Author Archives: MarvyMaike

Teaching at Bead & Button in June

Next month the Bead & Button Show returns to Milwaukee. I love going bead shopping there, and this year I will also be teaching. This year, Brenda Schweder of Now That’s a Jig! Fame will offer 20 in-booth workshops. The Now That’s a Jig! Booth, number 907, will be teeming with wire designers who will […]

Fun at the Mother’s Day Gift Market

Mid-May was a whirlwind of pop up fairs. On May 9 I returned to the Ravenswood Covenant Church for their second annual Mother’s Day Gift Market and had a lovely time. This time I remembered to bring my own table! I had fun accommodating all the new stakes I had been making, and my bees got […]

Making Bees

Last week I cleared off my studio table and started organizing the debris on there. Of course my sofa is covered with it now, but at least I have  clear work surface for the time being. I have a variety of ideas for new creations, and last week I was nudged to create a bee […]

May Art & Wine Night

This week is all about Evanston pop-ups. Thursday evening I will be at D21 for the Evanston Sauce Walk, and Friday I head over to Creative Coworking for another fun evening of libations, treats and gorgeous art. This month’s featured artists are Itala and James Merriner. I’ve admired Itala’s work before and look forward to […]

Sauce Walk! A Neighborhood Art & Dessert Crawl

Angel has photobombed the wine walk in September, and we’ve warmed up during the Warm Bevvy Walk in December. This year, the Main-Dempster Mile is adding another walk to its repertoire with the Sauce Walk!  On Thursday, May 17 I will be popping up a temporary gallery in Dietrich 21/D21 during Sauce Walk, A Neighborhood Art […]

Ravenswood Mother’s Day Gift Market 

On Wednesday I am heading to Ravenswood for the Mother’s Day Gift Market. This handmade art fair will take place May 9 from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Ravenswood Farmers Market, 4900 North Damen in Chicago. The market features fresh flowers and plants from Patyk Farms, handmade jewelry, green beauty products, and goods from local […]

UnCOVERed Quilt Completion

Q1 of 2018 was marked by needlework to overcome the winter doldrums. In January I sat down with 100s of women and a few men to stitch for Melissa Blount’s Black Lives Matter Witness quilt, and a few weeks later I worked on a different quilt. Photo by Jason Brown As part of the Winter […]

May is Here!

Hello May! I am preparing for three fairs this month. The Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce Mother’s Day Art Fair is on Wednesday, May 9 from 4 to 8 pm in the evening. I am super excited to return to this place, and hope that this year we won’t have a rain storm during the event. […]

Featured in Voyage Chicago Magazine

I am working on a few home projects this week but none are completed yet. I am also waiting on some additional photos from last weekend, so the bloggery is on hold today. Meanwhile, I got a lot of love yesterday from the publication of my profile in Voyage Chicago Magazine. Meet Maike Van Wijk […]

May Preparations

Like the plants shyly peeking their tips out of the soil to see if it is safe to come out yet, it feels like I am preparing a bunch of events that aren’t happening yet. May will be busy with 3 art fairs coming up. June is also starting to shape up as a busy […]