So earlier this year I set a goal of being a vendor in Blue Buddha Boutique. I went to introduce myself and my pieces, but then failed to follow up as life took on a schedule of its own.
Enter the Edgewater Artists In Motion, which put out a call for artists in late summer. As I inquired, the dream boutique was named as a pop-up location. So of course I had to say yes!
Located in Chicago, the Blue Buddha retail store is the largest dedicated chainmaille supply store in the world. They carry jump rings in nine metals, tools for making chainmaille jewelry and a large selection of ready-to-weave kits and project instruction.Â In addition, the store houses a variety of giftwares by local artisans.
I scoped out the space on a busy Saturday.
A few days later I set up my pieces, and learned I was neighbors to Jelene Britten Designs, with whom I had shared a cold weekend at the 2014 Ravenswood ArtWalk.
Iâ€™m also sharing space with Weenerware.
Additional jewelry is provided by Flight Feather Studio, Sheronna Williamson, and Handcrafted by Hedda.
There is pottery by a mystery artist.
The walls are adorned with art work by Rob Hogan, Jessica Lucas, Laura Luisa Cowell and others.
Karen Heuter creates lovely dolls with twists on old and recent folk tales.
Henia Flynn offers prints and greeting cards.
The regular retail hours of Blue Buddha Boutique are Thursday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.
You will find us taking turns booth sitting, and you will catch me there this coming Saturday, October 17 from 11 to 3.
This is what youâ€™ll find from me this month, but I plan on swapping items out in November, so if something strikes your fancy, claim it now.
Edgewater Artists in Motion (EAIM) started in 2009 with the goal of placing original art work in vacant properties and other vacant locations, fueled by the mission to enhance Edgewaterâ€™s appeal as a vibrant, pedestrian friendly, commercial district while assisting existing businesses and attracting new business.
In giving artists the opportunity to show their creations and contribute to the development of the community, EAIM hopes to establish Edgewater as one of the premier artistic destinations in Chicago.
Blue Buddha Boutique is located at 1127 W Granville Ave in Chicago. We learned the story of its inception during our grand opening, but that is a blog post for another dayâ€¦
Stay tuned for additional events in conjunction with this three-month pop-up!