OCTOBER craft shows

BH SOWA flyer

OCTOBER 18, 2009 (Sunday)
“South End Open Market”
10am – 5pm
540 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA

I’ll be at Boston’s outdoor handmade market in the South End with my lovely fellow Boston Handmade artisans!

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***And in case you’re planning ahead, here are some of my other upcoming shows for the remainder of 2009 ***


NOVEMBER 1, 2009 (Sunday)
“Design Hive Market”
10am – 5pm
Maria Baldwin School
28 Sacramento St. (off Mass Ave.)
Cambridge, MA

DECEMBER 6, 2009 (Sunday)
“Bizarre Bazaar”
12-7pm
BCA Cyclorama
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA
$1 admission


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Seasonal Items

keychain bottle opener - $6

Those who’ve seen my Etsy shop or my booths at craft shows will likely know that I have a crazy eclectic mix of designs for all my jewelry and housewares – I just love to offer my potential shoppers a large range of fun possibilities!

However, I have recently noticed that its also good to have seasonal items too, as often those surfing the net or shopping around will want to find something that may make the perfect accessory to their Fall wardrobe, or perhaps a great display to use for a holiday party, for examples.

portable purse hook - $20

Therefore, for the oncoming Autumn season, I tried to find paper patterns that were rich in Harvest colors – crimson reds, burnt oranges, golden yellows, etc. much like the colors of the gorgeous New England autumn foliage!

However, it is not only important to have items that are rich harvest colors..but it is also good to be mindful of each month’s birthstone colors too.  I learned this last month, as in August, I saw several of the Etsy.com homepages treasuries that said “shades of Peridot” which is August’s birthstone…and most items were NOT just jewelry using the actual birthstone, but various clothing, paintings, toys, etc. that were just that shade of green.  So for September, for example, it is important to keep in mind items that are shades of Sapphire blue too. They even have a Etsy Gift Guide devoted to “Shades of Sapphire

glass pendant necklace - $15

Boston University Market

find us at the OPENING DAY of the BU Market place! FREE admission, every Thursday!

BOSTON UNIVERSITY (BU) MARKET

June 25, 2009 (Thursday)
~12 – 4pm ~

outside the BU George Sherman Student Union
right next to the BU Bridge
take the #47 or CT2 bus or “BU Central” B-line T stop

Boston Handmade Members – May Shows

by Jennifer Tang of MaJenta Designs

Craft Show season has officially begun and Boston Handmade members are showcasing and selling their wares all throughout the greater Boston area and New England! Come check us out in person at any of these various shows!

MaJenta Designs will be at Design Hive Market

on Sunday, May 3rd (10am – 5 pm)

28 Sacramento St.

Cambridge, MA

10am – 5pm

 

 

 

Sea Glass Things will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

 

Kerry Hawkins Photography will be at JP First Thursday’s

On Thursday, May 7th (5 – 8pm)

Curtis Hall Lawn

20 South st.

Jamaica Plain, MA

 

 

Vintage by Crystal will be at at Design Hive Market

on Sunday, May 3rd (10am – 5 pm)

28 Sacramento St.

Cambridge, MA

10am – 5pm

 

 

 

Lucie Wicker Photography will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun – May 16th & 17th

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

 

Blue Alvarez will be at JP First Thursday’s

On Thursday, May 7th (5 – 8pm)

Curtis Hall Lawn

20 South st.

Jamaica Plain, MA

 

 

 

Bancroft Studios will be at Brewster in Bloom

On May 2nd and 3rd

Brewster, MA

 

Arts In The Park
May 8th
Andover Ma

 

North River Arts Festival
May 23rd, 24th
Marshfield Ma

 

 

 

Chroma Lab will be at JP First Thursday’s

On Thursday, May 7th (5 – 8pm)

Curtis Hall Lawn

20 South st.

Jamaica Plain, MA

 

South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

 

 Linda B Dunn will be at RISD Alumni Sale

Benefit Street, Providence, RI, on the RISD campus

May 2nd (10am – 4 pm) rain or shine.

 

Western Avenue Studios First Saturday

122 Western Ave Suite 350 Lowell, Ma. 01851

May 2nd

 

 

 

Christine Marie Art will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

South End Open Market

On May 31st (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave

Boston, MA

 

 

Lush Beads will be at Western Avenue Studios First Saturday Western Ave Suite 350 Lowell, Ma. 01851

On May 2nd

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SOWA Art Walk

On Sat/Sun, May 16th & 17th

560-580 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

Elizabeth Brennick Designs will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

Providence Open Market’s Opening day

May 23rd (10am – 4pm)

Blackstone Blvd, Providence, RI, Lippit Park

 

Concord Arts Market – Opening Day

May 30th (9am – 3pm)

33 Capitol St., Concord, NH

 

 

 

Jessica Burko/Reclaimed to You will be at

Inside Out, at Gallery 1581

May 1 – June 27th, 2009
Opening Reception Friday May 1, 2009, 7-9pm
Gallery 1581 is located at the
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
1581 Beacon Street, Brookline MA 02446
 

 

RISD Spring Art Sale
Saturday, May 2, 2009
10am – 4 pm, rain or shine.
Benefit Street, Providence, RI, on the RISD campus

  

SoWa Art Walk

May 16 – 17, 2009
11am – 6pm both days
35 Wareham Street
between Harrison Ave. and Albany St.

 

 

Stonehouse Studio will be at:  

 

Design Hive Market

on Sunday, May 3rd (10am – 5 pm)

28 Sacramento St.

Cambridge, MA

10am – 5pm

 

Joy of Old – Mother’s Day Trunk Show

on May 7-9

85 Warren St.

Charlestown, MA

 

South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

South End Open Market

On Sun May 23rd (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

South End Open Market

On Sun, May 31st (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

May Craft Show @ Cambridge, MA

In the month of May, come find me and my stunning and affordable Asian-inspired gifts of Majenta Designs at:

DESIGN HIVE MARKET

Sunday, May 3, 2009

10am – 5pm  (FREE admission)

Maria Baldwin School

28 Sacramento St.

Cambridge, MA

FREE on-street parking

Between Red line’s Harvard Sq & Porter Sq T stops

~~In addition to the indoor craft marketplace, there will also be a mini-wedding expo too!~~

Interview with Boston Handmade

I was interviewed by the Boston Handmade team, a juried team of local artists and crafters in the Greater Boston area. Here is the link. And the article is below:

INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER TANG OF MAJENTA DESIGNS:

Boston Handmade: Tell us a little bit about yourself
MaJenta Designs: My name is Jennifer, and I was born and raised in Western Mass but since graduating undergrad I have been living in the Boston area. I am currently a graduate student at Northeastern University studying Counseling Psychology with a focus on helping underserved populations and emphasis on multicultural prospective. However, I always had a passion for arts & crafts too, and so I recently started up my jewelry business to fulfill that other passion as well as any profits helps towards paying off a lifetime of loans! 😉

Boston Handmade: What first made you want to become an artist?
MaJenta Designs: I have always loved arts & crafts ever since I was little and probably making Christmas ornaments in elementary school or some time as early as that. However, I never thought about getting into the business as I never thought I’d be able to figure out all the details of what it takes to sell things at the professional level. I’d have to give props to Etsy for that, I have learned so much valuable information about how to run a business from Etsy, and I think that being a part of a group like Boston Handmade and having a support network to turn to for advice and help is definitely invaluable as well.

Boston Handmade: What are your favorite materials?
MaJenta Designs: I love working with chiyogami, which is traditional handmade Japanese paper (literally meaning thousand generation paper), because the patterns are so intricate and gorgeous, and I love making jewelry and housewares with it encased in glass as the glass really helps to illuminate the paper designs and give it an added depth.

Boston Handmade: What inspires you?
MaJenta Designs
: I love making pieces that have a symbolic meaning to it, as I think it makes the piece more significant, especially if someone buys it to give as a gift, it adds a special message behind the piece. For example, plum blossoms are symbolic in Asian cultures for perseverance and new beginnings as they are usually the first signs of spring that burst forth after the bitterness of winter.

Boston Handmade: What do you love most about what you make?
MaJenta Designs: I love that the chiyogami paper is so versatile so I can make so many different creations with them. I know my Etsy shop is dominated by my pendant necklaces and magnets, but these papers have been great at making decorative nightlights, photo albums and journals, and I actually just bought a button/badge maker, so it’ll soon be great to make these into collectible pins and cute pocket mirrors too!

Boston Handmade: Any tips on selling handmade stuff?
MaJenta Designs:
you have to be persistent, I’ve seen many great artists quit after a few weeks, but success doesn’t come just by opening a shop. You have to keep promoting yourself, keep your items fresh, have great and friendly customer service, and keep creating new items all the time. I also found that it really helps if you develop your own niche and your have a theme throughout your shop, as your store seems more uniform and professional if you have a consistent theme.

Boston Handmade: What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
MaJenta Designs: This advice overlaps a bit with my previous response with being persistent and not giving up, as there are literally hundreds of thousands of sellers on Etsy so you need to make yourself stand out. I also think you need to have a thorough shop policies section and some interesting info about yourself in your bio. I also think it’s a great idea to start off as a buyer, as not only does that help build your feedback but also can be good karma hopefully too. With detailed info about yourself and your policies in your shop and some positive feedback about you already in place, it helps customers see you as a professional business, and can feel more comfortable when buying from you.

Boston Handmade: What else do you like to do when you’re not studying or crafting?
MaJenta Designs: I love to travel and explore new countries and learn about new cultures. So far I’ve been to about 20 countries across Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America, but my goal is to hit up every continent in my lifetime! I love doing outdoors activities and having unique experiences there, such as scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, riding in elephant in Thailand, or biking around Dingle in Ireland.


Boston Handmade: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MaJenta Designs: I’ll hopefully be done with all my schooling by then! Ideally I’d love to have a job as a part-time professor teaching psychology, have a small private practice of my own, and hopefully own a house where I can have my own crafting studio! One of my goals for my business is for it to grow, I want to be able to do more craft shows as well as have my items carried in a few boutiques, that would be ideal!

Morning Glory Necklace – Featured

Morning Glory

Morning Glory Necklace - $15

My “Morning Glory” glass pendant necklace was featured in an Etsy treasury today!  This elegant necklace is simple yet fun and vibrant, perfect for matching any occasion or outfit – wear it with your favorite cocktail dress or with a casual shirt and jeans!  You can purchase it in my eboutique at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13209274 .  Feel free to look around and check out all my chiyogami pendants and housewares at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

Blue treasury

Blue treasury