Donna Beth Friedlander - Donna Beth LLC

Artisan: Donna Beth LLC
Etsy: www.dbdonnabeth.com
E-mail: donna@dbdonnabeth.com

My journey as a women’s luxury clothing designer began in 2000 after graduating from The Academy of Design in Montreal. I created a line for myself that was versatile, fun to wear, and allowed me to jump on my bike to go to a yoga class then meet a friend for dinner. As I wore my own creations, women of all ages and sizes would approach me to ask where I had purchased my outfits.

This inspired me to launch Donna Beth, a line of elegant, stylish and original clothes for all women to wear. I pride myself on creating timeless and well-made clothes, always maintaining a balance between luxury and comfort. I work with a wide range of textiles, carefully selected, hand-cut and sewn in my New Jersey design studio, that will take you from morning to night without having to change.

I find meaning in putting my best into my designs - not just quality products, but quality experiences and relationships with my amazing, dynamic clients. I LOVE what I do with all my heart! That is why I created my brand and on-line store – to offer original, exciting pieces to suit the diverse lifestyles of women everywhere!

I look forward to returning to The Marketspace at Westfield this weekend. The funky, beautiful space in Downtown Westfield is a perfect match for the vibe of my designs. Stop by to try on a few of my pieces or contact me for a custom fitting.

Donna Beth LLC will be at this upcoming events!
December 2018 - The Marketspace at Westfield in Westfield, NJ

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

Jim Spaven - Crafty Crafts by Jim

Artist: Jim Spaven
E-mail: JimSpaven@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Jim and my business is Crafty Crafts by Jim. I have been a crafter for a number of years starting with wood-working crafts, then candle making. I had some luck selling my wood and candle art at vendor events but wanted to expand my product line to be more profitable.  I started looking into other crafting ideas and began working on wood and wine bottle terrariums.  My wood-working history sure came in handy there!

I first started with Christmas items, mounting small ornaments and the glass wine bottle to a wooden base.  Then, I found cork lights for the top of the bottles.  The best part is that these corks can be removed and recharged using a USB port.  Adding this unique light feature to my wine bottle terrariums was a success!

Last year, at Peddlers Village, my wife and I walked into a store that sold succulents and air plants.  My wife had the ingenious idea of combining these popular, low maintenance plants with my wine bottle crafts.  I have since added them to my product line and have expanded on them by creating beer bottle crafts too.  My biggest challenge is cutting through the glass bottles but with the proper tools it can be done!

It is hard to decide which is my favorite item to make,  but I would say the beer mobiles with decals or the fairy gardens with lights and gnomes.  As far as best sellers go, it all depends on the event.  I find that my light-up wine bottle terrariums are most popular around Christmas, and my air plants are most popular in the spring and summer. 

My major goal is to sell my items in a store of handmade goods, and this was once a near reality after connecting with other vendors at an in-person event.  The store was to be located in Washington, NJ, but relocated to Kansas.  Since shipping glass is unreliable, I have decided to put that dream on hold until a more local option becomes available to me.

As far as Marketspace Vendor Events, I like where the events are being held - at breweries, how bad can that be?! I am looking forward to a long lasting relationship with them as they have events throughout the year.

Crafty Crafts by Jim will be at these upcoming events!
April 29, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ
May 20, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ
June 9, 2018 - Czig Meister's 2 Year Anniversary Celebration in Hackettstown, NJ
September 16, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, NJ
October 28, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ

Rachel Mambach - Rachel Mambach Art

Artist: Rachel Mambach
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RachelMambachArt
Instagram: www.instagram.com/racheltheartist
Website: www.rachelmambach.com
E-mail: RachelMambachArt@gmail.com

My father is an amazing painter, and I was lucky to grow up in a home where art and creativity are valued. I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t making something.  I love experimenting with color, line, shape,and texture. I’m drawn to round shapes and intricate repetitive patterns.

My artwork is fun and bright, and it always cheers me up on a dreary, stressful day. I believe my best work is created when I am feeling happy and inspired - it is important to share those positive feelings, especially with so many ugly things happening in the world today.   

I find that nature or things that are calm and beautiful like dream catchers are my greatest source of inspiration.   My media ranges from pencil to marker to paint pebbles to burlap and embroidery thread.  I like to mix it up to keep things interesting for myself and my audience.  My products consist mostly of original art and prints, and I've recently added custom, high-quality tote bags to my inventory which can ship worldwide.

Rachel Mambach Art LLC was launched one year ago and has been a great success so far!  As time goes on, I continue to learn and strive to make each year better.  I've discovered that children are most interested in my art - maybe because I am an art teacher or because my creations are colorful.  I've also learned that handmade markets are the best place for me to sell my art.  Marketspace Vendor Events produces handmade markets that are perfect for me to capture my target audience.  Being a Jersey Shore local, I’m excited for my first market with Marketspace on July 21, 2018 at Porta in Asbury Park!  To see my artwork for yourself, find me there in person, visit my website, or follow me on social media.

Rachel Mambach Art will be at this upcoming event!
July 21, 2018 - Shop the Shore - Porta Asbury Park in Asbury Park, NJ

Shelly Burd - Nailed It

Artisan: Nailed It
www.facebook.com/naileditsburd
E-mail: naileditsburd@gmail.com

HI! My name is Shelly Burd and I am a New Jersey maker of nail and string art.  A couple of years ago my cousin was getting married and I wanted to make a gift for the happy couple, something personal and heartfelt.  I was browsing on my favorite app, Pinterest, and saw string art.  I can’t remember what the picture was of, but I was instantly intrigued.  With a little help from my father, I made my first piece of string art.  It was of two love “Burds” and their chest formed a heart.  I had an overwhelming response from my family that I should pursue this form of art. Over the last couple of years, if a friend or family member had a life event, I made string art.

My string art comes from the heart.  I can customize pieces based on the personality, style, or interests of my clients.  The pieces run the gamut of themes and celebrations from sports to weddings, man caves, nursery décor and everything in between.

My art is my hobby.  I love to make nail and string art pieces that put a smile on the face of the recipient.  I most enjoy working with clients to create a personalized piece for a special event in their lives. 

The Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing, presented by Marketspace Vendor Events, is my first craft show.  I would be interested in displaying my art at future events as interest demands.  Come meet me in Flemington, New Jersey on March 31st - let's hammer out your ideas in string!

Donna Digiacomo - Country Friends

Hi, my name is Donna Digiacomo and my company is Country Friends.  I have a degree in textile design from Philadelphia University.  I decided after working in the industry and having two kids to work from home designing crafts.  Now, 30 years later I am still painting!  I specialize in floral designs on various mediums.

My mirrors are one of my biggest sellers!  I love to paint on large wall mirrors and especially the old windows that I find in my travels.  During the holidays, my snowman LED candles are a big seller!  Searching for and restoring found objects is one of my favorite hobbies! 

I am looking forward to working with Marketspace Vendor Events for the first time on February 10th at the Pop Up Market in The Exchange at Fort Dix. I am so impressed with their enthusiasm and fabulous marketing they provide to their vendors and venues! 

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.

Lisa Richter and Lauren Coddington - Love and Lettering

Hello! We are Lauren and Lisa, two creative pals with a passion for spreading love, positivity, and good energy through our artwork!

About a year and a half ago, Lauren found herself coming across more and more naturally occurring hearts in her day to day life. She called them "random love", and began photographing them to post on social media. The response was overwhelming – this somehow inspired friends and family to notice "random love" along their paths. After so many people began reaching out to Lauren for sparking their own random love finds, she realized that she was making a difference in the way people saw the world.  Shortly thereafter, Love Along The Way was born. Lauren hopes that her photos will brighten people's spaces and continue to encourage them to find love along their way!

Lisa started leebee letters, and creates digital, hand-lettered images (including custom and personalized pieces) featuring positive quotes, phrases, and affirmations using a stylus and an iPad. After growing through a tough patch of life, she found reading positive messages, practicing mindfulness, and using affirmations played a big part in her overall happiness. She decided to start creating her own as an outlet, & then started sharing her work on social media. People responded with their own stories of coming through tough times, sharing that the positive messages gave them a boost of hope or strength, or simply put a smile on their face. Pulling inspiration from mindfulness practices, the beauty in the world around her, and anything promoting positive vibes, Lisa aims to inspire, motivate and provide hope and happiness with her work.

Together, we are Love & Lettering and the journey so far has been amazing!  Even though our two art forms are different, they complement each other, both promoting the message of looking for the good in every day, something we can always use more of in the world. We attended our first joint event back in November 2017, and it has been a whirlwind adventure ever since.  We are so looking forward to meeting you! We are incredibly excited and honored to be working with Marketspace Vendor Events at the April 2018 Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company. We cannot wait to share our story and to hear yours! Going forward, we plan to continue deepening our collaboration and expanding so we can spread the love as far and wide as possible!

Lisa Malchow - Lisa Malchow Studios

Hi, my name is Lisa. After living on the island of Grenada for the last 3 years, I have just relocated to New Jersey.  It was on this gorgeous island that I found my way back to my art; from painting murals at 4-Star Hotels, teaching crazy art classes to the local children, and participating in many of the seasonal arts & craft events.  I’m now working out of my studio at home, adjusting to the lovely New Jersey weather and getting my art ‘out there!’

I started doing Pet Portraiture because I saw that people are CRAZY for their pets, knowing this first hand, of course!  I started painting the pets in the traditional way for awhile, but found that boring. Then I rediscovered my art school background, with YEARS of Art History, I decided to paint the pets as famous portraits.  Yes… this has certainly been done before… but, I GOT IT!  My challenge is to paint the portrait, matching colors and brush strokes of the original to a ’T', and placing the pet as the subject matter.  These are so fun to do that I chuckle to myself the whole time I’m painting.  The 2nd brilliant idea I came up with is painting the pet in a realistic black & white version on canvas fabric and creating a ‘slip-cover’.  I use fabric paint, which is wonderful as it doesn’t smudge and you can hand-wash it if it does get dingy.  They are personalized with the pet’s name, and they make a fabulous gift for someone else who is crazy for their pets, or it does make a sweet ‘memorial pillow’ if the pet has ‘passed’. 

This is my first endeavor with Marketspace Vendor Events, and I think Christmastime is the perfect beginning of our hopefully long relationship.  So come see me on Sat. Dec. 2nd and let’s plan your custom-painted project which you will cherish forever!