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Hurry!  The deadline for the Waters Elementary School 4th Annual Artisan Fair is September 30th.

Waters Elementary School’s 4th Annual Artisan Fair is an ideal way to showcase your talent and work, to support a neighborhood Chicago public school and students, and to gather neighbors, families and friends for a fun-filled day of community together.

What you need to know:

Applications will be accepted from 9/6 – 9/30; notifications will go out via email by 10/14. It is a juried selection process for non-Waters participants. Table fee is just $40 once accepted and all proceeds of your sales will be your own; fee covers costs associated with event – current college students may split a table at $20/each if they partner with a friend).

Email your application, a detailed description of your work and 3 digital photos, a digital portfolio or website address to In the subject line write “Application” and include in the email your:


Business name (if applicable)

Email address

Website (if applicable)

Street Address

Phone number

Description of your work

Price point (please give a range and average price)

Special needs (wall space, electricity, etc) – we will do our best to accommodate

Attach 3 digital images of your work (jpegs)

Water’s Elementary’s Artisan Fair will be promoted extensively on websites and Facebook pages, in local newspapers, newsletters, and via flyers and street banners. For additional information, please check website or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Water’s 4th Annual Artisan Fair

Saturday, December 1, 2012

10 am – 3 pm

Waters Elementary School

4540 N. Campbell Ave., Chicago, IL 60625


This CPS school incorporates the arts across the core curriculum and is surrounded by a prairie and numerous gardens. The gardens are open to the public and well worth a stroll.

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The Crossroads Fund seeks Artists / Crafters / Designers for their  Arts / Crafts sale Art for Change at the Logan Square Arts Center on November 4th.  Check out their website for more details.

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How many of you learned to weave, make jewelry or throw a pot through the Chicago Park District?  Have you considered being the one to offer the class?!  We know you are a talented group.  Share your knowledge with others.

Here is a great article by Carla J. Mayer, Arts and Culture Manager at the Chicago Park District.  She is hosting an Artists At Work Forum at the Chicago Cultural Center on September 20th on the subject of Cultivating Arts Partnerships with the CPD.  Don’t miss it!

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What do chainmaille jewelry, art handling and fashion design have in common? They are thriving local creative businesses that have utilized the Women’s Business Development Center. Learn from Carmella Saraceno (Methods and Materials), Rebeca Mojica (Blue Buddha Boutique), and Chogie Fields (StalkDenim) as they discuss how they started and grew their creative businesses.

Bring your questions about your creative business and about mentor/mentee relationships. This event is produced by the Womens Business Development Center. Meg Herman, Director of Entrepreneurial Services at WBDC will facilitate the discussion and share services and upcoming events to help you sustain your arts for the long haul.

Place: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago
Date and Time: August 30, 6-7:30pm

More about the panelists & moderator:

Rebeca Mojica is an author, instructor, award-winning chainmaille jewelry artist and a Chicago Craft Mafia member. She is the founder of Blue Buddha Boutique, one of the world’s largest supplier of chainmaille components for artisans and hobbyists. Rebeca is the author of CHAINED (North Light Books, 2010), the top-rated instructional chainmaille jewelry book on She is a contributing editor to Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine.

Carmella Saraceno is a sculptor and founder and president of Methods and Materials, Inc., a 20-year-old international fine art/artifact rigging and installation company. Saraceno is currently starting an new unrelated business—a corner store for a beach community.

Chogie Fields is the founder of StalkDenim, a Chicago-based fashion line specializing in one-of-a-kind jeans to fit the shapes of curvy women.

Meg Herman is Director of Entrepreneurial Services and a Professional Certified Coach who has coached, trained and outreached to emerging and established businesses for the past four years at WBDC. Prior to that she was a free spirited consultant to nonprofits, corporations and career changers for over 20+ years.

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Last weekend the Mafia had a booth at Edgefest, handing out information on our group, the DIY Trunk Show in November, and hosting some free craft demos so people can get their craft on right there in the street.  The weekend was a success, in spite of a huge storm shutting down the festival early on Saturday.  The booth sustained only one casualty during the storm… the tent broke under the hurricane-type winds.  However!  Mafia member David Melis found a replacement part for the tent for only $10 and it will be fully functional again!

Our booth also had a small sampling of wares for sale from members Cinnamon Cooper, Lucy Clasen, David Melis, and Michelle Kaffko.  The table of wares drew a lot of people into the tent who, when they learned this kind of awesome stuff will be at about 150 different tables at the DIY Trunk Show in November, scrambled for more info and marked their calendars right then and there!

For more photos from the event, check out our Facebook page.

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Don’t forget to stop by and visit the Chicago Craft Mafia’s DIY Trunk Show Booth at Edgefest in Edgewater!

We’ll be hosting some really fun make-and-takes!

August 4th is Pom-Pom Garland! Hand out, chat and make your own 3 foot garland!

August 5th is Accordion Book Demo Day. We’ll get you started and then you can take it home to add photos and whatever other crafty goodness you can dream up!

We can’t wait to see you all there!!

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There’s only 1 WEEK LEFT to apply to this year’s DIY Trunk Show! My, how time flies. Still procrastinating? Here’s a little motivation!


1. This show is seriously on schedule to be the BEST DIY Trunk Show EVER!!

2. We’re taking over the entire auditorium. This means more Vendors, more customers and more excitement in general!

3. Wishbone will be serving up yummy delights this year!  Who can resist that?!

4. Last year’s Vendors reported record sales! Cha-ching

5. Because everyone else is doing it. Duh!

SO HURRY UP AND APPLY ALREADY! Click Here or go to: for the application.

Good Luck!

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Just 9 more days to apply to the DIY Trunk Show! Click HERE for the application. Once you’re done, you should definitely check out the folks at Ravenswood Remix!

This is a unique event aimed to unite and connect forward thinking individuals while promoting the sale of re-purposed arts, furniture, jewlery and anything else under the sun.

To display and sell your art and goods at Ravenswood Remix™, you must use recycled, found or re-purposed materials in the creation of your goods.

BOOTH PRICING: $225 for 10′x10′

Plus $25 City of Chicago Vending License which includes both Saturday & Sunday. There are also a limited number of premium space upgrades available for an additional $100.

To apply, register for a free account with Zapplication and submit your application, five images of your work and a $20 application fee by July 29, 2012.

Paper applications are available upon request by sending an email to

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The ever-popular Artisan Market Streeterville will be held this year on Saturday, November 10th and Sunday, November 11th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day.  The event will take place at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University, located at 303 E. Superior St.

The committee is now accepting applications for artisans for the event.  Click here for their online application.

Applications are due no later than June 15, 2012.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 1, 2012.

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The When: Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Where: Chicago Cultural Center

73 E. Washington, 5th floor

The What:

Edmund Dantes Hamilton, , Founder, Chicago WordPress Meetup Group, and  Scott Winterroth, Founder, Country Music Chicago will take you through:

  • WordPress Basics
  • PayPal and Ecommerce
  • Installing a Shopping Cart Plugin
  • Configuring Store Settings
  • Setting Up Product
  • Setting up Shipping
  • Test Live Purchase

For more info click here.

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