Sunday, April 27, 2014

Academy of Handmade Awards Show 2014: Best Artist in Wood


I feel extremely honored for getting nominated for Best Artist in Wood at the Academy of Handmade Award Show 2014. I was really blown away with the whole evening, it was such an amazing experience. Just when I thought things couldn't get any better they announced that I had won for the Best Artist in Wood category! 


I felt like I was at the Oscars, they had rolled out the red carpet and everything. I was interviewed by Nichole Longstreath from the Wardrobe Code, just a few minutes before the awards announcements started. I'll admit I was little nervous, but I think I did ok. 


It was nice to put down the sander and woodworking tools and get dressed up for the evening. I was definitely happy just to mingle with all the other super talented artist and crafters that attended the event. 


And the Winner is…. Lindsay Zuelich of Wood Brian.  I really wasn't prepared to give a speech, but I winged it. I'd like to thank the Academy...


I can't say it enough, I'm so honored to win this award. It's really given me a boost and now I want to take my business to the next level. I've really learned a lot about running my small business in the last three years and I'm so thankful for the help and support that I've received from all the crafters that I've met along the way.  The award itself is in fact hand made, embrodiored and it came with a jammed packed goodie bag. I'm really looking forward to hanging up my award in my shop, can't wait!


The Academy of Handmade Artists and Supporters are such talented and giving individuals. They have created a community of artist and crafters that is just unparalleled.  If you are thinking about getting involved and want to become a member its definite worth it!  START APPLICATION PROCESS HERE

I'm already looking forward to the Academy of Handmade Awards Show 2015.

MEMBERSHIP PROCESS

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Membership is open to anyone who is professionally involved in the handmade economy, either as an artist or supporter (more than a fan, but someone who is a resource to make handmade business possible). Because the Academy exists to strengthen handmade businesses, hobbyists, fans, consumers, fine artists and designers who do not handmake are not permitted to join but are encouraged to participate in events and activities open to non-members. When we say "handmade," we primarily think of those arts which have typically been considered "craft" vs. art or design. Your hands should touch what you make or your business should support others who do (such as a graphic designer). 

MEMBER BENEFITS

Wondering what your membership dues get you? Here is a partial list:
  • MENTORSHIP FROM ACADEMY OF HANDMADE SENIOR MEMBERS

  • ADVICE AND ENCOURAGEMENT THROUGH THE EXCLUSIVE FACEBOOK GROUP

  • LOCAL GUIDES WHERE MEMBERS CAN LIST WHERE THEY ARE SOLD AND WHAT THEY SELL (COMING IN LATE 2014)

  • MEMBER RESOURCE DIRECTORY LISTING THE AREAS OF EXPERTISE OF EACH MEMBER FOR OTHER MEMBERS TO CALL ON WHEN THEY HAVE QUESTIONS (COMING IN SUMMER 2014)

  • MEMBERSHIP BADGE THAT CAN BE DISPLAYED ON YOUR DIGITAL MEDIA OUTLETS AND A FABRIC BADGE THAT YOU CAN DECORATE AND USE IT IN YOUR STOREFRONT, SHOW TABLE OR HOWEVER YOU'D LIKE!

  • DISCOUNTED TICKET AND PRIORITY INVITE TO THE AHAS AWARDS CEREMONY

  • FREE NOMINATIONS FOR AND EXCLUSIVE ABILITY TO VOTE FOR THE AHAS AWARDS

  • 20% DISCOUNT TO SIGNATURE NEXT LEVEL BUSINESS WORKSHOP

  • EXCLUSIVE INVITES FOR YOU AND UP TO TWO FRIENDS TO SELECT NETWORKING EVENTS

  • DISCOUNTS TO ALL ACADEMY OF HANDMADE EVENTS

  • ABILITY TO APPLY FOR GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS 

  • ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING LETS YOU GIVE INPUT ON ORGANIZATION DIRECTION (MEMBERS OUTSIDE OF IMMEDIATE AREA CAN ALSO "VIRTUALLY" ATTEND). 

  • EXCLUSIVE OFFERS BY OTHER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS

  • PROMOTION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ON THE ACADEMY OF HANDMADE MEMBERS PAGE

  • ADVOCACY FOR HANDMADE BUSINESS CAUSES INCLUDING COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND POLICY ISSUES (SUCH AS HEALTHCARE AND BUSINESS REGULATIONS) 

  • SATISFACTION FROM KNOWING YOUR DUES ARE GOING TO ACTIVITIES THAT CELEBRATE, SUPPORT AND CONNECT THE HANDMADE COMMUNITY

PROCESS

The membership application involves the following steps and can take 3-4 weeks to process your membership depending on the season.
  1. Application Fee and Membership Dues: You will be required to first pay your non-refundable application fee ($10) and your membership dues ($75) which will be refunded if you are not admitted into the Academy. 
  2. Application Submission: Please fill out the application form giving as much detail as possible. This will help us in deciding if you meet the eligibility requirements.
  3. Acceptance: Congratulations! You are now officially a member of the Academy of Handmade Artists and Supporters and may enjoy all of its privileges as well as the responsibility to celebrate, strengthen and connect with the handmade business community.
  4.  Non-Acceptance: If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive a notice telling you why. If you feel there has been confusion and/or error in the decision you may petition the academy. Further details will be given at the time of non-acceptance.

ELIGIBILITY

We are strictly a community of professionals who make things with our hands or directly support those who do through a business endeavor. In order to apply for membership, you must be able to qualify in one of the following categories. 
Artist: Anyone who sells what they hand make in the following categories:
  •  Paper
  •  Textiles (wovens)
  •  Textiles (non-wovens)
  •  Textiles (needlework)
  •  Jewelry
  •  Leather
  •  Metal
  •  Upcycling
  •  Ceramics/Clay
  •  Food
  •  Wood
  •  Plastics
  •  Bath/Body Care
  •  Candles/Wax
  •  Stone (precious, semi-precious, minerals, crystals, etc.)
  •  Living Medium (plants, flowers, etc.)
Supporter: Anyone who supports the business of handmade through any of the following:
  • Blogging (not just tutorials, but includes handmade business topics)
  • Craft Show (owner or employee)
  • Craft Business Support (the business should demonstrate that it primarily deals with makers and/or have unique business concepts that would primarily apply to makers)
  • Craft Center/Museum (owner or employee) 
 START APPLICATION PROCESS (Please note, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable application fee of $10, so please read over the membership categories clearly as your $10 will not be refunded if you do not qualify)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Patchwork Show: Modern Creative Festival - Spring 2014



I'm really excited about this upcoming Patchwork Show in Long Beach on May 25th, 2014. I'll be there for sure. I am looking forward to checking out all the awesome vendors, food and music. I'll also have my own Wood Brain booth there!  It's the first time I'll be a vendor at this show and I plan to design and built my own unique booth. I'll have a variety of my products for sell at the show including my exotic wood flasks and wooden jewelry.




For those of you who haven't hear about the Patchwork Show here's some great information below to bring you up to speed:


when & where is the next patchwork show in long beach?

may 25, 2014
11am-5pm
patchwork festivals are free to the public.

what is patchwork show?

patchwork show is a bi-annual, modern handmade festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters & designers. with products ranging across the board, each event celebrates handmade and regional producers—90% of the vendors at our shows are from the immediate region, and 99% within the same state. patchwork also highlights local food producers, musicians and voices in the handmade movement with interactive programming, book signings and discussions at each festival.
each event aims to connect makers directly to consumers, educate the public on the art of making and creating and to foster a stronger, more sustainable local economy. our festivals embrace a sincere and authentic community marketplace giving startups and micro-businesses a chance to engage and succeed.

what’s unique about your long beach events?

long beach patchwork show is located on the water’s edge at marine stadium at the boat slip off appian way. this very pet-friendly event is the perfect spot for an afternoon with your 4-legged friend and it is also very popular with cyclists.
since our start in long beach, we have been proudly partnering with we love long beach and have since collaborated with local long beach favorites viento y agua café, the bicycle stand, blue windows, {open} books, fingerprints, native soul and other popular local businesses.

what can i expect to see & do at this modern handmade festival?

over 100 local vendors selling diverse handmade goods (see our flickr photos to see some of the items), curated food trucks, photo booths, diy stations to get your craft-on, bike valet, food artisan area, and live music.

click the links below for more information on how to vend, volunteer, or be a sponsor at long beach events

vendorsclick here
volunteersclick here
sponsorsclick here

who runs patchwork show?

patchwork show founders, delilah snell and nicole stevenson produce events focusing on their strong convictions of empowering others with the skills and a forum to create and make a living making.
the aunt-and-niece team has firm ties to and a passion for the handmade craft and artisan food movement as well as encouraging small local businesses. they also produce craftcation: conference for creative makers & write about craft, food, small business and their adventures on their blog, dear handmade life. delilah and nicole have been featured in bust magazine, the los angeles times, nbc, the orange county register, the oc weekly, apartment therapy, orange coast magazine, make magazine and the ventura county star.
delilah snell is a master food preserver, award winning lecturer on environmental education and food sustainability and owner of the road less traveled store, a modern natural living and community education shop in santa ana, ca. a staunch supporter of the local food movement, delilah has worked closely with several local farms, non-profits and community groups in marketing, product development and event planning since 1998. delilah has been featured in sunset magazine, the los angeles times, grist and on the fine living network, nbc and kcrw.
“there are so many creative people in every city and town, not just in the big cities. you don’t have to go where the ‘cool’ is, it’s right in your own backyard.” –delilah snell
nicole stevenson is a diy workshop instructor, illustrator and small business consultant. her path includes time as a street artist on the venice beach boardwalk, founding a non-profit that produced art shows for charities and creating random nicole a line of art-inspired clothing that was carried at over 250 locations worldwide. she has been featured in daily candy, riviera, papercrafts magazine, the oc weekly, craftstylish and oh my handmade goodness. she has a ba and ma in creative writing and is currently finishing an mfa and working on a non-fiction book about her crafty adventures.
“craft can make the world a better place…the feeling one gets from making something with their hands is beyond empowering.” – nicole stevenson

The First 70 and how to Save our State Parks


The First 70 is an inspiring journey through California to visit the majestic state parks slated to close due to budget cuts. Experience the beauty and history that may be lost forever, and meet the people who are working to preserve the places they love for everyone to enjoy. Check out the trailer below:




PARKS IN CRISIS
California’s 280 state parks have been set aside to preserve and protect some of the most culturally and naturally significant places in our state. From sandy beaches to ancient redwood forests, California’s state parks provide countless opportunities for recreation and relaxation, while historic parks provide a glimpse into the past and priceless educational experiences for visitors of all ages.
However, all of this is at risk as budget cuts continue to starve our state park system. Over the past few years budget cuts to state parks have resulted in drastic service reductions and partial closures. Proposals to close state parks were averted in 2008 and 2009, but have now become a reality.

For the first time in history California is signing state parks out of existence. Now might be a good time to see them.
PLANNED PARK CLOSURES
On May 13, 2011, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) released a list of 70 park proposed for closure due to a $22 million general fund budget cut. These 70 state parks were scheduled to close by July 1, 2012.
Over the past year, numerous CSPF partners and private donors have stepped up to fashion temporary deals with DPR to keep most of these parks open. To date, some 30 agreements have been signed with the state and approximately 20 more are in the works. However, these agreements are short-term and meant to buy time.
While it is important for us all to celebrate these reprieves, we must not lose sight of the fact that California’s 280 state parks need long-term funding solutions to ensure that they stay open and protected - and permanently saved from closure.We are not out of the woods yet, not even close. California’s entire state park system remains threatened.



SPEAK UP
VOLUNTEER
Join the Park Champions Program for volunteering in state parks throughout the year
Advocate for state parks by going on lobby visits in the Capitol during our annual Park Advocacy Day.
CONTRIBUTE