While the rest of the world is obsessing over the BIG game, I’m here to give you more insight into the Superbowl of the crafting industry: The CHA Mega Show. CHA stands for Crafting and Hobby Association. It’s an association dedicated to promoting creative expression, and the trade show brings together, educators, retailers, buyers, and crafting professionals from all over the globe.
Kathy Cano-Murillo is a crafting professional, she started out as a journalist for the Arizona Republic, and wrote a craft column for them. She is one of the founders of the Phoenix Fridas (A Latina Art Collective inspired by Frida Kahlo) , and the Arizona Craft Rave (a one day non-stop crafting event, held in Arizona). Kathy is also the author of “Waking up in the Land of Glitter”, and Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing.”
At the CHA Mega Show I found Kathy at the iLoveToCreate booth demonstrating the latest Tulip fabric markers. The markers work on most fabrics, and wood. Besides having a lot more control when you are designing on T-shirts, tote bags, or other items, there are different techniques you can use with these markers. If you brush water onto your fabric first, you can create a water color effect. You can also draw on the fabric first and then take a paint brush dipped into a little bit of water and smudge the design. Without using water, while the color is still damp, more than one color of marker can be used to create a shading effect.
These were really fun to play with and try out. The markers are available in many different styles, extra fine, bullet tip, brush tips, chisel-tipped, and wide angled.
Kathy also had a display in the “Designers in Action” section of the show. It is an area where designers pay to showcase their work in the hopes of obtaining new deals or contracts with other companies. Here are some photos of Kathy’s other work. What attracts me to “The Crafty Chica” is you can always tell it’s her style. Her artwork is very colorful and unique! I mean, who else thinks about blinging out an old school telephone??!! I’ve also had the pleasure of seeing her blinged out sewing machine, and it’s incredible!!!
Kathy Cano-Murillo is an exuberant woman, who believes in spreading positivity through crafting. Her motto is: Peace, Love, and Glitter.