Handmade Market on Saturday

On Saturday I’ll be popping up at my only October event. Handmade Chicago is kicking off its Fall season at the Empty Bottle, from noon to  4 p.m. on October 14. The event features 30 artists. I’ve never been at the Empty Bottle, located at 1035 N Western Avenue in Chicago, but I hear good things about it and its neighbor, the Bite Cafe. 

Handmade Market Chicago is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate the unique and handmade. Each event is held on the second Saturday of every month, from the months of October to April from noon to 4. The Empty Bottle starts serving at noon, so feel free to shop with mimosas in hand.

The event is free to the public, but due to the venue you must be over 21 unless you have a parent with you. Artists will offer funky jewelry, knitted items, clothing, baked goods, handbags, paper crafts, skincare and more. You can park on the street or use the #49 Western bus.

Artisans include:

Halloween Stake-Out

Fall is trying to make its entrance and it’s been getting spooky in the studio.

I reviewed the pieces I have on hand from last year, and was inspired to make more.

With my plant stakes having such a positive response I decided to try a batty design as well.

I pulled a generic bat shape from google, designed by Rubberboots and Elf Shoes and placed a printout on my Now That’s A Jig! as a guideline.

Then I started wrapping wire around the lines, mostly in freeform. Soon I added the paper.

The result makes me happy.

 

I also had my book setup on the other jig, and decided to use my halloween stamps to make magic spell books.

Of course my witches only cast good spells, we’re all about spreading kindness and making the world a better place.

It is time consuming to attach the individual pages, but the result is worth it.

I’m playing with various colors and ‘contents.’

My skull pendants tend to ‘disappear’ each season so I made a few of those as well.

Sacred Art has parts of my Halloween Collection in stock now. When I head for my next haircut ChromaK8 will get some pendants as well.

I also dropped off some items at the Evanston Pop Up Gallery.

You can peruse the newest Halloween Creations at the Handmade Market on Saturday. I am looking forward to that new-to-me event at the Empty Bottle from noon to 4 pm on October 14.

I’ll bring the Calcite stakes I made out of a shattered gemstone.

I am also making skull bead pendants, and this red one was snapped up right away.

I hope the Halloween revelers enjoy these new pieces, and look forward to watching the parade of trick or treaters go by.

Do you have a costume in mind yet?

Another fun Ravenswood ArtWalk Weekend

In mid-September I pulled out the checklist and started gathering my art booth supplies for the weekend.

This year my booth for the Ravenswood ArtWalk was in the Hayes Properties Atrium. This was a new venue to me, but a few veterans directed me in where to set up my booth.

Soon we all had determined the layout and the empty thoroughfare became an indoor art fair.

Our venue was just outside of the main artwalk.

A flag soon pointed people in the right direction.

Every year it is a different setup with new additions to be added to the configuration, like my stakes this year.

The venue was filled with lovely art. The atrium light was cast a wonderful glow.

We started getting a steady flow of artwalkers and creations started walking away to new homes.

A few of my friends stopped by and snapped some photos of me in action.

Here a scribble ball will be repurposed into a jewelry creation. I love it when my customers tell me what they plan to do with my creations.

My batty pieces caught a few eyes, but the summery weather kept people from planning for Halloween. Most of these pieces are now at Sacred Art in Lincoln Square.

The Hayes Building has a lot of vintage neon signs that illuminate the hallway.

There is also a lovely replica of a Frank Lloyd Wright Garden Sprite.

Soon it was time to close the building and put the booth to sleep.

The chandelier in the Hayes Building casts lovely shadows.

There was a lovely art installation by Dana Parisi around the corner by the ArtWalk.

The next morning I passed this lovely reminder by the Swedish American Museum.

The organizers had replenished the booklets by our venue.

We uncovered our booths and geared up for another day of interacting with art walkers.

It was nice to touch base with vendors from last year and get to know new artists who were setting up their booths for the first time ever.

Although Halloween was ‘too soon,’ angels had no trouble flying off for Holiday gifts.

Musical pieces always find owners.

And Christmas Carol angels have a steady adoption rate too.

Soon it was time to load up the car.

Laura Matzen demonstrated how we all felt after two days of vending and tearing down our booths.

The drive home went quickly, with fun dashboard company.

I capped the evening with a lovely meal by the Lucky Platter, as always.

When I got home, I had my first Square review.

I unloaded the car and repurposed the suit case for my Houston trip.

I am looking forward to the holiday season. Things are looking up thanks to your support!

My next fair is the Handmade Market on October 14. Hope to see you then!

Scarfpin Collection at Evanston Stitchworks

Since my foray onto sewing I have been eager to incorporate fabric into my wax and wire designs too. The Ladybugs with fabric scraps are holding up well. Then a few weeks ago while popping by Evanston Sticthworks Amalia asked me about making scarf pins. I had already designed a safety pin for a friend, which was well-received.

I sat down with that design and made a prototype for Amalia to test.

Then the pin-top got dremeled and filed a bit to ensure no one pokes themselves.

We both like the result.

I was given a lovely array of fabrics to experiment with.

Last week I sat down and created a bunch of clasp-y designs.

I freewheeled with Brenda’s Now That’s a Jig! pegs, not anchoring them to her jig but just wrapping shapes by hand.

Then I added the fabrics that wanted to be paired with the shapes.

Each type of fabric has its own reaction to heat and wax, but on the whole the designs worked.

I delivered 7 pins to Stitchworks on Tuesday, and a customer already called dibs on two!

We arranged them on a lovely hand-knit sweater.

The prototype goes beautifully with Amalia’s hand-knit scarf.

I also prototyped some stitch markers and got feedback on which ones Amalia thinks are most useful for her purposes, so I have some homework to do!

Exacto knives don’t work well with warmed waxed fabric, so I got some special scissors to use on the next designs.

There is a plethora of other fabrics to make pins out of, and lots of different wire designs to experiment with!

Evanston Stitchworks offers a wide array of artisan designed fabrics, great sewing patterns, hand-dyed yarns and all the knitting supplies you need with those.

The store is located at 906 Sherman Avenue in Evanston and offers a variety of excellent workshops as well.

Can you pick a favorite out of these lovely fabrics?

They’re all so lovely in their own way, even if I say so myself.

I’m excited to add more to this collection, and figure out the stitch marker assignment too!

Shop Local!

I’m off to assist family with a post-Harvey move in Houston, but you can still shop my pieces in various Chicagoland places.

I brought my magick spell book stakes over to Sacred Art, along with some bats to keep them company. An orange ladybug also decided to stow away in the batch.

Owner Kate also picked out some Halloween themed pendants you can peruse at her lovely gift shop. Sacred Art is located in Lincoln Square at 4619 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.

I also dropped off some Halloweeny pieces at the Evanston Pop Up Gallery Evanston Pop up Gallery, 1627 Sherman Ave, Evanston.

This lovely gift store in downtown Evanston continues to attract local artisans and keeps surprising me with new inventory.

The Hip Circle Empowerment Center continues to carry my pieces as well, along with other women-owned merchandise.

ChromaK8, where I get my hair done also has a few pieces, and will be carrying more of my skulls when I go back in for a haircut.

I’ll be coordinating a trunk show with ReVive Consignment, 606 W Pratt Blvd, Chicago soon. I picked up some bargain tops there recently and will need to peruse the fall collection soon.

Lena Rose Natural Beauty, 4668 N. Manor Avenue, Chicago has a few of my bangles in its store.

I also just delivered something special to Evanston Stitchworks, so stay tuned on that!

Meanwhile, I love knowing that these have already made their home elsewhere in the world.

Girls Nite Out fun

Elmhurst is gorgeous in the Fall, and September 13 was a lovely day to visit.

After visiting the Art Museum, it was time to unload the car.

It had been a while since my last show so I was glad to have a checklist that a friend laminated for me during a crafty gathering.

Our room was set up for numerous vendors.

The stakes added a new dimension to my table, so I was glad to have the time to figure out my table configuration.

It was fun to debut the Halloween collection for the Fall season.

Soon other vendors were set up as well.

I took a quick stroll around the building.

I was conveniently located next to the Tannins booth.

Having the wine flowing nearby made for wonderful traffic flow.

There were numerous wellness vendors, fashion pop-ups, and home decor items.

I was given a refill of the lovely rose Tannins poured that evening.

We’ll have to look for this label on the north shore.

A few of my pieces fluttered away.

The evening flew by, and it was lovely to chat with vendors and visitors.

Thank you to RGL Marketing for the Arts for putting this on!

I’ll be back at the Mansion for the 7th Annual Wilder Mansion Holiday Market November 3 and 4.

We might swing from the chandeliers!

 

Elmhurst Art Museum

Last week I visited the Elmhurst Art Museum, which has two lovely exhibits up.

The cartoon-like works of the Forced Field exhibit by Hebru Brantley seem cheerful at first, but have an underlying message that is more serious. Hebru’s Flyboy is a recurrent theme, based on the Tuskegee Airmen from World War II.

The collection is a vibrant array of 2-d and 3-d art, and the power of repetition is clearly illustrated in both his painted and sculptural works. His Lil Mama character is also featured in the exhibit.

In the exhibit notes, the works showcased at the Museum also allude to the way communities keep each other in check, not wanting a person to break out of the mold. It is interesting to consider that we want our younger generations to excel, yet if they get too adventurous those around them will over-protect and try to reel them back in.

The title “Forced Field” is a reference to South Siders not letting anyone go past a certain point of their neighborhood out of fear and/or ignorance.

The titles add a sinister dimension to the vibrant paintings on display. Some were over my head, but others indicated the state of the nation very clearly.

Not being American I am learning a lot about the history of race relations, yet I suspect that many viewers will be introduced to new ideas through Hebru’s art.

There is a graffiti wall by Hebru in the museum where people can add art and take selfies as Flyboy. I like the accessibility of the art work, even with the subtle messaging behind it. Forced Fields is up through November 26, and is definitely worth a visit.

I also perused Wesley R. Baker’s American Images exhibit, which closes September 22. This striking art work also addresses various political subjects, with artist statements going in depth about the meaning of each piece. Wesley’s love of motorcycles is evident in one half of the room, and I enjoyed his depiction of the freedom he and fellow riders experience while taking road trips.

The painter also illustrates his awareness of historic and political events. One sculpture serves as a stark reminder of slavery’s shackles. 

I learned about Ira Hayes through another sculpture.

His native American themed paintings evoke both the beauty and the struggle of indigenous tribes in America.

I didn’t realize that the museum also owns the McCormick House. Built by Mies van der Rohe, the building is undergoing renovation to its original state after being relocated to the Elmhurst Museum site in 1992. The house was originally built in 1952 for Robert Hall McCormick, Jr. and his wife.

Mies designed the minimalist house as a prototype for a proposed group of smaller, affordable middle-class homes in nearby Melrose Park. Unfortunately,glass, steel and brick on a concrete slab design proved unpopular and the project did not take off. The house has a framework of peripheral columns and ceiling beams, which allowed for an open and adaptable interior with movable wall partitions, now configured as storage spaces.

There are also some large scale sculptures on the museum grounds to interact with. It was a lovely outing prior to the Girls Nite Out event.

Ravenswood ArtWalk this weekend

Fresh off the Girls Nite Out event in Elmhurst, I am busy prepping for the Ravenswood ArtWalk. Ravenswood ArtWalk is celebrating its 16th anniversary, once again bringing hundreds of artists into the community and filling the street with art, music, great food and local craft beer. The 2017 Ravenswood ArtWalk takes place on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 along Ravenswood Avenue between Irving Park and Leland, from 11 AM – 6 PM.

I’ll be setting up in the Hayes Building, located at 4043 N Ravenswood, just down the street from the outdoor portion of the festival (on the east side of the tracks). You can stroll the outdoor market, beer garden, live music, food trucks and children’s activities at Ravenswood Ave and Berteau, and then meander into our building. 

The ArtWalk features more than 300 artists and 50 venues, while placing special focus on the diverse talents of the Ravenswood Corridor. Attractions for this year include a rooftop party at the Airstream building, tours of the All Saints’ bell tower, free group dance lessons, a peak at specimens from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum archives, kids’ building projects from Bit Space and a public installation from local artist Dana Parisi.

All businesses are open from 11-6PM. At the center of the festival is the outdoor RAW Street Fest, which features two stages of live music, artists in tents, Begyle Brewing’s craft beer garden, a food truck roundup and children’s activities.

Participating venues include:

  • Manz Building (Multiple Attractions!)
  • Ballroom Dance Chicago
  • Hayes Properties Marketplace (me and a few other artists!)
  • Thresholds
  • RAW Street Fest
  • Deagan Building (Multiple Venues!)
  • Mathias Spider Schergen’s Garage Gallery
  • Lillstreet Art Center
  • Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church
  • Beyond Design

  • DEFY MFG Co
  • Lucila’s Homemade Alfajores
  • John Roggari Studio
  • CHEX Studio
  • Wellbeing Personalized Healthcare
  • All Saints’ Episcopal Church
  • Bill Bartelt Watercolors
  • Images Gallery Cooperative
  • 4500 Artists

  • Alternative Schools Network (Airstream Building)
  • Blackbird Gallery & Framing
  • Manifold
  • Tam Wim
  • Platform Coworking Pop-Up Market (where I used to have a spot
  • Viva Vintage Clothing
  • a. favorite design
  • Dovetail Brewery
  • Begyle Brewing Co.

It is the ArtWalk’s mission to generate community investment in, and public awareness of, the unique hub of creative industry that exists in Ravenswood. You can share your impressions of the weekend with: #RAW2017 on social media.

The  Ravenswood ArtWalk is easily accessible by Public Transit: CTA Brown Line: Montrose – Irving Park | CTA Bus: Ashland – Damen – Irving Park- Montrose | Divvy | Metra: Ravenswood Station.

As you can see, fair prep includes tagging new pieces, ensuring I have enough necklace cords of varying lengths to go with my pendants, reviewing the art fair instructions and checking off the items I need to bring along!

Girls Nite Out and ArtWalk week

It’s a busy week for me! Tomorrow I head out to Elmhurst for the Girls Nite Out Event. Since I had a blast at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art last year, I might stroll the Elmhurst Art Museum Wednesday morning prior to my setup time.  

The Wilder Mansion hosts Girls Nite Out from 4 to 9 pm on Wednesday, September 13. Organized by RGL Marketing for the Arts, this annual event is going to be full of exciting vendor booths, food and wine samples, and lovely people to mingle with.

On Saturday and Sunday, I am off to the Ravenswood ArtWalk. The 16th annual festival will include pop-up artist markets, live music, open houses and a street festival with local bands, Begyle beers and plenty of art projects for kids. I will be on the first floor of 4043 N. Ravenswood. RAW takes place along Ravenswood Avenue from Irving Park Road to Leland. It includes an outdoor market, beer garden, live music, food trucks and children’s activities at Ravenswood Ave and Berteau.

4043 N Ravenswood is a remodeled industrial building that’s home to a variety of artists and local businesses. This space has been a cornerstone of RAW for a number of years and is located just down the street from the outdoor portion of the festival (on the east side of the tracks).  Attractions for this year include a rooftop party at the Airstream building, tours of the All Saints’ bell tower, free group dance lessons, a peak at specimens from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum archives, kids’ building projects from Bit Space and a public installation from local artist Dana Parisi.

My location, 4043 N Ravenswood, was originally built in stages from 1910 to 1930 for the Manz Corporation, an engraving and commercial printing company. Eventually the building extended from Belle Plaine Avenue to Irving Park Road and across the alley to another building on Hermitage Avenue. In the 1960s manufacturing declined, and the neighborhood deteriorated.

The Manz Corporation moved to the suburbs and the building was partially sold, then fell into disrepair. After serving as a multi tenant industrial venue until 2000 the building got tied up in litigation. In 2005 Hayes Properties bought the property and started restoring it. Now it looks like sections of the 90,000 sq ft.building are available for leasing.

So come take a stroll and peek into other venues that are not generally open to the public. You will have a blast examining art work, learning more history, and sipping and noshing on local libations.

Girls Nite Out September 13

On Wednesday, September 13 I am off to Elmhurst for their Fourth Annual Girls Nite Out. I had a blast last year meeting wonderful shoppers and admiring the works of other vendors. The event begins at 4 pm and runs until 9 pmThe Wilder Mansion is located at 211 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Treat yourself to a fun night out with more than 60 vendors including pampering services, wellness experts, wine tastings and wine for sale provided by Tannins Wine Bar, boutique shopping, artisans, food tastings, and live music performed by Scottie Long outdoors. There will be free giveaways and raffle prizes. Admission is $10 at the Front door.

The event is presented by Brewpoint Coffee, Sponsored by Elmhurst Park District, and produced by RGL Marketing for the Arts, Inc.

The following business will be represented: Practical Girl Designs, Pink Clouds, Artis Senior Living, Blue Violet Candles, BeMo Designs, Gratitude Greetings,

Danielle’s Lipstick Divas, Valerie William Additions, Maike’s Marvels, Tannins, BarcacaoChocolat, Brewpoint Coffee, Jo Syrups, Spice Done Right, The Rach Place, Math Tutor Elmhurst,

Color Wheel Products, Black Angel Designs, Cookies for Kids Cancer, Vasayo, In Motion Foot and Ankle, OMG! Olive Oil, Hand & Stone Massage, Gorlus Whips, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Elmhurst Symphony,

4 Girls Jewelry, Couch Clarity, Barbara Bettag Jewelry, Brim and Dash, SAOR Perfume, Rebellion Bags, R2 Creative Designs, Fly 2 Buy, Edward Jones, Blossom Wellness Centre,

Vitality Women’s PT and Wellness, Sue Rosengard Jewelry Design, Threadings Handwoven Designs, Illinois Spinal Care, Victoria on Main, Chiro One, Modere, The Juice Plus Co, Pinot’s Palette, Chocolate Moonshine, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Savvy Sister, Nourish + Flourish, Rodin + Fields, Hazyl,

benessere…to be well, Charlotte Muzik Jewelry, Core Interior Design, European Wax Center ,Tree of Life Chiropractic Center, Lights and Health, Fleet Fleet Sports, Olympia Chiropractic/Physical Therapy, Mion Artisan Soap, Pavel Adamek Photography, RGL Marketing for the Arts, Scottie Long Productions.

I’ll be bringing sparklies, pearls, and other jewelry adornments. Of course the angels, ornaments and stakes I have in stock will also come along. I hope to see you at the Mansion, and maybe I’ll bump into you at the museum earlier that day.