Gifted artists at the Friendly Coffee Lounge

My last June pop up was on the 16th. I made some Berwyn-specific map angels and also added to the depleted musical angel collection.

The Berwyn Craft & Vintage Market has been ongoing for a while, but I was late to the application table. Only a June slot was available. I loaded up the car, and had a smooth drive to the Friendly Tap and Coffee Lounge.

I wandered into the dark bar while some adjustments were made to the coffee lounge.

There I set up on a table, focusing on ornaments and stakes.

Because we had a sudden heat wave it was not as well-attended as prior events, but the cafe and bar made for some traffic.

I enjoyed admiring the art of the other vendors.

CN Factory makes screen prints that mash up their love of all things nerdy with a little hometown pride. 

Ryan Largo is a Berwyn based leather craftsman that makes one of a kind wallets, purses, flasks, mason mugs, wall hangers and other assorted leather goods. LargoMade merges classic leather craft with the classic imagery from Americana, traditional tattoo flash design and backstreet graffiti to create heirloom quality usable and enjoyable keepsakes. 

Vayas Homegrown Health + Beauty: offers handcrafted small batch health + beauty products made from herbs and essential oils. Product line includes mood sprays, scrubs, serums, lip balms, soaps and body butters. 

Naomi Martinez, aka Monstrochika creates art inspired by Japanese animation and the Superflat art movement, independent comics, nature and growing up in the Windy City . Mediums include traditional illustration, painting, D.I.Y. comics and zines, doll-making and spray-painted mural work.

Naughty Pig Studios offers a combination of Jewelry – brooches and pendants, Soft Sculptures – free standing pillow terrariums, plants, and houses, Ornaments, and Framed Embroideries inspired by nature.

I am adding a moth pendant to my birthday wishlist.

Megan Lee Designs had screen-printed t-shirts, totes, mugs & onesies.

Jessy Laubis Handmade creates hand painted, drawn and fabric cut elements that are both machine and hand sewn into pillows, heirloom dolls & soft sculptures. So whimsical!

Her moths were mesmerizing and in my sightline all day.

Soulscape with Deidre Como offered tarot card readings.

Josh Benkert Tintype Photography offered on-site, tintype photography portrait sessions. These photos are one of the earliest​ forms of photography, dating back to 1850. The process requires a very large amount of lighting and for photo subjects to sit still for several seconds. We all posed at the end of the day.

It was a fun environment.

I really enjoyed being there and savored the freshly made smoothy and bagel for lunch.

Ms. Pacman was relegated to a corner, but apparently can be payed when the pop up isn’t in session.

I sold two pieces, and hope that number moves up the next time I am here.

I couldn’t resist taking a moth home. It’s so fluffy!

It is now perched on my butterfly wall.

I look forward to exploring Berwyn more in the future, when the heat index is below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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