Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Show Deadlines from Zapp

As I have posted in a previous entry, I receive emails from Zapplications. Here are some of the Upcoming Show Deadlines I received today...
-American Craft Council 2009 Shows - Nationwide, DEADLINE: July 31st, 2008
-Artrider's Holiday 2008 Application - North Atlantic Region, DEADLINE: August 1st, 2008
-Maitland Rotary Art Festival 2008 - Florida, DEADLINE: August 1st, 2008
-Estero Fine Art Show - November 15 & 16, 2008 (between Naples & Fort Myers, Outdoor) - Florida, DEADLINE: August 1st, 2008
-Buyers Market of American Craft - Summer - Pennsylvania, DEADLINE: August 2nd, 2008
-MusicArte de Fort Worth - Texas, DEADLINE: August 5th, 2008
-Couture Jewelry Award & Sale 2008 - New York, DEADLINE: August 5th, 2008
-Westport Young Women's League Creative Arts Festival 2008 - Connecticut, DEADLINE: August 15th, 2008
-Sugarloaf Craft Festivals – Fall Shows 2008 - Mid-Atlantic Region, DEADLINE: August 15th, 2008
(* Manassas, VA (Northern VA area), 28th year, September 5, 6, 7, 2008 (Jewelry category full)
* Timonium, MD (Baltimore, MD area), 32nd year, October 3, 4, 5, 2008 (Jewelry category full)
* Gaithersburg, MD (Suburban MD area), 8th year, October 10, 11, 12, 2008
* Novi, MI (Detroit, MI area), 14th year, October 17, 18, 19, 2008 (Jewelry category full)
* Somerset, NJ (Central NJ area), 14th year, October 31, Nov. 1, 2, 2008 (Jewelry category full)
* Hartford, CT, 5th year, November 14, 15, 16, 2008
* Gaithersburg, MD (Suburban MD area), 33rd year, Nov. 21, 22, 23, 2008 (Jewelry category full)
* Chantilly, VA (Northern VA area), 3rd year, December 12, 13, 14, 2008 (Jewelry category full)
Sugarloaf also has two NEW shows in Fall 2008!
* Wilmington, DE, Chase Center on the Riverfront, September 26, 27, 28, 2008 this show is full; we’re accepting applications for wait list only.
*Atlanta, GA, Cobb Galleria Centre, December 5, 6, 7, 2008 – apply now and you can still be among the first to capture all the new customers Sugarloaf brings to this new show; limited openings in all categories.)
-Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts 2009 - Oklahoma, OPENED: July 24th, 2008
-Mount Dora Arts Festival 2009 - Florida, OPENED: July 28th, 2008
-ArtsFest 2009 - Florida, OPENS: August 1st, 2008
-Melbourne Art Festival 2009 25th Annual - OPENS: August 1st, 20
-Artisphere - South Carolina, OPENS: August 1st, 2008

These are all shows which require you to apply through Zapp. There is a monetary fee between $10-$45. You then publish/upload images of your work and booth on the Zap site, and shows choose vendors from there. Sorry no pretty pictures in this post!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wapita {Cute and Fun!!}

This woman makes some really cute items, and her setup is very bright and colorful. I think kids and adults alike would enjoy these felt creations. She does stuffed felt characters and also soem cute earrings, which all have a very nice display. See her on Flickr HERE.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Somer Designs

This lady is very inspiring! I like her white grid wall, and such an inviting and professional way to display her purses!!! See her on FLICKR.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Design Contest Coming Soon!!

Hello everyone,
Coming Soon...
A new contest to enter. I have recently been thinking about my booth design. Thanks to much inspiration from decor8 on Flickr, her blog, and a few other places, I am creating an inspiration/design board for my booth.

Please show us yours...
Use this LINK to post your image in my Flickr Group. I will then feature an interview on my blog!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

46th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival

February 14, 15, 16 - 2009.
This flier came to me, and I am not quite able to do shows that far away yet, but hey, maybe after I graduate, right???

Visit THE COCONUT GROVE WEBSITE for more info. It is $45 to apply through ZAPPLICATIONS. And when you sign up for any show through them, they send you lots of fun stuff in the mail quite often. So check them out for TONS and TONS of Craft Fair Listings!! Good Luck, it is quite competitive!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Upcoming Show: Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show

i received this information from a very cool woman who visited me at my garage sale and purchased some of my hand sewn items for her new grandson. She has been incredibly helpful linking me to various art venues and possible places to sell my goods in the St. Louis area. I am very happy I met her!
Here is the info on one of them...
***Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show***
Friday, December 5
7 pm to 11 pm
Mad Art Gallery presents the Big Ass Indie Art and Craft Show, your alternative to the alternative holiday craft shows. Our 2008 show offers three days of shopping (December 5, 6, 7) in St. Louis' most spectacular and well-known venue for art exhibitions and unique events. Our show focuses on presenting original art and hand-made crafts of the highest quality in a shopping environment designed to provide your customers with a pleasurable shopping experience. We are looking for artists with a unique vision whose work reflects skillful execution and original ideas. Applications are due September 15, 2008. Let me know if you get in!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Miss Lemon! formerly Lucky Bees...

Here is a woman who has participated in Strange Folk Fest! See the STRANGE FOLK Group HERE. Anyhoo...She does a nice variation of items. She makes goodies like brooches, hair pins, other jewelry, embellished skirts, small bags, and I think , a LOT more! She is a woman of many talents. She is also participating and helping out a lot with a cool Plush Art Show in St. Louis at a fun book store!
LUCKY BEES BAZAAR Here<---Check it out too! What a nice idea for a Farmers Market Website. Why not try one out for an event or organization in your area. If you enjoy doing this type of activity, and you are computer literate, you may be of more help than you ever imagined!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Frangine's Bags and Bracelets on Flickr

This woman has been posting so many images in my TAG YOUR BAG group, and I have only just now discovered how incredible her items are and also her amazing WEBSITE too! You really must check it out. It gave me a huge smile on my face too! She is quite amazing. On top of all that, she tickled my fancy with her craft fair images. She also seems to either own a boutique, or use her studio space as a walk in boutique, or something very similar. She works so very hard, so please support her and her amazing company! Here she is...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Phat Sheep Textiles

I have reall enjoyed the textile prints that this lady produces for a while now. I found her whilst searching for sewn fabric coasters, see my FLICKR GROUP HERE...
Anyhoo! I am very happy to say that she also does craft fairs. She has these nice, open wooden shelves in her display that are very attractive. It appears that they break down for much easier transport too! That is the hardest part of any display unless you have a truck or SUV, which I do not!
See more of these wonderfully whimsical prints on her FLICKR page! See what else she is up to here on her BLOG.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Today, as promised, Craft Friendly takes setup to a whole new level. Trade Shows are highly professional shows, some are open to the public, some are not. At a lot of these trade shows, people do not sell their goods, just their ideas. I believe that wholesale orders are often made at these shows too. Below are a few Show types or Event names that are well-known trade shows. I will also include some images of trade fair/ trade show display ideas so you can see how the other half do it. Click on teh hilighted words to link to Specific Shows. They often have vendors "selling and licensing art and design". There is nothing to say that your own setup can be similar to some of these images. Take notes on what appeals to you! You may also want to draw out a floorplan on some grid paper before your next show. I really hope this helps.
Portland Quilt Show on Flickr.
Houston Quilt Market 2008
Karen Rossi Trade Show Tips: VERY USEFUL INFO!
Virtual Trade Show
And here are some wonderful images..... Hope your senses are enlightened!
Tina Givens
Publisher Textiles
Publisher Textiles
Cathy Taylor
An Old Friend: Alexander Henry
A Professional Booth Company
Japanese Fabric Booth in Houston 2007 Lovely goods, and cute setup!

Joel Dewberry

Today, I am featuring a very famous textile designer. He began as a graphic designer, so there is still hope for me! It is my ultimate dream to design textiles, and Joel Dewberry seems to know exactly what people are willing to drool over.
Here are some images from a Trade Show, most likely a quilt show/textile show/product design show, although the exact location is unknown at this time. Take a peek into Joel's life and upcoming goodies HERE! And the Flickr Group for some incredible inspirations HERE.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Little Chook

So, I found this cool person for her setup at the Brixton Craft Market. She is using very smart techniques in her amazing prints on hankeys and cloth napkins. Her packaging is also very nice and modern. She uses an cool old suitcase for napkin display too!
Her greeting cards are nice too! Oh yea, Pillows did I mention pillows? I really like everything about her work!
See her on Flickr HERE.

Strange Folk Fest

So I am very very happy, because I made it into the Strange Folk Fest. My friend, THE SMELLY HIPPIE sent em a message telling me she got in, and as soon as I got home, I checked my email, and I was in!! Now, I am staying as busy as I can during the nights and weekends. I have a large show in Murphysboro, IL called APPLE FEST on Sept 12-14 too! See you there!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

DIY Trunk Show in Chicago

The DIY Trunk show is still open for applications! They are due July 31!! So hurry up and try. There are lots of cool downloads on this page too!
Hope to see you there =)

Queen Beeamy Letterpress

This cool lady does greeting cards, tags, and other paper goods with the letterpress technique. I know you have to have quite a complex setup and studio to even think about doing the technique. She seems to do some of teh larger craft shows, and has very cute items and a nice setup!!
See her on Flickr HERE.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Carol Grilo • FofysFactory

This woman really knows how to use color to her advantage! She is the person who inspired me to use felt and hand embroider with it. And I had such luck with that technique. For some reason, it has taken me this blog to feature her and her awesome setup!! Here she is, and you can see her on Flickr