Monday, September 28, 2009

Fenton Street Market this Saturday!

This Saturday 3 October, join me in Silver Spring for the Fenton Street Market! Among the diverse array of local artists you'll find photography, jewelry and clothing; I'm almost more excited to meet the other vendors than to be one!

Be sure to stop by and say hi to your Miss Ninny, and sit in for a free crochet demo if you have the time.

Fenton Street Market
Saturday 3 October 2009
Corner of Fenton Street & Silver Spring Avenue


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Crafty Drinks: October

Hey there ladies and gents,

Tuesday 13 October we'll be making our way downtown to Rocket Bar for skiball, drinks and talking craft-shop.

Rocket Bar is a really fun space; pool tables and darts are plentiful, as are the selection of beers and cocktails. Plus, you can't beat the location: we'll be right across from the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop (Red/Green/Yellow lines), and if you're looking for a nosh after mingling, there are tons of great (and cheap!) eats in the area. I recommend Full Kee.

Their Hong Kong-style Shrimp Dumplings & Noodles Soup is to die for at $5.25. But I digress.

Stop by and meet fellow crafters, indie business owners and future friends. Get some BlogLove from the DC Craft Mafia and great crafty resources! It's all here, baby. Don't fight it.

Rocket Bar

714 Seventh Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001



Meet Your Maker: EHL Creations

Love photography? We do, too! Meet Holiday Heist vendor Emily Landsman of EHL Creations and learn about the craft of Polaroid transfers.

•How did you first get into Polaroid transfering as your medium?
My photography teacher in high school first showed me the process. I was taking independent study art, so I didn't have a set plan for the year. My teacher encouraged me enter creative contests, try new techniques and experiment with the digital camera the school had just purchased in 1996. I stopped making prints about a year after that and picked it up again about three years ago.

Polaroid stopped making all instant film about a year ago, so the supplies we have now are very limited. We in the Polaroid community have our hopes set on THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT, a group of Dutch chemists and engineers who, with a number of investors, are working to reintroduce instant film by 2010. I was able to visit them in the Netherlands two months ago. I put my story of the visit with photos on my web site at

I was just contacted by Save Polaroid Japan earlier this week. They saw my web site and asked if they could use some of the photos of the visit to let folks over there know about the project.

•How do Polaroid transfers work?
Image transfers are made by developing Polaroid pull-apart films on non-photographic surfaces, usually wet watercolor paper. I interrupt the development process after just a few seconds by placing the negative on the paper to continue developing, and then I toss the positive. I usually use 35mm slides and an enlarger that prints onto Polaroid film, but I sometimes use Polaroid cameras, too. Emulsion lifts are made by soaking fully dried photographs until the emulsion layer separates from the page. It can then be repositioned on almost any surface. I use watercolor paper and ceramic tiles, but I've seen them on all kinds of surfaces, even rocks!

I generally use a slide printer to make my transfer images, so I first select slides. I either use 35mm film or I will convert digital images to a slide at a photo processing location.

This is the slide printer (enlarger head) with a base for Polaroid 669 film. I also have a base for type 59 film.

I make most of my transfers on wet watercolor paper, so I soak the paper in hot water.

I print the image and then quickly separate the positive and negative. Here, I have pressed the negative on the paper with a brayer. The positive is pale and has little image and will be discarded.

After 90 to 120 seconds, peal back the negative and voila!

This is not always a simple process. I generally make two or three prints before getting it right. I leave them on the floor to dry overnight.

•What are your favourite subjects to photograph and transfer?
Flowers are always nice. They come out looking very delicate. I tend to like repeating images, a row of chairs, liquor bottles on a shelf, leaves. I'm good with still life and landscapes, but I'm working on my portrait skills!
Developing an eye has been an ongoing learning process. I think I've figured out what makes an interesting image.

•I couldn't help but notice how well received your work is at the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market. Congrats! How do you feel about the popularity of your labour of love?
Thanks! It's really quite flattering. I just started showing my work about a year ago, so I'm still new to taking compliments. I love photography and creating images, so it's really nice to know that other people appreciate the work I put into my prints. This is the first year I've applied to markets and fairs and some shows have been (much) better than others.

•Your work has a vintage feel. Is that intended?
It kind of comes with the transfer process. Because the photograph is separated in mid-development, some of the colors don't fully transfer and the image has a soft, dream-like etherial quality. I think the variable borders on each image also adds to that feel.

•Where can we find you and your wonderful work?
I just started tweeting ( a few months ago, but in that time I have developed some Twitter "friendships." I like to follow other Polaroid photographers, and I love it when they follow me! We trade info about Polaroid products and our latest images. It was also exciting to finally make it to 100 fans on Facebook so I could get my own user name! ( My full web site has lots of info on my prints, greeting cards, lifts, and my visit to IMPOSSIBLE B.V. in the Netherlands and upcoming shows, including Art on the Avenue on October 3 and the DC Craft Mafia Holiday Heist on November 21!

•What do you love the most about being an artist? How do you feel about the DC crafts scene?
I think DC has a pretty good craft scene...but I don't know too much about craft networks nationwide. Through my domestic travels for my day job I've been able to compare markets here and there, and I think we (in DC) lean more to the "craft" market and less to the "fine art" market.
I've met so many awesome people over the last few months through shows and events. Crafty Drinks was so much fun in July. It was really nice to chat with people who understand the satisfaction that comes from creating! Brainstorming different marketing opportunities, craft techniques and sharing our latest creations with each other has been really helpful. Plus, I have a bunch of new friends! I can't wait to meet up with everyone in September.

Thanks Em! We can't wait to see more of your work!


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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cast Your Vote in the Craftiest Bastard Contest

Show your support for the DC Craft Mafia's own My Ugly Kitty! Cast your vote for My Ugly Kitty as the 2009 Craftiest Bastard!

Want to learn more about the 2009 Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair? Click here.

Want to see the amazing craftiness of My Ugly Kitty? Click here.

And don't forget to vote!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Craftzine's Crochet-Along!

Hi! I finally got back from Montreal, and ran to send this posting out to you; I received an email from the awesome Laura C. of to let me know about their very first crochet-along! The first lesson with Tamie Snow (of Roxycraft) starts on Tuesday, Sept 7th at Noon PST.

Here is a picture of what you'll be crocheting:
Too cute, no?

Interested in participating in the crochet-along? Visit the Craftzine blog to get the materials list, pattern and more information!

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Crafty Drinks: September

Crafty Drinks will be post-poned for one week, to Tuesday 15 September. It is not out of disloyalty to our crafty patrons, or worse yet, a sudden distaste of an after-work cocktail. I'm writing to you as I ride the Metro in Montreal!

The food is great, the people are nice and the city is beautiful. In the Crafty Drinks spirit, I've made sure to tote yarn with me wherever I go, and to have a drink or two along the way :)

Make sure to meet us to herald in Autumn and find out about all the great local craft events happening!

L'Enfant Cafe is our gracious host again for this month; October we hit downtown for ski ball and darts at Rocket Bar!

Tuesday 15 September 2009, 5:30-8

L'Enfant Cafe
2000 18th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20007


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fire and Glass

If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with some hot glass before it takes shape, be sure to check out the Open House at DC GlassWorks on Saturday, September 12.

From the DC GlassWorks' Web site..."The event starts at 3:30 and will continue until 8:30 or so. Watch glassblowing demonstrations or try your hand at making a glass paperweight or flower."

Where: DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studios, 5346 46th Avenue Hyattsville, MD 20781 -2307. Visit the DC GlassWorks Web site to learn more.

And if you're interested, check out the line-up for the fall schedule of classes. I had the pleasure of taking an introduction to glassblowing class with the group this summer and couldn't have had more fun. And I have a pretty nifty paperweight and some drinking glasses full of "character" to show for it. Good times!