Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Happy Birthday to Jen-A-Fusion!!


http://twomenandalittlefarm.blogspot.com/2013/03/happy-birthday-1st-man.html

 I know most companies might say '10th Anniversary Celebration' or some such thing. Well, I'm not most companies! Plus 'anniversary' doesn't lend itself to cake and I want there to be CAKE at my party!

Jen-A-Fusion has turned 10 whole years old! Crazy to believe, somehow, I'm still here, plugging along, creating handcrafted goodies for people to use, love and share. I'm educating about waste and supporting people's efforts to reduce, recycle and reuse. Getting into the community spirit. Cheering my fellow artists on. Teaching others to create.

At the beginning of this calender year, when I realized that my baby would be turning 10, it made me turn to the past. I thought about my beginnings, the humble roots. I thought about all the wonderful people I have meet and been able to keep in touch with- customers, other artists, promoters and lots of friends. I am so blessed to have gotten to know so many great individuals over the years. It has made for a much fuller life than I could have imagined.

I would like to celebrate this very momentous birthday by inviting everyone to come to my studio and have birthday cake! I could not have made it through the last 10 years without the support of so many customers, friends, family and fellow artists. I've been so fortunate to have been blessed with such a support system, I wanted to take the time and effort thank everyone for their encouragement in living a nontraditional life. I know that not everyone, especially my family, will be able to make it but I wanted to express my gratitude to those that could.

Please join me next week as I toast my humble company, my gracious customers, the community support around me *and* also Earth Day! There will be cake and treats, memories and stories, as well as some new work and old favorites. I will have some special sales and items that I would love to get to a new home, like winter goods. In general, I would love to see as many of the wonderful people around me as I can.

The celebration will be located at my studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, studio 320, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA. I will be open Thursday, April 23rd from about 1pm through our late-night when we close at 9 PM. The celebrations will continue on Friday from about noon to 6 PM and Saturday from about noon to 5 PM. Please feel free to bring your family and friends, coworkers and loved ones. Stay to look around the Torpedo Factory, take a walk down by the river and enjoy old town Alexandria.


I could not have survived the last 10 years without your support! I do know I will not last the next 10 without the same support! This is not my celebration alone! Come toast YOUR support of local small businesses, like mine!

If you can't make it totally understand and look forward to seeing you sometime in the near future!

Happy spring!~ Jen

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Work on Display in THREE Different Locations!

Detail of 'Cappadocia, Revisited'
Spring is when new things sprout up from the earth. This spring, my new work fits right in with this concept!

This year, I wanted to try some non-functional wall pieces. I knew I wanted to work with texture and dimension. I was taken by leaves in the fall and the interplay of the colors, shapes and sensations. I wanted to experiment with these qualities.

I ended up taking a long leaf shape and standing it on its end, so it extended toward the viewer. These shapes were grouped close together in patterns and images that were pleasing to me. I have completed 4 pieces and I am in love with each one, for various reasons. They can be viewed in 3 different places:

Dream On! Show at the Del Ray Artisans

Now through March 29, during gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery Hours are Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm.

I have a piece called 'Creativity Crown' of deep purples, royal blue, creamy ivory and black and white background.
'Creativity Crown' in process





March 150 @ Target Gallery 
 
I have two pieces in this show at the Target Gallery, located inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. This is a show that raises money for the Gallery's programming. The challenge is to create art on a 10"x10" artist panel. The media was wide open and there are very few restrictions. For me, this was fun and terrifying! I created two pieces that I am happy to have in the show.

'Mercurial Mermaid' and 'Cappadocian Clouds' are being shown through March 22. This coming Friday, March 20, there is a Art Party where you can meet with the artists of these pieces. Details about the Art Party here! 

Detail of 'Cappadocian Clouds'

Detail of 'Mercurial Mermaid'

 And, finally, I am showing a piece in my studio at the Torpedo Factory. I am pleased to be displaying something that is so different than what I have been working on for the last 10 years, so I hope that you will come and see it.

I am in studio #320. We are mainly open: 
Monday: noon to 6pm
Tuesday: noon to 6pm
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: noon to 9pm
Friday: noon to 6pm
Saturday: noon to 6pm
Sunday: noon to 6pm

I am there in general Thursday, Friday and Saturday. My studio mate is there Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
 


Come by, say hello, check out some new art!

And, have a sprouty spring! ~Jen



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Card Making Class with Image Transfer

Happy New Year! 

Take a class!

From http://www.babble.com/mom/20-odd-and-awesome-vintage-new-years-cards/

YES, I can still say that! It is still January and this is the first post of the year. :)

And, what a new year it has been! If you are like me, and perhaps you are, then it has already flown by. I meant to reach out before this, but didn't get a chance. So, here we are. 

I'm thinking ahead, about skill sets and things to make with the hands and give from the heart. Again, if you're like me, you like to give and receive these types of things. In that vein, I will be hosting a class that teaches you a fun and easy image transfer method that you will put to use right away when we make Valentine's Day Cards. This would be a great class for a father and daughter to take together and make a very special gift for mom. Or, a few friends treat each other to a few hours of crafting time together.



The class will be 3 hours long and *every single supply is provided.* You bring your love of learning, openness to mess and heart ready to share and I do the rest. It will be given at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, in my studio. This is an appropriate activity for anyone over 18. 

What will we do? I will demonstrate and teach you an image transfer method that you can easily replicate at home. We will use this method to make a transfer from any image or picture that you bring, which will not harm the original. Craft and card supplies will be on hand to create one of a kind greeting cards for any loved one- a partner, parent, friend, pet. 

Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street
Studio 320
Alexandria, VA 22314

When: TWO Sessions are offered. Complete class is ONE session.
Saturday, February 7, 6 to 9pm
OR
Sunday, February 8, 10am to 1pm

What:
1. Learn a simple and inexpensive method for image transfer
2. Make one of kind cards with transfers for your loved ones

Who: anyone over 18, no art skills necessary, just an open heart to learning!

How: MUST pre-register at least 24 hours in advance of class. 

Please register by going to my Squareup Marketplace and *selecting the correct* class. You will get a confirmation of the purchase.

Questions? Let me know via comment on this post, or on FB or by email~ jenartist_9001@hotmail.com

Happy creating! ~Jen


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday at the Torpedo Factory AND MORE

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

There'll be traffic for coasting
patience for toasting
and digging out in the snow.
There'll be scary mall stories
And tales of the gories
of Christmases long long ago......

Maybe NOT the most wonderful time of the year? ;)

Everyone is over scheduled, financially extended and and just ready for the whole thing to be over. Even those that might not celebrate these year end holidays are effected by traffic jams and endless commercials for thoughtless, disposable gifts.

How does one DO the holidays differently? Of course, I suggest buying from local merchants, and especially handcrafted goodies. I have several events coming up that will help with these ends.

Black Friday, November 28 

I *know* everyone loves a good deal! At least I know I do. So, this week, I will be hosting a very special, different kind of Black Friday. Yes, I will have sales (spring skirts and large purses 20% off) and door prizes (reach into a stocking a find out what your prize is) but I will also have an environment of good cheer and relaxation. Sip some wine, have a munch and pick out *thoughtful* gifts made by hand, crafted with recycled materials or just plain one of kind fun hats.

For more information, you can check out the Facebook event by clicking here.
 
Pack of goodies from AMEX that I will be giving away!

Small Business Saturday, November 29

Started in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday is a counterpoint to the traditional Black Friday at 'big box' stores. It has gained national and even international momentum as people push to support local, small business. In an urban, diverse area such as Washington DC, there is no end to small businesses to support.

Old Town Alexandria is home to dozens and dozens of locally owned businesses, such as boutiques, restaurants and bars. Personal services, such as salons and spas are also very common. And, when you visit the Torpedo Factory, each and every one of the artists selling their work is a small business owner.  

For Small Business Saturday, I will be continuing the relaxed shopping atmosphere of Black Friday, but will also by giving away Small Business swag provided by Amex. Reusable bags, buttons and stickers to show support for the movement will be given away.

Likewise, in the spirit of community, I will be hosting a mini trunk show by talented ceramic artist  Marcel Artes Deolazo! Marcel is a talented ceramic artist and illustrator. He works in a bold graphic style of heavily textured line drawings that turn reality on their side. Meet Marcel from 3 to 6pm and select from tea cups, jewelry and illustrations. More on Marcel can be found at www.d-drawn.com

For more information, check the Facebook event by clicking here. 


 Downtown Holiday Market

In its tenth year of festive vending, the Downtown Holiday Market just keeps getting better and better each time. I have had the privilege to participate each year, this one included. I will be in Space 56 from Friday, December 5 to Thursday, December 11. Right now, about a week and a half out, I'm working hard on hats, fingerless gloves and little bags. Hope to have a great stock to show you all!

The Market runs 26 days with over 150 vendors total. Local artisans goods, imported fine crafts, hand made chocolates and more abound. If you can't make it while I'm there, you should go *sometime* during those 26 days! 

For more information, check out the Facebook event here or official website here. 

Del Ray Holiday Market

An annual neighborhood tradition for many, the Del Ray Holiday Market was expanded several years ago to three weekends in December. There are different artists each weekend, so many people come to see each one. I will be selling the final weekend, December 19-21. This is a great chance to fill in the gaps on your shopping list. The wonderful thing about this show is the vendors donate a part of their sales back to the DRA, so when you support them, you support the organization.


A great way to keep up with all the events, shows, sales and more is to like my Facebook page. OR, follow me on Twitter. Or both. :) I try not to spam on email too much, so I leave it up to folks to find me too. 

Last year, I wrote a post about thinking outside the (big) box for gift giving. While some of the dates might be incorrect for 2014, all the hints and tips are still good to keep in mind. Worth a read, if you are trying to break free from the mall.


Are you tired of reading all that? I'm tired having written it all, now I have to go live it! :D Afterward, I'm looking forward to going to NY to see my family for the holiday and eating many cookies. Especially while sitting in comfy pjs in the middle of the day. What about you? What are you looking forward to?

Happiest of holidays to your and yours ~Jen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whole lotta shows going on!


Hyattsville Arts Festival
Saturday, September 13, 11am-5pm
SPACE A12
At the intersection of Baltimore Ave and Jefferson St
Hyattsville, MD

Official website here
Facebook event


Art on Belmont
Sunday, September 14, 10-7pm
SPACE B26
Belmont Street, Adams Morgan
Washington DC

Facebook event
More information here


Need something fun outside this weekend? I know you have lots to do- bike rides, picnics, the zoo. And, art, whole lotta art shows! Come and see me on Saturday in Hyattsville, MD and on Sunday in Adams Morgan in Washington DC.

What will you get out of it? Cool art, festival and talented music. People watching and good food. Free stuff!  And, did I mention handcrafted goodies from near and far? 

Enjoy some lovely weather and say hi to local artists. :)  Jen