Sunday, December 02, 2012

Blackbird Tees :: Handmade Holiday Vendor Feature

Business Name:  Blackbird Tees
Owners:  Jody Dyer & Karl Topee

What is the best handmade gift you've received?
Tiny art. Karl and I both love miniature things, and we've built up a collection of tiny paintings. We'd love to reach a point where we can buy larger scale original artwork, but until then, our collection of tiny does the trick.
What is your newest crafty creation?  Is there specific item you'd like to feature for the show?
We recently launched our line of zodiac scarves, and we're in the process of printing up a batch for the show. We'll also have some limited edition hoodies and women's pullovers.
Describe your studio.
It's a private studio near the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. We just moved back to VA from Seattle, WA, where our studio was 120 sq. ft. with concrete floors and fluorescent lights. This new space is wide open, with hardwood floors and lots of windows. We feel so lucky to have found it, and it's plenty of room to house all of our inventory and printing equipment.
What is your favorite thing about the Holidays?
Festive foods of all kinds, and in large amounts. We also love soft Christmas hits from the 60s and 70s.

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