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I Heart Art: Portland Mixer Match Video

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Here’s a little flipbook that I put together for I Heart Art: Portland.  All of the photos and audio recordings were taken at the Mixer Match, 2011, which was housed in the Designs Within Reach location in downtown Portland.  This is the second round of Mixer Match, the first round was for crafters and boutiques.  This Mixer Match was the inaugural Mixer Match for artists, galleries and curators.  Check out this video to learn more about Mixer Match and you can learn more at the I Heart Art website.

by: jen

Crafty Wonderland’s Spring Sale

Monday, May 9th, 2011

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!


by: jen


Editing film as complex math + becoming friendly with 40

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Many of you know I am editing video tutorials for DIY Lounge these days and  I’ve decided that editing film is like complex math.  In math, you must learn all the basic math and be pretty good at it to be able to execute complex math problems.  Video editing is the same.  I took a Final Cut class at PCM last year.  The class covered all the basics in terms of the editing software itself, but we never imported film or cataloged the videos, so as I’ve been editing videos, I keep running into the brick wall of how to capture and manage the video in the first place.  Last week I got a lesson in how to do this.  It was so obvious once I was shown, but totally impossible prior to the lesson.  Math used to have this same affect on me.

When I was younger obstacles like not understanding how to import and manage video content would have been a deal breaker.  I would have given up and thrown in the towel, but as I’ve grown older I have become aware of my own impatience with myself and the act of learning something new.  I hate to be a beginner, yet as I am growing older I see that if you are going to continue to learn you must be a novice, no matter how uncomfortable it is.

“Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.”  Chamfort

This quote is a good reminder to me that we’re all novices throughout our lives. I just recently turned 40, which I’m liking so far.  As you age you get less focused on what others think and live your life for yourself.  I was always my own person.  Meaning, I really always knew who I was on many levels.  I always wanted to be a mom, craft business person and a witch.  OK, I’m not a witch, but I do wear a lot of black with wild black hair and pale skin, which is sorta witchy.  It’s pretty awesome to be able to go after what you want and not care who is looking and judging, that is, if anyone is a all.  Confidence and self-assuredness comes with age . . . now back to video editing.

This cake was made for my husband and me for our 40th Birthdays by our friend Jocelyn of Bakery Bar.

by: jen