Friday, May 16, 2014

Exchange Uporium Grand Opening


A few days ago I headed to the Exchange District's first Pop Up Shop Hop. The Exchange Uporium features a heap of WESTies and other rad local makers/curators. As I shot the soft opening on Tuesday, I quickly picked up on the distinct, genius flow of the shop. 




While every vendor had their designated place, everything just...WENT. A mix of eccentric displays, IKEA-esque shelving, vintage furniture pieces and, pretty-well, half'a tree stump made up the main room perfectly. SCORE.













And yes, there's a vintage room. Not cluttered in the least bit, which rules. A unique change room, massive mirrors, and a big ole shoe rack (read: there is LOTS of swell footwear!)..


A seriously wicked shop I'm happy to be a part of. The Uporium is open 7 days a week with pretty minty hours, to boot. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more info.



Oh, and everyone's favourite embroidery can be found in the powder room.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

WEST Sale V Wrap-Up!


The Winnipeg Etsy Street Team's 5th Handmade and Vintage Sale took place this past weekend. Seeing new and old faces was rad, and the sales didn't hurt either. I introduced many new pieces to my table, and got some wicked feedback from people. So, a buncha new staples will be added to the shop this weekend!








A photo I snapped of the vendors at Sale V. Sale VI is totally happening too, which I'm really looking forward to. Good!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A note on product photography.

I've certainly been slacking over here, for all sorts of good reasons. Though, seeing the date of my last published blog post made me go oooph. Photography is a major topic, surely, so maybe I'll start off with a few neat tips on product photography.

If you make wee items, as in items about the size of a Shiatsu or smaller, I very definitely suggest making (or shelling out the cash) for a photo light box. This is essentially a square, white tent that can set you back way too much money if yer not shopping at the right places. I picked up a GREAT light box from DealXtreme. The name of the website alone is a wet dream for those frugal folk that create.

Folding Photo Studio Lambency Box w/ 4 Background Cloth
Product info here

The box is collapsible and of good quality. Be mindful if you head out to photography shoppes, these little darlins could be as much as $200. DX charges $22, with free Shipping.

You can grab some lights, those with the adjustable goose-necks, or use natural lighting. Natural lighting is my jam. It's free (for now), and it's heaps more evenly displaced than your everyday lighting devices.

Maybe you're feeling adventurous. You can also whip up your own light box. It's not too hard, but it's not too collapsible. I followed this tutorial to get me going my first time 'round - I used parchment paper for the window bits.

Some of us don't have the steadiest of hands, now. And shooting the same thing bent over on your dirty kitchen table gets a bit drab. You begin to perspire and you just want to go home already. You realize you are home, and you become extremely judgmental of your shitty kitchen wall colour, and go a bit mad - there's too much wood paneling everywhere (or not enough). If you want to avoid these damning feels, invest $10-$20 in a mini tripod. One decent birthday (it was a B-), I received a Dynex mini tripod. Someone clearly had an $11-bill burning a hole in their pocket.

Dynex Mini Tripod (DX-DA101381)
Product info here

Set up is easy peasy, lemon squeezy. 

Product photography is important! A crisp white background is always nice. You don't need anything fancy - in fact, I use $0.50 poster-board from Dollarama. It's cheap, easy to replace, you can't go wrong 'ere. 

Now that you have a nice little set up, you will very likely need to move onto the photo editing. I use Photoshop. I like to crop, whiten my whites, and deepen my darks. Photoshop will cost you an arm and a leg if you purchase the program in store. It sucks, bad. That's not to say there's not good (enough) free options though. Here's a few programs and sites to check out:


Check your local community events for photography workshops. Some are free, some run off your donations or will charge a small fee. I'd avoid those classes that charge ya up the arse, maybe I listen to too much Crass though.



That's about the basics for getting started on rad product shots. Though my final tip is this: be certain your actual products are well made and easy on the eyes. If your items that are handmade, vintage, or supplies aren't swell, your photos won't be swell. You wouldn't want to end up on Regretsy (RIP).

Saturday, November 2, 2013

C4 and MM

 I went double-duty yesterday and attended both C4 - Central Canadian Comic Con and Frame's November Maker's Market with camera in hand. I got to hang with some folks from WEST and meet some neat vendors.

Upon entering C4, I found my first conversation going as follows,
Gent: WHOA, LOOKIT ALL THOSE TATTOOS!
Me: Oh, uh, heh, yeah, ha..ha..
Gent: YOU'RE LIKE THE ULTIMATE GOTH GIRL!
Me: nnnggghhh..
From there, I casually faded into a crowd of comic books, not enough NES games, and awkwardly heated debates. 

I have no qualms admitting some of the costumes went right over my head, I'm certain some people just stayed in their last minute Halloween costumes that not even they could properly identify. But hey, what do I know, I'm just the ultimate goth girl. Some of that maddening confusion quickly left me as I saw a dude dressed as Kenny Powers. I never thought Kenny Powers could console an aching mind, but there ya go.

From there, I ran into..




who quickly turned the tables on me!

and her neat wares.


C4 is running until Sunday evening! Be sure to check out the two floors containing a few hundred vendors!

On to the Maker's & Market --


I spent my life savings with
Milenna / justthegoods
Her 100% plant based hair and skin care products are. amazing.
What didn't I pick up, eeesh! Her lemon and coriander moisturizer is the cat's ass, might I add.



Kami / marathon1981


Deb and Andee / Andorah's Feast
filling me up with their rad treats, as always.
Those lemon macaswoons... I can't even.



Kat / aeliosdesign

All in all, a rad couple of events. As with any ultimate goth girl, I'm off to listen to Thou, have a super quick seance, and attempt to thrift a severed goat's head.