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Behind our craftHER meet-ups and craftHER Market

We started this event program as a means to connect the makers in the #bossbabesATX community.

Every year, we host two (spring and fall) craftHER Vendor and Resource Markets, a space for self-identified women to share their wares and an opportunity for the general public to get information, find collaborators and shop. 

Biannually, we host craftHER meets, featuring a smaller selection of vendors, some activities and BABE BINGO (a game to get the convo flowing). At these meets, we encourage attendees to bring their own projects, come with questions and learn about other makers, artists, seamstresses, bakers and vendors in the community.

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our last market:

CRAFTHER MARKET SPRING '17

APRIL 2, 2017

11 AM TO 5 PM

@ Fair Market

Free + open to the public

Get the full recap here.


The Lineup:

craftHER market panels

sponsored in part by Party at the Moontower Rentals

12 to 1 PM

Economy of Scale: The Independent Maker Edition

moderated by Tenaya Hills of Party at the Moontower Rentals and Bunkhouse Group,

featuring:

Ashley Cheng, SPUN   /   Shannon Donaldson, Succulent Native   /   Pei Sim, The Paper + Craft Pantry

Ashley Cheng (left):  Cheng co-founded SPUN Ice Cream, a locally grown ice cream shop in Austin, Texas, with her sister, Christina Cheng. SPUN specializes in fresh, seasonal ice creams, spun to order using liquid nitrogen. All their handcrafted flavors and “pairings” are dreamed up and made from scratch, by Christina (the chef of the two). Their base ingredients—including local dairy, fair-trade chocolate, and organic spices and produce—transform from bottle to scoop in minutes. They buy the best quality milk and cream Texas has to offer,  which is non-homogenized and low-temperature pasteurized from healthy cows fed on grass and GMO/corn/soy-free feed and never given artificial hormones. Faster than traditional freezing techniques, spinning ice cream with liquid nitrogen produces smaller, more condensed ice crystals and thus an intense purity of flavor and the creamiest, smoothest frozen treats science has to offer.

Ashley Cheng (left):  Cheng co-founded SPUN Ice Cream, a locally grown ice cream shop in Austin, Texas, with her sister, Christina Cheng. SPUN specializes in fresh, seasonal ice creams, spun to order using liquid nitrogen. All their handcrafted flavors and “pairings” are dreamed up and made from scratch, by Christina (the chef of the two).

Their base ingredients—including local dairy, fair-trade chocolate, and organic spices and produce—transform from bottle to scoop in minutes. They buy the best quality milk and cream Texas has to offer,  which is non-homogenized and low-temperature pasteurized from healthy cows fed on grass and GMO/corn/soy-free feed and never given artificial hormones. Faster than traditional freezing techniques, spinning ice cream with liquid nitrogen produces smaller, more condensed ice crystals and thus an intense purity of flavor and the creamiest, smoothest frozen treats science has to offer.

Pei Sim: Sim is the owner of the Paper + Craft Pantry is Austin's first and only locally-owned retail paper shop and full-service workshop studio with a goal of creating an inclusive and creative space in the community.

Pei Sim: Sim is the owner of the Paper + Craft Pantry is Austin's first and only locally-owned retail paper shop and full-service workshop studio with a goal of creating an inclusive and creative space in the community.

  Tenaya Hills: Tenaya is a co-founder of Party at the Moontower Event Rentals. While more of a behind-the-scenes partner, her hand can be seen every day in the overall look and feel of the rental inventory. Tenaya is also the design director for Bunkhouse, a boutique hotel group. In this role, she has been sourcing, selecting, purchasing and designing furniture as well as doing custom projects for their properties for the past eight years. She also works on concepting for their new projects, so thinking “big" and working with many talented people who all bring it together is something she is accustomed to. Before that, she was a photographer in CA, so she is always thinking in “vignettes” and about what makes picture perfect details.

 

Tenaya Hills: Tenaya is a co-founder of Party at the Moontower Event Rentals. While more of a behind-the-scenes partner, her hand can be seen every day in the overall look and feel of the rental inventory. Tenaya is also the design director for Bunkhouse, a boutique hotel group. In this role, she has been sourcing, selecting, purchasing and designing furniture as well as doing custom projects for their properties for the past eight years. She also works on concepting for their new projects, so thinking “big" and working with many talented people who all bring it together is something she is accustomed to. Before that, she was a photographer in CA, so she is always thinking in “vignettes” and about what makes picture perfect details.

Shannon Donaldson: After a career in showroom design for a furniture store, Donaldson looked for another outlet to put her art degree to better use. Functional art and plants inspired her so that led Donaldson to a flower shop. After working there for two years, Donaldson discovered that flowers were a lot more demanding than succulents and started using the succulent arrangement as her focal point.  For three years, Donaldson sold her succulents out on a little ice cream bike, to the neverending flow of foot traffic on SoCo every weekend. Now, she's opened a successful neighborhood store called Succulent Native.

Shannon Donaldson: After a career in showroom design for a furniture store, Donaldson looked for another outlet to put her art degree to better use. Functional art and plants inspired her so that led Donaldson to a flower shop. After working there for two years, Donaldson discovered that flowers were a lot more demanding than succulents and started using the succulent arrangement as her focal point. 

For three years, Donaldson sold her succulents out on a little ice cream bike, to the neverending flow of foot traffic on SoCo every weekend. Now, she's opened a successful neighborhood store called Succulent Native.

 

1 to 2 PM

Curation as Culture

featuring:

Leslie Hernandez, Aro   /   Jill Bradshaw, Friends & Neighbors

Leslie Hernandez: Leslie launched ARO two and half years ago as an e-commerce site focusing solely on independent and emerging jewelry designers. When she started Aro carried a handful of brands and now the store has worked with upward of 100 designers and expanded to carry clothing, home goods, and accessories. Then, last summer, Hernandez opened brick-and-mortar in East Austin—a two-story renovated warehouse shared with Passport Vintage.  Leslie was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Massachusetts, Texas, and Venezuela — she is proud to be Latina and the founder of ARO. Her career started after graduating college in Boston. Although she worked in a few luxury boutiques throughout college, it took her a little time to figure out what she wanted to do. When Leslie was done with school, it only felt natural to her to move to New York and pursue a career in fashion. She didn't know exactly what she was going to do when she got to NYC, she quickly got involved in public relations and then soon was managing e-commerce and digital marketing for the designers she worked for.  She did that for 6 years before she was ready to focus on ARO full-time; that's also when she moved back to Austin.

Leslie Hernandez: Leslie launched ARO two and half years ago as an e-commerce site focusing solely on independent and emerging jewelry designers. When she started Aro carried a handful of brands and now the store has worked with upward of 100 designers and expanded to carry clothing, home goods, and accessories. Then, last summer, Hernandez opened brick-and-mortar in East Austin—a two-story renovated warehouse shared with Passport Vintage. 

Leslie was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Massachusetts, Texas, and Venezuela — she is proud to be Latina and the founder of ARO. Her career started after graduating college in Boston. Although she worked in a few luxury boutiques throughout college, it took her a little time to figure out what she wanted to do. When Leslie was done with school, it only felt natural to her to move to New York and pursue a career in fashion. She didn't know exactly what she was going to do when she got to NYC, she quickly got involved in public relations and then soon was managing e-commerce and digital marketing for the designers she worked for.  She did that for 6 years before she was ready to focus on ARO full-time; that's also when she moved back to Austin.

Jill Bradshaw: Bradshaw is the co-owner of Friends & Neighbors and has been part of the fashion and retail world since graduating with a marketing degree from UT of Austin in 2000.  Her experience includes working in sales for designer showrooms, Trend Director for an online trend forecasting company, and buyer and owner of two different retail stores, one in New York and one in Austin.

Jill Bradshaw: Bradshaw is the co-owner of Friends & Neighbors and has been part of the fashion and retail world since graduating with a marketing degree from UT of Austin in 2000.  Her experience includes working in sales for designer showrooms, Trend Director for an online trend forecasting company, and buyer and owner of two different retail stores, one in New York and one in Austin.

 

2 to 3 PM

Making: A Form of Self-Care

featuring:

Roshi, artist   /   Ericka Emery, Dope Crochet   /   Ashton Guy, artist

Roshi: Roshi lives and works from Austin, TX. Roshi embraces traveling far and wide and is inspired by the knowledge that each adventure a person partakes leaves a permanent stamp on the passport of the soul. Personal and artistic ventures lead her up and down the the coat of the US and to the heights of Tokyo Tower.  The vibrations and culture of every city, old and new, impact the flavor of Roshi’s work. She enriched her natural talents by studying Art Foundations at Virginia Commonwealth University and Animation at the Arts Institute of Austin.  Main influences of Roshi’s aesthetic include anime, manga, Japanese history, the history of the African Diaspora, mythology, linguistics, cymatics, quantum physics, and the natural elements.

Roshi: Roshi lives and works from Austin, TX. Roshi embraces traveling far and wide and is inspired by the knowledge that each adventure a person partakes leaves a permanent stamp on the passport of the soul. Personal and artistic ventures lead her up and down the the coat of the US and to the heights of Tokyo Tower. 

The vibrations and culture of every city, old and new, impact the flavor of Roshi’s work. She enriched her natural talents by studying Art Foundations at Virginia Commonwealth University and Animation at the Arts Institute of Austin.  Main influences of Roshi’s aesthetic include anime, manga, Japanese history, the history of the African Diaspora, mythology, linguistics, cymatics, quantum physics, and the natural elements.

Ericka Barnes: Barnes is a proud business owner, collaborator, and “mompreneur." Her creativity, eye for innovation, and organization has driven her success as a crafter, web designer, and Project Manager for a successful branding agency.  Barnes graduated from Boston University as a dual major in Japanese and Linguistics, then moved to NYC and then Tokyo and began her creative career with a major American apparel company. As a native Austinite, Ericka returned to the Capitol City to raise her family and build her businesses in the city she loves. She is focused on taking her business Dope Crochet national, building a legacy of entrepreneurship for her children and spending time with daughter and infant son. 

Ericka Barnes: Barnes is a proud business owner, collaborator, and “mompreneur." Her creativity, eye for innovation, and organization has driven her success as a crafter, web designer, and Project Manager for a successful branding agency. 

Barnes graduated from Boston University as a dual major in Japanese and Linguistics, then moved to NYC and then Tokyo and began her creative career with a major American apparel company. As a native Austinite, Ericka returned to the Capitol City to raise her family and build her businesses in the city she loves. She is focused on taking her business Dope Crochet national, building a legacy of entrepreneurship for her children and spending time with daughter and infant son. 

Ashton Guy: Ashton paints, writes, brainstorms, directs, and otherwise conceives of all kinds of colorful stuff from Cement Loop Studios in Austin, TX. She hails from East Texas, graduated from UT with honors in 2009, worked for the American Cancer Society in patient services for six years, and then began creating as a lifestyle in 2015.  Talk with her about reflecting your internal brightness back in any medium, absurdity and awe, what's wrong and what's wonderful, your screenplays, making movies, your album cover and music video needs, stimulating your own creativity, overcoming phobias, going to the rescue zoo together or jumping into Barton Springs on a bad day.

Ashton Guy: Ashton paints, writes, brainstorms, directs, and otherwise conceives of all kinds of colorful stuff from Cement Loop Studios in Austin, TX. She hails from East Texas, graduated from UT with honors in 2009, worked for the American Cancer Society in patient services for six years, and then began creating as a lifestyle in 2015. 

Talk with her about reflecting your internal brightness back in any medium, absurdity and awe, what's wrong and what's wonderful, your screenplays, making movies, your album cover and music video needs, stimulating your own creativity, overcoming phobias, going to the rescue zoo together or jumping into Barton Springs on a bad day.

 

4 to 5 PM

Q&A: Goods for Social Good

featuring:

Jenna — Ten Thousand Villages

3 to 4 PM

Q&A: Xochi Solis

#bossbabesATX March/April 2017 Featured Artist

Xochi Solis (b. 1981): Solis is an Austin, TX based artist sharing her studio time between Texas and Mexico. Her works include multilayered, collaged paintings constructed of paint, hand-dyed paper, vinyl, plastics, and images from found books and magazines. Solis considers the repeated act of layering a meditation on color, texture, and shape all leading to a greater awareness of the visual intricacies found in her immediate environment, both natural and cultural. Recent solo exhibitions include: We must build as if the sand were stone, South Texas College Library Gallery, McAllen, TX and Rivers of our Vision, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX. In 2016, she was the invited artist-in-residence at Pele Prints in St. Louis, MO, Solis completing a series of monoprints that combined her painting and collage methods with a variety of printmaking techniques. As a resident artist in 2013 at Arquetopia in Oaxaca, MX, she learned to work with natural pigments and paper dying. Solis is one of 30 artists featured in the book Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform (Chronicle Books, 2014). Her group exhibitions include the current 2017 exhibition Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place at the Denver Art Museum in Denver, CO, the 2016 summer invitational at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City, NY, the 2015 exhibition Flatlander at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, CO, and the 2008 edition of New Art in Austin: 20 to Watch at the Austin Museum of Art. In addition to her studio practice, she is an active member of the collectively run project space MASS Gallery and spins records with the Chulita Vinyl Club.

Xochi Solis (b. 1981): Solis is an Austin, TX based artist sharing her studio time between Texas and Mexico. Her works include multilayered, collaged paintings constructed of paint, hand-dyed paper, vinyl, plastics, and images from found books and magazines. Solis considers the repeated act of layering a meditation on color, texture, and shape all leading to a greater awareness of the visual intricacies found in her immediate environment, both natural and cultural. Recent solo exhibitions include: We must build as if the sand were stone, South Texas College Library Gallery, McAllen, TX and Rivers of our Vision, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX. In 2016, she was the invited artist-in-residence at Pele Prints in St. Louis, MO, Solis completing a series of monoprints that combined her painting and collage methods with a variety of printmaking techniques. As a resident artist in 2013 at Arquetopia in Oaxaca, MX, she learned to work with natural pigments and paper dying. Solis is one of 30 artists featured in the book Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform (Chronicle Books, 2014). Her group exhibitions include the current 2017 exhibition Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place at the Denver Art Museum in Denver, CO, the 2016 summer invitational at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City, NY, the 2015 exhibition Flatlander at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, CO, and the 2008 edition of New Art in Austin: 20 to Watch at the Austin Museum of Art. In addition to her studio practice, she is an active member of the collectively run project space MASS Gallery and spins records with the Chulita Vinyl Club.

Jenna: Jenna is originally from New York. She has her Bachelor's in Psychology and Elementary Education and Master's in Special Education. Always wanting to find sustainable ways to help people, she served three years in AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity and Literacy First. Next, she worked at Goodwill for three years as an employment case manager. Now, she works as the Volunteer Coordinator at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin, a local non profit, fair trade marketplace. Here she manages over 50 volunteers, coordinates events, and acts as the store assistant manager. She is happy to be in the fair trade community as this supports thousands of people in developing countries in a sustainable way. In her free time, she fosters dogs and volunteers with Austin Pets Alive.

Jenna: Jenna is originally from New York. She has her Bachelor's in Psychology and Elementary Education and Master's in Special Education. Always wanting to find sustainable ways to help people, she served three years in AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity and Literacy First. Next, she worked at Goodwill for three years as an employment case manager. Now, she works as the Volunteer Coordinator at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin, a local non profit, fair trade marketplace. Here she manages over 50 volunteers, coordinates events, and acts as the store assistant manager. She is happy to be in the fair trade community as this supports thousands of people in developing countries in a sustainable way. In her free time, she fosters dogs and volunteers with Austin Pets Alive.


 

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