Tuesday, May 21, 2013

RAW Artists Showcase

Sometimes I feel like this whole jewelry business thing is moving a little too quickly for my little brain.  I've had so many amazing opportunities in such a short amount of time.  It's hard to believe I just came up with my design 7 months ago!

So here I am with yet another first. I added a profile onto the RAW Artists website and expected it to sit and die there. Less than a month later I was asked to participate in Madison's biggest showcase yet.

Check out the website and you will see why I might be a tad bit scared out of my mind.  First of all there are REAL artists attending, people who have been performing and creating art their entire lives.  I feel like a total amateur.

It is a HUGE opportunity though and I am thrilled. Part of the event is to have professional photography of my display and products as well as a video interview at the event.  All for me to keep for future promotion.  From what I've heard it is also a great place to network and make connections in the local art scene.

I am a little worried about the whole "cocktail attire" thing.  I work at a homeless shelter and wear jeans to work. I've never worn a cocktail dress in my life!  Hopefully I can find something nice at a thrift store.  But again, the excitement outweighs the scary stuff.  I may be a tad neurotic and full of self doubt at times but I'm sure I will do just fine and will probably have a lot of fun.  I hope I will be in a good spot to watch the music and fashion shows.

If you are in the Madison WI area and would like to attend please chose "AlyxAndrea Design" as the artist you would like to support when purchasing your ticket.  A mere $10 gets you 5 hours of entertainment and visual art displays.  There are a total of 30 artists being featured at the event so there is sure to be something for everyone.

Check back to see the dress I find and the jewelry I design to go with it.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

At Both Ends: Featured Artist - Andrea Mitchell, AlyxAndreaDesig...

My shop was featured today in this wonderful blog by Dorene of Dlites by Dorene!

At Both Ends: Featured Artist - Andrea Mitchell, AlyxAndreaDesig...: I'm so pleased to introduce you to Andrea Mitchell, of AlyxAndreaDesign . Her jewelry is so intuitive, it leaves you thinking "why ...

Thursday, May 2, 2013

AlyxAndrea Design will be at the 2013 Fresh Air Craft Fair 
Date: May 11th 2013, 10am – 3pm Rain or Shine
Location: Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Boulevard, Madison, WI 53719
What is the Madison Parks Fresh Air Craft Fair?
Madison Parks is pleased to host the Fresh Air Craft Fair on May 11th, from 10am-3pm. Local artists and craft vendors will be showcasing and selling their original works including jewelry, pottery, paper goods, glass works, and other handmade items.
Kids: There will be plenty of activities for kids including spring themed kid’s crafts. The Wisconsin Kiter’s Club will be flying kites for demonstration, as well as hosting a kite making workshop, so kids can bring home their own kite creation. Also, Madison Parks hayrides will be available for $2 per person around Elver Park.
Food: Attendees will be able to purchase snacks from Curt’s Gourmet Popcorn and Jim’s Kettle Corn. The Santa Fe Food Cart will be serving burritos, tacos, and other southwest classics.
Music: Local folk/pop musician Adam Rostad will be performing from 12pm-3pm. This versatile artist creates original songs and unique covers in many different styles and genres. Don’t miss this up-and-coming artist!
Vendor List
  • Jenny Blasen Pottery: Handmade stoneware pottery, coffee mugs, yarn bowls, ceramic plates, and soap dishes.
  • Copper Heart Designs: Handmade jewelry created using a variety of metalsmithing techniques including etching, enameling, soldering and wirework.
  • Makers Guild: Paper and Fiber Arts with a focus on eco crafts - felted crowns, whimsical up-cycled fiber critters, felted wool balls and blocks, pin cushions, journals and stationary
  • Meredith Dillman: Watercolor fantasy art
  • Danidorem: Handmade Eco-Friendly Jewelry
  • JS Designs Studio: Custom children and infant clothing and accessories with comfort in mind
  • Three Fates Design: Beaded art work
  • Twisted Planet: Upcycled jewelry and crocheted stuffed animals
  • Hazy Daze Glass: Unique handmade glass items
  • One Thirty Jewelry: Handmade jewelry: Rough cut stones. Wood. Metalwork. Vintage chain. Organic. Asymmetrical. One of a kind.
  • One Thirty Jewelry: Jewelry that combines metal techniques with traditional materials, including wood, semi-precious stones and vintage beads
  • Shari Wittman: Paper creations including envelopes and note cards, as well as origami items
  • Deirdre Adele Thompson: Beaded jewelry
  • The Gourd Lady: Painted bird house gourds, butterfly houses, wood bird houses, and suet feeders, as well as solar garden art
  • Mrs. Bow Wowz: Handmade dog treats
  • Akarim African Enterprise: Hand woven baskets
  • reVINYLized: Repurposed records created into fashionable jewelry, clocks, and other items.
  • Randee’s Rock Gardens: Container gardens
  • Aych: T-Shirt Design, Screen Printing, and Drawing
  • N*Studio: Functional pottery/ceramics with a touch of color and whimsy. Textile goods, including handbags, quilts, and home accessories.
  • ECE’s Candle’s: All-natural 100% Soy Candles
  • Valora Vintage: Vintage rings and earrings, as well as hand blown glass ware
  • Ashley Schultz: Handmade polymer clay sculpture and hand beaded glass/stone jewelry
  • Selina De Haan: Beaded jewelry – Bracelets, earrings, and necklaces
  • Bibi’s Arts: Handmade sterling silver, copper and brass jewelry
  • AlyxAndrea Design: Beaded ribbon jewelry and accessories
Parking will be available at Elver Park in parking lot adjacent to the Craft Fair as well as in the additional lot at Elver Park.