Saturday, December 29, 2012

RNEST Member Show Schedule - January 2012

Seeing how there are no other RNEST Members for this post other than myself, I decided to cheerlead for the folks in in The Hungerford building. If you are an artist or crafter looking for a fun place to show and sell your work, look into becoming a guest artist.

Airigami, Suite 234
Airigami, Suite 234


We welcome you to join us this First Friday at the historic Hungerford building. Four floors of open studios will provide you with endless entertainment. We have a large variety of fine and functional artwork available for show and sale.


Featured open studios include:

Francesca DeCaire (RNEST Member)
Cat Clay – Click here for details about the Winter Warmth Sup(er) Benefit
Airigami
Mark Whitney Photography
Kumagama – Clay Studio & Gallery
The Crafting Social
Pat Tribastone
Main Street Artists’ Gallery & Studio/Suzi Zefting-Kuhn Artworks
Jennifer Buckly

1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY
5pm – 10pm

Like The Hungerford on Facebook here.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 2012 Team Challenge Winner!

Congratulations to RNEST's Team Challenge winner for 
December's "Woodland Winter" theme...

PeachesProducts with her Arctic Fox Grey Batik Stuffed Animal!



Thanks to all the artists who participated 
and to everyone who voted!

Be sure to check back on January 10th for our next Monthly Team Challenge!
(January's theme will be "A Visit To Middle Earth"!)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Treasury Tuesday: A Little Dose Of Happy

When the rest of the internet seems depressing, you can always count on Etsy to help give you a little dose of happy!
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the tragic events of this past weekend.


A Little Dose of Happy
by KiraArts, featuring PeachesProducts

Be sure you click on the links below to see more treasuries! 

Featuring RNEST Members:
Featuring and curated by RNEST Members:

* If you make or find a treasury that features an RNEST member, post the link on the wall at RNEST's Facebook PageYour treasury could be featured on the next Treasury Tuesday!

Friday, December 14, 2012

First Friday Shop Hop Winner

Congratulations to #4, Tiffany, for winning the First Friday Shop Hop giveaway from Jackbear Stamps!!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

December Team Challenge: "Woodland Winter"



Welcome to RNEST's December Team Challenge! The theme for this month was 
"Woodland Winter"

December Team Challenge: Woodland Winter
(An Etsy Treasury with all the submitted items!)

Earlier this month, we asked our RNEST members to get creative and make items representing an interpretation of "Woodland Winter"...and now YOU, our loyal blog readers, get to pick the winner!  Here's the list of our contestants!














Yeti the Mr Kim by MoyaLazyFactory




Votive Candle Holder by FrancescaDeCaire


Arctic Fox Grey Batik Stuffed Animal by PeachesProducts


Japanese Maple Leaf Copper Enamel Earrings by kurpiz


Decorative Tree Handmade Copper Ornament by ManicMetals


Harvest Pixie Scarf by KeenTied


Small Snowy Owl by KiraArts



Cast your vote for your favorite on the poll in the upper, right corner of the blog! 
(Deadline to vote is by midnight on Wednesday, December 19th)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Treasury Tuesday: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

The title says it all!

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!
by KiraArts, featuring SewIndieShop and MFcrafts

Be sure you click on the other links to see more treasuries! (I can't picture them all so you have to click on them to see!  If you don't, you're missing out!)

Featuring RNEST Members:
Curated by RNEST Members:

* If you make or find a treasury that features an RNEST member, post the link on the wall at RNEST's Facebook PageYour treasury could be featured on the next Treasury Tuesday!

Friday, December 7, 2012

First Friday Shop Hop featuring Jackbear Stamps

Welcome to the December First Friday Shop Hop featuring John from Jackbear Stamps!
During the monthly shop hops, you'll get a blog's eye view into the shop, get to know the artist, and get a chance to win something awesome!
 
A blog's eye view of Jackbear Stamps:


Meet the Artist:
RNEST: Tell us a little about yourself.
John: My name is John Ballou, but I also go by Jack. I hand carve rubber stamps. I have been carving stamps since 2003. I have lost count, but have carved many hundreds of rubber stamps. I specialize in portraits, logos, bookplates, and monograms.

RNEST: What's your favorite part of being an artist?
John: The act of creation. I just love creating something from nothing. Chef's do this with food, Carpenters with wood, but I love to create with rubber. Taking a blank slate, and turning it into a functional item that can print an image. It is amazing to me still, and the process of trying something new each time keeps it interesting for me.

RNEST: You've been at this for a while. Any advise for someone just starting out?
John: Be patient, it takes time. It takes time to set yourself up as a business. It takes time to get good at your craft. Work at it a little each day. Take risks when you can. Find other like minded people to get ideas from.

RNEST: How about shows coming up? Where can we find you locally?
John: I have two more shows before Christmas. The first one a Holiday Shopping Fair at the University of Rochester on Friday, December 7th (THAT'S TODAY!!! from 11am to 4 pm. The second one is the Advent Holiday Arts and Crafts show at the East Rochester High School on Saturday, December 8th, from 9 am to 3 pm.

RNEST: So, tell us about your giveaway item.
John: This item is really special to me. It is an ACEO/ATC (Artist Trading Card) so it is the same size of a poker card. It is a little piece of artwork that is inexpensive and easy to trade/buy/collect. The subject is a Saw Whet Owl that my father-in-law Dick Beery of 3 Oaks Photography took. Our tour guide for the morning we found the owl was Casey Wright of Peach Products. I did two carvings from the photograph, one that creates the brown layer, and one that creates the black layer. I love the three dimensional look it gives the image.


 
The Giveaway - Open worldwide:
Saw Whet ACEO/ATC Card

To enter:
MANDATORY ENTRIES:
1. Follow this blog.

2. Stop by Jackbear Stamps and give it a heart.
If you're already a fan, just say so in the comments.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:
1. Pick a favorite** piece in Jackbear Stamps and:
Tweet it using the Twitter button on the listing. (one entry)
Like it using the Facebook button on the listing. (one entry)
Pin it using the Pinterest button on the listing. (one entry)
**{multiple favorites = multiple entries!!}

2. Tweet the contest using the Twitter button at the bottom of the post.

3. Share this contest on Facebook using the Facebook button on the bottom of the post.


5. Like the RNEST Facebook page.

This contest will run until December 13th.
The winner will be selected using a random number generator so anyone can win!
Good Luck!

* Please post all entries below and remember to comment for each entry so that your multiple entries are counted.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December Team Challenge Deadline Extended!

The deadline for the Team Challenge has been extended to next week!  



Voting will start next Thursday, December 13th.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Treasury Tuesday: A Warm Woodland Winter

This week's treasury was inspired by the "Woodland Winter" theme for December's upcoming Team Challenge.



A Warm Woodland Winter by KiraArts, featuring PeachesProducts, SunshyneSilverwear, and HeatherVitticore

Be sure you click on the other links to see more treasuries! (I can't picture them all so you have to click on them to see!  If you don't, you're missing out!)

Featuring RNEST Members:

* If you make or find a treasury that features an RNEST member, post the link on the wall at RNEST's Facebook PageYour treasury could be featured on the next Treasury Tuesday!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Treasury THURSDAY: November Catch-Up

Apologies for being SO behind on Treasury Tuesdays!  This week's is a Treasury Thursday instead!  The major Holiday Craft Show Season is upon us, and November was a busy month for many!  To try and make up for it, I will feature a treasury from each category this week.  Enjoy! (and don't forget to click the links for the other treasuries!)

Featuring RNEST Members:



Featuring and curated by RNEST Members:


Needle Felted Menagerie by ManicMetals, featuring PeachesProducts


Curated by RNEST Members:


Punchy by BeadworkByAmanda


* If you make or find a treasury that features an RNEST member, post the link on the wall at RNEST's Facebook PageYour treasury could be featured on the next Treasury Tuesday!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

RNEST Member Show Schedule - December 2012




Charles Carroll School #46 Annual Holiday Bazaar
12/1, Saturday 9am – 4pm
250 Newcastle Road
Rochester, NY 14610



Allendale Columbia Holiday Market
12/1, Saturday 9am-4pm
519 Allens Creek Road, Rochester, NY 14618



Jerry Williams Creative Arts & Framing
Holiday Open House
12/1/12 Noon - 5pm
506 Long Pond Road


First Friday
12/7, Friday 6pm – 9pm
The Hungerford Building
1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14607
(Suite 216)



Holiday Shopping Fair
12/7 11 am - 4 pm
University of Rochester, Wilson Commons



Advent Craft Show
12/8/12 9 am - 3 pm
East Rochester High School
200 Woodbine Ave.



Magical Musical Craft Show
Saturday, December 8th, 10am-4pm
LA Webber High School
25 Housel Ave, Lyndonville, NY 14098



Benefits Boutique
3:30 – 7 pm Saturday, December 8, 
9:30 am – 1:30 pm Sunday, December 9,
The First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd. South, Rochester 14610.



Artisan Craft Night
12/11, 6-10pm
Abilene Bar & Lounge
153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY 14604



Last Minute Panic Holiday Sale
12/14, Friday 4-8pm and 12/15 Saturday 12-6pm
WNYBAC, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, New York 14203



Holidays at The Market
12/2, 12/9, 12/16, Sundays 9am – 3pm
Rochester Public Market
280 N. Union St
Rochester NY 14609

Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 2012 Team Challenge Winner!



Congratulations to RNEST's Team Challenge winner for 
November's "Put A Bird On It!" theme...
FlyRabbitPress with her November Bird 11x9.5 Print!




Thanks to all the artists who participated 
and to everyone who voted!

Be sure to check back on December 6th for our next Monthly Team Challenge!
(December's theme will be "Woodland Winter"!)



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monthly Meeting! (November 2012)

Monday was our Monthly Meeting for November!


Here is Casey (PeachesProducts) modeling one of the hats made by one of our newest members, Mary-Anne of The TaylorShop.


This was Mary-Anne's first meeting with us! And she got to do the honors of picking the "Featured Member" for November. 


(we also used one of her handmade hats to place the slips in!) 


Jina (MoyaLazyFacory) was the winner this month!  So her shop gets to be featured in the nifty little CraftCult widget at the top of the blog sidebar!


At the end of the meeting, we did some "secret critiques" on some items...including this big plaid barn owl made by Kira of KiraArts (which she had brought in for John of JackBear Stamps as a trade for one of his hand-carved stamps)
They way we do the "secret critiques" is, the artist asks a question about their item, then everyone at the meeting writes their answer on a piece of paper anonymously, and puts it in a hat.  Then all the slips are given to the person whose item is being critiqued.  And they can either keep the results to themselves or share them with the group (which is more fun!).



We also did a critique of this lovely 3-color, letterpress-printed bicycle poster by Chris of FlyRabbitPress.
Usually the question is about the price of the item..."What would you pay for this?" or "What would you expect it to cost?".  It is hard for an artist to price their work.  It's a constant battle for an artist between what the work is really worth and what people will pay for it.  These critiques are a way we gain some insight into how much people are willing to pay for an item...which is sometimes more than we realize!  
Of course, our group has a unique appreciation for the amount of work it takes to produce handmade items!  But one of our goals is to spread that appreciation and knowledge to others!


Friday, November 9, 2012

First Friday Shop Hop Winner

Congratulations to #26, Francesca DeCaire for winning the First Friday Shop Hop giveaway from Beadwork by Amanda!!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Check back in December for the First Friday Shop Hop featuring Jackbear Stamps!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November Team Challenge: Put A Bird On It!


Welcome to RNEST's November Team Challenge! The theme for this month was 
"Put A Bird On It!"

The idea of "Put a Bird On It" has become something of a tongue-in-cheek joke this year in the craft community, due to a sketch on the IFC comedy show "Portlandia".  But, come on!  Putting a bird on something can sometimes make it prettier!  (If you don't understand the joke because you haven't seen the sketch, click here to watch the video on YouTube and get a laugh.)
Earlier this month, we asked our RNEST members to get creative and make items representing an interpretation of "Put A Bird On it"...and now YOU, our loyal blog readers, get to pick the winner!  Here's the list of our contestants!

Lampwork Bead Miniature Glass Bird by FrancescaDeCaire

Cast your vote for your favorite on the poll in the upper, right corner of the blog! 
(Deadline to vote is by midnight on Wednesday, November 14th)

Friday, November 2, 2012

First Friday Shop Hop featuring Beadwork by Amanda

Welcome to the November First Friday Shop Hop featuring Amanda from Beadwork by Amanda and Azure Seas!
During the monthly shop hops, you'll get a blog's eye view into the shop, get to know the artist, and get a chance to win something awesome!
 
A blog's eye view of Beadwork by Amanda and Azure Seas:


Meet the Artist:
RNEST: Tell us a little about yourself.
Amanda: I’m also a chemistry graduate student, which is likely the most improbable occupation people think of when they meet me. I’ve always been split between art and science, so I choose to do both! A lot of chemistry deals with boring clear solutions or white powders, so it’s pretty exciting that the crystals I synthesize and characterize change color based on their size.

RNEST: What's your favorite part of being an artist?
Amanda: I love having the ability to transform ideas into tangible items.

RNEST: You've been at this for a while. Any advise for someone just starting out?
Amanda: Treat your Etsy shop more like a real craft show; if you want sales, you need to have a decent amount of stock available for the shopper to choose from. Likewise, have at least several pages of items in your Etsy shop to give shoppers something to browse through. Another point- keep thinks fresh! Constantly add new items and get rid of the old stuff.

RNEST: Any coupons or promotions at your shops?
Amanda: Use code RNEST15 for 15% off your entire order in either shop!

RNEST: How about shows coming up? Where can we find you locally?
Amanda: I only have a couple of shows that are local: Mayday Underground on November 3 (TOMORROW!!) at the Rochester Main Street Armory and Second Storie on November 24 at the Visual Studies Workshop on Price St.

RNEST: So, tell us about your giveaway item.
Amanda: I'm giving away any round circuit board necklace in my shop.

 
The Giveaway - Open worldwide:
Winner's choice of any round circuit board necklace.

To enter:
MANDATORY ENTRIES:
1. Follow this blog.

2. Stop by Beadwork by Amanda and/or Azure Seas and give it a heart.
If you're already a fan, just say so in the comments.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:
1. Pick a favorite** piece in Beadwork by Amanda and/or Azure Seas and:
Tweet it using the Twitter button on the listing. (one entry)
Like it using the Facebook button on the listing. (one entry)
Pin it using the Pinterest button on the listing. (one entry)
**{multiple favorites = multiple entries!!}

2. Tweet the contest using the Twitter button at the bottom of the post.

3. Share this contest on Facebook using the Facebook button on the bottom of the post.


5. Like the RNEST Facebook page.

This contest will run until November 8th.
The winner will be selected using a random number generator so anyone can win!
Good Luck!

* Please post all entries below and remember to comment for each entry so that your multiple entries are counted.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Treasury Tuesday: Batten Down The Hatches!

"Sandy" has been the talk of the town this week.   John of Jackbear Stamps was inspired by the absurdity of the nickname "Frankenstorm" and made a "Frankenstom Survivor" ACEO, which has been in 3 treasuries (one pictured below) as well as mentioned in a BusinessWeek.com article!


Batten Down the Hatches featuring Jackbear


Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by the storm.  I think John said it best in his blog post:
"I am truly grieved by the agony and loss Hurricane Sandy has brought upon our feeble human experience. My thoughts to out to those who have lost loved ones, have lost homes, have had property destroyed, and whose lives have changed because of this meteorological event. I mean no disrespect. 
 That said, I do believe there is room in our grieving process to smile. How often are we cheered in a dark hour by an off-color crack? I originally made these cards to mock the absurdity of the word "Frankenstorm". I mean how do we take this perfect storm seriously with a name like that! However, after going through the wind and rain of the storm (and by no means was it the worst the storm would dish out here in Rochester) I think these cards also have a deeper meaning now. I think they can be sent to a loved one to say, "Hey, I know times were tough, but you have a friend thinking about you." I think part of the healing process is the acknowledgement that you are still alive, and that its OK to smile again."

More Treasuries...
Featuring RNEST Members:
Featuring and curated by RNEST Members:
  • Mayday! Underground Treasury of Awesomeness by PeachesProducts, featuring FrecklesAndFrizz, Jackbear, PapersaurusCreative, MoyaLazyFactory, SoftshellCrafts, KiraArts, FlyRabbitPress, SunshyneSilverwear, SewIndieShop, and KarenSwimmer

* If you make or find a treasury that features an RNEST member, post the link on the wall at RNEST's Facebook PageYour treasury could be featured on the next Treasury Tuesday!

RNEST Member Art Show Schedule - November 2012



First Friday
11/2 (6pm – 9pm)
The Hungerford Building
1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14607


Mayday! Underground
Saturday, November 3rd, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Main Street Armory
900 E Main St, Rochester NY


Holy Childhood Arts & Craft Sale
11/3, Saturday (9am -4pm)
100 Groton Pkwy
Rochester, NY 14623


Holy Ghost
11/10, Saturday (9am -4pm)
Holy Ghost Church
250 Coldwater Road
Rochester, NY 14624


Red Sunday Arts & Crafts show
11/11, Sunday (11am – 4pm)
Penfield High School
25 High School Drive
Penfield, NY 14526


Night of Lights
Craft Company #6
November 16th 6pm-10pm
785 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607


Fairport Education’s 30th Annual Scholarship Craft Sale
11/17, Saturday (9:30 – 4pm)
Minerva Deland School
140 Hulburt Road
Fairport, NY 11150


Abilene Artisan Craft and Music Night
11/20, Wednesday Night (hours will be posted soon)
153 Liberty Pole Way
Rochester, NY 14604


Christmas In Medina
Saturday, November 24th, 9:00am - 5:00pm
The sidewalks of Main Street in downtown Medina, NY 
443 Main Street (Rt 63) Medina, NY


36th Annual Arts and Crafts Boutique Sale
11/24, Saturday (10am – 4pm)
Irondequoit High School

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Treasury Tuesday: Mayday Underground Preview (Fall 2012)

Mayday Underground is coming up soon! (November 3rd)
Here's a treasury with a preview of some of the artists who will be there...many of which are RNESTers!

Mayday! Underground Preview by BeadworkByAmanda, 
Featuring KiraArts, MoyaLazyFactory, TheQuiltedHouse, Kurpisz, KarenSwimmer, InMyHeadStudios, FrecklesAndFrizz, SewIndieShow, KaseyAJohnson, SunshyneSilverwear 


Be sure you click on the other links to see more treasuries! (I can't picture them all so you have to click on them to see!  If you don't, you're missing out!)

Featuring RNEST Members:

* If you make or find a treasury that features an RNEST member, post the link on the wall at RNEST's Facebook PageYour treasury could be featured on the next Treasury Tuesday!


Friday, October 12, 2012

First Friday Shop Hop Winner

Congratulations to #5, Hana's Clay for winning the First Friday Shop Hop giveaway from The Quilted House!!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Check back in November for the First Friday Shop Hop featuring Beadwork by Amanda!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

October 2012 Team Challenge Winner!


Congratulations to RNEST's Team Challenge winner for 
October's "In Disguise" theme...
Jackbear Stamps with his Lucha Libre Rubber Stamp!


Thanks to all the artists who participated 
and to everyone who voted!

Be sure to check back on November 1st for our next Monthly Team Challenge!
(November's theme will be "Put A Bird On It"!)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pics from October's Meeting

Here are some pictures from our October meeting!


Choosing a name out of the hat for this month's "featured member".

Cara from SewIndieShop is our winner this month!

After we finished some official business, John (Jackbear Stamps) wanted to test out some new "temporary tattoo" ink he had just bought.


A beer mug temporary tattoo using one of John's stamps.


Show off those guns, John!

Then more people had "Tattoos" done!





This was the other stamp design John had with him...a zombie! (fitting for October!)



A rare picture of Kira, who takes most of the photos at the meeting.