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Creekside Holiday Art and Craft Show – Dec 3 & 4

November 23rd, 2010

Creekside Holiday Art and Craft Show benefitting Building Futures with
Women and Children and Interfaith Homelessness Network

December 3rd from 12:00-7:00 p.m. and December 4th from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Creekside Community Church at 951 MacArthur Blvd. in San Leandro, 94577.

For one weekend only, a collection of Bay Area artists and crafters
are uniting for a great cause and selling their wares. Peruse a
delightful and eclectic mix of handmade items, let your kids create
their own ornaments, try your luck at our raffle, and nibble on a
giant gingersnap, knowing that 10% of everything you spend directly
benefits Building Futures with Women and Children and Interfaith
Homelessness Network.

Contact Jenny at jenny@creeksid ecommunity.org for more information.

We have provided this listing on our Blog as a service to our fellow indie crafters and designers. This show is not affiliated to San Francisco Bazaar. BBSF Blog makes no guarantees or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of the information contained on this post. Please direct all questions using the contact information as listed on this blog post. DO NOT leave questions here on our blog as they will not be answered by the show organizers. See our Terms of Use section for more information.

Meet Our Sponsor: Sublime Stitching!

November 6th, 2010

We all know that San Francisco Bazaar is not your granny’s craft fair, and Sublime Stitching is definitely not your granny’s embroidery.¬† No wonder we go so well together!¬† We’re super psyched to have our favorite supplier of embroidery patterns, kits, books and supplies sponsoring this year’s fair.

You’ll be sure to see all kind of needlework goodies at Fort Mason this December, but if you’re like me and you just can’t wait, Sublime Stitching is generously offering a meaty 15% off with discount code BAZAAR.¬† Make sure you don’t pass this up!

Sublime Stitching was founded independently in Austin, Texas in 2001 by Jenny Hart, due to an overabundance of bunny-n-duckie patterns and outdated, overly-difficult instructions for embroidery.  Sublime Stitching introduces edgy embroidery design, all-in-one embroidery starter kits and entertaining, now-I-understand-it instructions to bring embroidery back to life for a new generation of needleworkers.

FOGBELT STUDIO – 18th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale – Dec 3rd, 4th, & 5th

November 4th, 2010
FOGBELT  STUDIO  Р18th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale
December 3  Fri Р  12noon to 8pm
December¬†4¬† Sat –¬†¬†10am to 6pm
December 5  Sun Р12noon to 6pm
Wonderful Handmade Works  by 28 artists / craftspeople
Free Entry-Refreshments-Door Prizes
2528 Р25th Avenue (Ulloa / Vicente)
San Francisco    415-244-8402
We have provided this listing on our Blog as a service to our fellow indie crafters and designers. This show is not affiliated to San Francisco Bazaar. BBSF Blog makes no guarantees or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of the information contained on this post. Please direct all questions using the contact information as listed on this blog post. DO NOT leave questions here on our blog as they will not be answered by the show organizers. See our Terms of Use section for more information.

10/17 – Co-op Designer Fair & Capsule Design Fair in Hayes Valley

October 16th, 2010

WHAT: RAG Co-op Designer Fair & Capsule Design Fair in Hayes Valley!

WHEN: This Sunday, October 17, 11 am-5 pm

WHERE: RAG Co-op — 541 Octavia St (between Hayes and Grove St. — San Francisco, CA 94102

WHO: 14 local designers on sidewalk in front (some new/some current hawking their wares- great deals, more merch- so stock up for the holidays!) and 80 designers in booths around the park in Hayes Valley for the Capsule Design Fair   www.capsulesf.com

Designers at RAG This Sunday:
Casa Murriguez  www.casamurriguez.com
Dark Heart  www.darkheartjewelry.com
Foat Design  www.foatdesign.com
Greenray   www.gogreenray.com
{LITTLE HUNTER} SAN FRANCISCO www.littlehuntersanfrancisco.com
Mad February
Maducca
Mahoohoo  see Mahoohoo on Etsy!
Maryann Milburn  www.maryannmilburn.com
The Brown Banana  www.thebrownbanana.com
Tidal Wear Jewelry   www.tidalwarejewelry.com
Vanessa Viray of Paragraph  see Paragraph on Yelp!
Velvet Otterhound   www.velvetotterhound.com
Yukako Ezoe/ Bahama Kangaroo  www.yukakoezoe.com

Second Annual FabMo Textile Art Boutique – Saturday, October 23, 2010- Menlo Park

October 11th, 2010

Second Annual FabMo Textile Art Boutique
Saturday, October 23, 2010  10 a.m. Р5 p.m.

Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park

Free admission with donations to FabMo gratefully accepted

FabMo is a Bay Area non-profit that collects discontinued high quality designer materials and makes them available free of charge to interested artists, teachers, crafters and makers of all things.¬† The FabMo Textile Art Boutique will showcase art and crafts handmade primarily from FabMo materials by over 40 local artisans.¬† It’s a great opportunity to get a “green” start on holiday shopping at a boutique that highlights the creative possibilities in materials that were destined for the landfill.¬† This year we have added a hands-on crafting area similar to our popular card-making table at Maker Faire.¬† See www.FabMo.org and www.facebook.com/FabMoTAB for more.¬† Contact us at fabmotab@gmail.com.

We have provided this listing on our Blog as a service to our fellow indie crafters and designers. This show is not affiliated to San Francisco Bazaar. BBSF Blog makes no guarantees or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of the information contained on this post. Please direct all questions using the contact information as listed on this blog post. DO NOT leave questions here on our blog as they will not be answered by the show organizers. See our Terms of Use section for more information.

Second Annual FabMo Textile Art Boutique

September 22nd, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010  10 a.m. Р5 p.m.

Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park

Free admission with donations to FabMo gratefully accepted

FabMo is a Bay Area non-profit that collects discontinued high quality designer materials and makes them available free of charge to interested individuals.¬† The FabMo Textile Art Boutique will showcase art and crafts handmade primarily from FabMo materials by over 40 local artisans.¬† It’s a great opportunity to get a “green” start on holiday shopping at a boutique that highlights the creative possibilities in materials that were destined for the landfill.¬† See www.FabMo.org for more.

We have provided this listing on our Blog as a service to our fellow indie crafters and designers. This show is not affiliated to San Francisco Bazaar. BBSF Blog makes no guarantees or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of the information contained on this post. Please direct all questions using the contact information as listed on this blog post. DO NOT leave questions here on our blog as they will not be answered by the show organizers. See our Terms of Use section for more information.

San Francisco Bazaar new ETSY street team

September 6th, 2010

San Francisco Bazaar has started a new ETSY street team in order to showcase the amazing products we make and sell and build some community.  Would you like to become a part of the team?  If you have participated in San Francisco Bazaar and want to become part of the ETSY team, email Kevin at Bugunderglass@mac.com with your ETSY shop name.

Kevin Clarke www.bugunderglass.com
A Green Certified Business

SFCB Presents Roadworks Street Fair – Potrero Hill

September 6th, 2010

You are invited to the 7th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Prints Street Fair! Using a three-ton construction steamroller and an unlikely letterpress bed‚ÄĒthe street‚ÄĒa team of artists and printers will print large-scale linoleum carved block prints. In addition to the steamroller printmaking centerpiece, there will be 80+ artists, vendors, and organizations presenting a bazaar of Ô¨Āne and affordable wares.

Roadworks Street Fair takes …place on Sunday, September 19, 2010 from 12-5pm. The fair takes over Rhode Island Street between 16th and 17th Streets, and is FREE, with donations accepted at the gate.

The three featured steamroller artists are Gary Brewer, Sarah Newton, and Rik Olson. Their three-foot by three-foot large-scale linoleum carvings will be printed by the steamroller in limited editions and will be available for purchase.

In addition to the three featured artists, eighteen artists, including Michael Wertz, John Hersey, Megan Adie, Jenny Robinson, Ward Stuhmiller, and Gail Wight, have been selected to design and carve one-foot square pieces of linoleum under the theme of ‚ÄúLoteria,‚ÄĚ to coincide with our current Austin / Burch Gallery exhibition, ‚ÄúLA Loteria: An Exploration of Identity.‚ÄĚ These prints will be available for sale at a forthcoming event in November. The final component of the steamroller printing is the ‚ÄúLittle Lino‚ÄĚ project, in which interested persons purchase one foot square pieces of linoleum, design and carve them, and have them printed by the steamroller at Roadworks.

Ongoing activities throughout the day include steamroller printing, ‚Äúlittle lino‚ÄĚ printing, children‚Äôs art corner, tours of the SFCB Austin/Burch Gallery and studios, free letterpress mini-workshop at the Center located at 300 De Haro near the corner of Rhode Island, live music, entertainment on stage, and food vendors

We have provided this listing on our Blog as a service to our fellow indie crafters and designers. This show is not affiliated to San Francisco Bazaar. BBSF Blog makes no guarantees or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of the information contained on this post. Please direct all questions using the contact information as listed on this blog post. DO NOT leave questions here on our blog as they will not be answered by the show organizers. See our Terms of Use section for more information

fiftyseven-thirtythree Grand Opening Party

April 27th, 2010

fiftyseven-thirtythree Grand Opening Party…

will be held on May 1st, 2010 (May Day) at very 1st store located on Piedmont Avenue between 41st & Linda.

We will be showcasing our line as well as Young Punks. First 50 guests to the party get free limited edition fiftyseven-thirtythree tees. Party starts at 7pm

Food & Drinks will be served. Beats by DJ Tibbs and Lankston

*** All in store purchases on Grand Opening Day will receive 25% off and Store will be open 12-6 and reopen at 7pm to late (510)547-5733

Handcrafted Publishing: a Conversation with SF Zine Fest Organizer Francois Vigneault

July 6th, 2009

This August 22nd and 23rd marks the ninth anniversary of one of the Bay Area’s most anticipated gatherings of small publishers and authors, the SF Zine Fest.¬† I particularly like the Zine Fest because it’s more laid-back and intimate than something like Comic-Con or A.P.E., and it really celebrates the connection between Zines and other crafts.¬† I wanted to share some info about this event with you, and about the world of small publishing in general, so I went straight to the source and asked Francois Vigneault, the organizer of the Zine Fest for the past four years.

For those of us who are unfamiliar with the event, what is the SF Zine Fest?

The Zine Fest is a free annual festival celebrating zines (i.e. small-press magazines and other publications covering almost every imaginable subject and format) and other creative works coming out of the DIY ethos. The SFZF has been in existence since 2001, when Jenn Starfiend founded it; I have been involved with the Fest for the last four years.

This year the Fest is on August 22 &23, at the San Francisco County Fair Building (the same spot the Holiday San Francisco Bazaar SF happens in), which is this adorable 70s-style building right in the middle of Golden Gate Park, it’s really beautiful!

Every year we have hundreds of creators and small-press publishers selling, trading, and otherwise sharing their work with the public. Additionally, we always run a pretty expansive slate of workshops and panels on everything from screenprinting to nature journaling, hopefully inspiring the attendees to try their hands at making their own zines, mini-comics, or other DIY creations.

Who might be interested in attending SFZF?

Well, the short answer is anybody! We’ve been growing every year, and now we bring together over one hundred zinesters, cartoonists, poets, crafters, printmakers, and other artists with an audience of well over 1000 attendees. Of course, anyone who’s ever been a fan of a zine or indy comic should definitely come; with our mix of zine stalwarts like John Marr (Murder Can Be Fun), new stars like Esther Pearl Watson (Unloveable), and totally unknown (but totally awesome) first-time creators, you’re sure to come across something that will rekindle your love of DIY expression. But it’s also a great show for anyone who’s just interested in checking out what’s going on artistically outside the purview of the mainstream.

What are some highlights we can expect at this year’s Zine Fest?

As the Zine Fest gets a bit bigger, one of the benefits is that more and more out-of-towners are coming to the show… This year we have a major contingent of creators and publishers from Portland, Oregon, coming in for the show: Theo Ellsworth, Sarah Oleksyk, Sparkplug Comics, Tugboat Press and others… I guess it’s a great excuse to visit San Francisco!

Another new thing for us this year is that our posters will be extra-fancy: Aaron Cohick of New Lights Press and Hello! Lucky will be letterpress printing our Special Guest Andy Hartzell’s awesome zine love-in design! We will be selling them at the Fest and online to help raise money for the show; they are going to be really, really nice.

Oh, and it looks like we will finally get our act together and have an official Zine Fest party this year! We’re still working out the details, but as soon as we’ve got it set in stone, we’ll announce it on our blog.

Where do you see the small publishing/zine movement in the Bay Area going today?  What has it been like historically?

It’s funny, I realized the other day that the Zine Fest started well after what’s considered the height of the zine trend of the nineties, and yet we still grow every year! So I definitely think that any rumors of self-publishing’s demise are greatly exaggerated. I find that in the Bay Area there is a robust artistic community at large, and there will always be new folks making little publications to express themselves. If you just walk into a zine-oriented shop like Needles & Pens or Rock Paper Scissors you’ll be faced with dozens of titles, from the autobiographical to the political.

San Francisco has a tremendous history of small-press publishing. Robert Crumb, Spain, and other underground cartoonists are almost as symbolic of the City in the 60s as bands like the Grateful Dead, and of course there are the Beats: Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s New Lights Press publishing Allen Ginsberg’s Howl in the 1950s, there were only 1000 copies in that first edition! Of course, there is so much more; the San Francisco Public Library has an amazing Little Maga/Zine Collection with over a thousand titles. Andrea Grimes, who runs the collection, participated in a roundtable discussion at the Zine Fest a few years ago; I’m hoping to have her give a talk on the history of zines at this year’s Fest.

What is the role of craft at the Zine Fest?

A definite trend that I have seen at the Zine Fest is the increasing level of handicraft which folks are putting into their zines, mini-comics, and other projects. It’s become much more common to see zines with screen-printed covers, elaborate bindings, and other embellishments. I think part of the trend can be tied into the rise of the blogosphere; now that there are so many venues to share one’s writing and artwork online, I see a proportional¬† emphasis in the DIY publishing world on the tangible nature of the zine as object, something which the creator has invested time and love in so that it could exist as a real thing rather than just clicking “publish” and it is instantly on the internet. Of course, some of our creators really take this to the extreme, and their art is in large part about the craft that goes into it; for instance, every year I am just blown away by what Tom Biby and Jonathan Fetter-Vrom of Two Fine Chaps come out with, like hand-cut pop-up diorama books!

We also always have a healthy showing from the broader craft community, from quilts to needle-felted monsters! Although our emphasis will always be on zines and self-publishing, we love to see creative types from other disciplines at the Fest, there is so much overlap between all these different crafty interests.

What advice can you give to people who would like to start small-/self-publishing?

The great thing is that it is a really easy field to try out! There are really no rules in regards to a zine’s content, format, theme, or even quality; everyone can and should make a least one in their lifetime. I personally feel it’s hard to go wrong if you just try and document some aspect of life which you find interesting, even if it seems silly at first. For instance, I’m a bird watcher, and I have a zine I’m bringing out for the Fest that’s called Bird Brain, it’s all the notes and sketches I make while I’m out doing that. It’s not like I’m going to necessarily have anything new to say about the barn swallows and great horned owls I’ve seen, but I think there will be some interest for people in just seeing my point of view on something I care about.

What are your hopes for the Zine Fest and small publishing in the future?

It’s funny, but I think the economic downturn will be good for the world of self-publishing and small press in some ways. During the recent boom, lots of great creators from the small-press world were (deservedly) getting publishing deals for their work in the mainstream press. Now that the economy is in rough shape, a lot of those folks are having their series canceled, unfortunately. But these creators still want to make their art, happily, so I foresee a return to self-publishing for them. It’s a really welcoming place!

As far as the Zine Fest, I basically just want to connect as many creators with the largest public that I can, and hopefully facilitate the development of new artists, too. I’d like to run more workshops; I love to see folks realize that they can express themselves through art and craft, from screen printing and bookbinding to illustration and writing. Everyone’s got a story to tell!

Photos: 1. SFZF 2009 Poster РArt by Andy Hartzell 2. Nicole Bennet from Family Style Jamboree zine.  3. Some of the many titles which have been featured in years past.  4. John Isaacson teaching a Zine Fest 2008

attendee about silk screening.  5.  L-R, Renée French (Micrographica) and Trevor Alixopulos

(Hot Breath of War).

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