Sunday, March 20, 2022

Time to Shop! Cincinnati Spring Show is Underway!

 Meet Jasmine from Fabric Creations By Jas...

My name is Jasmine and I am a student at the University of Cincinnati. I will begin their Doctorate of Physical Therapy program this May! When I’m not busy with school or work, I enjoy sewing, playing with my guinea pigs and bearded dragon, and spending time with my boyfriend. I am so excited for my first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show!

I have been sewing for about 6 months, but have been into other forms of arts and crafts my whole life. I decided to start sewing as a way to unwind after a stressful day. I really liked the efficiency of the sewing machine and have really invested in sewing ever since. I really enjoy being able to see a finished project that not only turns out how I envisioned it, but is also practical and useful.

I discovered my talent through practice. Practice, practice, practice! I joke that I have a whole graveyard of failed attempts and if I didn’t have those, I wouldn’t be where I am now. 

I am definitely drawn to useful items. I try and think about patterns and projects that can be useful and then work with the pattern on paper first. Once I get it drawn out, I use fabric scraps to practice on until I get the item the way I want it. 

I would love for this to continue to be a part of my life in 5 years! I think it would be really awesome to grow my business and become more recognizable. I like to be able to share how sewing has been a great stress reliever for me. The bigger message is that finding something you love to do can be turned into something really cool :) I never thought that I would be able to sell my crafts, but it’s been such a great process and journey to creating a sellable product.

Meet Tyler from Spectral Stone and Wood...
Spectral Stone and Wood is your wellspring source for intriguing, handcrafted jewelry and woodworking pieces that are truly in a class of their own. Though the journey began years before, Spectral Stone and Wood was officially established in 2019. Tyler, who is our master craftsman, has intricate experience in woodworking and stone collection that extends back 20 years. 

This is the beautiful fruit of those formative years. Tyler invests his passion into every semi-precious stone and gem piece produced. His trained eye for detail and ability to fashion fascinating and unique statement pieces are evident. Each one is carefully designed with quality and craftsmanship which produces heirloom pieces that will withstand the test of time.


Tyler typically fashions his distinctive pendant necklaces and earrings with primarily, lustrous rose gold and sterling silver. Our hand-crafted silver and gold jewelry often includes brilliant semi-precious stones, as well as a variety of many different enthralling gems. We only utilize genuine, exceptional quality stones and luxe gems, meaning you can purchase with confidence, knowing that your handcrafted jewelry will be even more dazzling in person than when viewed online.

We embrace the natural beauty of these stones, with their irregular shapes and prismatic color combinations. We believe natural beauty is true beauty. Because of this, not one piece of jewelry is the same and they are all unique in their own way, so each piece is a treasure that stands alone. For this reason, when you see something that allures you, we highly recommend that you make it your own before it is gone. We invite you to browse all of our most recently forged pieces, fresh out of Tyler’s artisan workshop.  

Meet Michele from Southern Sewn Designs... 
Hello! My name is Michele Lagasse. I love being a mom to 2 adult kids and my favorite role as Mimi to 3 grandkids (4, 2, and 3 months). I am a native Texan and moved to Cincinnati in 2013 where I  met my husband. We love being empty nesters and the freedom of time to enjoy life. I am very excited to be a part of the Avant-Garde Cincinnati Art & Craft Show; it’s my first time!
I started my sewing business, Southern Sewn Designs, in late 2016. I created my business with the desire to be remote and travel full-time. A post office is always close by no matter the location. I just needed one thing—to learn how to sew! I discovered my talent through a strong desire for all things babies—I wanted to have grandbabies. I also needed to figure out a business model that would support full-time RVing thus Southern Sewn Designs was created. 

What inspires me to create is the excitement of my wonderful customers when they receive their handmade blankets and scarves. It is such an honor to play a small part in their lives from something very special like bringing baby home to so much more. My creative process has really evolved. I’ve focused on personalized minky blankets for babies and pets for many years. Although I still do this, I have now shifted my focus to these incredible faux fur fabrics and have enlarged my work space to make adult-size blankets. I love finding new fabrics and color combinations and have recently expanded to faux fur scarves. One touch and you’ll be hooked  too!  

In five years, I see myself doing the same thing at a higher volume. I love what I do so it never feels like work—it’s fun and so rewarding. The message behind my work is my business slogan--Threaded with love. I love what I do and I love connecting with people. Learning the stories behind the blankets I make creates that personal  connection with my customers. When I receive messages, reviews and especially pictures, it just makes my day!  


2022 Cincinnati Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, March 20th, 2022 - 10:00am-4:00pm
R.S.V.P. Event Center
453 Wards Corner Rd.
Loveland, OH 45140
For more information, contact Amanda Look, Event Coordinator at Amanda@ag-shows.com
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Friday, March 18, 2022

See you this weekend, Cincinnati!

 Meet Kelley from Bead Heads Jewelry...

Kelley King is a Florida native, but she relocated to the Cincinnati area in 2019. Kelley is a professional dance teacher and Choreographer by day and a "bead head" by night! 

Kelley started bead weaving at age 16. Being from a Cherokee family, it's important to declare a tribal tradition that you will carry on. That is how the beads found her! 

This is Kelley's 2nd Avant-Garde event and is so excited to be able to share her bead love. She enjoys making unique and individual works of wearable art that are as unique and individual as you!

You can find images of her works on Facebook at Bead Heads Jewelry. Custom orders are available for your special event (weddings, vacations, sporting events,  birthdays, etc). You can contact her through her Facebook page or email (beadheadsjewelry@gmail.com). In Kelley's words, "life is too short to wear department store jewelry!"

Meet Lara from Laras Bottles and more...

Hello! My name is Lara. I have a wonderfully supportive husband; am a mother to 3 sons, 1 daughter and 2 daughter-in-laws; am a doting grandmother to a beautiful, strong granddaughter; and a dog mom! I love crafting (obvious), walking with my hubby and dog, wine, soccer, yoga and decorating for the holidays. This is my first time to have a booth at this craft show.

I have 4 children in the military. As any military parent can attest…this can add a little bit of stress to your day to day. Late night crafting got me through basic training and gut churning deployments. The middle of the night restlessness and fears were fuel for creative juices to flow. This became my form of therapy. I was able to redirect my bottled up emotions to create something whimsical and fun. 

have been crafty since I was a kid. My first bottle creation was actually an 8th grade Home Ec project and I still have it! 

What really spring-boarded my creations with wine bottles and mason jars was hosting “craft day with the girls.” Once a month I would organize a get together at my house. The crafting day kicked off with an idea; advanced to supplies, food, wine and laughter; and ended up with each of us creating a unique decoration and lots of memories. One of the craft days, we used wine bottles and I just kept going with the creations! I soon had a big stash of painted wine bottles and started gifting them to friends and loved ones. Now I am taking on the venture of selling them to new friends. 

I love decorating my home for the holidays. As I decorate my home, an inspiration for something new often pops into my head. I typically sketch out my idea in a notebook and then pull supplies together to create it. I tweak it until the vision in my head has a physical form I am happy with. Then I make more! The original creation ends up in my decor and I am able to share that inspiration with others. My goal with my work is to create something whimsical to make people smile. One of my favorite things to do is to create something unique from a request. Give me a theme or an idea and I’ll turn that into something special. It is most rewarding to see the reaction from a handmade, personal gift. 

Website:  www.etsy.com/shop/larasbottlesandmore

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/larasbottlesandmore

Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/larasbottlesandmore

Meet Taressa from Curry's Crafting Corner...

Hi, our crafting business is Curry's Crafting Corner. It includes myself, my wife and my 20-year-old son Jarrett. We live on a mini farm in Mt. Orab. We have miniature donkeys, horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, lizards, cats, dogs and even a mini pig who lives inside the house. Piggy Sue is very smart, and house broken. 

We have been doing craft fairs for the past two years. We started by making vinyl gifts but now all our products are sublimation. This is our first Avant-Garde event and we are so excited to participate. 

I started making gifts for my wife and son and they loved them so much we started expanding and making other products. We get our inspiration by our customers' needs. I discovered my talent because my wife pushed me to expand into making products for others. 

I love designing products with the customers input and putting my own special touch on them. In 5 years, I see myself still designing and crafting and making others personalized gifts. I want to make my customers happy and have them completely satisfied. 


2022 Cincinnati Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, March 20th, 2022 - 10:00am-4:00pm
R.S.V.P. Event Center
453 Wards Corner Rd.
Loveland, OH 45140
For more information, contact Amanda Look, Event Coordinator at Amanda@ag-shows.com
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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Tomorrow is the Day!

 Meet Elizabeth from EF Creations...

I'm a married mom of two boys, who are 12 and nine. My husband and I have been married for 16 years, and together more than 20.Along with being a wife and mom, I am an emergency room nurse.

I started sewing within the last year. I asked for, and got, a sewing machine for Christmas last year for some simple at home projects, which turned into a passionate hobby of mine. I had no idea that I would fall in love with creating. For me, it's a relaxing hobby. In five years, I hope to be creating cute items that people can love and enjoy.

I'm very excited to be participating in my very first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show. 

Meet Emily from Mason Muggery..

We are Michael and Emily Mason. We are ceramic hobbyists. We have nine children, and a troubling amount of pets. Michael is a computer technician, and Emily is a stay at home mom. 

We started learning how to do ceramics during the start of the pandemic. During the pandemic we binge watched “The Great Pottery Throw down.” Neither of us had tried pottery before beyond a bit of hand building in high school. We decided to give it a try! We bought a wheel and some clay, not really sure how it would go.  It was quite a mess for a while, but with a lot of time, and YouTube, we got to making some really cool stuff!

We work together on some projects, matching mugs, or a pitcher/tumbler set for example. Michael throws the tumblers, and Emily throws the matching pitcher. We both really enjoy throwing, and it’s often hard to keep up with all the ideas we have. We both enjoy trying new techniques and tools. The more we create, the more we want to keep on creating! 

We love that hand thrown pottery is a great example of how art can be functional and beautiful at the same time. We also like to tell our children that sometimes it’s okay to not know what you want to be when you grow up, and then discover your passion at age 36!

In five years, we would love to continue working on our craft, and hopefully grow as potters and artists.  Emily would like to be a full time potter. 

Meet Olivia Michal from KO Crafts...

My name is Olivia, and I do hand embroidery. I love to do custom work and join art shows! My grandmother, Karen, makes Kitchen Buddies. These Kitchen Buddies are super cute paper towel rolls that come with a wash cloth, hand towel, scrubby and of course, the paper towels. Now, I have been doing hand embroidery for four years. My grandmother has been making her Kitchen Buddies for around five years. 

When I see how my customers react to their customer orders, it makes me want to continue creating. I love seeing how happy my creations make my customers, it is what inspires me to keep creating. I truly discovered my talent when I was teaching children how to do embroidery, that is when I realized I truly have a passion for it. 

Usually, it takes me hours... or days to complete an embroidery hoop. I start with tracing my design on paper, and then fabric, and then sew. I love what I do, and I hope everyone can agree.

This is my third show, but I am so excited to be a part of another Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show! 


2021 Cincinnati Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, November 28th, 2021
10:00am-4:00pm
Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center
902 Loveland-Miamiville Rd.
Loveland, OH
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at Becki@ag-shows.com
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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Black Friday?! More Like Shopping Sunday!

Meet Monica from MonTronsGifts...

I am a stay-at-home mom with three children, ages four, two, and six months. I am a self-published children's book author and currently have 4 books available. My children love books, and are definitely my inspiration for my writing. I also crochet a wide variety of things: baskets, bags/purses, pillows, scarves, pot holders, kitchen scrubbies, face scrubbies, pumpkins, stuffed animals, stuffed letters, and blankets. 























When I first started crocheting I was in Junior High and learning from my grandma. She taught me the basics and from there my skills grew and I got more confident in my work and am now able to make so many amazing things. I am always trying new stitches and patterns to grow my inventory!
I have been doing craft shows for about 2 years now and this will be my second Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show. I hope to be able to continue doing shows for years to come and would love for my business to grow and my name to become known for my creations!
























With crocheting, I am able to be really creative with my color choices and the patterns that I do, but it is sometimes hard to try and create things that meet everyone's likes. That is why I love taking custom orders and being able to create exactly what the customer is looking for.

Meet Pamela from Prismatic Projectz...

My name is Pamela Mulford but I go by Pj. I’m 24, born and raised in Cincinnati, and I’m the owner of my tiny business, Prismatic Projectz. My business is a showcase of my mixed media art. I make creations ranging from wearable art to home decor. My mediums focus mostly on sculptural, fiber, and painting.




 


















I was raised to be creative and imaginative. So I would have to say from the moment I picked up a crayon, I discovered my love for the craft. Just being able to make something that really allows me to express myself and having someone else appreciate my work as well is what motivates me. I’m so excited to participate in my first Avant-Garde Arts & Craft Show! 






































I’d have to thank my grandmothers, aunt and my art teachers for always inspiring me to be creative. I think practice and picking up new artistic skills throughout my life and having many positive affirmations from my family and peers. It made me want to continue doing this all the time.


I like to find inspiration online or work on a skill I have been perfecting. When I am painting and doing sculptural art, I listen to podcasts or music. If I’m crocheting I like to watch TV, sit outside or hang out with friends.  



















One day, i’d love to do this full time and travel to art shows/festivals or be working on commissions. The message behind my work is.. All in all, do what you love. There will be people out there that will love what you do. 

Meet Kayla from KNCGlass...

I recently moved from New York to the mid-west to pursue my career in glass. I'm currently a glass assistant at Centre College in Kentucky. What I enjoy most about working with glass is that I get to explore new places and meet people from various backgrounds. Teaching others about glass processes is what fuels me, in addition to making my own work. I have been working with glass for six years. I've primarily been exposed to glass in an academic setting.



I think of glass as a meditative act. While it distracts me from other things I have going on, it also gives me space to be analytic and generate my energy into something productive. I think seeing and talking to other glass artists has helped me want to try exhibiting at craft shows. There's an opportunity to meet a variety of people, and I like the idea of connectivity through art and craft. 

I was going to school to be a K-12 art educator. I took a glass class as an elective on a whim. The moment I experienced the material in it's awe and difficulty, I was hooked. That is what got me into the craft.




My creative process often involves having an idea, trying to make something, failing numerous times, analyzing where I went wrong, and then trying again until my idea becomes reality. There's a few displeased grunts involved, but I usually manage to get it worked out. In five years, I see myself teaching glass at an educational institution somewhere, and I also see myself continuing to do craft shows in my spare time.



I don't necessarily think I have a message behind my craft based work. However, I will say that I do like making work that is a bit more accessible to people from various walks of life. I like the idea that anyone can own a handmade glass object.

Meet Melanie from CraftCreationsByMelO

I'm a Physical Therapist by day and an avid crafter by night. I have been crafting for quite a long time, dabbling in all sorts of activities including glass etching and jewelry making. I've currently been working with concrete for about six months. 





I think it's in my blood to create, it provides me an outlet for my energy and it keeps my mind and hands busy. I'm not sure I would say I'm talented, but I do love what I create! 
My creative process usually begins at night when my mind just thinks through everything I can make, and what I can do differently or try differently to create something unique. 

This will be my first Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show and I'm so excited! 




In five years, I hope to be creating, whether it's still with concrete or a whole new medium. My philosophy is to create and inspire playfulness. 

2021 Cincinnati Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, November 28th, 2021
10:00am-4:00pm
Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center
902 Loveland-Miamiville Rd.
Loveland, OH
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at Becki@ag-shows.com
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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

We'll See-Ya Soon, Cincinnati!

Meet Kayma Wolfinbarger from KaymaCreates...

Hi, I’m Kayma Wolfinbarger. I am an 18-year-old small business owner for my jewelry shop, KaymaCreates. I will be an incoming freshman at the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program, where I will be partaking in the Graphic Design program! I am very outgoing, adventurous, and creative. I am very excited to be participating in my first Avant-Garde Art & Craft show, and have worked hard on building my brand as a young entrepreneur. I have been selling jewelry for a little under a year! What inspires me to create is the idea that there is always a bigger purpose through forms of art– that people can interpret and appreciate it with their own means. 

I began making a few pieces of jewelry for fun, just for myself and a couple friends. Within a couple weeks, my social media was flooding with requests from locals around the Fort Thomas/Greater Cincinnati area! I knew I had to lean into this and excitedly started making more jewelry that resonated with my style and aesthetic. I now have used this as a means to branch out into selling other products I enjoy making, like embroidered tote bags, vinyl KaymaCreates shirts, and more! I currently sell my products through my online Etsy shop, as well as my social media platforms for any local orders. I also have participated in selling jewelry at local small businesses, such as Fort Thomas Coffee, and involving myself in local vendor opportunities!

I’ve always loved art growing up, but felt that I never knew where I stood. I was never very good at drawing or painting, but loved the design process and writing, so I continued to stay involved by actively creating and crafting for personal enjoyment. I am very intuitive, I often like to visualize first by looking through Pinterest, writing, or watching inspiring videos to get an idea of what I want to create, then I start!
In five years, I see myself selling products that align with my brand– I hope to use my design skills that I continue to learn throughout college to expand my business further online and as a whole. During the next couple of years, I will be working hard to create my products with genuine intent and quality, that also means something. 

‘Jewelry that inspires’ has been my tagline this entire year. As I’ve expanded into selling different products along with jewelry, my main goal is to continue to inspire through my work. Inspire, as in promoting the idea of leaning into your creativity, whether ‘good at art’ or not. Creativity is something that is innate to all of us, but we often stray away from it; it takes time, effort, and discipline to sit down and allow yourself to freely take time from everyday life and to-dos, but it is oh so rewarding in the end. 

Meet Debbie Brown from Spice Spice Baby...

My husband is a chef and has always been passionate about food. He wanted to create spice blends that are not only fresh, but affordable and easy for the at-home cook to use. I have been doing this for two years and this will be my second Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show. What inspires me to create are customers with great ideas and cooking trends.

In five years, I will hopefully own a small storefront selling our spices and other gourmet or specialty items. The message behind my work is "Cooking can be easy and doing it with fresh, affordable ingredients is possible!"


Meet Zoe Burns from Chameleon Crafts...

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of Chameleon Crafts! My name is Zoe Burns. I make glass beaded earrings and necklaces! I've been making jewelry for about three years now. When I started back in 2017, I was a cosmetology student who didn't necessarily have time to make it a career. In December of 2020, I recently started in a salon suite after doing hair for about three and a half years and started my own business doing hair part-time. Since then, I've been honing in my craft and perfecting my skills in order to turn this into a part-time job alongside doing hair. It feels really rewarding and I'm so happy I made the jump. This will be my first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show and I'm very excited!

My love for whimsical and interesting jewelry is what inspires me to do what I do. There are so many endless combinations of colors and shapes I can do with the beads that I use and its really satisfying to see everything come together. I've been invested in art since I was a freshman in high school. I did everything from ceramics to drawing, and even a little bit of jewelry. Even though I didn't do a whole lot of jewelry making at the time, I think my background in art was what opened the door for me to experiment with jewelry making down the road.

I discovered my talent when I was sitting at my desk playing around with some jewelry supplies that I had from some other projects that I did, and I had the idea of putting together a pair of earrings. I used some metal eyepins and some glass beads and created my very first pair of earrings. It felt really rewarding. I was so happy with how they turned out.

I am a very visual person, so if I have an idea in my head that I wanna do, I start putting beads together on wire to see what colors and shapes coordinate the best. Eventually I get a beautiful pair of earrings or a beautiful necklace. 

I would really love to make this a full-time career in the next five years. I want to eventually spread out my expertise and do many different types of jewelry such as polymer clay and resin. I also want to partner with wildlife organizations and give a portion of my profits back to rainforest relief efforts.

The message behind my work is "Be creative, be colorful and most importantly, be yourself." I want all of my customers to feel special when wearing my jewelry.


Meet Katrina from Kats Creatable Designs...

Hi! I started my own business making anything I can out of yarn. I crochet all of my goodies during my free time from being a full-time college student going to nursing school. I started this small business in December 2020, but I have been crocheting since I was five years old. This will be the first craft show that I have ever done.

I really enjoy making things and learning about new things to make from Youtube or friends and family. I hope that my business continues to grow through social media and my Etsy shop over the next few years. I hope one day I can open a shop that teaches people how to crochet and everything there is to know about yarn.


2021 Cincinnati Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, March 7th, 2021 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center
902 Loveland-Miamiville Rd.
Loveland, OH 45140
For more information, contact Amanda Look, Event Coordinator at Amanda@ag-shows.com
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Time to Shop! Cincinnati Spring Show is Underway!

  Meet Jasmine from Fabric Creations By Jas... My name is Jasmine and I am a student at the University of Cincinnati. I will begin their Doc...