FramBors A bit of Southside History: Most famous 19th-century woman inventor

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Here is a fascinating story of the first woman to obtain a United States Patent for her invention of the Paper Bag Machine in 1879. She lived in Framingham at 287 Hollis.
For many women inventors in years past, the invention process was twice as difficult because, in addition to the hardships of inventing, they also faced the skepticism of a world that didn’t believe women could create something of value. Fortunately, over the years, that perception has been blown out of the water by women inventors like Margaret E. Knight, who were willing to fight for the accolades and recognition they unquestionably deserved. She is the original "bag lady." This is another Bit of Southside History. Please read the article:

http://framinghammatters.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-bit-of-southside-history-most-famous.html
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I think you might enjoy this show (this weekend): Two More Splendid Days at Paradise City Arts Festival (Marlborough

Hello friends!

This is a heads-up for an event this weekend that I thought you’d be interested in checking out.

Paradise City Arts Festival (Marlborough this weekend, Northampton later this Spring) is an amazing collection of people, things, music, conversation … and stuff to admire or buy for yourself or others. Choose your budget and find something awesome (or just have a really great time looking, talking, learning, and bopping around).

I’m going tomorrow (Sunday). You should go too!! There are links to exhibitors, highlights, coupons, directions etc in the newsletter below. If for some reason you want to go straight to their website, it’s www.paradisecityarts.com.

Happy Spring!!
Melinda

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Paradise City Art Festivals 2013 - fairs of fine and functional art

march 21, 22, 23 • royal plaza trade center • marlborough, ma

Yesterday was my first chance to walk the entire Paradise City Arts Festival – what a gorgeous show it is! If you were there yesterday and enjoyed it as much as I did, I hope you’re telling your friends or passing this email along.

Didn’t get there Friday?

You have two more days to check out this awesome collection of outstanding craft designers, painters and sculptors from all over the country.

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And what a perfect way to spend the first weekend of Spring! Inside Paradise City there are flowers blooming (even if some of them are six feet tall and made of metal), color is everywhere and the weather is just fine. I’ve already fallen in love with some of the spectacular new furniture, like Larry Elardo’s sculptural ceramic, glass and wood desk and Joel Mark’s polished and highly original cabinets and tables. The selection of jewelry includes some of the best work I’ve seen. And as an artist, I find myself positively inspired by everything on display this weekend.

Plus there’s Motown and Swing by The O-Tones and fabulous vocals by Barbara Ween and Cafe Society. While you’re there, don’t miss the highly entertaining special exhibit, ‘Laughing Matters!’. And there’s always free parking.

This show kicks off our 2014 season! Whether you live in the Boston area, or you’re contemplating a day trip or overnight from anywhere in the Northeast, we’d love to see you. We’re open today from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Don’t forget your discount admission coupon!

For hours and admission, map and directions, and exhibitor lists,
visit our website at www.paradisecityarts.com.

See you there!
Linda Post, Founding Director
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Handmade Gifts for Mum (great ideas from the UK’s Folksy)

The Folksy Weekly Folksy! 27th, February, 2013

Handmade Mother’s Day Treats

Our Favourites

Birdcage with peacock and butterfly hummingbird plate Embroidered vase
Handful of blooms felted handbag Cotton 8x8 print textile teacup tidy
Glasses case Mini leather journal Blue mod flower purse

See more of our handpicked gifts for Mum on Folksy

Jewellery Favourites

Little flower earrings Chrysanthemum Studs Silver wing earrings
Asymmetrical silver earrings Hydrangea earrings Black Angel Wings
Poppy flower earrings Sterling silver studs with garnet Wish sterling silver earrings

Treat your Mum to some handmade jewellery this Mother’s Day.
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Handmade Cards For Mum

Mum Tattoo card The best things in life aren't things card Blackbird print card
Mummy Shop Card Balloon ride card World's best mum card
Pink teacup illustration Textile mothers day card Best mum in whole of Leeds card

See more handmade Mother’s Day cards on Folksy

Make it yourself…..

Ribbon Cloth covered doll face buttons Hand dyed merino
Purple and gold textured beads Cupcake Cross stitch kit Crochet flowers
Round pixelated sewing buttons Round wooden bag handle Fabric floral buttons

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The Arts Business Institute’s WINTER WORKSHOP / Colocated with Philly Craft Show and Niche Awards

January 1, 2013

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Join us for the Arts Business Institute Winter Workshop

February 16-17, 2013

To be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, February 16th – 10:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 17th – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Are you passionate about being a professional craft artist? This 2-day intensive workshop is designed to help you grow your craft business into a sustainable career, selling to galleries, shops, museum stores, online catalogs and more. This is the workshop to get you started and teach you how!

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Saturday, February 16, 2013

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Registration

Opening and WelcomeCarolyn Edlund, Arts Business Institute Executive Director

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Why Wholesale? and Wholesale 101

Speaker: Bruce Baker

Is wholesaling an option for your small business? The elements of wholesaling; how to structure your business for production; the wholesale selling process; terms and standard practices; how retailers think; presentation of your work; sales techniques for wholesale.

Bruce Baker is an extremely popular speaker at the ABI workshops. His easy presentation style and good humor pleases audiences around the country.

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Pricing for Profit and Growth

Speaker: Megan Auman

Incorrectly pricing your work can bankrupt your business. This critical session will help you get a handle on expenses and use the correct pricing formula to grow your business; materials, labor and why profit is essential; understanding price and value.

Megan Auman owns a successful jewelry studio. She is also an international speaker, addressing artists on business topics.

Afternoon Break

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Booth Design and Merchandising

Speaker: Bruce Baker

Your booth display has a huge impact on perception of your work and effectiveness in selling, both at wholesale and retail. This lecture presents helpful information on structure, lighting, booth layout, merchandising, colors, and more.

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tour the show floor – Buyers Market of American Craft

Trade Show Floor

Workshop attendees will visit the floor of the largest trade show for handmade luxury goods, seeing the booths, quality of work, and professional artists and craftspeople selling their collections to gallery buyers and retailers.

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. NICHE Awards 2012 NICHE Award Winner/Wheel-thrown CeramicsArtist Jennifer McCurdy

2012 NICHE Award Winner/Wheel-thrown Ceramics
Artist Jennifer McCurdy

(Room 114, Auditorium)

All workshop participants are invited to a reception and presentation ceremony for the prestigious NICHE Awards. These awards are given to professionals and students in different mediums who represent the best in craft and design. Attendance is optional.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Critique Setup

Workshop participants are invited to bring samples and/or photos of their work to our critique session and will be setting up their displays at this time. Security will be provided. Gallery buyers and faculty members review your collection, and give you written critiques, answering critical questions about your work and your potential. This part of the workshop is optional, but has proven to be one of our most popular sessions. Every participant will have the opportunity to be critiqued.

10:00 am. – 11:00 a.m. Creative Marketing

Speaker: Carolyn Edlund, Executive Director of The Arts Business Institute ("ArtsyShark")

How to effectively market your art or craft; your website content and design; social media; traditional forms of marketing; press and publicity; crafting an effective marketing message; reaching your target audience; what makes people buy.

Carolyn Edlund has background as the owner of a production studio, an outside sales rep for art publishers, and a writer/business consultant for artists.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Sales Strategies for Artists

Speaker: Carolyn Edlund, Executive Director of The Arts Business Institute

What options do you have for selling your work? Cultivating multiple streams of income; prospecting and selling to retailers; unusual ways to sell; working with reps; selling to large retailers; driving repeat and referral sales; smart strategies.

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Trends and Gallery Relationships

Speaker: Wendy Rosen

Wendy headshot 2How to build strong relationships and partner with galleries and retailers; negotiating with galleries; understanding trends and how they can help you create a saleable product line.

Wendy Rosen founded the Buyers Market of American Craft thirty years ago for the purpose of giving professional craft artists a way to sell directly to galleries and retailers. She also founded The Arts Business Institute, and the American Made Alliance, as well as being the publisher of NICHE Magazine.

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2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Q&A with Show Director Rebecca Mercado

A conversation with the Show Director on how the Buyers Market of American Craft is produced and juried; what credentials and images artists need to apply. Bring your questions on selling wholesale, how a trade show works and what to expect.

Rebecca Mercado grew up with the Buyers Market. Her many years of experience working with the show has made for a smooth transition when she became the official Show Director last year.

Afternoon break

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Meet the Artists

Dramatic jewelry booth

What is the exhibitor experience? The Arts Business Institute presents two special guests, who are current exhibitors at the Buyers Market. They join our group to share their stories and experiences in running a wholesale business. Selected for their smart business practices and success, they will take questions and share how they did it!

4:15 p.m. Receive Your Critique

During the day on Sunday, gallery buyers and faculty have been evaluating your collection of work, and giving written feedback. Is your line cohesive and saleable? Are your prices appropriate? What markets do they recommend for you? You will collect all items you brought for the critique, and receive at least three evaluations.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Review

Q&A session on critique evaluations, workshop topics and you give us your own evaluation of the workshop.

5:00 p.m. Dismissal

Don’t miss this exciting experience! Register today for the ABI Winter Workshop. Space is limited.

COST OF ATTENDING THE WINTER WORKSHOP IS $250.00 PER PERSON

Transportation and lodging are not included. We will be happy to recommend nearby hotels for you.

Questions about this workshop? Contact Carolyn Edlund at artsbizinstitute

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE

Scholarship will be made available for the cost of the workshop (not including lodging and travel) for an artist who has suffered loss of income, studio space or ability to work due to Hurricane Sandy. Is that you? Interested individuals may apply for our scholarship here.

GIVE A GIFT OF THE ABI WORKSHOP! Click Here for More Details

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Assets for Artists grants (2012)

Melinda Moses:

Want some assistance getting your business of being an artisan off the ground? Assets for Artists is accepting applications through Application Deadline: October 12, 2012 by 5:00 pm. Please submit all materials to assets4artists@gmail.com

Originally posted on Assets for Artists:

Announcing Assets for Artists’ Fall 2012 grant cycle for artist-entrepreneurs living in or operating their businesses from Massachusetts. Apply now and join a group of MA artists who have been growing their businesses with the help of Assets for Artists since 2008!

Eligible applicants include artists in all disciplines – visual artists, performers, designers, photographers, film-makers, artisans, etc. — whose practice would

MASSACHUSETTS ARTISTS

benefit from the opportunity to receive working capital funds and improve their financial and business management skills to make valuable investments aimed at growing their creative enterprises. By meeting savings goals and by completing the required training, participating Massachusetts artists can receive $2,000 in grant funds as a savings match for “working capital” to grow their creative enterprise. Three training sessions on personal finance and business management for artists will be provided for free. All sessions will be offered in Lowell, Pittsfield, and Boston (specific dates…

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Art Biz Blog Business You Is Looking After the Artist You

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“Journeys Across the Region” – ArtScope’s latest on Boston area Galleries and Events

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