Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Shennanigans at the Etsy Craft Party

 As I previously posted, I did a silhouette portrait demonstration at the Philadelphia Etsy Craft Party. For those of you who don’t know what the Craft Party is, Etsy holds an annual event in cities nationwide. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume everyone reading this blog knows what Etsy is. Philly’s chapter had a vintage postcard station, a silhouette cutting demonstration (held by me), a craft swap, a custom vinyl and rubber stamp making station, and potluck. This was my first time attending Philly’s Craft Party. Previously I have been to the Norfolk event in 2010. Both were a lot of fun. The Philadelphia 2012 party was held at Nextfab Studios. Nextfab is a prototyping studio located in the heart of the city a few blocks from 30th Street Station. Along with our various demonstrations and crafting, we were treated to a tour of Nextfab, which included a showing of one of the labs. The lab was a collision of creativity and technology. It featured examples of what their 3D printer and scanner could do, replete with prototypes of a tiger’s claw, a hand, and a previous employee’s head!
My silhouette cutting area.

     But back to the crafting. There were novices and pro’s alike in attendance. It was an intimate enough group that we were able to sit down and talk with one another. We were a varied bunch. There were purse-makers, fiber artists, dressmakers, general crafters, jewelry makers, and myself, a varied artist who leans closer to fine arts/outsider art and 2D work. Along with cutting silhouettes of a few attendees, I also had enjoyed working on the vintage postcard station, and viewing Etsy shops at the projector in the front of the room.
The warm up silhouette my boyfriend posed for.
Silhouette on mint colored doilie.

Patterned silhouette on avocado green doilie. 
   If you were at the Philly Etsy Craft Party post a comment with your shop link, please! Oh, and more photos of the craft party is up on my Flickr album HERE.

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