076: Creativation 2018

 

I recently attended Creativation — the annual trade show for the craft industry.  It used to be called CHA (craft and hobby association) and now it’s called Creativation.  And the organization, which also used to be called CHA, is now called AFCI.  Here are a few photos from booth set-up:

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Creativation was a whirlwind of interviews…

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…friends…

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Friends-wm…and demos!  New stencils:

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And new Art Foamies (they weren’t at the show, but I demo-ed my new stamps in the Pin It Canada booth):

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And then all the fun stuff to see on the show floor:

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I think you can see the trends in these photos:

  • home decor
  • decorative painting
  • brush lettering
  • florals
  • florals on a dark background
  • rustic look
  • painting on wood
  • wood & metal
  • fabric & stitch elements
  • lots of color

As I mention in the podcast, I did some poking around for Make It Artsy, and handed out these silly postcards about the show:

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Tomorrow I’ll be sharing an in-depth look at the wall I made for Brother using the ScanNCut and DesignNCut!

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Next week some projects made with the PTouch Embellish, plus lots of stencil and stamp info.  **AND** I’m going to be doing TWO livestreams on YouTube with stencil and stamp giveaways!

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Saturday, February 3 at 2pm EST I will be sharing all of my new Art Foamies as well as some Art Foamies techniques.  I’ll also be answering Art Foamies questions and giving Art Foamies away!  It’s going to be a super fun Art Foamies party!

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Monday, February 5 at 9pm EST I will be sharing all of my new stencil designs!  Of course there will also be stencil techniques, a huge stencil giveaway, and I’ll be answering your stencil questions! 

Livestreams are 100% free and can be found on my YouTube channel.

Side Note: I was delighted to be a “Creativation VIP” this year.  You can see the page about me here.

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075: Wrapping Up 2017

 

In today’s podcast Mom and I chat about the year gone by and set some art goals for 2018!  Here is a photo from the Yayoi Kusama exhibit I talk about on the podcast.  More photos to come in a later post!

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074: The Intersection of Fashion and Art

 

Our guest today is Kara Doyle-DuMouchelle:

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Pizza and bagel addict| Married the most wonderful man in the universe| Passion for art, fashion, food, and travel| Love to explore new places and try new things| Also love to be lazy and watch HGTV| Went to school to be an art teacher| Currently working for the fabulous Rue La La as a Merchandise Planner and loving it| One of my favorite quotes from Alice and Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, “I’m not crazy, my reality is just different from yours”| insta @karaldoyle 

On the podcast we discuss “the shoe exhibit” at the Peabody Essex Museum (which I blogged about back in December 2016).

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As well as their WOW — World of Wearable Art exhibit (which I blogged about in March 2017)

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We discussed several exhibits from the Museum of Fine Arts, here in Boston — including this one that featured technology such as 3-D printing:

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There’s also a mention of the current fashion exhibit at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York City (which I shared a peek of in my vlog a month or so ago):

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We also discuss personal fashion choices and decorative vs. fine art.

We would love to hear your opinion on the topic of fashion and art.  So, let us know what you’re thinking!

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073: Super Secret Confidential

 

In today’s podcast Mom and I chat about super secret confidential craft projects, my art class at the Museum of Fine Arts, visiting MoMA, creating an art schedule, and so much more!

The Louise Bourgeois exhibit (more photos to come) at MoMA:

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You can see the t-shirt projection I mention at the 8:03 mark in this week’s vlog:

And finally, as I mentioned on the podcast, if you’re in Massachusetts and want to do a bit of bargain shopping, come by the Quilter’s Connection Yard Sale on October 21.  I’ll be there from 10am-4pm chatting and demo-ing.

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072: August Adventures

Today’s podcast is full of fun chatter.  This week, Mom and I are chatting about our August Art Adventures — much of it from my trip to London and Spain.  Come along for the ride! Just a peek:

Tate Modern (more photos to come):

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Adventures in Arting Podcast
The British Museum (more photos to come):

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Correfoc (fire run):

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Dali’s House (find the silver heads):

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Graveyard (more photos to come):

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Adventures in Arting Podcast
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