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
Wild Sugah by Cher Jey
Cher Jey is an artist, performer, educator and Renaissance woman from Baltimore, MD. She developed her jewelry line, Wild Sugah by Cher Jey, to provide fearlessly sexy, one of a kind, affordable and lightweight wearable art!
AiseLife, A’keem Muhammad is a 26 year old artist from the the SouthSide of Chicago. Aise’s art style is clean and ranges from extremely detailed to simplicistic. “I like to paint obscure moments in time.”
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.
I work primarily in the visual arts as an illustrator and painter. In 2003 I began painting seriously, however only seasonally, and at this time I was experimenting heavily with oil and acrylic paint. Beginning around 2010, my major focus has been character development and using the character to convey ideas and scenes in illustrations, paintings, and figure drawings.
At that time I was very interested in science fiction and cartoons. I was also enrolled as a chemistry major at the University of Illinois at Chicago and very inspired by the books of Issac Asimov and his robots; hence my first serious character was a robot. Since then I have developed a style where the characters are the subjects of a more adult imagination, living in an environment where their objective humanness comes to life through their expressions and roles in varied situations. Lately, I have been involved in a number of events donating my time and talents to help raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health through the non-profit organization Hope for the Day. I draw daily and I am currently working on a new series of illustrations: scenes of ordinary American life, from the perspective of my characters, on paper, canvas, and the independent production of short films using stop motion.
My passion for design comes from a fulfillment in self expression and creativity. I appreciate the innovative and unique, and try to implement those characteristics in my pieces. I love to breathe new life and reinvent what once was through the re-purposing of used and vintage pieces. It is also important to me to honor our natural resources and create deeper connections to ourselves and our Earth’s elements. I enjoy giving my creations a story all of their own. Archetypes Design was created with a purpose of embracing us all. Facebook page
Nēkspirit a jewelry line created by Tamarie T. a very unique individual with a very unique taste in his views on the world. This jewelry was created to express the unique qualities of your spirit.
What started as a hobby, led by inspiration from my latino culture, transformed into a very intense therapeutic journey for me. It has allowed me to express an artistic side that I’m extremely passionate about.
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.
Rusty Lion Art
I am an artist located in the south suburbs of Chicago who is nurturing the desire to be creative. rustylionart.weebly.com
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”.
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.
We are a local family business working out of our home-based kitchen. Our passion is bringing the goodness of our delicious, traditional Mexican and Latino family recipes to your table! Facebook page
King Onye Label
King Onye Label is an interdisciplinary American brand. Luxury accessories are presented as art, reflecting a new generation in a globalizing world.
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.