Monday, August 25, 2014

Spread the word!

Watch for our ad in the 2014 Fall issue of Watershed Magazine.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Yes, it's that time again! 

We are now accepting applications for the 2014 Make It Indie Fine Craft & Decorative Art Show & Sale. Check out the exhibitor information sheet and exhibitor application in the right hand column of this blog. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

2013 Make It Indie poster coming soon to a shop window near you!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

2013 Promotional Postcard now in circulation!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Calling all creators and purveyors of Fine Craft and Decorative Art 2013

Hey Fellow Artisan, this is an EXHIBITOR CALL!

Please join me Saturday, November 9, 2013 for the
Christmas Fine Craft &
Decorative Art Show and Sale
We’re small but we’re mighty! Make it Indie is a venue for regional artists, crafters and other sorts of cool peddlers to come out and sell their handmade wares. This year's show will feature but is not limited to the following: glass, wood, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, clothing and Visual Art. Keep in mind this is a Christmas show so plan accordingly; slap a bow on it! 

Exhibitor information and application form can be viewed by clicking on the headings .....................................................................................................




Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thank you Ontario Crafts Council for listing our event on your website! 
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Calling all creators and purveyors of Fine Craft and Decorative Art 2012

Hey Fellow Artisan, this is an EXHIBITOR CALL!

Please join me Saturday, November 10, 2012 for the
Christmas Fine Craft &
Decorative Art Show and Sale
We’re small but we’re mighty! Make it Indie is a venue for regional artists, crafters and other sorts of cool peddlers to come out and sell their handmade wares. This year's show will feature but is not limited to the following: glass, wood, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, clothing and Visual Art. Keep in mind this is a Christmas show so plan accordingly; slap a bow on it! 

We are still accepting proposals in all categories except jewellery and skin care.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Check out the Make It Indie 2012 postcard. Many thanks to local artist Christine Benson of Journey Through The Arts for the amazing artwork and to Val Ridgeway, Creative Director at Northumberland Kids for the technical support. Cheers!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mark it on your calender!
 Saturday, November 10, 2012 
Venue: Lions Community Centre, 157 Elgin Street East, Cobourg 10am-5pm
Now accepting exhibitor applications. See exhibitor information for downloadable forms.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Christmas Fine Craft & Decortive Art Show & Sale : Show Concept

A bit of background: the idea for the show came from the 100 Mile Diet. Just as we would all like for folks to support local farmers we thought why not apply the same concept to holiday gift buying. Make It Indie is an independent Fine Craft & Decorative Art Show whose mandate is to encourage, support and promote regional artists and artisans who unabashedly make it, make it independently and support each other in the process. We are looking for artists who make well-constructed, well-conceived, provocative work that exemplifies good art practice. Currently we have photographers, illustrators, painters, a ceramic artist, several fibre artists, two glass artists, designers, soap makers, a cabinetmaker, a tile mosaic artist and the list goes on. To date our artists represent the region from Toronto to Peterbough to Bellville. As word gets out more and more like-minded artists are coming forward.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Calling all creators and purveyors of Fine Craft and Decorative Art 2011

Hey Fellow Artisan, this is an EXHIBITOR CALL!
Please join me Saturday, November 12, 2011 for the
Christmas Fine Craft &
Decorative Art Show and Sale
We’re small but we’re mighty! Make it Indie is a venue for regional artists, crafters and other sorts of cool peddlers to come out and sell their handmade wares. This year's show will feature but is not limited to the following: glass, wood, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, clothing and Visual Art. Keep in mind this is a Christmas show so plan accordingly; slap a bow on it!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010


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A few of the websites that have posted our vendor call and will advertise the show closer to the date. Thanks bloggers you rock!

Ontario Crafts Council

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IN FOCUS

Feature Articles
See what our artists and artisans have been up to.....
Hertel making mosaic art one piece at a time
Northumberland News
By CATHERINE HAWLEY

There's a shining new star on this year's Northumberland studio tour. Whether you are looking for a new art realm to get your creative spirit roaring, or a one-of-a- kind gift for someone special, you must visit Anja Hertle, mosaic artist extraordinaire.

Samples of her unique work embellish the walls in her enchanting Grafton studio. Her colourful three-dimensional mosaic creations often tell stories. Several breathtaking commissioned pieces are on display as well as for-sale pieces. Architectural structures are juxtaposed with whimsical children at play, flowers and more. Her mosaic creations will make you smile. The artisan's open, friendly and charming personality will make you feel welcome and special.

A long-time artist in other disciplines, Hertle studied, practised and experimented with mosaic creations while living in Calgary.

"It's a wonderful way to utilize pieces of Grandma's china and other favourite glass and porcelain bits," she says.

Through skill, dedication and hard work, her art business flourished. Her reputation grew. Everyone knew she had truly 'arrived' artistically when she was commissioned to create a giant three-panel mosaic collection for a display at the Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton.

But she and husband Rick felt a strong pull to return to their Ontario roots and family. It was hard to leave the clientele and the exceptional reputation she had established, but "it was the right choice," she says.

"Being closer to our family has been a wonderful reward."

Calgary's loss is Northumberland's incredible gain.

Hertle describes creating mosaic art as a multi-step process.

"It's like doing a puzzle, but you must create the puzzle pieces, and the vision, yourself," she says.

Using scraps of china, porcelain, glass, stoneware and sometimes odd objects like heirloom silverware, Hertle forms pictures of flowers, houses and scenes of everyday life. Choosing colours and textures, cutting pieces into a variety of shapes to fit, building a 3-D effect, and using special adhesives to keep everything in place are the fundamentals. Grouting, the final step, is tricky but it gives each piece an amazing finish.

Hertle conducts a variety of one-and two-day studio workshops for adults, teens and children aged six and up.

"Learning and creating with children is so much fun for everyone, and memory-making," she says.

She also takes her talents to school, conducting affordable in-school workshops for students from kindergarten though elementary.

"When kids see what they can accomplish creatively they often aspire to more, and better," she says.

Fall workshops are listed on the website. She supplies everything necessary, but encourages participants to bring favourite glass pieces, shiny beads, odd buttons and even bottle caps. Hertle now teaches seniors classes at the Ruth Clarke Centre in Port Hope as well. For her mid-September workshop, please contact the centre directly at 905-885- 2228.

"In 3-D mosaic the colours, size and textures of materials can work together to tell your personal tale," she says.

Make Hertle's mosaic studio your first tour stop! It can be found at 10821 County Road 2 in Grafton, south side, beside the post office.

For more inspiration contact Hertle at 905-349-1032; e-mail: mail@anjahertle.com or at www.anjahertle.com.

Interview with Laura Fetterley featured on Being Tazim.com.

Click here to view online: Being Tazim.com


Looking at handmade products online, on such sites as Etsy, Artfire and Zibbet, one only sees part of the whole picture. Who created those unique objects, and what went in to their production? These are questions I ask myself when I am looking to purchase something handmade. The story behind the handmade object is important to me. Laura, the artist behind Laura Jean, Laura Jean, let me share with you these great pictures of her studio space in her Ontario home, and also answered a few of my questions about herself and her art practice:

Laura Jean Banner

Tell us a bit about yourself and your family!

My name is Laura Fetterley and I live in Cobourg, Ontario (one hour east of Toronto) with my cat, my bunny and my boyfriend – my biggest fan and partner in crime.

I have always been a maker of things and knew that I would one day go to art school. My parents encouraged me to follow my dreams. I received my BFA from York University where I soaked up all things art – painting, printmaking, sculpting, art history.

My sisters are my biggest supporters as well as my biggest critics. They will tell me if I’ve just made something that sucks.

Carving Laura Jean

Studio of Laura

How did you come up with your shop name?

My shop name is laurajean, laurajean.

When I was a little girl my dad made up a song about me that began with “Laura Jean, Laura Jean…” He still sings it to me now. My parents have always called me by both my first name and middle name. I was named after my paternal grandmother, a woman who was strong, smart, capable and generally awesome. I have a lot to live up to. I think I could out-curse her, though. She would be proud.

Where do you create your items?

I have a studio in my backyard and I am fully aware of how absolutely lucky I am to have it. I’m currently trying to re-organize it in a way that I can work on both woodworking and painting. Sawdust is not friends with paint or freshly printed ink.

print

What is your favorite item in your shop and why?

My favourite item in my shop is usually the newest one, I’m fickle that way. But I do love the woodland critter lino-prints. I’ve done 8 critters so far in the series – bunny, chipmunk, fox, owl, deer and fawn, wolves, ducks and a mother bunny with kits. They are the types of images that I would have loved as a kid. They’re small and inviting, little teensy glimpses of nature.

Apart from creating beautiful pieces, what else do you do?

As for “real jobs”, I’ve had a number of gems over the years. I curated a small gallery, worked in a bookstore, worked in the publishing industry in the areas of publicity, marketing and production. The one with the most cache – I was a pioneer at a historical museum for many years. I learned to dye, spin and weave wool, set lead type and print it on a nineteenth-century flat-bed press, turn wood on a treadle lathe, and cook on a wood-stove. I could totally survive an energy crisis. Currently, I’m about to start a new job at the Library. I can’t escape books.

prints

As for interests: traveling, (recently drove from Ontario to Whitehorse, Yukon – a trip which has inspired me to do a whole series of Canada lino-prints, we live in such an amazing country) biking, kickboxing, obsessive reading, thrift store shopping, eating cheese, art history discussions with my sister, and drinking wine on the patio.

Any advice on selling things handmade?

I always think about items that I would want to buy, then I make them. If I can look at something I’ve just made and say, “Yup, I would buy this,” then I feel confident that I’ve succeeded. I’m my own worst critic. I think the most important advice I could give would be to make high quality products that you yourself are proud of.

In terms of promotion – good friends and family who support your work are invaluable. The internet has made so many things available to us now that it’s a bit overwhelming, and I think a lot of people, including myself, base their decisions on recommendations from friends.

Also, participating in local arts and crafts shows is the best way to get your name and work into your community.

Prints by Laura

Why should people buy homemade?

I always think back to earlier times when people could identify each and every object in their household and know exactly where it was made. If they hadn’t crafted it themselves, they most likely knew the person in the community who did. It’s such a great feeling to possess a one-of-a-kind item, to know exactly where it came from, how it was made and to have a connection with the person who made it. My grandpa made me some carving knives that I use all the time and each time I pick up one of these knives I think of him.

Our lives are often cramped with mass-produced stuff so it’s amazing to have access to unique, meaningful, hand-made items.

Any works in progress?

I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have works in progress…

I am excited to get back into some woodworking projects. I love woodcarving. I’m currently working on a small treasure box with intricate woven foliage around the edges. I’m still deciding what to carve in the middle, probably a pair of bunnies. It will be finished with white paint, shabby-chic style.

I’m also *this close* to completing a set of lino-prints that are inspired by William Morris. There are three prints in the set featuring Canadian birds and wildflowers.

I’ve also instituted a daily drawing regime. As you would guess, I try and do one small drawing each day. There are no restrictions in terms of subject matter. I’ve done unicorns, abstract patterns, squirrels, tiny abandoned cottages…

I’m also about to start a series of large oil paintings featuring animals in precarious scenarios…

displayed framed works

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