This Week at the Shop: May 22nd

We’ve got all new cute and (not so) cuddly ready for you to experience on the shelves now. Come find something to inspire you!

New

Revival Food Co. variety packs are where its AT for almond butter, La Tiendita makes a variety of these incredible Frieda Khalo dolls, and spend some time weaving in the sunshine this season with new kits from Black Sheep Goods.

Gorgeous new modern pour over sets are a collaboration between locals Tim Miller Studio and Hosbrook Ceramics.

Lots of new, hilarious pins from Popglory, “persist” prints done by a local high-schooler to raise money to travel, and new prints from Rebecca Stockert.

And here we have the aforementioned “not so cuddly” new products. These incredible bugs are ethically sourced by and mounted by Green Beetle Shop.

So many amazing options!

We are ready for IndyPride! Love these colorful new earrings by Vault Designs.

Coming Up

INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, Saturday, June 17th, 12-8pm at the Harrison Center for the Arts: The INDIEana Handicraft Exchange is a contemporary craft fair that consciously celebrates modern handmade goods, the relationship between creator and consumer, and local, alternative economies. The IHE has become a notable stop on the Midwest indie craft fair circuit, which includes events such as the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, IL, Crafty Supermarket in Cincinnati, OH, Craftin’ Outlaws in Columbus, OH, Art vs. Craft (now defunct) in Milwaukee, WI and the Detroit Urban Craft Fair in Detroit, MI, among many others. The IHE began in 2007 as a way to highlight local crafters and artisans as well as to expose Indianapolis to some of the best vendors on the national indie craft fair map.

See ya next week, friends!

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Meet Your Maker: Stinkybomb Soap

Megan Green of Stinkybomb Soap definitely has a sense of humor and an appreciation for the eccentric. Whether your looking for a laugh or want to give someone the heebie-jeebies, this soap company is the place to go. Learn more about what their aesthetic and why they love to create the creepy.

1| How do you describe your work to people who don’t know anything about crafting/art?

Our elevator speech is simple: We take iconic shapes and turn them into ironic soaps. Shapes like hand grenades, baby heads and state shapes.

 

2| Why do you make/design things?

I love the process of design and seeing an idea out from start to finish. Tinkering around with not only the product itself but also the packaging becomes a challenge I like taking on. The end result from raw materials to an item that can sit on a store shelf then find itself sitting on a bathroom sink is very rewarding.

 

3| Describe your typical work day.

My day starts with kids and getting them ready for school. Then I’m either off to my production space producing or packaging and order or at home working on my other creative endeavors..Craftin’ Outlaws a craft show held twice a year here in Columbus and putting on the other DIY inspired events which helps build up the handmade community keeps me pretty busy with emails. As does, Midwest Craft Con, a non-profit which holds a 3 day creative retreat at the beginning of the year which I am 1 of 3 directors. Then it’s back to after care for the kids, homework, meal prep and some downtime.

4| Can you describe your process a bit? How do you make a bubble bath or one of your soaps?

The soap we focus on is a melt and pour process. The prep has all been prepared for us, we melt blocks of it down at a time and then add it the scent and fragrance into one of our custom made molds. Each soap takes about 1-2 hours to harden before we can release it from the mold. I can prepare the hand stamped box with all the labels needed. We then release it from the mold when it’s fully set up and place it into a plastic, heat sealing container. This keeps the scent fresh until a customer is ready to open it.

 

5| You hear the name Stinkybomb and you know you’re in for some laughs. Any new product ideas on the horizon?

At this time I am exploring getting back into cold process soaps. A process I haven’t explored in a while. It’s such a formula based creation so it would require more time and lots more trial and error. These would be less mold specific but still a great scented experience that Stinkybomb has been known for.

 

6| Was being a working artist always your plan or was there an “aha” moment?

Working for myself was always the dream. Stinkybomb itself was an “aha” moment. The idea came to me from no where and it’s been a fun ride that has giving me a chance to travel and opened up many doors.

7| How do you work, and where?

I had a production studio in a warehouse in Columbus, Ohio. We are currently moving from one space to another. Until then we have had to shut down our daily production. We hope that we are only down for a few months.

 

8| Glitter, baby doll heads, honey bear bubble bath: describe the perfect person and occasion for a Stinkybomb gift.

Definitely anyone with a sense of humor! It’s been fun to learn that each product carries it’s own customer type. We still tend to attract those people who are looking for a quick gag gift.

9| If you could swap lives with another artist, who would that person be?

I could throw a dart at many of my friends but I like living in my head just fine.

 

10| What makes a handmade object valuable?

Knowing the craftsmanship behind an item. How it’s made but also who makes it and their own backstory.

 

11| Using that definition, what’s the most valuable object you own?

The first piece of art my husband and I purchased, we were then dating. It’s a photograph of a hand carved female wax mannequin from the turn of the century. The mannequin had striking features and real hair was used. The building which housed many forms had caught on fire so a portion of the face was burned and broken. Leaving behind a beautiful but scared portrait. The photographer learned of the warehouse and captured the “soul” if you will of the form.

12| Tell us one true thing about yourself that people don’t believe when you tell them.

One day I’d like to complete a marathon but then again I enjoy my couch and Netflix too much to start training any day soon.

 

13| Give us three more non-crafting-related details about you or your life.

-I have two kids a daughter, 8, and son, 6, who remind me that life is adaptable but will constantly change on you, so learn to be flexible.

-I love to cook but my family dislikes most foods so there are always leftovers.

-I enjoy window shopping for industrial furniture and like owning things that require tetanus shots.

Need more Stinkybomb in your life? Get over here to Homespun and buy some, or visit them at their website or on Instagram @stinkybombsoap.

 

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This Week at the Shop: May 15th

Race in! Weathers beautiful and our spring shelves are sporting some fresh new handmade goodies.

New

Love these sweet new tees from Terz Ink.

Spread some seed love- the perfect activity for a beautiful day, seed bombs from Visual Lingual. Little square pill boxes from Covertible Girl Shop, new cut paper cards by Evermore Paper Co. based in Chicago. Also a little Indiana love in the necklaces also by Convertible Girl Shop.

Leather and cloth bags, new from The Ruka Shop. Exit 343 brings us these amazing “beverage camo” beer coozies, and stories for you in two issues of Daydrifter.

Beautiful cut paper notecard sets by Evermore Paper Co. We have a brand new vendor, twig + birdie, bringing us high quality oils and bath products. Circle City Beard Co. is also freshly stocked with all the right stuff for your facial hair needs.

Gallery

Perfect organic line drawings by local artist Alex Rodgers, now hanging in our gallery.

Coming Up

INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, Saturday, June 17th, 12-8pm at the Harrison Center for the Arts: The INDIEana Handicraft Exchange is a contemporary craft fair that consciously celebrates modern handmade goods, the relationship between creator and consumer, and local, alternative economies. The IHE has become a notable stop on the Midwest indie craft fair circuit, which includes events such as the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, IL, Crafty Supermarket in Cincinnati, OH, Craftin’ Outlaws in Columbus, OH, Art vs. Craft (now defunct) in Milwaukee, WI and the Detroit Urban Craft Fair in Detroit, MI, among many others. The IHE began in 2007 as a way to highlight local crafters and artisans as well as to expose Indianapolis to some of the best vendors on the national indie craft fair map.

See ya next week, friends!

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Meet Your Maker: Terrific Friends

Attention reader friends: Diana Shafer of Terrific Friends is an artist you’re going to want to know more about. She creates expressive, quirky, characteristic portraits of all the big names in books, and they’re perfect to fill the walls of your library. Learn more about her life and style and be sure to browse her extensive collection right here at Homespun.

1| How do you describe your work to people who don’t know anything about crafting/art?

I illustrated a collection of famous author portraits in my own style and sell them as prints. It’s not uncommon for an avid reader to buy three or more and decorate their house with them.

 

2| Are you an avid reader? Who is your favorite author?

I do try to read regularly. Some seasons I fall out of the habit and some I can’t get enough, but I’m always working on something. I can’t easily choose a favorite author. Some that have left an impression are Steinbeck, Carson McCullers, Raymond Carver, and modern author Jonathan Lethem.

3| Why do you make/design things?

It’s just a natural desire that I’ve had my whole life, something that makes sense to me and excites me. If you put a pen or marker in front of me, I have to use it.

 

4| You definitely have a very characteristic style, how do you think this style lends itself to portraits, specifically?

I don’t have to worry about flattering my portrait subjects which lets me have a little more fun drawing them.

5| What do you love about your job?

With drawing, there are few limitations. I don’t have to worry about cost of supplies or wait on other people. I can just sit down and do it. The idea that it’s all up to me to make something happen is pretty freeing.

 

6| Was being a working artist always your plan or was there an “aha” moment?

It’s always been there. I went to school for fashion design but the most appealing part of it was drawing. I thought fashion design would be more practical but that’s turned out not to be the case as the world of illustration has opened up to me.

7| How do you work, and where?

My workday never looks the same, so some days I’m working on new ideas, others on commissions, and sometimes I’ll spend a whole week printing and packaging prints for retail. I work from home with a busy toddler so most of my work is done in little blocks of time.

 

8| Any plans to offer your illustrations in other mediums besides prints?

I’ve considered other mediums, and would just have to find the right approach. I’m working on some new prints right now and also some non-literary/kid-friendly products, so keep an eye out for those.

 

9| What makes a handmade object valuable?

Usually I purchase handmade objects from people I know or people I follow on social media and that alone makes it so much more special and interesting. It makes me think about how it was made, what kind of materials were used, or where the idea came from. You usually don’t spend that much time thinking about something that was mass produced.

10| Using that definition, what’s the most valuable object you own?

We had a friend build custom furniture for us last year and it’s beautiful and definitely worth the money. I would have no attachment to something I purchased elsewhere, but I want to show off these pieces and take care of them because I know the maker.

 

11| Tell us one true thing about yourself that people don’t believe when you tell them.

I got married when I was 19 and we will be celebrating our 12th anniversary this spring. We just really liked each other and figured we’d get along pretty well. And we do- we’re best buds.

 

12| Give us three more non-crafting-related details about you or your life.

-My husband and I own a coffee bar in Boise and just celebrated our first year in business.

-We’re expecting another baby in April.

-I’m pretty obsessed with children’s picture books and love having an excuse to collect them.

 

Follow Diane and Terrific Friends on Instagram @dshaferillustration to see all the new portraits!

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This Week at the Shop: April 17th

We’ve got some lovely new items to share with you this week, as well as an incredible spring line up of events: from Earth Day to letter writing, make sure you make plans to get here!

New

Smitten by Kat brought some more awesome Lego art!

Brand new Blake’s Charcuterie Boards are handmade by a sweet 10 year old boy! And locally made leather bags new from MH Leathergoods.

Around the Shop

Sweet, sweet spring cheer!

Coming Up

Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, 10am-9pm: Come celebrate Earth Day with us on Saturday April 22nd! We’re asking customers to bring in reusable materials like tin cans, cereal boxes, water bottles, and egg cartons to make a recycled planter/seed starter in store! We’ll have paper and other fun things for you to decorate your planter – and we’ll be giving away a FREE seed bomb from local maker Department of Everyday! Bring your kiddos with you and teach them about Earth Day and the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling with this fun project!

Crafternoon with Ash & Elm Cider, Tuesday, April 25th, 7-9pm: Join us for an evening of crafting and cider! Bring something you’re working on, or bring some of your favorite crafting supplies to share with a friend. The crafty gals of Homespun: Modern Handmade (US!) will be on-site to show off some of their favorite DIY projects. Tickets are $20 and include two glasses of cider and access to some supplies and knowledge from your Homespun hosts.
Letter Writing Pop-Up with Haven Paperie, Sunday, April 3oth, 2-4pm: April is National Letter Writing Month and we’ve paired up with the queen of letter writing, Haven Paperie, to bring you a pen and paper pop-up in store. Whether you’ve been wanting to send a note to an old friend, a lost love, or just put something out into the universe – this evening is dedicated to you! Bring your paper, a favorite card you’ve been meaning to send, and sit down with us and Heidi, the hand behind Haven Paperie, who will be here with envelopes and stamps – ensuring the safe delivery of your handwritten words.

Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop, Sunday, April 30th, 2-5pm: The textile art trend is sweeping the world of interior design, and that means macrame is back baby! Have you always wanted to learn? We have the perfect class for you! Savannah Norris, local stylist, artist, and Jane of all trades, will help you craft a macrame wall hanging during this workshop. All supplies are included – you’ll just need to bring yourself and your crafty spirit!

Pampering Pop-Up: Saturday, May 13th, 11am-4pm: There’s no one that deserves more pampering, attention, and relexation than Mom. Bring her in store on this Mother’s Day Eve, for an indulgent experience featuring bath and body demo’s from 407 Botanicals and a jewelry trunk show from Sara B. Jewelry & Metalsmithing. You and Mom both will also enjoy 10% off your entire Homespun purchase today.

Macrame Hanging Planter Workshop, Saturday, May 13th, 1-4pm: Have some flowing greenery that needs hanging for full-effect? Always wanted to learn how to macrame? Then we’ve got the perfect class for you! Savannah Norris, local stylist, artist, and jane of all trades, will help you craft a hanging planter perfect for your growing green babies and your personal style! Bring yourself and your plant (in a small – medium pot or jar) and a sturdy stick (optional) if you’d like to make it a contemporary wall hanging – all other supplies will be provided. Discounted tickets worth 2 entries are available! – Perfect to bring MOM along with you on this Saturday before Mother’s Day!

INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, Saturday, June 17th, 12-8pm at the Harrison Center for the Arts: The INDIEana Handicraft Exchange is a contemporary craft fair that consciously celebrates modern handmade goods, the relationship between creator and consumer, and local, alternative economies. The IHE has become a notable stop on the Midwest indie craft fair circuit, which includes events such as the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, IL, Crafty Supermarket in Cincinnati, OH, Craftin’ Outlaws in Columbus, OH, Art vs. Craft (now defunct) in Milwaukee, WI and the Detroit Urban Craft Fair in Detroit, MI, among many others. The IHE began in 2007 as a way to highlight local crafters and artisans as well as to expose Indianapolis to some of the best vendors on the national indie craft fair map.

See ya next week, friends!

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