Driftless is an independent, biannual magazine about food, art, and adventuring in the Midwest. They introduce their readers to the creative and awe-inspiring wonders the Midwest has to offer by way of stories, illustrations, photos, interviews, and recipes. Their 100-page, full color, perfect-bound, print magazine provides tangible proof that the Midwest is more than merely flyover territory.
badkneesTs makes the funny shirts or the shirts with facts on them or the truth. all badkneesTs are the softest and all ink is the eco-friendly waterbased stuff. badnknees is also in the button and magnet making business, so check those out right now.
B Happy Peanut ButterIn April, 2013 B. Happy Peanut Butter was started as a way to teach their kids what it was like to run a small business. The goal was to make a small batch peanut butter so good, so unique, and so addictive that you would want to “just eat it with a spoon.” Since then, they have been written up in newspapers and magazines, appeared on television multiple times, sell their peanut butter at various locations around Indiana and ship their B. Happy all over the country.
Teehaus Bath & Body
Teehaus Bath & Body products are obsessively natural. Teehaus soaps, lotions, and facial care products are made in small batches using the highest quality cold pressed and organic oils, natural colors, and pure essential oil blends. Visit their brick and mortar boutique, Conspire: Contemporary Craft, to watch Teehaus soaps and skincare being made with fresh ingredients from local farms.
Claire Woods is an artist that was born and raised in the heart of the Midwest. Her art often depicts her feelings about our connection to the earth and the simplistic beautify of the outdoors. Growing up in a small Midwestern town, she spent her summers immersed in gardens, flowers, corn fields, stars, and lakes. She works predominantly in painting with watercolors and ink. Her love of art comes from hours spent working alongside her mother in the garden and father painting and hand-lettering. She immerses herself in the woods and emerges with colorful, vivid, creative designs.
Lily in Flux
I have always been a scavenger of sorts, constantly collecting even the most unassuming nostalgic treasures, ephemera, the things left behind, objects with history and stories from the past. I then reinvent and re-purpose those artifacts. I take vintage eyeglass lenses, skeleton keys, bullet casings, press blocks, typewriter keys, clock gears, pocket watch innards and the like & transform them into unique jewelry + accessories...i try to make something beautiful and exciting out of discarded bits of life. My paintings & collages reflect this need to salvage as well, mixing paper and paint, text and textures to create a story, a puzzle or simply evoke emotion.
LaTina M Polk is the proud owner and self-taught designer of DaiPur Designs, a handmade fashion accessories business created to inspire and encourage women. Many ask the meaning behind the business name and wonder why this particular name was chosen. She could not give credit to one person on this earth but decided to give honor to her grandmothers who passed on the gene of creativity to her parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. DaiPur Designs represents her deceased fraternal grandmother Daisy Nicholson and her maternal grandmother Purity Cole. She is grateful and acknowledges that none of this would be possible without God.
Smitten by Kat
Smitten by Kat creates playfully unique art using LEGOs. Each piece is handmade and one of a kind. She offers a variety of designs that speak to people of all ages.
Dickinson Woodworking is a family owned and operated business that focuses on the use of native hardwoods to make their kitchenware items. They use a mix of hand tools and machines to create their beautiful yet functional pieces. Each piece is finished in a food safe oil and with the intention of being used and enjoyed as a beautiful piece of art in the center of a meal.
Fact+Fiction Toys was born out of a desire to bring simple, clean lines to toys while making them safe for kids. Having two kids of her own, Joni's desire is to bring imagination and creativity to the everyday. Making toys that encourage those things while acknowledging our planet and the need for safety are most important. Each toy is designed, created and packaged in her workshop in Indianapolis.
CMT Pottery provides functional ceramics of a whimsical nature. Each calm yet vibrant piece is one of a kind and can serve multiple functions. CMT Pottery always welcomes commission requests.
Vincent Desjardins, Illustrator
Vincent Desjardins is an illustrator who has become addicted to creating patterns that he uses to decorate a wide range of products including switch plates, tea towels, scarves, and coin purses. He also loves to create illustrations for children's books (he's done 3!) and loves to read and watch classic movies.
Knot and Thread
Knot & Thread creates rope baskets made from 100% natural cotton. Each basket is handcrafted and is unique from the next. To accompany the baskets, small batch, natural sugar scrubs and lotion sticks are handmade with care to create a thoughtful gift for someone special.
Surcle resources wood from old barns, old buildings, and fallen trees to create wooden home decor from sustainably sourced wood. Owner and maker, Julie Jackson, loves creating with wood! The grain, the colors, and the character of wood along with Julie's creative manipulation, yield uniquely beautiful products.
Blue Bubble Soaps
Inspired by the tradition of soap making and fresh, natural ingredients, Blue Bubble Soaps creates beautiful bath & body products for your peace of mind. Blue Bubble Soaps offers a wide variety of amazingly scented and affordable products, including bath bombs made with cocoa and mango butters; soap for all ages; lotion made with fresh aloe; avocado whipped body butter; moisturizing sugar scrub; delicious lip scrub; home grown loofahs; gentle shampoo bars; and more. All products are available to pick-up, feel, sniff, & sample!
Art 2 the Extreme
Nicole Lewis is the Crayon Artisan behind The Original Rainbow Crayon by Art 2 the Extreme. She creates over 300 shapes and sizes of her recycled crayon goodies for kids and adults of all tastes and interests. Most popular are her Mini Donut and Custom Name crayon sets. They make awesome stocking stuffers for the holidays!
Knitgrrl Studio sells hand-dyed and screen printed scarves and accessories featuring the whimsical art of designer Shannon Okey. Each piece is made with love in her Cleveland, Ohio studio.
Sunshine Studio explores, from the ground and air, the beautiful land in the Midwest: cities, farmland and parks. Their enthusiasm for color explodes from their abstract paintings and carvings creating one-of-a-kind pieces for your home.
Sunday Afternoon Housewife
Martha Latta is the creator and printer of the Sunday Afternoon Housewife brand, of a collection of state pride and social justice accessories and tee shirts for men, women and children. Martha is very proud that in 2014, 2015 and 2016 Nuvo readers voted her #1 best local artisan/ maker for gifts and #1 best local apparel line.
Amy Kae Atelier
Amy Kae Atelier came into being in early 2015 through metalsmith and electroform artist Amy Boyer's love of combining raw minerals and metal. Amy seamlessly marries ancient and modern techniques to create truly one of a kind jewelry in her home studio. She is all about forming soulful connections with the materials she uses knowing that each piece she makes will find its way to the right person.
Sacred Space helps support organizations that are doing great things in this world. We hand craft reiki infused soy candles, T-Lights candles and hand silk screen our line of Love and Let Live tees. With each purchase a portion of your sale goes to selected charities to help them continue to spread peace, love and compassion to the world.
Piper Potter + Crafts
Piper Pottery + Crafts is known for creating stoneware pottery for the home and garden in a modern yet rustic style, with clean lines and nature-inspired designs. Using both wheel thrown and hand built techniques, we specialize in creating unique miniature pieces for use in the home and garden. Several of our full-sized product lines utilize vintage doily impressions, combining the new clay forms with these wonderful timeless designs. Our vision is to connect people and clay; creating beautiful objects for everyday use.
Backyard Board Company
Backyard Board Co. is a local Fishers, Indiana based sign company created by Indiana University alumni Lacy and Hunter Shults. They sell handcrafted rustic framed signs created out of their own backyard workshop. Lacy has created designs that are inspirational, with a touch of humor and some Indiana flare. Lacy and Hunter are avid Hoosier fans and not only met at IU, but got married there last year! They are excited to be back in Bloomington to share with you their new creative business!
The Butterfly Road
Julie Gootee found her spark of inspiration on the road. A decade ago her passion for traveling and vending linked with her connection to nature to conceive The Butterfly Road. She walks the roadsides of Bloomington to collect butterflies, dragonflies, moths and cicadas that have come to the end of their lifecycle. Utilizing stained glass techniques and copper electro-forming, she encases the wings in glass to preserve their beauty in one of a kind jewelry. She views her art as a way to bring awareness to the simple beauty we pass everyday and our impact on the environment.