It’s that time again, vendor spotlights! We will be posting a new spotlight every weekday until our event. To kick things off we thought we would start with our pals over at Rozz-Tox, after that we will be posting vendors from Z to A!
For those of you who have never been to Rozz-Tox, you are truly missing out. Tucked away on the edge of the District of Rock Island, just far enough away from the routine stops but close enough to action and definitely considered one of the District’s front runners for remarkable music, art and performance. In addition to all the pros they have going for them (amazing restored building, fabulous coffees and teas, unique art, poetry night, good beer, great music, gourmet cupcakes…) they happen to be some of the nicest people we have met! Taken straight from their website, this statement describes the venue best:
“We opened Rozz-Tox on April Fool’s Day 2011 with the intention of creating a cultural space by blending aspects of a café, music venue, gallery and bookshop into one all ages venue. We are open to all genres of music and art with the only requirement being that it is original. We are promoting creativity, not replication or mindless entertainment. We like to refer to this venue as a canvas – an evolving work that’s never finished. We welcome artists of all artistic disciplines to be a part of this.”
Handmade City held our Spring 2011 & Holiday 2011 events at Rozz-Tox last year. We are excited to have them be a part of HMC4. They will be selling coffee and cupcakes at the event – you must stop and say hello! Visit them before our event at: 2108 3rd Ave Rock Island, IL 61201 or check ‘em out online at rozztox.com and their facebook page!
Check out this great artist that will be selling at Handmade City Holiday (just 2 days away!) Malina Lee has shown art at Bucktown in Davenport and the ARTery in Rock Island and we are happy to have her as a part of our community! Her colorful paintings and prints will fit right in with the other 22 vendors and we are looking forward to seeing her booth in person!
It is no secret that we think today’s vendor spotlight is the bee’s knees. Tarisha’s (P&C designer) sweet bags have been hanging out over on our Featured Artist Page for a few weeks now. Yes the time will come when we update that page (after HMC3) but P&C’s feature is one of our favorites so far and we don’t mind them loitering a bit longer. CLICK HERE to learn how Tarish gets her creative process gong and what handmade items she cherishes the most and visit Polk & California at our upcoming Holiday event on December 3rd.
Adrienne Anderson is an artsy mother that crafts all things cute. Her shop Plaid Peony will be selling handmade creations for babies, young girls and ladies at the Handmade City show. Adrienne’s appliqued onesies, stitched burped clothes, and fabric accessories are absolutely adorable and to top it off she is such a lovely lady to be around with seriously one of the cutest kids ever. We have a feeling you are gonna want to squeeze her boy’s cheeks (pictured above) if he is hanging with her in the booth! Visit Plaid Peony’s Etsy shop online and then say “hi” to Adrienne and pick up some fun stuff at her booth on December 3rd.
Another great artist from the Iowa City scene, Colin Greenhalgh of Pixels For Breakfast, will be selling his artwork and prints at the Handmade City Holiday show. Colin has some great work over on his site and inside his Etsy Shop. When we plan our events and ask for applications it makes us very happy to hear from vendors who are looking to sell original art. Indie craft masters provide a terrific selection of goods at our shows but we are also happy to help support artists looking to sell original work.
Photography by Tassy will be at our Holiday 2011 show! Tassy Johnson takes gorgeous pictures and it was last winter when we first came across her work. She has been a featured artist on the site where we learned what inspires her shots and the creative process she goes through to capture the perfect moment. Tassy will be selling prints and posters of her photography on December 3rd, she also has a lovely website showcasing come of her client work that you must check out today. We are happy to have Tassy make her second Handmade City appearance!
(you can see more of Tassy’s art prints here: Tassy’s Red Bubble Site.)
I am always surprised at what this lady can whip up. Not only is she a creative chick, she is a cool mama, talented musician and good friend. I will most definitely be checking out Leah Leah‘s booth come December 3rd. She will be selling handmade sugar & salt srubs, lavender eye pillows, unique earrings, Desk gnomes, Embroidery hoops, coasters, knit hats (that sold out last year they are so cool.. and yes I have one!), flower clips and one of her Christmas CDs!
We are having a hard time typing anything but “Cute, cute, cute… so cute!” for today’s vendor spotlight. Pajama Love is run by Jody & Jason Stoffer from Iowa City. Their handmade plush toys and little crocheted food are just a few of the CUTE things they will be selling at Handmade City on December 3rd. You can also expect to see glass block night lights, greeting cards and crocheted necklaces! Jody just got done organizing and selling at the Sycamore Market in Iowa City this past Saturday so she has been busy crafting all month long. We are looking forward to meeting them in person and shopping their cute cute cute… so cute booth!
Klarkowski Pottery is today’s fabulous vendor spotlight! Working out of her Davenport (Bucktown) studio, Brittany Klarkowski creates quality, timeless design. We just love the combination of functionality and sophistication that Brittany manages to craft in each piece. This will be Klarkowski Pottery’s first Handmade City event and we are looking forward to having them as a part of our creative collective. Make sure to give Brittany a warm HMC welcome on December 3rd!
Klarkowski Pottery Showroom
225 East 2nd Street, Suite 101
(Bucktown Center of the Arts)
Davenport, Iowa 52801
Helena Sophia is our splendid vendor spotlight today! Hooray for hand-dyed yarn, colorful cosmetic bags and fun kid accessories! Sarah Cupp is the lovely designer behind all things cute at HS. Handmade City first met Sarah through our April ’11 event and we’re glad we did. It is always nice to find people who’s work is made with love! You can check out the her Etsy shop here, or visit her on Facebook here! Stop by her booth at our Holiday 2011 event to pick up Christmas gifts your family will love!