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Crowd Supply: Your product, from proposals to purchases

Posted by Melissa Massello April 25, 2013 11:00 AM
crowd-supply-homepage.jpg When it comes to crowdfunding, there's no shortage of online options these days. But Crowd Supply, started by MIT alums, is about more than just raising capital. From proposal to purchase, this platform takes makers through the process and delivers them real customers. FULL ENTRY

Maker Moment: An interview with jewelry designer Andrea Williams

Posted by Melissa Massello April 20, 2013 09:00 AM
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Photo: Mark Craig

As a hearty New Englander, Andrea Williams grew up learning the names of plants and animals native to the Maine shores. Her inlaid stone and metalwork jewelry is grounded and breathtaking, like that Atlantic coast. Her line, Bound Earth, is based in her belief that jewelry isn't just a status symbol to raise us up, but can instead bring us closer to nature, the place where the materials come from. Check it out in person at CraftBoston today and tomorrow.

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Maker Moment: An interview with potter Hannah Niswonger

Posted by Melissa Massello April 19, 2013 09:00 AM

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Covered with bright colors, playful patterns, and images of fauna of all types, you can't help but feel happy when looking at Hannah Niswonger's pottery. Born into a family of printmakers, quilters, knitters, and painters, it's no wonder the joy of craft comes through in Hannah's work. We caught up with the Winchester resident for an interview before today's CraftBoston show opens:

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Maker Moment: An interview with fashion designer Teresa Crowninshield

Posted by Melissa Massello April 18, 2013 12:00 PM
maker-moment-teresa-coats.jpg Teresa Crowninshield's collection of elegant coats and jackets are confections of cashmere and silk, just begging to be touched. A craft born from visiting China's silk markets, Teresa's pieces impress — even in presidential company. Before you try them on at CraftBoston this weekend, read up about Crown Coats: FULL ENTRY

Maker Moment: An interview with jewelry designer Lauren Passenti

Posted by Melissa Massello April 17, 2013 12:00 PM
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Mass Art grad Lauren Passenti has a bit of a dark side. At least her jewelry does. Striking a balance between industrial decay and the natural world, Lauren's pieces are crafted of materials some might call strange, like coral, horse hair, and fur, and antlers. Even the jewel-like quartz is rough. Her pieces are tough yet elegant — you can check them out in person at CraftBoston this weekend:

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Maker Moment: An interview with lighting designer Chris Osborne

Posted by Melissa Massello April 16, 2013 12:00 PM
maker-moment-chris-osborne-steampunk-lighting.jpg Chris Osborne of City Lights acquires and refurbishes beautiful antique and Art Deco lighting. Though he also spends some time channeling Dr. Frankenstein, using vintage fixtures from the early 20th century as a starting point for his fascinating steampunk creations. Chris's Diabolical Boxes and other pieces that would be perfectly at home in a Jules Verne story will be on display at this weekend's CraftBoston show. FULL ENTRY

Maker Moment: An interview with upcycled fashion designer Nicole Deponte

Posted by Melissa Massello April 15, 2013 10:20 AM

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Photo: courtesy of Nicole Deponte


Known by many a hip, young Boston fashion lover by her iconic upcycled silk neck tie creations, Massachusetts native and Mass Art alumna Nicole Deponte returns to Boston for her second spring to exhibit at the Craft Boston market this week — with a new couture line, new offerings for men, and an excitement about where the local maker movement is going.

In this second installment of our Maker Moment series with Massachusetts artists showing at Craft Boston this week, we caught up with this cool emerging designer amidst the madness of packing up her studio for the show.

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Maker Moment: An interview with potter Nicole Aquillano

Posted by Melissa Massello April 11, 2013 02:00 PM
maker-monent-nicole-aquillano-pottery1.jpg Raised in Pittsburgh, educated at RISD, and now residing in Fort Point, potter Nicole Aquillano is our first in a series of Maker Moments with artists and craftspeople exhibiting at this month's CraftBoston Spring show. A former civil engineer, she turns architectural sketches into ethereal imagery on her ceramic and porcelain mugs and vases. Find out what this (soon-to-be) six-time marathon runner has to say in response to our ten questions: FULL ENTRY

Indulge your farm fantasies at the 26th Annual Sheepshearing Festival

Posted by Melissa Massello April 9, 2013 12:30 PM

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Photo: courtesy of Gore Place

Ever daydream about the days of yore and (what must have been, right?) the simplicity of life on an historic New England farm? Ah, the honest joys of waking at the break of dawn, gazing out on your wide expanse of land filled with a sense of pride, giving your adopted dog an actual job to do, growing your own food, making your own clothes, hammering out the frustrations of the world in a barn workshop...

This month, indulge those farm fantasies and see what rural life is really all about by spending the day at Gore Place in Waltham for the 26th Annual Sheepshearing Festival. on April 27th.

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5 minute DIY: Wine cork stamps

Posted by Melissa Massello April 4, 2013 12:00 PM
5-minute-diy-cork-stamp-shoestring.jpg Cork crafts are all over Pinterest (even on our DIY Boston board) but this easy 5-minute DIY is our favorite because it doesn't require hoarding wine corks for months and months (who has the time and room for that?). All you need is one to make a super cute, super personalized stamp. So pour yourself some Pinot and save that cork! FULL ENTRY

Sew cheap: Grab Vickie Howell's knitting e-book for $1.99

Posted by Melissa Massello April 3, 2013 12:00 PM
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Chronicle Books

If yesterdays's roundup of stitch-focused Saturday sessions has got your crafty fingers itching, here's a deal for you. DIY maven Vickie Howell's latest book, Step It Up Knits, is available on Kindle for only $1.99.

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Six early April classes to get your stitch on

Posted by Melissa Massello April 2, 2013 02:00 PM

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School vacation might be right around the corner, but this week it's time for the grownups to go back to class with six crafting events sure to help get your stitch on and shake the winter doldrums right out of your sewing machine.

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No yard, no problem! Homesteading's latest trend: Bathtub chickens

Posted by Melissa Massello April 1, 2013 11:00 AM
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Nancy Dobrinski via MyPetChicken

As urban homesteading gains in popularity, more and more people are taking part and innovating. Not all of us urbanites have the luxury of outdoor space, but we can grow window and container gardens, and even compost. Though homegrown living favors those with yards, apartment dwellers can now experience the joy of keeping chickens. Even if you don't have Bob Craft's yard, you can roost your own hens in a 5th floor apartment, as long as you have a bathtub. FULL ENTRY

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