Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Apothecarium is a carefully collected assortment of natural jewelry, screen-printed pieces, and wearable art based out of West Philly, and curated by Joëlle Workman.
This cabinet of curiosities provides a wide variety of affordable oddities for varying tastes and budgets
Friday, November 25, 2011
Amy and her husband Paul are also responsible for organizing Crafty Balboa, South Philly's "knock-down, drag out craft event". Their Holiday show is December 17, so check it out for more handmade goodness, South Philly style!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Our scrubs and creams are chock full of only the best ingredients for glowing, vibrant skin. Fitbliss Organics focuses solely on certified organic ingredients, so you're getting only the best ingredients on your skin. The quickest return to innocence, with a dash of love peppered back in for good measure.With scrumptious flavors like Chocolate & Almond , Coffee & Creme, Coconut & Lime and Orange & Spearmint in Body Butters, Scrubs and oils. Not to mention sumptuous Rosemary & Bergamot, Lavender & Lemon and Eucalyptus & Cedarwood creams and scrubs, there's an aroma for everyone.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
It all started when Mike broke one of Wilder’s favorite plates from 1903, an idea formed and the rest is history. Mike searches junk shops, flea markets and beyond for discarded vintage and antique plates to bring a new life to in his jewelry.
He’s especially interested in nautical themes, and loves it when he can get the perfect cut for a schooner or frigate! “If you look around our house it’s bursting with ships, and historical memorabilia.
“I love it that I can incorporate my love of history into my art,” Mike says.
Wilder also loves all things historical, from a fashion sense. “I love a little person retro look.
I hate the “adult” look of children’s clothes these days. I think kids should have fun comfortable clothes, that they can get dirty and still look really cool in”
Her daughter approves all the patches before hand. “She likes the “babydolls” the Matryoshka doll, and of course the owl and the pussycat in the boat!”
Wilder hand makes skirts, and upcycled sweater pants, and embellishes gently used baby and kid’s clothes with whimsical patches.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
|Julie, aka Foxglove Factory|
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Leah Creation’s latest line is inspired from vintage vinyl records; the artwork, the artist and songs all play a part in her designs. In this current economic situation Leah wanted to make affordable jewelry for all to enjoy. This collection is nostalgic, green and there are pieces for all to find a connection. They are strategically hand pierced and finished using a clear coat of U-V and moisture protection on the paper album artwork to help protect them from the elements. Included in the vintage vinyl collection are earrings, necklaces, bracelets, belt buckles, tie clips and cuff links.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
These stylish envelopes are the creation of Lindsay Granger. Culling through old magazines she finds the unique photographs that deserve a second life. They deserve to be "recycled awesome" she says!
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Shera Simon is the designer and owner of Girlyfied Gear. In her own words...I spent my childhood in the beautiful deep south and later moved to the artistically glorious Philadelphia, PA. That makes me a southern lady at heart and a city gal in practice. My work truly represents me, my background, my surroundings, and my influences. I believe all girlyfied girls from Japanese geishas to Victorian princesses to Rock and Roll mamas should live on in our wardrobes!
I started creating things because I never saw my ideas of style and beauty reflected in retail stores. I never saw models that weren't paper thin. I never saw femininity played up and not over-produced. I never saw the line were modest yet sexy intersected. So, I began to sew in high school. I took a clothing design course and made both my prom and winter formal dresses that year. They were amazing. No one had anything like it and I was teased mercilessly for having not shopped at the mall like everyone else and had avoided the repeated faux pas of someone else wearing the same dress. A designer was born in that moment!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Dana Davis of Material Poetry is a Steampunks dream.
Her jewelry has a vintage flair with a modern interpretation. All items are handmade with eclectic materials like lace, pearls, feathers and up-cycled vintage and antique jewelry, watch parts and keys.
Friday, April 1, 2011
This post is not about a craftsperson, but one of our musical guests, Jay Sand. Since being bitten by the travel bug, Jay and his guitar have wandered far and wide, through North America, Europe, Africa and Asia as well as South America and the Middle East. Now settled in West Philly with a wife and three young daughters, he does not have the opportunity to pick up a backpack and hit the road like he used to. So he is doing the next best thing: sharing songs, games and stories of many cultures with children and their caregivers, through his All Around This World music classes.
The series of international music appreciation classes, designed for children aged 0-8, explores a different region in each 11-week session. Currently he is focusing on East and Southeast Asia, with songs and instruments originating from China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and Indonesia among others. Last season was Eastern Europe and the Baltics, and next fall will be West Asia, India and the Middle East. Most importantly, the children have fun and participate in the music through movement, voice and rhythm, with Jay's playful and engaging guidance. (Our own two-year-old has attended his classes since last fall and she absolutely loves it!)
We are so happy to welcome Jay to our Craft Fest. Bring the kids to Cedar Park at 3:30 April 9 for some hand-clapping, foot-stomping, song-singing fun. Kids and grown-ups alike are in for a treat!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Zoe Einbreiner makes jewelry from delicious slices of real fruit! She carefully preserves the fresh beauty of nature in her jewelry designs. After all, she says what else can compare to the exquisite style of nature?
Real Fruit Jewelry is sealed with a hard, waterproof coating before being joyfully made into your earrings or necklaces. The finished piece is durable and absolutely unique - you won't find anyone in the world with the exact piece of jewelry.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Suzanne Francis has been selling her paintings and prints in Philadelphia for 15 years. She has pursued interests in paper ephemera, pattern design, local history, horticulture, architecture, and miniature painting techniques. She finds the local landscapes, flora, and fauna, compelling.
"Having myself purchased and renovated an abandoned row-home, I have encountered the effect of the built human landscape and it connection to quality of life. Allowing myself to be geographically rooted rewarded me with an opportunity to reflect on Philadelphia’s seasons, landmarks, architecture, history, and to feel a part of that history. Baudelaire wrote of the ‘true painter’, who would be able to ‘Latch on to the epic character of the contemporary life and comprehend how great and epic we are...’. By choosing my surroundings as subjects for my art, I hope to prove myself worthy of that role.”
Suzanne's work is also carried by VIX Emporium and a handful of other boutiques in Philadelphia.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Communitea is run by Justin Arawjo in friendly West Philadelphia. He and his partner offer original clothing, accessories, and posters, hand printed with 100% non-toxic, environmentally friendly inks.