Boston Handmade Downtown Gallery!

Boston Handmade - Downtown Gallery - Poster

Come shop handmade and support local artists by doing your holiday shopping at Boston Handmade‘s own gallery store in Boston’s Downtown Crossing district!  Here are the details:

~ NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 24, 2009 ~
“Boston Handmade Downtown Gallery”
Wednesdays – Sundays
11am – 7pm
505 Washington St.
Boston, MA
Downtown Crossing

Boston Handmade - Downtown Gallery - store

Come find something for everybody!  Photography, notecards, pottery, baby clothing, children’s toys, fine jewelry, and more!

BH Gallery closeup

MaJenta Designs will also be selling her glass pendants, keychain bottle openers, pocket mirrors, magnets, and portable purse hooks, and more!

purse hooks - variety mix

BH outside

Etsy Stalker Solo Exhibit & Giveaway!

Read my interview with Etsy Stalker & Enter to Win a Free keychain bottle opener!  Here is the link:  http://etsystalker.com/?p=4128

But feel free to read the interview below too!

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MaJenta Designs is the brainchild of Jennifer whose fascination with Asian papers recently led her to the 1,000 sales milestone on Etsy! She uses Chiyogami (literally “1,000 generation paper”) and Washi (rice paper) – both delicate, traditionally hand-made papers that have intricate and vibrant designs similar to fabric used on kimonos. Her aesthetic complements what she, as a second-generation Chinese American, calls her “hybrid life” by being both traditional and contemporary.

Using these papers for glass pendants? That’s a no brainer. Look how the glass both frames and accentuates the rich colors. Jennifer has an eye for how to place each piece for maximum effect.

Less predictably, Jennifer takes something functional and allows you to add beauty and style. Start with a design that you like. Then decide what you’d like her to add: Bottle opener? Key Chain? Pocket Mirror? Oh yeah, she can do that!

She has a fun line of portable purse hooks. So easy to use: just unfold, set on the table top and hang your bag from the hook…no more purse on the floor or worrying about it being taken from the back of your chair. (You know that person on your holiday list who has everything? I bet she doesn’t have one of these!)

She also makes gift tins in various shapes and sizes. How great would it be to give one of her items in a coordinating tin? Want even more fun? Keep them for yourself! Mints, buttons, coins…Violet is quite sure you’ll make it work.

Despite being a full time graduate student with a thriving Etsy shop, Jennifer found time to sit down and share her story with us. Read on!

Curator V: How long have you been on Etsy? How did you decide to set up shop there?

I started almost 2 years ago, September 2007, to be exact. I’ve always enjoyed making art, but first got interested in selling my handcrafted creations when I visited a town fair and saw all the local craft artists and their booths – it really inspired me to want to sell my own goods too. Oddly enough though, I didnt try to start selling at fairs just yet, but rather wanted to try selling on-line first. I stumbled upon Etsy and thought it’d be an exciting venue to try out, and the rest is history 🙂

Curator V: You’re a full time graduate student; what are you studying? How do you find time to keep your shop so well stocked?

I’m working towards a PhD in Counseling Psychology; its really busy lifestyle – I’m taking 5 classes, interning 20 hours a week, and working on a dissertation, so each day is very hectic – but I definitely work to make time for my business as it is nice to have a creative outlet away from my studies – in my profession, we’re always telling our clients the importance of self-care, so I feel it’s good to make time to do other things I enjoy too.

Curator V: I love that your work is symbolic of the hybrid nature of life that so many people can relate to. Did you set out to create in that way or did your designs naturally evolve?

My items definitely have evolved over time, as I have so many creative interests and enjoy so many mediums, such as beadwork and stained glass, but the items I enjoy creating the most are have symbolic meaning- like the cranes that symbolize eternal devotion and the koi’s symbolism of perseverance and good fortune, because I love things that tell a story behind them. Sometimes I learn things from my customers too – like one person wanted to send one of my plum blossom pendants to a friend who was undergoing major surgery, and she requested I send a note with it, and I thought it was a beautiful, so i’ve added it to the listing
“even as winter tries to hold it’s grip,
the plum tree bursts forth with
the earliest blossoms of spring”

Curator V: Where do you find the beautiful papers that you use in your designs?

I find the papers from all over, various paper stores locally and internationally – i actually first got started collecting the paper when I visited Japan and found a beautiful assorted set, and at that time I thought it was just fancy origami paper!

Curator V: Can you describe your work space to us? (If you have a picture, feel free to include it!)

Haha, alas, I live in a small apartment in Boston so there isnt that much workspace that is solely devoted to my craft-making. I generally work in my living room, on a table that triples as my dining table as well as my study space too! Here is a photo that someone took of me crafting amongst my textbooks.

crafting with books

Curator V: Congrats on reaching 1,000 sales! What are your next goals?

Thanks! I definitely want to keep building my business, so I’m always trying to think up new products to carry, new designs to use, and new venues to sell my work. I’m looking forwards to the holiday shows coming up this season, plus I’ll be helping to create a handmade gift boutique for the holiday season in downtown Boston with some other talented Boston-area artisans of the group Boston Handmade this will be my first time I’ll have so much involvement in an art gallery/boutique so I’m looking forward to getting involved in this venture and hoping it will be successful! 🙂

All righty, Stalkers, time to put on your thinking caps! Jennifer is giving away one of her funky keychain bottle openers! These are one of her most popular items – they are practical, fun and stylish too! To enter, visit Majenta Designs, then come back here and let her know what other items you’d like to see added to or sold in her shop! One winner to be chosen at random on November 8th.

Make sure you leave your comments on the blog article directly: http://etsystalker.com/?p=4128

MaJenta Designs - sample keychain bottle openers

September Shows

September 3, 2009 (Thursday)

“JP First Thursdays”
6-8pm
Loring-Greenough House
12 South St,
JamaicaPlain, MA

This event is free, and a great time to peruse all the handmade art, listen to live music, have some refreshments, and just get yourself out to enjoy one of the last few days of summer! 🙂    Come find MaJenta Designs among some other fantastic “Boston Handmade” artisans too!


September 13, 2009 (Sunday)

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

A great indoor venue of all local handmade goodies!  There will be a variety of vendors – such as jewelry, housewares, photography, baby clothing, etc.

outdoor market 2

BU Market – July 23, 2009 (Thursday)

MaJenta Designs is doing another show at the:

BOSTON UNIVERSITY (BU) FARMER’S MARKET

July 23, 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

BU Market

Right on Commonwealth Ave in Brighton, MA next to BU’s student union, so perfect if you want to swing by during your lunch break and visit the outdoor market (that sells produce and handmade goodies), then head inside for plenty of food options!

New Etsy Shop Banner

by Jennifer Tang of “MaJenta Designs”

I’m so excited to have finally updated my Etsy shop banner to include images of my actual items for sale in the shop!  I often read in Etsy forums how important it is to have an eye-catching banner, since it is the first thing potential buyers see, and often its your banner and avatar that first draws people in!

Etsy Banner - with pendants

Thanks to “BlissbyHeather” blog for their helpful tutorial, it was very easy to make my new banner!  You dont even need Photoshop, I just used the free program, “Gimp,” instead!  Here is the step-by-step instructions all copy/pasted for those who want instant gratification:

1) On the GIMP toolbar, click on “File” then “New”
2) a box will pop up that says “Create New Image”
3) In the box beside “Width”, type in the numbers “760”
4) In the box beside “Height”, type in the numbers “100”, click on the box that says “OK”
5) A rectangular shaped box will pop up. This is your banner.
6) If you want to add text to your banner, go back to the GIMP toolbar and click on the icon that looks like a capital letter “T”.
7) If you look at the bottom half of the toolbar you can see that there are options to adjust the size of your font, the style of letters etc.
8) Click on your banner where you want the text to show up. Start typing!
9) To add other pictures to your banner, you can go to the GIMP toolbar and click “File”, “Open” and browse through the files on your computer to find pictures that you have already saved. I found that in order to get a product to fit onto my banner I had to shrink the size of the picture first. I did this through an online site: http://www.resize2mail.com/ . I chose “shrink the photo by 75%” and then for some photos, I had to go back and do “shrink the photo by 25%”. This was how I added the purse and wallet pictures to my banner.
10)After the photos were resized and saved, I went to “File”, “Open” and found where I’d saved them. Then in order to add them to my banner, I went to the GIMP toolbar and clicked on the icon in the top left hand corner (it looks like a grey rectangle). I used this to select the areas of the resized photo that I wanted to use on my banner, and then I copied it and pasted it on my banner. (To copy, click on the piece that you want to copy, and hit the control button and the letter C on your keyboard. To paste, click on the banner where you want the item to be, and hit the control button and the letter V on your keyboard). If you want to move the picture that you just pasted on your banner, click on it and moved it.
11) To save my banner, I chose “File”, “Save As”. A grey box that says “Save Image” will pop up. Click on the cross icon beside “Save File Type by Extension”. A white box will show up at the bottom, scroll down and choose “JPEG image” and then click on the “Save” bottom in the bottom right hand corner.
12) A grey box that says “Export file” will pop up. Click on the “Export” box.
13) A grey box that says “Save as JPEG” will pop up. You will want to move the bar to the right, so that it says 100 in the white box and click “OK”.
14) You’re finished!
15) To upload your new banner, sign into your etsy account, click on “Your Etsy”, in the left hand colum under “Shop Setup”, click on “Appearance”. Under the heading “Banner” you can click on the “Browse” button and find where you saved your banner. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Save Changes”. That’s it 🙂

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

Etsy Yart Sale

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YART SALE     (June 10 – 14)
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FREE worldwide shipping on any purchase in my Etsy shop! In order to get the free shipping, you must make sure you type “YART SALE” in message to seller during CHECKOUT and then WAIT until I send you the adjusted invoice!

So if you are looking for affordable, unique Asian-inspired jewelry, housewares, gifts, and party favors, then make sure you come check out MaJenta Designs!

New Product Line – Foldable, Portable Purse Hangers!

by Jennifer Tang of  MaJenta Designs

TIRED of going to a restaurant or bar and having your purse taking up half your seat? or risk being knocked off the back of your chair? or worse yet – sitting on the dirty floor?! Then you’ll really love my new product line of Foldable, Portable Purse Hooks!

I was so excited to put these to use when I went for a night out on the town, and I can attest that they really do wonders!  After a long day at work, my friends wanted to hit up a bar, but the only table left was a tall standing table.  Well, its never fun to be standing around, with your stuffy coat on, and heavy purse wedged into your arm pit and weighing down your shoulder.

Then I realized that I had a handy dandy “Foldable, Portable Purse hook” inside my purse, and viola!  I was able to hang my very heavy purse (with a heavy academic textbook inside) AS WELL AS my coat too!  Heart Hanger

I’m so excited to have these products available at MaJenta Designs Etsy shop as well as soon to be available at my upcoming shows!These convenient little hangers will make their debut at the:

Boston Handmade show at the SOWA Outdoor Market

Sunday, June14, 2009. (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

June Show in Boston – SOWA Outdoor Market

SOWA SOUTHEND OPEN MARKET
http://www.southendopenmarket.com/

June 14, 2009 (Sunday)
~ 10am – 4pm ~

540 Harrison Ave., BOSTON, MA

FREE admission

FREE parking

near Backbay, Broadway, and Arlington T stops

I’ll be there representing with my Group “Boston Handmade”

Look for us with the light blue balloons!

BH at SOWA

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