Archive for December, 2011

December 29, 2011

Word of the Year: Occupy

Merriam-Webster may have named “pragmatic” the word of the year (yawn) but I am declaring “occupy” the word of the year; verbs trump adjectives, anyway. If the word occupy wasn’t on our lips this year, it was on our screens. The word not only found immediate acceptance in the cultural lexicon, the movement inspired pop art the likes of which we haven’t seen in some time. My favorite of these were the memes that spawned from the unfortunate pepper spray incident at UC Davis. Here are a few to enjoy (while never forgetting the reason they exist).

Mmm the taste of oppression.

What would Spock do?

Turning the other cheek.

I got yer constitution right here.

We're not in Kansas anymore.

December 1, 2011

Not your mother’s craft fair

Repurposed suitcase by Judy Valencerina

“Crafter” may have been a four letter word when it was associated with cloying potpourri,  slate blue country duck motifs and dream catchers, but those days are over thanks to a new era of artisans who rely more on thrift stores than Michael’s for materials and inspiration for their homemade and handcrafted goods.

In March, Ventura will host the Craftcation Indie Business and DIY Conference, which will feature three days of speakers, workshops and networking for crafty types.

This weekend and throughout December, there will be a handful of events designed to showcase local artisans. Re-purposed, recycled and re-imagined items for the home and wardrobe by very talented and innovative people will be available for sale at these fairs. Please join me in attending even one of these and purchasing at least one item.  I’m pretty sure something will be going in my own stocking! (Page down for a short list of locally crafted and curated Etsy stores.)

Handmade Holiday Bazaar and Ballyhoo, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Bernadette’s on Main, 701 E. Main St., Ventura. 4-6 p.m.

Sassy Sally’s/Lindsay Miller • upcycled clothing & one-of-a-kind aprons
Super Natural Flowers • flowered and feathered clips & adornments
Lettre Savage • letterpress cards, journals & books
Casey Murphy • hand crafted soaps galore
Jumbleberri • unique, upcycled baby and children’s clothing
Little City Designs • organic cotton, hand printed apparel & accessories
Julie Knudsen • hand painted necklaces
Gypsy Mayde • unique jewelry & accessories
Tiger Owl Designs • hand printed clothing and other lovelies

Miss Rachel’s Annual Bizarre Bazaar Sunday Dec. 4 162 Kellogg St., Ventura.

All kinds of really cool and different gifts at all price points. Jewelry, hemp dog collars and leashes, “hips”, experienced and vintage clothing, driftwood sculptures, candles and handmade clothing and more! Help the economy and buy direct! We’ll be there with complimentary coffee at 8am and we’ll be open for casual shopping all day til 3pm.

TIANGUIS: Community Arts, Crafts, Jewelry and More, Sunday Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, Noon-6 p.m. Café on “A” /Acuña Gallery and Cultural Center, 438 South “A” Street in Downtown Oxnard

Local artisans include: Under the Sun Cultural Arts Organization, La Catrina Mexican Folk Art y Mas, El Kalpulli de Difusion Cultural Atlachinolli AC, Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project and YOLTEUTL ART, Teocintli Shop .

Attaboy Vintage Holiday Party, Saturday, Dec. 3, 4-9 p.m. 2478 E. Main St., Ventura.

A great sale going on that day and evening (30% off books, art and barware!), as well as lots of food, fun, entertainment by the Seahunters as well as dance performances by the beautiful ladies of The Collective and maybe even some prizes!



Pourin Mags

No Artificial Flavors

Chainsaw Comics


Objectsdeart by Echos of Opal

Lindsay Miller

Remixed Vintage by Judy Valencerina

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