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D.I.Y. Lounge TV – The Kickstarter Project

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

For those of you that don’t know, Jen, Patrick and I have been accepted to Kickstarter to raise some much needed capital to film our Pilot Episode.  Kickstarter is an amazing site and if you don’t know anything about it, then please check out our project to get more acquainted. This is an all or nothing funding project which means  If we don’t hit our goal you pay nothing.  No amount is too small and everything is appreciated but we do have some amazing incentives for those donating substantial amounts. Once again, thanks so much for your contribution, support or well wishes.  All are welcome.

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I <3 Art . . . Jen's take

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

So Richard gave you all the facts of the event, but I wanted to add my own two cents . . . two words:

Super fun!

When we walked in we were shocked at how many people were there.  At first we saw lots of people that we didn’t know, but looked very familiar  – possibly other artists that we don’t know, customers or craft fans.  Then all the crafty peeps we know started to appear.  It was nice to chat with people and talk about creativity.  Richard and I passed out a ton of biz cards.  It was so crowded that I lost Richard and it took me a while to find him again, but I didn’t mind I had plenty of other folks to catch up with.  When I did find him he was making crafty love to a crowd of women (this is what he does).  I tried to make it through the crowd to visit with my friend Cathy Pitters.  She was working the craft table and was gocco-ing her little heart out with a crowd of people waiting for their turn to make a gocco print.  On two or three occasions I tried to make it over to her, but swarms of people around her and her project made it impossible.

Richard and I were there to see the happs and to promoting our new TV show concept that we are working on with Patrick Cummings. We found some great artists who we want to feature in future episodes.  One of them is Rachel of Lucky Looloo who also moonlights as an art therapist.  Here she is pictured with Richard Fox.

I had to leave early due to prior commitments, but when I did Richard makin’ crafty love to all the ladies again and passing out more cards.  He was in his element – all smiles and charm.  What a fun night!  As if it weren’t enough to see all the craft kids, talk about common goals with the I Heart Art group and generally just hanging out, I must say that beer that costs the price of  a smile was pretty rad too!  It sorta felt like a crafty gala or something.  Everyone was dressed in their crafty best.  I am looking forward to more opportunities to participate in these types of events.  I would say that not only was this a productive gathering, but the I Heart Art event was a good time was had by all!

by: Jen

I Heart Art: Portland

Monday, March 1st, 2010

There’s nothing like a good mixer, especially one with great people, interesting and dynamic content and free beer.  Did I just say that?

Jen and I attended I Heart Art: Portland, a collaborative effort between Etsy,  PNCA ( Pacific Northwest College of the Arts), Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the Portland Etsy Team on Friday, February 26th. This was a meet and greet affair introducing this collaboration to the denizens of the Portland Arts and Craft scene.

To me this seemed to be measurably different from many of these events.  You felt a strong sense that the goal was to bring together the myriad amount of makers that navigate in this creative and crazy city.  Many faces familiar to me were in attendance but so many that I had never met were also there.  It was a great excuse to break out of the box that we often find ourselves in our respective communities as well as a way to increase my growing business card collection.

I’d be hard pressed to shed any new light on their goals which include some amazing workshops at PNCA as well as more events yet to come.  Please spend a little time visiting their respective sites to find out more about this amazing collaboration.