Dawn Frances Simon BFA - Breaker Zine

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Breaker Zine is a free, independent arts and culture magazine of the Jersey coast.

Artisan: Dawn Frances SImon
Website: www.breakerzine.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/breakerzine
Instagram: www.instagram.com/breakerzine
E-mail: breakermagazine@gmail.com

In 2014, we started our own graphic design business, Swing Graphics. I made the decision to return to college and add a Graphic Design Certificate to my BFA. My partner (in life and business), Pete Sullivan, had convinced me that I would be “be really good at this.” Pete has 25+ years experience with Adobe products and I have both artistic and business background, so we decided to go for it. Together, we built our brand and found our niche. It has been fast forward ever since.

After a few years of client work, we were looking for a creative outlet. One day, at the bar, Pete turned to me and said “we should make our own magazine!” I looked at him like he was nuts and insisted that we have no idea how to do that. He continued, as he always does, to list all the reasons and ways that WE CAN DO THAT. As we talked (and sipped), the ideas continued to connect and grow. We quickly realized that we could use the magazine to highlight all of the things that we love about New Jersey, art, music and culture.

Looking back to when we met, we reminisced about Gallery 1603, a past project that I shared with my dear friend, Cory Ludwig. Cory and I had opened an art gallery in Surf City in early 2009. At this time, not many people even knew what ETSY was and this is where we found many of our artists. The mission and spirit of Gallery 1603 was very similar to what Breaker could be. Our main goal was to give artists a place to be seen and heard and to give the public a place to connect with artists work. Since the gallery was also the place where Pete and I had reconnected after not seeing each other in over 10 years, it holds a special place in both of our hearts.

Directing Gallery 1603 felt like what I was meant to do. I loved it with all of me and I strived to keep it fresh and different. We hosted “coffeehouses” with live music by local musicians. Funny enough, these events were inspired by a similar type of event that Pete and I both attended 15 years prior, at a bookstore just 3 blocks over in Surf City. It was at one of these events at the gallery in 2009 that we had caught up with each other and connected again.

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Everyone loved the gallery. They would always talk about the vibe and the energy that they could feel when they walked through the door. I always believed that what people were feeling was the heart and soul that each artist put into their work. The building seemed to vibrate with vitality and spirit. When you make with your hands, you are making with who you are, from deep down. The very verve that lives within the artist, lives within the artwork.

When the gallery closed in 2014, I was devastated. There was a hole in my heart where it used to be. I kept feeling like we needed to somehow get back there, back to a place where we could reopen and reignite. As Breaker started to take shape, it seemed to be the fulfillment of exactly that.

My partner Pete, often uses the term “cross-pollinate” and I think it’s suitable. As we grow and extend Breaker into different shore communities, we hope that the result will be just that. We hope that people will find what they love in other nearby places. This networking and growing will only expand and connect the arts and culture of New Jersey. Sharing that same spirit and heart through the art on the pages of the zine.

As we broaden our distribution, we have met so many great people that are doing what they love. Whether it is playing music, running a farm, teaching yoga, making art or roasting coffee, it seems that so many people are doing what they love. It is truly inspiring. There is definitely a modern mentality of following your heart and finding your place and I think Breaker really celebrates that.

Breaker is also our chance (Pete & I) to be graphically creative. One of our favorite things about publishing this magazine is making it surprisingly unique. Visually, we hope that each issue will knock people’s socks off. This keeps us on our toes as designers, constantly researching new designs and layouts. We strongly believe that the visual impression enhances the effectiveness of the ads since people want to flip through the pages again and again. When we picture Breaker on someones bookshelf, we imagine a collection.

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In June, we released ISSUE FIVE of Breaker Zine and the response has been overwhelming. As a quarterly zine, we hope to constantly be collecting fresh content. If you would like to be a contributor, you can submit through our website at breakerzine.com.

#HeartsAndCulture #GivePrintAChance

Issues four and five of Breaker Zine will be at all of Marketspace Vendor Events' upcoming events, while copies last!

Brian Donovan - BrianMetalCraft

Artisan: BrianMetalCraft
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/BrianMetalCraft
E-mail: briandonovan@rcn.com

My name is Brian and I am the owner of BrianMetalCraft. My backyard started my passion to craft. While sitting and enjoying the scenery around me, my idle hands decided to try to recreate some of the little scenes I found there. But I didn’t know how best to continue until I discovered copper wire trees. What contentment I found twisting away, forming little trees! Then after a while, I started building various other metal craft skills and interjected them into my work and real scenes were finally born. I just started my art in 2017 and I now have over 120 scenes made with a majority of them for sale.

My trees are combined with objects you may find on the lawn or in your very own yard. Boats, outhouses, bikes, flower beds, and many more are all born from copper and mounted on wonderful remnants of granite saved from re-purposed counter tops. Many cute scenes exist including a couple favorites; A BBQ scene with corn stalks and a bee hive, a tool shed with various garden tools stacked for choosing, a canoe and boat scenes... and my best seller is the campsite scene.

Motivation isn’t an issue for me. I always find myself having to “try” to stop creating. So much so that I can't find space to put them all!  Marketspace Vendor Events will be a big help in that area as I have signed up for a number of their events and plan to sign up for more. My in-person event journey will start with The Marketspace at Summit on May 19th and 20th. If the photos of my scenes entice you, seeing them in person will surely grab your attention. These 3-D scenes are quite impressive when you are able to look from all angles. I hope you will come by and enjoy them with me. You can also find my work on Etsy.

BrianMetalCraft will be at these upcoming events!
May 19 and 20, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ
November 24, 2018 - Winter Village at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton, NJ

Kristen Bieri - Soulmates + Scripts

Artisan: Soulmates + Scripts
Instagram: www.instagram.com/soulmatesandscripts
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/soulmatesandscripts
Etsy: https://soulmatesandscripts.etsy.com
E-mail: soulmatesandscripts@gmail.com

I believe that everyone has a creative side, and that we need to invest time in that side of ourselves in order to become a well-rounded individual. Creativity definitely doesn’t come easily to everyone and I frequently struggle to be creative myself! Soulmates + Scripts is my creative outlet. Soulmates + Scripts was born after my wedding in June 2017. I had spent an inordinate amount of time wedding planning, including making my own handwritten signs, and once the wedding was over, I felt a void in my life. I needed something to fill the time after my full-time job in Corporate Finance and something to bring out the creative side of me.

One of the things I enjoyed most about planning my wedding was picking and making the décor. Full disclosure – I did not DIY everything! I found that handwritten signs really added a personal touch to our wedding décor and I felt a great sense of pride seeing them at our ceremony and reception. Soulmates + Scripts offers a wide variety of handwritten wedding and home décor.

I love custom orders. It is amazing, yet sometimes incredibly difficult, to create a design and bring it to life on wood, canvas, chalkboard, etc. One of my favorite pieces I’ve created so far was a custom baby shower chalkboard sign. My client wanted to incorporate an owl into the design, and I was definitely unsure if I would be able to deliver their vision. The owl turned out better than I could have imagined, and it helped to instill a sense of confidence in me. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to help personalize someone’s special day or be a little part of their home.

Soulmates + Scripts is still a very new business and I am learning every day. My handwriting and designs have come a long way in just 8 months and it is exciting to see my creativity and confidence shining through more and more. I cannot wait to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events at their pop-up shop in Summit, NJ (my home!) on May 19th. To check out my signs for yourself, find me there in person, visit my Etsy shop, or follow me on social media. Keep in mind I can customize anything!

Soulmates + Scripts will be at this upcoming event!
May 19, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ

Andrea Corniel - Hachi House

Artisan: Hachi House
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hachihousellc
Instagram: www.instagram.com/hachihouse
Website: www.hachihouse.com
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/HachiHouse
E-mail: hachihouse@gmail.com

Hi everybody! I'm Andrea, sole proprietor of Hachi House, LLC.  I started my small experiment in 2010 after a fibroid diagnosis. In looking for prescription pain killer alternatives to help with cramps, I turned to the power of plants and their essential oils. In 2012 I went all in and my New Jersey based body care line, Hachi House, was born! Not only was I able to put myself in a position of constant learning, but also able to fuel my creativity. I started with 4 lip balm varieties, aromatherapy oils, and body butters. Since then my line has grown to include other small batch products such as soap, scrubs, soaks, beard products and my very own nail polish line which I hope to launch this summer!

I do it all from Research & Development and making all products by hand as I Netflix binge on the weekends to designing, marketing, and packaging. Did I mention I work 9-5 in the TV industry and adjunct at a local university on top of that?! I am exhausted, y’all, but sooooo very fulfilled.  I really have a strong vision for what I want Hachi House to become and I am keeping my eyes on the prize all while hopefully making clean products that people love! The soap making process has truly become my favorite.  I get super excited when I talk to customers about my creations and how they may benefit from them. One thing I must say is that you will definitely have a one of a kind experience when you make a pit stop at the Hachi House booth.

I get the most joy from being around people.  When I linked up with Marketspace Vendor Events, it really took me. I've teamed up with fellow crafter Verushka from Zentuary -all natural deodorant- and my experience at every Marketspace Vendor Events pop-up has been exceptional! As a member of their vendor network, I look forward to receiving email alerts about newly added events.   They are wonderfully curated and feature talented vendors, many of whom I have kept in contact with after my very first Marketspace craft market! 

I look forward to chatting with you as Hachi House joins the March 31 , 2018 Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, New Jersey.  See you there!

Hachi House will be at these upcoming events!
March 31, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, NJ
April 29, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ
May 20, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ

Karen Bellitto - Shinyhappydangles

Chainmaille. The stuff of knights and legends. King Arthur and dragons. Frodo and Jon Snow. You get the idea. My name is Karen and I weave with metal. In a previous life, I was a medical social worker in New York and worked primarily with terminal cancer patients and their families. A heavy job but a rewarding one. Fast forward to moving to New Jersey and getting pregnant all around the same time! Stay at home mom-dom allowed me to find time to get my inner craft girl on. After manifesting in different mediums one day I learned how to make a byzantine bracelet. Angels began to sing, the sun peered out of the clouds and I knew I found what I wanted to do. I researched, I learned a lot about the history of chainmaille and now I bring that to you in the form of wearable art.

Centuries ago, men would wear mesh garments, woven of steel rings, to protect themselves when going off to battle. Today, Shinyhappydangles, takes these patterns and techniques (we are talking legit OLD patterns, like 1270 Japan or Europe in the Middle Ages) to replicate patterns and turn them into jewelry. There are maille artisans who still make actual suits of armor (30,000 plus rings can go in to just 1 shirt!). What I have come to love about this art form is the endless possibilities. Little circles (aluminum jump rings) come in many colors and wire gauges and sizes so the amount of things you can make and do seems to be infinite. I’m up for the challenge.

I know one thing is for sure: I miss my pliers when I’m not making stuff and I wake up in the
morning thinking about what I’m going to create that day. I love seeing the look on someone’s
face when I explain that, yes, I did open and close every single ring to make the pattern they are looking at and I enjoyed every minute of it. I love being in stores and hearing from my customers that they saw my pieces at a local boutique. What REALLY makes my day though is in-person shows where I can live-weave at my table and converse with customers as they come into the booth. I’m excited about adding dates with Marketspace Vendor Events to my calendar this year! Shinyhappydangles. A little history. A little bling. Love in every link.

Kaitlyn Lazzaro - Kaitlyn’s Knit Knacks

Hey All, I’m Kaitlyn, of Kaitlyn’s Knit Knacks! I started this handmade adventure back in high school when I took a fashion class. Yes, that was a real class in my high school. I remember the teacher taught us the basics, knit and purl, and then she rolled out the television (every high schoolers' favorite moment in school) and put on Project Runway. We literally watched TV and made a scarf for about a week. It was awesome! Then fast forward to post-college, imagine a broke new graduate needing to buy her friends and family Christmas Gifts on an entry level salary. I got the brilliant idea to pick up knitting again, and then I just couldn’t stop... so here I am now 5 years later with an Etsy Shop and getting into Craft and Vendor shows. 

I make handmade knit items, particularly chunky knit hats, and cowls to keep you warm all winter. I also offer baby items, such as newborn caps, bows, booties, and household items like washcloths. There is definitely a huge variety that you can find on my shop, but my personal favorites not only to make, but also to wear, are my seed stitch beanies. The beauty of my Etsy shop is that most items are made to order, so any item can be customized in size, and color. If you love a headband and want a matching one with your child just send me a message and we can work together to get the perfect color and size for both you and your little one.

This is my first year participating in Craft and Vendor shows, so it has definitely been an adventure! My hope for the future is to continue growing my business on Etsy, through Craft shows, and even local brick and mortar shops. I am currently partnering with All Things Local in Red Bank, NJ and hope to expand from there. Although I have been to a few Crafts and Drafts events, I am excited to be participating in my first event with Marketspace Vendor Events and hope to continue working with them in future!

Rachel Helfand - CraftyCatPA

Hi! I’m Rachel; a Jersey girl living in Pennsylvania, often found surrounded by cats, crafting aromatherapy jewelry – hence CraftyCatPA! Everyone sometimes needs an escape from the hustle and bustle… to slow down and just create on your own terms. CraftyCatPA came into being as a creative outlet, a hobby for myself, separate from all the things on the ‘to do list’. I enjoy creating unique aromatherapy jewelry designs and sharing the benefits of essential oils; can’t wait to meet you!

 I create an eclectic variety of beaded bracelets, anklets, rings and necklaces. Most of my designs feature lava beads to pair with essential oils for aromatherapy on the go. I’m a Young Living distributor and always have my personal collection of Young Living essential oils with me to share. The CraftyCatPA collection is forever changing and evolving – most styles are one of a kind. I love to make custom, made-to-order pieces with feedback and involvement from the customer. 

I’m working on some standard styles for the CraftyCatPA Etsy shop; but I’m most excited to get out to Marketspace Vendor Events where customer can see, smell, touch and try on the CraftyCatPA collection in person as it’s meant to be experienced! In addition to aromatherapy jewelry, I’m branching into essential oil roll-ons and sugar scrubs. I’m so looking forward to Merry Marketspace, my first event with Marketspace Vendor Events, and the fun opportunities to follow! 

Louise Waterfall - Textile Trolley

Hi all, I’m Louise, owner of Textile Trolley, currently a one woman show! My business is primarily sewing beautiful items for babies and children like bibs, blankets, aprons, tooth fairy pillows, etc., but I’m branching out into the odd gifts for adults too like beer coasters, toiletry bags, wristlets, etc. I’ve been sewing all my life (as a hobby) and 5 years ago after being made part-time at my job I decided to make a business out of it, and currently no looking back!

Everything I sell is handmade by me. I am a perfectionist to detail so everything I make is of the top most quality. I primarily sell online, direct wholesale to businesses all around the world including China and Taiwan (would you believe?), Malaysia, Switzerland, England and various states within the U.S. I do take part in a fair amount of craft shows and love getting out and meeting all my customers, many who return with new additions to their family. My biggest seller by far at craft shows are my baby bibs. For outdoor shows, I have a vast display with many different fabrics which are all really eye catching.

My goals for the future are to be able to keep on doing what I’m doing, increase sales and hire a seamstress to help with the workload. I am currently in the process of developing my own website which will enable me to break away from my Etsy shop and become more independent. I’m so excited to work with Marketspace Vendor Events and their upcoming events, such as Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing on November 11th. It’s a totally fresh, young, and modern way of dealing with craft shows and the fact that they are bringing craft shows to breweries, well it doesn’t get much better than that (maybe the wineries next year???). I wish them much success in the future and look forward to partaking in more of their shows.

Bill Farinella - Personally Yours Accessories

My name is Bill, I am a proud parent of 2 who mean the world to me (but then again what parent doesn't say that) and I want to leave them a legacy if they choose to pursue it. I want to teach them to go for what they believe in and work hard to get it done. I was presented with an opportunity to purchase equipment and supplies from a co-worker at my main job. He was selling his business as he didn't have the time to continue running it. It took me 6-7 months to become familiar with the business and how it all works. Day in and day out I was teaching myself new software and processes I knew nothing about. Once I was somewhat proficient in the technology and processes, I came up with a few designs and opened my Etsy shop for business.

We can customize many different items from phone cases to wall art large and small. The process is simple, select a picture or image you LOVE, select an item, we take care of the rest. We ALL take pictures, we all LOVE to look at our memories time and time again to bring back those feelings and happy times. Personally Yours Accessories takes pride in making sure that these precious memories become something you can cherish and enjoy every day. Our process is unique and allows you to create just about anything your imagination can drum up.

Starting about a year ago our goal was to build a base of customers that love out products. We have done just that. We were able to partner with a local University and become commercially licensed to produce items for sale in their stores as well as online. (BONUS) Next is to expand our product offering to include many more items that our customers can enjoy. Guess what, Marketspace Vendor Events is allowing us to do just that. We are bringing several new product lines to these events to YOU, our customers... quality items while you wait. Over the next year we plan to offer (online only - the printer is too big to bring with me :( ) new technologies that will allow me to print on items directly. Yes, you can mail items directly to me or purchase new ones. More details will follow over the next year or so. For now we are excited to start this process with Marketspace Vendor Events, Thank you for asking me to be part of this journey with you!

Anna Lapan - Crochet Toys Corner

My shop is a result of my love for crochet, soft yarns, kids, colors and the longing for the toys of olden days, as opposed to battery or USB operated toys.

I wanted to make simple, not super fancy, and sophisticated softcreatures that are a nice gift.  The kind that the child will always remember as part of his sweet childhood memories.  My cute and cozy knitted and designed characters, stuffed toys, and dolls decorate any home.

I have been making dolls and toys for the last 3 years.  Many of my creatures have taken very lovely parts in the lives of their buyers: blue donkey became a ring holder on her wedding, popular tiger was sent to an expectant mother by her husband from his military service, cute sheep went to sweeten one child's bedtime.  All of them are unique, made with love and care in every stitch.

My goals for the future include reaching more potential customers and to increase the number of orders of my work. Since the Marketspace Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company on October 29th will be my first encounter with this type of event,  I hope it will give me the opportunity to actualize my goals. 

Courtney McKenzie - Oh Rexy! Threads

Hi! Hello! Hey! My name is Courtney and I’m the creative mastermind behind Oh Rexy! Threads. My husband is active duty army and therefore we move around constantly. My mind decided that it was time to become my own boss and do what I can do to help out no matter where we go! I’ve always been a bit creative and so I decided to see what I could do! I started creating and did my first set of kids clothing for my best friend last year. It was so much fun and seeing the joy it brought to her face to see her kid decked out in custom threads made my heart so happy. So….Oh Rexy! Threads was born.

We specialize in putting vinyl and screen printed designs on textiles. Everything from baby bodysuits, canvas bags, hoodies, and pillow cases even! My favorite items are actually usually the custom ones I’ve been asked to create. Being able to bring someones thoughts to life is so much fun! If i had to name one item that’s been my favorite so far it would be a pillow case designed for an amazing friend. I traced signatures from her mother and grandmother, both who passed within a few months of each other. I partnered with her wife and had her get me notes that they had written to her and did a perfect trace of each. Then
put them on a pillow case and sent them to her. A top seller lately has definitely been my IT inspired tee that says “We all float down here.” That one is a consistent sellout on line as well as at events! Oh Rexy! Threads tend to be unique because not all items are ever the exact same thing. I like to take clothing I can find and put random designs on it. One design could be on 6 different shirts but none of those will look the same as it could be a different color shirt or a different color print.

I just want to continue to grow! I’ve already worked with movie directors, cosplay stars, and local businesses and just want to continue to do the same! I want to bring more ideas to life and more smiles to faces. I want to continue to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events because I feel like they know what it’s like to be the little guy - to find events to go to and places to get your name out. I want to help set up future events and participate in them as well! I will be at Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company on October 29th!