Bonnie’s Two Piece Tote Bag

Photos + Tutorial by Bonnie Kaye Whitfield

You are not going to believe how quick and easy this tote bag is to make. I first discovered this tote bag design after getting one with a purchase from a major retailer. It is simply constructed of two pieces of fabric. Brilliant.

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You will need:
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❖ 2 rectangular pieces of fabric

❖ scissors or rotary cutter to customize fabric sizes

❖ pins

❖ serger and/or sewing machine

❖ iron (optional)

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Your two pieces of fabric will determine your overall shape and size of the tote. One piece will serve as the body of the tote and should be wider and shorter. The second piece of fabric will serve as the sides and the strap of the tote and should be thinner (depends on the depth you wish your tote to have) and much longer. For the body of my tote, I’m using some scrap fabric from my studio and you can see that I sewed them together in order to have a large enough piece – so feel free to hinge pieces of fabric together if needed.

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Take the two short ends of your fabric piece that will serve as the body of the tote. Iron and pin a 1⁄2” hem and sew. This will create a more finished look for the top edges of your tote.

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Grab a bunch of pins and your two pieces of fabric and take a seat. Fold the body of the tote, so that the nice sides are facing each other on the inside. You’ll be pinning your tote together from the inside.

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Start by pinning the long piece of fabric to the bottom of the body piece, matching the center/bottoms. Keep pinning as you go around the corner edge of the long piece of fabric. Stop when you get to the top edge of the tote. Repeat on the other side of the tote, starting at the bottom/center of the bag again.

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Once the two pieces have been completely pinned together, you are ready to sew. You should also be able to get a pretty good idea of the overall size and shape of your tote at this point.

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I’m using a serger, but you can also simply use a sewing machine. First, begin by sewing the two bottom edges of the two sides. The length of the stitch will depend on the width of your strap.

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Next, you’ll do two long stitches and that’s it! Begin at one end of the tote and sew over the strap, until you get to the other side of the bag. Repeat on the other side.

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Turn the bag inside out and you’ll now have a splendid new tote, perfect for all your toting needs.

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Bonnie Kaye Whitfield designs and screen prints home textiles + paper goods under the name, Bonnie Kaye Studio. Products are created to inspire memories at home and around the table.  A donation is made with every purchase to help feed hungry Americans. www.BonnieKayeStudio.com

Adventures in Knitting: Summer Beach Tote with O-Wool Yarn

One of our goals for the year was to expand our craft supply section.  Since most supplies must be purchased wholesale, we can only add to our selection slowly so we don’t break the bank.  Yarn was one of the first things on our list to stock. We wanted to find a company that made their yarn entirely in the US.  We came across a wonderful Philly based company called O-Wool, which makes a line of organic cotton yarn in beautiful colors.  The cotton is grown in Texas and the yarn is dyed and wound right here in Philly.  And it turns out the owner of the company, Jocelyn Tunney, has been a customer of ours for years. Extra bonus!

Being a knitter myself, I couldn’t wait to try it out.  I wanted to make something for summer, since we got the yarn in a little later in the season.  I decided to design a beach tote.  I had intended on sharing the pattern on the blog, but I am not 100% happy with my design. The yarn knitted up really nicely but it ended up being a little bigger than I had initially envisioned.  I am not a knitting expert by any means.  I am still learning.  I like how it turned out overall but next time I’d make it smaller and use a more sturdier yarn for the base.  I felt the bottom of the bag stretched out a little more than I liked when I put in a beach towel, book & phone…… I might try a thicker cotton next time or maybe I’d use smaller needles to make it tighter.  I also thought I could make the bottom (knit in cinnabar) out of fabric , maybe canvas or leather & then knit the rest. I really like how the strap came out though!

It is a pretty simple pattern.  The base is just a seed stitched rectangle that I knit on two needles.  Then I picked up stitches all around with double points & continued knitting in seed stitch for a few inches.  I switched over to the Natural colored yarn and knit in a basic faggoting stitch until I felt it was big enough, then I seed stitched for a couple inches and bound off.  I used graph paper to plot out the shaping of the strap.  I picked up stitches on each side and seed stitched each strap separately.  They taper off at the top & look cute tied together.

I love the yarn & with a bit of tweaking to my design, I think I’ll have a great summer beach tote to share with you all eventually. I can’t wait to try out the yarn on some other project ideas I have cooking up in my head.

Here is a link to what we have in stock.  I think it is very affordable for organic yarn.  At $6.75 a skein, you get a good amount out of it.  This bag took 1 skein of cinnabar & 3 skeins of natural.  Try the yarn out for yourself, I think you’ll like it. Happy knitting!

September Crafternoon Recap

We had so much fun this past Saturday at our first ever Crafternoon!  We are definitely going to make this a monthly event – so please sign up for our email newsletter or follow us on Facebook/Twitter for updates!

We met up at Penelope Rakov‘s studio in the morning & she treated us to donuts & coffee while she chatted about her work & walked us through her process.  Here are some photos from the visit.  Check out all the photos on Flickr.

Penelope (far right) chatting about her work

 

bars of colored glass that Penny uses to pull glass cane used to make her jewelry

Penny showed us each step that is involved in her process. Here are bundles of pulled glass cane.

after Penny talked about her work, we all got to shop her entire collection, which included new & older pieces. All crafternoon purchases were 20% off!

We found a drawer filled with finished glass pieces that just needed to be set in sterling silver. A few of our crafternooners picked out their favorites from the drawers & Penny custom set them!

After we were finished at Penny’s studio, we headed over to Art Star for a lovely spread of food from A Full Plate Cafe.  Bonnie & Susan of Kaye Rachelle were all set up & ready for us.  They chatted a bit about their line of printed home textiles & then we dove right into our make & take!  They created 3 simple chevron designs cut from acetate & crafternooners could choose their color/design/placement for their tote/tea towel.  We had tons of extra totes & towels, so everyone got to make a few.  The results were great!

Bonnie & Susan with their three screens. They gave us step by step instructions on how to silk screen. The cut stencil technique is so simple to do at home. Their chevron designs were inspired by the One & Two Liberty Place Buildings right here in Philly. All three designs worked so great together – perfect for layering them onto the totes in different color inks.

Bonnie & Susan showing us how to print. Everyone loved the minty green color they mixed! They chose the perfect fall palette – this green, mustard yellow, & navy blue. Susan suggested mixing a little of each color in with the color you choose so they all have the same tone & work nicely together.

The lovely Lisa Castellano is the first one up to print her tote bag!

Lisa with her completed tote bag

Me (Megan) hanging up all the printed totes to dry.

Thanks so much to Penny, Bonnie, & Susan for making our first Crafternoon so special.

Visit their websites: http://peneloperakov.com/ + http://www.kayerachelledesigns.com/

An Interview with Jamie Williams of Dop Dop Designs

First time ASCB booth mates Jamie Williams of Dop Dop Designs and Amber Zaraza of Phea Jean interview each other and find out what is in store for the upcoming bazaar! This first post features Amber’s interview with Jamie of Dop Dop Designs.  Enjoy!


How and when did dop dop designs develop into a business?
Where does the name dop dop come from?

The name dop dop comes from my youngest son, Kiefer.  When Kiefer was nearly 1, he didn’t say many words, but he sure loved flip flops. Having difficulty speaking, he would always call them dop dop’s.  As time went on, he would say dop dop whenever he was happy.  So, eventually, dop dop came to mean “all things good”.   My design focus started with an emphasis on aprons due to Kiefer’s acid reflux and my need to protect my clothing during feedings. There were a ton of cute burp cloths and baby coverage, but nothing for me.  So, I started designing aprons that were durable, easy to care for and pretty without being over the top. Therefore, I felt it only right to immortalize Kiefer’s role (and sweetness) in the development of my brand,  In July 2011, dop dop designs became a legitimate business.  Three years later, here I am expanding my products and hoping to transform your kitchens.

Describe the dop dop style.
My style is fresh, and clean but with an element of whimsy. Specializing in kitchen accessories,  I like to merge utility and practicality with a dash of happiness and turn the things that we need into the things that we want.  dop dop designs is all about versatility, quality, easy care, and pops of color.  I put the extra care into production so that you don’t have to.


What inspires your work?
As for inspiration,  I am totally inspired to create a comforting haven at the dinner table where my family and yours can reconvene at the end of each day.  Life is full of fast paced activities, dinner  shouldn’t be one of them.  Even when my children are getting mac n’ cheese for dinner,  I love how they feel like it’s the most special thing ever! Simply using a cloth napkin and a place mat transforms the everyday into an occasion.   Many expected and unexpected events can become inspiration.   Inspirational things (for me):  sounds and smells of the ocean, walks in the woods, running water in the shower, blooming flowers,  80’s/90’s industrial music (oddly enough),  old photo albums, and canning.

What items will you be bringing to the bazaar?

dop dop designs will be bringing a slew of items to the ASCB November 8th and 9th.  As always, full and half aprons in fantastic fabrics will be available,  potholders (deluxe and mini grabbers),  reversible placemats, double-sided deluxe napkins, linen napkins,  reversible table runners, and market tote bags made of vintage tablecloths~ perfect for any excursion.   All items are made of 100% premium cotton and handmade in Chester Springs, PA.


What dop dop item is perfect for gift giving?
All of my items are the perfect gift for anyone who has recently moved into a new home or apartment, an avid cook, anyone who has recently remodeled their kitchen, or someone who loves to create intimate dining spaces.  dop dop designs’ potholder gift sets are the perfect hostess gift,  placemats and napkins are the perfect gift for the new homeowner, and a fantastic one of a kind market tote would please anyone with a heart!

What other artists at the bazaar are you excited to check out?
I am so excited to be a part of the ASCB this fall, not only as an artist/maker, but as a shopper!   I’m a big pottery fan and love giving pottery as gifts….so, I’m looking forward to Little Flower designs for those needs.  As a sewer, can’t wait to see Group Hug Quilts!!!  Big quilt fan and love their work!  For my nieces, I am sure to be hitting up Dahling accessories.  AND, of course, I am looking forward to Phea Jean.  Nobody works vintage fabric like Amber.  Can’t wait!

ASCB Vendor Spotlight: Holly Hue Clothing

Holly Kerr - the lovely lady behind Holly Hue Clothing - in her studio

Did you go to school for fashion?  If so, where did you study?
I did not got to fashion school, but did go for Elementary Education. I have always been crafty and resourceful which is a trait I learned growing up with a single mom. I have been sewing since I was 12 yrs old, starting off with easier projects like pillowcases and quilts to eventually teaching myself pattern making and clothing construction.

What types of items will you be selling at the bazaar?
I make up-cycled, one-of-a-kind hoodies and dresses with an a-symmetrical zipper that I call Hip Zips. I also make hand bags and tote bags.

screen printed piyo bag by Holly Hue

What materials do you work with?
Recycled jersey and sweater knit for the Hip Zips. Canvas twill for the totes.

How are your items made? Describe your process.
I try to find bright colors, or the craziest and ugliest prints from the thrift stores. Everything is washed and then cut open at the seams to then be used as a fabric. I draft my own patterns and then the magic happens I guess. I love to color block and mix unconventional patterns. My hip zips definitely have an 80’s feel.  I don’t really know what something is going to look like until I start pulling colors and prints together. It’s a very artistic ritual that keeps myself always excited about the process.

Are you able to make your work full-time?  If not, what do you do for your day job?
I do pretty much do this for a living. I also teach Zumba but that’s really a labor of love.

Women's Hip-Zip Hoodies + Dresses by Holly Hue Clothing

Who are some of your favorite fashion designers?
Anna Sui, I love her bold prints and colors.

What are you reading/listening to right now?
Can’t remember a time when I had the time to read, so it’s audiobooks all the way while I am working if I am not listening to Pandora.

AudioBook- Clockwork Angel
Music- everything from melodic hardcore to electronic indie.

Men's Hoodies/Vests by Holly Hue

Where would you like to see yourself and your art/craft business in the next 10 years? I’ve been doing this for 7 years and to keep doing it at the same pace I have been is totally fulfilling to me. I love living in Buffalo and traveling all over the country for indie craft fairs as well as selling my stuff in indie boutiques, on my website and etsy.

Visit Holly at Booth #56 at our upcoming bazaar!

Eling of Migration Goods Shares Her ASCB Shopping List

Hi everyone! Eling from migration goods here. As a maker I rarely get enough time to properly shop at the events I am vending at, and this is doubly so during the fall + holiday seasons. I am always kicking myself at the end of a show because I haven’t had enough time to complete my own shopping!

This year I decided I would try to organize + plan my holiday shopping ahead of time for events that I know will have really great vendors– like, yup, the upcoming Fall Art Star Bazaar!

Here’s what’s on my list (so far)!

All of Dirty Ass Soap‘s soaps are so fun, but this ramen soap is definitely tops on my list for gifts this year (hope none of the potential recipients are reading this)

Also on my list for gift shopping (and in the category of food related accessories): The everything bagel necklace from inedible jewelry

and the amazing Old Bay Seasoning earrings from Flat Rat Studio. (Their pet portraits are totally on my own wishlist too).

I’m obsessed with paper goods & can never find enough time to look at them all! But I’ll be making a point to find Bowerbox Press next weekend for this card & to check out all the rest of the lovely work in person.

 More paper goods please! I can’t wait to see Sarah Ryan‘s sweet cards + illustrations up close!

For my book-loving friends (and me too), I’m very excited to pick up these bookmarks from New Academy Press, and this super-cute tote from Common Rebels too.

Common Rebels also makes a ton of cute cat items, which I will be shopping for my cat-loving friends. Speaking of those cat friends, I’ll also be looking for this sweet cat lover scarf from Red Prarie Press.

If my friends/family are very very good, they might find themselves the recipients of one of these gorgeous spoons or sake cups from Melissa Weiss Pottery (I’m coveting these ramen bowls for myself).

And how cute is this stegosaurus from By Yivvie? Some tiny (or not so tiny) people I know may need a few of these plushes…

A couple other items I will be checking out for some potentially very lucky folks include this beautiful whale skeleton necklace from J.TOPOLSKI (I am saving up for this sloth bracelet for ME!)

 and the beautiful printed work of Bonnie Kaye Studio — so good!


Finally, I’m really excited to see these diorama & miniature pieces from metamorphosis metals up close!


And I won’t be leaving without a print for myself from Naughty & Nice. I’m pretty sure I want Tag You Are It (below), but I’m also eyeing The Terror of the Sea

really hope I get a chance to see all of these things in person next weekend, but at least I’ve made my list, right? There are SO MANY talented artists + makers vending at the Fall Art Star Bazaaron November 8th + 9th. Don’t forget to check them out ahead of time here & make your own list!

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Thanks to Eling from Migration Goods for sharing her Art Star Craft Bazaar Shopping List!  Be sure to stop by her booth to check out her line of adorable felt accessories and illustrated paper goods.


ASCB Vendor Spotlight: Kaye Rachelle

 

the ladies behind Kaye Rachelle; Susan (L) & Bonnie (R)

Company: Kaye Rachelle
Proprietors: Bonnie Kaye Whitfield + Susan R. Dreifuss
Located In: Philadelphia / New Jersey
http://www.kayerachelledesigns.com

Art Star: Tell us a little bit about yourselves.  What are your backgrounds & how did you two meet?  When did you decide to transition your art making into a business?

Kaye Rachelle: We met at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 2008 as MFA candidates in Printmaking.  We were studiomates, busy focusing on our independent work.  But within the next year, we were asked to collaborate as designers & printers for a special Pratt project – we designed & screen printed all the home textiles for two showroom apartments at 3rd + Bond Apartments in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.  We had never before screen-printed on fabric – and it rocked our world.  Custom orders started rolling in from our friends and family.  After getting entrepreneurial advice live on Fox Business News just days before graduation, we dove forward & have yet to look back.

Autumn Morning Cloth Napkin

AS: Are you able to focus on Kaye Rachelle full time or do you have day jobs?

KR: While Kaye Rachelle certainly feels like a full time job for both of us, we have day jobs, too. Bonnie is a teaching artist for the Mural Arts Program, and Susan teaches art classes for a non-profit organization in NJ.

Cloth Napkins

AS: Do you both work on all aspects of the business, or do you each have specific jobs that you focus on?

KR: We collaborate from start to finish but we do have specific tasks.  We live about two hours apart, so we are constantly communicating via g-chat and email.  Primarily, Susan is in charge of inventory, printing fabrics, & research, whereas Bonnie sews & works on daily communication, such as emails, Etsy posting, & social media.

Bonnie & Susan in the studio

AS: What is your creative process like?  Do you fully plan out a piece from start to finish?

KR: Our goal is to release a new batch of designs twice a year, with other special & custom design projects in between.  After deciding on a main theme & creating an inspiration board, we then work individually to come up with a variety of designs.  From manipulating photographs we have shot to scanning in drawings, we pull imagery from our daily inspiration.  Together, we choose & polish the designs that are the strongest and most complimentary to one another.  Lastly, we select our seasonal color palette.  We like the idea of customers being able to pick a product, design, & color that fits perfectly with the aesthetic of their home.

AS: What types of items can we find in your collection?

KR: Our collection includes screen-printed pillows, placemats, table runners, cloth napkins, tea towels, wall organizers, market totes, cocktail napkins and small prints on paper.

Fire Escape Pillow

AS: What are some of the inspirations for your collection?

KR: Our latest line (Fall 2011/Winter 2012) is called Transported.  It consists of a collection of prints inspired by travel and transportation, such as crosswalks, traffic lights, bicycles & Philly’s 30th Street Station.

AS: Where do you hope to see Kaye Rachelle in the next 5 years?

KR: We hope to be in a variety of retail locations nationwide and to eventually open our own space.  Our goal is to find a location where we can print, teach, sell, eat & entertain. (We are both avid cooks!)

Tea Towel

AS: Do you have any new products in the works?

KR: Yes! We are currently working on wine totes, aprons, and Philadelphia-inspired recipe cards.

AS: Aside from the Art Star Craft Bazaar (and soon Art Star!) where can
customers find your work?

KR: In Philadelphia, our products can be found at COOK, SquarePeg Artery & Salvage, and Lodge215.  We also sell at Clover Market in Ardmore, PA, and will be at the Crafty Balboa Holiday Market on Sat. Dec 17th at the Broad St. Ministry.  We also have products at Teich in the West Village, NYC.  Last and not least, you can find our latest creations on Etsy, at www.KayeRachelle.Etsy.com.

AS: What can customers expect to see in your ASCB booth?

KR: From floursack tea towels to linen throw pillows, expect to see a cozy array of our screen-printed textiles, ready to wrap up as gifts.  We will also have hostess gift bundles, a sweet way to say thanks to your holiday hosts.

Visit Kaye Rachelle at Booth # 10 at our upcoming Art Star Craft Bazaar

 

ASCB Vendor Spotlight: Everyday Balloons

We are excited to welcome new vendors Becki Hollen and Chris Bencivenga from Everyday Balloons!  Visit them at Booth #76!

Becki + Chris from Everyday Balloons

Did you go to art school? If so, where did you study?
We both have BFAs from Edinboro University. That’s also where we met!

What types of items will you be selling at the bazaar?
We will have a variety of items screen printed with our original illustrations: t-shirts for people of all sizes, handmade totes and bottle bags, paper prints and more.

Yellow Bunny Wine + Whiskey Bag by Everyday Balloons

What materials do you work with?
We will try to print on just about anything we can get our hands on, but mostly we stick to paper, fabric, and ink of course. Something we’ve been experimenting with is screen printing on shrinky dinks.

a print in the works

How are your items made? Describe your process.
Initially everything starts with a drawing, sometimes we incorporate found patterns and textures. Then we make the layers for printing by cutting ruby lith and using paint markers. All our prints are hand pulled by us regardless of the material we’re printing on. Our handmade totes and bottle bags are cut out and individually pieced together. Each one is one of a kind.


Are you able to make your work full-time?  If not, what do you do for your day job?
Right now, Everyday Balloons is our after hours gig. We both have full-time printing jobs. Chris works at Commonwealth Press, a screen printing shop, and Becki works at Sapling Press, a letterpress printing shop.

Robots & Satellites TShirt by Everyday Balloons

Who are some of your favorite artists?
Jay Ryan. The Little Friends of Printmaking. We’re big fans of Wes Anderson and we’ve recently started a small collection of My Paper Crane pieces.

What are you reading/listening to right now?
The Zombies, First Aid Kit, and The Beach Boys. We wish we had more time to read. Right now there’s a few cooking blogs we frequent (Shutterbean and The Kitchn to name a few) to support our other hobby, cooking.

Bunny Onesie by Everyday Balloons

Where would you like to see yourself and your art/craft business in the next 10 years? 
We would love to be working for ourselves, making our art full time, and raising a family (and maybe some chickens) in a cabin in the woods.

Visit their blog to learn more! http://everydayballoonsshop.tumblr.com/
+ become their fans on Facebook

ASCB Vendor Spotlight: Miss Millie

Melissa Crotty working in her studio (with her dog!)

Company: Miss Millie
Proprietor: Melissa Crotty
Located In: Philadelphia
http://shopmissmillie.blogspot.com/

Art Star: How did you learn your craft? Are you formally trained in ceramics or are you self taught?

Melissa Crotty: I started working with clay through an apprenticeship about 12 years ago. I worked with a woman in Western New York who in trade for working in her studio taught me how to throw. She was an inspiration and a mentor. She really pushed me to study the arts even further. I wasn’t totally convinced on going to a 4 year art school right away so I enrolled in CCP and traveled a bit doing workshops at places like Penland School of Crafts and Anderson Ranch. Eventually, I landed at Alfred University where I received a BFA in sculpture in 2005.

Duck Bud Vase by Miss Millie

AS: What drew you to working primarily in porcelain?

MC: I’ve worked in a lot of different materials and a lot of different clay bodies. I like porcelain because I apparently really like a challenge and I love the way it feels in your hands. I also love the way color pops on and next to the stark white of the raw clay body.

AS: When did you start your business?  Do you work on Miss Millie full time?

MC: I’ve dabbled in craft shows for the last few years but really started taking my business to new levels this last year, doing more shows and gearing up for more wholesale. I work on Miss Millie pretty much all the time but I also waitress a few days a week.

Miss Millie's Studio

AS: Where do you work on Miss Millie?  Do you have a separate studio?

MC: I have a studio at 13th and Carpenter. We have a great community of artists in the building. We do craft shows there twice a year called The South Philly Handmade Brigade.

AS: Do you have any employees/interns?

MC: I do not have any employees but I might take on an intern next semester. I could really use some help but I’m somewhat of a control freak so I’m going to have to figure out what I can have someone else do.

Bowl & Tumbler by Miss Millie

AS: I went to school for ceramics myself, so I know that there are many steps involved in creating each of your pieces.  Tell us a bit about how your work is made.

MC: I start out slip casting lots of parts (heads, legs, arms, bugs, animals, flowers, ect.) and put them in a wet box so I can use them later. I then roll out slabs and build forms such as mugs, bowls, vases, tumblers and cups. Then comes the really fun part, assembling and designing what goes on the forms. Like a collage process I take a form and add some cast pieces and then maybe more pieces and then possibly a drawing. Then they dry for about 2 weeks. They are fired once I apply glaze & then they are fired again and are finished (unless I’m adding a decal – then they are fired a third time).

AS: What is your creative process like?   Do you start with a sketch/plan or is it more of an intuitive process?

MC: I start out with an idea of what form and then the additions and drawings are intuitive. It’s really fun for me that way because I’m never exactly sure what I’ll come up with.

Flower Earrings by Miss Millie

AS: What are some things that inspire you?

MC: My inspiration comes from so many places like nature, traveling, architecture, food, people, animals, dance, music and seeing other artist’s work. I also really love vintage dolls and I’m totally fascinated by the people who collect them. When I was younger my great aunt was a collector of clowns and I really loved going to her house even though the dolls were kind of bizarre. I’ve been thinking of her collections a lot lately and feel like this doll series is inspired by her.

AS: Who are some of your favorite artists/crafters?

MC: Oh man this is a hard one because there are so many. Off the top of my head… Frida Kahlo, Bansky, and Nick Cave (the fabric artist, not the musician, although I do love the musician also.) There are so many amazing crafters in this city. I really love Peg and Awl, Bloodmilk, madebyhank, Dahling Accessories, girls can tell, DMT Design, Fabric Horse and Volta Organics to name a few.

Girl Vase by Miss Millie

AS: There are many different kinds of pieces in your collection – mugs, bowls, vases, lanterns, jewelry, pill boxes, herb markers, etc.  Do you have any new forms in the works?

MC: Yes I have dessert plates, salt and pepper shakers and soap dishes that are new. Oh and some new jewelry!

AS: Where do you see Miss Millie in the next 5 years?

MC: In five years I hope to be running smoothly doing mostly wholesale with a few employees, always working on new designs and hopefully in a warmer climate.

Boots Tumbler by Miss Millie

AS: What do you enjoy the most about running your own creative business?

MC: I can bring my dog to work!

AS: What will you be selling at the upcoming ascb?

MC: I’m going to have new jewelry and some new ornaments. I’m also working on some packaging for gift ideas, which I’m really excited about.

 

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!
www.holidaymarket.artstarphilly.com