In the Studio with Julie Moon

Porcelain Skull by Julie Moon

This month’s edition of “In the Studio” features the work of ceramic artist Julie Moon. Julie Moon is originally from Canada & worked in the garment district in Toronto before she began her career in the field of ceramics.  She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2010 and is now a resident artist at The Clay Studio right here in Philly.  Julie creates incredible sculptures but also has a production line of ceramic jewelry & skulls that we carry here at Art Star.  Julie was kind enough to give us a little glimpse into her everyday studio practice through photos.  Enjoy!

A snapshot of Julie’s studio at The Clay Studio.  Love seeing all the sculptures drying on the side there!

Julie slip casts all of her skulls from a mold.  Here they are drying before they can go in the kiln.

Here are some flowers in progress. These will be made into jewelry or used as crowns on some of the skulls’ heads.  The skulls with flower crowns always sell out first here at Art Star.

A bucket of glazes.  The next step is glazing.

Here they are after they have been glaze fired.  The final step will be to apply the decals to the skull heads.

I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek.  Here are some more pieces by Julie that we just added to the site!

Flower Stick Pins by Julie Moon, $40 each


Geometric Pendant Necklaces by Julie Moon, $80 each

Buttercup Stud Earrings by Julie Moon $50

Visit Julie’s website for more info and to check out her amazing sculptural work
Check out our entire collection of her skulls and jewelry

Meet Julie Lange of On 3 Designs!

Julie Lange with her bag colletion

Next up in our series of Art Star Craft Bazaar Vendor Profiles is Philadelphia based textile artist/designer, Julie Lange of On 3 Designs.  Julie crafts beautiful clutches, bags and purses from her own screen printed fabric designs.  Visit her at the bazaar at booth #69!

Art Star: Did you go to art school?  If so, where did you study?
Julie Lange:
Most recently I worked in Financial Services but I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  I worked in the field for over 11 years in manufacturing providing engineering support to everything from Corelle dishware to TV parts to pharmaceuticals.  (If you stop by my booth, ask how many of these companies used a form of screen printing.  Seriously  :))

AS: So where did you learn to do your craft?
I always had an interest in arts and crafts, taking classes on the side at local community colleges, etc.  I tried everything – drawing, painting, pottery and frankly, I hated sewing until I took a class as an adult while living in LA…lower Alabama.  Then I was hooked and so my addiction to fabric started.  More recently, I learned to screen print from Candy Depew at the Candy Coated Center and from Bill Brookover at Fleisher Art Memorial.   Screen printing fabrics to use in my sewing projects is my new passion.

AS: What types of items will you be selling at the bazaar?
JL: I will be selling handmade handbags and clutches.  I am introducing some new cross-body bags and jewelry made from fabric too.  About 60% of my collection right now is made from original, screen printed fabrics and sewn on the 3rd floor of my home, hence the name, On 3 Designs.

AS: What materials do you work with?
JL: I screen print using waterbased fabric inks on high quality quilting cottons, linens and sometimes denim to create all my items.  Since I LOVE fabric, I carefully select commercially made fabrics that compliment my original line of fabrics.  

AS: How are your items made? Describe your process.
JL: Each project starts differently.  Typically, I create an inspiration board from magazine clippings, or my personal photos.  (The pre-pinterest way!)   I save a lot of images that I like even when I don’t know what I am going to do with them – people, places, color combos, etc.

If I am printing my own fabric, then, I plan and choose the best method to create the silk screen (stencil, photographic process, etc), often starting with hand sketches or scanned photographic images.  I hand screen print in my home studio or at Fleisher Art Memorial.

Each bag is sewn by me using professional sewing techniques that I have learned over the last 18 years.  I use multiple layers of interfacings and interlinings to keep the shape of my clutches, even when you carry your cell phone and keys.

new fabrics


AS: Are you able to make your work full-time?  If not, what do you do for your day job?
JL: Yes!  And I love it!  About a year ago, I transitioned from a fulltime corporate job to officially launch my business.  In addition to my core business, making handbags, I also teach fashion, sewing and textile design to adults and children at Main Line School Night, Chester County Night School and the Eilandarts Center.  Occassionally, I take requests for custom drapes and clothing too.  It’s been super exciting, a little stressful at times but always fun!   Big thanks to my husband and daughter for supporting me through my new endeavor!

Julie with some of her students

AS: Who are some of your favorite artists?
JL: My favorite artist is Gustav Klimt, for both his simpler sketches as well as his more popular paintings of women emblazened with shapes, textures, many, many colors and golden metallics.  I would love to wear the garments these ladies are donning!

Gustav Klimt

AS: What are you reading/listening to right now? 
Read?  I am sewing ALL the time.  No time to read though I do have a guilty pleasure…watching Shark Tank on TV Friday eves!

AS: Where would you like to see yourself and your art/craft business in the next 10 years? JL: I’d love to offer clothing items in addition to fashion accessories with a small team of employees helping me to grow the business in to more retail shops.

Julie’s studio – on the third floor!


AS: Are there any bazaar participants that you are excited to check out this year?
JL: I am looking forward to seeing Once Lost Jewelry.  I was amazed last year by the re-use of materials, making each piece look interesting instead of just recycled.  I’d love to have Michelle make me something from vintage jewelry pieces I have in my collection from my grandparents.



DIY Silkscreen Kit Debut / Make + Take with Julie Lange

The lovely Julie Lange of On3Designs has been hard at work creating a new line of DIY Silkscreen Kits, which she will be debuting at our DesignPhiladelphia Celebration / Closing party for Farmhaus + Friends on Friday, October 11th from 6-9pm.  Guests will be able to sample one of the kits on a piece of muslin to create their own one of a kind scarf to take home with them.  The make & take is completely free but we encourage visitors to purchase a kit to take home with them!

Each kit will  include a screen, 3 stencils of 1 design, small package of textile ink (which can also be used on paper), a squeegee and directions.  There will also be refill packs for purchase that will include 3 stencils of 3 designs.  These kits are great for kids 10+ up or beginners who would like to learn how to silkscreen.  By using the kit, you will learn what you will need to do to create your own one of a kind designs!

Here are some samples of what your finished scarf may look like but there are endless possibilities of what you can create!

We did a wonderful blog feature on Julie & her line of hand printed purses and bags.  Click here to learn all about her and her work!

Art Star Holiday Market Opening Weekend!

The first Art Star Holiday Market weekend is coming soon – Black Friday through December 1st!  Here is a little teaser of the types of goodies you will be able to buy.  Check out the opening weekend’s  full vendor lineup on the website! 

Left to Right: Julie Moon, Peg + Awl, Cutesy but not Cutesy, Typothecary Letterpress, Hannah’s, Fuzzy Ink, Boutique Textiles, Yardsale Press, Inedible Jewelry

Shop for the perfect holiday gifts in recycled storage containers, ice skate, grab a beer + drink from The Lodge pop up Restaurant, enjoy a light show by Klip Collective, sit around the fire pits & make some s’mores + so much more – all in one spot!  Free to attend!!

Check out our FACEBOOK invite, let us know if you can come & help spread the word!

Art Star Holiday Market Shopping Guide for 11/29

We cannot believe that the Art Star Holiday Market is now LESS than a week away!  I’ve put together some eye candy to get you pumped and ready to shop.  These are the artists you will find on opening day – Friday, November 29th from 11-8pm.  And remember, the mix of vendors will be changing each day, so keep coming back!!

 Black Heart Letterpress makes cheeky greeting cards, coasters, and bookmarks.  Expect some great letterpress holiday cards too!

Bregga + Co makes impeccably well made leather wallets and card holders.  Any of his items would make perfect gifts for the special dudes in your life.

Cutesy but not Cutesy has been a staple at all our shows throughout the years.  She makes the most adorable plush monsters that I am sure you all know and love by now.  These monster hoodies are her latest hit – they just got a full spread in Real Simple Magazine! Go Diane!

Endless Hats are another craft bazaar regular.  Their hats are extremely well made from recycled textiles and like their name states, their styles seem to be endless. I’m sure they will have a ton of  cozy winter hats to warm your noggin while you ice skate.

Fabric Horse makes top notch bags, utility belts, lock holsters and more for the lady or gent on the go.  My hubby got me one of these superhero utility belts in my favorite colors – pinks/reds/oranges and it is seriously my most prized possession b/c it hold everything – cell phone, wallet, keys, tools, bike lock, etc.

Fuzzy Ink makes the best silkscreened T-shirts, hoodies, cell phone covers + more.  His illustrations are quirky, cute and typically involve a mustache or two.  I am in love with this new barber shop quartet T.  So many dudes on my holiday list would appreciate this.

Julie Moon is currently a resident artist over at my old stomping grounds – The Clay Studio.  She is originally from Toronto and makes incredible ceramic sculpture.  We carry her line of jewelry and skulls at the shop, which is what you will most likely see from her at the holiday market.  I just added the above Tribal Necklace to the website- it is one of my favorite pieces in the shop right now!

This Totes Amazeballs bag is made by local master printmaker, Marisha Simons.  Marisha teaches various printing classes at the University of the Arts and is in the midst of rolling out a line of products that will be debuting at the Art Star Holiday Market.  Expect beautifully printed cards, totes, mugs, table runners, dishes and more!

Erin & I have both been huge fans of Megan Auman’s jewelry for years now, so we were tickled pink when she accepted our invitation to participate in the market.  Megan has both her BFA + MFA in metalsmithing, so you know her jewelry pieces are built to last.  Pick up a bold statement piece like the necklace pictured or opt for a simpler leaf design in sterling silver or steel.  She also makes a line of vibrant pillows and scarves in fabrics she also designs – girl does it all!

Mimi McPartlan is a new artist for us.  She is from Cape Cod and is currently a resident artist at The Clay Studio as well.  She received her BFA from Alfred University and worked at Klein Reid in Brooklyn before coming to Philly.  She makes stunning slip cast ceramic work. Expect modern and well designed functional pieces like mugs, plates, cream + sugar sets, butter dishes and more!

Another craft bazaar regular, Peg + Awl, will be set up selling their ever expanding line of reclaimed wood housewares and accessories, hand bound leather journals, jewelry and more.  Margaux and Walter Kent are the husband/wife duo behind this incredibly popular handmade brand.  What I love about them is that all of their items were first made for themselves and their two little boys to use in their daily lives.  That in itself makes each piece truly authentic and really made with love.

Stay tuned for my Shopping Guide for 11/30 + 12/1, which includes a new mix of artists!

Our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!

Looking for a unique gift for your special someone on Valentine’s Day?  Look no further. We’ve put together a list of handcrafted goodies that will make your girl or guy’s day!

Laure George NotecardFirst, start with the card! We’ve got a huge selection of hilariously adorable ones by Laura Berger. $4.50 each

Angle Devil Kasie StrohmDoes your lady have a devilish side? How about this Angel/ Devil Ring by Kasie Strohm. Handcrafted from sterling silver with a gold fill halo. $32, various sizes.

Amy Rice LilliumThis piece by Amy Rice is a hand painted Gocco print of a lillium on correspondance from 1911, how romantic! $60

ZangerleLooking for something a little less serious? How about this wood heart handpainted with acrylic by The Maple Ridge.  Features a saw tooth hook on the back for easy hanging. This art piece is also extremely affordable, at just $40!

heart broochSpeaking of hearts, we love these anatomically correct ones by Julie Moon. Made from sculpted porcelain, painted gold luster and decals, these brooches can be pinned to your sweetheart’s coat and kept close to his/her own heart!  $50 each

Fox Love PendantYour lady is a total fox and so are you! So pick up this Fox Love Pendant by Audrey Laine Collection. Hand cut from sheet brass and hung from an 18″ sterling silver chain. $65

Fluffy Co BuckleYour boyfriend (like us sadly) spends far too much time watching cat videos on the internet. I think he needs this belt buckle featuring cats barfing rainbows. Though, who doesn’t need one of these. $24.

Cock Tee Cock Tee. That’s all you need to know. Get it for your man. $28

His and HersYou just moved in together! Pick up this screen print by Yardsale Press and hang it in your new bathroom, cuz its official! (Also available are Hers + Hers and His + His. I don’t have them online yet but they are available in store. If you’d like to purchase one of those online, just email us) $15

Bonnie Kaye PaperOur regulars know that we will gift wrap your purchases for free, happily! However, if you are weird like me and LOVE to gift wrap, pick up this gorgeous screen printed paper by Bonnie Kaye Studios and Do It Yourself!  Or let us do it for you!  $6 per roll.

Those are just a few great Valentine’s Day gifts ideas, we’ve got tons more.  Come on by and we’ll help you pick something special out. xo – Megan




Off to Renegade!

We are off to Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn this weekend! If you plan to come check out this awesome indie craft explosion, please come say hi!  We will be at booth #167. Our booth will be chock full of handmade goodies by a variety of artists from our shop, including some favorites like Horrible Adorables, New Academy Press, Noosed Kitty, Kristin Tercek, Paper Sparrow, and Julie Moon!

Shop LOCAL this Holiday Season!

With everything going on in our country right now, it is so important to support small businesses. Not only this holiday season, but all year round! Shopping at a small business benefits your local economy much more than shopping at a big box store – it generates 3.5x more wealth for your local community in fact! It is also WAY better for the environment, as mom + pops are more likely to reuse and recycle materials. These are just a couple of broad examples. A curated shopping experience, better customer service, higher quality products, more unique items….oh, I could go on forever. But I’m preaching to the choir here, right?


I know it is tempting to just sit in your pajamas and buy all your gifts on amazon, but that’s kinda boring don’t you think? Instead, why not get some exercise and explore Philadelphia’s multitude of amazing gift shops. You can easily find gifts for everyone on your list. Of course, we’d love for you to come do all your holiday shopping at Art Star (hey we’ll make your life easier and even wrap it for you!) but we know you can’t get EVERYTHING here. So here is a list of some of our favorite local shops that offer fantastic gift items and a lovely shopping experience.


Omoi Zakka Shop

My number one favorite store in Philadelphia. The most perfect design and lifestyle store.

Select 215
Sister shop to Omoi and just as special.

Once Worn Consignment
The BEST collection of second hand clothing. She also tends to get a good amount of designer brands.

If you don’t know about Jinxed, you’ve been living under a rock. The most affordable and awesome selection of vintage stuff.

Remember Fosters Urban Home (RIP)? This is its replacement. Modern kitchen wares, home goods, baby/kid stuff, kitschy/designy stuff.


Ritual Ritual

Ritual Ritual
The most gorgeous selection of jewelry to be found under one roof.

City Planter
My favorite garden shop in Philly. Great selection of plants, planters, succulents, air plants, and they even have ornaments and herbs. Love it!

Brickbat Books
Best book selection for the discerning reader.

Moon & Arrow

Moon & Arrow

Moon + Arrow
Probably one of the best shopping experiences ever due to how absolutely gorgeous the space is. I could live here.

Smak Parlour
Owned by two local fashion designers that create the most darling, girly clothes!

Lost + Found
One of my all time favorite stores that carries great clothing brands at great prices. They also have a wonderful jewelry, accessories, and vintage selection.


The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio
Their shop offers  handmade pottery by leading ceramicists from across the globe. They also offer classes and workshops so you can make your own ceramic gifts to give this season!

Fante’s Kitchen Shop
They have a great selection of cookware, bakeware, cutlery, and more. Basically heaven for the home cooks and chefs in your life.

Fabric Horse
The highest quality cycling bags, backpacks, pouches, lock holsters, hip packs and more
**update** I just got word that her storefront is now closed, but you can still shop her collection online. Everything is still made in Philadelphia here!

Bario Neal
Quality jewelry handmade from ethically sourced materials.

My favorite yarn shop. High quality yarn and also fantastic customer service. Just go in with an idea of what you want to make and they will give you a pattern and point you to the right yarn and needles!

Last, but certainly not least, I must mention two other wonderful handmade shops – Vix Emporium (West Philly) and Nice Things Handmade (South Philly). Both are owned and operated by lovely women. If we don’t have the handmade item you are looking for, these ladies likely will!

So get out from in front of your computer and shop small! What are some of your favorite local shops?

Current Exhibition: Farmhaus + Friends

The Farmhaus & Friends Exhibition is now on view in our gallery through October 20th and is part of DesignPhiladelphia! We will be having a closing reception + DesignPhiladelphia Celebration on Friday, October 11th from 6-9pm. Julie Lange of On3Designs will also be at the event to debut her new Screen Printing on Fabric kits. Customers will be able to try them out for free! More details on this will be in my next blog post. In the meantime, check out Farmhaus & Friends online. I am slowly adding pieces from the show, so check back often!

About Farmhaus + Friends:
Ben McBrien of Farmhaus has brought his signature rustic modern style into Art Star where he has installed a version of his dream home, starting with a handmade bed and dining room table made from reclaimed and responsibly sourced wood.  The pro-surfer turned wood worker has also included carefully chosen pieces handmade by Philly friends, which complete the look of the urban beach loft that McBrien has created

The friends of Farmhaus include: Project Runway Season 1 winner Jay McCarroll, ceramicist Audrey Cooper, graphic design/ tattoo artist Mike Ski, sculptor/designer Bill Curran, photographers Trevor Moran and Dominic Episcopo, woodworker Rachel Fuld, and master knitter Jane Likens who have lent their skills and work to help realize McBrien’s vision. Together they have created a home truly made by hand from quality materials and expert craftsmanship, reflecting Ben’s love and respect for his friends and the work that they create within his community.

I hope to feature each of the participating artists on the blog – look out for that this week and next!

Art Star Craft Bazaar 2013

Save the Date! The 2013 Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar will be held on May 11th + 12th at The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.  And guess what?  This is our 10th Art Star Craft Bazaar!  We’ve decided to revisit one of our favorite designs by Julie West for this year’s logo.  This is the first image she designed for us – she just reworked it a bit this year. She also gave us a design with gold highlights, which we hope to use for the print materials.

If you are an artist and would like to participate, we are now accepting applications!  Deadline is March 5th, Midnight.  Spread the word to fellow artists!

I finally uploaded Carrie Bender Hill’s beautiful photos from last year’s bazaar.  We were blessed with incredible weather ALL WEEKEND for like, the first time in I don’t know how long.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend.  More HERE on our Flickr page.

(P.S. if you are an artist that participated and there is a photo of your work, feel free to include your name and website in the comments section on FLICKR)