Cisco’s ASCB 2013 Vendor Spotlight

Hey there! I’d introduce myself as the better-half of the better half of Art Star, but then Megan AND Erin would be fighting each other over who gets to kill me. Let’s just say that I’m the Official Art Star Helper Monkey, ASCB Artist Concierge, and their 24 Hour Personal Geek Squad all wrapped up into a tidy, Castro-cap wearing bundle of joy. Nice to meet ya.

The lovely ladies of Art Star asked me to pick some of my favorite vendors that are going to be at the Art Star Craft Bazaar this year and present them to you. I have to say, it was very tough to choose. There are so many amazing and talented artists this year. However, the assignment was five vendors and that’s what I’ve got for you. So, without any more of my yammering, here are my picks for Top 5 ASCB 2013 Vendors:

5. B. Goods
Here’s the thing: Amy, who owns B. Goods, is too clever. In fact, when I first saw what she was selling, it made me angry… that I hadn’t thought of it first. Not to gloss over the paper planes, rock/paper/scissors, or mini Polaroid designs she has but, you can get any text that you want put inside a speech bubble (assuming it fits)! Nicknames, inside jokes, memes, whatever you can imagine, she will do. The crazier, the better. It’s my go-to gift when I need something personalized and fun.
4. Meerwiibli by Sarah-Maria
You are a lady that likes clothes that are flipping adorable? Surely, you must know about Meerwiibli! Swiss Miss, Sarah-Maria, designs and hand crafts fantastically cute coats, shirts, dresses, skirts and more. The patterns and fabrics and colors make me SQUEE! I have to say, I do feel a bit left out. More men’s attire, please!
3. Laura Berger
The paintings and illustrations of Laura Berger make me think of a happy time. They also make me think of Adventure Time, by Pendleton Ward, which is never a bad thing. Her style, color palette and the overall perky tone of her work never fails to bring a smile to my face. I’m sad to say that I do not yet own a piece of her original artwork, but that is something that I hope to rectify at the ASCB this year.
2. Spaghetti Kiss
I never leave an ASCB without a shirt, hoodie or tie from Spaghetti Kiss. There are always new and interesting designs and I love the slightly dark, mecha-animal style of his illustrations. Mike, the artist behind it all, couldn’t be a nicer guy. I’m excited to see what he’ll have this year.
1. Twofour
New to the ASCB is Twofour and I was very intrigued when I saw the teaser image on the Vendor page. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these pieces. The highly graphic designs, bright colors and weathered treatment are very appealing. I could always do with more wolves, rats and skulls. WANT!
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