Saturday, February 28, 2009

AUX Event Report

Here are some scenes from last week's Aux Event here in Athens. All these photos are by Raoul de la Cruz.

We spotted some Craft Athens team members at the handmade market. I especially liked some of the new goodies I saw, like prints from ipullprints!

We went inside to watch and hear Dark Meat.

It is always nice to have a parade here in Athens. I have been to so many here in Athens!

Later on we caught some music by Killick. We enjoyed his handmade instrument.

We came back later that night to see Maps and Transit. I especially liked Julie Phillip's silks aerials combined with the music and projected paintings.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Home is Where the Heart Is

Some Craft Athens Team members are showing houses in the Home is where the Heart Is auction. Please come and see houses created by Jangles, Genevieve Gail, and Sugar Cookie!

Here is more about the event from Genevieve Gail:

The event will take place at the Lyndon House on Friday, February 20th from 6-8pm. All of the houses will start at around $20 and bids will go up in $5 increments so you can get an awesome piece of local art for a great price! So, if you live in the area and want to get out and support your local Athens Area Habitat for Humanity come on out!!! We will have hors' devours and a cash bar and then you can grab a great dinner downtown afterwards. There, I just planned you the perfect Friday night date- ha ha. Oh, and if there is anyone interested in donating but can't make it to the event please shoot me an email and I can get you in contact with the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity peeps.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Aux Event

On Saturday, February 21 the third Aux Event held at Little Kings. It looks like another fabulous line up, as usual!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sale on Ducklings...

I just spotted this adorable print called Ducklings for Sale in the Shutterstitch Etsy Shop. This print makes me ready for the warm days of spring! This print is so cute and reminds me of this video from Sesame Street where the little baby chick hatches from an egg. It used to drive me to tears as a child because I thought it was so cute.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Craft Athens Team: Meet Beth Cyr

If you live in Athens, you may have seen Beth Cyr's nature inspired jewelry around town in some of your favorite shops. I know I have! Beth is a very talented jewelry artist, but that's not all she does. Please read more to learn about Beth.

Tell us about yourself and your craft.
My name is Beth Cyr. I never really know what to tell people when they ask
me what I do. I don't know how to classify myself other than an artist. So I
usually say something like, I'm an artist, I make jewelry. Jewelry artist
sounds kind of pretentious. I also sometimes say that I am a metalsmith, but
it doesn't seem to cover it either. Jeweler/metalsmith kind of works, but
there doesn't seem to be a single word that covers what I feel like I do.
Its silly, I know.

How long have you been crafting?

I've been working with metal since... 2001 I guess. I took an intro to
jewelry and metalsmithing and signed up to major in it the next semester.

What made you start the Craft Athens Etsy Team?
Athens is so incredibly supportive of the arts, but I hardly ever get sales
on Etsy from people in Athens. A few people I know shop on Etsy, but it
seems like for a long time, everyone I talked to had no idea what Etsy was.
So I wanted to create a team that would help bring awareness to Athens
residents that they can shop local online, on Etsy.

Are you originally from Athens? If not, how did you wind up here?
I am not originally from Athens, I was born in Connecticut grew up in
Alabama and in northwest Georgia, just south of Chattanooga - then came to
University of Georgia and ended up staying! Which had not been my plan even
when I graduated, but it just sort of happened and I love it here.

What are some of your favorite and least favorite things about living and
crafting in Athens?

I think my favorite things is that as a whole, its very acceptable to be an
artist. Athens residents really seem to respect and like to support local
businesses, whether you're an artist, musician, farmer, or just a local
boutique. I'm not sure that I have a least favorite!

Do you feel Athens is a good place for artists? Why or why not?
I definitely think so. Most artists like to be part of a community that in
general supports the arts. And Athens is big for music, visual and
performing arts, so it has a lot to offer.

Please tell about some of your favorite things to make.
My favorite things to make are anything that involves a torch and a hammer.
I find that pieces that don't involve both of those elements just aren't as

What is a typical day like in your studio?
A typical day involves spending a lot of time on the computer! I usually
make a list of projects I need to work on. Since most of my business is
custom work, I keep a board with all my orders listed on it. It helps to
keep me focused on what tasks I need to get done that day.

Name five websites that inspire you.
Astronomy Picture of the Day - I love astronomy!
Etsy Metal - my other street team - amazingly talented friends!

hm... I don't think I have 5... I spend a lot of time on Etsy!

Besides making things, what else do you enjoy doing?

I've been reading a lot lately and doing a little bit of writing. I try to
do yoga just about every day as it makes me very happy. I also love movies,
all kinds, even some pretty bad ones. I'm pretty easily entertained!

Thank you Beth! Please have a look at Beth's shop on Etsy and check out her wonderful creations!


There is the LOVE performance coming up on February 6, 7, and 8 at Canopy Studio and I am in this show! I posted all about it at Rancho Cocoa! I hope you can come!