Saturday, February 24, 2018

midwest craft con!

the weekend of february 15-17 i attended my first midwest craft con and i was completely blown away! set in columbus ohio again, this was the third year for the con, and i've debated each year whether to go or not. this year i was invited to go and  help my friends at craft-a-way camp with their hands-on learning sessions and help promote camp and i immediately said YES! it was a seriously magical weekend. over 200 crafters were there, and the word is that it was the best con yet! here is there sweet little wrap-up.

amy, katie and i set up the camp tent with all the pom poms and camp relics we could, and it really did look and feel just like camp. with camp vibes pouring through the yarn, fellow campers who were present that weekend would pop in to check-in and recharge in our little camp away from home. it was really nice to share camp with others who knew nothing of it - perhaps we'll see some new faces or inspire others to create their own craft oasis with friends.
before the con started i hopped on a crafty caravan and toured local spots, including wholly craft, modern surprise party, blockfort gallery and studios, and a sweet tiki bar. blockfort is such a nice space! we popped into allison's rose's awesome studio and screen printed koozies with gemma correll's design for con. her space was so organized and visually appealing i was practically drooling. i mean, look at those VHS tapes?!
we spent three solid days attending learning sessions of our choice. a plethora of inspirational crafty business ladies shared insight on social media, PR, alternate revenue streams, copyright, quitting your day job, kickstarter, retail, taxes, craftivism (with betsy greer!), and more. on top of all that were three major keynotes! gemma correll, vickie howell, and the crafty chica herself kathy cano-murillo gave amazing talks that were funny, inspirational, heartfelt, on-point, and all unique to their own vibrant personalities and individual business and career paths.

throughout the con we were also able to attend DIY sessions and work on embroidery, shibori, macrame, journal making, dog drawing, and painted bangle bracelets, so it was a healthy blend of learning and playing. when we weren't doing that we were on an evening craft crawl, watching wild karaoke, messing with google eyes, hanging in the camp tent, and other such shenanigans.
it being a conference in ohio in the midwest, there were plenty of folks from ohio, as well as folks coming from california, iowa, pennsylvania, alaska, new york, tennessee, and berlin! there was a nice crew of crafters front the detroit area as well, and it was great to connect with them all weekend! here's a pic of us right after crafty chica's keynote and before we left the con. we all left slap-happy with ideas, inspiration and love for this craft community!
this year the organizers made the decision to make the conference biannual, so if you were thinking about going, put february 2020 on your calendar! it really is something crafters should experience at some point. i want to thank grace, megan and brit for putting on such a great con. i haven't participated in any shows in ohio, so it was my first time meeting these kick-ass ladies, and it was an absolute pleasure. 

fist pumps for pom poms! 


Friday, February 02, 2018

fighting the winter blues

by attending a 48 hour slumber party for crafty feminists! where i spent the weekend making x-files themed crafts, because, well, season 11 is alive and happening! yes, that is a red speedo ;) you're welcome.

it was a fabulous weekend of spending time with friends while crafting, eating, drinking, crafting, laughing, petting the dog, watching amy sedaris, crafting, drinking, eating, petting the dog, and laughing some more. i am so grateful for this lil bizz of mine and all the wonderful friends and quality shenanigans it has brought to my life.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

holiday craft fairs!

winter craft fairs have come and gone! as have the holidays. the past few months have been a whirlwind! i'm still catching up around here. i had an amazing time at DUCF and DIYpsi this year, as always. i'm telling you, the folks that make up the midwest craft scene are the all-around best, and every year i ask myself, "how do i get to know these people?" because it's an absolute privilege to be included in this basket with these amazing human beings. i'm close friends with many of these makers and see several year-round. but at these winter shows, it's like a family reunion where you get to see and high five and drink beers with all the rest that come from all over to peddle crafts in a basement or in the largest masonic temple in the world. these are my people. there is a magic in the air as we're slap-happy and exhausted, slanging crafts, making jokes, and covering each others tables as we try to run to the bathroom.

i'm currently smiling ear to ear with tears in my eyes thinking about everything. dang argyle isn't my main job. i do this for fun, and to be in this amazing community, and for the creative outlet. sure, it's hard to do it all, but i wouldn't change anything. i just did my 12th DUCF -- that's crazy! how have i been doing this this long? it's pretty much all i know at this point.

in 2018 i look forward to plenty more of this craft life, which includes attending my first midwest craft con, crafty sleepovers, craft-a-way camp, kayaking excursions, brunches, and another year of no sleep til DUCF.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

investigating letterpress

this fall i started dabbling in letterpress at work, and i had the chance to visit wolverine press in ann arbor. it is such a magical space! the beautiful type and old machinery everywhere had my senses in overload and i was super inspired to make. not just letterpress design, but make in general.

i love the history of this art form. the organization. i even like how there are so many tools with names, and how long the process of setting type takes. i usually like projects with quick outcomes, but there is something meditative about this process that i'm looking forward to exploring more of.

Monday, July 24, 2017

summer show time!

poster designed by the amazing nicole ray of sloe gin fizz
you'll find dang argyle with some freshly printed goods at the DIYpsi summer festival coming up august 5-6! this show is always a blast, and i look forward to doing a warm-weather show for a change!

Monday, July 17, 2017

craft-a-way camp!

photo by amy cronkite
craft-a-way camp is one of my favorite weekends of the year. this was the 4th year for it and this year knocked it outta the park! the workshops were amazing, the people, the food, the pom poms!

amy and ethan of small craft do an amazing job of fostering creativity within a community. their passion is infectious. they've been doing it for years in various formats, and craft-a-way camp has become their 3rd child. and let me tell you, they are great parents! donned with new hand-crafted whistles, tie dye shirts and kick-ass truckers caps, they lead the way and kept us on track and off track in the most unbelievable way possible. we have created a wonderful crew of campers who share that age-old camp bond that sticks with you forever. make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver, the other gold.

this was my 4th time going to camp and my first year teaching a workshop. i taught sashiko embroidery to 28 eager campers, and it was fun. when teaching anything its always great to see how students interpret the skill and add their own flair to it. (austin's garfield! katie's big dipper!)

for two straight days we crafted away, opting to snack along the way rather than break for meals. workshops were also lead by amy cronkite, marcy davy, katie bramlage, katie whitehouse, and val willer. we screen printed a pre-tie-dyed shirt, made sun printed candles, faux feathers, ceramic talismans, morse code necklaces, a bonus ceramic necklace, and pom pom hangings.

crafting by day
crafting by night
we crafted, laughed, and enjoyed a vegan potluck. we wrapped yarn balls in a self-created lounge with handmade twig chandeliers, crafted in the dark til midnight, had a sweet campfire sing-a-long (feat. Violin, guitar, keyboard!) to some madonna, prince and bowie. we ran with sparklers, did yoga, and we gave each other some sincere looks.

it was blissful and amazing beyond words. and have i mentioned how the weather was perfect? it was.

read these amazing words if you want to read the official camp recap by small craft and then cry your eyes out like i did.