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”.
Nastassia is a graphic designer and master scribbler based in Chicago. Her fascination with science fiction and the arts of ancient civilizations is reflected in her outlandish drawings.
Chicagotería is a Chicago version of Lotería, the iconic Mexican game of chance, created by Chicago based designer and illustrator Missy Rosa.
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Michelle West is an Illustrator, painter and Designer who’s focus of work is based upon the female form, psychology, and graffiti. Michelle has been featured in other art shows at the Silver Room, and at Sir and Madame in Chicago.
Eating is for Winners
Gabriela Parra is a Chicago based Chef 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 what she calls Mexican comfort food, essentially the food she grew up eating with her family, but recreates it using the Farm to Table ideology.
While her main focus is Mexican food, she is also influenced by many cultures, such as American Northwest, Szechuan, Southeast Asian and Contemporary American. Gabriela is currently working as a Personal Chef & Sous Chef at Hearty Boy Catering. She is also the owner and founder of Eating is for Winners, an event and catering business that has an underground following in Chicago’s Music and Arts communities.
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.
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. Visit Alejandra’s Facebook page.
Third Woman Press
Third Woman Press (TWP) was started as a labor of love by Norma Alarcón in 1979 in Bloomington, Indiana. Until 2004, the press helped birth more than 30 books by, for, and about women of color. With the help of our community and allies Third Woman Press: Feminist of Color Publishing was revitalized in 2012 as a forum committed to feminist and queer of color decolonial politics and projects. We believe language, art, and media are tools for creating dynamic social change. Our purpose is to feature the works of feminists of color, women of color, queer people of color and affiliated communities, through public education, awareness building and primarily publishing works by, for, and about feminists of color.
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.
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.
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 a year. 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
Native born and raised in Chicago, Erick Macias is a freelance caricature artist & illustrator. As a caricature artist he’s garnered over three years of experience working with Six Flags-Great America, Navy Pier, and the Shedd Aquarium as well as independently with events such weddings, birthday parties, and corporate functions.
In his spare time he dabbles in illustration and design and has been commissioned by independent clients for work ranging from storyboards and digital coloring to logo design and caricaturing. Erick believes in the city adage of working hard to achieve your goals.
Goyo Diaz, sole creator at Bagizzles in Chicago, is a toy sculpture artist creating wire works, creatures, and sculptures.
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.