Yvette Mayorga’s ongoing project Borderland Series employs confection, industrial materials, and the American board game Candy Land as a conceptual framework to juxtapose the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico. The spaces in the “Candy Lands” of her work relate to notions of Utopia, exemplifying the immigrant’s vision of the American Dream. Informed by the politics of the border, the events that happen on it and the transnational narratives that arise after crossing it, Yvette tackles issues of race, identity, gender, and Latin stereotypes using the visual tropes of celebration. The monuments/towers, built from accumulated candy, frosting found objects exemplify the excess associated with the American Dream. She received her BFA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Yvette has exhibited in galleries and museums including the Krannert Art Museum at University of Illinois and her illustrative work has been published in The Daily Illini at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in the video series, “My Name Is George Junius Stinney, Jr.”
Afro x Naut
Afro x Naut [af-roh-nawt] is the product of soul searching through the anomalies of black identity and Afro-Futurism. The artist, Cairá L Conner is a Black womyn afrofuturist artist attempting to spread the aesthetic of pyramids and spaceships like glitter on your enemies. Website: Afroxnaut.com IG: @AfroxNaut FB: Afro x Naut Etsy: Afroxnaut.etsy.com
Jewelry & handcrafts from Chicago. Facebook page
Jenny Vyas is a contemporary artist from the Chicagoland area. She is highly influenced by beauty in complex human emotions and attempts to reveal them through multiple nuances in expressions in her work. Her interest in human frailty shows in her monochromatic paintings where she creates abstracts of human silhouettes and fluctuating forms in half-light; all drawn from reality, personal experiences and memories through a process of simplification. Her artistic influences stream from music, poetry, books, artists like Rothko, Marina Abramović, JR, Andy Worhol, Jackson Pollock, Saitō Yoshishige, Maria Hafif, Da Vinci, Shakespeare and many more.
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.
Magali Almada aka Crimson Heart is a self-taught artist from Brazil currently living in Chicago.
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.
Hoda Katebi is a Muslim-Iranian activist fashion blogger at JooJoo Azad. Her first book, Tehran Streetstyle, is the first-ever collection of modern (mostly illegal/underground) streetstyle fashion from the streets of Tehran, Iran and works to actively challenge both mainstream Western Orientalist projects as well domestic Iranian governmental dress codes.
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.
Colectivo Mariposas is a group of women who share the same passion and objective to create and teach each other the art of handcrafted jewelry. Each piece is created uniquely by the makers personality. Instagram: @colectivomariposas
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.
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.
I’ve made handmade wire wrapped jewelry for almost 2 years now, I particularly love using crystals and stones, most of my pieces are re-purposed jewelry.
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”.
La Tribu, artesania en macrame, alpaca, bronce, cobre, plata, piedras, accesorios unicos, confeccionados y tejidos a mano, unete a esta tribu!
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.
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.
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.
Photos: Yvette Mayorga, Limba Gal by William Camargo; Eco Boutique, Tarot by Laura, AngMir, Twenty Thou, Bodega18 & Eating is for Winners by Carolina Sánchez