Monday, December 27, 2010

Found this nifty website today

Though we at Craftermath do try to use materials that we already have kicking around the house / recycle / upcycle and what not, this website had me at hello with it's adorable, practical, cheap crafts. In my humble opinion, dollar stores mostly suck but they have their merits. For example, I wouldn't go anywhere else to get my CD mailers, though I do wonder about licking the glue that is on them sometimes. That's also my place for packing tape and glittering star stickers.

Give a peek see at this cute site and come up with your own creative cheap craft ideas. Valentine's Day is just a heart break away, but you never need an excuse to make crafts.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Above, Daniella and Jessica sell hand made goodies at the Craft-Tiki-Tacular at Otto's in NYC.

It's been a great season for Craftermath with more of last year's goodies - shrines made from carefully chosen clean trash and ornaments made from tampons, boob ornaments (that's ornaments for the trees in the shape of boobs, not ornaments FOR your boobs, although we were selling pasties too, so that's sort of a boob ornament, isn't it?) and a few new additions --

This year we added head bands made from yarn saved from being thrown into the garbage and hand made holiday cards made from envelopes purchased at thrift stores, and the shrines are even better, the way all art improves as an artist perfects their system and skills. Also added was the new CD "Perfect Holidays" with funny, nutty Christmas songs, and lucky you! Though the Craftermath season is coming to a close, you can pick up the CD any time at iTunes. We sold at Bowery Poetry Club's pop up store for most of the season with a few pop ins at other venues such as Otto's Shrunken Head and Trash Bar. A definite highlight was selling at Angels and Kings for the awesome feminist Paradigm Shift show and party.

Our mission is to incorporate items that are used, borrowed, trashed or about to become trash and recycle or "upcycle" materials (as we hear is the new nomenclature that all the kids are using these days) into useable, lovable, adorable crafts. Currently, we like to sell at shows and venues where performances are already going on. If possible, we like to be involved in the performing aspect of the show as well, with our comedy music and / or burlesque / blood wrestling.

In addition, we had some terrific additional crafters on board this year such as and Wendy Chan, as well as a few others.

If you'd like us to sell at your upcoming show, please inquire or leave a comment below. We make a great addition to the atmosphere with nifty items priced right that can be thematically complementary to your show, we promote your event, and not to mention, we've got buttloads of charm and wit. There is no fee to have us sell at the show, but we keep the money from items we sell.

Please check back here for updates about where to find us next, and have yourself a Merry little Christmas NOW.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

HOLIDAYS Pop Up Shop @ 308 Bowery, NYC
grand opening: MONDAY Dec. 12 @ 6 PM - midnight

Monday night 12/13 the BPC Holidays Pop Up Shop fun begins!

Come on by at 6:00 PM to partake in the festivities and check out the terrific merchandise available. Get on top of your holiday shopping and check out beautiful hand made jewelry out of found objects, cards, tampon holiday ornaments, shrines made out of cleaned and recycled trash items and so much more priced right. Also, tarot readings by donation will be available!

While you peruse the crafts and make a few holiday purchases remember you will be helping support the Bowery Poetry Club and all the great shows there as well as independent artists and crafts people of NYC including the Craftermath crew who will be in attendance!

Also at 6:00 PM - The art opening of Popular Language curated by Samuel Jablon will take place in the front room, so you'll be surrounded by art and culture on this fun night. No cover, free entry, the booze flows like wine at the BPC's full bar with drink specials and then if you're feelin' wild, stick around for Bingo at 8 and Diane O'Debra's open mic at 10 PM!

The BPC Holidays Pop Up Shop hours (subject to availability):

Mondays - Fridays: 6 PM to closing (about 1 am or so)
Saturdays and Sundays: Noon to close (about 1 am or so)
BPC Pop Up Store is open through December 31

Also available by appointment

Email jessdelfino at yahoo dot com or sam at sam jablon dot com if you're interested in selling your crafts in the Holidays Pop Up Shop or if you have any questions about hours or would like to make an appointment.

Upcoming: Otto's Craft-tiki-acular THIS SATURDAY Dec. 18, 6-10 pm, free entry. More details to come. Cool music, hot ladies, indie crafts and subversive fun.