Weener Ware   Discarded things need love and that is what we do. The transformation of something everyday into something special has always been our inspiration. It's hard for us to throw anything away and all of a sudden 14 years ago, those bottle caps needed "saving"! Our work has a retro, nostalgic feel that sends you to a memory. – Barbara Tinger & Jean Petro  Website:  http://www.weenerware.com

Weener Ware

Discarded things need love and that is what we do. The transformation of something everyday into something special has always been our inspiration. It's hard for us to throw anything away and all of a sudden 14 years ago, those bottle caps needed "saving"! Our work has a retro, nostalgic feel that sends you to a memory. – Barbara Tinger & Jean Petro

Website: http://www.weenerware.com

  (wired)   I design handmade wearable artwork entirely from reclaimed and surplus industrial material. Salvaging components such as colorful alternator wire, tubing, and transistors, I fashion one-of-a-kind and limited edition works. The color, texture, and malleability of the found materials guide the design of each piece and foster different compositional challenges than traditional materials. – Melissa Kolbusz  Website:  http://www.wiredresistance.com

(wired)

I design handmade wearable artwork entirely from reclaimed and surplus industrial material. Salvaging components such as colorful alternator wire, tubing, and transistors, I fashion one-of-a-kind and limited edition works. The color, texture, and malleability of the found materials guide the design of each piece and foster different compositional challenges than traditional materials. – Melissa Kolbusz

Website: http://www.wiredresistance.com

  Veronica Riley Martens   I create unique jewelry using ecofriendly products, primarily tagua nuts from the Amazon rainforest. With a background in interior design, I love to combine interesting textures, colors and shapes. – Veronica Riley Martens  Website:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/veronicarileymartens

Veronica Riley Martens

I create unique jewelry using ecofriendly products, primarily tagua nuts from the Amazon rainforest. With a background in interior design, I love to combine interesting textures, colors and shapes. – Veronica Riley Martens

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/veronicarileymartens

 
  Sue Rosengard Jewelry   I have always tried to create affordable, well-crafted and well-designed jewelry that appeals to all ages. The contemporary geometric shapes, crafted in silver and gold, are designed to flatter the face or lapel of the wearer while being lightweight, easy to wear and timeless. My inspiration comes from growing up in Chicago among the skyscrapers, Frank Lloyd Wright influences and the designers of the Modernist era. I enjoy knowing that my timeless designs are purchased largely because of the instantly-engaging interaction between the wearer and the piece. My goal is to have my customers wear a piece of jewelry that complements their own style and personality, and will be worn and appreciated for years to come.  Website:  http://www.suerosengard.com

Sue Rosengard Jewelry

I have always tried to create affordable, well-crafted and well-designed jewelry that appeals to all ages. The contemporary geometric shapes, crafted in silver and gold, are designed to flatter the face or lapel of the wearer while being lightweight, easy to wear and timeless. My inspiration comes from growing up in Chicago among the skyscrapers, Frank Lloyd Wright influences and the designers of the Modernist era. I enjoy knowing that my timeless designs are purchased largely because of the instantly-engaging interaction between the wearer and the piece. My goal is to have my customers wear a piece of jewelry that complements their own style and personality, and will be worn and appreciated for years to come.

Website: http://www.suerosengard.com

  Stylish Girl   Stylish Girl is lovingly handmade in my Chicago home studio with a trio of collections as varied as the women who wear them. The Crochet collection melds the vintage-inspired crochet patterns taught to me by my grandmother with precious metals. The Metal collection is influenced by my machinist stepfather who taught me to create or machine by hand when you can’t find the shape or pattern you desire. The Gemstone collection is inspired by my painter mother and father who taught me to love color and nature in all forms. So be stylish. Be beautiful. – Laila Korn  Website:  http://www.stylishgirl.com

Stylish Girl

Stylish Girl is lovingly handmade in my Chicago home studio with a trio of collections as varied as the women who wear them. The Crochet collection melds the vintage-inspired crochet patterns taught to me by my grandmother with precious metals. The Metal collection is influenced by my machinist stepfather who taught me to create or machine by hand when you can’t find the shape or pattern you desire. The Gemstone collection is inspired by my painter mother and father who taught me to love color and nature in all forms. So be stylish. Be beautiful. – Laila Korn

Website: http://www.stylishgirl.com

  Strongwear   My hats reflect my interest in ethnic cultures and periods in history. I create the hat shapes and use high tech fabrics with a combination of old world hand-working techniques to make exceptional hats that work. Keeping you dry in the rain, earflaps that come down when you’re cold and all machine washable. There are also hats and reversible coats for the kids in your life. That’s Strong Wear! – Kate Strong  Website:  http://StrongWear.com

Strongwear

My hats reflect my interest in ethnic cultures and periods in history. I create the hat shapes and use high tech fabrics with a combination of old world hand-working techniques to make exceptional hats that work. Keeping you dry in the rain, earflaps that come down when you’re cold and all machine washable. There are also hats and reversible coats for the kids in your life. That’s Strong Wear! – Kate Strong

Website: http://StrongWear.com

 
  StellaLily Studio   My purpose is to find beauty in the everyday scene with my photography. Using unconventional techniques with my work I strive to create a more contemporary presentation. – Juana Ryan  Website:  http://www.stellalily.com

StellaLily Studio

My purpose is to find beauty in the everyday scene with my photography. Using unconventional techniques with my work I strive to create a more contemporary presentation. – Juana Ryan

Website: http://www.stellalily.com

  Sharon Sears   I enjoy applying traditional stained glass techniques in non-traditional ways to create unique pieces of functional stained glass art that include jewelry, coasters, picture frames and mirrors. Jewelry items include earrings, necklaces brooches and barrettes. – Sharon Sears  Website:  http://www.etsy.com/people/SharonSears

Sharon Sears

I enjoy applying traditional stained glass techniques in non-traditional ways to create unique pieces of functional stained glass art that include jewelry, coasters, picture frames and mirrors. Jewelry items include earrings, necklaces brooches and barrettes. – Sharon Sears

Website: http://www.etsy.com/people/SharonSears

  Sara Lenart Jewelry Design   I was that kid playing with wire and beads and that high school student metal-smithing in the art studio so it was only natural for me to pursue my dream: making my living as a jewelry designer. After earning my Graduate Gemologist degree from GIA, I started collecting all my tools of natural stones, wood, found objects and vintage finds, dreaming up designs, and hand-crafting each piece myself in my Chicago studio. – Sara Lenart  Website:  http://www.saralenart.com

Sara Lenart Jewelry Design

I was that kid playing with wire and beads and that high school student metal-smithing in the art studio so it was only natural for me to pursue my dream: making my living as a jewelry designer. After earning my Graduate Gemologist degree from GIA, I started collecting all my tools of natural stones, wood, found objects and vintage finds, dreaming up designs, and hand-crafting each piece myself in my Chicago studio. – Sara Lenart

Website: http://www.saralenart.com

 
  Rapt in Maille   My stainless steel jewelry combines traditional patterns of chainmaille with contemporary decorative elements and a modern, urban design sensibility. A significant focus of my work lies in the provocative integration of masculine vs. feminine. I build the chainmaille by opening and closing individual links to weave them together in a specific pattern. If a piece has any length of chain in the design, each chain is painstakingly measured and cut so that the design lays properly on the wearer, with placement, weight, and gravity playing a major role. – Melissa Banks  Website:  http://www.raptinmaille.com

Rapt in Maille

My stainless steel jewelry combines traditional patterns of chainmaille with contemporary decorative elements and a modern, urban design sensibility. A significant focus of my work lies in the provocative integration of masculine vs. feminine. I build the chainmaille by opening and closing individual links to weave them together in a specific pattern. If a piece has any length of chain in the design, each chain is painstakingly measured and cut so that the design lays properly on the wearer, with placement, weight, and gravity playing a major role. – Melissa Banks

Website: http://www.raptinmaille.com

  Of Nature   This jewelry is created from natural objects that are electroformed in copper and other metals. They are bead-blasted and finished with layers of patinas and/or illustrated with colored pencils.  Website:  http://www.ofnature.com

Of Nature

This jewelry is created from natural objects that are electroformed in copper and other metals. They are bead-blasted and finished with layers of patinas and/or illustrated with colored pencils.

Website: http://www.ofnature.com

  Nancy Gardner Ceramics   Pottery is fundamental to my life. I can't figure out why everyone isn't making pots all the time. Nothing is more satisfying than making something from dirt. Across all cultures and all of human history, ceramics express the human facility for creativity. – Nancy Gardner  Website:  http://www.nancygardnerceramics.com

Nancy Gardner Ceramics

Pottery is fundamental to my life. I can't figure out why everyone isn't making pots all the time. Nothing is more satisfying than making something from dirt. Across all cultures and all of human history, ceramics express the human facility for creativity. – Nancy Gardner

Website: http://www.nancygardnerceramics.com

 
  Michele A. Friedman   My jewelry is fabricated in oxidized sterling, 18k Bi-metal & set with my own hand made wool felt "stones". I developed a technique to achieve my goal of incorporating color, pattern and texture into my work by manipulating wool felt into shapes and then treating then like actual stones. – Michele A Friedman  Website:  http://www.micheleafriedman.com/

Michele A. Friedman

My jewelry is fabricated in oxidized sterling, 18k Bi-metal & set with my own hand made wool felt "stones". I developed a technique to achieve my goal of incorporating color, pattern and texture into my work by manipulating wool felt into shapes and then treating then like actual stones. – Michele A Friedman

Website: http://www.micheleafriedman.com/

  Mary Laskey Designs   My retro-inspired glass enamel jewelry and dishes unite bright pops of color and bold patterns to create a high-spirited contemporary style. I believe the most important element in my pieces is simply fun—designs that are fun to make and fun to wear! My complete collection is available at my new bricks and mortar shop in Chicago: Laskey + Lenart Jewelry Studio, 3823 N. Lincoln Avenue.  Website:  http://www.marylaskeydesigns.etsy.com

Mary Laskey Designs

My retro-inspired glass enamel jewelry and dishes unite bright pops of color and bold patterns to create a high-spirited contemporary style. I believe the most important element in my pieces is simply fun—designs that are fun to make and fun to wear! My complete collection is available at my new bricks and mortar shop in Chicago: Laskey + Lenart Jewelry Studio, 3823 N. Lincoln Avenue.

Website: http://www.marylaskeydesigns.etsy.com

  Lisa Williams   Website: http://www.lisawilliamsjewelry.com

Lisa Williams

Website: http://www.lisawilliamsjewelry.com

 
  Ladysmith Jewelry   Adorning the world one beautiful person at a time. - Amy Butts  Website:  http://ladysmithjewelry.com

Ladysmith Jewelry

Adorning the world one beautiful person at a time. - Amy Butts

Website: http://ladysmithjewelry.com

  Kiku Handmade   I started fusing glass - and my business Kiku Handmade - in 2004. By combining two mediums - printmaking and glass - I am able to use my love of color, pattern, and design to create fused glass jewelry and buckles, coasters and platters, even artwork and ornaments. Using fine enamels, I screen print my images onto layers of colorful glass, then fuse in multiple firings. My imagery is primarily inspired by pop culture, pattern and nature and while my work is very graphic, I'm a practical person so most of my pieces are as functional as they are pretty. – Laurie Freivogel  Website:  http://www.kiku-co.com

Kiku Handmade

I started fusing glass - and my business Kiku Handmade - in 2004. By combining two mediums - printmaking and glass - I am able to use my love of color, pattern, and design to create fused glass jewelry and buckles, coasters and platters, even artwork and ornaments. Using fine enamels, I screen print my images onto layers of colorful glass, then fuse in multiple firings. My imagery is primarily inspired by pop culture, pattern and nature and while my work is very graphic, I'm a practical person so most of my pieces are as functional as they are pretty. – Laurie Freivogel

Website: http://www.kiku-co.com

  Judy Zeddies Printmaker   Website:  http://www.judyzeddies.com/

Judy Zeddies Printmaker

Website: http://www.judyzeddies.com/

 
  Jewelry by Venus   Website:  http://www.jewelrybyvenus.com

Jewelry by Venus

Website: http://www.jewelrybyvenus.com

  Hooey Batiks   Website:  www.hooeybatiks.com

Hooey Batiks

Website: www.hooeybatiks.com

 
  SwedeEva   Since 1995 I have built my business based on handcrafted accessories with many unique design elements. During my travels to diverse cultures I make sure to bring back interesting ribbons, fabrics, buttons, etc. to incorporate into my collections. I believe that what you wear reflects who you are, and it is a great way to express your own individuality. Creating and designing feed my spirit, and the bonus comes when I find a person who appreciates my sense of detail, and who finds enjoyment in wearing my accessories. – Eva Nye  Website:  http://www.swedeeva.com/

SwedeEva

Since 1995 I have built my business based on handcrafted accessories with many unique design elements. During my travels to diverse cultures I make sure to bring back interesting ribbons, fabrics, buttons, etc. to incorporate into my collections. I believe that what you wear reflects who you are, and it is a great way to express your own individuality. Creating and designing feed my spirit, and the bonus comes when I find a person who appreciates my sense of detail, and who finds enjoyment in wearing my accessories. – Eva Nye

Website: http://www.swedeeva.com/

  Deana Rose Jewelry   As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the symbiotic relationship between nature, art, and culture. Combining textures and colors became my passion, and it was while studying textiles and fashion in England that I discovered my love of beads—glass beads from Italy, silver beads from Bali, semi-precious stones from India.  From the beginning, I’ve drawn inspiration from the extraordinary and the everyday to create jewelry that is elegant and simple, personal and timeless. I hope each piece brings light and joy to your world. – Deana Rose  Website:  http://www.deanarose.com

Deana Rose Jewelry

As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the symbiotic relationship between nature, art, and culture. Combining textures and colors became my passion, and it was while studying textiles and fashion in England that I discovered my love of beads—glass beads from Italy, silver beads from Bali, semi-precious stones from India.

From the beginning, I’ve drawn inspiration from the extraordinary and the everyday to create jewelry that is elegant and simple, personal and timeless. I hope each piece brings light and joy to your world. – Deana Rose

Website: http://www.deanarose.com

  Daisy Bags   I've always loved sewing-in high school I made my own clothes. When my girlfriends started having babies, they all got baby quilts. Sewing has always been a part of my life. In 2004, I was on the search for an affordable bag featuring a photo of my first "baby"-a black Labrador retriever named Daisey. I found one -- for $200. Rather than fork over that much cash, I decided to just make one myself and Daisy Bags was born. Over the past decade, Daisy Bags has evolved into a multiline handbag and accessory company for the whole family. – Jill Scales  Website:  http://www.daisybags.com/

Daisy Bags

I've always loved sewing-in high school I made my own clothes. When my girlfriends started having babies, they all got baby quilts. Sewing has always been a part of my life. In 2004, I was on the search for an affordable bag featuring a photo of my first "baby"-a black Labrador retriever named Daisey. I found one -- for $200. Rather than fork over that much cash, I decided to just make one myself and Daisy Bags was born. Over the past decade, Daisy Bags has evolved into a multiline handbag and accessory company for the whole family. – Jill Scales

Website: http://www.daisybags.com/

 
  Anne Leuck Studio   I’m a visual storyteller, often documenting my own crazy life journey. I’m inspired by my daily biographical sketchbooks, music, nature and the energy of the city. I utilize traditional painting, sketchbook journaling and digital illustration in my work.  Website:  http://AnneLeuck.com

Anne Leuck Studio

I’m a visual storyteller, often documenting my own crazy life journey. I’m inspired by my daily biographical sketchbooks, music, nature and the energy of the city. I utilize traditional painting, sketchbook journaling and digital illustration in my work.

Website: http://AnneLeuck.com

  Anastasia Mak Art   My mixed media paintings are inspired by destinations. They originate from photos and sketches that I capture while traveling, or exploring Chicago. I enjoy combining bright colors and abstract / geometrical forms with compositions containing buildings or landscapes. My materials include acrylic paints, collage, screen printing, and markers. I hope my work can be a happy spot in your room! – Anastasia Mak  Website: http://www.anastasiamak.com

Anastasia Mak Art

My mixed media paintings are inspired by destinations. They originate from photos and sketches that I capture while traveling, or exploring Chicago. I enjoy combining bright colors and abstract / geometrical forms with compositions containing buildings or landscapes. My materials include acrylic paints, collage, screen printing, and markers. I hope my work can be a happy spot in your room! – Anastasia Mak

Website: http://www.anastasiamak.com