20 April 2010

Mad Mad May Day - A Burner Bazaar Coming On 5/1/2010

Hey y'all! I'm so excited to announce that the Etsy Black Rock City Crew headed up by LaLinda Loca is going to be throwing their first event: the Mad Mad May Day Burner Bazaar coming up on May 1, 2010 at the Angel's Gate Cultural Center located at 3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA. The video above is just some of the artists who will be showcasing their arts and crafts at the event. Below is an indepth bio on all who either will be in attendance or be featured at the show. If you're in the Los Angeles area please come and PARTYcipate!


Deborah Wright
An award winning jeweler, Deborah has spent more than 15 years refining techniques and developing her creative gesture by using love of color, surface texture, and form to create signature wearable works of art. Inspired by gypsy heritage, Wright's jewelry invokes feelings of times past, days in ancient memory when a ring may bear the power to protect or a necklace the strength to cast glamour upon its wearer. Her works are unique and one of a kind, each with its own story and life-force.

Abby Ehmann aka EditrixAbby aka StAbby
On-playa, Abby manages the Black Rock City Sign Shop for the Department of Public Works. Away from the desert she cobbles together a living by writing, event producing and making magical chapeaux. She'll have her fedora and top hat collections on sale, as well as a few choice accessories. Custom orders gladly accepted!

DaBomb is a 21st century digital grrl living in Los Angeles. She loves to make things, adores vintage styles and her real name means "Queen of the Fairies." Most of the items she sells reflect one of those three ingredients. She creates, fixates, and ultimately fabricates all her shop's goodies locally except for vintage items as indicated.

Shing Yin Khor
Shing Yin Khor is a sculptor and illustrator inspired by monsters, tentacles, mediocre science fiction movies, bikes, Dungeons and Dragons, and really adorable cats. Educated as a theatrical scenic designer and prop maker, and employed in the technology field, she now synthesizes her eclectic skill set into accessible and affordable art ranging from desktop monster sculptures to walk-in spacepods installed at Burning Man.

April Visser
April combines both formal art training and her knowledge of the mineral kingdom into one of a kind jewelry pieces that are signified by simple design and bold colors. You may notice within the various creations an interest in multiple forms of art and design which include both ancient meanings and modern applications. Her inspiration is derived from nature, as well as bits and pieces of human history. Gemstones are valued not only for their beauty, but also for their vibrational frequencies which have been used as tools of healing and personal transformation for millennia.

Danielle Bibeau has a fascination with texture, faux fur, and functionality. Recently transplanted from Boston to San Diego, Danielle brings a little of each place with her own twist. She is excited to share with you many of her fun faux fur designs, as well as fabulously functional utility belts and bustles, and fanciful feather pieces!

Linda Loca
Linda Loca of Fire Grog Studio is the founding chair emeritus of Chicago's BURN Art Grant Committee and founding member emeritus of BURN's Steering Committee, aka Steeringman. She has a background in designing large-scale installations and shrines. She also creates smaller-scale dioramas and reliquaries. A seamstress and jewelry designer, she has an extensive collection of cultural ephemera that provides much of the source material which informs and inspires her work.

Astrid Olafsen, after 30 years in science, returned to her love of fabrics and creating one of a kind fashions. She's currently fascinated with the chemical variations of hand dying and the surface texture of flutters, which she combines in elegant and whimsical slip dresses, reconstructed from vintage garments. Her love affair with the ugliest of polyester double knit fabrics continues, as she fashions them into flirty skirts. Some of her fashions can even be seen worn by Gigsville-affiliated Burning Man aficionados.

Shayna Katherine
Steel Petal Press is a Chicago based small letter press operation run by Miss Shayna. Shayna got her first taste of letterpress printing while at San Francisco Art Institute studying under nationally recognized book artist, Charles Hobson. Since then she has continued to perfect her craft working in letterpress studios in New York, Washington DC and San Francisco. A veteran burner, Shayna has worked on many large-scale playa installations including The Poetry Shack, The Bird House and, most recently, The Brass Tax BoomBox project. She says, “I believe art should be everywhere for everyone to enjoy. ” Shayna currently lives in Chicago where she hand prints everything using a Vandercook press at the Center for Book and Paper Art. “I work hard to design edgy yet vintage, urban-retro hand printed cards that you can’t find at Hallmark, ” she says.
Tzipora Hoynik
After 25 years as a jeweler Tzipora Hoynik has branched out into her love of fabric and started creating hats, scarves and purses. Faux fur and pieces from her ethnic textile collection are now being transformed into wearable art. Color and texture play a major part in her choices of what she assembles together. Her newest collection of Spring and Summer hats is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Katherine the Great
Katherine has been designing costumes since 1995. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B. S. in Costume and Textile Design in 2000, and started Blue Moon Designs shortly thereafter. Katherine participates in numerous activities involving costumes. The short list includes belly dancing, Burning Man, Renaissance faire, burlesque, and the Dickens Christmas Fair. She also has training in making theatrical and performance costumes. She expanded her repertoire to include illuminated costumes after being apprenticed to Janet Hansen of Enlighted Designs in 2005.
Jen Dollface
Dollface has a dollhouse, and kept hidden inside is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. She is an artist from Chicago, who just recently graduated with a BFA in fiber studies, photography, and performance. There is beauty in her work, often with circumspect roughness or even unpleasantness. These deliberate dualities serve to demonstrate the imperfections in ourselves and in the world around us. With an equilibrium of satisfaction and frustration, anger and complacency, love and hate, her work breathes a life and personality of its own. Like finding a razorblade in a cupcake, it is unexpected, but holds a certain truth.


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