4Ward Designs by Ria

Handmade Philly got the chance to interview Maria Chaney, a handmade jewelry designer from Philadelphia.  Maria runs a business called 4Ward Designs by Ria.  4Ward Designs by Ria is a handcrafted beaded jewelry business, which carries handcrafted bracelets for men and women. Maria has been crafting jewelry for many years, however, she launched her business a little over 2 years ago on April 9, 2016. Come with me to take a peek into the creative world of 4Ward Designs by Ria.

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When did you first realize you wanted to design jewelry? 

I used to make earrings as gifts for friends and family in my late teens/20s.  My real passion came in my late 30s/early 40s.

What was your biggest fear when going out and starting your own line? 

Would people really want to buy the bracelets?

 

Where do you go for inspiration when working on new jewelry?

My inspiration comes from different things.  It could be someone’s personality/style; clothes that people wear; colors.

What is your favorite thing about being a jewelry designer?

The pleasure I see when my clients wear my jewelry.

How do you want customers to feel when wearing your jewelry?

I want them to feel satisfied and happy!
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What advice would you give to those who may want to start their own business designing or creating jewelry?

Find your niche and go with it.  I started out with so many different designs and types of pieces.  I honed in on what I felt the most passion for.

Should BEADWORK and JEWELRY MAKING be considered ART or CRAFT?

I think it is both an Art and a Craft.  The art is the design and the craft is making the actual piece.

 

How do you decide what you want to create?

When I do custom pieces, I talk to my client and find out what colors they like…what feel they are looking for and go from there.  When I do random pieces, I just go for what speaks to me.
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Anything else you we should know about you?

I love designing and crafting wristart for others…it is my therapy.

You can find 4Ward Designs on Facebook: 4WardDesignsbyRia and on Instagram: @4WardDesignsbyRia.

Be sure to check her out at next month’s West Park Arts Festival’s Handmade Marketplace.  Attendees of all ages will enjoy stages of exciting culturally diverse performances by some of the area’s best dancers, musicians, and vocalists. Some of the talent includes the popular West Philadelphia Orchestra, Badd Kitti, Gretchen Elise Music, Patrice and The Show, The Philly Clicks, Jasmin Yahne Dance Company, and many more. The event will engage attendees in dance, art making, and many other activities including guided historical trolley tours through the Centennial District. Attendees can buy unique items in the Handmade Market, browse other vendors and enjoy the offerings of diverse food vendors. 

To see more about the Arts Fest visit http://www.westparkcultural.org/west-park-arts-fest and http://www.facebook.com/westparkartsfestival.   For more information
call 215-473-7810 or email info@westparkcultural.org.

 

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Interview with Megan Haupt

Megan Haupt is leading a seminar on Healthy Food Relationships this coming Saturday, January 27th at the Tulpehocken Exchange from 2-3:30 pm.

I first met Megan years ago, through our mutual involvement with a variety of community and arts events. The one that stands out in my mind is Swap O Rama Rama, which, as I understand it, Megan facilitated. This was a huge event with easily a thousand people in attendance. It was a clothes swap with workshops, dedicated to reducing textile waste by keeping clothes out of the landfills and waste stream. This was an expertly run event. Handmade Philly was one of the many organizations present, hosting workshops.

Years later, I attended a class hosted by the Permaculture Society, at Wyck House in Germantown. Megan was the instructor, leading an engaging dialogue on miso, complete with history, nutrition, preparation and cooking demos. Again, the information I gathered that day resonated, and I incorporated miso into my life at a much deeper level than before the class.

When we opened the doors to Tulpehocken Exchange, I reached out to Megan and of course, asked her to get involved. These days her focus has been on food education, which leads us to Saturday, when Megan will be leading a seminar on Healthy Food Relationships. We do hope you’ll join us!

Below is an interview I recently conducted with Megan.

Name: Megan Haupt

Age: 46

Hometown:  Langhorne, PA (Bucks County)

Current town:  Flourtown

Job description:  Founder, Hungry Education

Bio:  Megan has been a food educator for over 12 years, teaching adults and children in community-based settings. She believes that food education must meet people where they are in order to be effective, and that educating the entire family is essential to help kids become food-smart. Her areas of interest include: food history, food science, and food culture.

In addition to her education experience, Megan has launched several small businesses and has professional backgrounds in higher education, business (non- and for-profit), and the performing arts.

Megan is an active member of PA Nutrition Education Network.

Upcoming projects:  More picky eating research, designing a summer camp for Reading Terminal Market.

 

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Describe your work. Forward facing with TONS of research.

What themes and concepts does your work generally revolve around? I am fascinated with food history, food science, food culture, and food futurism and how all of them are currently intersecting.

What are you currently working on? How to get people to pull back the curtains when it comes to diet and food. Most people are afraid to look and I am trying to find ways to make it less scary.

What’s been happening in your life? A LOT of shifting. Delving into these topics of food relationship and personal accountability has been uncomfortable for me as well.

What’s next for you? How do we get people to engage around the topic of food relationships. How do we demystify and how do we bring it to a digital environment.

Describe your current state of mind. Constantly running.

What’s inspiring you? Really exciting changes in storytelling as a whole. Old narratives need to GO!

Is any of your work political? Oh yes, but mostly on an individual level. Food is deeply personal, larger changes can only occur when there is widespread individual change.

What are you trying to communicate with your art? Food is WAY more than just nutrients. Food parallels life. If you are not engaged with your food, you are not engaged with your life.

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What is one of the biggest challenges you face? Time and how to balance work and life.

Has the meaning of your work changed over time? Most definitely. I am almost full circle with my understanding of food and life. I see that I will most likely be closer once I go through menopause.

What is your dream project? So many. Maybe a food ed conference for educators around the topic of food relationships.

Do you collaborate with other people? All the time. A good collaboration is exhilarating. A bad one is crushing.

What are a few of your favorite spots in your area? Wissahickon, Norristown Farm Park, Erdenheim Farm, The Farm Cooking School, Good Spoon Soupery, Hungry Pigeon, Kensington Quarters.

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People in your field whom you most admire: Edna Lewis (the Grandmother of farm-to-table), Heather Thomasan (founder of Eat Retreat, Primal Supply Meats, lady butcher), Marion Woodman.

What are you reading? “The Edible Woman” by Margaret Atwood.

Favorite comic strips/ comic books/ graphic novels? Krazy Kat, anything by Chris Ware.

What are you listening to these days? early Deutschpunk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZnDbY-Jc6o or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGYH9lT9Ru8

What was the last show you attended? Sleep at Union Transfer; it’s been a while.

What was the last exhibit you attended? PHL Assembled at PMA Perelman bldg.

Your website: http://www.hungryeducation.com/

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Join us for Megan’s seminar on Healthy Food Relationships this coming Saturday, January 27th at the Tulpehocken Exchange from 2-3:30 pm. 47 East High Street, Right Entrance.

Please rsvp by emailing: info@handmadephilly.com

$15/ per person, sliding scale (pay what you can). Suggested for Ages 15+.

Light refreshments served.

Kysaa – Pure Fashion

Handmade Philly got the chance to interview Kinjal Mehta, a handmade artist from Philadelphia.  Kinjal runs a shop called Kysaa – Pure Fashion. Come with me to take a peek into the creative world of Kinjal Mehta.

G1Where does the name of your shop come from?

Kysaa is a Swedish name which means Pure.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

I am a freelance designer. After studying fashion design at Parsons Design school I started my label Kysaa.

Why do you do what you do?

I love fashion and I believe in living with style. Kysaa is my effort to spread pure fashion to all the beautiful people out there.

1-AB7_1096How do you create when you don’t feel particularly creative?

Whenever I am down, I look at the work of my favorite designers, go shopping take a day of to get some inspiration.

When did you start?

I have been into designing and fashion for about 5 years but I started my shop a year back.

Where do you want to go with this?

I want to create hi-end designer label that is all handmade and customized.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Wow, thats beautiful, how long does it take to knit that, you are so creative, etc.

What is your dream project?

To knit a couture piece, dress or gown.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

To believe in yourself and to do something you love in life and not just with the goal of earning money.

Professionally, what’s your goal?

To establish a successful brand.

Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?

I have always wanted to design; I used to design my clothes as kid too, so it has always been my thing to make something.

Which of your handmade pieces is your favorite?

I love all of them as each one is unique but my fave is the orange wrap and black shrug with back design.

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What would you call your style?

Elegant, chic and sophisticated.

Did you ever feel like giving up?

Yes lot of times, as it’s been hard for me to spread word out of my work but somehow I always get my inspiration back.

What’s the best thing about being a handmade artist?

Your freedom and being your own boss.

What’s the worst thing about being a handmade artist?

It’s a struggle to spread out the word and so to earn a living.

1-AB7_1124(1)Any advice you want to give anyone starting up a business of their own?

It’s going to be hard but hang in there because nothing else will give you satisfaction than doing what you love.

What is the first craft project you remember making?

Making my first scarf for my Spiritual Guru, it gave me so much happiness and satisfaction.

What are some of the ways you promote your work?

I am a part of Philly’s Raw artist community, where I did a fashion show and was nominated for the Philadelphia Fashion Designer for the Year. I also promote social networks too. I have also opened my shop on Zibbet and Threadflip besides Etsy.

Let our readers in on some of the frustrations behind the work, or an especially difficult project.

The biggest frustration with knitting is you can’t go wrong, it’s difficult to get accurate fit. And since the whole piece is made from one thread, you can’t easily alter the design, patterns once made.

Where else can we find you?

Facebook- kysaa | Twitter @kysaak

Tumblr- http://kysaa.tumblr.com

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kysaak/boards/

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About the Author: Niesha Kennedy-Robinson is a lover of things handmade.  Besides being a wife and a mother, she is the owner and operator of Wee Bit Trendy, a small online shop that provides Handmade Faux Treats for Baby.  She loves DIY (why buy when you can DIY), and doing PR for Sharp with Art Group and West Park Arts Festival and giving back to her community by volunteering for different organizations.

Knitted Luxury for Women, Children & Home by Jemma Helliker

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Jemma Helliker is a fellow Handmade Philly member and is on the Handmade Philly Etsy Team.  Her shop, Squidge & Bean, contains hand-knit accessories crafted from the finest merino and alpaca wool sourced from independent hand dyers from the USA and Uruguay. Each item is lovingly created by Jemma in my smoke-free, pet-free home. We got a chance to ask her a few questions about exactly what it is that she does.  Check it out below.

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Where does the name of your shop come from?

Squidge & Bean comes from my children’s nicknames. Squidge is my adorably bossy almost four-year-old daughter and Bean is my frighteningly fearless almost two-year-old son. As my children inspire so much of my work, it is only natural that my shop is named after them.

 Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

I am originally from the great city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (think the Brown Ale) in England. Eight years ago I followed my heart and moved to Philly.

While here, I have had quite a journey. I first became a middle-school teacher, then I became a mum, and now I design and create hand-knitted accessories for Squidge & Bean and sell my items online and at craft fairs.

I’m happy to say my British roots are still alive and kicking; I am unable to get through a day without multiple cups of tea with milk and I continue to insist it is pronounced, “tom-are-toe”.

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What is your favorite…

Color: Purple

Animal: Elephant

Season: Spring

Movie: Dirty Dancing

Book: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

What would you call your style?

My style is classic and simple. I am committed to using only independently produced animal and plant-based yarns and I create items that allow the yarn to be the star.

When and where did you start?

My grandma and mother introduced me to the art of knitting on a cold winter evening in 2009. They patiently fixed my mistakes as I struggled through my first baby beanie. The finished hat was ugly, but I was hooked.

Knitting is my addiction and now my work. I dream about new patterns and spend my free time experimenting and creating new accessories out of beautiful yarns.

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 What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I have transformed a corner of the spare bedroom into my studio/office space. With two small kids, it is a little difficult to create any sort of regular pattern and routine, but during naptimes (if I’m lucky) and in the evenings I love to retreat to “the office” to design, create, and enjoy some quiet time.

Do you listen to music when you create?

I’m a Pandora addict. The Mumford and Sons station is my current favorite.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m busy getting ready for the 30th Street Craft Fair on June 15th. I love the challenge of creating knits for spring and summer. For the kids, I’m working on Montessori inspired toys, for the home, I’m creating beautiful covers for vases and candle holders, and for her, I’m working on a range of detachable collars and yoga socks.

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What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Custom orders always produce the best responses from customers. There is something very special about developing a relationship with a customer and picturing them as I work. Last year, I worked with a great customer to create a pair of cashmere fingerless mittens for her cousin. They turned out fabulously and I keep her happy feedback and photos close by if I’m ever in need of motivation.

What’s the best thing about being a handmade artist?

Creating beautiful things with my hands.
What’s the worst thing about being a handmade artist?

Too many ideas and not enough time.

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Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I would love to be working on Squidge & Bean full time. I hope to not only be knitting, but also producing my own yarns and teaching others how to knit. And who knows, maybe in ten years I may have some folks helping me achieve all this!

If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

I’m still new to Etsy, but the one thing that has stood out to me is the importance of good photography. Learn how to take drool-worthy photographs and get familiar with the photo-editing tools on your computer. I am amazed by the improvements to my photos with a few clicks.

How do you keep in touch with the public?

I update my blog, closeknitblog.wordpress.com, with behind the scenes news and updates and Etsy treasuries inspired by my life.

You can also keep in touch with me on Facebook (squidgeandbean.facebook.com), follow me on Twitter (@squidgebean) and shop online at squidgeandbean.etsy.com and in person the 30th Street Craft Fair on June 15th.

Featured Handmade Phillyer: Meet Alyse Schulte

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Alyse is a graphic designer and currently runs an Etsy Shop called Random Lake. Random Lake sells a variety of items in the shop and all items are design and made by Alyse. Let us take a peek into her world.

Where does your shop name “Random Lake” come from?

The name Random Lake comes from a small town right outside where my aunt lives in Wisconsin. Not only is it a beautiful town, I felt the name described a lot about me and my design.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

I grew up and went to school in Florida. I moved to Philly about two years ago and love everything about it. I am a graphic designer, I enjoy freelancing and all the people it has allowed me to meet and work with.
Why do you do what you do?
I love how stimulating all the creativity in my life is. I am always searching for new ways to express my ideas, which is what led me to creating Random Lake. It allowed me to design for myself and then share with everyone, instead of vice versa.
How do you stay fresh?
I keep a very open mind when coming up with ideas for projects. I love trying all new types of projects and if I’m stuck with a print design, I’ll move over to jewelry design or a different medium until my ideas make their way out.
How do you create when you don’t feel particularly creative?
If I am not feeling very creative, it always helps me to look at what other people are doing; a lot of times my inspiration comes from seeing what others are capable of. During the weekends, when I want to get away from my computer, I love taking day trips out of the city. I enjoy going hiking or exploring interesting places in the area. One of the last places I’ve been in Philly that really stood out to me was The Cliffs, (the house where Sarah Franklin sewed bandages for soldiers during the Revolutionary War) in Fairmount Park.
When did you start?
I have been designing as long as I can remember, but I started Random Lake in February 2013.
Where do you want to go with this?
A dream of mine would be to run a kind hybrid between a graphic design shop and boutique. For now though, it would be great to see Random Lake expand and become recognized in the community.
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Who is on your Ipod?
I listen to a little bit of everything. Some of my favorites are Rilo Kiley, The Weakerthans, AA Bondy, and Wye Oak. One musician that can always motivate me is Buddy Holly, its hard to be lazy when I hear him. I also love a lot of different podcasts, including WTF with Marc Maron and Comedy Bang Bang.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
A lot of historical sites and stories inspire me.The most recent project that I have developed has been dedicated to the USS United States. I’ve been keeping up with the news of the plans to destroy the ship for scrap metal if enough money isn’t raised over the next month. I designed a poster to help raise money to preserve the ship.
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What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I really love doing personalized projects. People are always so grateful and love to see their designs and ideas in motion.
Did you ever feel like giving up?
 My creativity usually comes in marathon sized packages. I’ll spend every waking minute for weeks working on things until every idea inside of me has come out. This usually leads to a period of time where I don’t do much in the way of designing or crafting. I have learned to develop hobbies that don’t require much room for variation to keep myself productive. I have taken up canning and gardening for those times when I just can’t work in the studio.
What is the first craft project you remember making?
I remember making my own play-dough with my Mom when I was a kid. The first part of the process, I remember thinking we were making cookies, when I found it was a toy, it was even better.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

I am a new Etsy seller myself, and I would definitely say put your all into it. Every time you have an idea, do it! You’ll most likely end up with an awesome piece for your shop.

Do you listen to music when you create?

I usually have music, a podcast, or the tv on, but it’s really only background noise. I usually in my own head when I am working.

Have you had formal training?

I went to UNF in Jacksonville, Fl for Graphic Design and Digital Media. My classes were really small and it was a tight-knit group.
Where do you live & how does it influence you?
I live in South Philly, just off Passyunk Ave. I have a small house with my boyfriend and I have enough room to have my own studio. Our house and neighborhood is a dream come true, we have great neighbors and a little garden on our patio. Being happy with where I live has definitely made an impact on how I work. I spend less time fantasizing about what I could have and I have started creating and working with what I do have. A lot of my work is inspired by the city and the different personalities the neighborhoods take on.
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Alyse’s first craft show is going to be the 30th Street Craft Market on June 15th in Philadelphia. She’s very excited about it, so hopefully you’ll make a visit to her booth and let her know that you saw her interview on Handmade Philly.  You can shop with Alyse Schulte at her Random Lake Etsy Shop, Read her Blog at Made By Alyse.
Interviewer: Niesha Kennedy-Robinson is a lover of things handmade.  Besides being a wife and a mother, she is the owner and operator of Wee Bit Trendy, a small online shop that provides Handmade Faux Treats for Baby.  She loves DIY (why buy when you can DIY), and doing PR for Sharp with Art Group and West Park Arts Festival.

Featured Artist: Lesley Haas

Lesley Haas was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has made her home in Heidelberg, Germany from 1988 until 1996 and from 1999 – 2000. Since 2006, she is again living in Philadelphia.

She developed an interest in handmade paper after viewing a comprehensive exhibit in which the artworks were made with paper in New York City. Her technique and style has been influenced over the years both by ongoing studio and by coursework with well-known paper artists. She is an active member of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA). The signature of her work is the use of natural fibers and pigments from various parts of the world to blend the characteristics of the fibers with different elements of style. As an extension of her papermaking she has created numerous objects from vegetable papyrus. Digital collage and prints can be found in her portfolio and the newer work consists of all types of recycled papers.

Job Description: Paper Artist / Personal Assistant

Upcoming projects/exhibitions:

PAPER: A Deckled Edge The Paper Artwork of Lesley Haas -UPenn,Van Pelt-Dietrich Library thru February 15, 2013.

Also Transfixed will be showing at the Library of Life exhibit, in collaboration with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Art Gallery of City Hall/ NE Corner/ Philadelphia, PA 19107/ Exhibition dates: March 11 – May 24, 2013, Reception: March 14, 5-7 pm.

Select links: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lesleyhaas.html

Habitat fro Humanity Upcycle Challenge auction…

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What themes and concepts does your work generally revolve around? 

For years I delved into the fashion world which influenced my work. In recent years, I’ve created a series of paper scrolls, decoupaged frames and small paper art objects.

What are you currently working on?

I recently re-finished a large mirror for the Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge, at the 2013 Philadelphia Home Show, which will be at their Booth in Hall A, between February 2-10.  Public voting: http://www.phillyhomeshow.com/PHS/AtTheShow/Ultimate_Upcycle_Challenge_286.aspx

What’s your background / how did you first get involved with art?

It took me years to launch my studio career, since I’m self-trained. My mother was a fashion editor and publicist in Philadelphia, and was very active with Fashion Group International, so she was always coming home with the latest trends.

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What’s been happening in your life/ what’s next for you? 

I’m participating in the Habitat for Humanity and Home Decor Upcycle event. On from there, I’ve been accepted to participate in the European Cultural Capital of 2013 – South of France and I’ll have a table at the Chestnut Hill Home Show in May.

Any exhibits coming up:
PAPER: A Deckled Edge The Paper Artwork of Lesley Haas – September 4, 2012 – February 15, 2013- UPENN Kamin Gallery, VanPelt Dietrich Library, 3420 Walnut St. (entrance on Locust Walk)

Hours: Monday -Friday : 9am-6pm
Passes required for Weekends: can be requested on the day of visit – please call reference desk: 215 898.7555

http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lesleyhaas.html

Is any of your work political? 

Occasionally it comes through…

Has the meaning of your work changed over time?

Yes, it has. After creating representational pieces for entry into Edible Paper and my paper dresses, I realized I wanted to try and focus on more abstract art.

How do you choose your subject matter?

Usually it’s the material I have on hand. For example, a friend gave me some base materials, which sat in the back of my car for months, which Ifinally turned into the scrolls series.

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Are you involved with any organizations/  Is there a group you feel affinity with/ do you collaborate with other artists?  

Yes, I am an active member of The International Association of Paper Makers and Paper Artists – IAPMA. On occasion I will collaborate with other artists.

What are some misconceptions people often have about you? 

No one has shared such info with me. You’d have to ask others.

What were you like as a kid? Gregarious and unkempt

Favorite writers? Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lalita Tademy, G.R.R. Martin, Barbara Kingsolver

Favorite comic strips/ comic books/ graphic novels? Fantastic Four – Marvel Comics

What are you reading? Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

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What are you listening to these days? WXPN

What are a few of your favorite spots in Philly/ elsewhere: 

Philadelphia Free Library, Magic Gardens, Wissahickon Forbidden Drive, Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, Italy, Weststadt, Heidelberg, Germany

Favorite artists and why?

Ben Franke – pristine photography, Inez Fritschy – I enjoy how she mixes media in creating her original objects, Josephine Tabbert – her use of home grown Esparto grass to use exclusively in her wonderful paper art, Alan Shields – he was sewing on paper and his work influenced me greatly! I met him in his latter years and mentioned this and he didn’t even seem to notice he had started a trend! Brad Holland – his illustrations sing to me!

What was the last exhibit you attended?

Society of Illustrators, NYC

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What was the first piece of artwork you bought/ do you buy a lot of artwork?  It was a silkscreen print. I’d purchase more if the money flowed freely!

What’s your idea of happiness?  A healthy and happy son! And selling my work!!

If you weren’t an artist what would you be? In the theatre 🙂

Your website(s): http://www.lesleyhaas.com


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Go West Philadelphia Craft Show

The historic Woodland Mansions and grounds was the setting for the Go West Philadelphia Craft Show this past April.   The property was originally owned by William Hamilton in the 18th century.  The mansion has been redesigned several times and is partly opened to the public.  The grounds have an old cemetery on them with very pretty landscaping.

The craft show was sponsored by VIX Emporium, a west Philly boutique specializing in handmade items.   It was a beautiful sunny day for the craft show.  There was some parking inside the grounds and it was also accessible by public transportation.   The grounds are adjacent to a cute neighborhood which probably generated foot traffic on such a pleasant day.

There were approximately 35 booths selling handmade items such as clothing, bath and body, jewelry, pottery, prints, t-shirts, candles, etc.  Some sellers used tents and some did not.  I was there during the earlier part of the day and, although there were quite a few folks walking about, I believe many of them were sight seeing and not necessarily shopping.  I spoke to several sellers that described the sales as slow.  However, this could have changed later in the day.

One of the booths was managed by Molly Landergen of Telegraphic Tree, a seller of art and herbal teas.

Molly mixes teas from different herbs from a supplier that engages in organic, sustainable farming.   She displayed many teas to choose from, each listed with ingredients that may possibly help certain conditions.

It was fun to sniff all of the different tea aromas and to read the cute labels of each mixture.   The teas were nicely packaged and would make cute little gifts also.

As an attendee, this was really a pleasant trip that combined a craft show with lovely grounds and an interesting historic house.  As a prospective seller, I would want to hear from the sellers that were there last April to learn more about their experiences.   On any pleasant day, I would recommend strolling the area to enjoy the landscape.

by Diane Olivia

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