Thursday, May 31, 2012

A New Crop:
CSArtists Announced by CCAE

Community Supported Art (CSArt), the popular program that links local artists to local buyers, returns for a second round with a new crop of nine Boston-area artists at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

CSArt is an exciting program that's designed to help local artists position themselves as small businesses, offering an opportunity to create a product line that will help draw attention to their art, build a buyer base, and
raise awareness of their work.

"We are very excited to be continuing Community Supported Art," says Susan Hartnett, CCAE's executive director. "2011 was the first time the Cambridge Center for Adult Education produced CSArt, and we sold out with a long waiting list of eager potential shareholders."

For $350, each shareholder receives one piece of art from each of the nine CSArtists. The CSArtworks will be “harvested” at three parties at various sites around Cambridge and Somerville on Sept. 8, Sept. 22, and Oct. 13.

This year CSArt is off to a strong start with work from

In addition to a dedicated group of 50 buyers, CSArt also offers the nine CSArtists small business support, including budgeting, pricing, and marketing advice from the non-profit Bridges to Business; a gallery show at CCAE, a stipend for their work, and $500 of class credit at CCAE.

To learn more about CSArt -- and maybe even sign up to become a 2012 shareholder, visit the CCAE website, shares are selling fast!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Button Swap and Blog Hop!

Well, today's the day for the big Button Swap reveal!

Many thanks to the AMAZING Cindy Wimmer,
the mastermind behind this outstanding button swap!

My partner for this swap was Birgitta Lejonklou from Sweden. Birgitta sent me the most beautiful handmade ceramic buttons. If you like what you see you can find more of her work in her etsy supply shop Angel Whisperer.

My first design keeps things simple.
I loved the large teal sea shell bead and it's big and beautiful enough to stand on its' own! It has a simple wrapped copper bail and hangs from a leather slip cord.

I made a tiny copper tube bead from roller printed copper that slips over the top of the bail.  It's stamped with the word "vänner" which is Swedish for "friends".

Birgitta also sent me a few sparkly vintage buttons that any Magpie would be happy to have in their stash!

Here's a list of all Swap Partners.
Be sure to join the hop!

 Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time

 Tania Spivey and Teresa Gagne