First of all, craftgasm is what my friend Kim called this weekend in Portland and it pretty much sums up all the goodness we experienced!
I tried to blog during our trip, but it was such a whirlwind! We left Vancouver Thursday evening and stayed overnight in Olympia, two hours outside of Portland. We arrived in Portland about lunch time and headed over to the Museum of Contemporary Craft to drop off our swag bag donations. I figured that we would drop them off rather than ship them, as I didn't get on the band wagon until a week before we were leaving!
Don't the bags look good? We tried to get these for Vancouver, but these were left over from the book launch and Portland snapped up all the remaining bags! Rob and I did manage to grab two, so one of them will be given as a prize at the Handmade Nation Vancouver Premier.
Friday night was the Portland premier screening and although I knew the film was going to be good, it was incredible. 65 minutes of some of the most amazing and influential crafters in the United States - wow!! The staff at the Museum of Contemporary Craft put together a wonderful night and it was great to see and meet so many of the artists from the film that came down for the event.
I finally had the chance to meet Susan from West Coast Crafty. I have been reading her blog for the past year or so, so I was glad to see her in person. I also finally had a chance to meet Kim Werker from Vancouver. We were introduced by friends and seriously live maybe 20 minutes away from each other, but of course, we didn't meet until we were both standing (or maybe sitting?) in the screening room! I love her and can't wait to work on some awesome projects together!! Also, had the chance to meet Kate Bingaman-Burt, the founder of Obsessive Consumption and What did you buy today?. I had been talking to Kate leading up to the event about swag bags.
Of course, after talking over email since February, we were so happy to finally meet Faythe!! The screening ended with a 30 minute Q&A session and she was absolutely amazing.
If you don't have your tickets to Handmade Nation in Vancouver, then you should get them now! This is not to be missed! To purchase tickets, please visit the homepage of Got Craft or see the post below.