That’s a wrap!!!

We can’t thank you all enough!

Thanks to those of you who braved the heat and came out to shop Pile of Craft this year!  Without you, our event would be just a bunch of sweaty crafters staring at each other!!!

Thanks to all of our vendors for making the show so awesome!!  (Didn’t make it to the show?  That’s okay, just head on over and visit our vendor page and shop to your heart’s content!)

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers!

Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors!

Thanks to the Baltimore Jewelry Center for keeping us crafty!

Thanks to The Food Market for feeding us all!

Thanks to Hula Honeys for keeping us cool!

***Thanks for supporting this year’s Charity, Gather Baltimore!  They raised a record amount of money from our generous shoppers AND more importantly gained many new volunteers to further their mission to feed our citizenry!  We are so profoundly grateful for all of the support and love we saw on Saturday!***

We’re all taking a little break, to rest, but will be planning Holiday Heap soon. Check back for more details on applying for a vendor spot, dates, and sponsorship opportunities.

Soon we’ll also be posting pictures from Pile of Craft in case you missed it. And, our vendors will remain up on the PoC page so you can find that great item you just didn’t have time to buy at the show!




The Charm City Craft Mafia was thrilled to work this past semester with Professor Danamarie Hosler and a select group of her MICA Illustration students to create a unique poster design to advertise our summer show, Pile of Craft.

Ten MICA students from Professor Hosler’s “Professional Development” class submitted Pile of Craft poster designs to the Charm City Craft Mafia members to review. Mafia members were excited to see how our designers took the information we gave them and translated our words into unique images!

Below are some of the designers, their poster submissions and more information about their work.


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As a continuation of our mission of integrating & promoting the arts, The Charm City Craft Mafia was thrilled to work this past semester with Professor Danamarie Hosler and a group of her MICA Illustration students to create a unique poster design to advertise our summer show, Pile of Craft.

The CCCM is so pleased to introduce you to Emma Patrick and the chosen Pile of Craft poster designer!

Emma Patrick,

“I’ve been drawing my whole life, and spent a number of years teaching myself everything I could about digital art. After high school, I crossed the country to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, where I’m currently wrapping up my final semester for my BFA in Illustration.

My work is very much inspired by the natural world, and tends to revolve around fantasy, imagination, and dreams. I love everything about art, and although I work primarily digitally, I’ve dabbled in all kinds of different media. Besides art, however, my hobbies include games, archery, and learning to lucid dream.”

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m originally from California. It’s funny because most of the colleges I applied to were also in California, but then I ended up coming all the way to Maryland for MICA. I certainly don’t regret it, though! I’m graduating this semester, which is as nerve-wracking as one would expect. I’m keeping my plans pretty open right now, but the current plan is to go back to California and try to get a job or an internship for the summer, while promoting my artwork online and offline.

What is your major – and how did you decide on your major?

I’m an Illustration major. The story of how I became an illustration major is a bit silly, actually. In high school I was interested in lots of different kinds of art, but what I didn’t realize is that all those kinds of art fell under the term “illustration”. Basically, I always wanted to go into illustration, but I didn’t know what it was called! It worked out all right though since MICA doesn’t make you choose a major until sophomore year, so once I found out that illustration was the name of what I was going for, I was able to declare it with no issue.

Tell us about your Pile of Craft poster design.

I was really drawn to the summer and nature themes that came up in the design criteria, so I decided to use the colors of a summer sunset and create some plant motifs to be used throughout. I also decided to add a cityscape, since the setting of Baltimore is so important to the show and the Charm City Craft Mafia. From there, I tried to give the poster a very hand-crafted feel. I used painterly brushes for the blue vignette, gave the city a paper crafted look, and of course, turned the sun into a button. :) For the hand lettering, I was specifically inspired by chalkboard lettering, which I used to tie the whole thing together.

What methods do you use in your work?

I work primarily digitally. Something about digital art has always intrigued me— even when I was little I used drawing programs like Appleworks 6 and Kid Pix, and drew with my mouse. These days I’ve got a Wacom tablet that I draw with in Photoshop, and I have a number of brushes and textures I can use to give my work a painterly look. That said, I do still work with traditional media, but that tends to be art I make for relaxation or practice.

What have been some of your favorite projects to work on to date?

I’m pretty excited about my thesis from this semester. I’ve always wanted to illustrate landscapes and environments, but it wasn’t my strongest suit for the longest time. This semester I decided to buckle down and really try my hand at it. I’ve definitely learned a lot, and I feel like my art has improved quite a bit by trying to work with something that was outside my comfort zone.

What are some of your favorite themes or subjects to illustrate?

I really enjoy working with fantastical, colorful themes of all kinds. As far as specific subjects, I like illustrating people, skies, landscapes, all kinds of nature and plant life, and space and nebulas. One of my teachers once said, “You seem to really love to paint things that glow,” and I think that sums it up pretty well! Of course, I am always looking to expand my horizons as well.

If you had to list some dream clients and projects, who and what would they be?

This is a tough question for me, actually. I still feel like I’m trying to find the exact niche that I enjoy illustrating for the most. I really enjoyed making the poster for the CCCM, and I could see myself making art for book covers, magazines, games, and more. I think I need to try a few things before I aim for a specific dream job or client.

Where/what/who do you look (at) for inspiration?

I get inspiration from practically everywhere! I look at the work of a lot of artists online, especially photographers and digital illustrators. But I also really love art history, so I will also draw inspiration from artists of the past. I really enjoy going to various museums to see all kinds of art. Even if the artwork looks nothing like mine, I can usually find something to inspire me.

How can we see more of your work or find our about your upcoming projects?

The main place to find me is at my website. ( I’m starting up a blog there where I’ll be sharing any important announcements. I plan to open at least a few social media accounts in the future, and when I do I’ll post about it there, too.


We know that many of you would like to help our community. Here is how you can. If you would prefer to donate directly to the center, please click this link We would also be grateful if you could share this post. Thank you!!! If you are dropping off items in person, call 443-213-0394 to coordinate your drop off. If you are mailing supplies please send them to Greater Homewood Community Corporation, c/o 29th Street Community Center, 3503 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.



Each year we pick an organization to raise money for, and this year we are so excited to announce our intention to raise as much money as humanly possible for the wonderful volunteer based program , Gather Baltimore!

Assignment ID: B582523593Z.1. Gather Baltimore volunteers are harvesting produce and collecting donations Sunday to give to Baltimor

Gather Baltimore , created by OSI fellow Arthur Gray Morgan,  collects unsold vegetables, fruit and bread from the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar in downtown Baltimore and other sources for redistribution to local meal programs, faith communities, and others in need. The baked goods, fruit and seasonal produce collected would otherwise be thrown away as it will not stay fresh until the next market. Gather Baltimore insures that this food does not become waste but instead is made available to financially challenged families in communities where fresh healthy food is not readily accessible.


We hope you’ll take some time to check this great organization out on Facebook, see all the good work they do and hopefully find time to join in and volunteer yourself!


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we’d also like to thank our wonderful sponsor Alpha Graphics!  they really did a lovely job printing all of our posters and postcards, which really helped us get the word out about our newest show!!! xoxo


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Currently there is a new generation of artists are embracing traditional craft, infusing it with a new sensibility. Of course this has been true with each new generation. These new artists are in need of support and places to show and sell their work.

The American Craft Council has been championing craft for more than 70 years. Founded in 1943 they strive to promote the craft field through their magazine, national juried shows, a specialized research library, achievement awards, and educational workshops and seminars. They work to strengthen economic opportunities for artists, promote and advocate for craft as an important cultural resource, and provide thought leadership within the field. You can read detailed information about the Council on their website at
There is a long tradition of American Craft Council’s presentation of craft exhibitions. These shows are juried and accept three-dimensional, handmade craft made in the United States or Canada. There are four major exhibitions each year around the country including the flagship show in Baltimore. Some are for retail only, some are for wholesale.





One of the American Craft Council’s most exciting additions to its 2015 exhibition programs is Hip Pop, an innovative project that combines the idea of a craft trade show with the marketing and design style of a pop-up shop. Accepted artists have to be new to the event to apply for Hip Pop. This will distinguish them as artists who collectors may not know as well and so will seek out. The Hip Pop program uses a community-based “pod” structure to provide a supportive atmosphere for participating artists. Hip Pop pods are large booths containing individual display units for a community of six artists. The space sports a clean, smart design that comes in a pod-like format, designed for maximum show space, audience, flow, and to enhance individual conversation. Each Hip Pop artist is provided a prefabricated display structure with a variety of interchangeable shelving and hanging rod options as well as lighting.


Alanna Nissen is the program manager for Hip Pop as well as the Council’s office coordinator. She has a strong passion for discovering new talent and helping emerging artists find their way into the system to gain deserved recognition and earn a living. In addition to managing Hip Pop, she is also also organizing a series of emerging artist listening sessions around the country so that the Council can gather more information about their career goals and the resources they need as they develop their craft and their careers. The Council always aspires to be even more relevant and provide better services to help emerging artists find success. The series is called Make it Work, and so far they have completed sessions in San Francisco and New York, with additional sessions planned for 2015.

All these new innovations made by the American Craft Council sound exciting and make attending or participating in all the events even more enticing this year.

For further information on Hip Pop including exhibition rules, dates, how to apply, costs, downloads of the “pods” and more visit the website:


American Craft Council
1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55413


We’re so excited to announce our newest venture!  We’re pairing up with Peabody Heights Brewery to present our “Last Stop Hops & Shop” event!

It’s a last minute, happy hour shopping extravaganza!

We’re hosting 20 locals artists, purveyors of fine food, and, of course, locally brewed beer!

Pick up some locally made goods, while enjoying a fun, and substantially less crowded atmosphere than at Holiday Heap!

We know Holiday Heap can be a little overwhelming, so we’re offering up this laid back night as a festive alternative shopping experience!

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When people in need of brand, digital and print design or related services ask me for a recommendation. I have one answer, Mission Media. My recommendation is based on personal experience. Over a decade ago a small band of allies and I decided to start a print publication dedicated to the arts and culture of Baltimore. We had a serious obstacle; none of us had ever produced such a thing. Through GBCA’s late and much missed director, Nancy Haragan, we were introduced to a new MICA graduate, a graphic designer named Todd Harvey.

Todd and his pal Joe Loverde grew up a block from each other in suburban Maryland.  Their parents were best friends since high school. Entering college Todd and Joe had a plan—to one day open their own business. From this—Mission Media (Design & Digital Agency) was formed in 2000. It was located in a small space in downtown Baltimore on Charles Street and first staffed by just the two of them.


At that time Todd met with our group regarding the magazine idea and immediately became a core member—he brought his expertise in the field of graphic design, along with a fierce intelligence and a strong dose of needed levity. He wrangled our idealist notions into a viable product. It was he who in conversation with me teased out the name we all decided to use—RADAR Review. He wisely insisted on a high concept clean design with quality paper. Todd, working at Mission Media, designed every issue inside and out. His vision made the magazine a desirable object people still talk of today.

As RADAR Review was a community minded endeavor.  Joe and Todd opened the doors of Mission Media to us and championed the project. Mission Media designed the magazines state of the art website.  Working with them over those few years I learned of their deep dedication to their craft, their product/client skills, and their business savvy.  I had no doubt then Mission Media would become a long-term success. I was right. Todd and Joe’s deep lifelong friendship anchored the company then and now. With it comes a special positive internal family like atmosphere, that impacts staff and clients alike.

Since those early days some fourteen years ago, Mission Media has flourished on a grand scale, A few years ago they relocated to spacious office space at Power Plant Live. They now have 35 employees and have branched out in a variety of directions. The company is divided into divergent but complimentary projects; MissionMedia’s design and production side —now simply called MISSION—remains the core all-purpose design organization. It is overseen by Todd and employs a staff of twenty-eight and growing.

MISSION is extremely diverse in its daily operations—some categories include, identity, print, digital, advertising, packaging, and photography. They serve numerous clients—international, national, and local, large and small. Though each is different there is a definite MISSON stamp on them.  They have won numerous design awards over the years.



Instead of me detailing all the projects, a near impossible task, just check out the website at It tells you who they are and what they do. Their webpage is the best company info page I have seen. It is visually dynamic and fun to read. Just start on the homepage and start clicking trough—recommended are the examples and the blog pages. There are also links to case studies, and much more.

The second part of Mission Media is MissionTix. MissionTix, overseen by Joe, was created to fulfill a client’s need in 2001. It too has expanded enormously since then. It creates innovative ticketing solutions for clients and customers. It employs eight with more to come. Greg Cangialosi joined Joe and Todd as a partner in MissionTix in 2013. When Greg came on board, he took role of CEO of MissionTix; with a focus on sculpting it’s operations and planning for marketing and growth. They work to expand the company, and to infuse each individual staff member into a small, close-knit team. The organization has been expanding very rapidly over the past few years.



MissonTix has its own set of long standing clients and continues to expand with new ones. They are now the proud ticketing partner of Andretti Sports Marketing and were very pleased to have launched ticketing for the INDY Grand Prix of Louisiana. You can go see them in action in New Orleans this April. They are launching all new ticketing software in the coming months that will offer numerous advances in technology. Not only does MissionTix handle ticketing, but also they offer their clients marketing support, graphic design services and website development.

As Mission Media has continued to expand, they continue to hire the best and the brightest creative individuals to join the team.  As such they provide a much needed locus point for employment in Baltimore, helping to maintain the current steady growth of our creative community. They may work international but their roots are in Baltimore and they continue to give back to the region in numerous ways.

To read all about MissionTix visit their great website at

Finally, on a personal note, presently Todd and I live blocks from each other and our kids go to the same school. Who knows what the next generation will bring! When I see him dropping his child off at school I am met by the same unassuming, kind, and humorous guy I was introduced to so long ago. When I ask him about work these days, he tells me with a laugh that he now is “the older guy” trying to keep up with the younger staff he spends his days overseeing. The continued success of Mission Media comes as no surprise to anyone who has worked with them. See for yourself, I am sure your experience will be every bit as rewarding as mine.



Mission Media
616 Water street suite 225
Baltimore md 21202