Friday, October 2, 2015

Call to Artists - Homemade Harvest 2015

Every second Saturday in November, for almost 10 years, I've created a Homemade Harvest in my home for others to enjoy.
A Crafty Arab Call to Artists - Homemade Harvest 2015

What is Homemade Harvest you ask?

Homemade Harvest is a celebration of the handcrafted goodness generated by artists in the Seattle area.

I clear out all the furnishings in my living room and invite artists to come share their products with the consumer directly. And, other then a small amount to share the cost of the provided food, every artist gets to keep every dime they make.

No commission fees.
No table fees
No forms.

Just like when craft fairs started. Between friends.

I then invite every person I know (yes, I do actually carry flyers for two months) to come and support these talented vendors that use their hands to make art.

In the past, we have had felted carrots, soap, ornaments, glass bowls, ceramics, lotion, cake pops, earrings, calendars, scarves, cookies, notebooks, socks, crayon holders, and a kitchen sink. I have had Christmas stockings, menorahs, and Eid cards all in one location, plus things for men, cats, and the perfect hostess gift every time.

This year's event has been set for November 14th and I've just put out the call to Homemade Harvest's past artists.

Some have already said they'd love to come back, some have moved on.

If you are an artist and have ONLY handmade (please this is important) items feel free to contact me for details on how to to be a part of this year's show.  Send me some links to an online shop or your IG account so I can make sure you are a good fit. My email is ACraftyArab at gmail.

If you know of an artist that makes ONLY handmade (yup still top priority) items, feel free to pass this on to them.

If you'd like to come and support ONLY handmade art and ask real live artists direct questions, like "is this acrylic?" or "what is your favorite fruit?", let me know and I'll send you my address to come by on the second Saturday in November from 12-6. Once you get close, you'll see the balloons.

No need to knock, just come on in to support your local handcrafting artists.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mr. Galabeya Goes to the CD

Two years ago, I created a Mr. Galabeya Card Tutorial while I was teaching Arabic art to students at the Startalk Language Camp.

Once the camp was over, I printed out the instructions and created card kits. These kits included a colorful blank card, envelope, three cutouts and step by step details. All that was needed was a pen and glue. These kits were listed in my Zibbet shop and I would often take them to events to sell.
A Crafty Arab's Mr. Galabeya Goes to the CD

Recently I discovered that my friend Esther Ervin was creating a Little Art Supply Depot to install in the Seattle Central District. Her artwork was to be part of the City of Seattle's Art Interruptions series. These art instillation will offer ephemeral moments of surprise and reflection in the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway from September 4, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Ervin will create a "Little Art Supply Depot" modeled after Little Free Libraries, Ervin's installation will be stocked with small packages of miscellaneous art supplies for people to take and use. Participants will be invited to post photos of their creations via social media and art supply donations will be encouraged. Supplies will be maintained and stocked by the artist.

Ervin was an Artist in Residence at Pratt Fine Arts Center and the James W. Washington Foundation. Her art includes mixed media work and jewelry. We meet many years ago while attending the Washington Arts Alliance Foundation's Cultural Congress. We recently both exhibited at a Onyx Fine Arts Collective group show.

I really wanted to be involved in her project and contacted her to see if she would like some Mr. Galabeya Card Kits for her Depot.  I'm excited to say that she has agreed.

If you do find yourself near the Little Art Supply Depot and do take home a Mr. Galabeya to make, please send me a photo! I'll post them below or on IG as they come in.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Crafty Arab will no longer be at Ventures

This afternoon I went to a meeting with a product specialist of one of my main brick and mortar stores, Ventures, in Pike Place Market.

I had just bought 3 Scrabble boards the previous week and planned on dropping off some newly made tile earrings at the store shortly after.

A Crafty Arab Scrabble supplies

I began selling earrings and other handmade items with Ventures after completing their Business Development Training winter 2010 classes. Theses classes were instrumental in launching the Arabic Alphabet Animal Poster. Since then, this store and staff has been extremely helpful by providing me with lawyer assistance, product development, and realizing when it's time to let go of inventory logistical nightmares and hire an accountant. I even started selling at their SeaTac airport store.

I had assumed our meeting was to analyze the 100 items sold in their store last month.


I was told that because my husband made too much money at his job, I did not fit into their new incubator system that focuses solely on growing low income entrepreneurs. My items could remain in the store if I choose to finish out the year.

I'm sad that the store that started it all is pulling the plug. But I have to look on the bright side and think that maybe God sometimes closes the door but opens a window.

I've already been to Pike Place and gotten a directory to decide on other locations I want to sell because my sarcastic cards, barrettes, I Heart Seattle pins, and earrings seem to do very well with the tourist market.

A Crafty Arab I Heart Seattle and Seattle Map pins

Wish me luck and if you have any leads on stores that might be a good fit for my items, plus some newly made Scrabble earrings, let me know.

A Crafty Arab Scrabble tile earrings in the making
A Crafty Arab Scrabble tile earrings ready to go to your favorite shop

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