Celebrating it's 11th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is both an exhibition and a sale for handmade arts and crafts made by independent artists. This event is sponsored by the Washington City Paper. The event is held for 2 days and you still have tomorrow to catch it. It is held at Union Market in DC, 1309 5th Street, NE. (just by Gallaudet University) For more information check out their site: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/craftybastards/
Why am I telling you about this oddly named Arts & Crafts Fair? Well, of course it is because there are some really cool artists who are UpCycling! Check out Margie Criner of Red-Belly Studios. In chatting with Margie, I complemented her on her color choices and arrangement of materials. She said that after years of being a graphic artist, she likes to think of her sculpture arrangements as working with 3-D graphic design. You can see more of her unique work on her website: http://www.red-belly.com/
The next artist I came upon was Monique Roberson-Langley, creator/designer of Nik da Pooh Designs. She creates upcycled light bulb terrariums, dioramas, sculptures and much more. Her stuff is super cute. I am only sorry that I did not get a better picture of her terrariums. But, that should be incentive for you to come out the the Crafty Bastards Arts & Craft Show tomorrow to see her work in person. You can find Monique and her art at: http://www.nikdapooh.com/
Rebound Designs is a creative artform for well-loved books. Caitlin Phillips creates original Book Purses and other functional art out of old books giving them a second chance and purpose. Ahh, I did not get a picture but if you want to see more of her art, check her out at: http://www.rebound-designs.com/ or you have one more day to catch her at Crafty Bastards.
The Broken Plate Pendant Company has a very self-explanitory name. They make awesome jewelry out of expired dish ware. They will do custom work too. So, if you have broken that special plate, you can ship pieces to them and they will make functional art out of it. For more info. check them out at: http://ibreakplates.com/ Yes, I forgot to get a picture again. I was having a really good time just looking around.
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