Thursday, November 20, 2014

Goodbye Arab Artists Resouces & Training

As my A Crafty Arab business has grown (Alhamdulillah), I'm finding myself with less and less time to do other pet projects of mine.

One that has fallen off the waste side has been Arab Artists Resources and Training. I started this non-profit organization back in June of 2001 as a way to connect Arab artists with museums and galleries.  I received a substantial grant from the New York Ford Foundation and Doha Qatar Foundation to publish a resource guide of Arab artists around the globe.

Then along came the internet.

Suddenly no one wanted to buy a physical book, everything moved online.  I spent months putting all the information on the world wide web for free.  I even added a database of grants and job opportunities available to Arab artists.

But I just couldn't keep up with this project, my master's degree, starting a family of three girls and now my full time business.  So, after two attempts at hiring web companies to keep the website spam free, I've decided to throw in the towel.

I'll try my best to add the database to my Pinterest boards, this one for painters and sculptors, one for writers, and this one for entertainers. If you think of others, let me know.

I hope you all wish me luck in mailing my last tax forms to the IRS.  I've decided to send a little joy by adding Eid sheep tape on the back.
Goodbye Arab Artists Resources & Training
All monies from AART is being sent to other nonprofit organizations doing good in our world.  More details about this later with everything is confirmed.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Homemade Harvest 2014

Shukran (Arabic for Thank You) for everyone that came out to the Homemade Harvest 2014 last Saturday.
Homemade Harvest 2014

For the second year in a row, attendance was through the roof. I wrote close to 50 Thank You cards this year to the people that came.  I felt blessed to write each one.  I am grateful to all those that came to support the handmade community.

Just a reminder, except for a small percentage taken out to help pitch in to pay for the food and a few other small things, the artists you talked to on Saturday received all the money for their hard earned work.

Make sure to continue to support these artists:
Scarf City

Thea Starr

Navanka Creation

Blue Heron Dye Artwork

Sculpture Soap

Holli Dunn
To support handmade artists like these in the future, make sure you put November 14th, 2015 on your calendar now.

Thank you to our artists this year:
Blue Heron Dye Artwork
Holli Dunn
Navanka Creations
Scarf City
Sculpture Soap
Thea Starr

Please continue to support them! And if you want to see more amazing handmade artists, be sure to visit Zibbet and stop by my shop. :)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Homemade Harvest 2014 Artist - Thea Starr

Homemade Harvest 2014 is tomorrow.

If you are a returning guest, you might recognize today's artist, Thea Starr, from last year.  She'll be bringing some new products and you'll want to see them in person to believe how gorgeous they are!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm a native Washingtonian - born and raised on Whidbey Island. I've been a "mainlander" for almost 16 years and I am still getting used it. Apart from being ‘creative’ what do you do? My whole life is one big creative whirlwind. I run two businesses out of my home studio. I also raise an assortment of my six children from my blended family in said home. My eldest is a sophomore in college so I'm slowly turning them out. It's always entertaining and messy as you can imagine.

What inspires you to do the kind of work you do?
I am inspired to give old fabrics new lives and share a bit of my ancestor's heritage with others. We live in such an amazing diverse community I love embracing the melting pot we live in.

Do you look up to anyone? Who? Why?
It's completely cliche' but I've long been on Team Martha Stewart. That's all that needs to be said, that woman is an amazing business woman. #martha

What other passions do you have in your life?
I love keeping my organic vegetable garden. I managed to grow my own sugar pumpkins this year. I don't have time for much these days as I've recently started a new home decor business. 6 by 6 Arts, LLC - John Bronleewe and Thea Starr. Laser cut goods made in the Pacific Northwest. Laser services - cutting, engraving, readymade and custom design.

How do you promote your work?
Over the years most of my business has been from word of mouth.

In the future I’d like to be…
An old granny harassing my children and leaving empty food wrappers in THEIR cars.

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