Micah Jefferson (a.k.a. bboyatwork) is an alchemical artist. He transforms stones and crystals into accessories, charging them with unique energetic benefits. With a formal education in Philosophy + Library Sciences coupled with a passion for magic, he is able to offer meticulous tarot and angel messenger card readings! When not researching humanity’s mystical knowledge, you may find him breakding around Chicago with Phaze II Crosstown Crew. France HL (a.k.a. Paru) – embodies the fleeting and flirty gemini spirit. Her art focuses on projecting fresh perspectives through music videos and bgirling. If not grooving on the dance floor or filming with a camera, you’ll find France cooking up Filipino food and crafting dessert shrinkydinks. Ultimately, France is in love with reading the stars. She offers detailed and bubbly birth chart readings.
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.
Reformed School by Peter Gaona combines art, fashion, and eco friendly materials together to create unique items you can wear and adorn your home.
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.
Arts & handcrafts from Chicago
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.
Limba Gal is a celebration of African Culture. Embracing the chic, sassy, colorful vibrancy of the culture as well as the subtle, dominant, mysteriously elegant strength of the continent.
Puech Ikots (translated as “Words of Our People” in the Huave, or Ikoots, language of Oaxaca, Mexico) is a joint Mexican-American project to contribute to the self-determination and economic independence of indigenous pueblos in Oaxaca. The founder of Puech Ikots, Carlos Orozco, is a Oaxacan of Ikoots descent who created this project in order to provide opportunities to artisans and artists in pueblos found in various areas of the state of Oaxaca. For the most part, the artists taking part in this project live far from the state capital, Oaxaca de Juarez, and cannot access the tourist market there. For many of these people, their art is their main source of income, and what they earn is barely enough to provide basic necessities. The goal of Puech Ikots is to help these individuals find a market for their crafts and enable them to earn a fair living through their art. The project also hopes to foster economic autonomy to Oaxacan indigenous communities in general, as well as share the beauty of the Oaxacan culture with people around the world.
Sinister Art is a spray artist in chicago. In his words, “I love what I do- it’s a daily thing for me. Not a hobby more like a lifestyle.”
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.
Mashallah is a beloved jewelry collection from Chicago based designer Mashallah Ghouleh. Each piece of MASHALLAH is “wearable sculpture”, influenced by shapes and metaphysical properties found in gemstones, which hold significance rooted in a deeper universal meaning. MASHALLAH consists of a jewelry collection and scarf collection.
Anakbayan’s Chicago chapter of Filipino youth & students will be selling custom shirts and raising funds to support the Lumads- indigenous communities who have been evacuated recently due to attacks on their community. More about the situation here.
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.
Roger Morales is a self-taught artist from Chicago, IL. Primarily employing the use of oils, acrylics and pencils, he focuses mostly on portraits and the occasional city pigeon. Bjork and Dilla for best results.
Photos: Alchemical U by Paul Elliot; Eco Boutique, Reformed School, Made by Julio, Jaguar Eagle, Eating is for Winners by Carolina Sánchez; Glitterguts by Glitterguts!