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Trend Spotlight: Gig Posters

I am in awe of the amount of work that goes into a gig poster. Concept, design, drawing, printing. Then someone has to hang them all over town. It is hard work, but luckily not a lost art. To prove it, we have more than a handful of gig poster designers joining us for Crafty Bastards this Saturday at Union Market.

Local Fire Studio is run by Anthony Dihle. Color, story, vibrancy take priority in Fire's work. Be sure to check him out in booth #22.

El Jefe Design is also back at the fair this year. All concert posters are legit posters done for real bands for real shows with a focus on DC venues. Booth #117.

Itty Bitty Press (booth #42) is a husband-and-wife screen printing team who designs and illustrates gigposters, art prints, and apparel by hand. We combine traditional techniques with modern subjects and a healthy dose of pop sensibility to create work that is both affordable and highly accessible.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. We’re moving this year to Union Market!

Get Your Crafty Bastards Tickets! Tickets are available online now. Buy tickets online in advance for $5 and enjoy 2-for-1 admission. Admission at the door is $5.

Something to Wear and Keep

I moved house a few weeks ago and found that it was more than easy to get rid of most of my clothing in the move. They mostly seemed dated or worn or just not me anymore. When the move was done, I unpacked my boxes and found that most of what I decided to keep was either handmade, hand printed or vintage. Then, I quickly went to the thrift store for pants since it seems crafters don't make pants! The Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair this Saturday is a good place to stock up on something new to wear. More importantly, something new to wear that you will want to keep for a long time.

Check out Malagueta out of Huntingdon Valley, PA in booth #67.



They describe their work as "Cyber meets bohemian – a clothing line based on improvised surface manipulation techniques such as applique, couching, shirring, topstitching, ruching, embroidery, & pin-tucking." Lovely.

House of Reboot (booth #13) demonstrates that fashion can be restorative and ethical. They say, "By allowing the past to inform the future, the garments we clothe ourselves in transform not just our own lives, but the world we live in." They use only US-grown, dyed and woven cotton denim and excess and vintage deadstock textiles to craft designs based on historical workwear patterns updated for modernity.

Sewn on restored industrial machinery that was part of the golden era of clothing manufacturing in the US, their selvedge denim work shirt is made on 12 retooled antique machines with over 70 orders of operation.

For the kids, nothing beats Sweet Pepita's recycled shirts into kids' clothing. Shannon loves her kids and yours enough to make her items use only recycled fabric and 100% organic cotton. We have so many of these shirts in our house. I can't say enough about how great they are.

You can check out her one of a kind pieces in booth #6 at the fair.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. We’re moving this year to Union Market!

Get Your Crafty Bastards Tickets! Tickets are available online now. Buy tickets online in advance for $5 and enjoy 2-for-1 admission. Admission at the door is $5.

Make Something Awesome with Hello Craft at Crafty Bastards

Come hang out with Hello Craft at Crafty Bastards this Saturday!

In booth #105 is Hello Craft's Make Something Awesome Area, as seen above. The Make Something Awesome area is the traveling create and take space where anyone can use an assortment of supplies to make a improvised creation or follow directions to make an instructed project.

The button maker will be available for creating your own pinback button. Plus projects to create your own holiday gift tags, duct tape wallets, embroidery and more!

Then stop by booth #106 to meet with Hello Craft directors and the authors of "Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft's Guide to Owning, Running and Growing Your Own Crafty Business." Books will be available for buying and browsing.

Hello Craft is a non-profit trade association, dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. This includes empowering small business owners, teaching the joys of making, and educating the public to the benefits of buying handmade. Learn about the benefits of becoming a Hello Craft member here.

Check Out the Vendor Map

The vendor map for Saturday's Crafty Bastards is up. Check it out, plan your visit, make your shopping list.

The current weather outlook for Saturday is 0% chance of rain with a high of 59 degrees. It will be a lovely day to check out the all new Union Market and the 9th Annual Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair.

Get your 2 for 1 $5 tickets here. Kids get in free!

Getting to Crafty Bastards at Union Market: Union Market is located at 1309 5th St., NE in Washington, D.C.

  • Metro Access: Take the Red Line to the NoMA-Gallaudet U stop. Turn right on Florida Avenue NE. Turn Left on 6th Street NE. The Market will be on your left.
  • Bus Access: Crafty Bastards is accessible by the U St-Garfield Metrobus lines (90, 92 and 93). Bus stops are located on the north and south side of the 400 block of Florida Avenue NE with service to Adams Morgan going west and Anacostia heading south.
  • Capital Bikeshare: Closest station is located on Gallaudet University’s campus at 8th Street NE and Florida Avenue.
  • Public Parking: Free parking is available on the street or in the Gallaudet lot accessible via 6th Street.

Vendor Spotlight: Alternate Histories

I don’t know about you, but I have really grown to love D.C. since I moved here.  It’s just the perfect mix of American history and quirky pop culture that gives me pride in my adopted hometown. Which is exactly why I’m absolutely in love with the amazing and offbeat prints from Alternate Histories (Booth # 52 at the fair).

Whether it’s the robot standing witness to history in Constitution Hall or a serpent deftly destroying a steamship racing down the Mississippi— artist Matthew Buchholz brings some sci-fi smarts to the crafty arts in his offbeat prints.  The Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument all fall victim to an epic fate worthy of a classic pulp novel—one that you will proudly hang on your wall to share with the world.'

Among his other offerings are some pretty fantastic greeting cards, including some that I’d be incredibly happy to receive –I’d probably frame them.  Robo-Santa? Serpent sleigh-rides? King Kong as Kris Kringle? Yes please! May I have some more?

He also offers some cool original art, like framed records with satirical labels featuring songs like ‘Run For Your Life (Into My Arms)’ and ‘The Living Dead Shuffle.’ A great holiday gift for the undead on your Christmas list this year.

So make a beeline and check out what he has to offer. I have a feeling Alternate Histories will catch you by happily by surprise.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. We’re moving this year to Union Market!

Get Your Crafty Bastards Tickets! Tickets are available online now. Buy tickets online in advance for $5 and enjoy 2-for-1 admission. Admission at the door is $5.

Gift Guide: For Those Who Have Too Much To Carry

If you have friends who are car-less in the city chances are they always need a new bag to help carry stuff around. Not only does a bag have to be functional to keep everything organized, it should also be stylish. There are plenty of bags and totes to choose from at this year's Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair.

Catherinette

Catherinette by Katie Stack uses salvaged leather to make satchels and clutches as seen above. Katie says she "follows no-waste manufacturing practices and uses eco-friendly products whenever possible."

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5th Season

For those you know who travel to the grocery store on a regular basis, the basket as shown above is a way to lug home groceries in style. 5th Season says the mission "is to inspire the use of consumer goods beyond their originally intended purposes and enjoy them for yet another season – refashioned, repurposed and transformed into something of higher value and function."

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Jay McCarroll

Jay McCarroll of Project Runway fame has a collection of oversized totes to carry everyday necessities. Jay says he "creates bold and unique clothing and accessories for the eclectic folks who march to the beat of their own drum."

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Milk & Honey Handbags

Looking for an everyday resilient bag? Then stop by Milk & Honey Handbags with the line of cruelty-free and eco-friendly bags and accessories. All bags are made with a special faux-suede made from recycled bottles and are lined with organic cotton. Plus each one is machine washable and stain resistant.

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tinaseamonster

You probably recognize Tina Seamonster's work as she has shown at every single Crafty Bastards. Something new since her first year are the totes as seen above that can be used to carry quite a few things around town.

See all of the previous 2012 Gift Guides here.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. We’re moving this year to Union Market!

Get Your Crafty Bastards Tickets! Tickets are available online now. Buy tickets online in advance for $5 and enjoy 2-for-1 admission. Admission at the door is $5.

Show Us What Ya Got

Whether you’re an attendee or one of this year’s vendors, use Instagram to interact with other people at the fair. For those of you who haven’t yet discovered this amazing visually-based social media app, it is perfect for sharing your favorite finds at the fair or just pictures of you and your friends enjoying the day! Instagram recently linked up with Facebook, so if you already have a Facebook account you are all set, just download the free app to your smart phone. If you don’t, check out this website which explains how you can hook up your Instagram account with your other social media accounts. Linking up will stream your photos to your other online accounts like Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, just be sure to use the hashtag #craftybastards or link the official Crafty account: @CraftyBastards when you post photos.

Vendors, we want you to use Instagram to share photos of you planning and creating your items for the fair! Whenever you post a new Crafty-related photo just include either or both of these tags: #craftybastards and @CraftyBastards. This will create an awesome gallery of Crafty goodness for eager shoppers to preview your wares! And of course, make sure to share lots of photos of the day itself: happy customers, new friends, and any other favorite moments from the fair.

We’ll of course be Instagramming up a storm over on the @CraftyBastards Instagram account, so make sure to follow us for photo updates throughout the day!

Happy snapping, see you November 10 at Union Market!

Gift Guide: Something for the Kitchen

Do you know someone who invites you over for incredible dinners or fattens you up with delicious holiday desserts? Then why not give them a thank you gift to pretty up their time spent in the kitchen this year.

Dirty Ass Soaps

Why not freshen up with a little bit of humor? As Dirty Ass Soaps asks: "Have you ever wanted to wash your face with a brick of ramen? Have you ever wanted to stick a cupcake in your armpit that would actually clean you instead of getting you covered in frosting?" Yep, I'm not sure if I ever thought of washing up with Swedish Fish, as seen above, but I certainly would not decline the opportunity if those were on my kitchen sink.

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Tasha McKelvey

Tasha McKelvey's little bowls as seen above will make a great ring holder for beside the sink when a little hand dish washing is necessary. McKelvey says, "My clay work is intended to be useful – this is art that is meant to be touched. In the past everything we used in the home was made by hand. Today our homes are filled with stuff stamped out by machines. When we seek out handmade art we make our surroundings a little more human."

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Biggs & Featherbelle

Biggs & Featherbelle's handmade soaps will make a great addition to anyone's kitchen for washing up after a cooking session. Biggs & Featherbelle is "a health conscious company that promotes the healing elements of Mother Nature by creating body care products free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and additives." Plus they also make lip balms, bath soaks, body scrubs and gift sets. Stop by to pick up some extra stocking stuffers!

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Home Sweet

Now that a great meal is finally finished cooking, there's still a need to serve it in style. Stop by Home Sweet to take a look at their linens especially the table runners, as seen above. On a plus note, the block printed fabrics and home goods are also environmentally friendly as each piece is made with hand-mixed ink and then hand printed.

See all of the previous 2012 Gift Guides here.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. We’re moving this year to Union Market!

Get Your Crafty Bastards Tickets! Tickets are available online now. Buy tickets online in advance for $5 and enjoy 2-for-1 admission. Admission at the door is $5.

Trend Spotlight: Scarves

This morning was stupid cold. I said that out loud to myself in the car. "Morning! You are stupid cold!" I searched my car for a scarf because I knew that would help, but nothing. I thought about stopping at the thrift store to buy one on my way to work, but decided all the scarves there likely smell like cats. The place to get a unique scarf will likely be next weekend's Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair.

The first stop I am making for a scarf at the fair has got to be Pidge Pidge. Vanessa designs modern scarves that merge the craft of traditional weaving with a funky color palette. She weaves every scarf using a slow, detail oriented process with a variety of fibers including organic cotton, recycled yarn and hand spun wool. Amazing.

Maryink is a screen printing company out of Nashville, TN. They love to use ink blends to create a color-shifting print like on this awesome scarf.

Becky Helms crochets with simple silhouettes and unique color palettes. Her designs range from eye-catching cowls to comically large scarves. Comically large sounds WARM!

Based in Washington, DC, DeNada is an emerging accessories line specializing in handmade knits for women and men.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. We're moving this year to Union Market!

Get Your Crafty Bastards Tickets! Tickets are available online now. Buy tickets online in advance for $5 and enjoy 2-for-1 admission. Admission at the door is $5.

Trend Spotlight: Apocalypse

Most of us spent the past few days waiting for the world to end via superstorm. Lucky for most in the D.C. area, we escaped in one piece. This got me thinking, are people more likely to enjoy the trend that is thinking of all things apocalypse more or less now? Personally, I find the end of the world at the hands of monsters less stressful than natural disaster, so I am still on board with this trend. If you are like me, here are some Crafty Bastards vendors to track down next weekend.

Greg Stones adds morbid and silly zombies and aliens to his lovely watercolors. You can find him and his book, ZOMBIES HATE STUFF in Booth #7 at the fair.

You might believe that history needs more mayhem. If so, you will dig Alternate Histories, who finds old maps, photos, and prints, then digitally adds in monsters, robots, and other pop sci-fi creatures. Whether it's a robot at the declaration of independence or a sea monster in the Potomac, Alternate Histories is fun artwork and greeting cards that make you look twice. Booth #52 at the fair.

Robots are always a good source of apocalyptic rage. Steve Strawn has photographed the rise of the robots and destruction of humanity for many years. His photographs are beautiful and make perfect gifts. Steve and his robots will be at Booth #92 at the fair.

If your fashion needs more end of the world, Jon Wye is the guy for you in Booth #86. Prepare your children for the FUTURE Zombie Apocalypse with amazing leather belts, sized just for you!

Sean Hennessey's work always makes me think of what will be left behind when the world ends. Glass and concrete and found items all mixed together. Lovely and sad. Don't miss him in Booth #109.

And it might not be kosher to mention my own work, but I am going to anyway. I always say that when the world ends, knitters will have a useful skill. I honor this with my Panic Knitting for the Apocalypse tote bags. If you agree, come see me in Booth #85 at the fair.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. We’re moving this year to Union Market!

Get Your Crafty Bastards Tickets! Tickets are available online now. Buy tickets online in advance for $5 and enjoy 2-for-1 admission. Admission at the door is $5.

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