Milk & Bones - Caitlyn Cordova

Artisan:  Milk & Bones
Facebook: facebook.com/milkandbones
Instagram: instagram.com/milkandbonesllc
Website: milkandbonesllc.com
Email: milkandbones7@gmail.com

Sewing has been in my family for generations. For the longest time, though, I thought the ‘sewing gene’ skipped me. My amazing aunt tried to teach me but I was always hesitant, and mostly watched instead. I always loved it but I didn’t know where to start. When I attempted to make clothing items for myself, I’d sew sleeves inside out. It was a disaster. Sewing took a backseat for a while until I was preparing for my newly adopted Spanish Greyhound to come to our home. I consider myself very stylistically picky, and could not find a bed perfect enough to complement her elegant beauty. I decided to source some beautiful fabrics and put together a sweet dog bed for her. That is the beginning of my story.

At that time, we were living in Germany because of my husband’s military service and surprisingly there were almost no fabric stores. I was planning a road trip to the Netherlands and discovered a weekly fabric market in a city called Utrecht. That fabric market changed my life. I came home with tons of beautiful and fun fabrics, but without plans for them. I browsed around and started making small plush toys and dog bandannas. Simple things. Friends and family loved them and began requesting other items. Thus Milk & Bones was born! I kept learning how to make new things, discovered a traveling version of the fabric market, and kept on making.

My products have evolved since those early days. Before my daughter was born I learned how to make baby items like bibs, hats, and burp cloths. I have since added many baby and toddler clothing items to my sewn product line. Customers love the bright, colorful and playful fabric choices that I use to create adorable bloomers, rompers, dresses, shirts and more. My best sellers are my super durable and absorbent baby bibs and my bloomer outfits.

I love taking opportunities to exhibit in craft fairs so people can shop, see, and feel my products in person. Creating new items and finding fun prints I know other moms and their little ones will love is what keeps me going. Creating will always be a part of me. I’m also excited for the possibility of expanding my business adventures through Marketspace Vendor Events while I’m in the exploratory phase of a brand new clothing line concept.

Milk & Bones will be at this upcoming event!
May 18, 2019 - Hackettstown Maifest 2019 in Hackettstown, NJ

The Distracted Engineer - Harrah Newman

Artisan:  The Distracted Engineer
Facebook: facebook.com/thedistractedengineer
Email: thedistractedengineer@gmail.com

Hello! My name is Harrah and I am a graduate student working toward my PhD in Biomedical Engineering, but I am a very Distracted Engineer. I am an active pro-craft-inator and frequently use painting, upcycling, and other crafting outlets as my break from intense lab work.

My painting journey started when I broke my desk chair (oops) and needed a new chair. I found an old, dull wooden chair and decided I could easily brighten it up with a bit of paint. One chair quickly turned into two, then three, then a table, then a cabinet, and my original bit of paint quickly turned into many tubs of paint in every color I could find. I strive to create colorful pieces that will inspire optimism and induce smiles wherever they go.

I am an entirely self-taught artist and will often try out new designs and techniques. Every piece I make is unique. I use a range of colors, patterns, and layers of detail to create eccentric, whimsical designs. Despite variations in color and patterns, there is one consistent element in my pieces - polka dots - because I think they are wonderfully fun!

I love taking ordinary, mundane pieces and turning them into whimsical works. I have painted some funky pieces including antique milk jugs, old windows, mirrors, and a guitar, but I spend most of my time painting chairs, small tables, signs, canvases, and ornaments. My chairs are usually a big hit because people are not used to seeing such vibrant designs on furniture. I also really enjoy painting signs. I think people enjoy my signs because they don’t just come with bright colors, but also a positive message. My work is often a fun talking piece and can brighten up any space – kids’ rooms, office space, really anywhere.

I am really just starting my art venture but I look forward to learning and growing it in the near future. I am excited to be part of Marketspace Vendor Events so I can showcase my work at new venues.

The Distracted Engineer will be at this upcoming event!
April 28, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, NJ

Oak Lane Woodworks - Chris and Becky LeLong

Artisan:  Oak Lane Woodworks
Facebook: facebook.com/oaklanewoodworks
Instagram: instagram.com/oak_lane_woodworks
Website: www.oaklanewoodworks.com

Despite the current age of fast technology, there’s something special and nostalgic about putting a pen to paper. An ode to our ancestors or a sophisticated reenactment of one of our earliest learned skills, the feel of turning the pages and satisfaction of hand-written print becomes an accomplishment - whether compiling a list or composing a work of art.

We all use memo and note apps on our personal devices to keep daily to-do lists, shopping lists, and goal trackers. But physically writing out a list or crossing out met achievements feels more productive.

Studies have shown that writing things down best commits them to memory. The same can’t be said for typing on a keyboard or tapping letters on a touchscreen. These are just some of the reasons I was drawn to the art of lathe-turned pens.

To keep that feeling of sophistication and accomplishment in every day tasks, a quality writing instrument rather than a pen borrowed from the bank is essential. A strong pen that smoothly adorns paper with high quality ink encourages one to write more, to write better, to write smarter. A beautifully made writing instrument inspires the bearer to want more often. It encourages the writer to raise their standards and set higher goals.

Whether it's a tasteful natural wood pen or ostentatiously colored wood and acrylic pen with eye-catching accents, simple ballpoint or elegant fountain pen, I find joy in restoring a sense of quality to the recipient’s life. Oak Lane Woodworks strives to craft writing instruments of all styles that are pleasing to the eye, comfortable to the hand, and write as pleasurably as they look.

Oak Lane Woodworks will be at this upcoming event!
April 28, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, NJ

The Creative Alchemist - Rosemarie Hampp

Artisan:  The Creative Alchemist
Shop Now:  Shop The Creative Alchemist
Website: www.TheCreativeAlchemist.com
Instagram: instagram.com/TheCreativeAlchemistUSA

Hello. I’m Rosemarie Hampp. I’m a self-taught artist, photographer, and designer known as The Creative Alchemist. I create unique items including custom painted wood signs, accessories, wearable art, and photography.

I’ve always loved making art and I became interested in photography in my teens. My Mother was an artist and, after her death in 2006, I developed an overwhelming need to make things. (I believe it was her final gift to me). I bought tools and set out to make things that inspired me. Eventually my house and grounds became filled with my work and people began telling me, "You have such a unique perspective on things. You have to sell your stuff!" It was then that The Creative Alchemist was born.

My business name reflects my vision of creating something extraordinary from something ordinary whether it’s through the re-purposing of items or combining concepts to create something unique. I love the layering of ideas because I think each layer contributes to the strength of the message. Since I don't have formal training, I have no rules. This leaves me open to unlimited possibilities and has allowed me to develop my own unique style. I utilize scraps and discarded or found items in many of my projects, giving them a new life. This includes wood, metal, spare parts, and paint. I want my art to evoke a feeling in people - whether it be serious or whimsical. I want it to move you, to make you think.

I make an eclectic mix of products. I don’t mass produce any items so my favorite design is always the next one I’m working on. I like to work with reclaimed wood and my current favorites and top sellers are American Flags, Thin Blue Line Flags, and Thin Red Line Flags. They are made from reclaimed tongue and groove oak hardwood flooring and wood lath. Many customers have bought them as gifts for Police Officers and Firefighters. They can also be customized with names, departments, badge numbers, you name it!

The Creative Alchemist will be at these upcoming events!
April 28, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, NJ
July 21, 2019 - Shop the Shore - Porta in Asbury Park, NJ
August 4, 2019 - Shop the Shore - Porta in Asbury Park, NJ
August 18, 2019 - Shop the Shore - Porta in Asbury Park, NJ

The Urban Oasis Shop - Alina Gardea

Artisan:  The Urban Oasis Shop
Facebook: facebook.com/theurbanoasisshop
Instagram: instagram.com/theurbanoasisshop
Website: www.theurbanoasisshop.com

Hey there! My name is Alina and I’m the owner-creator behind The Urban Oasis Shop. My product line consists of air plant and succulent urban garden arrangements in minimalist animal planters, shells, and geometric terrariums.

I am a self-proclaimed plant addict (and proud of it). My love of urban gardening began when I started a small 4x4 box garden behind my townhome in hopes of encouraging my kids to eat fresh home-grown veggies. The backyard garden quickly expanded to include a container garden of flowers on my balcony and a hydroponic herb garden in my kitchen. Along with the growth of my outdoor gardens came many new houseplant friends, including my now-favorite succulents and air plants! My plant collection was growing rapidly and I decided to start giving plant arrangements as gifts to friends and family. When I realized the happiness and health benefits that plants bring to people, it sparked the idea for starting my business and The Urban Oasis Shop was born!

I have a passion for plants, interior decorating, and the pursuit of inner peace. I strive to incorporate these elements in the arrangements I make. Working with plants is my art and meditation, which I love sharing with people. I like making tiny tabletop terrarium gardens that can be enjoyed at home or work because they bring a little “oasis” to any space. But customer favorites, by far, are my Succupets. The Urban Oasis Shop Succupets are a collection of animal planters with succulents that bring a whole new level of low-maintenance cuteness to the plant collecting game. The animal planters come in all different sizes and include elephants, dinosaurs, unicorns, hedgehogs and giraffes. Another top-selling item is the air plant jellyfish that I craft using air plants and sea urchin shells. These jellyfish can be hung anywhere and add an interesting plant element to any space.

I’m really excited about The Urban Oasis Shop and the journey that I have embarked upon as a business owner. I hope to continue to grow my business and spread the joy of urban gardening through Pop Up Shops and DIY Workshops. I love working with Marketspace Vendor Events because their events and venues are always fun! The Urban Oasis Shop will be appearing at The Hackettstown Pub Crawl on April 13th, Montclair Brewery on June 15th, and Hackettstown Oktoberfest on September 28th. I am always adding new events to my schedule so be sure to catch me when I’m in town and follow the schedule of events on my website and social media.

The Urban Oasis Shop will be at these upcoming events!
April 13, 2019 - 3rd Annual Hopped Up Scavenger Hunt Hackettstown Pub Crawl in Hackettstown, NJ
June 15, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Montclair Brewery in Montclair, NJ
September 28, 2019 - 4th Annual Hackettstown Oktoberfest in Hackettstown, NJ

.aym. - Amy Muermann

Hi! I’m Amy, the jewelry artist/metalsmith creator of .aym., a line of handcrafted sterling silver and copper minimalist jewelry. If you had told me 5 years ago that I’d be making jewelry for a living I would have told you that you were crazy, yet here I am doing just that! My formal education is in the physical sciences, majoring in Physics for my undergrad and Chemistry for my master’s degree. I became interested in making jewelry in 2015 when I accompanied a friend to a bead shop. The beautiful colors and shapes of all the different beads were so inspiring to me, and I realized that I had really been missing a creative outlet in my life. As much as I loved looking at all the beads, I didn’t actually wear much beaded jewelry myself, so I decided to learn some metalsmithing so that I could make the jewelry that I really wanted to wear. What began as a creative outlet quickly turned into an obsession that fueled the creation and growth of .aym. My specialty is simple, dainty, minimalist jewelry pieces. I believe there is much beauty in simplicity and strive to create jewelry that is infinitely wearable.

People are often surprised to find out that my background is in science, not art, but there is actually quite a lot of overlap in the skills required for science research and metalsmithing. In addition to the obvious lab skills such as working with fire and chemicals, both occupations involve quite a lot of tedious repetition and intense attention to detail. Therefore, I believe that my training in the sciences actually has had a lot to do with my success in jewelry making. One of my favorite things about the work I do now is that it makes people happy. When I read a glowing online review or talk to a repeat customer at a show and they tell me how special one of my pieces is to them, it makes my day!

A question that I often get asked is, “where does the name .aym. come from?”. The answer is that it is my name, Amy, done differently. This is appropriate since running a jewelry-making business takes all of the skills that I’ve acquired throughout my life and uses them differently. I intentionally chose a name that was not specific to jewelry since I’m also pretty handy with a sewing machine and aspire to one day expand my brand to include sewn accessories such as hats and scarves. That is, if I can ever catch up on jewelry orders! I always love it when online orders come in, but my very favorite part of running a handmade business is doing handmade craft shows and getting to meet my customers in person. I’m thrilled to be partnering with Marketspace Vendor Events in this. Helping with everything from product photography to making sure vendors have water to stay hydrated during events, Kim and Kevin are warm and welcoming people with a rare combination of business savvy and a heart for handmade artisans. Marketspace is definitely a promoter that I’m proud to say I’m involved with, and this year I’ll be exhibiting at the Hopped Up Scavenger Hunt Hackettstown Pub Crawl in April and at the Winter Village at the Red Mill in November. Hope to see you there!

.aym. will be at these upcoming events!
April 13, 2019 - 3rd Annual Hopped Up Scavenger Hunt Hackettstown Pub Crawl in Hackettstown, NJ
November 29, 2019 - Winter Village at The Red Mill Museum in Clinton, NJ

7ArtisanStreet - Minnie Singh

Artisan:  7ArtisanStreet
E-mail:  minnie@easternbase.com
Facebook: facebook.com/7artisanstreet
Instagram: instagram.com/7artisanstreet
Website: amazon.com/handmade/7ArtisanStreet

Hi! We are Minnie and Nishu Singh, the curators of handmade textile collection, 7 Artisan Street.

Before we tell you about 7 Artisan Street’s mission, let us share 3 life-changing facts that will make you think twice about sustainability:

  1. The United States, alone, sends about 21 billion pounds of textile waste to landfills every year. This includes pre-consumer, or unused, fabric.

  2. Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to break down. An estimated 1 million birds, 100,000 turtles and countless other sea and land animals die from ingesting plastic.

  3. The U.S. cuts down 14 million trees per year to supply raw material for paper, paper shopping bags, and other paper products.

We are bonded first by the same cause of up-cycling and reducing waste, second as sisters-in-law.

While working in corporate for 13 years, we got a chance to study waste and eco-friendly alternatives. It was during this time that we learned about pre-consumer textile waste. It didn’t sit well with us and we knew we had to initiate change. It seemed almost natural for us to quit our respective jobs, put our creative heads together, and deal with the challenges of a start-up business. A year later, 7 Artisan Street was ready to raise awareness (even in small steps) about pre-consumer textile waste to reduce our carbon footprint. We strongly believe in reusable, repurposed, and recycled handmade products made from pre-consumer textiles that we have saved before they hit the landfill.

We source our fabrics simply and easily, direct from textile or flea markets and manufacturers of raw material. We handpick quality fabrics and other materials like wood, beads, lace, buttons, pallets, and iron frames that have otherwise been deemed unusable. We combine elements of paint, wood etching, embroidery, and embellishment to create unique products that resonate with you, our customer. Our year-round best sellers are fabric bags, scarves, and shopping totes that align with the Zero Waste mission. We are always thinking of new products and often surprise ourselves with what we create.

Our last partnership with Marketspace Vendor Events was our first-ever event! We were not just seen as another vendor with products, but a vendor trying to make a difference via sustainability. The response was so encouraging and many customers had great feedback for new products, many of which we have already incorporated into our product line. Large canvas shopping totes, fabric washable fruit and spice baskets, reusable party favor and bridal bags, and up-cycled backpacks for all ages have made their way into 7 Artisan Street.

Only 15% of the 14.3 million tons of textile waste generated in the U.S. every year gets recycled. If it cannot be reused or recycled, simply refuse.

Please stop by our upcoming Marketspace events and share your eco-friendly product ideas with us!

7ArtisanStreet will be at these upcoming events!
April 6, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Jersey Girl Brewing Spring in Hackettstown, NJ
July 21, 2019 - Shop the Shore - Porta in Asbury Park, NJ
August 18, 2019 - Shop the Shore - Porta in Asbury Park, NJ
September 15, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, NJ
November 9, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Jersey Girl Brewing Fall in Hackettstown, NJ

Contigo By Yenny - Jenniffer Pons

Artisan:  Contigo By Yenny
E-mail:  jen8one@gmail.com
Instagram: instagram.com/contigobyyennydesigns
Website: etsy.com/shop/ContigobyYenny

Hi, all! My name is Jenniffer Pons and I am the hands behind the boho and crystal jewelry designs of Contigo By Yenny!

I am a creative at heart, always finding opportunities to make beautiful things. I'm super inspired by all things fashion as well as the wonderful outdoors. You can see the inspo in all my boho inspired necklaces, bracelets, and earrings!

My journey started with one simple beaded item. A pretty, bejeweled bead strand meant to be worn around the waist. From there I thought "Why not bracelets?" and so on. Now my collection consists of everything from earrings to necklaces and waist chains. My best sellers are hoop and chandelier earrings. My amazing customers love a gorgeous pair of healing crystal earrings that not only look great but carry those good vibes an earthy crystal can bring.

I have so many hopes for my business venture. My main goal right now is to have my pieces sold in boutique stores where my pieces can be touched and best appreciated in-person. I am working toward this goal by starting with my favorite event holders, Marketspace Vendor Events! They are truly THE BEST at putting together amazing events for small business owners like me looking to expand and share their craft with the world. Not only are their vendor events fun for all ages, but they give us a chance to meet other makers, share our experiences, and learn from each other! It has truly been an honor to be able to work with them and I look forward to each and every event I get the chance to be a part of. Contigo By Yenny's journey is just beginning and I cannot wait for my next event with Marketspace Vendor Events at Jersey Girl Brewing on April 6th!

Contigo By Yenny will be at this upcoming event!
April 6, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Jersey Girl Brewing in Hackettstown, NJ

Our Lady of Hodgepodge - Kristen Pulsinelli

Artisan:  Our Lady of Hodgepodge
E-mail:  ourladyofhodgepodge@gmail.com
Website: www.sarahcatherineart.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ourladyofhodgepodge
Instagram: instagram.com/ourladyofhodgepodge
Website: etsy.com/shop/OurLadyofHodgepodge

Hi! My name is Kristen and I am the owner/creator of Our Lady of Hodgepodge in Annandale, NJ. I love all things crafty and I create wearable art that may change on a whim. Is “Hodgepodge” starting to make sense now? I want to create pieces that everyone will love, but will resonate with one person. I truly want someone to look at my wares and say “OMG, this was made for me!” I’m a punk, a nerd, a scholar, a (dog)mom, an accountant, a dreamer, and an artist. These are the kindred hearts ‘Our Lady’ hopes to touch and inspire.

So down to the brass tax; what is Our Lady of Hodgepodge (OLoH)? It is a confused mixture of wearable art. My three major sellers are The Long Tassel Statement Scarf, The Hodgepodge Scarf, and Dollhouse Miniature Bookmarks. The Long Tassel Statement Scarves are one-of-a-kind crocheted scarves that use various yarn weights, colors, and techniques. They are finished off with 10-inch-long tassels on both ends of a 60-inch scarf. The Hodgepodge Scarf is a triangle shaped scarf made from fabric remnants, mostly donated from other local crafters, which I then sew together using a darning technique and a sewing machine. After washing the stabilizer away, you are left with one cool art piece to wear how you like. Lastly, Dollhouse Mini Bookmarks are made using a 10-inch piece of chain, or ribbon. On either end are a dollhouse mini coffee cup, a tassel, and a mini book for which I shrink down an actual book cover to size. These are usually popular as gifts and are easily customizable.

I must admit, I initially created OLoH because I had already gifted creations to all of my family members and my husband got tired of them taking up space. My husband’s favorite line at craft shows is: “Buy my wife’s stuff, it takes up too much space.” Once we started doing craft shows, and saw that even strangers liked what I made, we decided that this could be a nice niche for me and something we could do together… other than fishing … which is okay too, I guess?

Finding Marketspace Vendor Events has worked well for us because Kevin and Kim are super helpful and knowledgeable about where my creations will sell best. They gave me a whole new avenue of locations, clientele, and groups of vendors to learn from. I think all vendors will agree that Marketspace isn’t pushy and won’t fit you in somewhere just for profit. They are very open when you have questions or need advice on doing a craft show. I didn’t get to do as many with them as I would have liked in 2018, but 2019 is a whole new year, so here we go!

Our Lady of Hodgepodge will be at this upcoming event!
April 6, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Jersey Girl Brewing in Hackettstown,, NJ

Sarah Catherine Art - Sarah Catherine Maxwell

Artisan:  Sarah Catherine Art
E-mail:  sarahcatherineart@gmail.com
Website: www.sarahcatherineart.com
Facebook: facebook.com/sarahcatherineart
Instagram: instagram.com/sarahcatherineart

Hi! My name is Sarah Catherine Maxwell and I am the New Jersey ceramics artist behind Sarah Catherine Art. I have always been interested in art ever since I was a little girl. However, my interest in ceramics did not start until December two years ago. I was chosen for a leave replacement job as a high school ceramics teacher. Since I wanted a job, I took it even though I had never really used clay before. After the job ended in December, I decided to take a Christmas break three-day wheel throwing pottery workshop to get a better understanding of it. That workshop sparked my infatuation with ceramics. For the past two years I have not stopped taking ceramic classes and pursuing different techniques. My business got started because I no longer had room for all of the handmade ceramic pieces in my house. I sell because I need room to make more!

My latest obsession is with raku ceramic firing. The process of making a raku piece is very involved and keeps you engaged the entire time. I especially love that the artist only has so much control over the colors and patterns. Each time the piece comes out of the raku pit, the finish is a surprise.

My goal for my business is to one day be able to fully pay for my art with my art. Marketspace Vendor Events provides me with the opportunities I need to get my art out in the community.

Sarah Catherine Art will be at these upcoming events!
March 30, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing Spring in Flemington, NJ
May 18, 2019 - 3rd Annual Hackettstown Maifest 2019 in Hackettstown, NJ
November 29 & 30, 2019 - Winter Village at the Red Mill Museum 2019 in Clinton, NJ

Kimpressions LLC - Kim Mulligan

Artisan:  Kimpressions LLC
E-mail:  kimpressions.nj@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/kimpressionsllc
Instagram: instagram.com/kimpressions.nj

My name is Kim, hence the name of my Annandale, NJ business, “Kimpressions”. I am a freehand lettering artist, making hand-lettered wood home decor signs, bridal shower signs, wedding signs, baby shower signs, hand-lettered menus for restaurants, and custom hand-lettered event signs. I was born and raised in Hunterdon County and have been doing craft-related things for as long as I can remember. When I felt the stress of my full-time job weighing on me, I decided to give myself this creative outlet to help alleviate some of the bad vibes I was bringing home.

I can letter on pretty much any surface, and since I do everything freehand without stencils or printouts, it is completely customizable. Every piece is unique! I especially love lettering on chalkboards because I love the look of white lettering on the black background. I’d have to say hand-lettered Clinton, New Jersey signs are a top-seller for me! I make freehand lettered signs featuring Clinton’s iconic Red Mill and our awesome community loves them!

My goal for Kimpressions is simply to do it as long as it makes me happy. The fact that I get to play a small part in people's new homes, business ventures and major life events brings me such joy! I’ve learned so much from so many interesting people that I’ve met through Marketspace Vendor Events and social media since starting Kimpressions and it reminds me that inspiration is everywhere!

Kimpressions will be at these upcoming events!
March 30, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing Spring in Flemington, NJ
May 18, 2019 - Red Mill Retro Ride, Picnic & Handcrafter's Market in Clinton, NJ

Art Across Borders - Sam Matthews

Artisan:  Art Across Borders
E-mail:  sam.artacrossborders@gmail.com
Website: www.artacrossborders.com
Facebook: facebook.com/artacrossborders
Instagram: instagram.com/artacrossborders

Hi! My name is Sam Matthews and I am the creator behind Art Across Borders, a vintage VW bus mobile art studio in New Jersey.

My life has always been colorful and chaotic like a Jackson Pollock painting. I was raised by divorced parents who are both hard working and creative. I was taught to pursue whatever my passion was and was encouraged from the time I could hold a crayon that what I made mattered. I spent much of my free time drawing, coloring, painting, stamping, anything creative, because many of my immediate family members were artists and supplied me with materials of all kinds. Working hard to make my dreams a reality was a big part of my upbringing.

When I graduated college with my bachelors in fine art, that’s exactly what I intended on doing. The short version of how I came to own my own business is this: I turned my senior art show title and concept into my passion project. Art Across Borders originated as an art exhibition about my travels throughout 4 different countries where I developed my passion for creative outlets, specifically for kids (to read the whole story and see pictures of the show visit the about me at artacrossborders.com). When I realized I would be stateside after graduation, I wanted to take my passion on the road. I was inspired by an organization I interned for (Art Feeds, check them out), and wanted to find a vehicle that would cart around all of my supplies as I mobilized my classes and workshops. We had a VW when I was in high school that tragically burned down and ever since I dreamed of having another one in the family. It was one night that the inspiration struck and I realized I had to seek out my own bus and make my dreams a reality. Something incredible always happens to me when I am pursuing big plans. I am constantly supported by my community of friends and family. As I was searching for the right bus, so many incredible people donated toward my goal. I found Flo, shipped her up to NJ, and have been working on her mechanically while successfully using her as Art Across Borders’ mobile art studio since 2016.

I love encouraging others to tap into their own creativity and encourage everyone to make something different. Folks who don’t have creative jobs often don’t make time for themselves to be creative and experiment with artistic and crafty materials. That’s why I decided the main goal for my workshops is to offer people the time, space, and materials to explore their own creativity. It has been a wild journey of many peaks and valleys but every part of my adventure has lead to another amazing opportunity. I love selling my artwork next to Flo at events and sharing our story with people who come by. I’ve taken on various part time jobs to help support the start of this business but have always kept my dreams first and foremost. I have the pleasure of being a teaching artist at 2 art centers during the week and fill the rest of my time with hosting northern NJ and central NJ art workshops in addition to commissioned work.

The fun thing about having a fine art degree from a liberal arts college is that I was able to experience and learn all different kinds of mediums, adding tools to my creative tool belt. I love mixing mediums and coming up with unique pieces. My favorite thing to make is marbled paper that I later use for cards and prints. My top seller is custom pet portrait ornaments. Customers also really love my paintings of VW buses in different landscapes as well as my mini inspirational paintings. A surprise hit this past year were my adult humor greeting cards and ornaments. I sold out of them at every market I did!

I have a lot of goals for Art Across Borders. A huge goal of mine is to offer free or low cost creative workshops and classes for kids in areas that don’t have many creative outlets. Another is to open a creative co-working space for artists and aspiring artists. I also hope to get Flo’s rust repaired so I can transform her into a photo-booth set up at weddings or the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in August. I am hoping to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events on a Millennial Makers NJ group market in the near future. I loved having my set up at The Marketspace at Westfield holiday market this winter (photo below) and am excited to be a vendor at their unique locations in 2019!

Art Across Borders will be at this upcoming event!
March 30, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing Spring in Flemington, NJ

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Coast 2 Coast Woodwork LLC - Tom Preiss

Artisan:  Coast 2 Coast Woodworking
E-mail: coast2coastwoodwork@gmail.com
Website: www.coast2coastwoodwork.com
Facebook: facebook.com/coast2coast-woodwork

My name is Tom Preiss and I am a self-taught Warren County, NJ woodworker. I have always enjoyed working with my hands to create functional, decorative and unique items. In 2006, I came across a website called the Wood Whisperer. As this master woodworker crafted wood items, he demonstrated his step-by-step process. This sparked my interest in woodworking. I began by crafting simple items for family and friends. I learned as I went along, progressing to the more complex processes - such as lathe turning - to expand my woodworking skills. I am always creating new items for my clients. With the help of my family three years ago, I started my part-time, local New Jersey woodworking business and Coast 2 Coast Woodwork began.

All my woodworking items are handmade and hand-turned. I make everything from lathe-turned wood pens, crochet hooks, seam rippers, measuring spoons, wooden or acrylic coffee scoops to larger items like bowls, salt and pepper grinders, cutting boards, pet accessory displays, decorative candle holders, tables and more. I happily accept special request orders. Some of my top sellers are lathe- turned wood military pens, crochet hook sets, seam rippers and cutting boards.

As a craftsman and Warren County small business owner, partnering with Marketspace Vendor Events provides a forum to showcase my woodworking creations in a variety of locations alongside other talented artisans. Working with Marketspace Vendor Events’ owners, Kim and Kevin, is seamless from the initial registration to the conclusion of an event. They choose unique craft market venues in New Jersey such as local breweries and art museums, provide ongoing communication, and advertise their events to draw customers from a wide area. During the event, Kim and Kevin are organized and attentive to all the vendors’ questions and needs. Marketspace is helping me to grow my Coast 2 Coast Woodworking business!

Coast 2 Coast Woodworking will be at these upcoming events!
March 30, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing Spring in Flemington, NJ
April 6, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Jersey Girl Brewing Spring in Hackettstown, NJ

Pedal Pusher Press - Jenn Consoli

Artisan:  Pedal Pusher Press
E-mail: pedalpusherpressnj@gmail.com
Website: www.pedalpusherpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/pedalpusherpress
Instagram: instagram.com/pedalpusherpress

My name is Jenn. I’m a stationery and paper obsessed artist and illustrator. I always had a vision of becoming a fine artist who exhibited in galleries, but quickly realized that my real passion was in designing fun, sometimes silly, illustrations. These original illustrations would often be of myself, food, things I thought were funny, and things I loved. What originally started as a fun way to express myself outside of my day job, these illustrations became the beginning pieces for my original card designs. In the winter of 2017 I launched the Pedal Pusher Press website and this little stationery biz has been growing ever since.

All of the Pedal Pusher Press collection is designed by myself from my original illustrations, including pen drawings and watercolors. The Pedal Pusher Press collection currently offers various greeting cards, art prints, mugs, stickers, and custom prints and greeting cards. One of the most popular items I make are the New Jersey cards and prints. I’ve grown up in Jersey and always loved how different certain towns and shore points were. I always felt like many of these places felt like “home” to me. This resonates with a lot of our customers because many of them know that same feeling of loving their “home” place, whether it’s down the shore or in their favorite downtown area. Making these unique maps for each of my customers is really special and I enjoy hearing their stories and why they love the places they do.

In 2019, I’m very excited to begin partnering with some small businesses, selling in shops and boutiques. I’ll be launching more fun card designs throughout the year, as well. I’m also really looking forward to upcoming Marketspace Vendor Events, like Shop the Shore at Porta in Asbury Park.

Pedal Pusher Press will be at these upcoming events!
April 20, 2019 - Hopped Up Hackettstown Pub Crawl in Hackettstown, NJ
July 21, 2019 - Shop the Shore at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ

HANDMADE Macrame and Knit Products - Adonica Cabreja

Artisan:  HANDMADE Macrame and Knit Products
E-mail: handmadeinjc@gmail.com

Hi! I’m Adonica Cabreja with North Jersey-based HANDMADE Macrame and Knit Products, or as we say HANDMADE. I’ve always loved crafts, but it was really my husband who started me on this amazing journey. When I learned that he liked knit ties my first instinct was to surprise him with one that I had made. Friends of his liked it and asked for their own. Once word got around that I knit, things blossomed. Even our macrame started that way. He wanted a big wall piece, so I did some research. It seemed easy enough -so I made him one! A coworker of his saw it and wanted one too. Soon I was doing something that I had never thought of doing!

Macrame is something that’s pretty much always in stock, but custom pieces can be made too. Everything is locally sourced, including the driftwood I use, which comes from the bay behind my house. I clean it up and repurpose it, matching the macrame or knit piece to the wood. Knit Products are hard to keep stocked due to demand, but it allows me to create custom products. I’ll even try doing things that aren’t knit or macrame. As long as my customers are willing to be patient when it comes to creating something that’s new for me to do, I’m willing to give any creation a shot. A big HANDMADE seller are the hand-knit blankets. They’re big and bulky -but BOY are they warm and perfect for our winter weather! As for my favorite thing to make, it has to be the feather macrame pieces. It might be a little more time consuming and tedious, but they come out so beautiful when they’re finished. I can be hard on myself when it comes to my work, but these are pieces that I can just enjoy.

While there’s still room for growth, I’d like to keep HANDMADE a small business. I want to make sure that I keep the passion I have for my craft and the happiness that it brings me. I don’t want to get caught up in the growth of the business so that I lose my passion and the quality suffers. This venture helps me be a stay-at-home-mom, which I love. Given my workload as a mom, artisan, and small business owner, I find it hard at times to know when events are taking place. Marketspace Vendor Events helps me to easily find events that I can be a part of and with plenty of notice. Their events calendar and advanced emails for those of us in their network help me better prepare, stock, and plan my schedule. I look forward to participating in new events this year and meeting wonderful new people!

New Jersey Artisan Agave Artworks - Judy Okun

Artisan: Agave Artworks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/create9497/
Website: www.agaveartworks.com
E-mail: judyokun1@gmail.com

My love of the outdoors has inspired my alcohol ink artwork on ceramic and glass. I have been painting, drawing and teaching art for years. Trained as a watercolorist, I began using an incredible medium, alcohol ink, several years ago and love the result. The ink works best on non-porous surfaces and brings out vibrancy, dimensionality and luminosity in my paintings.

Agave Artworks has been exhibited throughout New Jersey at the venues including Voorhees Art Center, the Mullica Hill Art Center, and the Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey (Marlton). I’m thrilled to have 50 paintings on display in the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill through December.  I’m a Cherry Hill resident and am excited to bring my artwork northward to The 2nd Annual Marketspace at Westfield this holiday season! Stop by to see hand-painted porcelain ornaments and framed paintings from mini size to 8x8---perfect for holiday décor and gift-giving. Hope to see you on December 15th!

Agave Artworks will be at this upcoming event!
December 2018 - The Marketspace at Westfield in Westfield, NJ

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 these upcoming events!
December 8, 9, 15, and 16 2018 - The Marketspace at Westfield in Westfield, NJ
May 18, 2019 - 3rd Annual Hackettstown Maifest in Hackettstown, NJ
July 21, August 4, and August 18 2019 - Shop the Shore at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ

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

Roseann Capobianco and Mary Cermak - Launderette

Artisan: Launderette
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bylaunderette
E-mail: roseann.capobianco@gmail.com

Mom (Mary) and I have lived in Cranford, NJ for over 50 years.  We are collectors of many things and have purchased many great pieces at local antique markets that no longer exist. And with that, way too many Longaberger baskets (it was a 90’s spending craze). While I worked in New York City enjoying a global life around shoes, fashion and hosiery, Mom enjoyed life at home. She is creative by nature, an important trait I believe was passed on to me - it’s innate.

Our homes are filled with Mom's creations, new and old, including needlework, holiday decor, quilts, curtains, pillows, ceramics from the 70's and, as it relates to our new chapter, a wonderful laundry bag. As neither of us are getting any younger, I’ve given up the daily trek to NYC and decided it time to spend time with my mom and learn her unique skill. It was finally time and we’re having a blast together.

We are very excited about our handmade drawstring bags. Born as a laundry bag but, can also be utilized in many other ways. For example, storage for toys, seasonal clothes, comforters, and flip flops. It is great for guests at beach houses, filled with their towels, soap, treats, etc. And when it is time for the guests to depart, they can strip their beds and their sheets are ready for laundry. You can even use it as a beach bag!

About 10 years ago, I gifted one to a friend who lives in NYC and she uses it every week for her laundry drops and dry cleaning drops. We can make our bags in many sizes, however I am partial to the large ones. And I admit, I stuff it like a sausage - and it holds! Many of our bags are made with vintage fabrics, pulled directly from Mom’s vault. It truly is a one of a kind, unique gift.

It is also a tried and true method to teach kids to (finally!) put away their worn clothes and is so much more decorative than a plastic basket. I hang mine on my closet door. To add to our product line, we’re also creating lovely aprons.

We are currently in countdown mode to our first ever show! We are launching our brand with Marketspace Vendor Events at their May 19th event, The Marketspace at Summit. We’ve also committed to their November 24th holiday show, Winter Village at The Red Mill Museum, so it will be a busy summer sewing. I’m excited to partner with Marketspace; their concept takes me back to my outings with Mom. I believe in the shop small/local concept AND they also live in my hometown. Lastly, we plan to share a portion of every sale to support victims of domestic violence in Union County, NJ.

Launderette will be at these upcoming events!
May 19, 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