Meet our 2016 Designer- Logan Schmitt

Craftin’ Outlaws continues to showcase artists and makers with an edgier tone than what you might find at a traditional  craft fair. Chances are good that if you apply to to vend with us and your work incorporates skulls and bones we will give your application a closer look. Odds are likely to be in your favor that you’ll attend at our show.

When we first saw Logan Schmitt’s work back in 2014, that was roughly our experience with his work. We knew he’d make a great Outlaw. His interpretations of nature inspired decay is softly crafted through screen printing. To chat with him, he’s just as soft spoken as the work he creates. When we asked him to take a stab at designing our poster art for this year, he kindly accepted and he gave us an image that combines both of our aesthetics.

Aside from making amazing things, Logan leads an interesting life, what he calls “Van Life”. He and his wife sold all their possessions and now caravan their way to shows and events around the Midwest.

We pulled him aside so you can get to know him the way we have.

What is your handmade background?

– My handmade background started at Columbus College of Art & Design. At the beginning of my time at school I noticed that a lot of my favorite illustrators and designers screen printed their work either for band posters or their own art prints. So the first chance I had, I got into the introductory silkscreen class my during my Sophomore year. I couldn’t stop after that!

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You continue to create some amazing custom work, including our Outlaw 2016 image. What kind of collaborations have you created? How does this process work for you? What has been you favorite partnership? 

– Aw, well, shucks! Thanks! I’ve primarily done a lot of work for different bands here and there. I’ve done some design work for a couple of breweries, as well. This process is generally the same whether the client already has an idea in mind or if they want me to come up with whatever I want. Most clients that contact me tend to have ideas that fit well with my visual style, so even if it’s something that I wouldn’t have just come up with on my own, it still works out. Other than Craftin’ Outlaws, of course, I think my favorite partnership has been with Four String Brewing Company. I made the artwork for their Ghost Ship Vortex Baltic Porter release earlier this year. It was the perfect mix of creative input from both of us, combined with a new and interesting format that I hadn’t worked in before.

Van Life – can you give us a general background of the what and why?

– Ah, van life. Van life is a way of living that involves living pretty much exclusively in a van. Either you convert it yourself (like we did) or have a camper van where everything is already built in. We made this leap in June after a couple of years of talking about it, and it’s been a nonstop adventure ever since. We basically just wanted a more freedom in our lives and to just travel and DO more. Those things just come with the van life territory. My wife didn’t enjoy her job and I really didn’t want to work on anything but illustration and design, so living in a van also allowed her to quit her job and allowed me to solely focus on making art without nearly as much financial stress. We really don’t have an end date on this. We’ll just keep going until we’re tired of it.


What’s been the most difficult part of downsizing your life? What’s been the coolest experience thus far of van life? 

– The most difficult part was finding new homes for a cats. They wouldn’t have done well in a van. Shout-out to Evey and Mugen! The coolest van life experience was probably the week we stayed in West Virginia on the Eastern Panhandle and at a state park in Maryland. We love that part of the country and it was nice to be able to just stay as long as we wanted and just work on jobs from the road. It’s also nice when we do craft shows in other towns we can stay for an extra day and explore the city or region we’re in without worrying about a hotel or anything.
What has been your biggest struggle in running your business?

– The biggest struggle for me has been making enough money for my financial goals and managing that money in an effective way through my business. I’m just starting out so I’m just constantly hustling and sniffing out work. I’m very happy with the jobs and work that I’ve been getting, I just need to increase its volume, which takes time and consistent, halfway-decent work. When it comes to making your own products and prints, you can’t necessarily afford to make something that might flop, either, which at times can be really hard to tell until it’s out on the table at a show, not getting bought.
When working do you binge watch tv shows? Listen to music? Listen to audio books? – what are you currently listening/watching?

– Music is on a lot, but after a while I need to hear conversations and stories. I started re-watching The Office last week while I was working, so that’s been the go-to ever since. I also watch a lot of nature and history documentaries while I work. Willow, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth are usually on rotation at some point each month, as well. I listen to podcasts, too. Adventures in Design with Mark Brickey and Creative Pep Talk with Andy J. Miller are two that I really like. Audiobooks pop up now and then, whenever I go to the library.



Bio
– Logan Schmitt grew up in a little town in the rolling hills and hollows of West Virginia. When he wasn’t exploring the vast forest that sprawled around his house, he was reading comic books, wildlife encyclopedias and watching science fiction and fantasy films. These interests, along with his love of art and design brought him to Columbus, Ohio where he illustrates and screen prints posters for bands, designs t-shirts, and slings his work at craft shows.



Logan Schmitt will be joining  us on December 10th at The Greater Columbus Convention Center. Find your favorite Outlaws at www.craftinoutlaws.com.

Sponsor Love – What the Rock?!

What the Rock?! started online in January of 2006.  They opened their brick & mortar store in October of 2006 in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, Ohio.

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When you step into What the Rock?! you get to take in all that is  rock and roll, weird, beautiful, fun, interesting or just plain cool.  They have baby/kid things, books, housewares, home decor, handmade jewelry, cards, and other small crafts, t-shirts, dresses and hoodies, wallets, purses socks, and accessories, taxidermy skulls and bones, and musician’s needs like picks, strings, and straps and small instruments like harmonicas and kazoos.

Here are the Outlaws Mike and Heather from What the Rock?! love…

SugarKitty Couture

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SugarKitty brings almost 2 decades of handmade experience. Whether sewn, painted or glued, each piece made with the same attention to detail. She offers something for everyone; from creepy to cute and weird to whimsical.

Sokay Designs

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Sokay Designs sells rad home décor, jewelry and nail decals with styles ranging from cute to macabre.

Dejected Steel

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Dejected Steel offers hand cut and hand riveted works of art all made from steel. Custom orders are welcome!

Cryptid Matter

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CRYPTOZOOLOGY INSPIRED AND OTHER MACABRE CREATIONS AND ARTWORK

Lost in a Dream Art by Abril

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Abril is able to escape to a fantasy world when a brush is in her hand ,and express her ideas and feelings through pop surrealism art.

Inked Earth

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Inked Earth makes tattoo inspired pottery. coffee cups, bowls, plates, pet dishes and wall art are just a few of the fun colorful things i make!

Pajaro Negro

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Using ethically sourced flora and fauna Pajaro Negro jewelry sets out to bring out the beauty and detail of nature’s bounty through each jewelry piece.

Crime Cats

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“Crime Cats” is a self-published, award-winning mystery chapter book series recommended for readers aged eight to twelve. The books follow eight-year-old Columbus superhero Jonas Shurmann as he and his partners, cat detectives CatBob and Neil Higgins, work together to solve mysteries around their neighborhood.

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What the Rock?! will be joining  us on December 10th at The Greater Columbus Convention Center. Find your favorite Outlaws at www.craftinoutlaws.com.

Sponsors Love with Branch Line Leather

Branch Line Leather Co. is a small-by-design leathercraft studio and production workshop located in Worthington, OH, USA. We specialize in “Bespoke for the People” leather and wool bags and accessories. With over 24 years experience producing leather goods, the makers at Branch Line Leather would love to share their commitment to quality with you. Here are the Craftin’ Outlaws Elaine from Branch Line loves…

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Inked Earth – I drink my coffee most mornings from an Inked Earth Hotrod Flames coffee mug. Gets me going, going, gone!

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Igloo Letterpress – They are my “local.” I love the fact that you can walk in and stuff is happening there all the time. People are making things. And they let you watch. Magical.

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Crime Cats – My kids love these books and the fact that they can bug the author endlessly at book signing events. Books! About cats!

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Perler Tricks – I am always amazed at their work, but mostly glad they are the ones making these nuggets of awesomeness, not me. That’s a seriously lot of work, there, people.

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The Hoop and Needle – Because who doesn’t love crafts that you have to shield your children’s eyes from! Absolutely inspired, if a bit irreverent.

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Fuzz Butt Crochet – Because, the name…

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Branch Line Leather will also be joining us for a day of handmade on December 10th at The Greater Columbus Convention Center. Find your favorite Outlaws www.craftinoutlaws.com.

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Cross Stitch Kit Review

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I am known to buy craft supplies and kits even when I don’t necessarily have plans for them or even time to work with them. It’s been almost a year since I purchased this kit at the Midwest Craft Con in February, and I am just now finally putting it to use!  For the sake of my own self-respect let’s just pretend this is the oldest kit I have yet to use.

Purchased from The Hoop & Needle, an amazing shop in Cincinnati, Ohio that focuses on hand embroidery and cross stitch, I just couldn’t resist giving it a whirl. I’ve seen these little family portraits on social media and pinterest and I’ve always wanted to try my own. Considering I have never created my own counted cross stitch pattern, or even cross stitched before, I was just a little intimidated.  Rest assured friends, this is a story with a happy ending.

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The kit includes everything you need to get started; the pattern, the cloth, needle, embroidery floss and a hoop. There are minimal instructions on the actual stitching so I watched a few YouTube videos to get me started. The planning stage was actually quite fun, with the provided graph paper I sketched out my family.  I enjoyed tailoring the look of the characters to match my little family, even making the necessary revisions for my folically challenged husband! Coloring in all those little squares and watching the portrait come together will get you hooked, and if you are anything like me, you won’t be able to put it down until you are done!

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Finding my starting point, I got started with one of the shirts, then subsequently pulled half of it out because I realized I was counting wrong! I was much more successful the second time around! A preemptive word of encouragement; If you are new to cross stitch (or even if you aren’t) you will probably make lots of little mistakes, which is totally fine, because it is super easy to pull out stitches and start again.  As I worked through little pieces and parts, it was awesome to see each little person come to life. You finish off with the family name using a backstitch, which is more of an embroidery stitch so I recommend you look that up on YouTube as well if you are not familiar with the method. 

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Overall, I loved this pattern and I am so happy with my finished piece, I would highly recommend this for any skill level. Beginners will need a little patience as you learn a new skill but overall I felt like I caught on pretty quickly. The kit comes with a lot of embroidery floss to get you started, I did find that a few colors that I wanted to use were not there (purple and red) so I would highly recommend planning your colors in advance, especially if you don’t have a stash of floss already, so you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store in the middle of your project. Thanks to Hoop & Needle for this awesome kit, I can’t wait to find a special spot for my new family portrait.



img_5108Mallory Hill has been sewing since she was young but didn’t pick it up seriously until she was out of college. That’s when she first started working in the fabric and sewing industry and her passion has grown as she continued to work for various textile companies for the past 10 years. She has two daughters and has recently re-located back to her home state of Ohio.

Craftin’ Outlaws is a handmade marketplace, established in 2005 and based in Columbus, Ohio. Our next fair is  December 10, 2016 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Visit, www.craftinoutlaws.com to learn more about the longest running alternate craft fair in town. 

 

Studio Tour with Outlaws assistant Mallory Hill

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What is your name, business name and what do you make?

My name is Mallory and I own Mallory Hill Designs, I make purses and accessories for women and children. 

What is your handmade background?

I’ve been sewing since I was about 6 years old, my mom was an amazing quilter and she taught my sisters and I how to make pillows and little quilts when we were young. I didn’t start to sew seriously until I graduated from college, when I got my first sewing machine and a job in the fabric industry, launching my obsession with fabric and crafting.

What do you love most about the creative process?

I love making something from nothing, transforming a flat piece of fabric into a purse or a quilt is very exciting. I love the meditative feel I get working on a new project and figuring out how to make a pattern from a tiny bit of inspiration.

What has been your biggest struggle in running your business?

I struggle with this daily, I’ve sewn for a while but I didn’t seriously start my business until about a year ago. I have a very hard time deciding on my focus – craft shows, wholesale or etsy, or all of them. Should I make purses or baby quilts or the next random idea I have. I need to figure this out soon if I want to keep moving forward, finding a focus and sticking with it will allow me to enjoy greater success.

What are your currently listening to/watching while you craft?

I have a few podcasts that I listen to regularly or I just listen to music on Spotify. Some of my favorite podcasts are; The Merriweather Council Podcast, Elise Gets Crafty, Raise Your Hand Say Yes with Tiffany Han and This American Life.

Can you take us on a tour of your craft space?

My space takes up the basement level of our house, shared with some storage and the laundry. It started out as a blank slate and I had fun fitting all of my stuff into the new space. These pictures show it clean and organized, probably for the first and last time.  It’s usually a hot mess but I feel like that’s what it should look like if it’s being used.

There are a lot of little nooks and crannies to store my wide assortment of random craft supplies and a lot of space for hanging up my random postcards, magnets and custom artwork from my daughters.

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What is your favorite part of your space?

There is a little nook along the side of the room that is half height, when I saw the house I immediately knew that would be a special space for my little girls. I finished it out and filled it with all of the craft supplies little ones could want. I try my best (often begrudgingly) to share my supplies with them and give them free range of their space.

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Rapid Fire:

What is your favorite crafting material?

Fabric, all of it, I have more than I will ever need but I can’t stop buying it.

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What is your favorite tool?

I’ve had my sewing machine for about 6 years and I still love working with it. Also, my seam rippers, I have a few of them because I need them a lot!

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Most common word or phrase when you make a mistake?

Sh*t!

Favorite snack while working?

Anything chocolate but I try to keep it to a minimum so my products aren’t covered in it when they go out the door.

What is one craft/technique that you’ve never done that you want to try?

I just received a serger for my birthday and I haven’t had time to use it yet. Although it’s still sewing, it’s a new machine and a whole new process so I’m looking forward to learning it.

One tool or piece of equipment that is on your wish list?

More fabric? Just kidding, the serger was on my list for a while, I can’t think of anything else I need right now (just don’t tell my husband I said that).



img_5108Mallory Hill has been sewing since she was young but didn’t pick it up seriously until she was out of college. That’s when she first started working in the fabric and sewing industry and her passion has grown as she continued to work for various textile companies for the past 10 years. She has two daughters and has recently re-located back to her home state of Ohio.

Craftin’ Outlaws is a handmade marketplace, established in 2005 and based in Columbus, Ohio. Our next fair is  December 10, 2016 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Visit, www.craftinoutlaws.com to learn more about the longest running alternate craft fair in town. 

Ridin’ Dirty – Craft Caravan

February of this year I helped create Midwest Craft Con, a 3 day craft retreat hosted in the city I have called home for over 2 decades. Gathering up a group of like minded peers for a long weekend seemed like a dream come true and I wanted to find a unique way to highlight the shops and the handmade community which makes Columbus, Ohio so amazing. While we were able to showcase the local retail talent on blog posts, see City Guide to Columbus and City Guide 2, there is nothing like experiencing walking into shops like Wholly Craft or Igloo Letterpress and getting first hand insight as to what makes these independent retailers so charming. With some logistical planning we were able to shuttle 22 makers from all over the Midwest to 5 of these DIY haunts. Giving them a bottle of bubbly and a personalized tour of just how cool Columbus can be.

But why limit this to just out of towners? Why not continue a DIY shopping experience with locals? Why not host this a few times a year and continue to create a new way of shopping and craft comradery?

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We embark on our next Craft Caravan on Saturday October 15th from 11am-4pm. Passengers will experience DIY stops at Robert Mason Co., Igloo Letterpress, Yarn It & Haberdashery and The Smithery. We will keep you nourished with local snacks and brews along the way. You will also get crafty with a make & take experience at The Smithery, where riders will create a custom keychain or charm. All materials and supplies are included in the $65 passenger fee. We ride rain or shine courtesy of The Bexley Beat.

More dates and destinations will be added as the holiday season approaches.

Reserve your seat today! 



Craftin’ Outlaws is a handmade marketplace, established in 2005 and based in Columbus, Ohio. Our next fair is  December 10, 2016 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Visit, www.craftinoutlaws.com to learn more about the longest running alternate craft fair om town. 

Megan is a hard core maker who continues to bring a highly curated selection of handmade goods to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio and through her organization of Craftin’ Outlaws. Megan is also the owner ofStinkybomb Soap, co-organizer of Midwest Craft Con, mother of two, wife to one and lover of all things craft related.

 

 

Gift Guide – ID 16: For all the baby momma’s

We are closing out our gift guide to this weekends Independents’ Day with handmade goods for the baby momma’s in your life. In total, we have 25 Outlaws joining us this weekend in the downtown neighborhood of Franklinton.

Outlaws shown are: Twinzzshop, Thirty-One HarperTea Dude,Mer-Llama Soaps and Sundries  and Wild Origins.



Craftin’ Outlaws is a handmade marketplace, established in 2005 and based in Columbus, Ohio. Applications for our December 10, 2016 holiday fair close on September 20th. Visit, www.craftinoutlaws.com to apply today. 

There is still time to volunteer your time with us at Independents’ Day. Sign up today!!!

Gift Guide to ID16: Fabulous last minute gifts

Independent’s Day is almost here and we are excited to be joining them again for our second year. Today we feature the gifts that you need but forgot to purchase. Need a quick birthday present? We got it. Housewarming party? We got it. Hostess gift?  Our Outlaws got you! Find a handmade treasure, this weekend, with a great backstory for every upcoming event in your life.

Outlaws shown are: Cheer Up PressPajaro Negro, OohMyGouache and Dear Pennyroyal



Craftin’ Outlaws is a handmade marketplace, established in 2005 and based in Columbus, Ohio. Applications for our December 10, 2016 holiday fair close on September 20th. Visit, www.craftinoutlaws.com to apply today. 

There is still time to volunteer your time with us at Independents’ Day. Sign up today!!!

Gift Guide to ID16: Home Decor

We are preparing to take over the downtown neighborhood of Franklinton, as we countdown to this weekend and Independents’Day. Joining us will be 25 handmade vendors coming in from all over the Midwest. Today we share our Outlaws that can add some flair to your home.

Vendors shown are Planthropy, Sarah Harste Weaving, Transformations, The Small Batch Candle Company and Inked Earth



Craftin’ Outlaws is a handmade marketplace, established in 2005 and based in Columbus, Ohio. Applications for our December 10, 2016 holiday fair close on September 20th. Visit, www.craftinoutlaws.com to apply today. 

There is still time to volunteer your time with us at Independents’ Day. Sign up today!!!