Julie Green, from UpUpCreative, gave me the low down on the crafty scene in Rochester, New York. Julie is a talented graphic designer whose work is bright & bold. She’s also the brains behind the Each Penny Pretty design blog. Check her out on Twitter!
In the last few months, I’ve become oddly obsessed with ceramic jewelry. I think I love how it is both delicate & chunky. So when I saw the beautiful work at Lily Pottery, I knew Greenville, South Carolina would be the home of this week’s Shop Local post! Lily Pottery doesn’t just make jewelry, though. Lily Stratton also creates unique housewares & home decor items – citrus reamers, bundt pans, bird houses, wall pillows…
Lily’s studio is just one of 30 located in the Pendleton Street Arts District of West Greenville. On the first Friday of each month, you can join in a gallery crawl to see the artists & crafters at work.
Danielle Miller’s jewelry incorporates movement into each piece to create more than a beautiful object but an experience for the wearer. She says, “This kinetic aspect of my work creates an intimate and unique relationship between jewelry and wearer. My jewelry, by definition, is not only an object of personal adornment but also an object of personal interaction and recreation.”
If you’re looking for something a bit more industrial, check out Wingo Designs. I’m a fool for anything with text, so the graphic numbers and hand-written notes of their pendants really caught my eye! Wingo Designs also creates modern & organic metal pieces for landscape design.
Finally, Mollie Greene, of Royal Buffet, creates beautiful home decor & art objects from clippings of paper and other ephemera. Her creations would be the perfect way to add a small touch of handmade to your home.
It’s also worth noting that Mollie’s husband, Aaron, is a photographer who takes the striking images of her work! He owns Greene Photographs.
Do you know of a thriving arts & crafts community? Please drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let me know!
This week, I decided to take a trip abroad to bring you the Shop Local post. My finger landed on Tel Aviv, Israel on the ol’ Etsy globe. I hope, one day, to be able to visit Israel – so much culture, so much history – but for now, this virtual shopping excursion will have to suffice!
Neta Amir is a formally trained fashion designer who left the commercial fashion industry to create one of a kind dolls. Her dolls’ quirky sense of fashion created such a following that she was convinced to recreate their accessories in people-size! The slippers above are the result of this inspiration! Neta describes the comfort of these slippers as like “walking in a blanket.” Yes, please!
Shlomit Ofir, who has a degree in industrial design, creates unique & affordable jewelry.
And now for something completely different…
Gabby from Post creates these wild “tattoo” socks! Let this winding design poke out of a skirt or cropped trousers and you will certainly turn some heads at the office. Post also stocks vinyl decals and textural silver rings, designed by Tal.
Limor from OTIOT is also a trained textile designer working towards her degree in industrial design. She features sun dresses, onesies, and other children’s clothing in addition to the burp cloths pictured above that she will personalize in any language!
If you’re lucky enough to be in the area, stop by the Tel-Aviv Contemporary Crafts Market that’s held every Tuesday and Friday in the Nahlat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall! Purchase handmade wares from the artisans themselves and discover that self-expression through craft knows no bounds.
I’m in the first state, for the first time, for vacation. So I thought it fitting that I should bring you the best of Delaware for this week’s shop local post!
On our first night here, we stopped in a tiny little building set just off the main boulevard of Rehoboth Beach. Heidi Lowe Gallery is an “Innovative Jewelry Studio” that houses small exhibitions of jewelry art throughout the year. I got to see a display made up exclusively of earrings!
The inside of the gallery is quite simple and the displays change with each exhibition. For the jewelry exhibition, Heidi had affixed black silhouettes to the cream colored walls. Each silhouette displayed a single earring.