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Only one month ’til spring!

02/17/2012

The 4th Annual First Craft Of spring

On March 20th, 2012 Booze & Yarn, will be joined by artists all over the country for the 4th annual First Craft of Spring. The sole purpose of the project is to promote public art and community initiative. Change is possible and even a bleak landscape can be transformed o…vernight by individuals. Be a part, take a walk to see the blooms, perhaps even pick one by your favorite artist…but most importantly, enjoy and embrace the first day of spring!

The project has been a great success the last 3 years, with artists across the country creating unique and beautiful flowers. Please join us!

READ ALL THE DETAILS HERE!

– Corinna Mantlo,

Founder, Booze & Yarn

miss1932@gmail.com

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Marijana of M Voli E plants in Union Square, NY

03/21/2011

Marijana for M Voli E

Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!’ – Robin Williams

Mutant Blooms, East Village NY

03/21/2011

Corinna Mantlo

Booze & YarnCine MeccanicaHappy Homesteader Magazine

“Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed” – Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

 

Artist Showcase: Marijana for M Voli E

03/16/2011

The general theme for all the artists participating with this project being the daffodil,  the subject was already set up for me.  I focused on highlighting the features of the flower by giving them sparkle and texture through the combination of beading and knitting. The beading is an integral part of the flower, and actually knitted into the flower rather then sewn on later. For the yarn I picked a variety of colored yarns I saw in pictures of daffodils and added a gold thread to up the fun factor. I wanted to infuse something glamorous to contrast against the folk nature of the knitting and bring it to a different level.
Is this your first time participating?

There is a first time for everything and this is my first!

What other art projects are you currently working on?

I design a contemporary accessory line, called M Voli E, inspired by historical techniques and patterns I learned while doing reproductions of folklore clothing from Croatia (my families heritage is from Croatia). I am constantly working on something new, momentarily I am working on some bridal pieces and creating an instructional belt kit with embroideries.

How would you describe your own art? Medium, influences, style, etc.

Growing up with artist parents, creativity was a normal part of my life and I’ve been fortunate to try my hand with drawing, painting and sculpture. My sweet spot is fashion and I graduated from F.I.T. with a degree in fashion. I live a creative double life of inspiration though, I am highly influenced by my studies into folklore clothing  and historical dress but also adore a clean, urban, sometimes deconstructed aesthetic. I suppose that’s why I started with my accessories. I love the artisan, handmade quality of ethnic dress but I don’t want to feel like a walking museum. Also I’ve worked for many years in the fashion industry so I’m sure that has also influenced my work to resonating with contemporary design. That M Voli E it doesn’t feel alien to this time in history but rather something you feel is an extension of your personality and possibly strikes at a deeper level. What accessories I have available for purchase now is primarily based on knitting techniques but eventually I want to branch out into other areas of design too.

What city and location will you be “planting” your daffodils in and why?

My hometown New York City! I decided to make a contest out of it for my M Voli E fans. Anyone who takes a photo with one of my daffodils and posts it on the M Voli E Facebook page will get a discount off an item when they purchase something from my Esty shop or come to Astoria Market in Queens where I often have a table. I will post locations during the day on the M Voli E Facebook page as daffodils are planted.

Where can we see other art you’ve done?

I have a website for my accessories line, I don’t sell directly through there but it has my current collections and projects, a gallery of one of a kind work, news and contact info:
mvolie.com
I have some of my work available for sale on Etsy, mostly one of a kind and samples. If there was something a person wanted to purchase from my website that wasn’t on Etsy I would be happy to put up a reserved sale for them.
www.mVOLIe.etsy.com
Also I have a Facebook page, M VOLI E, where I tend to do most of my updates including the ones for this First Craft of Spring Daffodil Contest.

Follow this blog by email and RSVP to the FaceBook event page for up to date information.

Get involved. Spread the word, and happy planting!

Click HERE for Project rules, instructions and patterns

Artist Showcase: Corinna Mantlo “Mutant Blooms”

03/16/2011

I try to bring a sense of humor to all of my artistic projects.

This year, my inspiration comes from  a deep and demented love of animated cartoons and science fiction “B” films. Think Sam Raimi,  Little Shop of Horrors (the 1960 version and the 1986 version), and The Young Ones…On March 20th, Look for my vicious mutant daffodils menacing unsuspecting blooms around the East Village of New York

And of course The Day Of The Triffids!

“All plants move, they just don’t usually pull them selves out of the ground and chase you!”

As project organizer, I’ve been involved in the First Craft of Spring since the beginning, so this will be my third year. I love the opportunity to collaborate with and hopefully inspire other artists working in all mediums. In past years, I’ve stuck to Knitted daffodils for the First Craft of Spring to represent Booze & Yarn, a free knitting class and social circle I’ve run in the East Village of New York for almost 10 years.

Currently all of my split personality projects are up as independent blogs.

Booze & YarnCine Meccanica,  Happy Homesteader.

 

Follow this blog by email and RSVP to the FaceBook event page for up to date information.

Get involved. Spread the word, and happy planting!

Click HERE for Project rules, instructions and patterns

 

 

It’s that time again!

03/14/2011

The 3rd annual “First Craft of Spring”


Deadline: March 19th, 2011

On March 20th2011 Booze & Yarn, will be joined by artists all over the country for the 3rd annual First Craft of Spring. The sole purpose of the project is to promote public art and community initiative. Change is possible and even a bleak landscape can be transformed overnight by individuals. Be a part, take a walk to see the blooms, perhaps even pick one by your favorite artist…but most importantly, enjoy and embrace the first day of spring!

The project has been a great success the last 2 years, with artists across the country creating unique and beautiful flowers. Please join us!

Rules:
1. The only flower type to be used for this project is the Daffodil.

2. Daffodils can be knitted, crocheted, sewn, drawn, screened. Any artistic medium is accepted.

2. Each flower should have a tag with a positive message or quote. You can use any message you want. The tag should be easily visible to viewers

3. Each tag must say below the quote: “First Craft of Spring” http://www.boozeandyarn.com.

4. On March 20th, earlier in the day the better, find locations anywhere on your daily route, and “plant” your flowers.

5. Take a photograph of each flower you plant. Cell phone pictures are fine in a pinch. Make as many flowers as you can, and plant them anywhere and everywhere.

7. Email them to me, to post to the blog with a location, your name, and  the art medium used. You can also include contact details to you, your artwork or your website. (miss1932@gmail.com)

Please pass this call for artists on to as many people in as many cities as possible.

Click here for the knitted daffodil pattern That you are more than welcome to use, or adapt.

Hope you all can participate in this public art experiment!
Corinna
miss1932@gmail.com

www.boozeandyarn.com

Meredith plants on the Jersey Shore

03/23/2010


This year’s First Craft of Spring project happened to fall on the same day as one of my dearest friend’s wedding.  This brought me down to the Jersey Shore where I planted the polaroids I had taken of the youngest shoots of the year, from Point Pleasant up to Neptune City.  It seemed fitting, as a spring wedding is a perfect symbol for a new beginning, and the shore is such a burgeoning source for nostalgia fixed in a long lost moment.  I’m reminded of the transience of life as it constantly changes and fades into new cycles.

Love this real time, spring polaroid retrospective, Thanks Meredith!

www.meredithzinn.com

www.meredithandadam.com

Check out her contribution to last year’s First Craft of Spring