The California Crafters Club of Etsy (CCCOE) is a group of independent artists, crafters, & artisans from California who sell their wares on

Monday, January 26, 2009

Call for Artists: Lark Books - Mixed Metal Jewelry

Mixed Metal Jewelry Author: Mary Hettmansperger Editor: Marthe Le Van Entry deadline: March 16, 2009 Author Mary Hettmansperger’s newest book, Mixed Metal Jewelry, will be interspersed with beautiful gallery images, and we hope you’ll submit images of your jewelry for consideration! We’re looking for pieces that mix metals—silver, gold, copper, iron, bronze, aluminum, etc.—in interesting and creative ways. Combinations of all forms of metal, such as sheet, wire, clay, and recycled materials, are welcome, as are all techniques. Your work will serve as an example and as inspiration for readers. Mixed Metal Jewelry is due for release in April 2010. Submission to the book is free. Download entry form here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

CCCOE Member Studio Tour: Featured Artist: HideABook

Japanese Plum Blossom Book Cover Tell us a little about yourself and how it all began. My name is Shanna Vaughn and my shop is HideABook ( I make vinyl book covers with attached ribbon bookmarks to hide and protect paperback books. I love to read romance novels but I find many of the covers to be goofy or embarrassing. I also like to take a book with me pretty much everywhere I go so that I can have something to read while waiting in line at the Post Office, doctor's office, etc. I wanted something pretty to cover up my books and to keep them nice while bumping around in my giant purse. I couldn't find anything stylish out there so I decided to make my own covers. Other friends who are readers loved my idea so I figured that random strangers might too. I've been a shopper on Etsy for a few years and I knew that it would be the perfect place to set up my online store. Where do you work? Show us your space please! I share an office in my apartment with my husband who is an IT professional. I'm working on annexing his space :) My dream (and goal) is to eventually have a nice big work space where I can have some elbow room and plenty of space to lay my delicate papers flat. What is your favorite tool? My favorite tool would have to be my super sharp guillotine I use for paper cutting. What time of the day are you the most productive/inspired? Definitely evening, my brain doesn't start cranking until at least noon. What inspires you? I get inspired by gorgeous handmade papers. The Paper Source store is my favorite place; I could spend hours browsing their amazing Japanese and Indian papers. How do you promote yourself and your shop? I have two book blogs that I use to run promotions and ads for Hide-a-Book and I stay involved with communities of romance readers online. They're my peeps but also my customers. How long have you been on Etsy? Since May of 2008 What else do you enjoy doing other than creating? Whenever I get some free time I love to read. Just give me a comfy chair and I can lose myself for hours in the fantasy world of a book. What would you like to see happen/change with CCCOE? I recently got to meet some other OC/LA area Etsy sellers which was really cool. I would love to regularly get together with people who share the same goals, joys and frustrations that I do. I'd like to get advice from sellers who have been doing this for a while and have wisdom to share. What is your favorite thing about CCCOE? Everyone is really friendly and helpful. I couldn't have asked for a better group to join. What is your favorite food? Mexican food for sure. I could eat it every single day. Favorite book or movie? I think my favorite book would change depending on what day you ask me, but right now I'd have to say Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. One thing you absolutely cannot live without? My iPhone. It allows me to compulsively check my sales when I'm away from my computer and to read ebooks. Lastly what piece that you have created is your favorite and why? I love my Japanese bunnies book cover in gold. The bunnies are just so cute and the contrast of the pink and the vintage gold is so pretty. The ribbon I used for the bookmark matches just perfectly. Thanks to Shanna for taking the time out to share her studio and work with us. Be sure to check out her shop on Etsy. And if you are are a CCCOE member and want to be featured simply copy these questions and send your answers along to Heather or I.

Monday, January 19, 2009


Entrants for this challenge must be CCCOE members. For non-CCCOE members, we would love for you to participate by voting the first week of each month. We will reward you with undying love, discounts and a spot in a treasury! CCCOE members, It's time to begin working on your entry for the January challenge -- "Amore! Express Your Love". Items will need to be tagged 'CCCOE' and 'januarychallenge' (one word) so that we can find them and add them to the buyer account favorites and voting thread. Deadline for entry is midnight (Pacific time) January 31. Voting will take place the first week of February. One entry per shop please. When you have your entry listed, please post its title, YOUR SHOP NAME and a link to the entry in this thread. Please copy those already listed and add yours to the bottom of the list. Most CCCOE Members are offering a 10% or more discount to voters during the week of voting. If you wish to participate in offering a discount please convo VisionQuest on Etsy with your shop name and amount that you would like to offer.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Exhibition: Track 16 Gallery - Santa Monica, CA

Track 16 Gallery Smart Art Press 2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1 Santa Monica, CA 90404


Contact: Laurie Steelink 310.264.4678



JANUARY 10–FEBRUARY 28, 2009 Opening reception on Saturday, January 10, from 6–9 PM

5 December 2008, Santa Monica—Track 16 Gallery is pleased to present HYPERBOLIC CROCHET CORAL REEF by the INSTITUTE FOR FIGURING AND COMPANIONS, an exhibition curated by Margaret and Christine Wertheim. The exhibition runs from Saturday, January 10, through Saturday, February 28, 2009, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 10, from 6 to 9 P.M.

One of the acknowledged wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef stretches along the coast of Queensland Australia, in a riotous profusion of color and form unparalleled on our planet. But global warming and pollutants so threaten this fragile marvel that it may well be gone by the end of the century. In homage to the Great One, Christine and Margaret Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring have instigated a project to crochet a handmade reef, a woolly testimony that now engages thousands of women the world over.

Vast in scale, collective in construction, exquisitely detailed, the Crochet Reef is an unprecedented, hybridic, handicraft invocation of a natural wonder that has become, in itself, a new kind of wonder spawned from tens of thousands of hours of labor. After major exhibitions in Chicago, New York, and most recently a smash success at The Hayward in London, Track 16 is proud to present the first West Coast showing of this giant, ongoing, evolutionary, fancywork experiment.

As a response to the ecological crisis facing marine environments, the Crochet Reef project has been called by Ren Weschler “the Aids Quilt of Global Warming.” What began as a tiny seed in the Wertheim’s home in Highland Park has morphed organically into a worldwide movement – Sister Reefs have now been made in Chicago, New York and London, with other efforts currently under way in Sydney, Arizona and Latvia. For the first time, in this exhibition, Crochet Reefs are brought together from around the globe, massing into an archipelago of stunning craft finesse.

Also on show is a new expanded version of the Toxic Reef, a gigantic, riotous agglomeration crocheted from plastic trash. An industrially malevolent, post-modern sibling to the classical, domestic beauty of the yarn-based Reef, the Toxic Reef, responds to the escalating problem of plastic trash inundating our oceans and threatening marine life everywhere.

Surprisingly, the roots of the Crochet Reef project are to be found in the realm of mathematics for the Reef also celebrates a geometry realized throughout the oceanic realm. Loopy kelps, fringed anemones, crenellated corals and curlicued sponges are all manifestations of a structure known as hyperbolic space. Though mathematicians had long believed this space impossible, nature has been playing with its permutations for hundreds of millions of years. In 1997, Dr Daina Taimina at Cornell, realized how to make models of this geometry using crochet, a discovery that astounded the mathematical world.

Building on Dr Taimina’s techniques, the Wertheim sisters have been evolving a taxonomy of reef-life forms. Just as the diversity of living species result from variations of a genetic code, so too a huge range of hyperbolic crochet ‘species’ may be brought into being through modifications in the underlying crochet code. Anyone who takes up this work can begin to develop his or her own woolly species and the project has become a kind of ongoing collective evolutionary experiment, involving women (and a few men) from all walks of life. Participants include Evelyn Hardin, a madly creative Dallas housewife; Sarah Simons, a Culver City book-maker and museum curator; Helen Bernasconi, a computer scientist and sheep farmer in rural Australia; Vonda N. MacIntrye, a science fiction writer in Seattle; Shari Porter an African American mother in San Bernardino; Rebecca Peapples, a master beader in Michigan; and Kathleen Greco, an industrial designer in Pennsylvania.

HYPERBOLIC CROCHET CORAL REEF will be shown concurrently with Harriet Zeitlin: ALL HANDS ON DECK. For more information please visit

More information about the project may be seen at the IFF website:


Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim, co-curators and wranglers-in-chief to the Crochet Reef, are co-founders of the Institute For Figuring.

Margaret is a science writer and author of books on the cultural history of physics, including “The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet” and (forthcoming) “Lithium Legs and Apocalyptic Photons” about the life and work of outsider physicist James Carter. From 2000-2005, Margaret wrote the Quark Soup science column for the LA Weekly, and her work has been published in magazines and newspapers around the world. Christine is a faculty member in the Department of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts, where she teaches experimental writing and feminism. Her books include “+I’me’S-pace” a poetic anthology that explores the intersection of language and logic, “Noulipo” a compendium of new constraint-based writing, and Feminaissance (forthcoming). Both twins learned handicrafts from their mother Barbara when they were growing up in Brisbane, Australia.

INSTITUTE FOR FIGURING The Institute For Figuring is a Los Angeles-based organization devoted to the aesthetic and poetic dimensions of science, mathematics and the technical arts. ( The IFF hosts lectures, publishes books and curates exhibitions on subjects such as mathematical paper folding, logic crystallography and the anatomy of insects. Recent exhibitions include, Inventing Kindergarten at Art Center College of Design, The Business Card Menger Sponge at Machine Project, and The Logic Alphabet of Shea Zellweger, currently on show at the Museum of Jurassic Technology. The IFF’s work has been acknowledged in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Nation, The Times of London, The Guardian, Make Craft, and many other publications.

This exhibition is supported by grants from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Norton Family Foundation, The Daniel and Joanna Rose Foundation, and Bella Meyer.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Exhibit at The Tucson Bead Show

Exhibit at the Hottest Bead Show in Tucson The Tucson Bead Show at the Doubletree February 7 – 9, 2009

The Tucson Bead Show is produced as an adjunct of the legendary To Bead True Blue. It brings together two-hundred fifty of the finest artists, artisans, and wholesale trade suppliers for an intense three-day show. Exhibitors are chosen for traditional skills in art jewelry and bead design, wearable art, polymer clay, enamel art, metalwork, fiber arts, lamp work, lapidary, designer components, glass arts, gold and silversmithing, textile weaving, handmade clothing, clay arts, handwovens, art couture, precious gems, collectibles, interior décor, plus beading and jewelry trade supplies.

Attendees come from across the U.S. and thirty-eight countries, to meet contacts, place orders, and attend workshops. This opportunity will bring you both domestic and worldwide clients. The availability of space for the show is very limited. The Tucson Bead Show is a production of Garan-Beadagio.

The Tucson Doubletree Reid Park, 445 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711

The new version of Aurlaea® is now up and running.

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For Information on Exhibiting Contact Us: (530) 274-2222 |

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

2009 Handmade In California Spring Gift Guide is here!

There are a number of exciting changes from the Holiday Guide so please read carefully. The Spring Gift Guide is optional and all CCCOE members are invited to participate. All participating shops in the Gift Guide must be CCCOE members. The cost for each shop to participate in the CCCOE Gift Guide is $8.00. This includes 6 images per shop, listed under 3 different and appropriate categories of your choice. If you have more than one shop, each shop must pay $8.00 to be included. If you have more than one shop, sharing items between your shops is not allowed. (For example if you have Shops A and B, you cannot combine items from Shops A and B and pay only $8.00.) You can see an example of how the guide pages will look here: ·To reserve your space, go to and follow the reservation instructions Once you reserve your space and categories, you will receive an invoice to pay for your listing within 24 hours. All spaces are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Upon making your reservation you will be guaranteed your first category choice. No shops will be added after February 1, 2009 unless you are a new CCCOE member. Each category will be limited to 15 shops. The categories are as follows: Art Aficionados Décor Eco Friendly Fashion Forward Etc. Gifts by Price Range (choose a sub-category): Under $25 Under $50 Under $75 Luxe – items $100 and over For Her For Him Tot to Teen Jewelry (choose a sub-category): Necklaces Bracelets Earrings Rings & Things Adornments Paperie Spa Special Occasion Indulgences Supplies are not included in the Gift Guide. Some categories are empty until shops are added to that category. The front page of the gift guide will rotate and each member should be on the front page 1-2 times between launching and April 30, 2009 depending on the number of participants. These will also update automatically from Etsy. Each store is marked as a favorite when they sign-up to be certain that the items rotate often. A press release will be sent to several newspapers, tv and radio stations and stylists throughout the state. If you would like your bio sent with the press release, please forward to anniek at anniekclothing [!at] Some newspapers thought the press release was not relevant to their readers without having a shop in their area. Money collected from guide listings and advertisements will go towards promoting the Spring Gift Guide via web ads. (i.e. project wonderful, blogs and other places that the PR Committee determines to best suit the advertising needs of the Gift Guide.) During the Holiday Gift Guide, over 250 ads were running consecutively. If the budget allows, we will also print postcards to hand out at shows, with packages, etc. Suggestions are most welcome. Other expenses such as payment of the graphics and other items will also be used from the fees. Advertising will be accepted for the front page and each category. Ads will be 125 x 125 pixels. Front page ads cost $20 each and category ads cost $10 each for CCCOE members. Ads will run through April 30, 2009 The Gift Guide may also have advertising from non-CCCOE shops, but still must reside in California and be handmade. The PR Committee reserves the right to refuse any and all ads from non-CCCOE shops. The price for these ads will be $25 and will also be 125 x 125 pixels. NEW CHANGES The pages of the guide have been redesigned to allow more exposure for shops and better ad placement! The first 30 CCCOE members to reserve space on the guide will be featured on the front page under the new "SpotLight" section. Shop Spotlights will run for 3 days. Members who reserve their space after the first 30, will be featured on Spotlight sections under appropriate category pages. The "Chatterbox" is a new section where buyers can find sales, promotions and the latest news. Guide participants may email their news and shop updates to: buttercupbloom [!at] During our last giveaway, 100 new members signed up for email updates and of course, a chance at the giveaway. More information to come on the giveaway. We have added Twitter and Facebook pages for the Spring Guide. When the guide launches, links to these accounts will be sent to CCCOE members, please share them with friends and mark them as favorites. Please review the guidelines carefully and feel free to contact AnnieK or Wrenay should you have any questions.

Bring on YOUR craft game in 2009!

Hi Friends! CCCoE is excited about the upcoming year. We have lot's of fantastic things happening behind the scenes that are sure to be hits with members and friends alike. Our Spring Gift Guide is currently under development and our Marketing Team is anxious to launch later this month. There is still time to enter our giveaway for fantastic goods valued at over $200. Giveaway ends 1/15/2009. http://www. handmadeincalifornia. net
  • Kiss 2008 Goodbye, Hello to 2009! CCCOE has the first event of 2009 at your door!
  • WHAT: 'Love thy Neighbor (and thy Friends)' - a pre-Valentine boutique
  • WHEN: Saturday, 1/24/09 (all day, set up and break down times tba)
  • WHERE: Calabasas (between Los Angeles and Ventura) at the home of Jackie,
  • WHO: Any CCCOE team member invited to have a table.
  • HOW: Interested to sell? Any CCCOE member who is interested! Reserve your spot by sending Jackie a $10 deposit (email her at appliedwithlove [!at] for the address to send a check or other forms of payment). Vending tables will be provided (paid by the deposit). This is an outdoor, but overhead covered event. Rain or shine. Refreshments for guests will be provided completely by Jackie and her mom. Additional info will be given to sellers (such as set up details and small volunteer duties as developed).
  • Or just come and meet up! Expect a sophisticated crowd of neighbors and friends inside this upscale gated Calabasas community. Your guests are also completely welcome as long as they RSVP when the time comes so Jackie notifies the gate attendant!
  • Sign up soon, don't miss your chance to start 2009 off with a lotta love!
Check out our Flickr Group which has a set of new discussions! We are always accepting new members which are processed monthly. Check out for more information. Many of our artisan members have lot's of exciting things going on in their individual creative circles: The Chainmaille Lady (I166) and Surly-Ramics (G234) will be at the Pasadena Bead & Design Show which features 250 Exhibitors & Workshops. January 15-18, 2009 10am - 6pm. The Pasadena Hilton, 168 South Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA. ElenaMary's twig ladder with deity was chosen as one of the 30 winners of the Indie Craft Contest! It will be shown at the Craft and Hobby Association Winter Convention January 25-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Our old member Blackbird72 of Deirdre RyanPhotography has relocated to the east coast and now has her beautiful creations available to the public at The Mew Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Please convo PalleikoDesigns or AmandaKLockrowJewels on Etsy with your current projects, gallery openings, trunk shows and other events. We are still accepting Studio Tour questionaire's too; so be sure to send those in so we can feature you. (Image featured is from Craft Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to craft magazine click here.)