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Renegade Craft Fair

My travel plans got pushed out, but oh well – I will get to check out this year’s Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago! Woot.   – D


… late to the party

Sorry for the long hiatus!  Been off with work duties, but I will be back soon to share some sweet stuff from the latest Vintage Bazaar pop up at Congress in Chicago!  More to come, but in the meantime, check out the link below!

The Vintage Bazaar

Chicago Renegade Craft Fair – Applications open!

Check out the details here.  Applications are open May 7th to June 11th!  Good luck with your apps!

National Stationery Show

Last year I had the pleasure of attending the National Stationery Show – unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this year!  Boo.  The NSS is one of the best shows to visit as a stationery designer, retailer, and a paper lover.  Held yearly in NYC’s Javits Center, this years dates are May 16-20th.  Here’s a few picks to check out if you go to the show!

Rifle Paper Co.- seriously gorgeous illustrations and stand out paper goods from Anna Bond (Winter Park, FL).

© Rifle Paper Co.

© Rifle Paper Co.

Chewing the Cud – super fun designs for paper, apparel & accessories!

© Chewing the Cud

I can’t wait to see everyone’s picks from the show & what new paper designers to watch out for!

Always wonderful Egg Press

© Egg Press


© Elum

Smock Letterpress

© Smock

Rag & Bone Bindery

© Rag & Bone Bindery

DIY Trunk Show

Hello crafty Chicago ppls – looking for something to do this weekend?  Check out the Chicago Craft Mafia’s The Do It Your Own D*mn Self Show this Saturday in Logan Square!  According to the site: the show is “not an opportunity to buy finished products, but to buy previously purchased craft supplies for cheap.”

You’ll find supplies for art, beading, book binding, card making, collage, knitting, jewelry making, photography, & more!  Plus some biz side stuff like display equipment, envelopes, etc.

Logan Square Chicago – 2312 N. Milwaukee (near the California Blue line stop)

This Saturday, April 17  from 12pm to 4pm
Bonus: Free admission!

Wedding Inspiration

Looking for a little wedding dress inspiration?  Starting Saturday May 22, the Chicago History Museum will host the exhibit of I do! Chicago Ties the Knot.

© Chicago History Museum

© Chicago History Museum - Hanna Wedding dress, 1970

© Chicago History Museum

This is the first exhibition showcasing the wedding costume collection of the Chicago History Musuem.  It will show how wedding traditions have changed over time.  Each garment is from a Chicago wedding to boot!  Also shown will be examples of complete wedding ensembles from the dress to veils, shoes, and lingerie, and even bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride dresses.  Sounds pretty neat.

Check out some photo highlights on the Chicago History Museum’s Flickr Page!

Calligraphy Classes?

So, I’ve been on a search for a while to learn Calligraphy and I’ve had a hard time finding a place to learn.  Here’s my (semi)update:

The Chicago Calligraphy Collective and the Irish American Heritage Center are putting on a seminar: Introduction to Celtic Art
(All materials will be provided.) at the IAHC.  Cost is $15  (Deadline was April 10th… boo.  I’ll have to check it they’re still accepting registrations)

I came across the PerficalSense Studio via the Evanston Print & Paper blog and they have calligraphy classes too – sadly I missed the Intro class with Judith Joseph, but there’s a Sumi-e class May 15th & Judith Joseph also teaches classes at the Chicago Botanical Garden (starting in June from 10am to noon).  One to watch anyway for upcoming intro classes…

Anyone else have some luck finding calligraphy classes around Chicago?