Maker Spotlight: Little Bear Pots

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We’re doubling up on our Maker Spotlight features today, mostly because there’s so much amazing talent in Brooklyn that we just can’t help it! Today we’re featuring the incredible work of Little Bear Pots. Is it just us, or is there just an amazing variety of ceramic talent out there?! Little Bear Pots will be joining us tomorrow and Sunday for our Brooklyn Summer Market at 50 Kent. Get excited, ya’ll! It’s going to be an awesome weekend.DSCN1719

Little Bear Pots is collection of ceramic adventures by Lindsey Schneider. Filmmaker by day, potter by night, Lindsey crafts beautifully painted pots and dishes in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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For Lindsey, making ceramics is all about small, repetitive movements, and she find the process soothing in its slowness and deliberateness. 

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Every piece from Little Bear Pots starts as a ball of stoneware clay, ranging from dark brown speckled clay body to a bright burgundy clay called Brooklyn Red.

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Lindsey finds a lot of inspiration in tramp art and Eastern European and African textiles, and loves when patterns and textures combine in interesting, tactile ways. We can definitely see the influence these textiles and art have had in Lindsey’s painted and glazed pots. DSCN1739
There is a lot of unpredictability in the process of making pottery and always a surprise when you unload a kiln. Lindsey loves this about the process and how it imprints on each item a little reminder that it’s handmade.

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We can’t wait to see (and shop) Lindsey’s Little Bear Pots this weekend at 50 Kent! Be sure to stop by from 11-6 Saturday and Sunday to shop handmade at our Brooklyn Summer Market. If you want to feast your eyes on more beautiful ceramics, check out the Little Bear Pots website and follow Lindsey on Instagram

Maker Spotlight: ABJ Glassworks

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Happy Friday, Everyone! Today we’re thrilled to be featuring ABJ Glassworks! ABJ Glassworks will be bringing their lovely designs to our Brooklyn Summer Market tomorrow and Sunday at 50 Kent!

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ABJ Glassworks was started by Ashley-Bram-Johnson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With degrees in Art History and Anthropology, Ashley began working to create whimsical and modern pieces for the home using traditional stained glass techniques.

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Ashley finds most of her inspiration in the natural world. Often she will have a backlog of ideas, and is inspired by the nuances of light throughout the day and the changing of the seasons.

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For Ashley, the hardest part is deciding what designs to make first. Her inspirations turn into sketches with some suggested dimensions in her old black and white notebook.

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Once Ashley decides to add a piece to the ABJ Glassworks line, she carefully crafts samples to finalize the ideal size and shape. With the collection in place, Ashley then photographs each product, something that she considers to be one of the most fun parts of her business. Browsing through her collection, we love the way Ashley captures her products and presents them in a lifestyle setting. It definitely makes us want some pieces in our home!

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Each product is made with concern for the environment, using eco-friendly techniques, non-toxic flux, and lead-free silver alloy solder, creating pieces for the person who appreciates beauty, functionality and the natural world.

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We love that Ashley’s home studio is filled with all of her gorgeous work. We can’t imagine being surrounded by all those beautiful moon wall hangings and terrariums!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

If you want to see some of the products Ashley will be bringing to our Brooklyn Summer Market, check out her website! You can also follow ABJ Glassworks on Instagram and Twitter. We can’t wait to see you all this weekend at 50 Kent!

 

Maker Spotlight: Owlkill Studio

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Today we’re featuring the beautiful work from New York maker, Owlkill Studio.  We’ve been fans of Owlkill Studio and can’t wait to see their work again in Brooklyn this weekend!

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Owlkill Studio is owned and operated by Adelia Sugarman. It’s primarily a one-woman venture, though Adelia collaborates with her mother on some woodworking and sewing projects. The name comes from the Owlkill River, which runs through the woods behind Adelia’s parents’ property in rural upstate NY where she grew up.

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Adelia believes strongly in local sustainability and supporting small businesses. As much as possible, she finds locally sourced, vintage or discarded materials to use in creating our wares. Each item is thoughtfully and carefully sourced and crafted one by one in her studio in upstate NY.Owlkill Studio 6Owlkill Studio 4

Owlkill Studio’s simple utilitarian design aesthetic attracts a lot of fans. We love these leather and brass key fobs, especially because they’re designed to stand the test of time!

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Adelia is constantly inspired by the materials she finds; their cutting boards and marble + wood cheese boards are made entirely from salvaged and reclaimed materials, and each piece of jewelry features a vintage element as the main component of the piece. Adelia loves the fact that these materials lived another life before being re-appropriated into something new. We couldn’t agree more!

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The Owlkill Studio space is in the corner of a big old industrial building that’s been home to many different production processes over the years. With a lot of renovation and careful design, Adelia has turned her studio into a beautiful space. Such wonderful natural light and perfect studio plants!

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We can’t wait to see more of Owlkill’s latest collection of products at our Brooklyn Summer Market this upcoming weekend! Be sure to visit the Owlkill Studio website as well as shop their products on Etsy. You can also stay up to date with Adelia on Facebook and Instagram.  See you all soon!

Maker Spotlight: Lean to Lights

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Happy Monday, everyone! Today we’re thrilled to kick off our Brooklyn Maker Spotlight series with Lean to Lights. These gorgeous hanging lights are being showcased at our Brooklyn Summer Market this upcoming weekend!

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Lean to Lights was inspired by one’s desire to escape to nature, with tents and canopies in tow, and rest under the stars. Noah Burton, the designer behind these paper light structures, wanted to design a similar experience for the home, bringing the grand and rustic relationship between the humble tent and nature’s infinite landscape. The lanterns evoke such a strong sense of glowing tents planted underneath a blanket of the night sky.

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Every step to create these unique lights is done in Noah’s Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY studio. From cutting and forming the brass hardware, to designing, building, and soldering the frames, each and every light has been executed by Noah’s skilled hands.

Each light is formed with sections of apple mulberry paper, which Noah carefully wraps so that the paper hugs the custom wire frame, creating an exquisite and ethereal glowing lantern.

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Lean to Lights paper lanterns are uniquely set apart by Noah’s perspective and self-taught design aesthetics. Without traditional design education, Noah’s work is playfully idiosyncratic and all of his lights remain true to his artistic sensibilities. Every lantern has his characteristic fingerprint.

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Maker Spotlight and Studio Visit: Rebe and Specks & Keepings

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We have a treat for you today! We are featuring mother daughter duo Rebe by Debra Weiss and Specks & Keepings by Hillery Sproatt. Debra and Hillery will be bringing their textile artistry to our Chicago Summer Market this weekend in Wicker Park on Division St. and we can’t wait!
Debra Weiss has been working in fabric and textiles since the the 1970′s and has produced some of the most beautiful work we’ve ever seen, from clothing and accessories, to wall weavings, blankets, and more.
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A conversation between pattern, function and form; Debra Weiss wraps the body beautifully in unique yet flattering silhouettes. Everything is handcrafted by Debra herself in her home studio in Los Feliz, CA.
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We absolutely love the intricate details Debra adds into her artwork. From unusual seams and stitching in her dresses, to gorgeous colors and weaving in her textile art, we continue to remain in awe of her skilled hands.
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Debra’s daughter, Hillery continues in her mother’s footsteps, earning a BFA in fine art and creating art prints, drawings, embroidered dolls, and small tapestries in her Grand Rapids, MI home studio.
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Hillery’s work explores the integrity of textiles, pattern as image making, and the narrative of forms. Her tapestries are small soft drawings made with thread and her stitched dolls, which resemble folk dolls, seem to inhabit the landscapes of her drawings.
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Hillery offered us a sneak peek into her home studio and we love the rich tones and simplicity of her space.
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Hillery and Debra run an online shop called Specks & Keeping that specializes in handmade goods and features many of their creations.
During our travels to Renegade Craft Fair in LA we had the pleasure of visiting Debra’s home and studio and marveling at her incredible work over the years. It was such a wonderful experience being able to talk to these two talented women in their home space and learn more about their beginnings as artists and makers. We loved hearing the stories about where all of Debra’s furniture and decorations came from and how she got started in design. Her home was like a museum exploring the history of her craft, her children, and her family heirlooms.
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I started Rebe in 2000. But I have made things all my life. I received my degree in textile design in 1977, but it wasn’t until I watched Hillery’s art talent blossom as a teenager that  I felt it was time for me to begin a business. Rebe began as a wholesale business and I recently transitioned to strictly direct customer sales, which makes me very happy.
 
Hillery launched our online shop Specks & Keepings in 2011 so we could showcase our work along with the work of other artists we admire.
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I have a love of textiles and I start by finding beautiful fabrics from all over the world. The inspiration from these fabrics guides me towards what I then want to make. 

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I begin by sketching and then we create a pattern. There is always revising as well as problem solving, but this is also where the play happens. From there it becomes a functional or wearable product that we bring to market.
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We hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into Debra and Hillery’s home studio as much as we did! Be sure to browse the Specks and Keepings website, follow Debra and Hillery on Instagram, and come to our Chicago Summer Market this weekend. We suggest you try on a few beautiful Rebe dresses and marvel at all the textile glory while you’re there!

Maker Spotlight: Paper & Clay

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Today we’re featuring the beautiful work of Tennessee ceramicist, Paper & Clay. We are beyond thrilled to have Paper & Clay ceramics showcased at our Chicago Summer Market this weekend!

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Brit McDaniel is the ceramicist behind Paper & Clay. After enrolling in ceramics classes at a community art school in Austin, Texas, Brit immediately fell in love with the art and was determined to make a career of it. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign, Paper & Clay was founded in June 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee.

“I want my work to be beautiful, but also very usable. I’m very influenced by Scandinavian design, and look to a lot of American Mid-Century designers as well. Essentially, I try to create the pieces that I want to have and use in my own home, and it’s so rewarding when someone else wants my work in their house too!”

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Each piece is handmade with careful attention to detail, and with usability in mind. Brit’s ceramic style is the perfect relationship between handmade and the sophistication of modern form. We’ve followed Paper & Clay for awhile now and have loved seeing Brit’s form and aesthetic grow into pieces that stand out and are unlike any other pieces out there. We’re so excited to see Brit’s newest collection of 22K Gold speckled mugs at our fair!

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We love Brit’s color-blocked and gradient aesthetic! We can’t help but think of a beautiful sunset on the horizon, or staring through a foggy horizon line.

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IMG_0689PC IGWe can’t wait to see Brit’s amazing work in person! I think each and every one of us will want to reset our tables with a brand new collection from Paper & Clay. Take a look at the collection on the website, and be sure to follow Paper & Clay on Instagram, her feed in gorgeous! See you all this weekend in Chicago!

Maker Spotlight: Margins

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Hello Everyone! We hope you had an awesome and relaxing Labor Day weekend, we sure did. Our biggest fair of the year, The Chicago Summer Market is coming up this weekend, so to kick the week off we’re featuring print company, Margins.

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Jeremy Rendina is the designer and printer behind Margins, a print company that focuses on the natural world for inspiration, printing processes, and sustainability practices. He produces original and archival serigraphs, letterpress, and Giclée prints. One of his most popular prints and “giftable” items is his beautiful Moon Calendar.

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Drawing on the natural world and numerous spiritual traditions, Margin’s line of calendars, cards, and prints seek to enhance the one’s interior space. It’s Jeremy’s desire as a designer to provide conscious design in an elegant way, which is accessible to all.
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Margins makes every effort to work in accordance with sustainable printing practices that support the well-being of all living creatures and the greater ecological system. Their vibrant inks are water and soy based, and they also work with indigenous communities, using Fair Trade and tree-free papers when possible. 

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The elements play a central part in Jeremy’s printmaking process. He collaborates with the world around him to create unique one of a kind prints. Recently moving his studio to Ojai, within the Los Padres National Forest, Jeremy has been able to apply many unique methods to his work process. His cyanotype prints are exposed in the sun and rinsed with ocean water and some of his silkscreen and lithographic prints use pigments from the earth which are used in color mixing and various open air drying methods are used to achieve the desired texture and color.
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We are big fans of Jeremy’s work and we can’t wait for all of you to see Margins at our Chicago Summer Market this weekend! Take a look at all of the paper good beauty at the Margins website and be sure to stop by Jeremy’s booth on Division St.!


Maker Spotlight: Territory Design

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Today we’re thrilled to be featuring Chicago maker, Territory Design in our Maker Spotlight series. Territory Design will be joining us at our Chicago Summer Market on September 6+7!

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Territory Design is an emerging textile and craft collective founded by Rebecca Crall. Territory Design is deeply inspired by traditional textile culture, the natural dye process, and sustainable and ethical production methods. Through working in developing regions of the world for almost 15 years, Rebecca has been able to observe and connect with inspiring and creative communities that continue to work with their craft in traditional ways.

Currently, Rebecca is working with some of these communities to design textiles which Territory Design uses to create beautiful home products and accessories. You can learn more about their craft collective with these communities here.

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For our Renegade Fair in Chicago, Rebecca will be showcasing home and personal accessories crafted from handwoven and vintage textiles that are sourced from her weaving cooperatives that are then transformed into pillows, bags, and other accessories in her studio.

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All of Territory Design’s collection is entirely handcrafted starting with the natural dye-process, to the weaving of the cloth and the final assembly in their Chicago studio. Only natural fibers including hemp, linen, cotton, wool and silk are used in Rebecca’s collection, which we can’t help but love and appreciate.Batik Pillow on couch

The batik pillow pictured above is crafted from a one of a kind vintage textile from Indonesia. Using a indigo resist-dyed cotton, Rebecca took pieces of a larger textile and made these striking lumbar pillows.

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These fabrics were created in conjunction with Hmong weavers in northern Thailand and then constructed in Rebecca’s Chicago studio. These pieces showcase the back strap loom hemp weaving which the Hmong are famous for in addition to an incredible, embroidered appliqué with indigo dyed tassels as an embellishment. All crafted and put together to tell the story of the Hmong in The Territory Design studio.

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The batik deep indigo pillows use fabrics from one of the last groups in Thailand using this type of resist-dyeing process. The fabrics were designed by Territory, in collaboration with this weaving and dying group and combine traditional and modern patterning.

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Maker Spotlight: Natalie Joy

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Happy Monday, everyone! Today we’re featuring the jewelry of Natalie Joy! Natalie will be joining us at our Chicago Summer Market on September 6+7 and we can’t wait to see her work in person!

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Natalie Joy Miller began creating her jewelry collection in 2010 inside her walk-in closet. After spending 5 years managing a large-scale jewelry production company, the desire to create her own jewelry line grew naturally.

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Over the past four years inspiration has been derived from Natalie’s time in the Pacific Northwest as well as the moon, stars, rivers, thunder, highways, mountains, fables, and family traditions.

We are obsessed with Natalie’s crescent moon ring and love how it frames the finger.

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We’re so thrilled to have Natalie Joy Jewelry join us in our hometown for the Chicago Summer Market September 6+7! You can view Natalie’s entire collection on her website, as well as follow her on Instagram. See you all soon!

Maker Spotlight: The Object Enthusiast

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With our flagship Chicago Summer Market right around the corner, we’re starting up our Maker Spotlight series with Nebraskan ceramicist, The Object Enthusiast.  If you’ve never heard of The Object Enthusiast, or the artist behind these incredible ceramics, then you’re in for a treat!
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Emily Reinhardt is the designer and ceramicist behind The Object Enthusiast. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Emily strives to channel her love of ceramics to create good and thoughtful work. The Object Enthusiast is a collection of modern heirlooms and treasures, with an air of pricelessness and functionality.

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