In this episode artist Melanie Abrantes introduces us to the art of carving. Melanie is leading a workshop in shaping, whittling, sanding and finishing a beautiful custom wooden spoon and we use this episode to dive deeper! Melanie shares about her art background, her journey to wooden turning & carving, her Oakland studio and what she loves about the art she practices. We explore the unique kit of tools & materials Melanie has designed and the makers behind them. Melanie shares with us a typical day in the life, and walks us through a 2018 exercise in which she explored new 'little habits' each month for the FULL year. This wonderful chat leads up to an awesome workshop collaboration!
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In this episode we explore our upcoming Hand Quilting Workshop with maker Elise Cripe of @elisejoy. Elise shares with us her love of quilt making and sewing, and how crafting in general brings balance and creativity to her busy life. Elise shares why hand quilting is so historically special and what makes stitching and 'binding' truly unique to the art of quilting in general.
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In today's episode we're chatting with cut paper artist Maude White to learn more about her background, inspiration and what's included in her curated kit. We learn more about the history and background of cut paper art from around the world. The art of paper cutting is incredibly diverse and has been practiced for a very long time: It first originated in the 4th century CE in China during the Han Dynasty. In the 13th century it came to Europe via Germany and Switzerland with folded scherenschnitte and silhouette art. In Japan, people create kirigami, which is cut and folded paper art. In Mexico, people create papel picado, which is folded colored tissue paper that is cut with scissors. We can't wait to share Maude's own unique technique (utilizing a sharp blade to 'slice' rather than scissors to cut) in our upcoming workshop.
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We're learning more about our September Featured Maker - Lindsey Campbell - and her beautiful technique of Pibione Tapestry Weaving. Lindsey is a weaver from Northern California and has curated a kit of thoughtfully sourced tools & materials to accompany this workshop. In this episode, we're learning more about Lindsey's background and our upcoming workshop.
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In August, we are exploring leather craftsmanship with Julie Rais Ellis of Rais Case. Julie builds beautiful custom leather goods such as handbags, wallets, accessories and journal covers as part of her leather practice, she sells Rais Case through her e-commerce shop as well as in her Southern California storefronts. She's built a 'DIY Studio' in her Oceanside space so that customers can customize their pieces. In this workshop we're taking those DIY principles even further through a Leather Craftsmanship: Tanning & Stamping Workshop in Julie's wonderful style. We've partnered with a family business to produce each leather-bound journal cover and we're so excited for everyone to dive in.
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We're chatting with Chelsea, our July featured maker and the artist behind Sketchy Notions. She shares with us what she finds so valuable and special in creating a daily creativity practice through sketching and why travel sketching & painting is such a wonderful way to capture the world around you.
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We're hosting our semi-annual one week online Pop-Up Shop! This episode offers an introduction of what you'll find in our store as well as details on shipping, membership and other frequently asked questions.
Arounna shares with us her design process to build the beautiful patterns and designs found in her shop, Bookhou. We chat our upcoming workshop and what the term 'mark making' means, and how pivotal it is to textile design. Join us for an interview with our June 2018 artist lead! We are gearing up for a wonderful workshop.
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Kristen walks us through her curated workshop to share more about the project she's built, the tools & materials she's included in each kit, and what about embroidery makes her THRIVE as an artist. Kristen has been practicing the art of embroidery for five years and has grown a loyal following due to her layered, almost 3D floral designs. We are so excited to share one of her unique patterns with you this month as well as the execution of building those flowers, and the technique of embellishing using a Q Snap embroidery tool.
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Rachel Denbow walks us through our April workshop on Shibori Indigo Dyeing by giving us an introduction of our upcoming project, a bit of insight into her wonderful background in making (and her inspiration!), and where to take the technique of shibori and indigo dyeing next for future making.
Sarah Perez walks us through her metal smithing process to build beautiful brass kinetic mobiles for the home. We learn about her background, more about her small business Electric Sun Creatives and what to expect in our March 2018 workshop!
The Crafter's Box collaborates with artists monthly to feature digital workshops in unique crafting techniques, we pair those online workshops with a curated kit of tools & materials to build a project from start to finish. We’ve built this membership project to be a Slow Crafting reminder of how important it is to feed our creative spirits.
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In this episode we catch up with Arounna of Bookhou (@bookhou) who is leading our February 2018 Needle Punch Art Workshop. She shares with us her textile & fiber arts background, her design philosophy and journey, and how the small business collaboration she shares with her husband, John was started. We are especially inspired by her business story (to work, live, play and host a shop in one beautiful building in Toronto!) and her love of rug hooking & punch needle designs. Thanks for listening in.
In this episode we catch up with Alison Abbey, our featured maker for our January knitting workshop. We learn more about Alison's knitting background, her transition from the corporate world into running her own knitwear business and what inspires her with her chunky knit designs. Alison shares about what we'll find in this kit as well as a preview of her instructions for three wonderful beginner to advanced knitting techniques. We're looking forward to a cozy January!
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A complete overview of our December 2017 Holiday Pop-Up Shop.
Jen Hewett is a print maker, textile design and teacher joining us in December to teach silkscreening. In this episode, we chat about her home studio, a day-in-the-life, her journey to textile design and how she originally fell for screen printing. Jen shares about the tools & materials found in her curated kit and the process her hands-on video walks through in next month's workshop.
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In this episode we chat with Shinah Chang, our November 2017 featured maker who shares with us more on her craft of brush pen lettering. Shinah shares her story from practicing as a corporate lawyer to transitioning into becoming a full time creative, a fascinating journey! In addition, we share on next month's project, curated tools & materials, and technique in detail.
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In this episode we meet with Kristen Pumphrey, founder of P.F. Candle Co. and our maker leading our October workshop. We chat small business growth, entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and an introduction to our October workshop (including the amazing tools & materials - fragrances! - she has curated).
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In this podcast episode we meet Katelyn Morse, our September featured maker who is leading a workshop in exploring creative intuition through the subject matter of moon phases. We discuss inspiration, creative background, starting a creative business from scratch (and lessons from it), and what it's like to live and be inspired by Nova Scotia, Canada (golden summers and cooold winters!). Thanks for joining us today.
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In this episode we are chatting with Melissa Tolar of @aquestionofeagles as we explore next month's crafting technique: hand carving clay. Melissa shares with us a bit more on her background, business (that she co-owns with her husband), studio space, and what inspires her beautiful work. Join us to learn more about our August 2017 workshop.
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We are sharing Pop-Up Shop details including the why, when, where and how as well as answering frequently asked questions. This episode includes an overview of the workshops and materials kits being released in our summer shop - enjoy!
In this episode we chat with Erin Dollar on printmaking, stenciling and the creation of large scale patterns. We're exploring over-sized stenciled linen blankets this July and it's set to be a wonderful month! Erin of Cotton & Flax has been practicing printmaking for years and has developed wonderful techniques to create beautiful textiles for the home. Join us for a chat with Erin as we chat creativity.
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In this podcast we chat with Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir about her background as a watercolor artist. She leads our June 2017 workshop on using a wet-on-wet technique to create blended botanical leaves. We chat supplies, inspiration and how she got started (includes an awesome story on a misplaced box of art supplies!).
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In this episode, Margie Keates introduces the art of paper floral making by sharing with us her favorite tools & materials, a bit about how she got started and why she's so passionate about paper floral crafting. We are exploring two of her favorites: a bold, structurally lovely peony and an organic, softer Icelandic poppy. Both are excellent introductions to detailed paper flowers for more exploration.
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We are exploring the chemistry of blueprints and the power of the sun with artist Emily Jeffords. In this podcast we learn more about this workshop and the curated materials offered in each workshop box. We share tips for the upcoming project (lots of awesome tips!!) and Emily shares why she loves this particular creative process so much. Join us to learn more about cyanotype!
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We are tackling chunky crocheted baskets in our March workshop with artist Jessica Carey and in this podcast we chat with her on all things creativity, tools & materials (hook sizing, gauges, yarn types...) as well as a bit more on her background and her own small business: The Hook Nook. Welcome!
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