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Devil Strip Design

Our pals at Devil's Strip Design make some clever and fantastic NEO-themed work, so we wanted to feature some of their stuff. Enjoy, and always remember - LETS GO, NEO!


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From the Devil's mouth itself: "Devil Strip Designs is a true Mom and Pop shop "with a wrinkle"...based in Akron, Ohio we are not brick and mortar. Our website is our storefront and social media is our marketing department! As a husband and wife team, we are passionate about our process. From design and print to packaging and ship, our personal touch is what you can count on.

Our concentration is on Regional, Retro, Custom and Collaboration designs and printed products. We offer stickers, business cards, brochures, flyers and marketing materials along with our high quality apparel design and decoration. We love to collaborate and help you bring YOUR vision to life. Email us with questions or information about special projects and print opportunities, brian@devilstripdesigns.com or chandi@devilstripdesigns.com."

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ARTIST PROFILE: ART BY BRIDGET ANNE

Today we're going to highlight one of the many awesome artists that will be participating in our 2018 Mom and Pop Shoppe on April 21 at the Akron Art Museum!

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Bridget Anne is a local artist and calligrapher whose works is inspired by and contains many floral motifs. All her work is handmade, and you can view more on her Facebook page here. She is also guestagramming on our instagram account @craftymart, so pop over there and see what she has to show!

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CRAFTY MART TEAM PROFILES: W. TANNER YOUNG

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Get to know our newest team member, W. Tanner Young. You may already know him from around arts community events or the photo program at the University of Akron, but here's a little something to dive deeper into his strange, strange world!

"Community — a word that defines my passion and philosophical approach to the arts. After graduating with a BFA in Photography from The University of Akron, I moved to Chicago to explore the options my degree afforded me. Throughout my years in Chicago working in arts administration, I networked and discovered new opportunities in galleries and arts organizations. I found a passion and intrigue for the organic nature of this path — how we connect with different circles, connect the circles to each other, and how these connections expanded and grew the diverse communities and their participants —  and how they grew me as an individual. I spent 8 years in the field, learning through experience and opportunities as they emerged. Now, I’d like to bring that experience back to the hometown that I love, set new goals, and explore new opportunities with other like-minded, yet diverse professionals in the arts. Northeast Ohio has a rich history in all forms of the arts. It’s where I was born and raised, and no matter where I live, it will always be a part of me. Since leaving, I’ve watched with much excitement as the area evolved. I know the people here, and am excited to connect with the new participants in this resurgence.

I am thrilled to be running social media with the amazing, talented, and dedicated folks at Crafty Mart so quickly after moving back. You can trust that I will bring that same dedication to the table to help support all the amazing artists and human beings that make this area so great. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time at wtanneryoung@gmail.com with new projects, info, or ideas, and I will do my best to shout it high atop the mountains!"

-W. Tanner Young

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a story for you this Thanksgiving.

When I started working for Crafty Mart a few months ago, I didn't know much about our local arts.  I was a full-time business student without much free time, and last semester I would have laughed at the idea of going to an art show.  When the EXL center contacted me, I hadn't even been to Akron's famous Art Museum despite having lived a few minutes away from it for 3 years.  And yet, over the summer I found myself severely overdressed at a job interview for Crafty Mart.

A few weeks alter I was talking to our vendors at the Akron Ale Fest.  It was purely business, of course, as I was a business student.  The usual formalities; collecting photos for instagram, exchanging contact information, asking about their day, and the like.  But as I drifted from vendor two vendor, there were two qualities I noticed in each one.

First, I noticed the passion in every vendor I communicated with.  This was a job for me, an activity I attended to further my career.  But this was not a job for them; it was their life.  I worked to live, while the artists I talked to lived to work.  

The second underlying quality amongst our vendors was selflessness.  From the artist who painted wondrous canvases with great skill to all of our candlemakers, our vendors weren't doing this because they thought it was a profitable business model, but rather, that they were using their art to brighten the lives around them.  It reminds me of a quote from Dead Poets Society; "Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for".

Though my time at Crafty Mart may be over, I want you all to know that I have taken away something incredible from this internship.  And this Thanksgiving, I am grateful for you; both for the artists who spend their lives contributing to our culture, and for everyone who comes to our shows to support them.

Thank you for your time reading this post on Thanksgiving, and I hope to see you at our 9th Annual show this Saturday.

Dylan Lubinsky, Crafty Mart's Social Media Intern

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