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Local fabric designer pens book on unconventional creativity

As artist and author, Carrie Bloomston, flipped through the 127 colorful pages of her first book, “The Little Spark-30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity,” she couldn’t help but smile at the product of her journey.

Carrie Bloomston

Carrie Bloomston

“I could have written this very fluffy light book about creativity, but it wouldn’t have solved the problem. It wouldn’t have spoken to people in the way that I wanted [it] to, which is to be creative is much more than how to make pretty things. In fact, it’s nothing to do with that at all. It’s much more about how to dig far enough into yourself to have the courage to go find your creativity and then to listen to your heart and follow that,” Bloomston said, with the enthusiasm of an inspirational coach.

Bloomston is also a local fabric designer, artist behind her website and blog such-designs.com and mother of two children.

“I was sort of over supported as a child, which is such a rare treat and a luxury now that I’m grown up and have children.I kind of feel like…what this book is giving people is the supportive parent they might not have had,” Bloomston said.

“The Little Spark-30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity,” is an interactive roadmap not just for the artistically gifted, but everyone else struggling to find the creativity they had as a child.

“I’m trying to let them know they’re enough right now. That they can, they just have to start,” Bloomston said. “That fear and doubt and the inner critic and all these voices that we have inside of us that are kind of pulling us away from our dreams, those are normal and they’re something that we can work our way around and I give techniques for that.”

The Little SparkBloomston has been an artist her whole life. If anything this book, dedicated to her kindergarten art teacher, is a full circle of Bloomston’s experiences and wisdom she has picked up along the way.

“First of all I think that any joy and love and sparkle in my heart and that I reflect is really a reflection of all the beauty and love and creativity around me. I mean I see myself as a mirror,” Bloomston said. “If anything I’m doing in this book, I’m just reflecting the light of all the people that I know.”

Art is Bloomston’s passion and medium for interpreting the world around her At age 12, Bloomston sold splatter painting T-shirts on her back porch in her hometown of Birmingham. At 13, Bloomston ventured into large-scale abstract painting. Bloomston even had her first one-woman painting exhibit at 17.

“I was a girl from Alabama and I wanted to be a New York artist. That was my dream,” Bloomston said.

Even though she was resistant at first, Bloomston found herself in Arizona in 1994. Since then the dream of New York died and her creative spark grew. After having a mural business with her husband for 17 years, Bloomston shifted gears five years ago to sewing.

While Bloomston was pregnant with her daughter, she wanted to make her son reusable lunch bags. So she began creating things and then found herself taking sewing classes. Every class people would tell Bloomston that she should sell patterns of her creations. At the time Bloomston didn’t know what they meant, but she eventually listened. After her brand grew from doing trade shows, publishers began approaching Bloomston to write a sewing book, but Bloomston realized she couldn’t do that.

“So I went through this process, and I realized I can’t teach people to sew, even though that’s what everyone wants me to do. But what I can teach people is about art and creativity and color and the things I’m passionate about,” Bloomston said

For five months, Bloomston found herself in places like her tree fort writing a book about something everybody loses at some point in time, and helping them gain it back.

For Changing Hands Bookstore, it made perfect sense to sell Bloomston’s book, being that she is a local author appealing to a wide audience and giving back to her community.

“I’m familiar with her blog and all of her writing and I even think it’s just going to be a really good book on the topic,” co-owner of Changing Hands bookstore Cindy Dach said.

Changing Hands Bookstore’s Phoenix location is even having a meet and greet with Bloomston on Dec. 2at 7p.m., where Bloomston will present, read and sign her book.

“I mean who are you? What do you want? When you stop asking that question, that’s when the trouble begins. That’s when you’ve stopped kind of being a kid when you’ve forgotten to ask that basic question: what do I want?” Bloomston said.

Taking It To The Streets On Food Truck Friday

The Phoenix public market and Food Truck Friday stimulate the community and economy.

Each Friday on Central and Fillmore, students, seniors and dressed-down businessmen and women mingle and munch at an event that not only satiates the appetite, but stimulates the economy, too — the Friday Food Truck event at the Phoenix Public Market.

In 2010, the Phoenix Street Food Coalition joined forces with the Phoenix Public Market to create the first Food Truck Friday event, which launched that November with five trucks. Since then, the event has had to adapt to the growing number of patrons.

Brad Moore, owner of Short Leash Hotdogs and founder of the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, says the number of food trucks has doubled, increasing from five to 11.

“(Food Truck Friday) has been instrumental in helping food truck owners grow their business, and I think its helped to contribute to the overall awareness and success of the Phoenix Public Market,” Moore says.

The Phoenix Public Market recently added a covered patio with family-style seating where customers are able to converse and catch some shade. Moore says, on average, about 750 customers attend each Friday; and it’s quite the diverse group, too.

“We’ve seen everything from stay-at-home moms and those in the workforce, to senior citizens taking field trips to the Market, ASU classes reserving tables and civic groups,” says Cindy Gentry, executive director of Community Food Connections. “We’ve seen quite the range of people.”

Gentry, Moore and Cindy Dach, director of Roosevelt Row, all agree that the weekly Food Truck Friday event helps strengthen the sense of community within downtown area.

“It has a significant impact,” Dach says. “The success of Phoenix relies on the experience. People want to walk and bike and see a familiar face. The Market is a catalyst for that community impact.”

Because of the growing success and popularity of the event, the Market has added Wheel Food Wednesday to its events calendar, which features about nine food trucks. They have also extended the time of Food Truck Friday an extra half hour. They’re even planning to expand the venue’s space — into the street.

“Because the event is growing and more people are attending,” Gentry says, “the next frontier is to close off the street.”

For more information about the Phoenix Public Market and its weekly events, including Food Truck Friday and Open Air Saturday, visit foodconnect.org.

Galeria de los Muertos

The Spirit Of Art Is Surely Alive At Galeria De Los Muertos

The Spirit Of Art Is Surely Alive At Galeria De Los Muertos

If you’re not a fan of First Fridays crowd, Roosevelt Row is hosting virtually the same event, except it’s on the third Friday of each month. Don’t worry about your favorite local artist not being there; if an artist is on the roster for First Friday, they must attend Third Friday as well.

Cindy Dach, executive director of Roosevelt Row, CDC, explains that “Third Friday is less about the crowds and the people watching; it’s focused on the art in the galleries — meeting the artist, celebrating an opening reception … where as First Friday is an arts walk, and it’s as much about the art in the spaces as it is the art on the street — the crowd, the performances, etc.”

“Roosevelt Row’s goal is to become a destination more than one night a month,” Dach says.

However, she says the “attendees are resistant” to transition into nights outside of First Friday because most attendees enjoy attending more crowded events.

“The community needs to be part of the process and not just wait for the end result,” she says. “It’s a transformation that will happen in partnership with the galleries, businesses, restaurants and the community at large.”

Galeria de los Muertos: One-Year Anniversary

Galeria de los Muertos

At October’s Third Friday extravaganza, there will be a special event celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Galeria de los Muertos. The gallery combines traditional Mexican macabre art with rowdy events, and its birthday party will prove no different.

The infamous Dr. Reverend Stephen Strange, leader of the Strange Family Circus, will be hosting the event. It also happens to be the opening of the gallery’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit and the debut American exhibition of award-winning Italian artist Natascia Raffio.

Strange has been a major part of the Phoenix art community for years, and as the ringleader of The Strange Family Circus, his blend of freak and funk is what ultimately lead to his hosting of Galeria’s first anniversary.

The Stange Family Circus — or as an audience member dubbed “Penn and Teller meets Jackass meets Cabaret” — will also be performing their sideshow act, reminiscent of early 20th century circus road shows.

Galeria de los Muertos

Other events include a fashion show by local Phoenix designers, such as MissConstrued, Modified Minds and El Vaquero Muerto, an art raffle benefiting the Brenda Casten Leukemia fund and a fire dance by Burden Blossom, which will complement Romantasy Cabaret’s sensual burlesque act.

Photographer Tommy Pemberton, who will be running a photo booth, is delighted to be part of the celebration because the gallery has held his attention from the moment he walked in.

Catering will be provided by the Tamale Store and Mama Toledo’s pies, for a night of food, fun and funk.


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If You Go: Galeria de los Muertos

905 N. 5th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(818) 802-2002



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The Row also has live music nearly every night at places such as Lost Leaf, Carly’s, Turf, Revolver, Modified Arts, etc.

For more info on Roosevelt Row and a calendar of upcoming events, visit their website.