Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday was Crafty Bastards - which is by far the biggest and best indie art/craft market in the DC area. We've been to Crafty Bastards before - oh, about five years ago - and it has really exploded since then into a market of over 100 amazing vendors. I recognized a lot of the shops through my Etsy addiction - which I thought was pretty cool. It is really difficult to get accepted into this market and it shows - all the work was fantastic. In fact, everything was so good that I wanted to go home and rip up all my own work and then set my studio on fire. (I didn't.)
At the end of the walkway you can see the Tugboat Printshop booth - some amazing printmaking. Seriously, check out this woodcut (or this one - holy crap!) and the process behind it - I can't even conceive of carving something like this! (Hence, me wanting to rip up all my own prints!)
I attended the market as a shopper, but since I am just starting to get interested in vending at art markets myself, I was also interested in observing through the eyes of a seller. I was thinking of perhaps applying to Crafty Bastards myself next year...if I do, I have a LOT of work to do before then! Unfortunately, the market was SO crowded that it was difficult to window shop, or even move or take photos - I hope the vendors made a lot of sales, but as a shopper the atmosphere made me very uncomfortable - I don't like being bumped into or sandwiched in between thousands of other sweaty people - yuck! I probably could've bought something from just about every booth - and I plan on looking up all the shops on the web/Etsy so I can make my purchases from the comfort of my own home!
I'm always attracted to poster art and screenprints:
Today we took the pups out to Royal Lake for a little picnic and walk around the lake.
It's getting much cooler here - had to turn on the heat today - but no sign of the leaves changing. I'm hoping we'll see some signs of fall before we head out to Colorado later this month.
I've never heard of the Burke Monster, but he can't be too scary if he can't spell the word "infamous".