Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Urban Forest Project

Call for Artists: Participate in the Urban Forest Project

This spring, The Urban Forest Project will plant 100 street banners by local designers and students in downtown Washington, DC. Each banner will use the form of, or metaphor for a tree, to make a powerful visual statement about the environment. This project is being brought to Washington, DC as a platform to engage the public in the District's environmental efforts.

The banners will be hung on light poles in downtown Washington, DC during the spring of 2010 in celebration of Arbor and Earth Days. They will then be recycled into unique one-of-a-kind totebags designed exclusively for the project. Proceeds from the sales of the totebags will go to nonprofit environmental efforts that help make Washington, DC a clean, green and sustainable city.

This project, conceived by Worldstudio, is being presented in Washington, DC in collaboration with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), AIGA DC and Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

4th annual booty market at design within reach in adams morgan

Due to the snowstorm and that both rania and are are mouring the death of a kitty we recently started taking care of, we're not gonna be at the market today.

it is still going, so if you're up by adams morgan, which is walkable from the woodly park metro, please stop by.

4th Annual Holiday Booty Market

Saturday, December 19, 2009 -- 10am-5pm
Design Within Reach - Adams Morgan
1838 Columbia Rd. NW
Washington, DC

The last D.C. craft show of the year is happening at Design Within Reach in Adams Morgan, Saturday, December 19th! Shop for awesome handmade goods while hanging out in the coolest home furnishing showroom in DC. This is your last chance to get your hands on fabulous stuff from 20 of your favorite local indie crafters and designers. Check out a slew of handmade gifts from local vendors such as Jaime Zollars prints, Red Praire Press tees, and recycled leather wristcuffs from Fisticuffs Leather. Get Zombie Plague Holiday cards from Tina Seamonster or handmade soaps from Biggs and Featherbelle. Complete vendor list below! Email if you have questions. Invite your friends using our Facebook event page! There will be free snacks and temporary tattoos!


Woolarina is a two-woman operation aiming to provide color and warm fuzzy knits to the east coast. Our yarns are delightfully soft and our knits and patterns are fun and functional! Knit some rad mitts today, or pick up a merino-cashmere hat – can’t go wrong with the soft luxury!

Red Prairie Press

Hand drawn design, screenprinted in small runs on sweatshop free apparel. All made in our cozy basement studio in Baltimore, MD!

Jaime Zollars

Jaime Zollars is a painter inspired by Folk Tales and Flemish Painters. She paints pictures for children's books and gallery walls, and loves to make stuff when she's not painting for clients. Her art is available in fine art Giclee prints, silk screen prints, t-shirts and cards.

60 Bugs
"60 bugs" is a punk rock song written by a 5 year old. 60bugs is the line of awesome hand-embroidered and gocco-printed stuff inspired by it. Sometimes funny, sometimes absurd, mostly always cute, Debbie Lee of 60bugs makes fun items for all ages like tee shirts, pins and reusable coffee sleeves.
Tina Seamonster
Tina Seamonster is all about helping you destroy Christmas with her line of Zombie Plague Holiday cards. And her Obama vs. Zombies shirt is the must have gift this holiday season.
tigerflight makes animals from recycled sweaters and other upcycled materials. She is inspired by flora, fauna, puddles and candy wrappers. She also makes the best rhubarb pie. Possibly ever.
this chickadee
this chickadee is on a mission to create all sorts of magical things for you and your home. Aprons, totes, and table decorations are one-of-a-kind creations, stitched with love. The aim of this chickadee is to provide an alternative to mass-produced items and to inspire, educate and brighten.
Biggs and Featherbelle
handmade natural body care products created by two sisters including soaps, lip balms, bath soaks, body butter bars, body scrubs, belly balm and gift sets.
Fisticuffs Leather
100% recycled leather and found object cuffs and watchbands...soon to have dog collars too!
Ghost writers, imaginary friends, runaways, unite! Goshdarnknit is illustrated notebooks for your pockets and knit paintings for your walls, all by DC artist Rania. She knits, paints, and gocco prints every surface imaginable with swirly tales of cherry swallowing, bunny spinning, arm doodling fun.
De*nada Design & Kelly Towles
De*nada Design is a design boutique specializing in knits, bags and graphic tees that are comtemporary, fun and energetic. Kelly Towles is a DC based visual artist ("street-style"), whose work includes limited edition prints, original drawings and illustrations.
George Ryan
My craft is to make accessories for your life. I specialize in found object jewelry, applique and sowing. My style is silhouettes, fun animals and things that will make you smile.
Sweet Pepita
Sweet Pepita is one-of-a-kind children’s clothing that’s hand-crafted using only recycled fabric and 100% organic cotton. The result is a visually appealing and texturally irresistible product that is just as unique as the child wearing it.
At {craftgasm} I create reclaimed paper goods with a sense of history using maps, found materials, & my vintage typewriter. I cut, fold, & assemble stationery sets with map envelopes; I use junk mail, picture books, & other ephemera to create upcycled cards, journals, & pins (with & without snark).

Mary Ellen Doran
DC based artist Mary Ellen Doran has developed a unique line of hand linked chains and gemstone jewelry. Her "wrapped" neck pieces incorporate tiny top-end gemstones to create a monochromatic splash of color as an alternative to a single larger stone.

The Littlest Bean
Jen's work is driven by a curiosity about color, shape and texture. Using randomly cut fabrics, intricately cut felt, and an assortment of found media, she creates one-of-a-kind accessories for women and kids. Each piece is hand-cut, hand-stitched and embroidered - to add some color to your day.
oh ginger
Oh Ginger is about fun, simplicity, whimsy and accessibility. Using interesting textures, vintage ephemera, bold and exciting colors and affordable materials, Oh Ginger's jewelry and accessories are perfect gifts for loved ones (and yourself)!
The Garbologist's Wife
Women’s clothing and accessories created from an eclectic collection of upcycled and vintage materials in sizes small to 3X.
Sean Hennessey
DC artist Sean Hennessey creates beautiful wall sculptures from upcylced glass combined with concrete and steel. Using common and slightly nostalgic imagery, he presents work as archeological remnants of our present world and ways of thinking, with hopes to inspire and make your life better.
Moonlight Bindery
I am a bookbinder who mixes my traditional skills with fun and funky materials. The books I create are made from LEGO® pieces, wallpaper, Shrinky Dinks®, cork, and unique papers. The antique presses and vintage fonts in my home-based studio inspire my creativity. I can make a book out of ANYTHING!
Daisy Lacy
I make cute dresses and shirts for ladies using thrifted materials.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Annual Open Studios and Holiday Sale This Saturday

Green Light Bulb
available for purchase HERE

8th Annual Washington Glass School Holiday Party/Sale and Open House!
Time: 2 to 6pm
Date: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009
Where : 3700 Otis Street, Mt Rainier, MD

This Saturday is our 8th Annual Holiday Party/Sale and Open House! Always our biggest event of the year! Dozens of glass artists will be showing in the holiday food and music. Sculpture, video, bowls, jewelry.......tons of great artwork to purchase!

Plus this year, we have joined with all the other Mt. Rainier all the studios in our complex will also have their doors open. Painting, sculpture, ceramics......its all here at the largest cluster of professional artist in the area!

Time: 2 to 6pm
Date: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009
Where : Washington Glass School (ground zero) and all surrounding studios of the Gateway Arts District
3700 Otis Street, Mt Rainier, MD

more info on the other open studios in the gateway arts district HERE