Justin Grey is a Chicago based artist and muralist. He has been around Hip-Hop culture since a young kid. As a lover of break-dancing, writing, and rhyming, he practices a traditional graffiti letter style. For the last 15 years, he has continued to facilitate after school art programs and work with youth creating positive community mural projects. His inspirations come from being around talented youth, conscious people, health, spirituality, and the social justice movement.
Afrofuturistic Fine Art Jewelry | 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.
Bodega Diez y Ocho
Diez Y Ocho was inspired by the infamous 18th street of 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”.
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.
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.
CATAPHANT is a multi-disciplinary artist from Chicago who works in music, paint, film, collage, and written format to explore faith and spirituality. She received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 where she focused on critical pedagogy, cultural studies, sculpture, and various other art forms.
CATAPHANT’S latest body of work is a series of paintings and songs on the grieving process and how life can slowly emerge from death. The subjects of her portraits are all people who have gone through significant grief experiences and have made it out to tell stories of victory and redemption.
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.
City Girl | Carolina I. Reyes
I’ve been collecting vintage pieces since as far back as I can remember. I look for very specific things like sturdy classic leather purses in solid colors, abstract vintage clothing, Glam shoes, and very unique intricate statement jewelry pieces. I like to look for pieces that I would wear as an artist in the city which are abstract, grunge, Street style, and City Girl’s Esty Shop.When scouting out items, I look for real leather, comfort, and artistic personality in the items. Your style says a lot about who you are, so I use my creative eye to select pieces to add to your wardrobe.
Hand in Hand Love | Olga Plata
Hand in Hand Love is locally handcrafted and made with love from our hands to yours. Our passion for jewelry, accessory, designs and much more brings together unique and creative pieces that fit your style. We have a variety of world inspired jewelry as well as modern designs. We work with many different materials some being a combination of reclaimed and modern pieces. We seek to offer artistic and quality crafted pieces, each reflecting our passion for beauty and each a piece of art you wear.
La Tribu, artesania en macrame, alpaca, bronce, cobre, plata, piedras, accesorios unicos, confeccionados y tejidos a mano, unete a esta tribu!
Eating is Foreigners
Blanca Parra 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.
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. Instagram Page
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.
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.
#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.