Pizza X, with five locations in Bloomington and Ellettsville, is a popular local pizza joint that makes a variety of delicious pies. In addition to traditional pizza toppings, Pizza X offers their own unique specialty flavors, including Italian Stallion, Popeye, Chicken Pizzadilla, and Alfredo Delight. Their pizzas are made by hand from scratch and can be brought right to your door. Pizza X also has a commitment to greater sustainability and community-sourced ingredients that draws a large following. What started as an IU undergrad’s goal to bring better pizza to Bloomington, became a successful enterprise that has been serving tasty pies to the community for three decades.
These three featured vendors bring the fun! We're so looking forward to seeing them on November 9th. From left to right:
Art 2 the Extreme: Art 2 the Extreme features the art and craft of Nicole Lewis, art teacher by day, artist and craftswoman by night. Her eco-friendly Rainbow Crayons were the first of their kind on Etsy and can be found in a large variety of colors and shapes! Art 2 the Extreme truly has something for everyone.
Imagination Kids Toys: Each of the wooden toys crafted by Imagination Kids Toys are made by the Erin and Nick's four hands from start to finish. Every toy starts as a blank wood canvas where the design is carefully laid out. From there the toys are cut, sanded, and then painted by by hand to inspire creativity and imagination. Not only are their toys handcrafted but they are also made with non-toxic materials.
boris loved natasha: Boris loved natasha is a small, Indianapolis business featuring hand made purses, clutches and a plethora of zipper pouches for all sorts of gadgets. Often the bags are made from repurposed fabrics with happy little animals stitched on the fronts. Everything is made with the hopes that is brings a smile to the face of the buyer!
Not too much longer to go until our November 9th event! We are counting down the days and once you read about these three vendors, you will be too (like you weren't doing that already!). From left to right:
Jen Townsend Jewelry: Inspired by bold pattern and color, Jen handcrafts original jewelry using kiln fired enamel and traditional metalsmith techniques. Each piece is handcut from copper, formed, and fired multiple times in a 1500 degree kiln to create the fused surface. Always finished with sterling silver chains or handmade sterling silver earwires, each piece of Jen Townsend Jewelry will become that perfect pop of color and will be sure to turn heads.
Océanne: Anne Harrill is the woman behind Océanne, a small craft business based in Cleveland, OH. In her collections of whimsical wearables you’ll see organic shapes, the use of new and vintage materials, dead stock finds, and techniques such as hand forging, hand stamping and patinas.
Old Tobacco Proof: Old Tobacco Proof celebrates the re-invention of cherished, rugged, time tested objects into practical and sturdy bags and totes. Each item is made by hand, with love and care in Bloomington, IN. The bags visually communicate a story of travel and survival though the natural patina each component has gathered throughout it's many years. They are beautiful and strong, soft and rugged, aged and new.
It's cold outside, but these vendors are hot! (At least give us a little smile...) Clockwise from top left:
Madpixel Art + Design: Madpixel is an art and design studio specializing in combining their passions: photography, illustration, design and printmaking. Louisville, Kentucky-based husband and wife team, Ron Jasin and Mary Yates, combine these techniques to create unique designs for a wide variety of clients. Madpixel was started in 1992 as a hobby, doing band flyers and advertisements for photocopied ‘zines, but in 2005 it all just clicked. Doing small-run, hand printed gig posters has opened doors that allow them to do something for a living that hardly feels like work.
Opposite of Far: Opposite of Far started out as a dream that owner Jessica Near turned into a reality. This Indiana-based handmade business makes unique, simple, high-quality masks for both kids and adults to enjoy. Opposite of Far believes in encouraging play and expanding imaginations for all ages!
MissHappyPink: MissHappyPink creates and prints hand-pulled limited-edition screen prints, a collection of greeting cards, and super cute shirts. They believe in handmade delights for people who like to smile.
Toys, Games and Stationary by Jean Elise: Toys for young adventurers who have a penchant for world travel. Adorable cards that somehow manage to sum up your exact sentiment. Play money featuring American fauna, suitable for all imaginary debts wonderfully fantastic. Traditional Chinese board games and unusual animal alphabet blocks. All of this and more... by Jean Elise!
Hey all you volunteer folk! Want to have some fun and help out BHM at the same time? Please consider signing up to fill a volunteer slot for this year's event. There are a number of different time and task options for you to choose from, and you get a 2012 t-shirt and tote bag for your efforts! Here's what we need (click here for the full descriptions):
Poster/Postcard/Yard Sign Distribution (prior to the market)
Merchandise Booth Helpers
Please share this with your friends! Thanks, and we'll see you on November 9th at the Convention Center!
Brandon McDonald, the talented man behind Brandon with Glasses, is a graphic designer based out of the east side of Indianapolis. His expertise has provided many entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits with new logos, print pieces, and websites (he even helped us very grateful folks at BHM with a new logo!). As a small business, he prefers to work with other small businesses, and provides the personal service required to maintain strong designer-client relationships. He also creates some of his own artwork, that you can check out at his Etsy
shop. Oh, and he’s got a sense of humor. If our glowing words have somehow not convinced you that he is right for your graphic design needs, peruse the work on his website - and then give the man a call.
A.Z. Vintage, located at 236 N. Morton Street, carries all kinds of fun merchandise from vintage furniture and housewares to men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. The shop specializes in mid-century modern pieces, but items from the 1940s - 1980s are included too. A.Z. Vintage was a dream turned into reality for owner Alison Zook, who has had a love of vintage treasures from a young age. As her personal vintage collection grew and grew, she realized she could share the joy the pieces bring with others by opening up her own space. The shop
opened in April of last year, bringing vintage awesomeness to Bloomington and beyond.
This group of vendors is sure to bring you delight! Even more delight that pumpkin spice latte you're enjoying with a pumpkin muffin. Clockwise from top left:
Paper Acorn: Paper Acorn offers a unique mix of handmade gift boxes and home decor; all created from paper! Gift boxes, luminaries, garlands and paper dolls are just a few things available at Paper Acorn. All items are original designs, crafted by hand by Jessica Wolf.
smollthings: Tracy Smoll of smollthings is a potter, artist, and teacher from West Lafayette, Indiana. She has been teaching in Montgomery County for the past 10 years, and makes coffee mugs with original carved stamps and floral designs.
The Wind and The Sail: The Wind and The Sail makes sweet, modern plush and rattles that are whimsical and fun. Everything from giraffes to hippos, dachshunds to rhinos in bright patchwork colors. Each item is handmade with heart in a tiny little house in Southern Indiana.
Only a few weeks to go until the big event on November 9th! Clear your calendar and get ready to shop.
The vendor greatness continues! Clockwise from top left:
The Collective Press: The Collective Press produces posters, signs and cards using a relief printing technique called Letterpress. Old wood and metal type are used along with antique printing presses to produce colorful, highly tactile, uplifting messages. The Collective Press also produces screen printed clothing and is known for several Bloomington Bicycle-inspired T-shirt designs
TRADE: TRADE is both the name of the jewelry line and the Ohio studio where artist and designer Brooke Medlin creates each piece. In homage her family's artists and craftsmen, Brooke has set her sights on simple, sculptural pieces that are built to last, with care. Experimental techniques and modern twists on classic designs are coupled with sturdy construction to create wardrobe staples you'll love forever.
Starsprinkle Supercollider: In their somewhat secret lair in Bloomington, Cecily and Joshua of Starsprinkle Supercollider strive to choose the cutest and coolest of things to send flying through the particle accelerator, making sure to be there after the explosion to collect the best bits. These volatile experiments are an attempt to interpret those qualities that only present themselves when reality and the whimsical collide. Mostly, they make art and jewelry that lies on the border of fantasy and fancy, and try to promote a gentler way of life.
Sadly Harmless: Sally Harless, the creator of Sadly Harmless, is a full time artist living in lovely Bloomington, Indiana. She is fascinated with the animal world and uses her favorite animals as a means to tell a story. She make prints and shadow boxes from her ink and watercolor drawings.
Thanks to the amazing Miah Michaelsen and BEAD, this year we were excited to be able to paint our own electrical box in Bloomington with the poster art from our event - by the impressive Bloomington artist Vincent Desjardins. This is HIS story:
Day 1: The Bloomington Handmade Market has asked me to paint my winning poster design on one of the city's electrical boxes. I started work today by painting the primer and the top coat. Tomorrow, I will begin transferring the image. I've never painted an outdoor mural before so it will be interesting to see how it turns out.
I spent an hour this morning transferring the design to the electrical box. It involved using a blow up of the poster that had graphite rubbed on the back. After taping it in place, I then pain-stakingly traced over the image to transfer the graphite to the surface of the box.
Day 3: I spent three hours this afternoon working on the electrical box mural for the Bloomington Handmade Market. I think I should be able to finish it up tomorrow. Mark stopped by after classes and took a few pictures of me at work.
Day 4: Spent another three hours working on the electrical box public art project. The main poster image is now finished. Working on Walnut Street, just a few feet from the traffic whizzing by has been an interesting experience. The soundtrack to "Life of Pi" on my iPod helped drown out the traffic noise. It was actually very soothing work music. Now,I'm going to take a few days off before doing anything to the backside of the electrical box. It's not going to be as elaborate, maybe some trees, birds and clouds.
Day 5: I went downtown for a couple of hours this morning to put some finishing touches on the Bloomington Handmade Market electrical box public art mural. To the main image, I added a floral pattern to one of the balloon's patches, added a few more clouds and added some brown feathers and highlights to the flying goose. On the sides of the box, I added trees and clouds. The backside is where I spent most of my time this morning. I painted trees, clouds and three birds - a cedar waxwing, a blue jay and a woodpecker. The birds are done in a slightly more realistic style than the image facing the street, but I guess that's okay since they can never be compared side by side. If I were getting paid for this and didn't have a million other things to do, I would have gone to town on the backside and done more to fill it in, but at this point I think I'm going to have to call it finished. At least the painting part of it, I will still have to varnish it in a few days after the paint has had time to thoroughly dry.
Isn't that amazing?! And doesn't it LOOK amazing! It's located at the corner of 6th & Walnut, so when you drive by, think about Vincent and all of his hard work and the Market!
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