Artists Illuminated - Simply Chickie

Welcome to 'Artists Illuminated'. A series where we turn the spotlight on our favorite holiday market artists and makers. Today we are featuring South Boston Holiday Market maker: Simply Chickie

SIMPLY CHICKIE

"My name is Gwendolyn Gardner, and I am the founder  and designer of Simply Chickie Clothing. Over 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer. That same week, I broke up with my boyfriend and found out I was pregnant with my little girl, Elizabeth. As you can imagine, the juxtaposition of life and death was confusing, yet transforming. I started thinking about what I put in my body and eventually what I put on it. I paid attention to smells and food and everything coming in contact with my mouth and my skin. I was eventually operated on and the cancer was excised. However, I couldn't stop there. I started taking really good care of myself—exercised—ate organically grown fruits and vegetables —and practiced yoga. I needed to live because I was going to be a single mom, and I didn't just want to be here now, but for years to come. I paid attention to labels and discovered that the lovely soft cotton clothing I enjoyed hid a dirty secret: the cotton crop is one of the most polluting crops grown."

"As I started making life-altering changes, I also thought about Elizabeth every step of the way---and other children just like her. I knew for sure I was going to do everything in my power to ensure my little girl was as safe as I could make her--hence the idea of Simply Chickie was born. Since baby skin is very porous, I created an organic cotton clothing line for babies--that not only did I know would be safe for my Elizabeth and all other children who wore it, but I also printed the funny stuff that woke me up at night about babies on each piece. I wanted to make sure I gave the parents a moment to laugh because I remember a time when I couldn’t. And now, thank goodness, laughter is part of my every day."
Gwendolyn Gardner

Look for Simply Chickie at the South Boston Holiday Market.
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday December 9th click HERE

Artists Illuminated: Lovepop

Welcome to 'Artists Illuminated'. A series where we turn the spotlight on our favorite holiday market artists and makers. Today we are featuring South Boston Holiday Market maker: Lovepop

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Lovepop

A Lovepop is more than a card. The intricate 3D paper sculptures are designed by naval engineers on cutting edge software and then hand-crafted in the Asian art form of sliceform kirigami.

Whether it’s a wedding or birthday, if you’re saying thanks (for not mentioning that thing that happened in Vegas) or celebrating (a co-worker’s compulsive love of cats), they've got you covered. 

Lovepop founders Wombi Rose and John Wise became best friends at Webb Institute training to become naval architects. After school, the duo traveled to Vietnam where they discovered incredible hand-crafted paper cards. 

They headed back to Boston and put the cards in the hands of friends, family, and strangers--and watched. That moment when someone opened a card and saw the paper sculpture revealed for the first time became their obsession, and Lovepop was born.

Look for Lovepop at the South Boston Holiday Market.
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday December 9th click HERE

Artists Illuminated: Christopher Vaughn Pottery

Welcome to 'Artists Illuminated'. A series where we turn the spotlight on our favorite holiday market artists and makers. Today we are featuring South Boston Holiday Market maker: Christopher Vaughn Pottery

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Christopher Vaughn Pottery

Each piece of Christopher Vaughn Pottery begins as an individual ball of clay that is hand thrown by me on a potter's wheel. Most of my work is fired in an electric kiln to a peak temperature of 2215ºF. A few times each year I am fortunate enough to be able to participate in the firing of a wood kiln. The pieces fired in this kiln reach a peak temperature of 2350ºF and rely primarily on salt and wood ash for their surface effects. 

With rare exceptions, my work is food safe, dishwasher safe and microwave safe. My work has been featured in shops, galleries and events throughout New England. 

"My approach considers ritual and tradition. As a maker of functional forms, I am inspired by the idea that pottery becomes part of habit - a favorite mug that is essential to a morning routine or a serving bowl that holds a treasured dish at family gatherings.

Time spent working with clay is mental nourishment for me, and the forms I create are intended to add an aesthetic depth to the physical nourishment others get from food and drink.

I focus on the production of balanced forms, while experimenting with various surface treatments that conjure emotions or memories. Textures, colors and prints enhance the structural aspects of each piece. I am aware of and driven by the knowledge that the feel of a bowl, cup or mug is deeply personal; what feels imperfect to one will invoke a seamless connection in another. "
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 Christopher Vaughn

Look for Christopher Vaughn Pottery at the South Boston Holiday Market.
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday December 9th click HERE

Artists Illuminated: The Wavertree Company

Welcome to 'Artists Illuminated'. A series where we turn the spotlight on our favorite holiday market artists and makers. Today we are featuring South End and  South Boston Holiday Market maker: The Wavertree Company

THE WAVETREE COMPANY

"We named our company after the Wavertree, which is a historic iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885. If you notice our shelves all have a boat shape to them, an understated nod to their nautical roots.”

Paying homage to midcentury design, coastal living and a love of fine woodwork, husband and wife team Lee and Olivia build quirky, minimalist shelving in rounded teardrop shapes. As collectors of small objects and knickknacks, the duo is very familiar with the desire to showcase these treasures. Their bentwood shelves start with hand-selected cedar pieces, which are then steamed, bent and hardened into their signature droplet shapes. Depending on the design, they’re fitted with one or more shelves with dividers and topped with a rope loop for hanging. The sturdy shelves can hold anything you tend to accumulate, whether your thing is collecting photo frames, ceramic cats or desert plants.

“We hand-make all of our bentwood shelves in our woodworking shop, located in a 1700’s barn near the coast of Maine. Our work is full of brainstorming and dreaming. We have spent a long time designing our products so they are aesthetically pleasing while still being functional, we really love when form and function can come together and be happy (especially when we’re the ones creating the form). Our inspiration comes from earlier Scandinavian designers, mostly from the 1950’s-1960’s, as well as traditional shaker styles of New England. We’ve had a lot of influence from our families as well, both of us have craftsmen and craftswomen as parents. Our goal is to bring an element of design into any space, the organic lines of our shelves add interest and help to transform basic living areas into artful rooms.” - The Wavertree Company

Look for The Wavertree Company at the South End Holiday Market and South Boston Holiday Market.
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday November 25th click HERE
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday December 9th click HERE

http://www.thewavertreeco.com

Artists Illuminated: Tweet & Hoot

Welcome to 'Artists Illuminated'. A series where we turn the spotlight on our favorite holiday market artists and makers. Today we are featuring South End Holiday Market maker: Tweet & Hoot

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Tweet & Hoot

A data analyst by day, Tweet & Hoot's creator Katie, started the business as a simple way to use the creative side of her brain. After a hobby of card making turned into a serious collection of cards, Tweet & Hoot began distributing her cards on Etsy and locally. Shortly after she took back up her love of embroidering and used it as another canvas for her creative vision. 

"My embroideries make me laugh and I hope they do the same for you!" -Katie of Tweet & Hoot

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Here's what cutomers are saying about Tweet & Hoot:

"Ermahgerd! Once again, you came through on a custom order that looks even better than I'd imagined. Thanks Katie!!"

"Perfect for HIMYM fans! Exactly what we wanted!" 

Look for Tweet & Hootat the South End Holiday Market
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday November 25th click HERE

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Artists Illuminated: Erica Walker Jewelry

Welcome to 'Artists Illuminated'. A series where we turn the spotlight on our favorite holiday market artists and makers. Today we are featuring South End Holiday Market maker: Erica Walker Jewelry

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Erica Walker Jewelry

"Growing up in a home where there was always some sort of project going and our creative interests and endeavors were fostered, I developed a strong love and appreciation for handcrafted art.

My father was an incredibly talented silver & goldsmith by hobby and I remember spending hours on end watching him work and playing with his tools. So, when my sister Kiki Huston (Kiki Huston Jewelry Design) inherited his tools and began "smithing" I was inspired and encouraged to give it a try. Having experimented with many different mediums over the years, I felt almost instantly at home with silver." - Erica

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"Most of my pieces have a simple, clean, organic feel. My work isn't "flawless" and I'm partial to silver that has the feel of the artist's hand. I also believe that most pieces get better with the patina of time and wear. 

I get much of my inspiration from nature, the ultimate designer and my grounding place. I'm also continually inspired by the creativity and talent of those around me. 

Each piece you find in my my shop is handcrafted by me from start to finish using reclaimed and recycled sterling silver when possible. Thank you for your interest in my work and thank you for supporting handmade!"

Look for Erica Walker Jewelry at the South End Holiday Market
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday November 25th click HERE

Artists Illuminated: Bumble Belly Designs

Welcome to 'Artists Illuminated'. A series where we turn the spotlight on our favorite holiday market artists and makers. Today we are featuring South End and  South Boston Holiday Market maker: Bumble Belly Designs

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Bumble Belly Designs

Amy creates mixed media encaustic art and hand printed textiles in her home on the south shore of Massachusetts.  She discovered encaustic* after 14 years as part of the commercial photography team Keller and Keller.  It was on a photo shoot that she first encountered the medium and set out to teach herself about it.  

Amy's current work consists of her paper cut drawings collaged in layers of wax. Her pieces accentuate the depth that is characteristic of encaustic.  Oil stick, silver leaf, metallic powder and pigments are also incorporated into some of her pieces.  Her main influences are her summers on Cape Cod, her two children, vintage maps and books.  Her pieces are carried by 13 Forest Gallery - ArlingtonFire Opal - Brookline and Jamaica PlainLittle Beach Gallery - Hyannis and Left Bank Gallery - Cape Cod.  

Look for Bumble Belly Designs at the South End Holiday Market and South Boston Holiday Market.
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday November 25th click HERE
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday December 9th click HERE

Artists Illuminated: Greg Stones Art & Illustration

Welcome to 'Artists Illuminated'. A series where we turn the spotlight on our favorite holiday market artists and makers. Today we are featuring South End Holiday Market artist: Greg Stones Art & Illustration

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Greg Stones Art & Illustration

"What does it mean to be an artist? Well, here’s a thought: WHO CARES? Not me, that’s for sure. You pick up a paint brush, you paint something and BOOM! You’re an artist. Good for you.

Sure, I could have been a doctor, or a nuclear physicist, or possibly even a toll booth attendant, but a) I’m not that smart, and b) I have no commercially viable skills whatsoever. Except for painting. So here I am." -Greg Stones

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"Born in Glocester, Rhode Island where a man is a man, a woman is a woman, and babies are sent into the forest at the age of six months to be raised and educated by squirrels, I eventually broke free and went to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. While at school, I majored in Studio Art, learned to paint photo-realistically, and was the cartoonist for the school paper. Two years after graduating, I wasn’t getting very far painting pretty little landscapes, so I started adding UFOs, aliens, and flying people to my work. Then came the penguins and the zombies. And sock monkeys and garden gnomes. And any other random thing that would pop into my head while I was holding a paintbrush." - Greg

Look for Greg Stones at the South End Holiday Market
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday November 25th click HERE

Artists Illuminated: McCrea's Candies

Welcome to 'Artists Illuminated'. A series where we turn the spotlight on our favorite holiday market artists and makers. Today we are featuring South End and  South Boston Holiday Market maker: McCrea's Candies

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McCrea's Candies

Jason McCrea, Chief Caramel Scientist, has created something truly special.

Call it a dream. Call it a living. Call it a lifestyle. Call it a project or a passion, a product, or an art. Call it all those things, and you’d be partly right.

A scientist with a background in chemistry and an abiding appreciation for natural ingredients, Jason is a man possessed by the single, simple idea to make the best caramel in the world—nothing less.Jason is a bit quirky, downright odd sometimes. But you’ll love him because woven into his eccentricities are integrity, honesty and a firm commitment to quality. In the ways that matter, McCrea’s caramels are his best work.

Naturally, Jason had help along the way. Quirky, yes, but with a fair portion of humility, Jason recognized long ago that there are many things that other people do better than he does, so he assembled a team of complementary talents.

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Kate McCrea, Marketing and Product Development, keeps the entire company sane and talking to each other, not to mention the outside world. And to be clear, Kate wasn’t recruited by Jason; Jason was recruited by Kate—she married him.

Jim LaFond-Lewis, Operations, makes sure the caramel gets made, packaged and shipped, even though he bears a strong resemblance to a bald Oscar the Grouch.

Matt Roche, Caramel Professional, sees the big picture and positions McCrea’s to serve people with humility and respect. Don't think Wonka.

Karen Lempert, Caramel Troubadour, Customer Relations, customizes, personalizes and organizes with unapologetic passion. 

On any given day any one of them might be running the place, but one thing is certain: Everyone at McCrea's is dedicated to the same things as Jason—honesty, integrity and making the best caramel in the world.

Look for McCrea's Candies at the South End Holiday Market and South Boston Holiday Market.
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday November 25th click HERE
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday December 9th click HERE

Artists Illuminated: Three Sister Supply

Welcome to 'Artists Illuminated'. A series where we turn the spotlight on our favorite holiday market artists and makers. Today we are featuring South End and  South Boston Holiday Market maker: Three Sister Supply

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Three Sister Supply

"Three Sister Supply was a beloved hobby, that suddenly transformed into a business venture. We are just three sisters from Maine (yes we are actually sisters) who love to create. We throw Harry Potter marathons, talk, laugh and make bracelets all night. Creating brings us joy, it brings us together. 

One day while we were talking we noticed we were all getting asked the same question 'hey where did you buy that?' -- and we were all excitedly replying, 'hey we MADE that!' People were asking to buy the bracelets right off our wrists. We knew we had something here that we had to expand upon. There had to be a way to get our bracelets out into the world. Right before our very eyes, our little baby company was born."

Every piece from Three Sister Supply is made by hand by one of us. We scour flea markets, thrift stores, antique shops,  and friends old jewelry stashes all in the search for that perfect button, bead or charm. Finding these little treasures is one of our favorite parts of creating, every piece is just as unique as you are. No two will ever be the same, it would be impossible. 

In every piece, we finish we leave a little bit of ourselves. It might be our favorite found object, our laughter, perhaps a secret, maybe a faint smell of salt air because that piece we made at the beach. All things we now pass on to you, for you to make your own. For you to create your own memories in, to lift your spirits, to make you smile, to make you feel beautiful. 

These pieces are yours, to become staple items in your everyday wardrobe. To be that bracelet you don't take off all summer. That charm your sister steals every time she visits you. That necklace you wore on your first date with your true love. These pieces are made for you, with so much love, by us. 

Creating individual uniqueness and beauty inspires us. We feel the ability to do it by ourself, by hand, is a gift. A gift that we must share will all of you. The opportunities are endless. We hope to keep growing and expanding. And for our pieces to gain a special place in your hearts. 

We stand for quality beauty that will last beyond a season. Slow Fashion is a movement. And it's here. Hop on board."

XO

-The Three Sisters

Look for Three Sister Supply at the South End Holiday Market
For more info on the South End Holiday Market on Saturday November 25th click HERE