Eco Boutique by Alejandra
Alejandra Araseb was born in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico and has lived in Chicago for over two decades. Her family has worked for two generations making cut crystal, silver and gold-handcrafted jewelry. Once in Chicago she decided to follow her family creative tradition and began to explore fashion design and home decorating. But it wasn’t until recently — as a transgender woman — that she decided to start her own business. In pursuit of her family artistic tradition, she began making floral arrangements, curiosities made out of plants and terrariums.
The idea of working and creating art out of living organisms that Mother Earth gives us has always been one of Alejandra’s greatest passions. She has been doing floral arrangements for the last 15 years and last year she started to create small works of art out of plants, called terrariums. These small ecosystems inside crystal containers, help her to promote an ecological culture and philosophy. Each terrarium that Alejandra creates is a unique artistic creation produced with the offspring that mother Earth gives us. Facebook page.
#HIMOM is a jewelry line with an homage to the artists mother who has always been supportive of her and her passion for the arts. Celica Beltran is a Chicago based artist who has been teaching jewelry design to the city’s youth for the last four years. She recently started her #HIMOM jewelry line to inspire her students to pursue their dreams. The one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces allows the designer to keep ideas fresh to compliment a persons unique style.
Live Painting, Chicago
Ivan Vazquez’ work is Realism, Surrealism, and Modern Abstract Expressionism. Born 1982 in Cd. Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico D.F and raised on the south side of Chicago IL, Ivan’s work tells stories pertaining to Domestic, Social and political issues from an urban vantage point.
Deb Kim is a self-taught, Korean American artist who grew up in Los Angeles post-1992 Rodney King riots. Highly influenced by urban strife and struggle, she often creates work from the fragile point between dissonance and celebration. While her initial artistic outlet was creative writing, Deb has gradually integrated her love for words and stories with painting and lettering. Starting this fall, Deb will be pursuing graduate studies in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. With this degree, she aspires to integrate restorative justice programming with the arts to empower youth as co-creators of society.
GlitterGuts is the bastard child of portraiture, installation art, and event photography. Our aim is to capture the world we live in at its best, the culture, the subcultures, and the counterculture. Find us where people are enjoying themselves.
Eating is For Winners
Gabriella Giovana Parra aka Eating is for Winners is Chicago-based but her roots are from her hometown Puebla, Mexico. She has had some formal training but her strongest foundation and influence has come from her seven aunts and her Mother. Gabriela specializes in Mexican comfort food, essentially the food she grew up eating with her family, but recreates it using the Farm to Table ideology.
Kawaii Suga is a 23 y/o residing in the Southside of Chicago. Her characters are made up of anxiety, sexual freedom & femininity. They are contradictions of themselves, and are often at the borderline of vulnerability and strength.
Calli Calli features home created goods that adorn our temples…from our bodies and skin to the places we dwell in. Unique pieces for unique souls/sols.