Nov 12

Take a Test Drive

Interested in a membership at the Design Annex?

To best meet the varying schedules of prospective members and to get to know you better, our appointments for tours and introduction meetings are now one-on-one with appointments at a time that works best for you.   And to give you a real free for the place, stick around for a test drive.  Bring your current project to work in our space for the morning or afternoon. Settle in to the comfy chairs, see how fast the wifi really is, have a little chat with our current members to see how lovely they are.

Shoot us an email to schedule your visit: info@dannex.org

Jul 12

Uncover What’s Next for the Creative Economy

CreativeNEXT is a series of 21 state-wide events held by the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council, an advisory Council to the Legislature and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and a variety of local partners.  The MA Creative Economy Council is tasked to develop a statewide strategy for the enhancement, encouragement, and growth of the creative economy in Massachusetts. Working with the Creative Economy Industry Director this listening tour will help to guide the future priorities of the Council.

The greater Boston event, co-hosted by the Artisan’s Asylum and Union Square Main Streets, will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 7 to 9 pm at the Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville. Join colleagues in a discussion on furthering the visionary growth of your business and other creative industries across the state.

Who should attend?

Businesses, Organizations, and Individuals working in:

  • Marketing: Advertising and marketing agencies and professionals
  • Architecture: Architecture firms and architects
  • Visual Arts + Craft: Museums, galleries, theatres and curators, artists, + artisans
  • Design: Industrial, interior, graphic, web, fashion firms and designers
  • Film + Media: Film, TV, animation, and radio businesses and talent
  • Video Game: Companies, programmers, and individuals producing games
  • Music + Performance: Venues, producers, and performers
  • Publishing: Content creation, editors, writers and distributors

What’s on the agenda?

You are! We want to hear from you, about you, as we explore future opportunities for like-minded businesses within the creative landscape. Through a round table discussion we hope to gain valuable insights concerning the growth and sustainability of your business within the state of Massachusetts.

For more information and to register your space.


Dec 11

Somerville Design Profile: Emma Weisman & Emily Garfield

For the Design Annex by Diana Limbach Lempel

This Saturday, December 3, 2011, Union Square Main Streets hosts a Winter Craft Market on Union Square plaza and inside Precinct. It’s a great opportunity to check off some holiday gifts, shop local, and see what some amazing Somerville artists and crafters are up to! For a sneak peek, here is a special installment of our creative business profile series, featuring a couple of awesome Somervillians whose work will be on display this Saturday. We’re excited today to share the first craft visual artists in the series. Meet Emma Weisman and Emily Garfield! We especially love Weisman’s Little Monster character (as much as she does!), and Garfield’s detailed imaginary maps.

Emma Weisman

DA: Why is Somerville the right place for your business?

EW: Somerville is a great place for my business because there is so much support for local artists. I’ve participated in Somerville Open Studios for four years in a row, and love the strong sense of community. There are so many creative people in Somerville, and it is very inspiring! It makes me work harder to put myself out there, to show and sell my work, and to meet other artists.

DA:What is the hottest thing about your business right now?

EW: The hottest thing about my business right now is my Little Monster character. I’ve been focusing on children’s illustration for the last two years, and slowly Little Monster has emerged as a funny, scruffy, darling little creature. I feature him in “Little Monster Guides” – - framable instructional comics that are sweet gifts for a child. Little Monster’s Guide to the Perfect S’More is my favorite.

DA: What do you hope your business will be known for in the future?

EW: I would love to continue with Little Monster, eventually writing some full length children’s books about him. Eventually, I would like my business to be a pleasant mix of illustrating children’s books and doing illustration commissions for children and adults alike.

DA: Are there any other projects you’d like to share with us?

EW: My favorite project I’ve been working on recently is Little Monster Customized Alphabets. The customer gives me favorite, personalized words for each letter of the alphabet (S is for Somerville, A is for Art, etc) and I make an 11×14 illustration in which Little Monster is depicting each word. These make great unique baby shower gifts!


Emily Garfield

DA: What makes Somerville the right place for your business?

EG: I’m originally from New York City, and while it would seem to make sense to move back there to be an artist, I’ve found a lot more opportunities here. The things I do are generally considered craft, and there’s a lot of interest in that here. I’ve also found it easy to get involved and meet artists, and that leads to a lot of opportunities that I probably wouldn’t find in a more competitive art environment.

DA: What is the hottest or newest thing at your business right now, the piece or project you’re most excited about?

EG: I’m always coming up with new things, so the very newest things haven’t yet had enough time to get a response! So far people have been excited about my new map-design holiday cards — besides craft fairs, I’m also selling them at Blue Cloud Gallery in Ball Square and 13Forest Gallery in Arlington. I also continue to experiment with my singed flower designs, and recently completed a few large necklaces that have attracted some attention.

DA: What do you hope that your business will be known for in the future?

EG: Although I also do jewelry and other crafts, I think the map drawings are the most unique and interesting project I’m currently working on, and there are still a lot of ways I could go with the idea.

DA: Are there any other favorite projects that you would like to tell readers about?

EG: In terms of maps, I think that the woodblock prints are my most recent project, but I’m particularly interested in the large maps I’ve been working on lately. They’re the same level of detail as my usual ones but about four times the size.


Nov 11

Holiday Office Party for those Without an Office (or a Party)

What do all the freelancers, home office folks, and super small businesses do for the holidays? Chances are, with no co-workers to party with, there’s little holiday cheer for you. Don’t just dress up your dog, come party with us!

If you’re in an office of 1 or 2, or if you have no formal office at all, come to this lunch-time gathering to celebrate the end of the year with other area small business owners. This event is open to tiny office and office- less workers from all neighborhoods. Pass the word!

Event is Friday, December 16, 2011 starting at 1 pm in Union Square, Somerville.

Complete cost for lunch is $15.  Register before 12/15 to attend.

Bring along a Secret Santa gift to exchange (valued at $5 or less) that represents your business to network and spread holiday cheer at the same time. Could be a mug or a keychain with your logo. Or if you’re a graphic designer, maybe bring greeting cards with an image you created. If you’re a carpenter, maybe bring a hammer. Be creative!

The event location is in Union Square, Somerville. Restaurant details will be sent to all those registered before the event.


Nov 11

Webinars for Creative Professionals

The Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston is sponsoring a whole array of webinars for creative professionals.   The workshops cover everything from personal finance to making the most of google apps, from building an audience to understanding sales tax for your artwork.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston