Tuesday, December 6, 2011

More Craftacular Artists: Jewelry, Textiles, Desserts, Terrariums, Printing

Ok, friends--our last installment of some of the delightful artists who will be part of this weekend's Holiday Craftacular!!

Again, check the variety here--we go from the visual feast of shiny metals to some tasty tidbits that I'd give my left arm for right now to the cutest terrariums you could ever want....these are why you should come out this Saturday and Sunday. I feel certain that you will find something that will entice AT LEAST one of your senses, but probably all of them!

Come on out and support the LOCAL ECONOMY. With artisan shows like this one, we involved have done everything ourselves, from making the actual pieces to producing the show--we've put a lot of effort into our individual businesses and to our image as a collective. Come on out and reap the benefits of your fellow community members!

Andres Zapata
Zapata Designs



Lisa Procter

Queen of Puddings



Lindsay Guynn

Angel Jewelry




Liz Rhodes
Lilliput Terrairums
notice the little people she puts in the terrairums!


Lindsey Mears
Lindsey Mears

Tristan Benedict-Hall

A Mystery in Common



Clare Waite
Clare Waite


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Incredible Line-up--Featured Artists: Christina Flowers, Victoria Horner, Lotta Helleberg and Ken Nagakui

Everyone, there are going to be some majorly talented people at this year's Holiday Craftacular! This is such a varied and creative group of people! You need to feast your eyes on the array of color, texture and shape that will be on display--and then take some home to enjoy at your length and leisure!

Christina Flowers
Magnolia Moonlight

Christina Flowers is an award winning Graphic Designer who created Magnolia Moonlight in the fall of 2007. Trained first as an Architect and Industrial Designer, she approaches her work from many directions. A passion for making, a natural penchant for color and a love of all things design, are just a few of the ingredients that inspired her to create Magnolia Moonlight.

In the shop you'll find calendars, cards, illustrated prints, invitations and most recently Whisper mobiles!

In addition to all that you will find here at Magnolia Moonlight, Christina has also opened a sister shop, Oh So Smitten. It is full of cute robots, silly woodland creatures and other goodies for the young and young at heart. You can see for yourself at the Oh So Smitten shop.

Victoria Horner
I'm a handbag designer based in Charlottesville, VA. My bag business began in 1997, but I've been sewing since I was 13. Before bags, I was a dress designer in New York. *****I have another shop on Etsy, where I feature my vintage inspired swim cap bags. Please visit it at www.SplashBag.etsy.com*****

Peacock PocketbookShoulder Clutch - Starburst
Doctor Bag - Black FloralClutch Bag - Purple Sari

Lotta Helleberg--Contemporary Textile Artist

lotta helleberg is a textile artist with a background in graphic design and print making. She works primarily with linen and utilizes a technique in which leaves and other plant material are coated with paint and pressed onto fabric. She is also exploring natural dyes and eco-printing, where the plants themselves release color pigments which bond with the fabric. The resulting impressions are incorporated into quilts, fabric collages, and a variety of functional and decorative objects. Lotta was born in Sweden and now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work has been exhibited at several regional galleries.

fern clutch pursesage sachets

Ken Nagakui
Pottery Studio Karematsu
For more information, visit: http://advancinggreenchemistry.org/?p=1681

Hand-built and wood-fired stoneware is the shortest description of my work. I do not use an electrically powered wheel, but roll pieces of clay to make coils and build the body. In a way, this is very much traditional technique. Next, I smoothen out the texture with my tools, some of which I fashion out of bamboo. Stoneware,compared to earthenware, is vitrified to dense and hard rock-like quality. Vitrification happens somewhere below or above 2,000 F, depending on contents of flux in the clay body. When vitrified, the clay becomes dense or actual rock. After it hardens, I add layers of glaze to the body and fire within my hand-built kiln.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Martha Keith & Tavia Brown, Metalsmiths Extraordinaire

Holy Schnikes, November is almost over!! The holiday season has begun--hope everyone is enjoying themselves; it's hard not to when it's a balmy 65 degrees and sunny all weekend!

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Martha Keith Tour 11 Image1 Main

This is the work of metalsmith Martha Keith. Martha is a genious. Actually, everyone who is part of the Craftacular is a genious, but I feel particularly qualified to say this of Martha because she recently created an engagement ring and wedding bands for myself and my husband and they are stunning and unique, and she is quite possibly the nicest person I've ever worked with on a custom job.
Martha Keith
"personal adornment in metals"
(434) 242-7147
I urge you to visit Martha's website: www.marthakeith.com, where you can extensively view her work and
read about her numerous show inclusions, awards, and inspirations. Even better, come out to the Holiday
Craftacular on Dec. 10th and 11th to see her fantastic work in person;

Martha shares a studio with the artist featured below: Tavia Brown of TaviaMetal.
The studios are located in The Linen Building on East Market St., just past the intersection of Meade Ave.

Tavia Brown
"elegance with an edge"
Visit Tavia's website: taviametal.com for a complete bio, gallery pics, and links to her extensive credentials and awards, as well as her blog, her event calendar, and more.

Midnight Blooming


Tavia and Martha have both been part of the C-ville Craft Attack since its inception and are accomplished artists and entreprenuers.
Come meet them and get to know their amazing work on Dec. 10th and 11th at CitySpace on the downtown mall!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Artisan vs. all the rest

As our Holiday Craftacular fast approaches, I've been spending a great deal of time thinking about why going to shows like these are important.
Most of us artisans are acutely aware of our customers-past, present, and future-and try very hard to keep the lines of communication open and productive. So, in that spirit, I would like to offer a few reasons why you should come visit us on the weekend of Dec. 10th and 11th.

1. An artisan show will feature an amazing variety of work, some of which will not be found at any other venue except the artist's own studio. This is a really efficient way to see many things at once: convenient and fun, as there will also be music, food, and great company. I also encourage people to come even--or especially--if you have trepidation about buying artisan goods; this is an opportunity to learn about, or become reacquainted with, the range of media, the processes by which items are made, and the true value of the work in terms of cost. Of course we want to make sales, but we also want to introduce people to our crafts and discover how they might fit into your lives!

2. One of a kind. Need I say more? The beauty of so many artisan goods is that there is often only one of something, or a limited number offered. And many of these pieces have fascinating stories of how the concept came about, or where the materials came from. My most favorite houses to visit are ones where I can point to virtually any object and the owner(s) can tell me the story of where it came from, which are often hilarious, touching, and memorable. This is why artwork such as a show like this offers is wonderful--it has personality, history, and life!

3. I personally get a sour taste in my mouth thinking about big box store shopping. It all feels quite contrived to me, and I always get the feeling of being force-fed what it is I'm supposed to need, want, be like. And if I can't find what I'm after, that's it--game over. And...it's boring.
The beauty of craftspeople is that the story doesn't stop there. If you are looking for something and can't find it, artisans are exactly the people you should be talking to because they can CREATE IT. You may not even know what you want...but if you can describe it, or its function, we can make that slightly blurry idea come into focus. This process, being part of it, is AWESOME. If you haven't tried it yet...why the hell not?

I could really go on and on, but I'll wrap it up, B. Suffice to say that this is truly a fabulous weekend event that should not be missed. We're making it happen, and we want you to do the same!!

Featured Artist: Cary Oliva

Another of our featured artists is Cary Oliva. Fall floral silhouette on kraft cards

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art". - Leonardo Da Vinci

Marble coasters - Vintage lily pads Marble coasters - Owls 2012 Recycled Paper Floral wall calendar
Photo Credit: Jen Fariello

Cary Oliva is an artist who loves dabbling in lots of different media. She loves polaroids, paper, watercolors, waste not paper colors, good design, cards, and textiles. She has always loved creating things, and after studying art in Pennsylvania, Italy and New York, Cary moved to Charlottesville where she has been living and creating various media for a little over eight years. Her love of doodling turned into creating a line of whimsical, hand-drawn and embellished greeting cards, which has since evolved into other types of floral and other fun designs that take the form of cards, invitations, custom stationery, coasters, journals and prints. A love of photography inspired her to learn some alternative techniques, specifically with Polaroid photography. Cary enjoys working with clients to create custom creations whether it is in the form of a hand-made invitation, a special coaster or a vintage looking photograph.

You can contact Cary at:



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Featured Artist: Nancy Hopkins

The fabulous Ms. Nancy Hopkins! Another of the talented vendors who will be part of the Holiday 2011 Craftacular!! The show this year is on the weekend of December 10th & 11th and will be a festive mix of spectacular people, amazingly creative art, and tasty food! Come enjoy with us!
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Nancy Hopkins
Silver Muse Studio
My name is Nancy and I'm the sole owner, jewelry designer and maker at Silver Muse Studio. I am the mother of two active boys - ages 7 and 19. Because of their age difference, it is like having two only children. They keep me busy in their own ways. Making jewelry is a great creative outlet for me and helps keep me sane!
Ever since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed making things - whether it was a poster for a school project or jewelry out of brightly colored telephone wires my father brought home one night. I used to love to watch my father use his power tools in his workshop. I was amazed at what he could create with his hands and few tools. Today, I really look forward to going to my studio and using my own power tools to create wonderful jewelry. Using my hands to create something has always been a great stress reliever for me. I also love hanging out with my three studiomates who keep me inspired and motivated. Luckily, I have a wonderful husband who is supportive of my creative endeavors.

Each piece I make is special to me, and hopefully special to you too. There is a part of my heart and soul in each piece.Discovery Sterling and Pearl NecklaceCopper beads on a curly earwire - handmade

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cville Holiday Craftacular Participants

Nancy Hopkins
Silver Muse Studio
sterling silver & beaded jewelry

Tavia Brown
distinct jewelry in sterling, gold and titanium

Martha Keith
Personal Adornment in Metals

Cary Oliva
cards, coasters, photographs and other gift items

Christina Flowers
Magnolia Moonlight
Oh So Smitten
illustration & graphic art prints, cards, calendars, mobiles

Victoria Horner
Victoria Horner Creative Handbags
Structured Fabric Bags

Andres Zapata
Zapata Designs
Handmade Columbian Jewelry

Judd Jarvis
Jarvis Ceramics
Functional salt fired ceramics

Ken Nagakui
Pottery Studio Karematsu
Hand-built and wood-fired functional ceramics

Lindsay Guynn
Angel Jewelry
Naturally graceful sterling silver jewelry

Lotta Helleberg
Nature inspired textile art

Rosalba Valentino
Rosalba Valentino Designs
Unique Fashion & Accessories Handcrafted with Vintage, Upcycled and New Elements.

Lisa Procter
Queen of Puddings
boutique bakery specializing in gourmet scone mixes

Clare Waite
Stylish handknits for wee ones

Tristan Benedict-Hall
A Mystery in Common
Hand printed organic clothing

Liz Rhodes
Lilliput Terrariums
Get into little worlds for big people!

Lindsey Mears
handbound books from upcycled materials & hand-stitched leather bags

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Featured Artist: Judson Jarvis, Ceramist

Hello, fellow Craft Attack devotees. As mentioned, we shall continue to give you previews of the supertalented artists who will be comprising the Holiday Craftacular Show this year on December 10th &11th.
Next up is Judson Jarvis, a ceramist hailing from Afton, VA. All text is exerpted from his artist statement available to read in full on his website.

I have always thought of my work in terms of a house. The aspects that make a good pot function correctly (balance, heft, beginnings, endings, and proportions) are the foundation and structure of this metaphorical house. This house has a fenced yard and in that yard is where the interesting questions are raised. That fence represents the boundaries of my ideas of function, utility, design, my place in the ceramic and arts community. The fence has been contracted, expanded, built from scratch and leapt over to explore other yards.This all leads to my current work and the balancing act in which I am engaged. My love of functional pottery, Abstract Expressionism, Constructivism, and design are all in my mind while I am working. It is not a calculated formula; it is much more abstracted. The influences manifest themselves in subtle ways. The basis is the functional pot, but the function can be sacrificed slightly or greatly to let some of the other ideas come forward.
My current work is created using the potter’s wheel, hand building, simple hump-molds, and various combinations of all of My these processes. The work is fired in a salt kiln that I built on my property. The salt firing interacts with my forms and surface decorations in interesting and visually exciting ways. My surroundings also influence my work.

Each firing is a little different. Each time I learn a little more. Each unloading stokes the fire to keep working and looking for that balance.

judson jarvis

jarvis ceramics recieved best in show for ceramics at "an occasion for the arts" in williamsburg virginia 10/1/11

Thanks to Nelson County Life for featuring us as their October 2010 cover story - click here to read it!

  • Contact info for Judson Jarvis:

    judson jarvis

    brooke conover

    1203 afton mountain road

    afton VA 22920

    434.242.7230 434.242.7230



    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Featured Artist: Rosalba Valentino

    photo by Rayzor Bachand

    In the lead-up to the C-ville Craft Attack's Holiday Craftacular on Dec. 10th & 11th, we will be making sure you know who we are and what we're offering as a superb artisan collective.
    photo by Rayzor Bachand

    Details are being hammered out; we'll pass them on so everyone can plan on coming out to enjoy the festivities and support local craftwork. In the meantime, we'll introduce--or re-introduce--those in the collective and give you a taste of their creativity.
    One new artist you'll see is Rosalba Valentino, local fashion designer and seamstress. A native of Nelson County, Rosalba attended art school at VCU, received her BFA in crafts, and proceeded to start her own custom fashion and accessories business.
    Rosalba has designed for theater, dance performance, weddings, holiday shows and created custom pieces for a wide variety of clients encompassing a wide array of styles and tastes. She also creates her own one-of-a-kind women's fashion and accessories, as well as items for infants and toddlers. Colors, patterns, unusual materials and inventive techniques combine to offer an artistic approach to style with an emphasis on sustainable goods and 'slow fashion' methods.

    Rosalba Valentino Designs can be viewed/contacted @:
    on facebook @ Rosalba Valentino Designs