Meet Jeffrey Brown of Greenmarket Purveying!

Art Star: Did you go to art school?  If so, where did you study?
Jeffrey Brown: Yes, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studying Interior Architecture.

AS: What types of items will you be selling at the bazaar?
JB: Our hand poured candles, in unique packaging designed by us!

AS: What materials do you work with?
We only use American made materials that are as all-natural as possible, including food-grade soy wax, all-natural fragrance (no icky synthetic perfumes), cotton wicks, recycled paper packaging and handmade paper boxes.

AS: How are your items made? Describe your process.
JB: We hand pour all of our candles in batches no greater than 35, in traditional warming pots. No hoses, no industrial equipment–the old fashioned way. Our candles are also all hand signed and numbered…

AS: Are you able to make your work full-time?  If not, what do you do for your day job?
JB: We are lucky to be able to be busy enough to do this full time! If I had to work on the side, I would go back to decorating and photo styling…

AS: Who are some of your favorite artists?
JB: I collect vintage and antique oil on canvas landscape paintings, most of which are unsigned, or signed by artists of little notoriety. I tend to gravitate to works that were clearly done solely for personal pleasure, and handed down and inherited through family members (until they end up on eBay or flea markets)… As for works of established artists that I covet and would LOVE to collect, I enjoy the work of photographers like Stephen Shore, Gregory Crewdson and Diane Arbus who transform people, places and things we see everyday, into extraordinary imagery.

AS: What are you reading/listening to right now?
JB: Sirius XM 70’s on 7. I’m old.

AS: Are there any bazaar participants that you are excited to check out this year?
JB: I LOVE Twig Terrariums–their tongue-in-cheek humor is right up my alley! I have also always loved Volta Organics soaps when I come across them in stores, so am pumped to have their entire assortment in front of me (although I might implode with excitement). Additionally, I’m a dude that likes his small accessories, so am also intrigued to see Bregga & Co.’s leather goods up close and personal.

Thanks for Sharing Jeffrey!  Visit him at the Art Star Craft Bazaar this weekend at booth #101 

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