Happy Monday Friends! We have a great vendor spotlight for you today. Susan Czechowski creates fun silkscreened paper items, baby goods and tea towels. She is also a trained metal smith and will be selling the cool monkey key rings you see pictured above. We are happy to have Suasn’s shop sueCdesigns as one of our Spring ’12 Handmade City vendors. She will be driving up from Macomb, Illinois to join us for our April 28 event so let’s make her trip more than worth it. Stop by her HMC4 booth and introduce yourself while picking up a few of her handmade gifts! (Isn’t that camera onesie just the coolest?!)
Oooo eeeee, we love this next spotlight – Sweet William Handmade out of Des Moines Iowa! Kari Stecher is the designer behind this lovely shop and she sure knows how to make some sweet hand-crocheted jewelry & accessories. We love her use of color and the photography of her pieces is impressive too. Sweet William Handmade items are all hand-crocheted with care using a wide variety of yarn and thread. Custom colors and sizes are available as well. Swing by Kari’s Etsy shop to see more designs and make sure you “like” her Facebook page too.
We are happy to feature this new Handmade City vendor. Stephanie Soebbing is the owner and designer for Teeny Footprint. Her eco-friendly baby gear is colorful and functional. You can expect to shop dyed and appliqued onesies, burp cloths, all-in-one cloth diapers and baby quilts made from 100 % cotton fabric, thread and batting! Stephanie takes custom quilt orders too, so mamas can have a unique quilt that matches their nursery or happens to be their child’s favorite colors. Visit the Teeny Footprint Etsy shop and Facebook Page to see more eco-friendly items.
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!
Another great vendor spotlight today! Nicole Simmering is the crafter behind Warm Fuzzies, mittens made from recycled sweaters! With so many colors and combinations to choose from we predict Nicole’s upcycled mittens will be a big hit this holiday. She has been crafting away in preparations for HMC3 so make sure you stop by her booth and pick up a pair for yourself and loved ones!
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.)