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