1.23.2010 :: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth 2010

Nick Cave's Soundsuit Invasion No. 1 in LA, courtesy Fowler Museum at UCLA from Fowler Museum on Vimeo.

Wanted to share a tittybit of info regarding my favorite artist Nick Cave (not the singer). His traveling exhibition Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth will be held at Fowler Museum @ UCLA  until March 30, 2010 (I can't believe I missed the opening)!

Get the rest of the scoop on this awesome fashion/sculpture/multi-media exhibition at the Fowler Museum site.

<3 Marc (Ain Soph Aur)

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12.31.2009 :: craft supershow in january, get your discount code here!

special thanks to the folks at craft supershow for hooking us up with a discount code for admission into the show in january! wanna get in on the discount? use code craft14 when you're purchasing your admission ticket and you'll get 5 bucks off! pow!

for more info on the craft supershow, check out www.craftsupershow.com!

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12.10.2009 :: workshop schedule for saturday's trunk show!

hey folks! make your plans, here's the times and topics of the free workshops we'll be offering at saturday's trunk show!

remember the workshops will be held at open on 4th street, just a few doors down from the trunk show going on at songbird!

noon - 2pm: stretching for crafters
janice sprenger of wanderlove will be teaching various stretches that'll help prevent carpal tunnel and keep you feeling energized and crafty!

noon-2pm: yarn pom poms
tamara zielinski of crayon fawn will be showin ya how to make super cute yarn pom poms!

2pm-4pm: paper fans
sit a spell with klai brown of lerf ewe and you'll walk away with a fun paper fan you made yourself!

2pm-4pm: papercrafted notecards
steph calvert of hearts and laserbeams has a few tricks up her sleeve and is ready to share some unique greeting card techniques!

(click for print quality flier)

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11.20.2009 :: long beach craft mafia trunk show OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE!

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Contact: Steph Calvert
Long Beach Craft Mafia & Hearts and Laserbeams
Phone: 714-655-5272
Email: heartsandlaserbeams@gmail.com

Store Contact: Jennifer Hill
Songbird – Location of Trunk Show
Phone: 562-439-4444 (store) 562-212-2256 (cell)
Email: thehillhut@verizon.net

Store Contact: Shea Gauer
Open – Location of Free Craft Workshops
Phone: 562-499-OPEN
Email: open@thestoryofopen.com

10 indie crafters come together to fill all your holiday shopping needs.

Long Beach, CA, USA – November 15, 2009 – Long Beach Craft Mafia will set up temporary shop at gift shops Songbird and Open for their first group trunk show on Saturday, December 12, 2009. The all-day affair will take place from 10:30am – 7pm, and will feature a raffle, free workshops, bake sale, and a truly unique assortment of handmade items by some of the best indie crafters Long Beach has to offer.

This location is the perfect fit for the group - “Songbird is a gift store that has something for everyone -- it is ‘cheep’ and cheerful, with bright colors and fun, quirky gifts for all,” Jennifer Hill (owner of Songbird) says, “I love the entire craft movement, and get inspired by being around other crafty and creative people.”

The holiday gift boutique will be set up at Songbird, at the corner of Junipero and 4th. You can pick up presents for everyone on your list, including hand-stitched felt dinosaurs and cacti by Lexi Lee of Little Bit, fashion items by Marc Anthony Coronado of Ain Soph Aur, upcycled and laminated map wallets by Kelso of Kelso Doesnt Dance, funky one of a kind jewelry by Jen of RadCo and Nicole Montoya, crayon sculptures and food-themed hats by Tamara Zielinski of CrayonFawn (as recently seen on Entertainment Tonight!) and much, much more. The emphasis is on handmade items you can’t find at the mall, presented by the artisans that created these original pieces.

“Retro Row is THE Long Beach destination for independent and innovative design,” shares Liz Abbot of Leatherette Heart (www.leatheretteheart.etsy.com),” a lot of us have merch in stores there. It’s totally fitting that the Long Beach Craft Mafia bust out their first trunk show in this area. I know when I get my shop on, it’s on 4th Street.”

When you’ve finished shopping the boutique at Songbird, picked up a delicious snack from new member Janice Sprenger at the bake sale there and entered to win the raffle prize (a free gift basket full of goodies from Long Beach Craft Mafia members), take a short walk down 4th Street to Open for some hands-on workshops. The free classes will be held from 12-4pm, and will include quickie fun crafts for all ages. New member Klai Brown’s paper fan workshop and founding member Steph Calvert of Hearts and Laserbeams’ papercrafted greeting cards are sure to be a hit with all experience levels, including eager kids and unsure adults looking to get their crafting feet wet.

“I’ve been a Long Beach Craft Mafia member since early 2007,” Steph Calvert of Hearts and Laserbeams (www.heartsandlaserbeams.com) says, “and I feel like our group has really grown by leaps and bounds in the past few months. We’re reaching out to the community through our monthly get-togethers, and folks have responded really positively. With our trunk show and crafty workshop extravaganza on December 12th, we’re all just really excited to help bring the indie craft scene into the spotlight and to encourage folks to buy handmade this (and every) holiday season.”

The first Craft Mafia (www.craftmafia.com) was founded in 2003 by nine crafty buisness women in Austin, Texas. The group originally came together through a shared love for craft, DIY ethics and mutual respect. As the Craft Mafia developed it became a forum for networking, promotion and shared ideas. Since it's development in Austin, other Mafias have popped up accross the globe. The Long Beach Craft Mafia is a southern California chapter of the world-wide Craft Mafia group. The local chapter exists as a marketing and networking tool for local independant arts and crafts businesses. Membership provides opportunities for growing members' individual businesses through participating in craft shows, hosting events for the community, and sharing information about arts and craft techniques as well as successfully running a do-it yourself style business.

The Long Beach Craft Mafia holiday trunk show takes place on Saturday, December 12, 2009. The bake sale, raffle and holiday shopping will take place from 10:30am to 7pm at Songbird, at 2240 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814, and the free craft workshops will take place from noon to 4pm at Open, at 2226 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814.


For more information on the Long Beach Craft Mafia and its members: www.longbeachcraftmafia.com
Contact: longbeachcraftmafia@gmail.com
Phone: 714-655-5272

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8.22.2009 :: mini market on sunday!

hey folks!

hearts and laserbeams, leatherette heart and crayon fawn will be selling at sunday's mini market at urban outfitters' space 15 twenty. sunday, 10am - 4pm, it's free, and it's close to the hollywood farmers market! get your grocery shoppin AND your indie craft on all in one place!!!

more info can be found here

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10.06.2008 :: craft show opportunity! check it out!

we just heard about this recently, check it out! looks like it'll be a great opportunity, and they would love for more artsy crafty types to join in the fun!


UNIQUE LOS ANGELES will run for two days, Dec 13 and 14, and have a special VIP party and preview the evening of the 12th. The almost 94,000 square foot venue (which looks out across the city!) will feature over 225 booths, making it the first 'large-scale' LA indie consumer event. It's going to be awesome, and the support and buzz around it already has been really great - so far Pabst, Etsy and Chronicle Books are sponsors and many people are getting in touch to partner with the event. Please visit www.uniquelosangeles.com/vendor.html to check out the Vendor page.

craft mafia members get an early bird special: apply by this Friday at midnight (Oct 10th) and receive a $30 refund when accepted. hooray!


1.23.2008 :: hearts and laserbeams art show closing saturday night!

hey folks! if you're in the long beach area saturday night be sure to stop by steph's art reception!

robots! they're just like us! closing reception
paintings by steph calvert
saturday, january 26, 6-8pm
2240 east 4th street
long beach, ca 90814

see ya there!