Greetings everyone! I’ve been pleasantly busy with new projects, and today I get a chance to catch up on blogging. It seems as though Show and Tell Friday is long overdue. Here are a few artists and writers I’ve encountered among my travels:
Etsy is an online marketplace for independent artists of handmade goods. Their mission statement reads: “Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers.”
Mission accomplished. This holiday season I had a chance to purchase through Etsy for the first time, and had a lovely experience. I was able to connect personally with each creator via the “Conversation” or “Convo” tool which sends instant messages between customer and artist. I purchased items from the following independent artists:
Flo designs jewelry and other small goods, including friendship bracelets! Like many Etsy artists, she even accepts custom orders (thanks Flo)!
Lupe designs jewelry which positively glows, and she also writes an inviting art blog, Handmade Garden.
Colleen’s work is 100% funky. She creates jewelry and knick-knacks with genuine retro flare.
Also on Etsy:
Vaeda Baty – Fine Art Photography is a luminescent offering. Her work emphasizes organic forms, and her compositions possess a soft aura.
Dana Lynn Driscoll and family own the Artistic Journeys Etsy shop. Dana’s creation The Tree Tarot is a new tarot deck-in-progress which can be seen at the Artistic Journeys blog. The Driscoll family also makes jewelry, purses, and other crafts.
Eric Keast (whom we’ve interviewed at Brainripples) is his usual busy self, as evidenced by his work on Bingorage. He has a Bingorage shop on CaféPress. Check out his gorgeous coral earrings (up for auction on Ebay). Keast has even generously offered a little “Coral Stitch How-To” for others to enjoy!
You may recall Francine M. Tolf from previous reviews at Brainripples of the Apple Valley Review. Tolf wrote the essay Viola Pruessner, and recently published The Summer Before Eighth Grade in the current issue of Toasted Cheese. And if you can believe it, I still haven’t had a chance to read it! Take a look and let us know what you think.
I am a member of Pennwriters, a non-profit group for writers based in Pennsylvania. I think the best part about Pennwriters is meeting different writers: this month I discovered Barbara Purbaugh. Barbara published an article in the monthly Penn Writer which invited other Pennsylvania poets to get in touch. Barbara is a member of the Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop which meets the third Thursday of every month, at 6:00 pm at Laurel Arts in Somerset, PA.
In fact, The Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop in Somerset is hosting Poetry Readings on these dates from 7-9pm: Sat, April 12, 2008, Sat., June 7, 2008, Sat., August 2, 2008, Sat., October 4, 2008.
Check out Barbara Purbaugh’s website for more details and upcoming events.
Also: the Philaldelphia area writers’ critique group is meeting regularly at its new location at the Valley Fair Barnes and Noble. New members are always welcome! Check out the critique group page here at Brainripples to learn more!
And in other news..
If you’re in the dancing mood, visit Arboreality to view a YouTube video preview of Biome, Capacitor’s newest dance video, shot in Costa Rica’s Monteverdi rainforest. Capacitor is an interdisciplinary dance company based in San Francisco which works with the scientific community to compose dance. Biome is positively vibrant!
And finally, here is a handful of literary journal’s I’ve discovered while browsing in recent weeks. One of my goals this year is to make more time to resume submitting my poetry and creative writing. I’ll be sure to update you on my progress in the Spring!
Have a great weekend folks!