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Jackalope Arts: Year Two In Review

We can't believe we're already into our third year with Jackalope.  Thank you to everyone who's been there to support us along this journey.  

We're looking forward to everything that 2017 has in store and are looking forward to sharing all of that with you soon.

 Pasadena Spring 2016 started the year off strong with record Jackalope attendance!

Pasadena Spring 2016 started the year off strong with record Jackalope attendance!


We got a chance to help pups in three different states.  It was a really great experience working with The Pasadena Humane Society, Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, and Arizona Humane Society this year.


We added a bunch of really fun workshops to all of our fairs! We love getting the chance for attendees to become makers themselves and to experience the process behind a handmade item.


We participated in Small Business Saturday in Arizona!

 We participated in Small Business Saturday in Arizona!

We made our way to the historic McNichols Building in Downtown Denver for the first time.  What a great building in a beautiful part of the city!

 We made our way to the historic McNichols Building in Downtown Denver for the first time.  What a great building in a beautiful part of the city!

Jackalope received mentions in over 42 different stories throughout the year!  We even managed to make it onto television with KTLA, Arizona Midday, 3TV, and Fox 10 News!

You can view some of the footage here:  https://www.youtube.com/jackalopeartfair


AND... we met a TON of awesome handmade artisans from all across the country!


We can't wait for what's in store this year. 
Bring it on, 2017!

Jackalope Arts: A Year in Review!

To celebrate the end of year 1 for Jackalope Arts we thought we would take a look back at this past year through photos! We are so thankful for a great first year and we can't wait to watch Jackalope grow and bring more awareness to the handmade community! 

  With Love+Ink  from our very first Jackalope Art & Craft Fair in Pasadena, CA this past April! 

With Love+Ink from our very first Jackalope Art & Craft Fair in Pasadena, CA this past April! 

 Our first Denver Summer Jackalope Art & Craft Fair, so much fun seeing our logo come to life! 

Our first Denver Summer Jackalope Art & Craft Fair, so much fun seeing our logo come to life! 

 We love when the artists embrace the Jackalope and create pieces specific to the show-this Jackalope piece was presented by  Becky Designs  at our Summer Denver Jackalope Event! 

We love when the artists embrace the Jackalope and create pieces specific to the show-this Jackalope piece was presented by Becky Designs at our Summer Denver Jackalope Event! 

  Eclectic Hoops  brought tons of energy to our Holiday Jackalope Art & Craft Fair in Pasadena! 

Eclectic Hoops brought tons of energy to our Holiday Jackalope Art & Craft Fair in Pasadena! 

 Our Holiday Pasadena Jackalope Art & Craft Fair kicked off the holiday shopping season, and we loved having all handmade vendors to shop from, including  The Wicked Boheme !

Our Holiday Pasadena Jackalope Art & Craft Fair kicked off the holiday shopping season, and we loved having all handmade vendors to shop from, including The Wicked Boheme!

  Boxwood Pinball  brought the fun to our Holiday Jackalope Art & Craft Fair in Denver!

Boxwood Pinball brought the fun to our Holiday Jackalope Art & Craft Fair in Denver!

  Shannon Faber Fine Arts  at our Denver Holiday Jackalope Art & Craft Fair, these postcards make perfect stocking stuffers!

Shannon Faber Fine Arts at our Denver Holiday Jackalope Art & Craft Fair, these postcards make perfect stocking stuffers!

 To help last minute holiday shoppers complete their gift giving, Jackalope Art & Craft Fair made our debut in Phoenix this past weekend! Even though the weather was chilly, all the fabulous vendors really brought their A Game, we love these pieces by  The Wooden Nickel !

To help last minute holiday shoppers complete their gift giving, Jackalope Art & Craft Fair made our debut in Phoenix this past weekend! Even though the weather was chilly, all the fabulous vendors really brought their A Game, we love these pieces by The Wooden Nickel!

 This year ended with a bang with us being interviewed on Live TV with Fox 10 Phoenix promoting the fair! Thank you  Moms Gone Nuts ,  Savannah Ashley  and  Be You Jewelry  for your support! 

This year ended with a bang with us being interviewed on Live TV with Fox 10 Phoenix promoting the fair! Thank you Moms Gone Nuts, Savannah Ashley and Be You Jewelry for your support! 

Seeing all these memories makes us anxious for next year and what 2016 will bring! We hope you all enjoy the Holiday season and we will see you next Spring! 

Phoenix, Arizona… HERE WE COME!

Like the bird that shares its name, Phoenix is rising into a beautiful new city that embraces Localism, innovation, entrepreneurship, and diversity.
— BALLE

In the beginning days of Jackalope Arts, our team sat together with some of the movers and shakers in the L.A. art scene and talked excitedly about the vision for Jackalope Arts.  One of these notable individuals said they understood why we were in L.A. and Denver with the arts and culture in both cities, but that they didn't know anything about Phoenix and the scene there.  Of course, as a Phoenix native, I proceeded to breakdown all of what Phoenix has to offer in it's rapidly growing and soon to be well known arts economy!

The Jackalope Art & Craft Fair will be making it's home at Steele Indian School Park in Downtown Phoenix, just outside the Roosevelt Row Arts District and situated just steps from the Metro Light Rail.   We will be joining the localist movement in an effort to strengthen the Phoenix community and Arizona economy by growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses.

There has been a concentrated focus on growing Downtown Phoenix and over the past 5 years those efforts have really begun to take hold!  We are on a roll with a 7% expected growth rate, exceptional when compared to other Downtown growth rates in the US (thiscouldbePHX.com), and Phoenix's Roosevelt Row (RoRo) being named one of the top 10 arts districts in the country by USA Today!

One of the associations in place to help facilitate this growth in Downtown Phoenix and across Arizona is Local First Arizona.  Since it's inception in 2003, Local First Arizona has grown to become the world's largest local business association with over 2,500 members!  Arizonans know how to ban together and make s***t happen and we aim to be a part of that.  

The mission of Jackalope Arts is to create a shopping experience with the highest quality, locally handcrafted goods.  We strive to support local artisans who devote their lives to their creations. We bring a community together to celebrate local artistry, and promote high quality, locally made, artisan creations of all kinds in our weekend events.

Check out this Small Wonders map of the local businesses in the area surrounding our new Downtown home!  We love our Jackalope neighbors :)

Not convinced Phoenix is amazing yet?  Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Love Phoenix from the Phoenix New Times!

The Jackalope Art & Craft Fair will launch in Phoenix with our Holiday shopping event on December 12th & 13th.  
Are you an artisan? Applications are available online and the deadline is September 1st.  
Just an eager local shopper?  Our event is FREE so add it to your calendar and sign up to our mailing list to hear all the exciting updates!

Good Reads & Resources: 

Local First Arizona

Is Downtown Phoenix at a Tipping Point? 

BALLE

    

#jackalopeartfair

As we continue to grow our Jackalope Art & Craft Fair, we're noticing some fun things in our budding community that is building, and it's all being shared online.

#jackalopeartfair

In a small way, we hope to bridge a gap between makers, attendees, and just general handmade enthusiasts not just locally, but across the country through our different fairs.  Take a peek, and see for yourself what our #jackalopeartfair vendors and patrons are up to:

We hope you enjoy some of our faves so far!  We look forward to seeing our arts community continue to develop with talent and fun from across the country!

 @lapetitemelissa

@lapetitemelissa

 @straussvintageshoppe

@straussvintageshoppe

 @lacelit

@lacelit

 @foxboxes

@foxboxes

 @nana_porcelaine

@nana_porcelaine

 @junkiethreads

@junkiethreads

 @mkconnection

@mkconnection

 @nohosoapcompany

@nohosoapcompany

 @aliciagorecki

@aliciagorecki

 @straussvintageshoppe

@straussvintageshoppe

 @callienerd

@callienerd

 @pasadenacharm

@pasadenacharm

 @hannala23handmade

@hannala23handmade

 @coppermugco

@coppermugco

Meet the Denver Jurors: Samuel Schimek

Owner of I Heart Denver Store, Creative Director of Artstir, and VP of Chapter Development at AIGA Colorado

Q. Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world?           

A. I am the Owner of the I Heart Denver Store, an innovative, award-winning retail model developed to support Denver’s creative economy. The store carries 100% local art and design goods and has returned an unprecedented 70% of sales to more than 160 artists/designers over the last 3 years. To date, the store has sold over $2.1 million in local design goods, and roughly $1.4 million of that money was paid directly back to the artists and designers for the sales of their goods. I also work with Denver Pavilions to implement programming and events to activate the Denver's downtown creative culture. 

Q. What/who is your biggest inspiration?   

A. The DIY movement in general. It inspires me to see how much we can make with our hands and new technology. 

Q. How did you get into your position in the arts & crafts world?

A. While pursuing my creative education I took part time work that gained me sales and management experience. After 4.5 years of college I was able to secure a visual display position at Urban Outfitters, then moved into leadership roles in other corporations and small businesses. After several years of helping companies with new store builds, team building, and marketing I took the initiative to self produce art exhibitions and events that led to an invite by the city of Denver to run a one week pop-up store. The press and sales potential of that first pop-up store is what lead to the retail program I run today. 

Q. Tell us about a few favorites of your: Animal?

AMy favorite animal is my best buddy Denver Picard. He is my corgi and shop dog. A favorite at the Denver Pavilions, he has won a tourism award and a couple Best of Denver awards from Denver Westword. 

Q. What do you love most about the handmade movement?

A. The handmade movement has allowed passions to become careers, and new businesses to pursue a sustainable path more so than ever before. 

Q. What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?

A. The imagery. Professional and complete works that show me something ready to sell. 

Q. What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury? 

A. Seeing works not just produced in Colorado. My projects usually are geared to a hyperlocal stance which I wholeheartedly believe in, but an opportunity to get to curate from outside my normal region is a nice break. 

Q. Where can we find out more about you?

A. I keep my professional profile updated on Linkedin and you can find fun stuff I post on Facebook. http://facebook.com/samuelschimek https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuelschimek

What's Up Denver!

We are so excited to bring Jackalope to Denver and are loving the support that has already come our way. 

Our Denver Fair will be July 25th and 26th at EXDO Event Center in the heart of Denver's River North Arts District (RiNo) from 11am-6pm.  Housed in former industrial warehouses we can't deny the urban feel this venue provides. Jackalope Arts will be taking over their entire complex, even the alley in between to create an indoor outdoor event!

Same as in Pasadena, our fair is juried to maintain a high quality standard. We will be seeking out artists who display the highest quality craftsmanship in original fashion and jewelry design, ceramics and paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art and photography, and much more!  

To help us drum up support we have some amazing SPONSORS that we would like you to meet! 

Westword: One of the top resources in Denver to find out what is going on across the city in terms of news, sports, entertainment, and more! We are also hosting a giveaway to provide people an inside look into our Summer Vendors! 

Spices of Life Gift Shop: They are new to the Denver Metro Area and are located just along Tennyson street. They are your one stop shop in finding the "Spices of Life" including goods in music, travel, cooking and wine, Colorado Living, Home Decor, and more, most of which are handmade here in Denver!

Fancy Tiger CraftsFancy Tiger Crafts is located along South Broadway and specializes in craft supplies and classes for the modern crafter! They host an open craft night every Tuesday and also have sister store, Fancy Tiger Clothing, where you can find a lot of unique clothing and accessories!

Denver Fashion Truck: is also joining forces and spreading the love! Mobility for Denver's art and fashion. They offer a variety of quality goods that include local fashion, art, vintage and modern gifts.  

I Heart Denver Store: located in the heart of Downtown Denver at the Denver Pavilions, has long been a staple for everything local in Colorado and has teamed up with us to help promote the handmade movement! They also have an online shop, making it possible to support the Colorado makers from across the country. 

Team Etsy Colorado: A community of Colorado-based artists and curators! 

River North Art District: Where Art is Made.  Located just North of Downtown, RiNo is dedicated to promoting and supporting the people and businesses that reside in the area. It is also the home of EXDO and Jackalope Denver! 

Whorl: Named Denver's Best New Boutique in Westword, Whorl resides in Denver's LoHi neighborhood. Whorl is not only a storefront, but offers an array of services such as a mobile store front, styling, and private events.  

Yelp: Yelp is a sponsor for each of our Jackalope Cities and we love having them as a referral! 

CRAVE Magazine: CRAVE Magazine is here to promote, celebrate and support our local Colorado artists and our thriving art scene.

Art Quench Magazine: ArtQuenchMagazine.com is an amazing source of information on the creativity in the world today and are supporters of each Jackalope City! 

We hope this gets you as excited as it has made us! There is definitely no denying the talent that exists in the Denver Handmade Community :) 

Meet the Jurors: Christine Haynes

Christine Haynes: sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer and Owner, Christine Haynes Patterns 

Q. Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world:
A. I started making art really young, as I grew up in a small arts community filled with galleries and artists.  It was perfectly normal to pursue the arts as a way of like.  I learned to sew when I was 10 and did loads of other arts activities, like ballet, oil painting, and ceramics as I grew up.  I received a BFA in studio art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in Film, Video, and New Media.  I made art, sewed my own wardrobe, and worked in arts administration until one day when I participated in the second Renegade Craft Fair.  I sold clothing I made and it was a hit.  From there it all just snowballed- I started writing for magazines, wrote my first book for Random House, started teaching sewing, and then launched my line of sewing patterns.  I'm still writing, teaching, and designing today!

Q. What/who is your biggest inspiration?
A. My patterns are inspired by a host of things, but mostly from observing people, films, and vintage materials like yearbooks and sewing patterns.  I want the women who sew my patterns to feel beautiful and unfussy. I prefer a quiet life and never want the need to be clothed to be a burden; rather it should be a joy. 

Q. How did you get into your position in the arts & crafts world?
A. I got here after years and years of stubborn hard work!  There is no way to work for yourself with our working really hard at it.

Q. Tell us about a few favorites of your: Weekend activity? Food? Color? Animal?
A. Since I almost always teach on Saturdays, my weekends are usually Sunday and Monday.  A favorite Sunday activity is the simple pleasure of having a long leisurely breakfast and reading the Sunday papers with my boyfriend.  A favorite food is hummus!  It's a weakness for sure.  My favorite "colors" are green and blue, but my real favorite is gray, if that can be considered a color.  And my favorite animals are my kitties, Sally and Pinta.

Q. What do you love most about the handmade movement?
A. I love it when my students come into class- innocently learning to sew so they can make clothes for their kids or something for their home- then slowly become aware of what a revolutionary act this truly is.  They don't come to class with the intention of rethinking how things are made and how they consume mass-produced products, but most eventually start to think about the cost of materials and labor really quickly into learning things for themselves.  It's empowering in a way that they didn't expect, and to witness that transformation is incredible.

Q. What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?
A. Honesty.  The work must read true and like it's coming from their own voice. 

Q. What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury?
A. I'm excited to seeing all the work come in and then to see the finished show!

Q. Where can we find our more about you?
A. My website is simply my name, www.ChrstineHaynes.com, and you can find me on all those social media outlets that you know and love:

Instagram - @christinehaynes
Twitter - @christinehaynes
Facebook -
https://www.facebook.com/christinehaynesstudio 
Blog - 
http://www.christinehaynes.blogspot.com
Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/christinehaynes/
Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/venicegirl/

Learn about all of the Pasadena, Jackalope jurors here!