LBo Craft

Art + Design of Lindsay Bolin Lowery

LBo Craft is the culmination of a love for drawing, painting, photographing, documenting and working with my hands to craft handmade things that celebrate hometown pride, nostalgia, and nature. Shop LBo Craft here.

Art Market & Buying handmade

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The time has come again.

I will hunker down in the studio trying to get ahead of all that MICA's Art Market entails–
• crafting
• tagging
• drinking lots of mochas.

I encourage people to buy handmade

as much as possible because you are really giving something more to the ones you love. You are giving something usually one of a kind (or close to it) that strikes a chord. Perhaps a reference to a favorite tv show, a memory of an old tradition, something snuggly, or something you both can totally relate to. 

Made with care

When I'm making things, I am usually blaring some Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Stevie Nicks, or Cher. Or sometimes its a Christmas movie projected on the wall, like Bill Murray's Scrooged or Jim Carry in the Grinch.  I am trying to figure out why my screen-printing ink is too thin and where that one tube of watercolor I need is. In my studio, I am surrounded by the art of my friends, family photos, and books I'll get around to looking at someday. 

All of this adds up to the sum of the piece. For me, making is about LOVE, DISCIPLINE, + CURIOSITY.

Since I was a kid discovering how many things you could make with Aleene's Tacky Glue (still the best product ever), through training at art school, and then real training in the working world, the joy has always been in taking separate ingredients and concocting them into something that wasn't their before. Its like baking a dessert without the calories! When you buy handmade, you buy all the richness that is the joy and trouble-shooting and appreciation that goes into it.

You can learn more about Art Market here and check out some of my favorite sources for unique gifts:

ETSY | Lowery's Produce | Island Furniture | Country Petaller | Holiday Heap | AVAM Gift Shop | ARTFARM | HERE a pop-up | Old Stevensville + Annapolis Arts Districts | Maryland Ave in Annapolis

 

Time to brush this thing off...

I put this blog section to rest a while ago after not feeling like I was able to post frequently, but there are times I'd like to share writings and thoughts and this really is the place to do it. No expectations, just a place to be open.

First, I'd like to share my latest blog post on Visit Annapolis, a visual journalism piece on Nitro Circus. Enjoy and check back for more ramblings!

The Circus is in Town!

The circus is in town! The circus is in town! Nitro Circus that is, where the acrobats and clowns are flying through the air on bikes, motorbikes, and other vehicles that were definitely never meant for flight. Fueled by engines, physics, and just plain crazy, these stunts are performed by the greatest daredevil athletes in the world – and they’re coming to Annapolis this month. Add some pyrotechnics and one hometown hero, and we’ve got ourselves a show!

Travis Pastrana is an Annapolis native with five X Games gold medals, five golds from the Gravity Games, and is notable for (among many things) being the first person in the world to land a double backflip on a motorcycle during the X Games’ Best Trick contest. Oh, he also just smashed the world record for the Mt. Washington Hillclimb in the middle of July.

Pastrana’s expertise includes winning anything that has “X”, “cross”, “moto”, or the name of an energy drink in its title, but that’s not all. He also has a big heart and uses his well-deserved notoriety to help out organizations such as Make a Wish FoundationRoad2Recovery Foundation, and Race4Change to name a few. In a visit to Naptown earlier this summer, Travis and the Nitro Circus crew were very generous to the community. They talked to kids about safety, performed stunt demonstrations (even jumping a bike over the Mayor!), and visited with the locals at Dinner Under the Stars to support Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County as well as the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Scholarship Trust. In his week-long homecoming visit, we couldn’t get enough of this guy!

Clearly Travis and all the athletes of Nitro Circus never heeded the “don’t try this at home kids” warning, and they have one amazing world-famous event to show for it. Nitro Circus tickets are available at NitroCircus.com. When I say it’s fun for the whole family, I’m not kidding. I’m bringing my whole circus: mom and dad, husband, younger brother and sister, and even Grandma!

Check it out Sunday July 23 at Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium.

Illustrations ©Lindsay Bolin Lowery, Drawn from Reference Photos ©Nitro Circus

BLUE MOON's 20 Artists 20 Labels Series is OUT!!

That's right folks, you can buy some art & some artfully crafted Blue Moon at the same time! July 1 marked the launch of the Artist Series, and my first sighting of my label was at the Moonlit Gallery kick off in NYC hosted by Keith Villa, the founder and Head Brewmaster of Blue Moon. Needless to say, SUCH A COOL NIGHT!! Freda Scott did an AMAZING job displaying the work, which was incredible to see in person. She and Keith were SO NICE and I had a chance to meet some of the other amazingly talented artists!

VOTE NOW on Blue Moon's Facebook page HERE!!

CHEERS!

©Blue Moon Brewing, Co. 2015 Artist Series

©Blue Moon Brewing, Co. 2015 Artist Series


Thawing Out

Spring is almost here! 

This winter has been frigid and busy, and while I'm still trying to make a dent in the things I thought I would have so much time for (yeah right), there's been quite a few things I'm proud to share.

I am SO THRILLED to announce my artwork will be 1 of 20 pieces chosen from artists across the country to grace the label of THE AMAZING BLUE MOON to celebrate 20 Years of artfully crafted beer! I am incredibly honored and can not wait to share the piece with you, stay tuned this summer for the release and follow me on social media to help vote my label as number one!  @linds_lbocraft @BlueMoonBrewCo  #BlueMoon20Years 

At Art at Large, Inc., where I am right hand to the most incredible illustrator & business woman I know, Sally Wern Comport, our studio has been located in the Annapolis Arts District since before its designation. Its been a bit sleepy to start, but as of the past few months, with neighbors such as ArtFarm Annapolis, Charles Lawrance, Compass Rose Theater, and Metropolitan Kitchen, stuff is going down! We put together a float for Naptown's rapidly growing St. Patty's Day and it was ridiculous. Gavin of Metropolitan was "St Patrick" driving the "snakes" (kids) out of Ireland into the water, aka City Dock. ArtFarm graciously offered up their studio space for the painting of snake-filled murals to run the sides of one badass truck. Kiddos showed up to help and it was everything you want art and community to be.

Check out pics below, credit to Glenn A. Miller for the last two shots for Eye On Annapolis.


I also headed to Baltimore Print Studios to letterpress our newly printed Art at Large business cards! Kyle & Kim are amazing and their workshops are so much fun, check out their studio on North Ave in the Station North Arts District of Baltimore.

AND we had a wonderful launch of Sally's latest children's picture book Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King's Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told By His Niece) by Dr. Angela Farris Watkins and published by Simon & Schuster. 

Art at Large, ArtFarm, Compass Rose Theater, KARMusic, the Zen House and my lovely husband and his mom all came together to make this event truly spectacular. Check out some photos from the night!


As for my pencil in hand, I'm getting back to my roots of drawing and journaling to reflect and build on thoughts and experiences from prior sketchbooks. Really getting diligent about drawing as much as possible.

I'm so excited to be back with the lovely ladies of HERE. a pop-up shop, Ellen & Amy for their Art Meets Style Encore at Maryland Hall this week!

Here are a few new pieces I'm debuting!

Hopefully lots more warm spring sketching to come!

New gig for 2015

2015 has brought about a resurgence of drawing for me. I have been given the wonderful opportunity to be a voice in my community as a designated Arts District blogger for VisitAnnapolis.org! (The official site of the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau.) 

My first topic of inspiration came from a show I attended at Rams Head that I knew was going to be awesome. I took my sketchbook, a now half-full Shinola from Art Things, and a few pencils, and did not stop drawing the entire time.  

There’s something about drawing that makes you enjoy an experience on a different level. You never have those zone out moments; you hear the music better, you see the performers, the crowd, the objects in the room. You’re trying to get it all down at once and have it make sense and look interesting.  

I took a class at MICA with Warren Linn called Visual Journalism, and it is probably one of the most formative experiences I had as a student.  When I’m drawing from a live show, lessons I learned seven(?!) years ago continue to have new layers of meaning. One of my favorite Warren-isms was “If you’re bored, you’re boring”.  I think this was actually passed down from one of his instructors because he even said it sounded a little harsh, but its so true. To draw or paint anything with the notion that you’re obligated to is so bogus, and the quickest way to get yourself into your own very un-fun box.

I took my drawings, scanned, printed, and went over top in watercolor.  

Check out my post here!

 

When you #ShopSmall...

When you place your dollar into the hands of a small business owner, you are looking into the eyes of the person whose existence revolves around making you, their customer, happy.

Before falling asleep, their nights consist of a to-do list and second guesses.

Each time you shop small, you help to quiet their self-doubt for a moment, and their thanks is genuine.

No one has laid their roadmap but lots of mistakes have led the way. 

Your dollar is going towards making the next 24 hour business day better– with some equipment or tool or opportunity they might not have accessed before.

A maker is a gambler who will take that dollar over and over again and bet it on the racehorse that is them self. Even when chips are down they can not shake the nagging thought that they can make it work so they reinvest that dollar in them self, their craft.

A maker is proud to show you and deeply shamed when its not right. They will fret over every detail, curse their hands for faltering, even though the perfection lies within the imperfection of it all. 

You are choosing to honor the virtue of hard work and craftsmanship over bottom line and convenience.

You are embracing the charm of good old American-made, home grown, hard work and determination.

You are getting so much more than what you bargained for.

#ShopSmall #BuyHandmade #local

© Lindsay Bolin Lowery, LBo Craft. 2017