ArtSpring in Silver Spring

Herban Lifestyle products on display at ArtSpring

Today I was in downtown Silver Spring, MD dropping off a gift basket for an upcoming charity auction, and decided to stop in at ArtSpring, which is just around the corner.

I love ArtSpring for many reasons. For one thing, they carry my products 🙂  But just as important, they carry a wide selection of work by local artisans. ArtSpring is housed in a huge light-filled beautiful retail space (formerly a Merrimekko store) in the relatively recently renewed downtown Silver Spring.

Every time I visit ArtSpring, I have to buy something. Today I found  pure beeswax tapers — a very rare find. The last time I was there, I purchased a bracelet crafted from a repurposed silver fork. Very fun stuff!

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Hello Craft Brings Year-Round Crafty Fun

FeltedFriendsBack in May, I had the good fortune of attending the Summit of Awesome, a weekend of seminars, workshops, and social events for crafters, which was presented by the wonderful women of Hello Craft, a group “dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement, as well as empowering small business owners and educating the public to the benefits of buying handmade and teaching the joys of making.”

At the Summit, I participated in a workshop of hand felting, in which I learned to make a bird. I then went on to create a couple of pieces of sushi, which I gave to my favorite local sushi chef (he has a big collection of fake sushi accessories that customers have given to him over the years). On a recent visit, I found that the felt sushi has been a great source of amusement for the restaurant patrons.
soa_class2009I’m looking forward to next year’s Summit, but in the meantime, Hello Craft offers a blog full of great information for crafters, as well as opportunities to network and learn about the business of crafting. This Saturday, they are teaming up with the fabulous sisters, Kelly and Kasey, owners of Biggs & Featherbelle, to offer a behind-the-scenes look at how they run their an eco-conscious bath and body product business. The three-hour tour of their warehouse, located in the groovy Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore, will include several product making demonstrations and an overview of the day-to-day business of running a small craft-based business.
The tour should be a lot of fun. Kelly and Kasey have lots of wonderful, positive energy. I had the opportunity to meet them at the first annual Handmade Mart held in SilverSpring on May 31st. The first Handmade Mart was a great success, and they are planning another one to be held on December 5th. Check out their Facebook page for details as they develop.
For more information on the Biggs & Featherbelle tour, visit the Hello Craft website.

ArtSpring Grand Re-Opening Scheduled for August 8th!

ArtSpringArtSpring has scheduled its grand re-opening for Saturday, August 8th. The Silver Spring venue, which is dedicated to promoting the arts in the community,  includes a retail shop featuring the work of DC-area artisans. The store will offer handcrafted products including fine art, jewelry, accessories, pottery, kids stuff, gifts and more.

ArtSpring, formerly known as Pyramid Atlantic Community Arts Store, will be moving down the street into space previously occupied by Merrimekko. All profits from sales support the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, a Silver Spring non-profit center dedicated to promoting art in the community.

You can find several Herban Lifestyle products, alongside the work of several other local artisans like Capital Region Etsy Street Team‘s Babus.

So, if you are around on August 8th, stop by ArtSpring’s new location at 8519 Georgia Ave., at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ellsworth Avenue, where they will be celebrating all day from 10:00am-5:00pm!

Come to the Handmade Mart on 5/31

HMM_125x125_VendorI will be selling my herbal wares at the Handmade Mart in Downtown Silver Spring, MD on May 31st, along with my DC Craft Mafia colleagues Erica Burns of Erica Burns Designs and Regina Jiron of Bead Girl Jewelry Shop Girl.

The Handmade Mart, supported in great part by the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and Retail Store (who carries my products) will bring together more than 50 independent artisans and crafters for a one-day show and sale of handmade goods. TheHandmade Mart will feature hands-on workshops (like screen printing and jewelry making) and demos, as well as live entertainment all day long on the music stage.

The Handmade Mart will run from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Hope you can join us!