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Call for Indie-Craft Artisans! Applications for our Winter Holiday Market, December 9-11th at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art are now available! Deadline to get them in is October 7th.

Okay, we’re going to make it a BACK to SCHOOL week here at Firefly headquarters. And first up is a Firefly that should need no introduction as she was an original. And her incredible hand-tailored clothing line will make those class pictures super stylie.

Denise Chaudhari of Dandy Social Club has been making dandy duds for the little ones in our lives for over six years and is now delving into the design of some delightful skirts for the ladies! Of course you will still find the original Dandy line of ties, hoodies, pants and button up shirts all made from upcycled vintage and thrift finds, but you will also find a collection of fun, funky and fashionable skirts that are one of a kind and get noticed every time.

Dandy Social Club is all about restyling “what was” into “what’s now”. Designer, maker and mom Denise Chaudhari pairs reclaimed textiles in an unexpected way, resulting in unique, one-of-a-kind garments for both the big and small. Dandy Social Club strives to create fun and imaginative styles for a new generation of mods and rockers (and now for their moms, too!) because everyone deserves something pretty. Don’t you?



ps. we said for moms too …

Lizzy House will be teaching Pattern Design and Block Printing at the Makerie. Check her out in the fabulous fabric sandwich above with the lovely ladies of Fancy Tiger, Jaime & Amber! Think textiles and prints and illustrative wonder – oh my! We are just bursting at the seams to have this pattern powerhouse in the Community House for the Makerie Market!

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Lizzy House is a printmaker, textile designer, and illustrator. Armed with a BFA in Printmaking, she travels the world in search of inspiration. A born entrepreneur, Lizzy was the youngest designer in the textile industry when she began three years ago. She continues to make leaps and bounds and 2011 will be no exception. With a first love of creating and a second of teaching, Lizzy is so honored and pleased to be invited to the inaugural session of the Makerie. When she isn’t printing or designing fabric, or sleeping on an airplane, she is probably planning a party or writing a list. If neither of those is underway, she is probably tying a bow on something and/or someone.

ps. Lizzy will be doing a Meet & Greet at Fancy Tiger on Wednesday, April 6th, 6 – 8pm

Katherine Sanz along with Angie Olsgard of Angie Star Jewelry will be teaching Incorporating Found Objects and Ancient Traditions in Jewelry Making at the Makerie. We will naturally be drawn to her infusion of nature in her meant to be worn jewelry collection at the Makerie Market. Katherine makes Moonspun Jewelry with love by the light of the moon!

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Katherine Sanz is a second generation artist who earned her Fine Art degree from the University of Colorado. Katherine is inspired by the natural rhythms of the earth and their connections to the body. She creates a natural harmony between the river currents, ocean tides and growth patterns in plants, their reflection in the body, and jewelry’s ability to enhance that relationship. Katherine’s jewelry is meant to be worn. It is important to her that the beauty of the jewelry accentuate the beauty of the wearer and reflects a harmony between meaning and design.

Stefanie Japel

Stefanie Japel is teaching A New Look at Color through Embellishment and Open Knitting Lab at the Makerie. As for the Makerie Market, we couldn’t be more excited to see what Stefanie brings to compel us to knit. Her patterns and books are sure to be nothing short of amazing!

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I learned to knit from my grandma when I was 8 years old. I’ve grown up wearing her sweaters and borrowing the ones she made for other people. Most of these sweaters are raglans, knit in the round from the top. I continue this sweater-making tradition. I’ve published over 120 knitting patterns, mostly for top-down knits, and am known for my use of vibrant color and my shapely, feminine designs.

My work has appeared in a number of books and publications including Big Girl Knits, Stitch N Bitch Nation, KnitGrrl, Knit Wit, Not Another Teen Knitting Book, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knit.1, and Vogue Knitting Magazine.

I’m the author of two knitting books, Fitted Knits and Glam Knits (F+W Media). I’m currently working on my third knitting book, Mother Daughter Knits, with Chronicle Books, to be released in Spring 2012, and a fourth, Top Down Design, to be published by Cooperative Press.

Flora Bowley | photo by Tara Morris

Flora Bowley will be teaching two sessions of Bloom True at the Makerie. We can’t wait for her to Let go. Be bold. Unfold. at the Makerie Market. Her work is just invigorating! Oh, the saturation of color makes us so happy!

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Flora lives and works full-time as a painter in Portland, OR, where she is inspired by magical forests, abundant gardens and a thriving community of fellow artists. Flora’s love for life and spontaneous nature are clearly visible in her vibrant, easily recognizable paintings. Throughout the year, Flora enjoys traveling, teaching workshops and painting in colorful locations around the world. Her work can be found in numerous galleries and also on a variety of unique products made in collaboration with Papaya!


It is my desire to honor and celebrate the natural world by creating bold, yet delicate, new “landscapes,” rich with color, soul and imagination. My work is created through a unique process of spontaneously layering free flowing color and mark-making with carefully rendered organic forms. These forms or “characters,” such as wings, sprouts, hives, figures, stars, branches, petals and pods co-mingle with vibrant color fields to tell stories of magical places born from dreams, close observation and a deep connection to all living things. I find joy in allowing my paintings to unfold naturally as I experiment playfully with color, form and composition, often changing courses along the way. My inspiration flows from both a microscopic perspective (often finding myself crawling on the forest floor) to a cosmic perspective (lots of nights staring at the sky and moon). Ultimately, I consider my work to be a celebration of the present moment; chaotic, subtle, mystical and ever-changing.

Alessandra CaveAlessandra Cave is teaching From Snapshots to Photographs and Product Photography at the Makerie. We are thrilled to have this Gypsy Girl as part of the Firefly Handmade Makerie Market on Saturday as well. Welcome, Alessandra!

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Alessandra Cave thought all she needed was a camera and a backpack, until her round the world travels revealed a fierce love for texture, light and design, as old as the stories she once called home. One and a half careers later, she’s finally traded in her passport for photo studios and locations where her eye for sun-drenched color and vintage beauty takes commercial photography to a whole new world. Whether she’s shooting starlets or musing on her beloved moon, Alessandra is serious about living life to the fullest and inspiring others to do the same.

Alessandra holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design and she worked for over 10 years as a visual effects producer for feature films and commercials. With her multifaceted background, visionary spirit and keen eye for imagery and beauty, Alessandra is passionate about creating a body of work that is compelling, personal and timeless. Her images have appeared in international online and printed publications, she is a regular contributor to Shutter Sisters, an inspiring community of women photographers, and she is also the creator of the Gypsy Girls Guide, an online resource for women who enjoy travel and a bohemian lifestyle.

When Alessandra is not shooting an exciting photo assignment, she most likely can be found relaxing at home in Brazil, exploring an exotic location around the world or roaming the foggy streets of San Francisco with her camera.

Fancy Tiger Pop-Up Store

Okay, so who loves to make a crafty trip down to Denver to go to Fancy Tiger, but doesn’t make it nearly as often as they would like? … That’s what we thought. And so, we have quite the treat for you! Very exciting news – Fancy Tiger is opening a POP UP Store for the Makerie weekend and will be right next door to the Firefly Handmade Makerie Market at Chautauqua Cottage 302!! Yes, you heard right, there is a crafty village being built in the foothills of Boulder town while you sleep! You won’t want to miss all the crafty goodness so mark your calendars April 8th-10th.

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