DeCota Designs - Dotty DeCota

Artisan:  DeCota Designs
Facebook: facebook.com/pg/DeCota_Design
Instagram: instagram.com/decota_designs
Website: www.decotadesigns.com
Email: ddecota31@gmail.com

Hello, my name is Dotty and I am the creator behind Decota Designs. I grew up surrounded by vintage items and learned to sew at a young age. Many years ago, I owned a dress made from vintage tablecloths. With time, it became tattered so I decided to put my sewing skills and passion for vintage to great use! After completing the process with my own hands, I decided to turn my hobby into a business. I began up-cycling vintage textiles as beautiful, wearable and decorative gifts.

I create dresses for adults and children, skirts, tote bags, produce bags and more. I most enjoy making adult dresses and have kept a number of them to wear all summer long. They are so versatile and always receive compliments!

Everything I make was once something else. I believe in re-purposing and up-cycling fabrics to give them a new life. My products have lived past lives as tablecloths, curtains. sheets, and doilies to name a few. I am thrilled to be vending at the Red Mill in Clinton, NJ for their annual Red Mill Retro Ride event and am excitedly looking forward to other upcoming shows with Marketspace Vendor Events.

DeCota Designs will be at this upcoming event!
May 18, 2019 - Red Mill Retro Ride 2019 in Clinton, NJ

Obagami Origami House - Saya Winkler

Artisan:  Obagami Origami House
Facebook: facebook.com/obagamihouse
Instagram: instagram.com/obagamihouse
Email: obagamihouse@gmail.com

Konichiwa! My name is Saya, and I am the creator of Obagami Origami House. I was born and raised on a small island paradise located in the warm, southern waters of Japan. From a young age I learned to respect the beauty of nature. Our island is filled with lush forests and beautiful ocean. I grew up in a very traditional Japanese home centered around art, music and dance. My grandmother and I spent many afternoons practicing the traditional art of paper folding, origami.

At Obagami I create jewelry and art from the simple origami forms I learned as a child. I decided to bring this Japanese tradition to America by way of a unique art form.

Through my work, I hope to forge a blend of eastern tradition with a western decorative appeal. While the folding techniques I use are traditional, I choose color schemes, layouts and materials best suited to my art. All of my materials are carefully selected for color and quality. I constantly strive to create new designs and patterns, and have produced many custom pieces. And of course, all works are handcrafted by me. You can select your favorite origami gift from wearable origami (jewelry), kusudama (dreamcatcher) and framed wall art.

Obagami is a new endeavor. Watch us grow with a constantly evolving product presentation and an expanding online presence. I attended The Marketspace at Westfield in 2018 through Marketspace Vendor Events and am excited to be participating in Maifest 2019 in Hackettstown, NJ. I hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events!

Obagami Origami House will be at this upcoming event!
May 18, 2019 - Hackettstown Maifest 2019 in Hackettstown, 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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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

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