Artists Illuminated - Visual Haiku

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

VISUAL HAIKU

Ami Fagin has been producing original and reproduction fine art since 1985.

The inspiration for her newest series: Visual Haiku came as a sudden motivation for daily and concise meditations on life, in general.  After a month of this pursuit, it became clear that a new and endearing body of work had emerged.

Ami’s work follows three main branches and she has three web galleries reflecting her large body of artwork.  Her original calling as a manuscript illuminator offers gorgeous wedding illuminations and traditional ketubah on her website: www.20thcenturyilluminations.com.

Her educational work in genocide awareness and prevention in “thinking through art” can be found on her website: www.beyondgenocide.net.

And this newest series most likely will be her daily meditation in life’s twists and turns, comedies and tragedies.  With her mature skills at expression with a brush and paint, she captures the essence of the moment, whatever that moment may portend.

Visit all of Ami’s work on any of these sites and buy some great art, support genocide prevention and celebrate love and marriage with any of Ami’s line of artistic productions.

Look for Visual Haiku at the Salem Holiday Market.
For more info on the Salem Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 16th + 17th, click HERE

Artists Illuminated - Hastings Studio

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

HASTINGS STUDIO

Irene and Jonas Hastings are the husband and wife duo behind Hastings Studio. The Illustrators met at The Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and settled in Massachusetts after marriage and children. Their Studio is in Whitinsville, MA where they produce artwork by the boatload. They maintain their own styles and processes for making art while showing it together as a couple. Hastings Studio create, print, bind, and package all of the work themselves.

Look for Hastings Studio at the Salem Holiday Market.
For more info on the Salem Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 16th + 17th, click HERE

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Artists Illuminated - Hunter's Tea

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: Hunter's Tea

HUNTER'S TEA

The appeal of single-estate tea is clear.

Just as single-origin chocolate or coffee, single estate tea brings out singular taste experiences between different flushes providing a unique yet forever changing palate. It can be expensive, as supply is inherently limited, but can also have a greater purity of flavor than blended teas because all of the leaves share the same origin. 

"Hunters Tea Fact: We use single estate teas in all our blends leading to a refined taste, increased quality, and deliscious flavor."

Hunters Coffee is the devilish brother of Hunters Tea while staying completely organic. As a subscription-only product with the occasional market appearance, we are bringing you closer to fresh, craft roasted beans than you have ever been before. We carefully work with local craft roasters to have your coffee beans delivered with no more than 72 hours between roast and arrival. Start your week off right by using the fresh craft roasted organic beans. There is a difference. Trust us.

Look for Hunters Tea at the South Boston Holiday Market.
For more info on the South Boston Holiday Market on Saturday, December 9th, click HERE

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Artists Illuminated - Hubba Hubba Foods

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 & Salem Holiday Market maker: Hubba Hubba Foods. 

HUBBA HUBBA FOODS

Hubba Hubba Foods began as holiday stocking stuffers for friends and family. When everyone was coming back with the empty jars for more, Hubba Hubba was born. A decade on, still working out of a quaint kitchen in York, Maine, Hubba's line has extended to spice blends and perfected the no-added-fat granola. 

For those who can’t stand the bland, Hubba Hubba Foods offers up 11 unique spice rubs and herb blends to tantalize your taste buds, plus a no-added fat granola. All Hubba Hubba products are made in small batches at their coastal Maine location with complex flavor combinations you won’t find anywhere else.

Look for Hubba Hubba Foods at the South Boston & Salem Holiday Market.
For more info on the South Boston Holiday Market on Saturday, December 9th, click HERE

For more info on the Salem Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 16th + 17th, click HERE

Artists Illuminated - Salem Style

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

SALEM STYLE

"I love Fashion. I love Salem. And I love to Crochet." The story of Salem Style:

"Salem Style was founded in December 2011. It all started with a hat. I wanted to make a hat for my boyfriend for Christmas. I had been crocheting for 15 years and had only made scarves and blankets (anything rectangle). My mother sat down with me and showed me how to read a pattern and make a hat. I found myself making lots of hats and designing my own patterns. Then one day someone asked, “hey, where did you get your hat?” and Salem Style was born!

Anything but your grandma’s crochet, Salem Style offers unique handmade accessories for the stylish individual.

Every item is crocheted by hand, by me, in historic and beautiful Salem Massachusetts."

"Designing and creating accessories is definitely a passion of mine. I am so excited every day to have a handmade business. I love to have fun and just laugh and be silly. I am also a huge fan or tea. I have more tins of loose leaf tea than I know what to do with and it’s incredibly overwhelming. I love yoga and it’s a goal of mine to attend more classes and workshops. I think winter is beautiful but I will always choose a warm destination over cold. I think I could eat sushi every single day. I have a cat named Holly, and I call her my “fur baby” and I love her to pieces."

Look for Salem Style at the Salem Holiday Market.
For more info on the Salem Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 16th + 17th, click HERE

Artists Illuminated - Lola's Urban Vintage

Welcome to 'Artists Illuminated'. A series where we turn the spotlight on our favorite holiday market artists and makers. Today we are featuring Salem Holiday Market maker: Lola's Urban Vintage

LOLA'S URBAN VINTAGE

Artist Nicoletta Lyons can be described in a few words: Chic, Edgy, and Urban.  A designer and photo stylist, Nicoletta creates one of a kind, reconstructed vintage, and contemporary accessories.  "I am inspired by the urban landscape, graffiti, and classic vintage patterns and designs". Nicoletta has a BA in Theater Arts/Costume Design from the University of Massachusetts   She began her career as costume designer for local and professional theater companies in Boston. Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Working, Macbeth, and School for Scandal are among her professional credits.

After attending the Museum School of Art in Boston where she studied Jewelry/Metals, Nicoletta brought her modern and edgy design aesthetic to her jewelry and handbag line. In addition to designing accessories, Nicoletta is a freelance photo stylist in both Boston and New York. Nicoletta acted as part of the styling team for top designers Baby Phat, Rock & Republic, Alexander Herchcovitch, Abaete, Jeremy Scott and more during New York's Bryant Park Fashion Week in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014 and 2015.

Nicoletta successfully utilized her design and marketing skills as an independent designer, stylist, and entrepreneur. Lola’s Urban Vintage evolved from Nicoletta’s passion to create affordable and cool accessories for the young,  hip customer who loves fashion and the street art culture.

Look for Lola's Urban Vintage at the South Boston & Salem Holiday Market.
For more info on the South Boston Holiday Market on Saturday, December 9th, click HERE

For more info on the Salem Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 16th + 17th, click HERE

Artists Illuminated - Red + Wolf

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

RED + WOLF

Rachael and her partner, a German Shepherd rescue named Chaco, created a line of eco-friendly greeting cards called Red + Wolf. It is their aspiration to bring endangered species to light through beautiful, watercolor images while simultaneously raising money for wildlife conservation efforts, and connecting friends through the rare handwritten note. Each design is hand watercolored, digitally enhanced, and printed on eco-friendly paper. All the materials used for Red + Wolf products and their shipping are eco-friendly. Additionally $1 per card sold goes to wildlife conservation. The hope is that through this Red + Wolf can help people stay connected, promote awareness of the need for conservation, and actually make an impact in helping to preserve our planet and the creatures in it.

Red + Wolf is very environmentally conscientious.  The environmentally conscious paper is made from 100% post-consumer recycled material and manufactured using renewable Biogas Energy. This paper is FSC ® Certified, Ecologo ® Certified, and Ancient Forest Friendly. It is also both chlorine and acid-free. Envelopes come from an all-American paper mill. This factory has been running on 100% renewable hydroelectric energy since 1922.

"The craft envelopes we use at Red + Wolf are made from 100% post-consumer recycled material and are FSC ® certified. The environmental practices of this paper mill have conserved over 1,000,000 barrels of fossil fuels to date and avoided the release of more than 700,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere compared to its competitors. It also produces surplus energy for the local utility, supplying power to their community."

Look for Red + Wolf at the Salem Holiday Market.
For more info on the Salem Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 16th + 17th, click HERE

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