Saturday, the 7th of May was the Crafty Wonderland Spring Sale and it was great! I was working the I Heart Art booth, because I am one of the members of the I Heart Art Leadership Counsel. All of the members take turns volunteering for this program.
If you’re not familiar with I Heart Art let me tell you a little about it. I Heart Art is a collaborative project between PNCA, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Etsy and the PDX Etsy Team. This program is all about offering professional development in the form of workshops and events for Portland’s artists and makers. These workshops and events are very affordable, as in $10 or free, which makes them accessible for everyone. I helped set up the booth at Crafty Wonderland and also worked the first hour of the sale from 11-12. We offered a coloring contest at the I Heart Art booth as well as information about the program. I was surprised by how many people didn’t know about this amazing program. All were really excited about I Heart Art once I filled them in on the program.
If you’re a maker and you’re anywhere near Portland
you should really consider getting involved with I Heart Art.
OK, back to Crafty Wonderland . . . usually I sell at Crafty, but this time I didn’t have enough time to build my inventory so I decided I’d wait and do the next sale (that is, if I’m juried into it). After I finished my shift at the I Heart Art booth I was able to walk around and talk to people – vendors, customers and friends, which was wonderful! I got to see Susan Beal and check out her new book, World of Geekcraft, which are available online or you can find them locally at collage. I chatted with my friend Kirsten Moore of Piper Ewan and Cynthia Lucas of Bella Sisters.
The community of makers in Portland are a special breed of awesome!
Here’s a picture of the I Heart Art booth. One of Portland’s special breeds of awesome is my friend Shawn Collins, who makes Fuzzy Lamps. He agreed to help me with my volunteer shift at the I Heart Art booth.
Cathy and Torie do a great job organizing Crafty Wonderland sales. The Convention Center was packed with cool art and crafts and tons of shoppers! When I think of community, cool and creativity I think of Crafty Wonderland. Hooray for Cathy Pitters and Torie Nguyen and the hard work they do putting on such a great sale!
After Crafty Wonderland I went to a Kentucky Derby Party. Overall it was a wonderful day!