Holiday Bonanza Artists in the Spotlight
The Bridge and Fleaville have teamed up to host the 2015 Arts & Crafts Holiday Bonanza, running December 5th – 19th from 1pm – 7pm daily. The Holiday Bonanza features artists’ works of all varieties, from handcrafted soaps and personal care products, to stylish tees and jewelry, to gorgeous prints, and much more! Learn more about the contributing artists through our Artist Spotlight feature.
Elaine B of Elaine B Jewelry creates tiny sculptural worlds using traditional jewelry materials, incorporating geometric elements to make objects that are light and wearable but have a weighty presence. Many of her materials are milled from recycled metals, and all of the design and construction is done by hand in her own small studio in downtown Charlottesville.
Jacqui-Bay of I Wear Blue Tights makes kitchy and crafty jewelry and other bits and bobs. I Wear Blue Tights is your best memory of childhood re-imagined into functional “grown up” pieces. From cardboard boxes turned succulents to puffy paint earrings, I Wear Blue Tights offers all of the nostalgia without the glitter-covered leggings (well, Jacqui’s are probably glitter-covered).You can find Jacqui-Bay on the web at http://www.iwearbluetights.com.
Lisa Shook of Royal Revolution Crowns makes colorful, jeweled crowns out of felt and other materials to kindle the imagination of children and adults alike. All ages can embrace the beauty and joy of play when wearing a one-of-a-kind crown from Royal Revolution Crowns!
Flame Bilyue, Artist strives to create a mystical, magical experience in her art where the viewer is transported to unknown realms full of beauty and vibrancy. She uses bright, colorful images that evoke dreams of ecstatic play and that call the heart to dance – images that tap into our childlike wonder. Find out more about Flame Bilyue’s work at http://flamebilyue.com.
The Innisfree Village Art Studio is a group of artists residing at Innisfree Village, a life sharing community with adults with disabilities in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They stitch, stamp, swipe, mark, make, squish, pat, and sketch their way into a world only they can create. Learn more at innisfreevillage.org.
Lisa Ryan is a collage artist and Bridge neighbor, living in Belmont and working from Wilco Studios in the Beck Cohen building. A long-time writer and poet, she pursues collage as a form of visual poetry, combining the real and the unreal. All works are analog originals. More information at http://cargocollective.com/lisaaryan
Curbside Pickins makes pendants, bracelets, rings, earrings, cards, garden tags, ornaments, purses and woodwork with as many recycled, found materials as they can. The illustrations they use for their jewelry, cards and ornaments are actual pages that come from vintage encyclopedias, cookbooks and children’s books. They use materials from recycling centers, and items that they find curbside or at construction site dumpsters. A lot of the fun behind their crafts is looking for and finding the materials they work with. Connect with them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CurbsidePickins/.
Herb Angel provides seasonally inspired, high quality, small batch herbal products and an eclectic array of medicinal and culinar herbs. She grows whatever items she can, collaborates with other local growers and wildcrafters, and sources the rest from certified organic and ethical sources. Browse healing salves, herbal bath scrubs, and more. Learn more at www.herb-angel.com.
Stronge Designs is the small owner-operated company maintained and stocked by Andrew Strong. He develops commercial-based designs and graphic illustrations, and publishes them in multiple forms of media. Browse his online portfolio for examples of his work (or come to the Holiday Bonanza and see it in person!): http://www.strongedesigns.com
Feelinsumthin loves to make paper beads, and it shows. She combines her gorgeous beads into beautiful necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. She takes custom orders, as well. Connect with her on Facebook.
Lola & Bella Designs, a hand-made greeting card line out of Crozet, Virginia, was founded in June of 2006. Lola & Bella offers all-occasion cards, blank cards, and custom greeting cards, portraits of children and pets, and more. Each drawing embodies her utmost appreciation and admiration for its subject. Find out more at http://www.laurenstangil.com.
East Coast Azure crafts Southwestern-Inspired treasures for the drifter and the dwelling. From the raw crystals to the hair-on hides to the fringe leather vest, every piece has a story. These one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and leather bags are handcrafted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central VA. Learn more on Facebook.
At Lux Aromatica, every single item is made by hand out of their small production studio in Orange, Virginia. Lux Aromatica® soy candles and other aromatherapy delights are hand-crafted in small batches and completely free of synthetic ingredients. They use soy wax and cotton wicks for candles, beeswax, botanical butters and carrier oils for skincare, and essential oils for fragrance. More is at their website: http://www.luxaromatica.com.
Jen Siomacco of A Pocket Novel is a maker of textiles, jewelry and paper goods out of her studio in Charlottesville, VA. She has a particular passion for hand-printed textiles, letterpress and block printing, and collecting gemstones of all varieties and crafting them into jewelry. Find out more at www.apocketnovel.com.
The Wild Wander is the work of illustrator Clara Cline of Richmond, VA, inspired by her abiding curiosity for forgotten history and the natural world. The Wild Wander’s screen printed work is pulled by hand using environmentally-friendly water based inks, and their paper is made by US mills. Find out more at http://www.thewildwander.co.
Pip’s & Co. makes earrings, necklaces, and bracelets for men and women, and hair accessories for women and children. Her handmade accessories use a variety of new and vintage materials to create affordable and unique pieces. Connect with Pip’s & Co. on Facebook.
Sigrid Eilertson is an artist and art therapist living in Charlottesville, VA, and the owner of the late, great Firefish Gallery. Her colorful graphic teeshirts celebrating Charlottesville and Virginia are instant classics.
Lamprey & Birch is the jewelry line of designer and writer Rebecca Perea-Kane. Each piece is made individually in her Charlottesville, Virginia studio. For more, see http://www.lampreyandbirch.com/shop.
Little Paper Crane offers handcrafted jewelry made of locally sourced and repurposed copper. Her designs are one of a kind and small-batch, and everything is made in her home studio. Connect with her on Facebook.
Arley Cakes’ work stems from a passion for butter, parties, feeling like a kid again, and making beautiful things with her hands. She makes custom products, and also began baking at Brookville Restaurant in the spring of 2015. She hopes to someday open a bakery that empowers women from low-income neighborhoods by providing job opportunities and mentoring. Learn more at http://arleycakes.com.
Come out and browse these artists’ pieces at The Arts & Crafts Holiday Bonanza Handmade Market at The Bridge, 1pm to 7pm through December 19th, 2015!