Based out of Pacoima, California, Arte Pipirisnais is affordable handmade creations with a unique cultural touch, created by Lechi and Ceja’s imaginations.
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”.
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.
(San Antonio, Texas)
We’re excited & honored this month to welcome TK Tunchez, one of the co-founders of Mujeres Mercado in San Antonio, TX. Mujeres Mercado creates cultural spaces and local marketplaces that support and connect women artisans, traditional healers, and merchants crafting their own alternative economies.
Las Ofrendas, by TK Tunchez, offers Spirit-infused handcrafted, wearable art & custom medicine pieces to adorn your mind, body and soul. In her words, “my aesthetic is indige-fly, grounded in my own Mayan heritage and giving a nod to my 80’s fly-girl aesthetics.”
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.
Laura E Guzman
While she dabbles in other media, painting is Laura’s true passion. Recently she is exploring abstract art specifically with metallic colors. She would describe her current designs as manifestations of the emotions evoked by various music genres ranging from opera to rap. While she enjoys the creation process, Laura does not consider herself an artist. She paints to free herself from a stringent schedule and to communicate inexpressible emotions. Her art philosophies are: anyone can create art, use art as therapy, and outwardly express what resides within regardless of whether or not anyone is going to understand it.
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.
Robert Valadez was born and raised in Chicago’s largely Mexican Pilsen community. He began painting while attending Benito Juarez High School and participated in the painting of the school’s mural entitled “Esperanza”, created by Jaime Longoria and Malu Ortega Y Alberro in 1979. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art and during the 80’s he became part of Pilsen’s vibrant mural movement. A former artist-in-residence at Casa Aztlan Cultural Center, Robert also has a significant body of personal artwork, much of it focusing on his bi-cultural identity. He has exhibited work in various group and solo exhibitions in addition to shows at the National Museum of Mexican Art where he has artwork in the permanent collection. He also is an accomplished muralist, having been commissioned by the city of Sterling Illinois and the City of Muskegon Michigan for large public works, and has received numerous other commissions, including a suite of paintings for the chapel altar at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, a painting of the Virgen de Guadalupe for The Claretians, the Shrine of St. Jude (A Catholic order), as well as commercial work for Nescafe Coffee, Miller Light & Chivas de Guadalajara Soccer team, among many others.
Betty Heredia is a Chicago artist whose work ranges in a variety of mediums, from comics to murals. Her most recent exhibitions include Voices & Visions, a group exhibition at the Highland Park Art Center, and a mural installation at Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago and is also currently working on a series of comics entitled Life Before Death, as well as AutoSpasms. Most recently, her comics have been published in New City and Linework Comics Anthology IV.
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.
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.
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.
Annie Poohs Kreations
Annie Poohs Kreations candles and soap is a business that wants to give light to each customer. We have scented candles soaps and other products. Quality is what defines us. Candles and soap industry is a growing business; because of society’s stressful lives and everyone’s quest for relief. We are committed to providing quality products.
I’m all about the colors, the bolder the better! My life events & cultura come alive through my wearable art. Todo Hecho con Cariño by AngMir. (Facebook page)
No Manches is a socially conscious clothing company from the south side of Chicago that provides original designs to give the Latino community a way to express themselves in a culturally relevant and meaningful way. Clothing built to bridge the gap between generations and to educate others on Latino Culture.
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.
Organically instinctive, Rachel Lechocki (IG: @raychelmoon), is an artist, dancer, and collaborator who since 2006 has been founding & teaching a wide variety of fine art, dance and yoga classes to children ages 2-12 around Chicago, Oak Park, Riverside and Elmhurst. With an Associates in Fine Art & BA from Columbia College Chicago in Art History, minoring in Cultural Studies, Rachel has had a well-rounded palette of experiences, professors/mentors, collaborators and opportunities to exhibit her work and inspire others. She currently teaches K-5 Art at a Chicago charter school & teaches yoga to all age levels.
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.