Friday, August 26, 2016

Columbus Fall Show Vendor Preview!

Meet Kristi Eodice from Starfish Flags...
Hello Everyone! My name is Kristi Eodice and I was born a misplaced beach girl. I grew up in central Ohio and make my home on the far east side along with my husband Gary, my son Christian, and my two cats Libby and Daisy.

Although I have always enjoyed our DIY projects around the house, my crafting actually began just a few months ago and seemed to be born of necessity. I had a huge vacant wall in my family room and a very limited budget. I knew I wanted a large statement piece that reflected my love for the shore, but just wasn’t clear on how to achieve it. After mulling over many possibilities, my creative process kicked in with the end result being my very first STARFISH FLAG. The weathered picket fencing brought the distressed look I love and the starfish added just a touch of whimsy and fun!
Since that first flag I have been very busy creating many more along with other beach inspired pieces and I am full of ideas for the future. My creative process seems to be very unpredictable,  so it is not uncommon to find me covered in sawdust and paint at 2 or 3 in the morning just crafting away in my workspace.  I have found something that I truly enjoy doing and I love every part of the creative process, so none of it seems like work, just a pleasure. My work reflects my love for the beach and all things coastal and the message in it is a simple one:  Surround yourself with what brings you joy and take a moment each day to enjoy it. It is my hope that my pieces will bring a smile to your face and evoke happy memories of lazy days by the water.
I am hopeful that my very small business will bring modest success. As my husband and I approach our retirement, we would love to have a business that allows us to travel and meet new people as well as affording us some extra income. Ultimately, it is our dream to settle down south with our toes in the sand and a STARFISH FLAG gracing our mantle- as well as the mantles of all our new friends, neighbors and the entire town!

I excitedly  look forward to meeting everyone at my first show in September.

Meet Heidi Lyons from Heidi's Paper Creations...

Hi, I’m Heidi of Heidi’s Paper Creations.  I’m a homeschool mother of 3 children, 1 Lovebird and grandmother of 3.  I have been doing all kinds of crafts since I was a little girl.  I enjoy painting, drawing, quilting and gardening.
In 2010 a friend invited me to a Stampin’ Up party where they sell paper crafting supplies and I became hooked on card making.  Several years ago I was asked by our church to make a picture album for a couple that was moving out of state.  I came across handmade mini photo albums on the internet and fell in love.  After my 2 daughters moved out I turned one of their bedrooms into a craft room dedicated to my crafts.
For my albums, I start with chipboard and quality scrapbook paper collections to craft each one of my unique, interactive albums to hold precious memories.
I enjoy working with the beautiful papers and also making each album and card unique.  I hope you get as much enjoyment looking at my paper crafts as I do in making them.
Meet Jenn Bonito from Jennuinely Cool...
I've been doing ceramics consistently for five years but first got exposed to the pottery wheel in high school and really enjoyed it. It was great to find a studio in Columbus ( where I could take classes and do my work. I started making my ¢oink! piggy banks in 2012 after I saw something similar and decided I'd like to try making my own version. Mine are each different, numbered and named, each with a different personality. I've made close to 100 of them now! My next favorite thing to make is various types of bowls because there are so many uses and possibilities–from batter bowls to small ingredient/ring bowls. 
My inspiration.. Seeing what other people do is certainly an inspiration. I also like to make things that satisfy a need and even help people express themselves, for example with color. I find throwing very therapeutic too, so I am driven to the wheel to relieve stress. It's also extremely satisfying to make things you can use on a daily basis, or delight others with as a gift.
How I got into my craft.. I was pretty good with the wheel in high school and learning more tips and tricks in classes has helped me to improve over the years. With the wheel, consistency and patience are key. You can't force the clay and you have to learn when speed is required and when moving slowly is a must.

My creative process.. I usually decide the type of thing I'd like to make (pig, bowl, etc.) before I start throwing (or the clay sometimes tells me what it wants to be), then I alter many pieces off the wheel, which is where they become more unique: pigs get features, bowls might become cat-shaped or get a handle and spout. Deciding on a glaze can be difficult, particularly if the piece isn't a keeper: what will someone else like, how will the glaze turn out this time, do you mix colors, etc. Before first firing, I try to sign every piece with initials and the year.
My five year goal.. I'd like to keep going as I do now, perhaps making more pieces a year and trying new things. There are so many ways my ¢oinks could evolve and I always like to try new projects, so one never knows when I'll be enamored with making something new. 

The message behind my work is that I really just like to have fun and make my art feel expressive and useful. With the banks, I'm trying to make saving more fun for kids and give adults with a cute place to store spare change.
2016 Columbus Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00am-4:00pm
St. Agatha's Parish Hall
1860 Northam Rd
Columbus, OH 43221
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