Thursday, October 16, 2008

deeHaymer and the artistic green-loving woman behind the brand

dee-HAY-mer, is the phonetic spelling of Angela's maiden name. She comments, "I know that what and how I create is an extension of where I am from, so this name made perfect sense."

Angela's favorite item currently in her shop is:
She talks about it: "This burlap purse design is a new design style for me. With the burlap totes, bags, clutches, etc., I really love purposefully abstracting (or maybe extracting) and placing the lettering and images in new ways and orientations. Each bag becomes its own unique design. This square purse, in particular, is a really fun and cute size and graphic design."

Angela is busy. I caught her in time for a quick interview: "...finishing up and starting up several projects right now. I am donating a few of the burlap totes to a non-profit fundraising event in New York City: for the silent auction. I am tremendously honored to be a part of this event, which purposes to provide green and sustainable produce and products for residents in NYC, also giving opportunities to youth in the various neighborhoods in NYC to participate in the growing and harvesting of the produce.

I just donated a painting to another silent auction in Des Moines, Iowa, purposed to raise dollars for Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan, via the organization American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). This was a very exciting opportunity!I was also able to show 10 new paintings at the West Seattle Art Walk, at a shop called Brunette Mix. My paintings are a conglomeration of science, history, and landscapes.

I love creating and making with my hands. Whether one is creating drawings and paintings, purse and totes, the engine of a car or cream puff pasteries, there is something inherently human about using hands to create and communicate ideas, emotions, needs and wants, or beauty. I have been creating and making ever since I could hold a crayon and a pair of scissors (which was apparently at the age of three, when I cut some of my own hair with a special pair of duck-shaped scissors - I affectionately named them my "quack-quacks"). Over time, I have come to understand the process of creating exists as a thread that binds human beings together across cultures, beliefs, trades, and time. Hooray for hand made!"

I say Hooray for Angela! Hooray for dee-Hay-mer! The striped tote is my favorite. I think you should buy it for someone on your Christmas list.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Team Members Support Fight Against Breast Cancer

At BreathoftheDragon, Sunfire has generously offered to donate 15% of all sales in her shop during the month of October toward the breast cancer cause. Now is the time to get that clean/dirty magnet you need for your dishwasher, or maybe the one that says "believe" for the fridge. Sunfire has many artful and inspirational items to choose from. Here is her blog post about the fundraising craft fair she hosted in East Wenatchee to support the local Wellness Place.

GlitznGlass has a "Think Pink" section in her shop that she is using to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Fund. From votive candles with delicately painted glass holders, to jewelry and margarita glasses, I think you will enjoy the selection at GlitznGlass. Click on the photo to go directly to "Think Pink" at GlitznGlass.

Two of our talented jewelry artists are supporting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure cause with gorgeous pink jewelry in thier shops. Both Brenda45 of the Jewelry Box and GeckoJewelry have made a variety of pink jewelry items that will help support the quest for the cure. When you wear them, they can be a reminder of the women who are battling cancer and that they need our support. Gecko's items are clearly marked in her shop. Brenda45 has a "Pink for the Cure Sale" section. The Jewelry Box banner will take you to Brenda45's sale section, and Gecko's bracelett photo will take you directly to that item in Gecko's shop.

Enjoy shopping the team during the month of October and support a worthy cause.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I typed this into my Etsy search, "easternwateam breast cancer" and discovered our team members who have posted and tagged their items that will benefit the Susan G. Komen Fund. If there are more of you - and I think there are, please tag at least one of your items with both the "easternwateam" tag and "breast cancer." That way, we can find you and give you recognition.

Sagegold Soaps is having a storewide benefit and donating a portion of all of her bar soap sales. You can find more details in her shop announcement.

Roseworks Jewelry also has a storewide benefit happening as announced on her landing page, and a lovely new pink banner too!

I know Ragnazidnar is busily adding items for both her vegetarian sale and for her Breast Cancer benefit. Here is one of her new pink line that will benefit the fund. Look at Randi's shop announcement and check out her special sections in her store.
(This looks like it might be found at the Runway Renegades Show too.)

Annie Kints also has a special section of pink items to benefit the fund. Here is one. She has a nice variety of items involved, so check out her shop announcement and special section for details.

Studio Cherie has pulled all of the pink items from every section of her shop, and made special pink items (like this bag) for her "Pink for October" section. Shop her special section to benefit the Susan G. Komen Fund.

We will do another search in a few days and add to the list of team members participating in this charity event.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Runway Renegades Alternative Fashion Event

Saturday, October 11th from 5-10PM in downtown Spokane at Trick Shot Dixies - 321 W Sprague. Door prizes every hour. Vendors available throughout. Fashion show at 7PM. Due to the location, it is a 21 and older event.

A number of members of our team are participating in this Spokane event. For full information go to the Runway Renegades site directly.

The event coordinator is the talented fashion designer, Glamarita. Here is what you might see there from her shop. The skirt is not pulled up, by the way, the ruffles show full time!

Other area designers include: TonyasTees

Ragnazidnar will be there as well. I will have to ask her what items she will be bringing. Hint: they will be fabulous, artistic, and probably not in her shop.

Another special group will be represented at the event. October is breast cancer awareness month. Check out their website and buy the tee shirt.

There are more vendors that you can see by visiting the runway renegades site. Here is an event where we can support out team in person! See you there.