#24. ShopCraft (Christa, Jennifer and Megan)

Posted on February 11, 2016.

Today's post is a little different. We would like to introduce you to ShopCraft, which is a collaboration between three very talented makers here in Buffalo. It's significant that we're posting about them this week, because we are actually teaming up with them for their All You Need is Love, A Valentine's Day Event tonight, at Thin Ice on Elmwood. Come out and see us, and come meet the ladies behind ShopCraft, as well as many other local makers. We hope to see you tonight!

All You Need is Love, A Valentine's Day Event
All You Need is Love, A Valentine's Day Event

Meet the ladies of ShopCraft

Christa Penner - C Designs

 

"I have been working as a stationery designer and illustrator for approximately 5 years. Current themes in my work include vintage everyday objects, with a mid century influence, food, specifically farm fresh produce and Buffalo, NY's abundant beauty. My style is reductionist with a bit of whimsy and evokes a pleasant sense of nostalgia."


"A significant part of my line is my Buffalo, NY illustrated scenes that showcase all of the amazing places our city has to enjoy. I love connecting with people over my work. Because of the way the people are illustrated, it’s easy to place yourself in any of our scenes. It is so meaningful to me when someone shares with me a memory one of our Buffalo designs has triggered. I have been lucky to hear some really great stories from customers. Creating illustrations of these locations allows people to bring a little bit of that memory home with them, or send it to someone they shared the memory with. I just love being a small part of that."

Visit C Designs: http://www.cdesignscards.com

Christa Penner of C Designs
Christa Penner of C Designs

Tell us about starting ShopCraft

"My enjoyment in connecting with other people who enjoy Buffalo and all of the awesome things that are happening here has been a huge factor in starting ShopCraft with Jennifer and Megan. ShopCraft has been a great place to collaborate and to stimulate creativity for each of us."

"We have several goals that we wish to achieve with the future of ShopCraft. Besides offering a boutique style retail space where consumers can easily find local, handmade, and eco-friendly goods we plan to offer services to other makers. Services could range from workshops to help artisans grow their businesses, to offering a space for them to do trunk shows, to working on collaborative projects."

What about Buffalo inspires you?

"The community in Buffalo inspires me and my business. I LOVE how willing other artisans and small business owners are willing to work with each other and help one another succeed. It is definitely what makes our community unique. Our dream is for ShopCraft to foster those relationships and grow that sense of community amongst makers."

shop-craft-interview-0368"For instance, Therese, owner of Thin Ice has given so many artists an opportunity to sell their creations. She has graciously been working with us and allowing us use of her space. Without her - this wouldn't be possible!"

What would you tell a younger version of yourself?

"Stop worrying so much, and just try it!"

Christa would love to nominate some people!

Therese of Thin Ice - for reasons mentioned above.

Peggy Cronin - President of Mount Mercy Academy - I love what she is doing to help move the school. The entire staff does so much to help students who couldn't otherwise afford the educational opportunity they provide.

Robin Lenhard - co-organizer of the Saturday Artisan market at canalside ( one of the first real regular events there!) - organizer of the Holiday Gift Show and Spring Artists Market at the Burchfield Penney. She does great things for the arts community.

Pat Sorbini - a local artist who is really just a beautiful person - is so willing to just talk to you about her business (Simple Song Studio) and help you with yours!

Megan Carroll of Lady Fingers Handmade

About Lady Fingers Handmade

Megan Carroll of Lady Fingers Handmade

"I've always loved making things. I started selling knit and crochet items in 2011, as a way to focus on something I enjoy and meet other people who loved handmade items in the process."

Megan Carroll of Lady Fingers Handmade
Megan Carroll of Lady Fingers Handmade

"Shopcraft came about as a way for a group of women artisans to work cooperatively in a way that is not always common in typical artisan markets. We hope for shopcraft to become a resource for artists to work together and learn from each other."

Visit Lady Finders Handmade: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LadyFingersHandmade

What about Buffalo inspires you?

"In terms of items I make, I love watching what people are wearing- I look at color combinations, patterns, and textures that inspire me."

"Buffalo is definitely an inspiration for me. After moving back in June from two years in Uganda, I am enjoying seeing the changes, from businesses to the huge strides of community groups. I am always looking up to people who run businesses or organizations as proof that you can live your passions."

What would you tell a younger version of yourself?

"Put yourself out there! I spent a lot of time doubting myself or my work because I lacked confidence or didn't have a completely polished idea. Everything is a process. Be open to trying new things and learning along the way."

Megan's Nomination:

Louise, owner of Global Villages on Grant St

Jennifer Morris of Paperette

Jennifer Morris of Paperette

What is Paperette?

"Paperette began as a fun way to send and receive handwritten letters by repurposing old maps, books and other recycled papers and turning them into envelopes and stationery."

Jennifer Morris of Paperette in Buffalo
Jennifer Morris of Paperette in Buffalo

"I love repurposing old books, maps and other papers destined for the landfill and turning them into something fun and useful like envelopes and cards. Making stationery for people all over the world who still write and send handwritten letters, are planning their DIY wedding, or are using to promote their Etsy shop or business is so rewarding and am thankful I get to do what I love to do."

Visit Paperette on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/paperetteshoppe/

Jennifer's go-to words of encouragement:

"It always seems impossible until it's done" - Nelson Mandela
Jennifer Morris of Paperette in Buffalo

What would you tell a younger version of yourself?

"To lighten up and not worry so much."

What do you think?

Written by Sam @ yeahBuffalo
Sam is co-founder of Yeah! Buffalo as well as Owner of theBREWROOM, a Buffalo NY based internet marketing company. Follow Sam : @SamInsalaco