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This piece was inspired by a Radiohead line, “there’s always a siren singing you to shipwreck” I call it “Sirens” for short. It is 16″ tall and 12″ wide. ~Staci~

(I love, love this piece and stole it from Rest in Pieces Mosaic Parlor’s Facebook page. It’s pretty much amazing!)

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Hi! We are The Chicago Craft Mafia! What’s your name?
Staci Sterenberg

What’s Your Business Name?

Rest in Pieces Mosaic Parlor

Where are you located?

Chicago, IL

What’s Your Website?

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RestnPieces

What medium do you work in primarily?

mixed media mosaic (repurposed materials, glass, found objects)

What kinds of products do you make?

I make small mosaics in silhouettes
including skulls, hands, eyes, owl, matroyshkas, as well as larger one of a
kind pieces made from reclaimed ceramic and glass items.

Mosaic Skull Wall Art $90

Price range of your products?

My prices range from $25.00 and up!

How did you get started with crafting and this business?

I took a mosaic class in 2005, and I’ve been working with these materials ever since.

Is your craft full-time for you? If not, what else do you do to make ends
meet?

I have three distinct jobs! A mom, and elementary art teacher, and

an artist (not necessarily in that order).

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not crafting?

I like to hang
with my kids when I’m not working in my studio and just be in their world.

What is the best advice that you can give to a crafter who’s first that are just starting out?

There is no one right way to go about being a crafter because personal
creativity is the engine that runs you. Stay true to your aesthetic,
but be open to trying new things that excite you and tie into your
product line. Most importantly, remember your own value and be sure to
pay yourself when pricing your products so you can put money back into
your products and put some money in your pocket!
Thanks so much Staci!
To follow Rest in Pieces Mosaic Parlor on Facebook CLICK HERE!
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Featured Artist

The “boy, girl, boy, girl” collage in this photo is MY FAVORITE!!! -Shawna

Your Name (first & last): Amy Swoboda

Your Business Name: made by amy

Your City & State: Cincinnati, OH

Your Websites: www.amyswoboda.com www.madebyamy.etsy.com

What medium do you work in primarily?

I do collage and painting on canvas and I make paper crafts using real vintage ephemera such as magazine ads, playing cards, and comic book clippings.

What kinds of products do you make?

I make wall art, greeting cards, card sets, journals, and small notebooks.


What’s your price range?

Greeting Cards and Books are $4 – $16 and Wall Art ranges from $45 – $500

How did you get started with crafting and this business?

I started incorporating vintage magazine clippings into my paintings in college.  It wasn’t until a few years later that I started using vintage magazine clippings to make one-of-a-kind greeting cards.  It started with just making them for friends and family at Christmastime. The next year I started selling them at craft shows, in stores, and on Etsy.  Since then, I have expanded my product line to also include functional books using board games, comic books, and other vintage ephemera.  My wall art has changed somewhat overtime too and I’ve become more focused on the collage elements and doing detailed cutting of objects from advertisements.  I also tend to work on smaller canvases now than when I originally started.

Is your craft full-time for you? If not, what else do you do to make ends meet?

I have been crafting full-time since August of 2011.  Before that I was housecleaning full-time and trying to fit in making art and crafts in my spare time.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not crafting?

I love hunting for vintage finds at thrift stores and antique malls!

What is the best advice that you can give to a crafter who’s first starting out?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.  Not every show will be a success and not every person or business that you approach with your work will be interested, but when you find people who appreciate what you do it is so rewarding!


Thanks so much for being Our June Featured Artist, Amy! Keep making really cool stuff!

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Fabulous Mafia Member and Owner/Designer of Snarky Sleeves, Michelle Kaffko, is stoked that her new site: www.snarkysleeves.com is officially up and running!

The site looks AMAZING! So we had to ask: How the hell did you do it, Michelle?!

Michelle: “I hired the amazing Lauren Johnson of Goodspark (www.goodspark.com), as
she was recommended to me by another Mafia member and I loved her work!
She also has extensive experience in building e-commerce websites for
craft-based businesses so I knew she would totally understand all of my
needs and how I wanted the website to function.  She used open source
software OpenCart (www.opencart.com) as the backend for the shopping
cart, built it into the design, and I host it with my own website
hosting account so I can keep control and make frequent updates to the
site myself.”

They initially opened the store with 38 phrases on
sleeves and have several more that they’re going to unveil in the coming weeks.
Check ‘em out NOW!

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