Fort Worth Opera + Blue Eye Brown Eye

This Spring, the Fort Worth Opera sponsored both Funky Finds Spring Fling events by donating the swag bags we gave out in conjunction with the charitable raffle. The bags were large red reusable shopping totes featuring the Fort Worth Opera logo on one side & Funky Finds on the other side. They were a big hit with attendees & perfect for carrying lots of funky finds! Earlier this month, my Mom and I attended FW Opera's production of Lysistrata, Mark Adamo’s contemporary opera buffa production of the ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes. It was wonderful!!!

While there, we had the pleasure of meeting Holland Sanders, the Marketing Communications Manager that facilitated our partnership. She gave me a lovely gift, a hand-crafted notebook (pictured - click photo for larger view) created by Fort Worth based artisan Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye. The FW Opera is now partnering with local artisans to create unique hand-crafted gifts for subscribers. It's so exciting to have organizations such as the FW Opera working closely with independent artisans! I asked Lauren what this opportunity has meant to her.  

"The Fort Worth Opera opportunity has been a great experience. It's been my experience in the past the quantities of this magnitude can be very tedious (I'm actually still working to complete 2,000, I'm at about 1,200 now) - but are worth it. I value anyone that has the appreciation for handmade, one of a kind items, and the Fort Worth Opera has been an amazing champion for local artisans. This new initiative for the gift is a great opportunity for local artists to share their work with a demographic and group of people that otherwise would never know about your work." (pictured: Grey and Yellow Vintage Inspired Typography Letterpress Suite)

Lauren is a letterpress printer, calligrapher, designer, and vintage collector. Her letterpress invitations & calligraphy work are amazing! In addition to offering letterpress and hand-stitched cards, Lauren also teaches letterpress classes. For updates & more info, follow Blue Eye Brown Eye on Facebook. SPECIAL OFFER: Receive a 15% discount on any order from Blue Eye Brown Eye with coupon code FUNKYDEAL.


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