Friday, November 23, 2012

Second Storie Indie Market: TOMORROW!

Hello poor neglected blog..

I can't believe how long it has been. Much has happened in the past year. I went back to school (yes again) to work on getting certified  for K-12 art education while still teaching as an adjunct, doing the indie craft circuit, working for my Dad, trying to kick start myself back into curating and a handful of other odd jobs. I'm not good at saying no to things.

Right now though. I'm gearing up for tomorrow's return of:


art + craft + food trucks

Handmade goods of all kinds for everyone 
on your list PLUS your favorite food truck vendors!

Visual Studies Workshop Auditorium
31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 

Second Storie has always been one of my absolute favorite holiday markets. The combination of the amazing vendors combined with the cozy atmosphere they provide makes for an event that feels a lot like a family reunion. 

I'll be there with all sorts of new items (and a few old favorites!) hope to see you there!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Buffalo Book Fair

I've become a terrible blogger.

In the last year I've only posted about 5 times. Sigh, I suppose this is what happens when you decide to go back to school part-time and still try to work as many jobs as you did before. But fear not friends, Crude Crafts not only still exists but is still a production machine!

This Saturday, July 28th I hope you will stop by The Western New York Book Arts Center  Buffalo BookFest!

What: A FREE day-long festival dedicated to printmaking and the book arts. The festival will feature an artists’ market and a complete schedule of outdoor adult and kid-friendly hands-on demonstrations of the book arts, including steamroller printmaking!

Who: Me, along with some of WNY's best and brightest - I'm excited to be in such remarkable company!

Where: Western New York Book Arts Center - 468 Washington Street in downtown Buffalo,  
When: 10am until 5pm on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Why:  Because you heart handmade!

This will be WNYBAC’s largest event yet and is free and open to the public.

I'll be there with all sorts of new things, hope you can stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

(re)threads: Opens THIS Friday!

(r e ) t h r e a d s

Lily Booth
Elizabeth Emery
Joetta Maue
Elizabeth Switzer

April 6 - April 30, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6 from 5:30-7:30.
Curator's Talk @ 5:45
Houghton Gallery at 171 Cedar Arts in Corning, NY.

For the first time in years I am a curator yet again. I've been working on this project for a number of years and am thrilled to finally get to see it realized. The artists represented are some of my personal favorites that I am proud to call my friends. 

From my curatorial statement:
"The first and second wave feminist art movement left many artists with a fear of domestic or “feminine” materials, use of such things rendered ones work “essentialist” and therefore, irrelevant.
Working now in the post-MTV turned DIY generation, Lily Booth, Joetta Maue and Elizabeth Switzer make use of found fabrics and embroidery, while Elizabeth Emery uses found fabrics, which are then cast and bound. These artists enter into dialog with previous generations by making use of similar materials and, in the case of Booth, Switzer and Maue, using materials previously worked by another woman’s hands.
Histories of individual needlework and the more general history of women’s craft are the underlying theme of this exhibition. The materials used for these works were found – something already created for a different purpose and discarded, before being re-purposed.
These activities; sewing, embroidering, crocheting, and knitting, once meant to keep a woman’s hands busy are now used to tell intimate stories, chosen over the overtly political collective messages of previous generations. These entirely inefficient practices show the presence of the artist’s hand- a response to an overly slick, glossy, and mass-produced culture."

The gallery is located at 171 Cedar St., Corning.

For more information, call 607-936-4647.

Hope to see you there!