Our neighborhood has some amazing artists and craftspeople. Shop local this season! (And no, Amazon doesn’t count as “local”, even in this city.)
This past Saturday, Mosaic Coffeehouse hosted a dozen or so local artists and craftspeople, selling their work just in time for the holidays. In case you missed it but would like to give something unique, original and truly locally made, I gathered their contact info for you here. Some have online shops, but you might reach out about local perusing and pick-up if you see something you like.
Peggy Foy creates “ancient-inspired, modern design” jewelry that is available through her online shop at ArcanaMetalwork.com.
Ashley Seefeld crafts simple yet striking minimalist lasercut jewelry, available through her GingerBeeDesigns Etsy shop.
Lara Simmons is a writer, teacher and a seeker. Her latest book is called “28 Days of Stillness”. I happen to know that you can score a free copy of her book, “28 Days of Kindness” at the Little Free Library on 43rd, east of Corliss.
More information at LaraSimmons.net.
Molly also hand knits hats, gloves and other warm things. You can email her at [email protected] for info on those.
Rosalinda Esco creates Mexican-inspired ceramics, embroidery and jewelry. Check it out at instagram.com/joyaartesanal.
Barb Burrill doesn’t have a website or an Instagram and probably not a Twitter, but she does upcycle bags like you see on the right (click to see larger). She says “I have many of the juice pouch lunch bags and little totes – no two are alike. I can make bags to order if the customer supplies the materials. Pricing: Juice pouch lunch bag with flap: $20; Juice pouch lunch bag without flap, 2 straps: $18; Juice pouch tiny tote / purse: $10; Bird seed tote: $10; Coffee bean tote: $15. You can contact her at [email protected].
Corie and partner (sorry, didn’t get both your names!) sell their creative and varied lasercut wood creations through their Etsy shop, Hello Image Designs.
Kat Whitham sells her swirling and warm paintings through her Instagram, Katzeebrat_art. You won’t be able to get the piece pictured at right, though, my son chose that one last week.
Liz Gamberg will be selling her ceramics, rugs, calendars, textiles and cards from her home studio, this coming Friday and Saturday, Dec 13 – 14, 5 – 8 pm and 10 am – 4 pm, respectively. lizgamberg.com
I’m happy to update this article with additions, please email me at [email protected].