Coming up this week....

--If you haven't been to a bead show before, check out the Whole Bead Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Excellent selection of beads; just know your budget! The beautiful amethyst briolettes in the photo are from Sweet Swoozie's supply shop, aka EmilyEJewelry.

--To learn a little more about Slow Design, attend a presentation on Thursday, March 27th at Lincoln Center on the 'slow movement' with respect to art and design.

--There are several art fairs going on this weekend, including the SCOPE New York '08 art fair Wednesday through Sunday at 62nd Street and 10th Avenue and the Armory Art Fair on March 27-30 at Pier 94 at 12th Ave. and 55th Street.

--Beer-making is a craft, right....? Check out the Spring Craft Beer Festival at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island on March 29th.

Coming up this week.....

--This Saturday from 10-5 is the Brooklyn Homeshow, a small craft show put on by a dozen Etsy sellers. There will be food and drinks, shopping, and most importantly, several members of the {New New} group! It's in Park Slope, Brooklyn at the corner of 11th Street and 4th Avenue; there will be signs pointing to the building.

--On Sunday from 12-4:00, Craft Magazine will be holding a party at Make Workshop at 195 Christie Street in Manhattan.

--On Thursday, March 6 from 7-10PM, the Museum of Arts and Design and the Church of Craft will be hosting a DIY salon at the Museum of Arts and Design. The event will include crafting (embroidery, buttonmaking, fiber art) and a live DJ, as well as a guided tour at 8:00 of the museum's new embroidery exhibit.

--3rd Ward in Brooklyn is hosting a free class in vector graphics using Photoshop Illustrator. The deadline to sign up is today, March 5.... the class is Monday, March 10 from 7-10:00. Upcoming free classes include stenciling (class title=These Ain't Your Momma's Stencils) and Macintosh computer tips and tricks.

--If you're into fashion design or a fan of Project Runway, check out Tim Gunn at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday, March 11, discussing design and fashion.

--Make Workshop in Manhattan has an ongoing schedule of crafting classes. Coming up this week they have two sewing classes, a soldering workshop, and a wallpaper-making workshop.

--A series of six nature photography classes starts Thursday March 6 at Wave Hill in the Bronx; a single class is an affordable $20. Throughout the spring there continues to be a variety of classes focusing on nature and art.

*New* Brooklyn Flea!

"With the April 6 launch date of the Brooklyn Flea just over two months away, we've decided to launch a blog that will serve both as a way for you to stay up on news about the Flea and as a way for us to solicit feedback about the many decisions we still have to make. In case you're just tuning in, for the past several months we've been planning to launch what we're hoping will be the biggest and most interesting flea market in the city on the Bishop Loughlin schoolyard on Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene (map). It's a 40,000-square-foot space, so we've got a lot of room to work with.

We use the term "flea market" with both affection and a wink and a nod because, as you'll see from perusing the preliminary vendor list to the right, while the Brooklyn Flea will offer plenty of flea market meat-and-potatoes (vintage clothing, music and furniture), it will also have an exciting mix of local designers, artists and crafties. Eric Demby, Marty Markowitz's former speechwriter and general man-about-Brooklyn, has been working full time since December pulling all the details together (he'll also be writing the lion's share of posts on this blog going forward). If you have questions, suggestions or gripes, you can reach him at Or feel free to leave a comment below. If you're a vendor that wants to sign up or get more information, please do so here.

Happy Hunting!

Mr. B"


NYC Shopping Sunday Dec 9

Didn't get your Fill at the BUST Craftacular or 3rd Ward's Holiday Craft Fair. Their still Indie Shopping events going on around the city! Today is the last day of La Superrette's Shopping event at Chashama at 112 West 44th Street, between 6th and seventh avenues, from Noon until 8pm. There you can find great unique screen printed bags, ties, neck warmers, dresses and skirts by

Also a wide selection of silkscreened tee shirts and long sleeve shirts by - incorporating Art Deco forms and patterns into elegant and urban designs for men and women.

Also available will be a selection of handmade jewelry by our very own

If you are still feeling the itch for some more Indie Goodness, you can drop by at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Artist's and Fleas at 129 N 6th between Bedford + Berry.

Have Fun Shopping