Today is our last craft show of the year, and it’s a great one. Last year’s Frostbite edition of the Bazaar of the Bizarre was one of our first and most successful shows, and we’re looking forward to what today will bring. As anyone who’s perused our recent posts will know, our version of the holidays is a little Nightmare Before Christmas. Keeping with that theme, here’s another necklace from Sarah:
If you’re in Toronto and want to drop by, we’ll be at the Pia Bouman Ballet School (6 Noble Street in Toronto) from 11-8. The show is full of art, clothing, jewellery, books, and other crafts by local creators.
Today we have some crafts from Ashley Pleasant. These bowls are constructed mainly out of thread and glitter, respectively.
String bowl by Ashley Pleasant
String bowl by Ashley Pleasant
Glitter bowl by Ashley Pleasant
Apple of my Odd Eye spent the weekend at the Strange and Astounding Show in Oshawa. This was the first year for a new horror and science fiction convention, and while the venue was hard to find, the vendors and entertainment were fantastic (and in many cases, fantastical). Creepy costumed figures wandered through the event, past vendors selling art, games, jewellery, animal skeletons, and clothing; photo op booths complete with props and makeup artists; and a gaming tournament.
We grabbed a few photos while we were there, including a selfie with Krampus!
Here are a few shots of our booth:
Here’s the rest of the show:
The first brave cape-tester.
Devin checking out the games for sale.
Man versus Alien.
Alien obviously wins.
The Wretch sneaking up on an unsuspecting victim.
Steampunk monster battle, part 1.
Devin fends off The Wretch with his cane.
Go away, foul creature!
In search of less violent victims.
Zombies wandering around outside.
I (Sarah) tried out the cape tester too (even though it was mostly for kids).
Looking a bit more villainous than heroic . . .
Devin competing in the gaming tournament.
Selfie with Krampus!
A zombie-gnome short film in progress at the RevenantFX booth.
Creepy awesomeness from the Skull Store.
Steamgummi’s steampunk designs.
Mouthy guts are courtesy of Haunt Ventures.
Propraetor posing at his booth, Atelier Propraetoria.
Ryan “The Fiend” Howe working on a piece at his booth.
Zombie Santa just walking about.
Alien is curious about the video games.
If you’re curious about any of the vendors in the pictures above, you can click on the links in the business-card gallery below:
It was fun to see some familiar faces–like Steamgummi with her steampunk jewellery and Propraetor with his dark illustrations. It was also nice to meet new people, such as Ryan Howe, who I chatted with about the tattoo business (Apple of my Odd Eye might start selling flash pages soon!), brushes, and ink for at least half an hour. The addition of the wandering monsters and the photo booths that made this a convention rather than just a craft show were nice touches as well.
If you missed us at the Strange and Astounding Show, you can find us at the Bazaar of the Bizarre: Frostbite Edition 2014 on Sunday December 14 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m at the Pia Bouman School for Ballet (6 Noble Street, near Dufferin and Queen) in Toronto.
Today, we’re featuring these mini Christmas cards:
These were made with cloth, glitter glue, and small pieces of card stock. The envelopes are thick paper held together with tape (the red star can be used as decoration and/or to hold the envelope closed). Email us at email@example.com if you’d like to order some. They’re small enough to fit in your palm but big enough to wish someone a happy holiday! You can also find us at the Strange and Astounding Show next Saturday and Sunday (November 29 and 30) in Oshawa.
Filed under art, Christmas
In addition to the art chapbooks we recently put together, Apple of my Odd Eye is working on a couple of other projects as well.
First, there are the t-shirt designs we’ve been testing out:
“Octopunk” t-shirt detail
Second, there are the decorative boxes we’ve been working on:
Third, we should have a lot more up on our Etsy and Zazzle shop pages soon:
Apple of my Odd Eye’s Etsy
Apple of my Odd Eye’s Zazzle
We’re looking forward to working on these projects over the next few weeks. We’ll keep you posted. 🙂