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Archive for December, 2010

DIY Lounge Video Tutorials or Bust!

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Last month we filmed a beeswax collage and an encaustic video with the brilliant Bridget Benton of Eyes a Flame.  I can’t wait to show you how cool this technique is and how fun Bridget is on camera, but until then here’s a picture of some of Bridget’s encaustic work:

I’m so excited to be working with independent filmmaker Jackie Weissman of Rock Mama Films LLC on this video.  Her expertise is most welcome and will really take our videos to the next level.  Here’s a picture of Jackie working the camera:

We also have Jenni Brand working with us doing a little bit of everything: camera, grip, etc.  I wish I had a great picture of Jenni, but when you’re in front of the camera most of the time it’s hard to be the photographer too. I’ll begin editing these video this week and will have more updates as we move along in the editing process.

by: jen

Crafty Wonderland was Amazing!

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Crafty Wonderland’s Super Colossal Sale was amazing to Richard and I this year.  We took a lot of time to set up our booth to make it really eye catching, which if you are a vendor is a pretty critical element to a good sale.  Another necessity for a good sale is choosing your shows wisely.  Participating in a show that is well run and marketed, which Cathy Pitters and Torie Nguyen have in spades can make your sale experience incredible.  No matter where you live, Crafty Wonderland is a show that is worth traveling to and selling at. 

Our booth was hoppin’ almost the entire time of this 2 day event.  Richard and I both loved meeting shoppers, new shop owners interested in carrying our work and the sheer joy of selling our art. We hung the DIY Lounge sign on the front of our booth even though we were selling for our other businesses, Knot Ugly Designs and Sinister Concept.

We had so much fun and we are truly grateful to all of the folks who came out and shopped, which was somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000 people I think I heard.  It was an honor to sell next to all the amazing handmade artists who’s work was represented at Crafty Wonderland and the biggest thank you of all to the show organizers.

Learn more about Crafty Wonderland from this video that DIY Lounge produced and directed about Crafty Wonderland.

I am re-reminded again and again that this is a great community and I am so fortunate to be part of this amazing artistic scene!

by: Jen

What’s happening with DIY Lounge?

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Phew, this is a busy time of year!  Richard and I have both been selling our art at art and craft fairs all over Portland, Oregon.  I create my work under the label Knot Ugly Designs and Richard has been selling his work under the business name Sinister Concept.  Our art and  sales have really been the focal point for both of us for the last few months, which has left less time for DIY Lounge.

You might be wondering, what’s happening with DIY Lounge? Well, we’re working on a number of different projects, such as emceeing at the Scrap fundraiser, speaking on a panel about DIY culture and getting a new HD video camera.  Recently, we’ve decided to shift our focus away from the TV show concept and back in the direction of crafty videos.   We will definitely continue making craft videos featuring Richard and I, as well as online video tutorials.  We’ll still offering Birthday parties and other art parties at both collage locations in Portland Oregon, too.

This Saturday and Sunday Richard and I will be selling our work at Crafty Wonderland.  The sale hours are 11am – 5pm at the Convention Center in Portland Oregon.  We hope to see you there!