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Jamaica Plain Open Studios is This Weekend!

The weather is looking GORGEOUS this weekend which is a good thing because it is the 21st annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios!!! I will be back on the porch with all kinds of new framed work to show. I will also be showing a portion of my Why I Run: A Boston Marathon 2014 Project work from my show last spring so if you missed it when it was up at Sweetgreen, you have a second chance to check it out in person!
I will also have two members of Boston Handmade with me showing their work in the same location-

Bev Feldman of Linkouture
Bev is a jewelry designer and blogger who creates modern and elegant sterling silver chainmaille jewelry. Her work often includes freshwater pearl bracelets, necklaces and earrings; handcrafted stone jewelry; and bridal jewelry.

Laurie Lynn Berezin of Beryllina
Laurie Lynn handcrafts all Beryllina jewelry in Concord, MA using only gems and minerals mined in the United States. She even mines some of the stones herself! Laurie Lynn also only uses recycled precious metals; all of her raw silver and gold is sourced from a certified recycled refinery in Virginia. She learned the true craft of jewelry fabrication at the renowned North Bennet Street School in Boston, and enjoys crafting one-of-a-kind original and custom designs.

Ready to come see us?? We will be at:

19 Eliot St
Jamaica Plain, MA

Saturday 9/20 and Sunday 9/21
11am to 6pm


4 Boston Marathon Handmade Gift Ideas

The Boston Marathon is in 4 days and I could not be more excited to cheer on all 36,000 people running on Monday! With so many Boston Marathon themed items in shops all over the city and online, I wanted to highlight a few handmade goodies I've come across that were inspired by the infamous upcoming race-
This gorgeous 2014 Boston Marathon Print is by my friend Jenn of JHill Design which is part of her Sports Map series. Through April 31, get FREE personalization- just order the personalized print and use code RUN2014 at checkout. Include the year or the runner's time, runner's name and bib number.
Bev Feldman of Linkouture designed this lovely chaimaille bracelet complete with handmade runner charm. Bonus- she's donating 20% of sales of the bracelet to the One Fund!
I discovered this print in a blog post by the designer, Lindsay of Warren Tales, that said she was inspired by my Boston Marathon photo project- I was so flattered! I love the fun font and concept of this marathon route print which she is offering as a 9x16" and as notecards.
Running the marathon? Stop by Old South Church on Boylston Street and get a handmade scarf! The Old South Knitters group started a Marathon Scarf Project this year asking knitters to donate handmade scarves in the BAA yellow and blue for the athletes. As they said on their website, "In this year of Remembrance and Hope, our vision is to wrap each runner in the love poured into stitches of handmade blue and yellow scarves. We promise to wrap runners in your love until all your scarves are distributed."

What are your favorite Boston Marathon finds?

#AskAwayFriday with Bev Feldman of Linkouture

Bev Feldman of Linkouture
Happy Friday! I'm participating here on the blog in #AskAwayFriday with my Boston Handmade buddy and jewelry designer, Bev Feldman of Linkouture (on Twitter @Linkouture). How it works is Bev asks me questions which I then answer and post here and I ask her questions which she posts on her blog. Kind of a nice way for our readers to get to know us a little better! Here are Bev's questions for me, be sure to check out my questions for her on her blog too:

1. What is the most interesting thing you have ever photographed?
I did a multimedia project on a farm in Dartmouth, MA called Silverbrook Farm. It was so interesting to me to hear the story behind the farm, their practices, and their commitment to keeping the future of farming in their community going. 

2. How did you get into fitness photography? What do you like most about this type of photography? 
It all started when I was still in school at BU's Center for Digital Imaging Arts back in 2011. I had asked a Pilates teacher I knew, Jenn Phelan, if she'd be willing to do some environmental portraiture at Castle Island. She agreed, we had an awesome summer sunset shoot, and the rest is history!

What I like most is working with athletes- I find their discipline, strength, and commitment to helping other achieve their own goals inspiring!

3. Would you consider yourself a fitness buff? Has doing fitness photography had any impact on your own exercise regimen? 
How about fitness enthusiast? I had no exercise regimen in place before I got into fitness photography and now I'm borderline obsessed. My work has definitely had an impact because I love frequenting the classes my clients teach especially. 

4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
I'd probably go back to southeast Asia (I was in Thailand in 2000). My parents loved Laos and I've heard great things about Bali too. I love the food, warm climates, and being somewhere totally different from where I live. Plus it's gorgeous!

5. When did you first join Boston Handmade and how did you get involved? 
I joined BH in 2008 when I had decided to start selling prints of my photography and really wanted to be a part of the creative community. It wasn't something my friends were into so I wanted to make a few new friends in creative fields. It was an extremely rewarding move!

6. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
me with my life on my back in Belize; ziplining in Costa Rica
I did a bunch of traveling on my own when I was pretty young which in hindsight seems daring. When I was 18, I moved to Dublin for the summer- found a job, place to live, and traveled around the country by myself. When I was 22, I went to Central America starting in Mexico and winding my way down to Costa Rica for a few months. I made friends quickly but I set out initially on my own. It was the best time of my life!

7. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas or Halloween. I love dressing up and creepy things so Halloween is up there but I love spending time with family and gift giving/receiving too. Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies- it combines both holidays!

8. I read this on a recent #AskAwayFriday, and thought it was especially appropriate for you as a photographer: share a recent photo and tell the story behind it. 
I've been working on a personal project photographing people running this year's Boston Marathon and finding out their running stories. Because the marathon is run in the spring, they train in some pretty awful conditions throughout the winter. I've been photographing them in these conditions too- it's rough! 

This photo was taken last week during a snow flurry at a completely snow-and-ice covered Jamaica Pond. My runner, Stephanie (also a BH member), was a good sport even through she kept stepping through layers of ice into the snow. I was pretty happy with this shot - her pose, the composition, the lighting despite the weather conditions - when my dog snuck up behind her and photobombed it. I still love it though.

9. As you know, St. Patrick's Day is huge in Boston. (I just read that Boston has the oldest parade in the States). Will you be doing anything to commemorate the day? Do you usually attend St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston? 
I do not, I'm a bad Bostonian in that way. I went to the parade once when I was 15. Otherwise I tried to avoid all the craziness since a lot of it takes place in my neighborhood. 

10. I don't know about you, but I'm just about done with winter. What are you looking forward to most this spring?
The Boston Marathon! It's such a huge deal in Boston and this year is going to be even more special. I'm still trying to figure out the best spot to camp out and enjoy the day. Want to join me?

Holiday Shopping at the Boston Handmade Gallery

I've been a member of the fabulous artist group, Boston Handmade, for 5 years now. For the past few years we've been lucky to be able to have a pop-up shop where we can sell our work during the holidays. This year we're doing it again, this time right in Brookline Village (directly across from the Brookline Village T stop!).
This year there are 23 local artists and craftsmen participating in the shop who make so many cool things- jewelry, clothing, toys, home goods, scarves, candles, soap, fine art, glassware, ceramics, hand-dyed yarn, pet accessories, cards, ornaments, calendars... you name it, we've got it!
 I personally will be selling framed prints, cards, calendars, coasters, ornaments and pocket journals, whew!
For more information, check out our website and Facebook page. We opened on Black Friday and will be open this week Mon-Sat! Come in, say hi, and get your holiday shopping off to a good start. :)

Boston Love 2014 Desk Calendars are In (almost)!

Hey Boston lovers! Need a quick and easy holiday gift this year? Look no further! I'm doing another desk calendar featuring 12 months of scenes in and around the Boston area, from Fenway Park to the Zakim Bridge. It even comes packaged in its own case which doubles as a stand- 

At 4x6" it's the ultimate stocking stuffer! I'm currently offering these babies online for pre-order and they should be ready to ship by next week. They will also be available at the pop-up store Boston Handmade Holiday Gallery in Brookline Village as well as Cristina Hurley Gallery in Canton.