Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Colin Panetta - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview

I met Colin Panetta via Craigslist when I was trolling for an Atomic artist last year to create the handout that everyone gets when they enter the auditorium. Not only was his email actually readable and polite but the links to his artwork knocked my socks off. Colin is a talented illustrator, comic book writer, community volunteer, has impeccable taste in music and he looks like a blond version of my father circa the beatnik era...if I were running the planet, he'd be a part of my faux administration fo' sho. Below is a little tiny sample of the poster he has created for Atomic this year. Again, this knocked my socks off, to be immortalized in ink is about the coolest damn thing ever! This poster will be handed out at the Atomic show so you can thank Colin for this wonderful Atomic addition!


Name of Business/Website Address? Colin Panetta / Illustrator/Designer/King of Spiders /
www.ColinPanetta.com (out of date, soon to be revamped) / And you can read my weird haunted science-fiction comic for free at DeadManHoliday.com

What City/State do you reside in? Right here in Sarasota Florida, for at least another couple of months.

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done something with the show before? I've been at least once, I think twice. Three Atomic Holidays ago Tom Hall, Programmer for the Sarasota Film Festival came back from it with a bunch of cool stuff, and I felt like I had missed out. So I made sure to go the next year!

How'd you get roped into creating the hand out for Atomic? Haha, it's the other way around actually; I pretty much told Atomic Holiday I was making it, without being asked. Adrien and I met on Craigslist a year ago (which is exactly what it sounds like) and she told me about her Attack of the 50 Foot Woman Vs. The Sarasota Municipal Auditorium idea. I kept the idea in back of my head all year, forgot it was Adrien's, and then proposed the idea to her as if it was my own creation. -- ADRIEN INTERJECTS - COLIN, LET'S JUST CALL IT A BEAUTIFUL BLEND OF CREATIVE UNION!

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? I have a full time graphic design job right now, but I support myself with freelance work when I can. I'm only a parent to Gordon Greenspan, the adorable Shih Tzu that I share with my girlfriend. Since I have a full-time job right now I've pretty much been full-time ignoring them to keep up with my illustration and comic book work after clocking out at the job. But I've got a pretty chill next couple of months laid out.

What's your favorite color? Black and white. Colors terrify me.

What inspires you? Uplifting people. Usually with monsters.

What are your favorite bands? Raw rock bands like Quintron, The Reigning Sound, The King Kahn & BBQ Show and The Dirtbombs are my bread and butter. But I listen to lots of other stuff too. I like Girl Talk a lot, rapper Kool Kieth is great, I really like the jazz band The Lounge Lizards and ambient composition stuff like Philip Glass, John Zorn or Arvo Part can really get me going too.

What is your favorite movie? Maybe Walker, by Alex Cox? It's an intense portrait of William Walker, the genocidal, white president of Nicaragua in the mid-eighteen hundreds sent to keep an eye on the Panama Canal and "spread democracy". It's also a slapstick comedy. From the director of Repo Man! I write Little Movie Review for the941, so you can see a lot my favorite stuff there.

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? I learned from a lot of people over the years, but I kind of consider myself to be self taught. I went to school for graphic design, and took some traditional art classes there, but I think I've learned more about drawing from music, movies and listening to people talk about stuff than from any formal class.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Yeah, all the time. But no matter how sick I am of drawing or what I'd rather be doing, it usually passes after about an hour of making myself draw, and I start really enjoying it again.

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? Haha, well, I don't think I'd want to force my work on anyone. But my heroes are mostly comic book artists; Jamie Hernandez, Jeff Smith, Mike Allred, Mike Mignola, Bob Burden, Paul Pope, Brendan McCarthy. I guess if I saw Guillermo del Toro or Bong Joon-ho walking down the street I'd shove one of my comics down the back of their shirts and run away.

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? My proudest achievement is tricking my babysitter into letting me eat grape jelly with a spoon, straight from the jar for dinner when I was seven. I also used to eat onions like apples.

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? Elba Island, Italy. Holy crap.

Bella Cucina Aprons - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview

Carolyn Trabulsi of Bella Cucina Aprons is a newbie to Atomic and will be appearing at the Sunday Atomic show on 12/13. I have quite a few aprons (all vintage) which usually aren't in minty shape, I get grubby in the kitchen! However, wouldn't it be a treat to have a brand new hand made apron to wear in the kitchen? I think so! After reading her interview, I could just squeeze her, I love what she wrote about her husband!

Name of Business/Website Address? Bella Cucina Aprons / www.bellacucinaaprons.com

What City/State do you reside in? Odessa, Florida

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? 1st Timer

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? Making stuff is a f/t occupation, I am otherwise a retired artist. Usually, I set aside only certain hours a day for my designing and sewing.


Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? I have always had my own business, first as a professional artist and now as a designer. It is a great sense of accomplishment and satifsfaction to see your creativity produce a finished product.

What's your favorite color? turquoise

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? Fabrics, old ribbons, lace, buttons that I've held onto forever.

What inspires you? Being successful and knowing that my creations are being enjoyed by another.

What are your favorite bands? Maybe not a band - but I love all show tunes, singers and standards, Il Divo. I really love all music and appreciate music from every generation (am I dating myself here?)


What is your favorite movie? Gone with the Wind and All old dancing musicals

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? I was first taught to sew by my elementary school teacher c.194....., and I became hooked. Later as a young woman, I attended NY Parsons School of Design & Traphagen School of Design.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Not really

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? Giada Di Laurentis on the food channel would look great in one of my aprons.

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? Other than my artificial right knee, this might count as unusual? I married the boy from next door 54 years ago - We have been together for 68 years . He still make my heart beat!

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? Definately, Hawaii

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dr. Awkward - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview

OK, I have to admit, I am a sucker for a cool name and Nelani Palomino (really, what a NAME!) of Dr. Awkward is one funny gal. Her sense of humor reminds me of a certain person named Alaska (Alaska check out her cards!)...Dr. Awkward will be at Atomic's Sunday show on 12/13. Since this is Ms. Palomino's first time to Atomic, let's all get to know her better by reading her interview below:

Name of Business/Website Address? Dr. Awkward / http://www.drawkwardstore.etsy.com

What City/State do you reside in? Tampa, FL

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? Yes, first time.

What do make and plan on bringing to Atomic: Funny Cards, Holiday Cards, Hand Soaps, Mulberry Bark journals hand made by The Karen Hill tribe in Thailand and embellishments added on by DR. AWKWARD, a few hand painted blocks with cute characters, some headbands..maybe some other fun stuff.

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? I've been doing freelance, mainly t-shirts, for places like Skechers, Journeys, Spencer, and Urban Outfiters. So I've been able to make my own schedule and work on what I want. Though freelance is dwindling due the crappy economy. So I've been looking for full time work for quite some time now. And since I'm not willing to leave Florida or the west coast it has proven to be difficult to find work in my field. So after some debating I'm looking into getting a Teacher Certification to teach art k-12 and keep my own art on the side. I love kids and coming up with creative projects, plus it'll open me up to more work.

Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? I love being crafty. I've made a lot of gifts for people in the past and they tend to appreciate it more. It's something you took the time in making and no one else has it.

What's your favorite color? Blue

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? In some of my mixed media art pieces I have. I also love going to vintage shops, or garage sales with a idea and that have it expand when i find something amazing. My packaging for my hand soap, I attached a little barbie hand charms to each one. I went around to god knows how many garage sales and places searching for barbies. My apartment was looking a little creepy with handless barbies laying around.

What inspires you? I don't have a source of inspiration. My inspiration comes from any where. A random thought that turns into something amazing. I do a lot of research when i have a idea and it just explodes from there. google is my best friend!

What are your favorite bands? Jack's Mannequin, Bowie, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Sinatra, Val Emmich, Florence + The Machine, Matt and Kim, Jack Johnson, The Sounds, Ok Go, Th Kooks, Flight Of The Conchords...and many more

What is your favorite movie? I love way tooo many movies to have a favorite. Amélie, Wet Hot American Summer, Fight Club, Ghost World, Nightmare Before Christmas, Brick, Royal Tennenbaums, Batman the movie (60's), Battle Royale, Harry Potter.

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? I went to Art school. But most crafty techniques I learned either thru friends, or books, or on the internet. If I ever want to figure out how to do something I just looked it up.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Yes, but usually when it's for work. I love coming up with funny saying or characters. And I did that for a living, most of the time it would just come to me. But there were those days where I'd be sitting there trying to force out a joke or rack my brain for something funny.

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? Anyone famous should have one of my pieces and buy them for their friends!

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? Well my favorite Fun Fact that I love to tell people is...Mister Rogers was my neighbor! When I was 5 years old I lived in PA and Mister Rogers lived down the block in a big white house. He didn't come over for dinner or anything but my mom says he was always nice cause if he was on his lawn when she strolled by with us he'd give a big smile and a wave.

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? I've actually have had the privilege to travel to quite a few places from Alaska, to China, Spain, Italy, France, Greece. I've seen a lot of struggle, but I've also seen the simple happy life. There's just so much beauty out there. Santorini, Greece was just so peaceful. Probably one of my favorite places.

birds and planes - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview


Kimberly Klabel of birds and planes rocks my Atomic world. Ya know why? Do you even care? Well shuddup and read why she is so fabulous. Kimberly contacted me out of the blue last year and volunteered to handout the program at the show. We'd never met, so I was hopeful yet dubious...sorry it's my nature. She was showed up, was so damn sweet and wonderful and I just fell in love. This is one hell of a sweet gal and I dig her taste, so look for her at the Sunday show on 12/13, she is sharing a table with Jenna Dickes Deleo. Get to know KK better below with her AHB interview:


Name of Business/Website Address? birds and planes. www.birdsandplanes.etsy.com http://www.birdsandplanes.blogspot.com/


What City/State do you reside in? Sarasota, Florida

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? I have been to the show almost every year but this is my first time as a vendor!

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? birds and planes is a long running side project. I am not a parent but a very proud aunt. I travel for work so I am in a different city/state every week. I bring projects with me on the road and go to estate sales to hunt for treasures.


If you have worked Atomic in prior years, what is one of your favorite memories from AHB? I was a volunteer last year and the fashion show was out of this world! The concept was fantastic and they did a great job executing it.

Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? I love the little things. I think things have become so routine and robotic in the retail industry. Most stores today look like a warehouse full of stuff made in factories by machines or children. There is minimal merchandising, rude staff and no charm. You walk in and no one speaks a word to you until they tell you what your total comes to and then they put your purchase into a generic plastic bag. I don’t want my money funding an operation like that. To me D-I-Y is the opposite of that. Items made with love and passion, fueling someone’s dream.

What's your favorite color? Blues, greens and browns.



Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? All my pieces are vintage. I try to incorporate recycled things in some of my handmade pieces as well.

What inspires you? Old movies, romance, tragedy, music, sassy old ladies.

What are your favorite bands? Kevin Devine, The Format, Reubens Accomplice, Dianna Ross and the Supremes, Patti Paige. Basically a mish mash of indie artists and doo wop.

What is your favorite movie? An American in Paris, Singin’ in the Rain and Teen Witch.

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? I studied fashion design in school. Every woman in my family was a seamstress or a crafter and my father can make anything out of anything so I was always in a creative environment.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Rarely. If work and things get to stressful, I tend to take a time out.

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? Jenny Lewis. She is just the coolest. Her style, her music. Everything.

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? I have hyperacusis, which is a basically over-sensitivity to many sounds. I hear everything. It is one of my super powers.

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth?
Paris, France. I know it is a bit cliché, but it really changed my life. The world and everything in it just made sense when I was there. I also love going to super small towns for work. I love areas that still have a ‘mom and pop charm’ about them.

Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview with ZimKids

My friend Sue Handman who has participated in Atomic for the first three years put the ZimKids organization in touch with me to see if table space could be donated for their mission. It was impossible to say no to an organization. After visiting their website, ZimKids was a perfect fit for Atomic. Please read the ZimKids interview with Katherine Kourapis
Childcare Director at Cyesis Teen Parent Program and volunteer for ZimKids which is a such wonderful charity. Please consider visiting their table at the Sunday show on 12/13 to buy one of their one of a kind dolls. How can you say no to such sweet faces like these?!

Name of Business/Website Address? ZimKids is the name of the organization. I am simply a philanthropist and a teacher who supports this program. The name of the website is: www.zimkids.com

What City/State do you reside in? Sarasota, Florida, USA

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? This is the first time we will be showing in the Atomic Holiday Bazaar!

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? These items are made by the children of No. Pumula, Zimbabwe. 100% of the children in this village are Orphans. They are all in need of food and therefore, create toys for food!

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? These students use 90% recycled materials for their dolls. The dolls that my students will create to support this organization will be approximately 50% of recycled materials.

What inspires you? Children!

What are your favorite bands? Indigo Girls, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez

What is your favorite movie? Cool Runnings

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? I have four college degrees. But I think you are referring to how we came up with our artistic talents…. I took a class in African Doll Making, from which my students will be creating dolls in the future. Regarding the African ZimKids dolls, they are taught by their Founder, Dennis Gaboury and teachers in Zimbabwe.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? I find that there are times when my motivation to help or promote others, runs low.

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? I am absolutely passionate about global awareness for our youth. I firmly feel that educating our youth in a global perspective will aide me in my senior years and my children in their lifetime to come.

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? I would have to say that seeing the founder of ZimKids in action totally give me hope for my future. Further, coming to MMS everyday is inspiring as I watch our upcoming population of voters grow to be incredible people.

Our Lady of Perpetual Pickles - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview

Ms. Griffin of Our Lady of Perpetual Pickles is pure Atomic Alumni. She's been with me every year and has made me a complete and utter addict of her "Sweet Heat" sliced pickles that are to f'in die for. TO DIE FOR, ya hear me? I love "Jess the Mess" (hey she called it, not me!) and not only is she an amazing canner but she whips up some funky fun crafty stuff. Jess is amusing, sweet, enthusiastic and a complete gem and I wouldn't want to have an Atomic without this gal. Our Lady of Perpetual Pickles interview follows below:

Name of Business/Website Address? Our Lady of Perpetual Pickles / www.perpetualpickles.etsy.com

What City/State do you reside in? Seminole, FL

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? I will be struttin my wears for the 4th year in a row!! I LOVE this show!
What do you make and plan on bringing to Atomic? Can you guess?? I don’t want to give it away, but I make PICKLES, or anything else delicious that can be put in a mason jar! I also make fun and funky stuff from vinyl albums including purses and jewelry. Past that I dabble in all kinds of craft projects that look like fun. I love turning something normal or plain into something fun and unexpected! Stop by my table. I always have free samples, and you never know what else I might have.

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? I wish I could work in my kitchen full time! Alas, I work full time and I work in a cube farm. I have to make the cheddar to feed the craft addiction. I normally craft in my off hours, but I do try to squeeze in some crafting during my lunch breaks. I’m working on being a parent, and I sing and ring bells in my church choirs.

If you have worked Atomic in prior years, what is one of your favorite memories from AHB?
I always remember the vendors! I love catching up with people I know, and meeting the new vendors and seeing their wares. I also love the music selections during the fashion shows. I’m still steadily listening to “Pot Kettle Black” from last year. I also remember that the show always seems to go by so fast, so I am glad it is two days this year!

Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? I love making things with my own two hands! It feels like you are passing on a little piece of yourself with every project you work on. I also love knowing that something I made might have brightened someone’s day. I love creativity and feel like it is a very intimate part of who we are that can be shared with everyone.

YUM THE 'F YUM!! (Adrien's two cents)


What's your favorite color? I don’t have one. I love blues and purples, especially aqua, teal, cobalt, eggplant, and a bright violet!

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? I use old vinyl albums in many of my creations as well as the cover art. I typically use ones that are already scratched or banged up, and can’t be listened to anymore.

What inspires you? Music! For me music is everything! It sets our moods, gives us escape, and it connects us all to the past, present, and future!


What are your favorite bands? DMB, BNL, Gaelic Storm, Any band playing back up for Tori Amos!, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Vampire Weekend, Blues Traveler, Reverend Horton Heat, Reel Big Fish, Save Ferris, Talking Heads, Peter Paul & Mary, Heuey Lewis and the News…these are just the bands…solo acts are a whole other beast!

What is your favorite movie? I have so many, but the hands down favorite is Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell is my hands down favorite! I also love Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Steel Magnolias, The Big Lebowski, Practical Magic, A Christmas Story, and It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. I can watch them anytime over and over again!

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? I learned an awful lot of crafty stuff from my mom. I have also taken many art and sewing classes for many summers as a child. However, everything I make now I taught myself how to make.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? I hit creative blocks where I will forget how to make something mid making it (even though I have made it many times over), or something I am working on doesn’t turn out the same as the last time I made it. It always happens! That is when I know it is time to put the glue gun down and go to bed! I also have spells where I can’t wrap my mind around how to make something. I can see the raw materials, and the finished product, but not all the steps in between.

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? I want to make anything I can for Tori Amos, and would love to send her some of my Sweet Heat Pickles. I just know she would love them, and share them with the girls! I also really want to send some pickles to Paula Deen because she really is an inspiration to my cooking! Those ladies are the coolest people in world to me!

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? I love vintage finds, but I have a very odd phobia about used and/or antique furniture. I am now also terrified of riding on big busses or in rv campers. I just keep thinking they are going to fall over. I used to love being on them in school when going on trips. I can also do this funky muscle control thing with my neck. Yeah…I’m odd.

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? Ireland! As soon as my feet hit the ground I felt like I had finally made it home!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Evil Needles - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview

Patricia Valery of Evil Needles will be at both Atomic shows, Saturday Night, 12/12 and Sunday 12/13! Her handmade clothing jumped out at me on Etsy along with her business name and happily she agreed to give Atomic a go. Upon reading her bio on Etsy, holy shit, this gal "occasionally makes clothing for The Dresden Dolls, Reverend Horton Heat and Hank III." If you want to check out the stuff she has made for The Dresden Dolls and Amanda Palmer you can check it here: www.postwartrade.com. Evil Needles interview follows below...

Name of Business/Website Address? evilneedles, http://evilneedles.com/

What City/State do you reside in?Orlando, FL

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? This is my first time.

What do make and plan on bringing to Atomic? I make clothing, but I also plan on bringing a few handmade purses, bags, boxes, and trinkets.

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? Making clothing is my only job. I've been doing this full time since 2004. There is no balance to my life, it's all work and no play.



Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? DIY is cool, but it has a double meaning. On the one hand it's a lifestyle, and on the other hand it's aesthetic. I really respect the whole DIY lifestyle, which works out great for me because it's more of a necessity than a passion. I'm obsessive about my business and just can't seem to hand any of the chores over so I end up doing everything myself. Aesthetically I do everything I can to make my clothing look nothing like DIY. When someone picks up one of my pieces at a boutique the last thing I want them to think is, "this looks handmade."


What's your favorite color?You know that orange-ish brown on top of German Shepherds' heads, that's my favorite color.

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? We recycle everything. My boyfriend is a recycling Nazi. However, most of my clothes are made from totally new materials, but the other (non-clothing) stuff I make uses recycled materials.

What inspires you? I'm most inspired by the things I don't have and the places I haven't been. This depravity is motivating. When it hits 2:00AM and I start seeing Twitter posts from people who've been out partying I get inspired. It pushes me to think about something I want from life and it inspires me to work a couple more hours before calling it a night. Some of my best designs have come about in the wee hours of the morning.

What are your favorite bands? Right now I'm on a quirky lo-fi, fuzztone, garage rock kick. I've been listening to this band from AU called Eddy Current Suppression Ring. I've also been listening to the Mummies, the Hexxers, the Headcoats and stuff like that.

What is your favorite movie? I don't really have a favorite movie, but I am obsessively following a couple of TV shows: Lost, Dexter, True Blood, to name a few.

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? I went to school, but I consider myself self-taught: trial and error, that's the way to go.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? I used to make band tees and that sucked the life out of me. Now that I'm making my own line I feel rejuvenated.

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? Susie Essman: the chick who plays Susie Green on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? I am so generic there just aren't words to describe it.

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? Canada, they run a tight ship up there.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Zombukis Love You - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview

Brigitte Coovert of Zombukis Love You is baaacccckkkk for her second season at Atomic's Sunday show on 12/13. Yay, the hell YAY! Zombukis Love You creations are fun and candy-fied, yet there is an inviting edge to her pieces. Look at her creations, ohhh, so sweet and tasty, confections of pinks and sugars yet a nice little zing that makes you open your eyes and take a second look! Brigitte's (and what a great first name) interview follows below:

Name of Business/Website Address? Zombukis Love You @ http://zombuki.etsy.com/

What City/State do you reside in? Palm Harbor, FL

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? Second year, holla!

What do make and plan on bringing to Atomic? Resin jewelry (necklaces, charms, rings), OOAK Kokeshi Art Dolls, customized Urban Vinyl figures, and swag featuring the Zombuki, which
are Pullip, Dal, and Blythe dolls that I've customized.


Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? I went full time DIY in August of this year! I'm crazy lucky to be able to follow my dream, make a living off my own work, and it makes every day a lot more fun! I'm also in graduate school so there's a lot of balancing that needs to be done, which is hard, but as long as I'm doing something "productive" I refuse to get down on myself for letting A or B slip for a few days.

If you have worked Atomic in prior years, what is one of your favorite memories from AHB?
Being seated next to a totally rad couple last year (my first year) who saved me by giving me about 30 $1 bills when I completely ran out (which happened almost right away). Love them! I met a lot of awesome people there and totally hooked my family in, now they do all their
holiday shopping there every year!

Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? Love DIY! I started making zines when I was 6 years old so things that other people made themselves were always considered preferable in my household. Now, cough, a few years later, more than half of my closet and 99% of my jewelry box is full of DIY!
What's your favorite color? Turquoise :3 it's even the color of my hair!

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? I don't use a lot of found objects but I do use objects differently, like making resin jewelry out of candy, though sometimes I use items like dried flowers that have been reappropriated.

What inspires you? Most of my work is just color, exercises in color, so I'm inspired by just about everything, from a cereal box to a billboard to haute couture, anything that strikes me and makes me think, "That's a palette I *need* to play with." I also pull a ton of inspiration from
mythology and fairy tales, I love reinterpreting, warping, and making them my own.

What are your favorite bands? The Knife, Ruby, and Bjork are at the top of the list at the moment, though I'm not able to clean the house without either Madonna or Lady Gaga in my ears, lol. What is your favorite movie? Metropolitan by Whit Stilman <3>

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? My grandma and my dad were both hugely influential, but for what I do now I'm 100% self taught.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Nope, but I am really ADD so I can only do something for about 2 hours and then I just have to stop and do something else, it's why my table is so so so very eclectic!

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? Bjork, in a second, in a second. Call me!

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? The blue hair maybe, but I've gotten really used to it!

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? Las Vegas! Most hippocampus statues per capita.

Andrea C. Glass Art - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview

Andrea Cammarata has a lot of "A's" in her name so it must be kismet (I'm breaking out the German words folks) that she is appearing at the Sunday, 12/13, Atomic Holiday Bazaar show. I have not had the pleasure of meeting her in person but I have seen her pieces at everything but the girl and this gal knows how to work glass! Her jewelry is juicy and one of a kind and bright and colorful and amusing and well, let's get to know her better with her interview below:

Name of Business/Website Address? Andrea Cammarata Glass Art/ http://www.andreacglassart.com/

What City/State do you reside in? Sarasota, FL

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? Second time attending, first time vendor.

What do make and plan on bringing to Atomic? My unique glass jewelry, that includes one of a kind dichroic glass pendants, rings, earrings, flameworked glass birdies, snails, and some amazing glass moustaches!

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? I work part time at a glass supply company here in Sarasota, and then the rest of time I'm working on my creations.


Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? I love the fact knowing that everything I make is unique, and the possibilities are endless to what I can create.

What's your favorite color? Reds, greens, black and white.

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? Nope everything is new.

What inspires you? Stuff that makes me happy, could be a flower, colors, cute creatures, other artists. It varies from time to time.

What are your favorite bands? to many to name......here's just a few, Animal Collective, Muse, Aphex twin, The Specials, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Horrorpops, Gogol Bordello and many many more.

(these are snails folks!)
What is your favorite movie? Alice in Wonderland

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? About 5 years ago I took a four hour glass bead making class and I'v been hooked on glass ever since. From there I pretty much did my own thing teaching myself different techniques.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Yes! I get in a non creative funk at times, and then I create for a while, and then get back in the funk, back and forth....

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? your mother (ok Andrea, I caught this answer, you think I don't read this shit? I challenge you to a thumb wresting off, and your mother...!!!)

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? no, but if I did have one I would want it to be webbed toes or fingers.

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? anywhere where there are mountains and big trees.

Aperture Photography / Brian Blur - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview

What can I say about Brian Blur? We had a moment. Thankfully, not caught on camera, maybe we'll tell you about it some day. All I can say is it was a very rock n roll moment, all ten seconds of it, which ranged from learning, to screwing up the lesson, to surprise to laughter to fear and back to holy shit, "Did that just happen?"

Now don't go to the gutter folks, please! Brian and I are simply friends, he has a beautiful and talented biz partner and partner in crime, Tara, who wasn't a part of this interview, so we just have the meat and potatoes ala Mr. Blur's point of view. Which is pretty damn amusing, Brian has never been to an Atomic so I'm not sure if he knows what he is in for so I demand that he rest up, drink plenty of liquids and do a few bench presses!!

Name of Business/Website Address? Aperture Photography / http://www.apertureswfl.com/ & http://www.briandavidbraun.com/

What City/State do you reside in? Unincorporated Sarasota County

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? First time.

What do make and plan on bringing to Atomic? Three large cameras and a lots of prints.

Is making stuff your full time occupation? I am a single father and a full time photographer.



Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? I do all my own stunts.

What's your favorite color? Black and it's a shade.

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? I find and recycle humans.

What inspires you? The sideways moment.

What are your favorite bands? The Clash.. The Specials, TSOL, The Damned, The Cramps .. this list goes on and on.

What is your favorite movie? Man Bites Dog


Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? Self taught .

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Never, ever since I sold my soul to the devil my mojo is on fire...

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? No, most famous people are rich, I'd be happy to sell them one, my free work is for my friends.
Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? I hate when people photograph me and I have a giant mutant penis that is shaped like the state of Florida.

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? Belle Glade, Florida... No matter what; I know my life will never suck so bad that I have to live in Belle Glade.

Sew It's For You...another Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview!!

Julie Marriott of Sew It's For You just had a baby boy (and he's cute as hell!) and guess what folks?! She is working both Atomic shows on Saturday 12/12 and Sunday 12/13. I can barely scoop poop out of the litterbox (but I do because I am civilized) but I can't imagine working a crazy craft show after having a young 'un (just wanted to sound a bit countryfied this morning). So to all you mama's and papa's I salute you. Ok back to the crafty world. Julie is a delight and embroiders a sweet dish of amusing images. Check out her interview below:

Name of Business/Website Address? Sew It's For You http://www.sewitsforyou.etsy.com/

What City/State do you reside in? Tarpon Springs, Florida

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? This is my 3rd time attending Atomic and the 2nd I have been in it.

What do make and plan on bringing to Atomic? I make all hand embroidered items. This year I am planning on bringing all sorts of cheeky items to appeal to a variety of folks. There will be some "adult" pieces and loads of great gifts for the holidays. I will also be filling custom orders.

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? If I was able to make stuff all day I would be much calmer. Unfortunately I do have a full-time job and I am a new mommy as of September. I haven't found much time to make things recently but I usually was able to creat at night.

If you have worked Atomic in prior years, what is one of your favorite memories from AHB? Oh I loved the fashion show last year and the mix of all the artists. We had a great time!

Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? DIY means that I have the ability to create something that I can utilize and have the ability to be creative at the same time. The best of form and function. I am able to create personalized items to give to my friends and family while being able to feel like I have accomplished a meaningful gift.


What's your favorite color? Silver is my favorite color.

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? I recycle all of the time. I shop vintage and thrift stores to find interesting mediums to embroider on and often embellish items I own already. I take apart old items I have that I would donate and creat new items from them as well.

What inspires you? My friends and family inspire me. My friend Pam is amazing at embroidery, Jenny Hart, Adrien, Tara Mcpherson, Mitch O'Connell, Keith Haring.

What are your favorite bands? Depeche Mode, Yaz, The Editors, U2, The Killers, The Smiths, The Cure, Kings of Leon..too many to mention.

What is your favorite movie? Since I was a kid it was Grease, but newer movies Million Dollar Baby, Crash, Muriels Wedding, Juno

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? I taught myself how to embroider by reading a instruction sheet from a Sublime Stitching pattern sheet.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Yes I have in the past now I am just trying to have the energy to make stuff.

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? Johnny Depp, Jenny Hart, Mitch O'Connell

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? I call these my bar tricks I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue, make a straw sound like a slide whistle and can't stand the foam on hangers ( or off but the foam is terrible).

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? San Fran made me feel so great. I love it there!!

Still Room Studio - Atomc Holiday Bazaar Interview

Jen Renninger of Still Room Studio will be at Atomic's Sunday 12/13 show. She recently contacted me which worked out perfectly because I was in need of a person willing to work a table split, not always an easy thing to finesse! Anyway, when I opened up Jen's email and saw her beautiful illustrations, it was a no brainer! I loved getting to know Jennifer better and you can too...Still Room Studio interview begins now:

Name of Business/Website Address? Jen Renninger Illustration - Still Room Studio, portfolio: http://www.jenrenninger.com/ / shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/pleasebestill

What City/State do you reside in? Tampa, FL


Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? This will be my first time attending and showing! How exciting is that? I can't wait.. It sounds like such a great event!

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Yes, I've been a freelance illustrator for about 10 years, working mostly for magazines and new papers.. Up until recently I considered it my day job and selling prints / artwork a hobby but I'm beginning to do more of that now.




How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? In all honesty I consider making stuff to be an integral part of my life. Even when I'm doing something not connected to making art part of me is always thinking about it and being impacted by the process.

Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? I love that people put so much of themselves into what they make! I love the inventiveness that comes from the DIY community. I feel pretty honored to be a part of it!

What's your favorite color? Yeah, I don't know if I can choose. Lately I've had a brief love
affair with teal and aqua and bright snippets of red here and there. But it changes all the time.

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? Just about everything I make has something found or something old in it. I have a pretty large collection of ephemera to draw from.


What inspires you? This one is hard to pinpoint because I feel as if everything is inspirational in it's own way.

What are your favorite bands? Lately I've been listening to a lot of the Avett Brothers and a band called First Aid Kit from Sweden that I absolutely love.

What is your favorite movie? I have never been known to turn away from either the Shawshank Redemption or the Royal Tenenbaums. And I know this isn't a movie but I'm a big Northern exposure fan, and watch it on a regular basis.

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? All of the above! I was inspired by my uncle and my Mom as a little kid and then went to school for photography. I became an illustrator because I didn't want to run a commercial photo studio and didn't want to do fine art at the time. I just wanted to make pictures for magazines. With no real training in illustration I had to teach myself. So all in all a little bit of self taught / family inspired / college bound education!

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Yes! My husband usually helps me out with that. I ask him for an assignment and always manages to give me something great to work on that pulls me out of the deep blue funk.


Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? I was listening to NPR recently during the pledge drive. Ira Glass
came on and gave a ten minute speech that started with" it didn't really matter if we donated or not " and somehow turned into " we are all in this together." I went home and mailed a "We are all connected" poster to him that day.. My other choice would be Neil deGrasse Tyson, 'cause he has the best brain around, well, maybe EO Wilson..

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? I love to sing but I have a voice that could break glass! Does that count for odd? I know some people definitely find it amusing (as long as they can find their earplugs!) ok, I asked my husband about this and he came up with a list! I cut my own hair. I'm picky about my pens. (he steals them!) I like my Mac + Cheese with water (it's an acquired taste!) Ironically he didn't mention the singing.. hmmm.

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? I get inspired by our little blue speck pretty easily, so my backyard or open window is enough to get me all happy about this place. That being said, I took a trip to Alaska once that really instilled a sense of awe. Everything seems more monumental there. And years ago I went to Hawaii and flew in a glider. I remember thinking that riding on the air felt an awful lot like surfing, and it surprised me. That still sticks with me: the sense that we are part of something that we don't completely understand, and there is beauty in that.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sutara - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview

Brenna Foster of Sutara and I keep running into each other at the post office. She usually has her back to me (she's a tall gal) while she is hammering things out on the auto-postage machine. I saw her yesterday and I have to say her son is adorable, loves to talk and he showed me his broken eraser on his pencil. She has also lived in Youngstown, Ohio and went to the music school there, somehow we both managed to escape to Sarasota. Now while I may have more of an 80s new wave punk rock vibe she has more of a granola vibe, however, I can completely appreciate the work she does with her sewing machine, brain and hands (not necessarily in that order, hardeeharhar). Her layered skirts are well made and peaceful, the color choices she uses to layer these skirts imply style and comfort but are completely feminine and lovely; she makes a ton of other items as well which you can find at the Sutara table at the Sunday, 12/13 Atomic show. Let's get to know her better by reading her interview below:

Name of Business/Website Address? Sutara / www.sutara.etsy.com

What City/State do you reside in? Sarasota, FL

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? Second time.

What do make and plan on bringing to Atomic? A variety of stuff... mainly specialize in applique-ing. :) Skirts, apron tops, kiddie wear, onesies/t-shirts, reusable cloth napkins and tote bags, banners, wall-hangings...

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? Although I'd love for it to be my full time occupation, it's not. I serve tables in the evening and spend my days with my 3 year old. Making my stuff is never a chore, I love to do it... so I work hard to find the free time I need/want to get it done.


If you have worked Atomic in prior years, what is one of your favorite memories from AHB? The fashion show! The AMAZING crafters/crafts that I saw last year... meeting awesome new people. It was a blast. :)

Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? These days, it's hard to find anything original. You can go to three different stores and find the same exact thing, different prices. So it means everyone is importing the same junk... no diversity, no creativity, just mass production. When I buy something handmade, I know I'm getting something beautiful - something that was created with peaceful intention and love. It just feels better. :)

What's your favorite color? Probably something loud - red, maybe yellow? But I really love all colors.

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? I mainly try to work with organic materials, but I do "upcycle" from periodically... taking something apart to create something new.

What inspires you? The natural world.

What are your favorite bands? Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Avashai Cohen, Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals

What is your favorite movie? Wow, I have a lot. The Usual Suspects?

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? Self taught... and still learning!

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Definitely. And trying to create when you don't feel like it sucks!

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? Not that I can think of.

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? We don't have TV in our house!?

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? Yes! I love the states... I've been from one side to another half a dozen times and it never gets old. I worked on an organic farm/community in New Mexico for a while and just loved it.

Red Marionette Interview for Atomic Holiday Bazaar 2009

Kelli Williams of Red Marionette is appearing at Atomic's Sunday show on 12/13/09. Look for the booth of exploding felted creatures in every color under the rainbow. I sort of have a feeling that these creatures take on a life of their own when Kelli is sleeping because this chick's output is huge! The felted animals must be cutting and sorting felt while Kelli is snoring (not that I know if she snores) and maybe paying her bills and folding her laundry. I think all of us could use some of her creations in our house which are delightful, cheerful, uplifting and truly zany.
I just visited Kelli's website (again) and almost fell over in love with her holiday wreath (pic shown below). When she applied to Atomic this year I was concerned about giving her a booth (it's about a three table sized space) because I wasn't sure how she was going to fill it...duh, this girl works her butt off making the world a more colorful felted planet! Get to know Kelli a bit better by reading her interview below and she's coming to Atomic soon!
Name of Business/Website Address? Red Marionette / www.redmarionette.com
What City/State do you reside in? Orlando, FL
Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? I attended last year and it was amazing!

What do make and plan on bringing to Atomic? Pocket Monsters, Finger puppets, Brooches, Tree Skirts, Ornaments, Stockings, Tote Bags and Clutch purses to name a bit.

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? I do have a day job teaching art at a local Computer Animation school. I hope to turn Red Marionette into a full time gig someday. It takes a lot of proper planning to do both at the same time! Good time management skills are a must!

If you have worked Atomic in prior years, what is one of your favorite memories from AHB? The professionalism that Adrien achieves and the correct demographic. Whatever that lady is doing to make this show she is doing it great! Last year was wonderful!

Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? To me, Do it yourself means that you rely more on yourself for items that we all readily purchase now. If you cant make it or do it, your neighbor down the street can. It makes me think of the times when it was more personal to interact on a consumer level. Also the theory of Make do and mend. Use skills most people dont have anymore to enrich our lives.

What's your favorite color? Blue

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? I try to use and incorporate vintage and gently used fabrics in some of my creations. They have so much more personality than brand new fabrics.

What inspires you? Vintage items. Life and Children. I love watching how people react to color combinations, stories and shapes.

What are your favorite bands? Regina Spektor is a favorite right now. I love classic jazz and 80's music.

What is your favorite movie? Labyrinth. It was what inspired me when I was young.

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? My mother taught me how to sew when I was young but it was hidden away for many years until I picked it up again in hand stitching, It has blossomed.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? I have more ideas than I have time. That is my speed bump. I get overwhelmed at the lack of progress due to the inundation of so many ideas!

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? I can cross each eye individually. :)

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? I recently when up north into northern Wisconsin to visit a family members cabin out in the middle of nowhere. No electricity. Just a generator. It was humbling and amazing at the same time. The fact we used to thrive in an environment like that amazes me. It was untouched, beautiful and pure. So rare anymore to find places like that.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Lorna Ruth - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview

I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Lorna Galloway of Lorna Ruth at the Delray Stitch Rock indie craft show this past October. As I'm sure some of you may have noticed (all seven of my readers) I like the dark stuff. I like the things that make the hair on my skin stand up and take notice. Lorna must too because her photography and perfectly edited images make me wake up and calm me at the same time. Is there a word for that? Damn, it alludes. Lorna will be at the Saturday night Atomic Holiday Show on 12/12/09. Her images are the perfect compliment to the upcoming dark hearted evening craft show. Get to know her by reading her interview below:

Name of Business/Website Address? Lorna Ruth / http://lornaruth.etsy.com

What City/State do you reside in? West Palm Beach, Florida

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? This will be my first time ever participating in Atomic both as a vendor and as a shopper!


What do you make and plan on bringing to Atomic? Lately I’ve really been focusing on experimental photographic techniques and shooting a lot of old signage so I’ll have all sorts of Polaroid transfers and hopefully some fun simple resin pieces.

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? Ahhh I wish making stuff was my full time occupation! Currently I’m a student at Florida Atlantic University attempting to get a BFA in Printmaking. I work two jobs (at an Art Supply Store and Community College) to be able to afford it. I think having creative friends and
family that support and encourage me is what really keeps everything as close to balanced as possible.

Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? Unfortunately I think self sufficiency has gone by the wayside and “D-I-Y” helps remind and show hopefully everyone, not just other crafters, that traditional manual skills are not completely lost and that there are people out there still willing to teach others really unique things. Since making something takes time and labor and one’s own creative contributions, the end result is even more significant. Aside from all that there’s the knowing who your toys or piece of jewelry or dogs treats came from and knowing what they’re made out of. And then there’s the whole idea that creating really helps bring together communities and build strong relationships. But I digress!

What's your favorite color? I can’t pick one single favorite anything, let alone color!

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? In my photography, I’d consider any object used to be found. Especially with things like motel signs, it always feels more like a right place, right time kind of moment.

What inspires you? Seeing what other people make and being part of their creative process
really helps get me motivated. It helps tremendously to have people you can bounce ideas back and forth with and20really work with together on that sort of level.

What are your favorite bands? Sorry, Duane, THE BEATLES! of course. And at the moment The Blue Stingrays, Neko Case, I could go one forever with this one, too.

What is your favorite movie? Ahhh back to trying to pick one favorite! Right now it has to be “The Lives of Others.” Subtitled, watch out!

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? All of the above! And I don’t think you ever stop learning.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Indeed I do get burnt out on creating. I think everyone does, like its part of the process. It’s always hard when you start putting yourself out there and selling your work you start to create with others in mind and that’s what really gets me jammed up. When this happens to me personally, it’s important to remind myself why I do it and really just the time to make something for myself, whether it’s printing or sewing or baking, usually helps.

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? Haha. There are way too many oddities over here, not sure there’s any amusing. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to meeting everyone at
Atomic!

everything but the girl - Interview with Atomic Holiday Bazaar

Laura Gale of everything but the girl is Atomic Alumni...she is a FOUR TIMER, folks! Laura produced the fashion shows for AHB II & III with Monica Eshkoli (of Freaky Tiki) and ebtg will be at both Atomic shows this year, Saturday Night, 12/12/09 and Sunday, 12/13/09.

I remember the first Atomic show in 2006, Laura made a point of stopping me a little before the doors were getting ready to open and she told me to stop and take it all in. What can I say? It was a moment, a very, very good moment! everything but the girl is kind of like Atomic Holiday Bazaar year round, we are very lucky to have such a fun and colorful place to shop in Sarasota! It wouldn't be Atomic without Laura. Ms. Gale's interview can be read below!


Name of Business/Website Address? everything but the girl, boutique & gallery / http://www.shopebtg.com/

What City/State do you reside in? Sarasota FL

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? I am in my senior year, Year #4!

What do make and plan on bringing to Atomic? Only the coolest shiz in town, crafted by EBTG family of artists.


Is making stuff your full time ocupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? I am a mum first, shop-owner second. I always find time for things that excite me.

If you have worked Atomic in prior years, what is one of your favorite memories from AHB? The excitement of seeing that line form out front before the doors open, the fashions shows I've produced, the overall energy of so many creatives in one space! Thrilling, all of it!
Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? DIY, to me, means you don't need the 'expected', the 'usual' to get things done, to accomplish something important. That taking the road less traveled always yields a far more interesting result. It speaks of self-sufficient existence to me.

What's your favorite color? Black

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? My EBTG artists do, indeed.

What inspires you? Love, sex, music

What are your favorite bands? Right now, Im into War Tapes, Mute Math and Kings of Leon. All time faves: Lloyd Cole, INXS, Psychedelic Furs, Billie Holiday and my guilty pleasure: Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell.
What is your favorite movie? Almost Famous (aka The Laura Daniel Story), Amelie, To Kill a Mockingbird
Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? Learned it all on the mean streets of D.C.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Every one does.

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? I wish Tim Gunn would walk into EBTG and ask me to go for a Chai Tea with him at Olive Oil Co.

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? Too many to list....

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? Anytime I travel, I am happier.

touché crochet - Atomic Holiday Bazaar Interview

Marah McCaleb of touché crochet will be at Atomic Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, 12/13/09 sharing a space with loretta gen. I am a Cloche hat fanatic, my Aunt Francena gave me one with sequins when I was a little girl, about the time when the movie Paper Moon came out. I thought I was the shit with that crocheted hat... Marah makes sweet headbands and other crocheted goodies...since I've never met her, we can all learn more about her with her interview below:

Name of Business/Website Address? touché crochet / http://touchecrochet.etsy.com/

What City/State do you reside in? St. Petersburg, Florirda

Is this your first time attending Atomic or have you done the show before? First time.

What do make and plan on bringing to Atomic? Crocheted items such as hats, ornaments, headbands, and other similar things. I also do a bit of sewing and will probably bring some aprons & such.

Is making stuff your full time occupation? Do you have a day job, are you a parent? How do you find the time to balance making stuff and taking time out for your life? I wish that this was my full-time occupation! I also have a part-time job as an assistant at a recording studio & clean a couple houses. It's hard to balance the time. I go through surges of creativity and often make things in the evening, since it's pretty relaxing.

Why are you passionate about "D-I-Y" and what does it mean to you? I love the whole process of making things -- that moment that an idea pops into my head, figuring out how to make it work, seeing the fruit of my hands. God is creative and has made us creative beings. Some create with food, others with words- I like to create with buttons, yarn, fabric. And I love to own things that have been handmade as well-- it's personal, it's full of love and often way more creative than what you'd see anywhere else.

What's your favorite color? Turquoise.

Do you recycle and incorporate found or used items in your creations? Yes, I like to use old buttons, vintage lace, fabric from the flea market or old clothes, sometimes even yarn from previous hats.

What inspires you? the sea/sealife, old photographs, fashion, the store anthropologie

What are your favorite bands? laura veirs, cat power, m.ward / she & him, simon & garfunkel, the decemberists, coldplay, sufjan stevens

What is your favorite movie? thoroughly modern millie

Are you self taught, did a family member teach you or did you take classes? Two different friends showed me how to start crocheting and make a hat, everything else i've figured out on my own.

Do you ever get burnt out on creating things, hit a dry spot like writer's block? Yes-- I'm kind of there currently, but trying to get some new ideas and inspiration.

Is there anyone famous who you think is too cool for school and you'd like to give them one of your pieces? Laura Veirs or Zooey Deschanel (i am one of millions i'm sure).

Any oddities about you that the reader may find amusing, an extra toe, can't stand anyone near your armpits, etc.? I have a bizarre love for anything martian-related? It's only slightly a joke.

Where have you traveled or visited that made you feel a bit happier about Planet Earth? Boston.. the harbors, the cambridge/harvard area.. so much loveliness. same with princeton, nj. also israel.. seaside in scotland, areas of germany. i love the blend of nature and city life.