Angela Hernandez aka AngMir is a mixed media artist who was born & raised in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. Growing up she immediately fell in love with her cultura Mexicana & watching & helping her grandma & mother create. It was enriching family time. Something about visiting outdoor markets & festivals was so inviting, so accepting, so normal that she now proudly enjoys participating in them to share her work.
AngMirs’ work range from wearable art, photography, handmade dollies & shadow boxes. She incorporates bright bold colors, clay & recyclable items into her pieces as a way to make it more lively & give it new life.
Rendezvous: A Community Confectionary
Bringing passed on, tried and true, family approved desserts and confections to Chicago’s neighboring hoods. Facebook page
Made by Julio
My name is Julio Sanchez, I am an undocumented and queer artist and the creator behind #MadebyJulio. I have been creating jewelry for over two years. My ideas for pieces are inspired by Southwest, Urban, and Mexican cultures. Most of my jewelry include colorful stones from Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Mexico. Every piece is original, one-of-a-kind, and handmade by me with lots of Love and Detail.
Provoke Culture is an online artique that sells products for a collective of artists that celebrate culture and identity thru their work. Similar to a gallery, the store features new products every month from different artists across the U.S. including original works of art, prints, and hand crafted goods.
Bodega18 was inspired by 18th street in the Pilsen Community in Chicago. A community where many generations of families have planted their seeds. 18th street, also known as, “la diez y ocho”, is the street that runs through the heart of it all. Although, Pilsen is now an up and coming community, it was once a community of many immigrant and low income families. Nevertheless, this community has always taken pride in our Mexican culture and showed it through murals and art all throughout our streets. “Diez Y Ocho” is now expressing that art in a different way, through custom handmade purses and bags. Each one is uniquely made and influenced by the inspirations of our Mexican culture, such as Frida Kahlo, Maria Sabina and even favorite childhood memories. “La Catarina”, is translated as, “The Ladybug”.
ScholaR Comics is inspired by the real life events of the creator and illustrator, Vicko Alvarez. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas,but currently living on the south side of Chicago, Vicko is one of five children born to working class immigrant parents. The stories told in ScholaR Comics reflect a clashing of cultures and generations. The comics use lighthearted, sometimes humorous events to tell otherwise tough stories of growing up Latina in a low-income neighborhood.
Glitter Guts Photobooth
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.
Sweet Muerte is a graphic design duo from Chicago, and we love what we do. We design tees inspired by the city we live in. Our goal is to create inspirational and interesting designs for everyone who loves what we do while having fun.
Tarot by Laura
Laura is a natural psychic and tarotologyst and also enjoys consulting Spanish cards and various oracles. Born in Mexico City, she is very familiar with Mexican folk magick and pagan practices of her native land. A “Bruja” in tune with the cycles of nature and the magick within, she is always willing to help those in need.
Marco Miller is a Chicago painter, sculptor, designer, street artist. Marco’s most recent work deals with the laborers at Mexico’s mega-farms who endure harsh conditions and exploitation while supplying produce for American consumers. Marco wants to shed light on the “product of Mexico” stickers on our produce that many of us just peel off.
Eco Boutique by Alejandra
Alejandra Araseb was born in Iguala, Guerrero 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.
(live nail art)
Growing up I always had love to design and paint. And now here I am in Chicago doing what I love most. I been doing nails for 17 years now and passionate about my job. As years go by I notice that I have a great eye for nail art. I most likely freestyle my art on clients and they would always love it! What inspired me is just seeing beauty in all expect in life and what better way to express it then on nails.
Norma Rios of MosaicoArte received her Bachelor of Art History from Columbia College Chicago in 2009. She has lived in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, San Diego, California and most recently McAllen, Texas. Her work consists mostly of stained glass mosaic featuring bold images inspired by her love of iconic Mexican imagery, textiles and embroidery.
La Tribu, artesania en macrame, alpaca, bronce, cobre, plata, piedras, accesorios unicos, confeccionados y tejidos a mano, unete a esta tribu!
Twenty Thou is the project of Nicold Ologundudu. She’s an accessory designer based in Chicago who loves working with her hands and strives to look for unique, funky, cool beads and findings that can make her work stand out. Twenty Thou is her own personal student loan bailout, the story behind the name is that her goal is to sell twenty thousand pieces to pay off her student loans.
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.
BeeSweet, by Wendy Melgar, is handmade organic Soaps made with goat milk, natural honey, and all natural and organic ingredients.
Tattianna is a Chicago-based multimedia artist and curator specializing in illustration, acrylic painting, and muralism with influences in surrealism, geometry, 2-dimensional perspective, and the nude female body. Her work is versatile in technique from installations in hardwood floors, to traditional canvas, to t-shirt design. Curator of Logan Square-based art and music collective LoudARTS, Tattianna and her team seek to promote and showcase local up and coming Chicago talent, while producing spaces for artists to collaborate, connect and create freely. One of her goals is work with Chicago youth to reconstruct inner-city, impoverished neighborhoods through the force of muralism.
Arts & handcrafts from Chicago
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.
Photos: AngMir, Bodega18, Spilz by Carolina Sanchez; Tarot by Laura, Twenty Thou & Eco Boutique by William Camargo