Just 2 days away folks! And we are almost done introducing your to our vendors. So lets continue.
The Diggingest Girl
Looking for some awesome illustrations and prints? Take a look at the hand crafted drawings and relief prints made by Diggingest Girl. Inspired by good books, folk tales, and nature there is sure to be something for everyone.
The Handmade Society
From making trendy leather cuffs to beautiful hand carved mandala art this couple has it all covered. One, a calm and peaceful yin, the other an edgy and exciting yang. They complement each other perfectly. And so does their art.
The Wood Frog
Making wonderful wood products from locally harvested sustainable lumber the Wood Frog tries to make sure their company leaves a small footprint on the earth. From six pack holders, garden accessories, to chicken coops, this family can build it all.
Can you believe it folks?! We are only 3 days away from our Spring Mini show. We are super excited to welcome these artists this year.
New to the BHM this year is the wonderful Tactile Melodies creating beautiful jewelry with constellation inspiration. But she doesn't stop there folks. She's got loads of other wonderful jewelry to pick from. All of which would be great for Mother's Day.
Teehaus Bath & Body
Creating a wonderful line of soaps, creams, exfoliants, and so much more Teehaus is a one stop shop for all your bath and body needs. Made of all natural products grown on her very own farm. You won't find any chemical fillers or anything like that in Teehaus products.
The Butterfly Road
Creating one of a kind nature inspired jewelry is what Butterfly road is all about. All her pieces are made from real butterfly and moth wings. But don't worry folks, they only come from ones that aren't alive. She finds them on her nature walks and along road sides. Using stain glass techniques she creates these wonderful pieces of art.
Today we've got some BHM veterans to share with you today.
Using her favorite animals as inspiration Sadly Harmless creates illustrations from ink and watercolor to create her wonderful prints. And don't forget about her shadow boxes. And don't forget, she will also be having a gallery opening on Friday, the night before the Spring Mini at Gather. So stop in and see what new things she has in store.
A local to Bloomington, husband and wife duo, Starsprinkle Supercollider make one great collaboration. He makes awesome illustrations and she make amazing jewelry. Together they make the perfect match.
Sunday Afternoon Housewife
Popular t-shirt designer will be back again for all your local Indiana shirt needs. We love her INlove t-shirts and we are pretty sure you will too.
In just a few days BHM will be gracing the interior of Fountain Square on the south side of the downtown square in Bloomington, and we're just SO excited!! Some of you may wonder, why the change in venue? And we'll answer, honest and openly - because we wanted to share with you the brilliance that is our downtown, and that is Fountain Square Mall (recently rebranded to Fountain Square).
Did you know that the block that Fountain Square now sits on used to be 8 separate buildings? Eight separate buildings that were just rotting and decaying from the inside out? And our beautiful downtown was just a shadow of what it is today, that is, until CFC took the initiative to rejuvenate the entire block of Kirkwood by connecting and restoring those once Loved buildings! Such great care (and Love) was taken in the restoration - and you can tell by just taking a simple stroll through the mall!
When you're in this Saturday, make sure to look up at the exposed brick in the vestibule and atrium - dream about what it must have been like when that area was likely just an alleyway between two unattached buildings. The sun now beams through enormous gorgeous windows and sets that place on fire (figuratively of course) to make for the best wedding, prom, event photos you can ever imagine. Take a walk downstairs and think up stories about that exposed limestone and brick that make up the nooks and crannies hidden away around corners and up half flights of stairways. Cruise up the glass elevator to the third floor and find yourself in a ballroom fit for a king - a ballroom that once had DROP CEILINGS covering those beautiful paintings - paintings that CFC restored to their once glorious beauty - now there for posterity.
But it's not just the history of the building that draws us in - that helped us to host our spring mini here. It's also the glorious INDEPENDENTLY owned and locally operated stores and shoppes that grace this building - from Will & Rose to By Hand Gallery, from The Green Nursery to Gather - there's something for everyone! Men's gifts from Andrew Davis, women's gifts from Tivoli, and something for everyone at The Game Preserve. Walk downstairs and meet the sweet sweet family that runs Stefano's. Stop in O'Child to meet the new young owners and say hi to their smiling 6-month old! Wave to the security guard who makes you feel safe and protected, because you are. It's a small little world inside FSM, and we're glad to be a part of it, if even just for a day.
So, when you visit this weekend for BHM - remember to take a look around. Remember to come back. Because it's never just about us - it's about our village - and we're proud to be part of the FSM and Bloomington village.
Our apologies for missing vendor introductions last Friday. It's ok though, it just means today is going to have loads of fun vendors to introduce to you. So let's get started.
Mary Wells Design
Using wool felt, cotton and vintage fabrics Mary Wells Design makes some of the cutest little creatures! She puts all the love into making them so that the kids, and adults, who get her animals will also feel the love and smile all the way.
The creator behind Mint Lilly creates beautiful jewelry inspired by her Icelandic heritage. Modern and minimalist these are sure to make your friends green with envy when they see how wonderful they are.
Making locally-crafted gourmet candies inspired by her grandma's candy dish Newfangled Confections has something to hit that sweet tooth. This would make a great Mother's Day gift for the mom who has everything and loves sweets.
If your style is modern and minimalist then you are in the right spot. Combining whimsical and French flair makes her unique jewelry one of kind pieces that you won't find any where else.
From a passion for book binding the maker behind Ohmmygolly Press creates pieces with the love and thoughtfulness. From her love of paper, books, and sculpture each piece is a tribute to the human spirit.
Making home and body products from all natural materials is what makes the guys from Onyx Exchange so popular. A candle from these guys would make a great gift for someone who loves things that smell amazing and fresh.
Making wonderful boxes, luminaries, and party decorations Paper Acorn is your number one stop for wonderful things made out of paper. Her things are just so neat! You are guaranteed to stop at her table and just wonder how she does it all.
We have such marvelous support in our community and it just comes from all kinds - from doctors to bakers, from city workers to photographers - all the way to realtors.
We know Theresa has helped out quite a few small businesses in her time as a realtor, and we're excited to have her on our side!
For all your real estate needs, be sure to pay a visit (or send an email) to Theresa Sicinski with Re/Max Real Estate!!
And the vendors just keep rolling.
We all love a good stuff creature of pillow but by be normal when you can have a unique kreature from Kelly Kreatures. All her kreatures are one of a kind creations and are fun and whimsical. Any child, or adult, will love the crazy things that Kelly makes up.
A husband wife team dreaming up fun and unique clothing items such as shirts, infinity scarfs, and their awesome head huggers. They make them in all kind of fabrics to suit your needs and they are really comfortable to wear.
Liza Michelle Jewelry
Using real element from nature to make metal castings for her one of a kind jewelry Liza Michelle has some very unique pieces of jewelry that are sure to make a statement.
This year we're excited to have Southern Indiana Pediatric Dentistry as a first time sponsor. Do you have small children? Do you have children? Well, we here at BHM (two local mamas btw) can both speak highly of Dr. Matt and his staff. Find something fun in our swag bags from them as well!! First 50 through the door!!
We are just going to keep rolling on with introducing our vendors to you.
Half Hazard Press
If you love the look of old style print then you will love the art work from the guys at Half Hazard Press. Making prints bands and big events to holiday cards they do it all. And it all looks just amazing!
Jodi Lynn's Emporium of Doodles
We all have our favorite famous person why not have a cool magnet to show off your loyalties. But don't stop there. You must take a look at all the wonderful illustrations Jodi Lynn has to offer. There is something for everyone her.
Joe Lee Illustrator
Needing a funky and fun clock or maybe an illustration for you wall...Joe Lee has you covered. From making interesting statement clocks to fun and unusual illustrations you are sure to find something to fit your style.
This year marks seven years that Bloomington Handmade Market has been able to promote and celebrate our independent makers in Bloomington. From our humble beginnings upstairs at the Waldron to taking over the Convention Center, BHM has certainly come a long way! And none of that would be possible without the constant and undying support of our local community - our sponsors - our guests - our makers - our buyers. We are eternally grateful for the support we've received from our community - and now, it's our turn to give back. Our turn to help young makers get the supplies they need to let their dreams shine through, to let them work through the complications in their lives through art.
This year we've partnered up with a volunteer-run Youth Art Club through The Rise - the transitional housing program of Middle Way House. Middle Way House seeks to end violence in the lives of women and children by implementing or sponsoring activities and programs aimed at achieving individual and social change. Middle Way offers many award winning programs and services to women and children victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including crisis intervention, emergency and transitional housing, support services, legal advocacy, child care, economic development activities, and community outreach. One of these services is the Youth Art Club that releases the creative potential of resident youth, building their self-esteem and modeling respectful relationships. Until now, their art supplies have been provided by their volunteer/sponsor/teacher alone. It's our goal at BHM to aid in providing supplies for these girls.
Below you will find a wish list for the supplies necessary for the Art club to run throughout the summer. If you could bring just one item off the list - you would be making a difference. More than you can know. Creating, making, exploring is sometimes the key to recovery and acceptance. Let's help make their summer art program a possibility.
You can bring your donation to the BHM on May 2 from 10a-5pm. There will be a receptacle to place your donation in front of Gather - in Suite 112.
Wish List for Art Supply Drive!!
Blank canvases- all sizes
Nylon Paint Brushes- all sizes
Metal pin backs
Craft Circles for Buttons
Picture frames- 5x7
Solid fabrics, white sheets
Plain tote bags
Black fine line markers
Plain T-shirts- S-M-L
Working sewing machine