Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Vendor Spotlight: DC Craft Mafia

The DC Craft Mafia is a local craft collective that is participating in all 5 of our markets this season. I recently chatted with them via email to find out more about them and their eclectic mix of crafts.

(Members Michael, Erica and Chandi at the July Market )

KB: What is the DC Craft Mafia, and how did you start it?

The DC Craft Mafia is a group of diverse indie artisans who endeavor to bring craftiness to the nation's capital. Our chapter is officially connected to a worldwide organization of crafty creatives, started by Austin Craft Mafia.

KB: Who are the members and what do they make?

Michael Auger (aka Arty4ever) - Offbeat Paintings, Prints and more
Erica Burns (aka Erica Burns Designs) - Wildly, Wearable Jewelry
Leah Huete (aka Curious Zoo) - kids' prints, softies and more
Chandi Kelley (aka Manatea Party) - pillows, totes, repurposed neckties
Shayne Rioux & Chris Radz (aka Novelty Kitten) - cards, buttons, novelties,kittens
Regina X. Jiron (aka BeadJewelryShopgirl) – artisan jewelry for the artistic soul

KB: What are some benefits of being in a craft collective?

Having a sense of community is really nice. It is also helpful to have people to bounce your ideas off of rather than going it alone. As a collective we are able to do art shows together rather than having to drag a friend or spouse along!

KB: How did you all meet?

We recruit new members through our website.

KB: What is your favorite item in your collection right now?

Erica Burns of Erica Burns Designs says, "My favorite item right now is my Octopussy necklace. It makes me smile whenever I look at it because it is so unexpected!"

Arty4ever's Michael Auger likes his States and Capitals cards best. "They're my big seller."

Leah Huete of Curious Zoo started an entire line of prints based on her flying bear.

Chandi Kelley of Manatea Party's favorite right now is her High Society totebag

Novelty Kitten's Shayne Rioux is in love with her new "Periodic Table ofMonsters" cards right now.

and Bead Jewelry by Shopgirl’s Regina Jiron loves her Leilah Necklace, she says “It’s my ‘omigosh’ piece. When I tell people I wove itty bitty seed beads to decorate a wooden bead, it never fails to amaze!”

Come see the DC Craft Mafia in action at the next market Sat, 8/11!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Photos from Bastille Day Market 7/14!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Bastille Day event!..and a big thanks goes out to our awesome lineup of vendors, live music and nearby cafe, Grand Cru, for their food demo!

click on the link to see the slideshow of photos:


the next market is Sat. August 11th..see you there!

Ballston A+C Market in the Press

Here are some links to various articles and press mentions, including a cool video blog-isode taken by the Washington Citypaper Crafty Blog!

Falls Church News, July 12
Arlington Connection, July 4
Washington Citypaper Crafty Blog Video Spotlight, June 14
Washington Citypaper Crafty Blog, June 7
DCist, June 7
What's Up Arlington, June 7
Falls Church News, June 7

Friday, July 6, 2007

Sat. July 14th Market: Bastille Day Celebration!!

Get your berets out and your shopping shoes on for an awesome day of French-inspired fashion, food, music and activities at this month's Arts+Crafts Fair.

At noon, the chef from Grand Cru, a nearby wine boutique and cafe will be doing a cooking demo on the square..At 2pm visitors will be treated to a free concert by local band Bette Noir. We have over 30 vendors this month selling handmade wearables, artwork, jewlery, ceramics and more!!

Stroll over to Grand Cru Wine Shope and Cafe during the event for an in-store wine tasting with great deals on imported wines.

The first 100 visitors to swing by the Ballston - VA Square Partnership booth (market sponsor) will receive a goody bag with coupons for nearby restaurants including the nearby hotspot Willow!

À bientôt!