Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Call for Vendors!

Hello Ric Rac Roundup lovers! I wanted to let you know that I'm working on a new event this October 15th! The overall event is a Haunted Mansion Costume Ball. It is being hosted by the non-profit organization Thank You Walt Disney. TYWD is working to refurbish Disney's original animation studio here in KC.

Aside from the fun of the costume ball, the dancing, food and drinks there will also be a craft market! The call for vendors is officially open so if you are interested, email me at betsy@bonbonatelier.com

If you don't want to vend at the ball but would like to attend, you can buy tickets here!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Decoylab in KC Star!

There was a great story in the KCStar on Ric Rac Roundup vendor Decoylab. And a great picture of her in our store!

Q&A | Maiko Kuzunishi became cuckoo for clock design by accident

Maiko Kuzunishi of Kansas City is the owner and designer behind Decoylab. Her clocks are sold through online boutiques around the world; she has distributors in Australia and South Korea. On Saturday, Decoylab clocks (ranging from $18 to $120), other housewares and brooches will be sold at Ric Rac Roundup craft fair in Westport.
Maiko Kuzunishi of Kansas City is the owner and designer behind Decoylab. Her clocks are sold through online boutiques around the world; she has distributors in Australia and South Korea. On Saturday, Decoylab clocks (ranging from $18 to $120), other housewares and brooches will be sold at Ric Rac Roundup craft fair in Westport.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Owner of Decoylab, a graphic and housewares design business, www.decoylab.com

What’s your personal design style?

Midcentury modern with French country thrown in. Those don’t always go together, but I can’t help it.

Your clocks are sold around the world. How did you become cuckoo for clock design?

By accident. I’d quit my day job because I wanted to do something creative for myself. I illustrated a bunch of calendars, using a gocco machine (a cross between silk-screen and rubber stamping) and put them on Etsy.com. One of the illustrations was a cuckoo clock, and I thought it’d be interesting as a real clock. So I made a clock kit and put it on Etsy, too. The clock kits kept selling, the calendars didn’t.

How have your clock designs evolved?

I assemble the clocks, and I keep making them more durable. They’re laser cut. Mostly bamboo. There are animals (owls, fawns, hedgehogs) and decorative clocks (flowers, stars, squares). Everything is made to order, so there’s no waste. I want to see how far I can go with the clock. I have 30 designs so far. It’s all fun.

What other housewares do you design?

Tea towels. I wanted some color because the clocks are mostly wood hued. I designed the fabrics and printed them using spoonflower.com. (Among the patterns are bicycles and a 2012 calendar). Also, laser-cut felt coasters. I designed them for Ric Rac Roundup this month (see box for details).

What are your favorite magazines and design blogs?

I love Everyday Food. I get great ideas from it. And I like the site www.ffffound.com (an image-sharing website).

Tell us about your home.

It’s a 1954 ranch in a neighborhood off Ward Parkway. It has irregular-sized doors and other nonstandard details.

What’s your favorite room?

Probably the kitchen. My husband and I redid it with blue cabinetry and white countertops.

You’re from Japan. What brought you to Kansas City?

My dad got a job here when I was 12. My family moved back to Japan, but I stayed here. I went to the Kansas City Art Institute. That’s how I met my husband. He’s an elementary school art teacher.

Did you design anything for your 3-year-old daughter Leela’s room?

A pink banner with her name on it and printed artwork.

What’s your next house project?

Finding a new house on the Kansas side. We want a place where my husband can play the guitar, where Leela can play and I can have a bigger studio.

Anything new you’d like to design in that bigger studio?

Furniture for personal use. Lamps for customers with laser cutting and maybe combining with fabric with my designs on it. There are a whole lot of possibilities to make something unique and fun.

What: A craft fair with 23 local artists and designers including Decoylab

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23

Where: Parking lot at 304 Westport Road

Details: Bon Bon Atelier, 816-756-0855, or RicRacRoundup.com

| Stacy Downs, sdowns@kcstar.com

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ric Rac on Fox 4!

Some Ric Rac Roundup love on Fox 4 news!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

In one month from today!

We are so excited because in just one month from today it will be the Ric Rac Roundup. Huzzah! 23 of our favorite crafters will be together for your shopping pleasure. And we are excited to announce that from 9-1 Eliza Jane Photography will be shooting photobooth pics. Also, we will have All Ears Mobile DJ keeping the party going all day long with his great music.

Be sure to keep track of everything Ric Rac Roundup at our new website.

Mark your calendars, call your friends, save your money and don't forget the sunscreen. We will see you in a month!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Prize Winner!

Since John, Kristen, Chelsea and Lindsay all left such lovely comments, I think they should all get prizes! Just email me at betsy@bonbonatelier.com and I'll get you all set up!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ric Rac giveaway!

We are only a little a month away from the Ric Rac Roundup and we are super happy to announce a brand-new official Ric Rac Roundup website! Check it out for pics from last years' show as well as links to all the vendors participating this summer.

We will still be posting here on the blog though, so never fear. I think today however we should have a giveaway. Leave a comment saying what your favorite thing was at last year's fair (or what you are most looking forward to this summer) and you will be entered to win a prize!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ric Rac Roundup 2011

Here, with much fanfare (I only wish I could have some trumpets trumpeting) are the 2011 Ric Rac Roundup vendors!
Folded Pigs
Tara Tonsor
Owl and Mouse Textiles
Judy Boyer-Finnegan
Casa Bean Designs
Early Jewelry
Lauren Hunt
Lindsay Laricks
Craftboy Workshop
Dirty Laundry
By Mindy/Dandy Andies
Alissa Ross
Two Tone Press
Sara Cramer & Katie Danner
Sandi Devenny
Liz Connor
Stephanie Garrison
Betsy Lemon
Oddly Correct

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ric Rac App

The application deadline for Ric Rac Roundup is right around the corner (next week!) So let me know if you need one! Or if you have them already don't forget to send them in..

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Save the Date!

We've set a date for summer Ric Rac, this year it will be on July 23. I will have applications ready next week, so let me know if you want one. Email info@bonbonatelier.com