decor
Fiber Lingo 1st Place in Fiber & Best in Show, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival
Fly Rabbit Press
Flying Whale Studios2013 Best in Show, Art in the Park; 2013 2nd Place in Photography, Hammondsport Art Show; 2013 Best in Show Merit Award, Clothesline Art Festival, 2013 1st Place in Photography, Canandaigua Christkindl Market
Gods-N-Gladiators
Herban Living by Elisabeth
JackBear Stamps
Karin Marlett Choi
Kira Arts
Lil Minda’s ARTicles
Mealy Monster Land
Peaches Products
Prismatic Gardens
Pure Joy Co.
Sage Studios
Shiny Bits Jewelry
Sunshine on Water
Sunshyne Silverwear
Sweet Pea Felts

There will be FREE swag bags for the first 50 shoppers, filled with awesome goodies from our Mayday vendors! Bring a Mayday postcard from around town and you’ll get a raffle ticket for a chance to win handmade awesomeness! There is ample free parking on site.

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Etsy Conversations Podcast

John Ballou at Mayday, Spring 2011

I first met John Ballou at a tiny gig at Spot Coffee a few years ago. I was invited by Vickie Porter of Inside My Head Studios to be one of about a half dozen or so artists, set up for a few hours in a side area at Spot Coffee. Sales-wise it was dismal for me (and for the others, to varying degrees) but it was a noble effort by the organizer. I have no idea if the concept continued or not. Since I haven’t heard, I’m suspecting the event idea was short-lived. (Let me know if you know otherwise.)

True to form, as I preach to fellow artisans, you never know what good will come out of a less than stellar sales situation. Hanging out with Vickie and meeting John was easily the highlight of my night. Much like I stitch in my booth during slow times, John was carving his rubber stamps that night. I was shocked and amazed at the detail he gets when hand carving his rubber stamps!

Sir Isaac Newton!

I’ve run into John now and again, at Mayday and other shows. I’m always happy to see his business is thriving. It must be; his Etsy shop says he’s not accepting any new orders until the end of June when he hopes to be caught up on orders.

When John dropped a note to the Rochester Artisans Yahoo Email List the other day, telling us about an interview he was doing on Etsy Conversations Podcast, I was intrigued. I put it on my calendar and did stop in briefly that Sunday Night before going to bed.

I’m a major fan of podcasts so I had to know more.

This series of Etsy shop owner interviews is the brainchild of Angela Holden, a graphic artist.

I started this podcast, not only as a way to promote my shop, but also as a way to connect with fellow Etsy Shop owners. I have a full time job and I’m in graduate school, and I wanted to learn more about how others were managing their time and work flow.

If you’re an Etsy Shop owner and would like to be interviewed on my podcast, contact me and let me know. I record podcasts with Skype, but I can also record calls over the telephone with Google Voice. For a list of the questions I ask, click here.

I have since subscribed to the Etsy Conversations Podcast in iTunes and will finish listening to John’s interview tomorrow while I work in my studio. And probably the other interviews Angela has conducted too.

I bring this topic up for 2 reasons, 3 really. First, to give John a big ol’ plug for his business because I think he’s a great artist and good guy. (Fun fact: I noticed on Facebook that he’s friends with Steve’s 2nd cousin. I had to email John to ask how he knows Aaron, who is about John’s age, I figured. They went to high school together in the tiny podunk town of Colton, up in the north country of NY. Steve and I have visited family (Aarons’ grandparents are Steve’s aunt and uncle if you’re keeping score), several times – beautiful, beautiful area. File this under It’s a Small World, for sure!)

Secondly, I think you might be interested in listening to these interviews too since so many of us buy and sell on Etsy. Thirdly – if you are an Etsy shop owner, what the heck are you waiting for – contact Angela for an interview! She provides the questions in advance, what could be easier?

If my own Etsy shop had, well, anything, in it, I’d be all over this opportunity.

Please consider it – I’d love to hear what you have to say! And who knows where it could lead?!

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