Creative Envy

Monday, November 16, 2009, 11:46 pm
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Last Saturday Christina and I were numbers 97 & 98 in line at Columbus’ annual indie design market, Tiny Canary. (I only know that because the two people behind us got the last two goodie bags.) This was my third year going and, per usual, I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, I’m on a budget these days so I couldn’t go as crazy as my first time. I only spent $10 on three cards. I know, that’s a sad statement. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have some favorite vendors. Everyone there was so great and brought something unique to the table, but these are the ones that really stood out to me.


1. Cleveland-based Oddball Press specializes in old-school aesthetic, quick-witted, letterpressed cards. This is where I spent my whopping $10 on Saturday. I love their classic illustrations combined with sarcastic sentiments.

2. I’m pretty sure Red Raven Studios was new to TC this year (correct me if I’m wrong) because I think I’d remember these darling little works of art. Amy hails from Pittsburgh and specializes in jewelry (and BUTTONS!) made from porcelain. She details each piece with decals that are reminiscent of antique china patterns. So sweet.

3. Anne Holman is one of the co-organizers of Tiny Canary but also runs her own jewelry-making business. Her work is gorgeous and my beloved peacock necklace (a staple in my everyday accessorizing) was purchased at my first TC. I have to say, I was really coveting the necklace Anne was wearing that morning . I can only assume she made that one too. Beautiful.

4. Girl/Boy Coalition had some really clever screen printed shirts for sale. Among them was a bike wheel with “Columbus” over top as well as this one featured above. Very whimsical and clever, their sales pitch was equally entertaining (the boy of Girl/Boy Coalition was super witty and quick with a comeback). Thoroughly enjoyable.

5. When it comes to concert posters, I’m not sure anyone comes close to touching the illustrative style and talent of Columbus artist Clinton Reno. This guy is truly spectacular. I haven’t exactly figured out where I could put all of his show posters (I’m in desperate need of a basement music room apparently), but I love to admire them whenever I’m at a show like TC. True talent there that brings me great inspiration. So thanks.

Saturday, November 15, 2008, 6:41 pm
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Today and tomorrow Tiny Canary is taking place here in Columbus. I went this morning (yeah, I was the first in line….well, at least at first but that’s another story) and browsed around for a little over an hour. It was pretty great but I do have to say I think last year seemed to have more vendors. Or rather, more vendors that had items I was interested in. We kinda breezed through all the tables pretty quickly which was a bummer.

This tote was my only purchase today but I absolutely love it and am satisfied even though I thought I’d do some more damage. It’s from Basho Apparel and while I realize I could probably make one myself, I had to have this one. And as C pointed out, I already have enough stuff on my to do list so just go ahead and buy it. I love the color combination and it’s made of this heavier wool felt material There were only two left and this was the only one with the fun patterned handles so I had to snatch it up. I think it will eventually become my knitting bag but over the next week or two it will serve as my purse. I may have to sew a snap into it though.



I have seen Basho before. I purchased this and this from them when they were here for Craftin’ Outlaws a few months back. They are based out of Yellow Springs, OH and their stuff is pretty great. They also had some scarves for sale that were calling my name but I held off. Hopefully they’ll post some in their Etsy shop soon.

Saturday, November 8, 2008, 10:54 am
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I have been counting down to this year’s Tiny Canary Indie Design Market for months and it’s so close I can taste it! Next Saturday and Sunday, November 15 & 16 from 10am to 6pm independent artists will be selling their wares at Junctionview Studios here in Columbus. Come out and support them!


I went in 2007 and did some serious damage. It’s a great place for unique gifts (get that Christmas shopping started) but to be honest, everything I bought was for myself despite my good intentions. There’s some great juju in that building for two glorious days and I left last year’s wanting to be one of the vendors and part of that indie community. Someday….

2007 Tiny Canary

2007 Tiny Canary

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