Meet some of the vendors that will be at this year’s Nevada City Craft Fair, Sunday, August 5th, 10am-8pm at the Miners Foundry. $3/GA, Free for Children 12 and under! For more information go to www.minersfoundry.org or call (530) 265-5462
Name: Freya Jewelry
Your Craft: Metal Jewelry
Favorite art project as a kid: Painting / Coloring
How did you get your start crafting: Completed my bachelor’s degree and thought it was due time to indulge in some art classes to feed the artistic side that I had so sorely neglected during undergrad.
Your most favorite material to work with and why: Metal, love working with it since there are some many different varieties and methods one can use to manipulate it.
Martha Stewart or ?: Dalí, Navajo Indians, Ancient Romans…I am highly inspired by the original and historical.
Name: Black Sheep by Velvet Leaf
Your Craft: Organic Clothing, Vintage and Reformed Vintage
Favorite art project as a kid: Loom beading with my mom
How did you get your start crafting: Genetics…My Grandma was a seamstress, my Mom was a seamstress growing up and I am pretty sure my little 1 1/2 year Old already wants to use the sewing machine
Your most favorite material to work with and why: Silk…I love the variety, individuality and beauty within each fabric.
Martha Stewart or ? (umm…i don’t quite get this question!)
Name: Ingrid Knox
Your Craft: Hand Weaving
Favorite art project as a kid: Crayon pictures
How did you get your start crafting: I learned to embroider, cross-stitch, knit and crochet as a young child. Most of the women in my family did some sort of “hand-work”, so I did too.
Your most favorite material to work with and why: I love to work with fiber – thread/yarn, etc. It is fascinating to me to see a textile being created from just strand of yarn. There are also so many colors and textures to choose from with fiber.
Martha Stewart or ?: Love her but I’m not that crafty or organized.
Name: Briana Rose Reijnen
Your Craft: letterpress, button making, photography, etc…
Favorite art project as a kid: cardboard castles
How did you get your start crafting: I have always been involved in music and the arts. Previously, I was focused on photography for a few years. In 2009 I joined the team at Full Circle Press, which has turned my attention to endless printing fun.
Your most favorite material to work with and why: Paper can take on a life of its own, and it does over and over again. Paper is amazing.
Martha Stewart or ? Martha Stewart can be really corny, but she surely can impress as well.
Name: Rocks, Maps and Crafts by Sarah E. Troedson
Your Craft: Knotted Silk Cord Jewelry and Crochet
Favorite art project as a kid: Coloring and plastic lanyards
How did you get your start crafting: I can’t remember a time I didn’t craft… I learned all kinds of stuff at summer camp each year and my mom taught me to crochet when I was 8.
Your most favorite material to work with and why: It’s a tie between gemstone beads and Swarovski crystals for my favorite jewelry materials. My favorite yarns are acrylic and bamboo blends (so soft!)
Martha Stewart or ?: My mom beats Martha Stewart any day – but I bet most of us feel that way about our moms.
Name: Beryl Moody, Banner Mountain Textiles
Your Craft: Hand weaving, spinning and knitting
Favorite art project as a kid: Embroidery
How did you get your start crafting: I’ve always made fiber things – sewing, knitting and then later on spinning and weaving
Your most favorite material to work with and why: Wool – dyes and spins easily and wonderful to weave and knit
Martha Stewart or ?: Definitely not Martha. My inspiration comes from a multitude of fantastic weavers – contemporary and historical. With that inspiration, I try to add my own individual touch to each thing that I make.
Name: Marty May, Marty May Press & Stitchery
My Craft: Screen Printing on shirts, skinny neckties, wallets, etc.
Favorite art project as a kid: My favorite art project as a kid was making ceramic african masks. We made them in my public school for art class and I found within myself a love for three dimensional art. What fun I had popping out the eyes, adding texture and glueing feathers.I started crafting as a teenager.
How did you get your start crafting: I wanted unique clothing, so I learned to make it myself. I began altering shirts from the bountiful Floridian thrift stores and progressed to sewing my own clothes from cotton and denim. After I moved to Los Angeles, I got into cutting and spraying stencils on vacant walls, then t shirts. This naturally progressed to screen printing and now I do it full time.
Your most favorite material to work with and why: I love working with water-based ink and poly/cotton blends shirts. They are great on their own and marry so well. Water-based ink is the way to go to avoid chemicals and a thick “bullet proof” feeling. A poly/cotton or poly/cotton/spandex shirt feels so soft and smooth against your skin, you never want to take it off. Until it starts to smell. Then you probably should, but that’s your call.
Martha Stewart or ? … Unicorns!!!
Name: Aimee Kibbe, Kibbe Corp
Your Craft: Embroidery
Favorite art project as a kid: Drawing cats
How did you get your start crafting: My dad did not want children to interupt during meals so my mom would bring “drawing stuff” to restaurants
Your most favorite material to work with and why: Demin…it feels good
Martha Stewart or ?: native funk and flash
Name: Dietra Hennig, Timburr
Your Craft: Sewing & Painting
Favorite art project as a kid: Photography
How did you get your start crafting: My nana (great grandmother) started teaching all her daughters to sew, she used to be a seamstress for the dancers in Las Vegas and her costume designs inspired all of the generations after her to sew. My mom started me out on small projects like pillows and aprons, soon I fell in love and can’t stop creating in any medium…
Your most favorite material to work with and why: Watercolors because they have some much beauty and ability.
Martha Stewart or ? Isaac Mizrahi
Name: Christiane “Cat” Raymond, 40 Licks art Studio
Your craft: Visual Art (originals, prints, note cards)
Favorite art project as a kid: Anything that involved drawing and painting ( apparently I used to eat chalk and drink the finger paint water)
How did you get your start crafting: After moving to northern California (from southern CA) in 1987, I gave up art and discovered the outdoors. I started drawing again in 2005 after meeting several local artists through my family’s printing business. I’ve won awards from every show I’ve entered and sold some originals. However, prints and note cards make artwork more accessible to the public.
Most favorite material to work with and why: Graphite (pencil) on paper. I’ve always been partial to anything in black and white, and while I do works in colored pencil and the odd watercolor, graphite is still my first love. I like the mood it creates, and personally I find it more creative than anything in color.
Martha Stewart or ?: Martha is the Bob Ross of crafting.