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.
Naimah Thomas Designs
Naimah Thomas, is a Chicago based artist and art therapist. Creating art that embodies the African diaspora, while simultaneously addressing social injustices in her art practice.
Nana Mendez is a Chicago based accessories line. Owned and operated by Adriana Mendez, a Venezuelan designer. Adriana started designing jewelry in 2010. Since then her style has evolved into what she calls “A Beautiful Mess”.
She focuses on creating unique artwork, something you will see in her collections. Adriana believes in the beauty of imperfection. That’s is why she reclaims materials found in places like flea markets & thrift stores, with the goal of giving those materials new stories. Website: www.nanamendez.com Instagram: @lananamendez
Daaka, as in darker, burned, painted, raw, and beaded wood jewelry, by Aleisha Rogers. Daakajewelry.com
I’m a self taught mixed media artist. Much of my work is rooted in the arts and crafts genre with a focus on working with what you have. Instagram
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”.
Bria Royal is a black bori from the west side of Chicago whose brain is hardwired in such a way that necessitates art and visual aesthetics as a mode for making meaning out of the world around her. She considers her paintings, comics, and animations to be the result of a radical healing process that she hopes others will benefit from seeing unfold, and an attempt to construct intersectionally black and indigenous mythologies for ourselves and our future liberated descendants. Much of bria’s work centralizes black and brown womxn and femmes as identities in constant solidarity with the elements of our natural world due to parallel experiences of exploitation and resistance.
Ivan Vazquez is a Chicago based artist whose style draws from varied influences in realism surrealism, abstract expressionism, Pop art, and portrait art. Active since 1992, his work speaks of humanistic, political, domestic, cultural and social issues from an urban vantage point forged throughout his upbringing in Chicago. Humanistic and wide-reaching, his insightful work questions systematic oppression and the social structure of modern life and and it’s effects on current and future society. Reflecting the Chicago music scene and street life that first inspired him, Ivan’s budding collection “Stakes is High” is populated with powerful works that reflect a dissatisfaction with the status quo and a desire to incite fervor for social change.
I am 32 years young mother of 11yr old twin boys. I was born and raised in Little Village and have a passion for crafting, cooking and photography. Instagram
I’m a local Chicago artist born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Throughout my life I’ve been exploring the various dimensions of art and have been told that I had a natural talent for creating things with my hands. However, I think there is no such thing as a natural talent. I always thought that if one was to firmly believe in something, one can manifest it in the exact way they visualized it. After having embraced this outlook – roughly around the middle of 2011- I decided not go to school to earn a particular degree or get a common job. After putting all my dedication and high expectation towards the world of art, everything is beginning to fall into place in its own way. While exploring different kinds of mediums, I have found myself to be really fascinated with oils, acrylics and pencils are also starting to become a deep part of my daily art interest and as I continue to explore different mediums, I intend to conform all kinds of styles together: from sculpturing to abstract and realism paintings. I will develop my own art world and thank my family and the people I meet on a daily basis for motivating me to do art. Facebook page
Kristena Witherspoon Designs
Kristena Witherspoon Designs (KWD) is a unique line of clothing and accessories inspired by the Diaspora. We are inspired by various cultures, street fashion, architecture, and music.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
Mi Arte Es Tu Arte