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It was with a great deal of anticipation that I waited for the March 2012 issue of Country Living hit the streets.

Before Christmas a photographer/writer visited Indianapolis East Side (Irvington) boutique Homespun: Modern Handmade to collect information and images for a piece called What’s Country Now?

The visitor had asked Amanda Mauer Taflinger, Homespun shopkeep, for images of the store.  From those images she chose specific items that she wanted to photograph.

The issue hit the streets yesterday.  The issue is themed What’s Country Now and features contemporary looks and pieces that are “country”.  It’s a clear move to keep the magazine from sinking in the muck and mire of the 1980s and 1990 country look.

It really is a great issue.  The issue features 25 businesses that are part of the new country movement and ranges from revamped a honky-tonk to organic farming to social networking to Hatch Showprint.  It’s good stuff!

The Homespun piece frames the Taflingers (including Neal and little Zeke) as the active proponents of local artists and economy that they are.  It’s a tribute that they deserve.

There is a photo of the entire Taffy clan and an inset of one of my birds — a yellow warbler.  My work is mentioned in the article.

My work has been featured in a national publication before,  Birdwatching Magazine,  with more visibility.  This is different.  This is a magazine that folks read and have heard about.  It’s really a kick.

To see more of my work visit my Etsy shop or scroll through this blog.

Take a look and let me know what you think.   Country Living, page 84, March 2012.


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I dropped many, many great pieces at Homespun Modern Handmade on Washington Street in Irvington.  This is a great opportunity to see a large grouping of birds at a great location.

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Thomas Richardson, folklorist and ethnomusicologist at Indiana University, has been following me around and showing quite a bit of interest in my work with 50 Little Birds.  I’m not sure how he’s framing it (I’ve a bit of an idea) or his angle, but he’s been taking pictures and asking questions as I go about my work.  This is a great experience for me.  I love to talk about what I do and our discussions are helping me to articulate the themes, thoughts and processes that are 50 Little Birds.

He shared some photos that he took at the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange Mini held in Irvington, east side Indianapolis, October 30th.

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My pieces can be pricey.  I use a pricing formula and I know that they are fair.  They are not TOO expensive.

I also know that If I was in a position to buy one of my birds, I would have to budget and save.  For us “regular folks” they are priced too high to be classified as an impulse buy.

I’ve known for a long time that I needed to produce products that were less expensive.  Thay had to be something that is priced fairly, using my pricing formula, that could be considered an impulse purchase by many more folks.

Saturday I’m selling at a Halloween street fair.  It draws a huge crowd, up to 10,000 folks.  Folks don’t come to street fairs to purchase pricey art.  I plan to use this event to test a new line that that taps into the under $25 crowd.

In the decoy carving world there is a decoy called a “flattie”.  Flatties are flat, two-dimensional decoys that are shaped, painted and decorated just like carved three-dimensional birds.  Last year I produced several hundred small flatties for use as package decorations and ornaments.  For these birds I used the same patterns as the birds I carved.  They are great.  I’ve used them as small gifts and give aways.  Due to their small size they dissapear in my show display and are difficult to promote.

Saturday I’m introducing a new line of flatties called “Bird-on-s-stick”.  These birds are made from patterns specifically designed as flatties.  They are larger than my carved birds and are mounted on a wire and a small stand.  One side is decorated with the same care and techniques that use to decorate carved birds.  For less than a quarter of the price folks can take home a little bird.

At this time I’ve designed and produced blue jays, Carolina chickadees, house wrens, Atlantic puffins, mallards, crows and cardinals.

Perhaps next I’ll get to my little bird suckers….

More about Saturday’s show from the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange webstite.

The Saturday, October 30 show will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and will be held in conjunction with the Irvington Halloween Festival outside in the Irvington neighborhood on the east side of Indy. We will have a long white tent on Washington Street between Midwest Scooter and Tiqueables Antiques and will have 30 vendors plus live music. The Halloween Festival also includes local food vendors, costume contests, games, movie screenings and other fun activities.

See you then?

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