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Denver Vendor Spotlight: Boxwood Pinball

Meet Bill and Travis, the owners of Bowwood Pinball: creators of all wood pinball games.  

Travis and I have always felt Boxwood Pinball is unique because of its beginning as an artist collaboration. We each have our own style when it comes to our individual art, and the combination of our talents becomes very unique. We both are into abstract and conceptual art, but bring it down to Earth when it comes to Boxwood. Our wooden games are meant to be a throw back to simpler times with a twist of modern design and art.

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We can work independently because we are in tune with what we want Boxwood to be.

Bill's creative process happens in the wood shop where he draws and saws the physical aspect of the games. Travis works in his drawing studio surrounded by pets and music. Our creative process is triggered by the excitement of seeing what the other person has done, and being able to react to that work with our own.

We are inspired by the love of doing our work. The daily routine of getting into the studio with a fresh cup of coffee and letting our hands take us somewhere is a thrilling experience.

Learn more about Boxwood Pinball:  https://www.facebook.com/boxwoodpinball  http://boxwoodpinball.weebly.com/

Learn more about Boxwood Pinball:

https://www.facebook.com/boxwoodpinball

http://boxwoodpinball.weebly.com/

Shop Boxwood Pinball at the Denver Jackalope Art & Craft Fair on November 14th & 15th!

Vendor Spotlight: BeatUpCreations

How would you describe your style?
I love the idea of taking a traditionally formal piece and bringing some humor to it.   It is really about revitalizing these beautiful vintage plates, altering them to be a bit more fun and contemporary.

What inspires you?
The juxtaposition of highbrow classicism with a sense of humor is the greatest influence in my work.  I am definitely inspired by pop culture, anthropomorphism and classic antiques.

What is your creative process like? 
Chaotic and Messy

Where do you source your plates from?
Sourcing the vintage and antique plates is really fun.  I get to shop antique stores, thrift stores, estate sales etc.  Each plate is then designed to match one of my mixed media portraits or pop culture portraits

What does a plate have to have in order to be used by you?
Most of these vintage and antique plates are truly amazing.  They have been hand painted, hand embellished with gold gilded, they may have enamel details or hand moulded.  This type of craftsmanship is rare today and nearly extinct in the plate making world.

Why plates?
his idea of the Altered Antique Plates started because my mom was an avid antique collector and dealer. When she retired she began getting rid of lots of stuff, in that "stuff" was many old plates. Some of which were old portrait plates with demure ladies posed in proper positions and big fluffy dresses. They were all beautiful with hand painted details, gold accents, and delicate porcelain but in reality they did not exactly match my modern, urban style. So, were they useless? No, I must make them cool again.... atlas the idea began.

Shop BeatUpCreations at Jackalope Art & Craft Fair on November 7th and 8th at Central Park in Old Pasadena.

 

 

Vendor Spotlight: Storytelling Strands

I describe my design style as earthy chic with a rustic glamorous vibe. I am naturally drawn to very raw stones and I think that is attributed to the fact that my husband and I have a daughter, Mo, who graduated with a Geology degree. We were always collecting rocks when she was growing up! She gave me the love of "earthy" gems and each piece of jewelry that I make comes with the history and metaphysical properties of the elements used in the design. 

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Megan, my oldest daughter, is my source of all things "color" and texture! She is a self-taught, and very accomplished acrylic artist, who paints with an extremely cheerful and vibrant style. She pushes me to get out of my comfort zone by mixing metals, textures and colors together in ways that I would not have thought of on my own. 

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I'm certainly inspired by my family, but nature also gives me a boost to the creative process. Whether I'm on a walk with my dog, or a marathon course with Megan (we've completed 7), I find ideas and think about new designs. I want each piece to be meaningful. For example, I've just recently produced some hammered metal necklaces called "Stepping Stones" that were inspired by polished river rocks along a mountain stream. The name Stepping Stones" can symbolize a way to move forward, or heal, or reach our goals. I like to solder three beads onto the metal cutout to represent mind, body and spirit, but some people have customized them for number of children, anniversary dates, numerology, and so on.

I've also started hammering some new rings in Brass, Copper, and Sterling Silver. They are a wide band with a simple, yet dramatic, diagonal cutout and they are named "Pathway" rings. Megan and I were on a marathon course in Couer d'Alene, Idaho when we started talking about letting go of control and letting the path choose us, instead of the other way around. I think a lot of people can relate to jewelry with meaning. It makes a piece very special and can be a fantastic gift for someone. 

You can find other examples of my work on my website at www.StorytellingStrands.com and there is a link to my Etsy shop on that site, as well. Not everything is listed because I'd rather spend time making things that I can show at events like the Jackalope Art Fair!!!

Shop Storytelling Strands at Jackalope Art & Craft Fair on July 25th & 26th at EXDO Event Center.

How to Plan Your Craft Fair Inventory!

One of the most popular questions we get asked is "how much product should I bring to the fair?" Unfortunately there is no calculation that will spit out an exact number, but there are certain tips that will help gauge how much you should bring along for the ride. 

1. Bring more than what you think will sell. Even though selling out sounds like a good idea, just make sure it is at the end of the fair and not in the middle! 

2. Take a look at what your online sales are or sales from past events, is there an item that seems to be your best seller? Make sure you have plenty in stock! 

3. Think about your booth display and how you are setting up. Knowing how you want to market yourself and the feeling you want to exude to your customers will also help in determining how much of each product you need on display. For example, do you have a minimalist approach? The below are great booth examples of a minimalist display for both People's Choice Beef Jerky and Votive Jewelry from our Jackalope Pasadena Spring Show. Notice how they have only one of each item physically out on display.

4. If you offer products in various colors and styles, do not feel the need to have one of each out. Just let the customer know that that is available. You can even have a sign up that says you take custom orders, or to ask you about other color options!

5. Offer products in varying price points, this will help attract a wider customer base! 

6. We have mentioned this before, but make sure to do a mock set up before the show itself.  This will help you figure out numbers and remember to take a picture!

Booth Display of  Robert Kramer Woodworking

Booth Display of Robert Kramer Woodworking

If you end up being "stuck" with extra inventory, it is okay, just take a look at what product you have most of and keep notes for next time! 

#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.

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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