CALL TO ARTISTS: 2018 Craftland Holiday Extravaganza!! August 27, 2018 16:45

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Do you know Craftland’s origin story? Before Craftland became the year-round colorful craft bonanza you know & love, it was a wee little holiday pop-up shop. That was all the way back in 2002. We’ve grown up from a wiggly baby into a sassy teen, but the holiday season is just part of who we are, deep down in our bones. Our DNA is made of tinsel!

We want you to join our story, so we’re so excited to announce…

The artist application for the CRAFTLAND HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA is now open! Hoorah!! We’re looking for 50 new artists to join us this year, so if you’re crafty & creative and you have something to put out there, we want to hear from you!

Craftland’s Holiday Extravaganza is celebrated from mid-November right through the end of 2018, with a swingin’ kick-off party on November 24th. It’s always super exciting time of year for us, and we just love being showcase so much incredible work, talent, and creativity from our little corner of the universe. Craftland shows incredible work by EVERYBODY -- from teens to grandparents; from fresh-faced newcomers to seasoned professionals; from illustrators to photographers, woodworkers to knitters, soapmakers to jewellers, and everything in between. You’ll fit right in!

So why should you apply to the Craftland Show, you ask? First of all, everyone who works at Craftland is a creator in some way or another, so you can trust that we know and honor all of the love and attention that goes into your work. Secondly: Location, location, location! Craftland is located in the heart of bustling Downcity Providence, which means your work will get in front of hundreds -- nay, thousands!! -- of eager holiday shoppers. Another good reason? We understand how important it is to know when you’ll get paid, and we’re always super diligent in making sure our artists get paid on schedule.

Excited yet? I know it SEEMS early, but we’ll be hearing Jingle Bells before you know it. So don’t dawdle -- APPLY TODAY! The application deadline is September 15th, so get going!

Oh, and don’t forget to share this news on social media with your friends who make cool stuff!

We are super excited to see all the fantastic things you can do!

Ready to apply? GO HERE!

Intrigued, but want more info? GO HERE INSTEAD!

Artist Interview: Lovegrass Studio August 06, 2018 22:32

Craftland is excited to introduce you to Vicky Rabinowicz Katzman, the New Jersey-based artist behind Lovegrass Studio! We proudly carry Vicky’s cards. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

What is the source of your inspiration?

Nature - plants, animals and everything in between, with a special love and focus on my nature collection. Also, objects that hold meaning for me, spirituality and symbols. This translates to; a handful of seed pods I’ve collected on a hike; a buddha sculpture from my backpacking voyage through Asia; Rainbows and hamsas and birds.

What is your preferred medium, and why?

Cut paper with pen - it's light and portable so I can bring it wherever I go. Plus, I love the bold, graphic results.

What do you find to be the most challenging and rewarding part of owning your own business/creative career?

It’s weird, but narrowing down ideas and picking just one is challenging for me. Also, once I DO pick an idea and start it, all the other ideas CONTINUALLY CALL for my attention. I’d block them out if I could, but they’re INSIDE MY HEAD! and there’s no off switch… So another challenge for me is to stick with the project I’ve started and see it to completion.

The most rewarding part of having my own creative business is the flipside, complete creative freedom!

Is there another art form, material, or element you are interested in working with or incorporating your designs in the future?

I try not to let my mind go there, but yes, silkscreen has been calling my name.

What do you think makes your process and product stand out?

My limitations. Most artists use lots of color, right? Color is like the BEST tool in the toolbox - it’s gorgeous, emotional, alluring - why NOT use it? Me? As much as I’ve tried over the years, I’ve never been able to get a grip on color. I can juggle up to three at a time, but ideally, I like to stick with just one. Black is my go-to. I’ve come to accept my limitations and now embrace an extremely limited color palette. This helps give my work it’s graphic impact, which in turn, makes it stand out.