Friday, October 31, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
My shop is "Mitzy's Bitzy's Workshop", and I am Mitzy (aka Melissa Blandi-Kulwicki) For as long as I can remember, I've made things. When I was five years old my mom started "buying" my drawings. I decided I needed to take my art business on the road. So I headed out the front door into the neighborhood armed with a stack of construction paper drawings and my plastic Fisher- Price tambourine (to collect all my coin profits in). I only made it to two houses. The neighbor told my mom I had clearly laid out my payment options by explaining "I took pennies, nickels, and checks." It was that day my mom says she realized I was going to make my living as an artist. I attended both Columbus College of Art and Design and The Ohio State University where I majored in Fine Art, before deciding to pursue a career as a Hairdresser and Makeup Artist. I have been busting wigs and painting faces for 17 years, and I adore it! I love the quirky and unique things in life. I make hand sewn bow ties, scarves, and accessories, as well as original art. Nothing too serious. In other words "Itzy Bitzy Bits of Fun" I live in Columbus with my husband of 12 years, Keith, and by far my greatest creation ever, our 6 year old son, Sebby. I draw, paint, sculpt, and sew. And I am happy.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Looking back I guess metalworking should have come naturally to me. My Dad made some of the most beautiful hunting knives you will ever see. The sounds of grinding steel filled our basement my entire childhood. Never in my life would I have expected that all of his knife-making tools would eventually end up at my house being used to make garden art! If my father could see me now he'd laugh and tell me how those are pretty expensive knife-making tools I'm using to make "junk." Then he’d place an order...
However, it is my Uncle Harold I truly have to thank most. After my Dad passed away in 2008 I told him we would always be there for him. I guess it's safe to say none of us knew what we were getting into. He fought an epic battle with health issues over a two year period. How could either of us have known that one day he would inspire me into pursuing a career as a metal artist? At the end, his biggest regret was that he “hadn’t taught me everything I needed to know.” He was my other Dad, my teacher, my friend, my inspiration, my biggest supporter and my partner-in-crime. I hope I finally convinced him he opened a door to a world I would have never known, and gave me gifts and memories that will last me the rest of my life. He told me “Do something you love and you never have to work a day in your life.” I truly believe this is it.
What an honor it is each day to put both of their tools to work. I’d like to think maybe—just maybe—a little part of each of them can live on in the pieces I create.
Somewhere along the line in this journey I decided I needed a marketing “ploy,” some way to engage people in conversation at shows. I needed something unique that would tie into my garden art business. I had read articles about the plight of the Monarch Butterfly. It seemed like a noble, worthwhile cause. I got online and did some research and found out the best way to increase their odds of survival was for us humans to intervene and plant more milkweed. The seed of an idea was planted, so to speak—I would hand out milkweed seeds. A funny thing happened though, one countless butterfly enthusiast willattest to. After finding my first caterpillar I was completely hooked. My “ploy” of handing out seeds to promote my business has as ironically turned into me using my business to promote butterfly conservation. The butterflies have taken over my flower gardens and, at times, my kitchen and they havemade an indelible mark on my heart as well. I became a certified, registered Monarch Waystation—#9033—and in my first year I was able to raise and release 70+ adult butterflies into the migrating generation. From planting a single seed comes a true miracle of nature. I hope to inspire as many people as possible to do the same.
I look forward to meeting fellow artisans and patrons and sharing each of my passions with all of you at the 2014 NYMCM.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Hi! My name is Megan Midworth with Doves Nest Designs. I am a newbie to the craft-show world and am so excited to be a part of this year's NYMCM!! I have been sewing for almost as long as I can remember, thanks to my mother. In my adult years, I started out making funky patchwork clothes for myself and friends. After my daughter was born 10 years ago, I started making clothes and dolls for her- all with an edge. Since then I have really blossomed as an artist, getting crazy creative! In 2007, I opened my shop on ETSY, selling clothing and bags. Since then I have designed and made a variety of garments, bags, wallets, plush toys, costumes, dolls, patches, sewn pictures and more! I love to find inspiration in music, nature, books, tattoos, my children, friends, and art work. Added to my crazy imagination, there's no telling what I will make next! After opening my ETSY shop, the Baby Lock Sewing Machine Company approached me to work with their company. I have designed step-by-step projects with instructions and pictures for their web site. I am so thankful that I have found something I love to do that is such a great outlet for my artsy side! I take great pride in everything I design and make. I have had a hard time finding my place in the craft show world so far...but NYMCM seems like just the place!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Hello! My name is Kenny Smith. I started Kennard's Concepts, I sell one of kind hand fabricated wood and metal pieces. Anything from tables to wall art to unique folk art. I like to use mostly reclaimed materials if possible and always put my heart and soul into each creation!