Author Archives: MarvyMaike

Chicago Artisan Market July 21

I am gearing up for another market this weekend. On Sunday, July 21 from 10 am to 4 pm, I will be at the Chicago Artisan Market.  This curated market celebrates the ingenuity of independent, small businesses who channel their passions into creating one-of-a-kind products. Meet and shop with the artisans and learn how they […]

Habitats and waystations

The Independence Day blog post I am working on keeps enraging me, so it will have to wait, and instead I am going to share my recharge sources. Lately the weather has been great for daily walks, so I walk my standard route to the lakefront and enjoy the flora along the way. Evanston is […]

Upcycled Jewelry Commission

At a recent Artem Pup Up Gallery visit one of the sales clerks asked me to turn a bracelet into a necklace for her. The elastic had worn out, making the bracelet unwearable. I was intrigued by the shapes. We discussed the length she was envisioning and settled on a choker style. During another visit […]

Weaving and weaving

When I got home from Bead & Button we had a lovely afternoon that lent itself to park sitting. This time, instead of bringing a book I took along wire and one of the Druzy stones I had purchased from Elka Designs.   I was thrilled to have learned a portable technique that I can take […]

Making Pods

When I looked at the Bead & Button Show Schedule, none of Brenda’s classes worked for me, but Looped Leaves, Pods and Cages caught my eye. The description read: “Students will use steel, and craft and copper wires to create shapes that include a knotless netting. Fine wire will be used to create the layer of […]

Fun at the Bead & Button Show

At the beginning of June I traveled to Milwaukee for the Bead & Button Show. I didn’t really need any more beads, but I found a workshop I wanted to take and decided to make a long weekend of it. After my drive I visited the Milwaukee Art Museum, where I was overwhelmed with new […]

Evanston Made closes next week

Evanston Made is ending next week, but not without a plethora of events for you to peruse the fabulous art in this month-long event. The organizers are making sure you still have opportunities to visit the venues you may have missed earlier this month. On Wednesday, June 26, the filmmakers of SIDE/Lot will be at […]

Peonies

I’m getting my head back from being surrounded by sparkles and tools at the Bead & Button Show this year. My workshop was highly inspiring and I look forward to practicing the new skills I learned. Meanwhile, here are peonies that captivated me upon my return home. I just love how lush the blossoms are. […]

Fun at the Artem Trunk Show

From my view, it looks like Evanston Made had a bigger turnout than last year. 110 artists were represented on the map, and stop #17, Artem Pop Up Gallery, had plenty of visitors. We ran out of print maps long before the allotted 5 pm tour end, and several people found us through the google […]