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Cookoorikoo, grandma's jewelry box redux

May 17th, 2012

My name is Shanalee Hampton. I make jewelry and hair accessories with silk and cotton yoyos and vintage repurposed items. I love when people tell me that the things I make remind them of sorting through their grandma’s jewelry box.

I started Cookoorikoo after being inspired by a photo in a Japanese Craft magazine of a gallery exhibition featuring yoyos. I’d learned how to make them when I was very young and hadn’t thought of them much since. After looking at those pictures, I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I started incorporating vintage jewelry when I realized I could constantly sort through old jewelry, just like when I was younger.

I’m inspired by vintage hats and jewelry, colors, flowers and well, yoyos. I’m currently working on a line of one of a kind hats. I want to make items that make woman feel pretty and maybe a little whimsical. I want to make it easy to be fancy every day.

The best thing about what I do? I love it when I have an idea that seems kind of crazy so I let it bounce around in my head for a bit. When I finally sit down to make it and it works, I’ve been known to squeal and clap. The worst? When that item sits unloved in my shop. Everything eventually finds the woman or girl its meant to be with but sometimes it takes a little longer than I’d like.

Folia Design, laser art with an urban flair

May 13th, 2012

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business. What inspired you to go into the craft business? I live and work in San Francisco, a city that inspires and delights me every day. I started experimenting with laser cut design about a year ago and quickly fell in love with the hands on, intricate results one can achieve working with the laser. Discovering the laser cutter was a wonderful way to take the design skills I had from my background in landscape architecture and urban design and apply them in an entirely new context. What I love about being in the craft business is not just being able to spend my time creating unique, beautiful items (which is indeed a wonderful privilege), but also hearing stories from people who buy my work and learning about the personal connection they feel to the pieces I have made.

Describe your creative process when designing/making your product line. I find inspiration in the every day natural and urban forms around me and translate this inspiration into the organic and modern geometries found in my designs. My work also reflects an artistic interest in the exploration of geometry and the playful repetition of shapes.

All pieces for Folia Design SF are digitally drafted, laser cut at Tech Shop, a member based workshop in San Francisco, and then hand assembled. I use a combination of laser etching (surface burning) and laser cutting (burning through) materials that have been carefully selected for their strength, durability, and etching qualities. In addition, Folia Design SF strives to be environmentally responsible and uses renewable and recycled materials whenever possible.

What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst?
I love watching my designs come to life with the laser cutter and then seeing those pieces become part of someone else’s life through use or wear. I am also excited to be able to contribute to San Francisco’s creative economy and provide an alternative avenue for people who want to support local artists and makers. I don’t think I’ll ever strike it rich doing this, but it certainly enriches my life in many other ways.


What is the Jack London Square Night Market?

March 29th, 2012

The Jack London Square Night Market will begin as a series of three evening shopping bazaars that will take place along the beautiful Oakland waterfront on May 4, June 1 and July 6.

The Night Markets will join Oakland in the celebrations that take place throughout the city during the First Friday of each month. Jack London Square will sparkle with excitement under the stars from 6 PM to 10 PM.

What will be happening during the Night Market?
The line-up of activities and programming offers something for everyone, including live entertainment, music, dancing, magic, fresh farmer’s market produce, delicious food, libations, interactive art, demonstrations, shopping with local oakland, artisans and craftsmen, fortune telling and many, many surprises.

How can I participate?
Vendor booths are available for artist, craftsmen, and local businesses or services. Register Early and receive a discounted rate! Submit application, payment and hold harmless by the following dates:
•  Now through April 10, 2012 – with application, payment and hold harmless10’ x 10’ space is $150.00, for all (3) Night Markets, or $60 for each individual Night Market.
•  From April 11, 2012 to April 20, 2012 – with application, payment and hold harmless
•  10’ x 10’ space is $200.00 for all (3) Night Markets, or $75 for each individual Night Market.

What we need no later than April 20, 2012 (or March 30th for special rate)
• Completed application – see attached
• A link to your website OR two photographs of your product/s (photos will not be returned)
• Payment by check (payable to CEP JLS-I LLC) – address is located on application form
• Hold Harmless document with the name of your business and signature – see attached

What is required the day of the event:
• All exhibitors will be required to be completely set up by 5:30 PM
• Your own tent canopy, tables, chairs, canopy weights, etc.
• Extension cords and necessary tools for your set–up and break down
• Copy of your Sellers Permit on display

Reply to:

Brian Lee
Jack London Square
Marketing Manager
70 Washington Street, Suite 207
Oakland, CA   94607
510-645-9292, ext. 225
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Project Runway Now Casting!

February 28th, 2012

Have what it takes to show your stuff at New York fashion week? This is your chance!

•  The minimum age to apply for the show is 21.

•  For more details, information, and to apply, please fill out the application (Download) and follow all directions that are on it.

•  The deadline for us to receive applications is March 15th, 2012.

•  That said, our invite only casting calls begin in early April. Getting your submission in as soon as possible guarantees that you can be invited to the call that is geographically closest to you.

Please don’t wait until the last minute –
fill out the application and get us all of your info immediately!

Questions? Send your e-mails to

All applications should be sent, overnight, to:

Project Runway Casting
Bunim-Murray Productions
6007 Sepulveda Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Intuit Looking for Participants in Craft Business Study: Earn $500

January 25th, 2012

Focus Group Needed For New Mobile Productivity Management App

The developers of the Intuit mobile application Weave are looking for creative small business owners to participate in a five week long user study. If you are running a creative small business, even if you currently consider yourself a hobbyist/crafter (not supporting yourself on your income) we would love to talk to you!

All you have to do is download our latest version of Weave and actively use it for your business. Each week, developers will be calling or meeting in person to check in with you and gather feedback about how you use Weave to help manage your business. We’ll also be asking you about ideas new additions and modifications to the application.

What is Weave?
Whatever you want to manage – your art, your hobby, your business, your life – Weave helps you tie it all together. A clean and beautiful design helps you easily track todos, income, expenses, projects, and even time spent. Read more about this FREE App at:

– Active use of the Weave app (current and new users welcome!)
– Own a creative product-based business
– Be willing to participate in a one-hour discussion with Weave approximately once a week. This can be a combination of in person meetings and phone calls depending on your locality.
– Own and use an iPhone or iPod touch which runs on 4.0 or later
– Be a current US resident, local to the SF Bay Area preferred but not required.

$500 in a Visa Gift card will be paid to you after you have completed all 5 weeks of the study. No partial payments or compensation for individuals who drop the study before the end date or miss meetings.

For more information and to apply please e-mail:

B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls looking for vendors for their upcoming season

January 21st, 2012

The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls are gearing up for their 8th amazing season in the Bay Area, and we would love you to be a part of it all! We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit all-female, flat-track roller derby league. We have been holding events since 2004. We have 100+ League Members, and a loyal fanbase.

Demographics:  18-45 y.o, 55% female, 45% male. $65K median income. Early adopters. 2000+fans per bout.

All of our events are on Saturday evenings, from 6PM – 10PM. •  Call time for vendors @ all bouts is 430PM.

2012 Season Schedule:

• February 25, 2012 – Season Opener at the Craneway Pavilion (Richmond)!
• March 31, 2012 – Fort Mason (San Francisco)
• May 12, 2012 – Fort Mason
• June 16, 2012 – Craneway Pavilion
• July 7, 2012 – Craneway Pavilion
• August 4, 2012 – Home team championships at the Oakland Convention

We have very reasonable rates, with discounted booth prices if you sign up for the entire season.

We look forward to seeing familiar faces & meeting new ones, and hope that you can vend with us for 2012!

To apply or see more information about the events click on this application link. You can also email us at or go online to see what it is all about:

11:11 Art in your pocket

December 2nd, 2011

What inspired you to go into the craft business; do you still have a day job?  I always wanted to have my own business. I used to steal my parents shoes when I was little to play shoe shop and then sell the shoes back to them. Helluva a business model- no overhead! But seriously my big plan was to graduate from art school and move to NYC and become a famous accessories designer overnight! I had all kinds of delusions of grandeur. Lets just say it’s been a very different road. I have been at this game for almost 10 years now and I’m just starting to figure it out. Luckily I’ve been able to make a living at it with no real day job ever.. which I credit to a combination of good luck and stubbornness.

What do you like best, coming up with idea, creating product, or sales?  Lets just say I like everything but the sales.. which is the most important part when you are actually trying to make a living!

What has been the major influence in your creative process ? Digital Cameras and Photoshop, without a doubt!

Do you ever need to recharge yourself to inspire you, and how do you go about it? Yes all the time! Running a small business is exhausting; I take walks and do Kundalini yoga every day, it’s the only way I stay sane.

Describe your creative process when designing/making your product line. I usually start with key words and ideas that inspire me and take it from there into the visual realm. I like to think of myself as a curator of vintage imagery as well as a collage artist. It’s all about translating feelings and ideas visually .. Iconic and striking images that people feel connected to are the best sellers always, so naturally I’m always looking to make and collect art that transmit that kind of strong feeling. I have so much fun with it, its truly my favorite part of this business and why I do it.

Have you ever developed a great idea which has wound up on the editing room floor ? Oh tons.. most of my favorite ideas are out of my league when it comes to production. Its a challenge to produce affordable handmade goods in the United States.. I love intricate detail and that always comes with a price!

Are you constantly experimenting with new ideas, or do you stick with what is successful? I used to experiment constantly and that’s truly my great love. I’ve been sticking to what’s successful for a while now though because I finally realized the importance of a strong foundation and system for running things.. I hope to branch out into new accessory territory in 2012, though– I’ve got plans! 11:11 bags are the new frontier, and then shoes – GOLD shoes! Stay tuned..

The art of Nidhi Chanani

November 29th, 2011

My name is Nidhi (pronounced nitty) Chanani and I create cute, whimsical and romantic art. I create a new illustration every weekday and share online. I have been working as a full-time professional artist for just over a year and a half.

I was inspired to quit my day job and pursue art after following the work of some professional illustrators. It’s encouraging to see others making a living with art and that still drives me today! I start every morning with a loose line drawing (I work on a large wacom tablet, called a cintiq, so I draw directly on the computer) and I take that and create layers and layers of color, shadow, and light.

As much as my work is on the computer, it is completely handmade. I don’t believe that traditional methods of art are any better or worse than digital (and vice versa). Its simply another tool, much like different sizes of paint brushes, or different kinds of paper. Because I created it on the computer, it doesn’t cease to be art, or cease to come from me or my imagination…!

One of the best things (there are too many to name just one) about working for yourself is making your own hours. I absolutely love that! The down side of that is knowing when to stop. Another thing I love is meeting people, whether they are lovers of art, or other creators… The community I am surrounded with is so loving, supportive and well, amazing!

“Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.” – Pablo Picasso


Kittybeast, one-of-a-kind quality

November 29th, 2011

My name is Jennifer Way, I’m 30 years old and I live in Santa Cruz, CA. I design and sew by hand (not by machine) unique designs onto clothing for kids/babies/adults, aprons, reusable bags, etc. I sell at the local Farmer’s Market, festivals and a few shops around town. When I’m not sewing up a storm or designing the latest Kittybeast item, I spend my time in the ocean surfing, walking around our beautiful area, playing soccer, cooking, etc.

What inspired you to go into the craft business, do you still have a day job? My entire life I have loved drawing, painting, creating and making art. Ever since I was a little girl I always wanted to be able to sell something that I made by hand- I would make homemade stationary and greeting cards and “sell” them to my mom and relatives. As an adult, I finally decided to take the plunge and really try to come up with a product that people would buy with my designs on it- I started out with baby clothes and have since branched into adult clothing, aprons and reusable bags.

Yes, I still have a day job, I work part-time at a local bar/restaurant a cocktail server in downtown Santa Cruz where I have worked for over 3 years.

I get inspired a lot by nature, especially the ocean, where I spend as much time as I can whether at the beach or surfing or kayaking- which is reflected in a lot of my designs (waves, octopus, jellyfish, shark, seahorse, etc.) and also fruits and veggies because I love to grow food and love the Farmer’s Market environment. I usually think of a design and spend some time drawing examples of it and when the outline comes out nicely I make myself my stencil and then go from there with beautifully colored fabrics to accentuate the appliqué on whatever I am making. I think of a lot of the designs while falling asleep and then I get up in the morning and work on them…. I also LOVE to do custom order designs for friends on American Apparel hoodies. That started out as a favor for a friend and has really taken off, so I have gotten a lot of priceless ideas from them. I try to use organic or American Apparel products to embellish in order to keep my environmental impact low.

What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst? The best thing is constantly feeding my inspiration and creativity. It’s so satisfying to create something from my own mind and hands, put my energy into it and then have it be received with a squeal by whoever receives it. I can’t really think of the worst thing about it…. I guess the hardest thing for me to do is to focus myself and make myself have a really organized approach to my products. I tend to want to make each piece completely unique and different and then move on to the next design, but for the sake of festivals especially I really have to work hard to make myself have consistency in terms of offering the same design/color scheme in all sizes. Organization is the hardest thing for me when it comes to creating art and selling it. But I think that one-of-a-kind quality is also one of my strong points and makes my products appeal to shoppers who don’t want a cookie-cutter gift or purchase.

I have a Kittybeast Facebook page- please check it out for news, photos, upcoming events, etc:

For BazBiz shoppers who visit my etsy shop after the show, I have a 10% off coupon, just use the coupon code BAZBIZ. Thanks for checking out Kittybeast and enjoy the show!

Recover Your Thoughts gives books a second life

November 28th, 2011

Can you briefly describe yourself and maybe a little bit about your business? Sure. I am in my mid-fifties, lost a lot of my hair, and somewhere along with way I fell in with craft fairs. I just like the excitement and energy. It is my idea of fun.

What I create are journals. A simple place to keep thoughts and memories. Two things make my journals special. First, they are made from discarded books, so each one has a different theme, a different flavor. Sometimes you can find a title that just starts your creativity and you’ll write for hours. Sometimes you’ll find one that reminds you of a friend and you just have to give it to them as a gift. Finding just the right journal is inspiring. Secondly, almost every part of the journals I make are from discarded materials. The book covers come from the library’s thinning out process, and the paper is outcast and remains of the printing industry. I am pleased that I have developed a useable “green” product.

Tell us about the process: It starts with finding discarded books. Libraries are the best source, but there are estate sales, schools, and believe me, once people find out you’re looking for old books, they give them to you. Man do they give them to you. This creates a problem, because only one in ten is usable. Getting rid of other peoples unwanted books is “trying.”

Finding the right covers is the fun of the process. It is like a treasure hunt. I love imagining which of my customers will fall in love with each cover.

Separating book covers from the text is simple, but creates a new problem. Getting rid of huge mounds of text blocks. I have tried recycling, but they want me to cut the spines off. So sometimes when I feel brave I cut off the spines and take the text to the recyclers, sometimes I put the whole thing in the recycling bin and hope I don’t get a nasty reminder letter from waste management.

Cutting paper, punching holes and putting in the binding is so ordinary I often do it without having to think about it.

Now it is time for the fun. Getting the chance to join the other craft vendors at getting involved with the excitement of interested customers at the fairs is awesome. The time goes by so fast, and every minute of it is fun.

Do you still have a real job? Not by choice. There just aren’t too many employers looking for old, bald, overweight bookbinders. For now I am happy doing “the craft” full time. I keep thinking that the craft thing will take off and support me, but that is a dream. I have a good product, but production cost and the bad economy is making it difficult. And now a large number of people have “pirated” my idea. I am sure I have to get a real job someday.

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