Starsprinkle Supercollider is a husband and wife artistic collaboration producing work that is inspired by nature, fantasy, and the whimsical world we live in. Cecily, one half of the duo, creates jewelry by hand from sterling, copper, enamel, and other eye-catching bits and pieces. Joshua, the other half, makes mostly two dimensional art using pencil, paint, and digital media. Together, they strive to make the world a little brighter and to bring out the sense of wonder that is present in everyone.
Hi! I'm Chelsea Jones of Tactile Melodies.
I'm a 2010 Graduate of the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington.
A few semesters into my studio art major, I casually decided to take a metals class. I ended up taking every possible jewelry course and an extra independent study... I was captivated! I started selling my work in 2009, and have been growing my business ever since. My main focus at IU was metalsmithing and jewelry design, but I also explored photography, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, and art history.
Metalsmithing is a big part of my life, but I also love soccer, history, genealogy, live music, hot air balloons (though I've yet to ride in one), and road trips.
Lily In Flux is a collection of Adventurous Jewelry For The People and FluxBots (Righteously Repurposed Robots). Made with a rotating collection of natural materials, vintage tins, hand-turned wood, antique materials, found objects, and hardware, each piece is distinct, edgy, often bold, and almost always one of a kind.
It's a very exciting year for Soleil Studios as they are rolling out new designs using chunky rutilated quartz and glittery druzy stones in addition the the petal collection. They are moving forward in that collection by using a lot more free flowing sterilng silver petal pieces to continue the chic and nature inspired body of work. Another exciting aspect of 2016 is that the founder of Soleil Studios will be hosting small scale bench tips and exercises in her booth space on her mobile metalsmithing bench so that the treasure hunters of the Bloomington Handmade Market can be a part of the creative process.
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.
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.
More great accessories! This time there are stylish items for you and for the kids. Clockwise from top left:
Two Seaside Babes: Two Seaside Babes is a central Indiana family business specializing in trendy and modern handmade, quality crocheted hats, accessories, and gifts. Their fashion-forward, traditional, and child-friendly styles of hats range in all sizes from preemies through adults. The shop also has a number of items for photographers looking for unique, fun, and cuddly newborn and children's props such as blankets, wraps, and hats.
Anne Holman Jewelry Design: Inspired by objects from the past, Anne Holman’s jewelry gives a nod of appreciation to her family history while also honoring traditions of the decorative arts that she grew up watching the women in her family pursue. Her work includes antique textile patterns, hand set glass cabochons, and antique maps from her collection of old world atlases. Anne revisits these pieces from the past and gives them a new life in a fresh modern design.
JO Designs: JO Designs makes hand crocheted jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces as well as an assortment of other crocheted items. These include beards (in child and adult sizes), hats, ear warmers, and teething biscuits. Game Day beards can be found at the locally-owned Greetings shop, so stock up, Hoosier fans!
Innad: Innad is a maker of compact wallets, funky backpacks, and pocket-sized paper goods that bring fashion and function together in harmony. Functionality is important in the items used in everyday life and is part of Innad's mission to create accessories that have the practicality for everyday use, and the style to keep things interesting.
Don’t know about you, but we can hardly wait for the chance to check this stuff out on November 9th!