there’s just a little time left for holiday shopping this year, but i wanted to call out some fab handmade gift ideas from some of the local Crafty Supermarket vendors! even though time’s running out, the shipping should be fast. :)
VisuaLingual’s Midwest Seed Bombs
These are seriously blowing up, so to speak — they’ve had mentions in tons of national magazines. Each cute screenprinted bag contains five seed bombs with a mix of wildflowers native to the Midwest. $6
SMARTFISH handmade red flats
These adorable handmade flats are completely vegan and made without any adhesives. Alisha dyes the hemp canvas and pours the rubber soles into molds herself. Truly made in Cincinnati! $95
Paper Acorn’s set of 6 snowflake gift tags
These tiny tags come with silver strings to tie to your most precious presents. Each is two pieces: a silver circle and a die-cut blue circle. $5
Lori Brown’s Ruth softie
Under the moniker morninglori, Lori makes hand-embroidered creatures out of fleece and cotton. Baby tested and adult approved! $28
grey goose gifts’ biggie smalls necklace
This simple sterling silver chain has two circles, one big, one small. Pretty, simple and affordable! $20
grace dobush’s “crafty superstar” book
If you or a crafter in your life is trying to make a go at a DIY business, this book is a must-have. It’s got first-hand advice from 25 indie crafters on how to run a craft business and balance your crafty life with your day job. $15
VisuaLingual is a small design and print studio located in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. Our practice is based on a passion for multidisciplinary theory and research, which we translate to visual language inscribed onto paper, screen, and the environment. We visualize aspects of places through self-authored and commission based work. By keeping our operation compact and flexible, we are able to deeply explore the idiosyncrasies of hyper-localized cultural production, focusing on Cincinnati and beyond.
Born in Gdynia, Poland and raised in Gdynia and Brooklyn, Maya Drozdz received her BA in Philosophy+Critical Theory from Cornell University and her MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her interests center on graphic design theory, particularly its intersection with popular culture and the urban environment. Her professional experience includes identity, print, interaction, and environmental design, as well as teaching, lecturing, writing, and curating worldwide design exhibits.
Michael Stout was born and raised in Indianapolis. He received his BFA in Visual Communication from the Herron School of Art and Design and his MCP from the University of Cincinnati. Michael’s interests include urban geography, cartography, architecture, urban design, and typography. His professional experience incorporates these interests into print, identity, fashion, environmental, and experimental design projects for exhibits and publications.
Nimmy Saustra & Tallie Designs
DaNelle Jenkins is a mixed-media jewelry artist who enjoys creating wearable art. She is inspired by color, silhouettes, and shapes and motivated by fashion, both vintage and urban. She enjoys learning and experimenting with new techniques and media for unusual couplings, and finds inspiration in both vintage and natural objects. She’s passionate about crafting, and equally impassioned about women’s health and social issues. She has most recently contributed pieces to the following silent auction events: The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati’s Gala de Monte Carlo, Susan G. Komen Foundation’s 3rd Annual Spin for the Cure, and Women Helping Women’s Glam Rock Red event.
At SaysYou, you’ll find plenty of hand embroidered whimsies to hang on your wall. Everything can be customized from floss colors, hoop colors, your very own initial, needlework, or just an idea. There are NO patterns involved, not a duck or a crosstitch to be found. Just pure, unadulterated, originally designed embroidery completed by hand and all the little tugs and knots and love that go along with a needle, thread and a vision. Try it, you’ll like it!
With just three weeks left until Crafty Supermarket, it’s high time to better introduce you to our crafters!
Drew Steinbrecher, Cincinnati
Inspired by a lifetime love of vintage illustration, housewares, and fabrics, Drew combined a degree in graphic design, 10 years of professional experience and innate style to open Kitsch Café. Providing unique vintage objects and collectibles, as well as handmade accessories and stationery made with vintage fabrics, items are chosen and created to be stylish and memorable and always contain a sense of humor. Located in Cincinnati, the company originally sold only vintage items, adding handmade items in the spring of 2009. Kitsch Café items are found online, and in many local shops and boutiques.
Have you been wondering what, exactly, you’ll find at Crafty Supermarket? Voila! Our 2009 Vendors page is now up, with all the fantastic crafters who’ll be hawking their wares at our show!
Many of the 19 crafters, makers and artisans come from Cincinnati, some are from further away. Some are familiar faces on the indie craft show circuit, others are brand new to it. We’ve got knitters and printers and artists and button-makers, and even an embroiderer.
Check ’em out and start making your shopping list!
Holy crap, what a response! Alisha and I have our work cut out for us, but we will notify all vendor applicants whether they were accepted for Crafty Supermarket by Oct. 10. There is no doubt in our minds that this is going to be a kick-ass craft show.