thank you thank you thank you!

Can you believe it has been a month since Handmade City took over Bucktown for HMC4?! Time flys when you’re having fun! We haven’t had much time the past few weeks to sit and type our official show recap post. So here is our best attempt at a sorta-recap & THANK YOU to all everyone who made Handmade City’s fourth show a success.

Bucktown Center for the Arts was such an awesome space and we had a lot of people come up and tell us how much they liked the venue. Did you like HMC4 there? We loved the openness and exposed elements of this historic building and we were very welcomed by the Bucktown artists and shops. Everyone was so nice! We would like to especially thank Brittany Klarkowski, Bucktown’s Galleria Manager for helping us set-up and get situated comfortably. She also helped promote the event heavily through the Spring leading upto the event. She managed to juggle moving into a new house the same weekend as HMC4 too – crazy! Remember Bucktown is open all year, visit their website to learn more about special events and artist studios!

Rozz-Tox rocked it at HMC4! Every time we looked over they were cranking out some fresh coffee for our shoppers and cupcakes were flying off the table. Thanks Ben and Donnie for bringing the caffeine! We absolutely love Rozz-Tox and hope to keep them as a part of our future events. If you didn’t have a chance to check out Rozz-Tox during our HMC2 & HMC3 events you really missed out and should visit them now. They are open Tuesdays–Sundays. It is such a great space, staff and menu – the perfect hangout vibe with art & music galore.

Handmade City volunteers unite! Sarah, Luanne, Amber and Alex you gals were a huge help directing shoppers, answering questions and hanging at the HMC merch table. Thanks so much for sticking around all day with us. We would love to have you back at the next event!

Thank you HMC4 Vendors. We can not tell you how many people told us how awesome the vendors at this show were! Everyone was very impressed with the level of quality that you guys rocked. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful collaboration of artists supporting the handmade movement. Not only were you all very chic but so nice and easy going! Thanks for helping us put on such a great event and we most definitely will keep you posted on future shows!

Leah and Lewis took over a hallway around noon and jammed some lovely tunes for our crowd. Thanks so much for playing!

Shoppers & Supporters, thank you so much for attending this event and purchasing from our vendors. We know that our collaborative artists are amazing and make amazing stuff but it is refreshing to meet so many Quad Citians who feel the same way! We are excited for what the Summer brings, with a few mini events up our sleeve we will be more than busy crafting away until Handmade City Holiday plans roll in. Expect to see applications for our Holiday event open at the end of Summer. Tentativly planned for the first week in December 2012, we will keep you updated through our site and facebook page. We also have a mailing list and if you would like to be on it, email us: handmadecityinfo (at) gmail.com  .  As far as the mini events we have planned for Summer 2012, we will post more information in the very new future. Check back soon!

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Luminology – Bucktown Studio Feature!

One of our favorite candle makers and past Handmade City vendor Luminology will open it’s brand new studio for a sneak peek tomorrow during HMC4! Angela Sands, owner and artisan, recently moved Luminology to its new studio #200 at Bucktown Center for the Arts. She plans on launching her retail shop Grand Opening very soon! Follow Luminology on Facebook to learn more about the items (like the Skinny Laminx textiles & Adesso bracelets pictured above) Angela will be selling in addition to her alluring candles. Take the opportunity tomorrow to browse this new space before the grand opening, we know you will LOVE it!

Adventure Orange – HMC4 Vendor Spotlight!

Our good friends at Adventure Orange will once again be hanging at Handmade City for tomorrow’s event. In fact it almost wouldn’t be an event if these ladies were there. Cool DIY divas making things like clothing, toys, jewelry… we love it all! If you haven’t already stopped by their bricks & mortar location you must! They are located in the Village of  East Davenport at 2218 East 11th street. You can browse the Adventure Orange Facebook page to see pics of their most recent work and learn about the DIY classes they currently offer.

Andie Paperie – HMC4 Vendor Spotlight!

The queen of clever, cute and clean design, Miss Andie Douglas, has launched her new business Andie Paperie. We are looking forward to checking out new designs at her booth tomorrow during Handmade City Spring. Andie will have special gifts perfect for Mother’s Day including lovely cards and paper. make sure to stop by her booth and show some love.

Midcoast Fine Art and Next II Fine Art – Bucktown Feature!


Midcoast Fine Art Gallery at Bucktown
: Current Displays: Lori Miller, Black Water 2, fiber and  Pamela Ohnemus, Evening, acrylic. This Friday MCFA will host a Final Friday and the Venus Envy Peep Show. You can also check out Venus Envy on May 5th. Super great art and music from talented local women!

Next II Fine Art
is University of Iowa Master of Fine Arts candidate and MA recipient Karen Blomme’s studio and gallery that sits atop Bucktown.  Continuing the tradition of Picasso, Chagall and Andy Warhol; my screen prints are available on canvas and as wearables. By appointment only at Suite 401, Owner: Karen Blomme.

Decadence – HMC4 Vendor Spotlight


Only three HMC4 spotlights left and they are all so good! Today’s treasure is Decadence – Recycled. Restyled. Leather jewelry and accessories.We had a chance to see Decadence at WALOC 8 last December and their accessories are just as high quality & gorgeous in person as they look in the photos above. We are super excited to have Andrew Kingsbury, owner/designer of Decadence, and his lovely collection of repurposed jewelry at Handmade City Spring 2012. Just another great reason why you should visit us this Saturday… ya hear?!
Visit the Decadence Etsy shop here, and ‘like’ it out on Facebook too! 

Blue Owl Gallery – Bucktown Studio Feature!

Everyone deserves something unique and you’re sure to find it here, with one-of-a-kind handmade artistic treasures, recycled art, fine art photography and traditional, contemporary, modern and abstract art. Blue Owl Gallery is working on putting together a formative directive of artists and events to bring the best of emerging and established art to the Quad Cities.

Located at Suite 205, Bucktown Center for the Arts
Artists: Helayna Shaw, Ian Shaw, Loren Shaw Hellige

Earthfaeries – HMC4 Vendor Spotlight!

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We are excited to share today’s Vendor Spotlight; Earthfaeries, the creators of lovely things! Sweet soaps and perfumes, upcycled tiebags, crocheted wares, dazzling jewelry and much more! All of Earthfaeries soap & solid perfumes are made with essential oils and a smooth blend of butters and base oils. Visit them at HMC4 THIS SATURDAY and you will leave smelling oh so good! Visit the Earthfaeries Facebook page to see more!

Eden Accessories – HMC4 Vendor Spotlight!

Cute, colorful accessories for moms, girls & babies! Eden Accessories knows a thing or two about being a Handmade City vendor. Eden Acc. has participated at both HMC2 & HMC3. We are happy to have them back for HMC4! Always a crowd pleaser this little shop offers high quality accessories your little lady will love! Visit Eden Acc. on Facebook today.