Friday, February 26, 2016

Artists with Imagination!

Meet Bianca Gery from B. Sage Studios...
I distinctly remember the moment I decided I was going to own an art and design business. I was 12 years old and no stranger to creating art. I've been making art since I was able to hold a crayon in my hand. It's natural for me. I've never imagined doing anything else but creating and designing. It's pure passion. I don't know if there was ever a "discovery" moment. It's always been a way of life for me. I began mood boarding and designing clothes that very day. Since then, every project, piece of art, and design has been made with the intention to learn and build towards my dream. Shortly after graduating from art school, I knew it was time to dive fully into that idea and make it happen. B. Sage Studios is something I look forward to everyday. 
B. Sage Studios has become known for the Painting Pendants which are designed from my abstract paintings. Creating artistic jewelry is just one of the first ways I plan to develop B. Sage Studios into a company for the individual who wants a creative and inspirational lifestyle that is as unique as they are.

My first experience making jewelry began on the playground when I was in elementary school. In 2012, the first trials of starting a business based around jewelry and design began. B. Sage Studios finally launched in the summer of 2015.
My inspirations are always in flux. I've had creative inspirations come out of anything from dreams and memories to conversations to nature. My artwork reflects the things that constantly surround me: colors, textures, sounds, people, and even feelings. From the artwork that is made, products are then designed around that idea. 

My creative process not a definitive list of steps. It's a combination between pure creation, lots of research on seasonal trends, and figuring out how those two things can integrate together to create the final product. I always want to be relevant, but more importantly I want to be true to myself and my brand. 

Within 5 years I hope to open a physical B. Sage Studios store as well as continuing the online store. My goal is to gradually incorporate different areas of life into the development of product lines such as clothing and accessories to home goods. I want to be a brand that becomes a lifestyle. 

The message behind my work is to be yourself, and be confident doing so. It's cliche, but it's so important. Trends come and go, but it's the uniqueness of each individual's style and personality that keeps life interesting and inspirational. I use artwork as the vehicle to spread this message. View more of my work at:

Meet John Kosinski...

I reside in Elyria, Ohio. I have been doing photography for more than Twenty Five Years and I have worked in a studio and have my own Studio in Elyria. I have been doing Wildlife Nature Photography for 14 years. I have traveled to the Florida Everglades, the Amazon Jungle in South America, and Mexico City. I do some Photography for the Audubon and Bird and Bloom Magazine.  View my work at:

I also can be found on Facebook at:

Meet Erica Dodge from Simply Couture Closet...
I'm a wife and a loan manager who loves to cook, but when I am not working my 9-5 or cooking something special for my hubby... i'm crafting!

What started out as a church fundraiser two years ago, turned into something I love! The moment I see an adorable fabric or the lasted color trends, I immediately begin designing things in my head.
I love creating pieces with a vintage flair and I also work with creative color palettes, so I tend to design things using several colors. I research color trends as well as prints and designs that pair well together to come up with something unique. 
Although I have been doing this for a couple years it has primarily been custom orders. This is my first Avant-Garde Craft Show and I have decided to make 2016 my year to expand! I currently have an Etsy shop, a Facebook page and an Instagram shop which I hope will expand my customer base. My plan is to have my items sold at local boutiques and would love to eventually open my own to showcase all of my designs.

Meet Wolfgang Parker from Crime Cats...
I'm a Columbus native who has been making art for 20 years. I have been writing and publishing Crime Cats books for a year and a half. 

I began writing Crime Cats as a gift for my nineteen nieces and nephews as a way to stay into their lives without geographically being there. I have written ever book as if I were telling them the story face-to-face.  I have been writing for ten years. I just never had any ambition to write for kids, so this was a surprise. 
I have been a songwriter and recording artist for 20 years and telling stories was something I enjoyed doing through music. Writing books has only freed me to do it more directly.  Each book takes me between six and eight months to finish. I write, illustrate, and layout the books, personally. 

My five year goal..  I hope to be working on the ninth volume for a very eager fans. 

The message behind my work is that I try to show children (and adults) the value of empathy and the importance of recognizing your self-worth while exploring forgotten chapters of Columbus history.

To learn more, here is a segment from WOSU-PBS's Broad & High TV show that profiled Crime Cats books:

2016 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 5, 2016
St. Agatha's Parish Hall
1860 Northam Rd
Columbus, OH 43221
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Meet the Columbus Crafters!

Meet Lott Carter from Ohio Dynasty...
My name is Lott Carter and I have been in the apparel business for five months. I have two amazing kids and also have 16 years of experience as a middle school math teacher in the Columbus City Schools. 
 I enjoy making clothes that people love wearing, and that are affordable! I've always been a huge fan of Homage and Lamp Apparel, along with Ohio sports. Originally, my line was called "Third String Dynasty," after the Ohio State football team won a national championship with a third string quarterback. After football season, I transitioned into "Ohio Dynasty." 
Ohio Dynasty is apparel for Ohioans. The apparel is super high quality, yet affordable at the same time. I like plain, simple design with super quality garments. I like to sample pieces and pick the softest and highest quality. From there, I try to design something that would fit nicely on each particular piece. This will be Ohio Dynasty's first Avant-Garde event! 

Meet Hillary Martin from Hill's Handmade Candles...
I am a chemist by day and a candle-maker by night! I currently work full-time as a scientist. I love my job but I need a creative outlet, too. This may seem strange, as art and science are often painted as opposites, but I can't imagine one without the other. Candle-making has provided me with a way to fulfill my passion for both. 
I'm still fresh into the candle-making business! I started my shop in August 2015. This will not only be my first Avant-Garde craft show, but my first craft show ever! 
Memories inspire me. I love creating candles that evoke nostalgia in my customers. I particularly love creating flower scented and painted candles. My creative process is quite simple actually. I find a scent that I think sounds delicious, and, if it smells as good as it sounds, I find a fun way to package it. 
The message behind my work is relaxation. We are a nation of workaholics, and if my candles can help a person unwind after a long day and take them back to a happy memory, I have done my job. 

Meet Kit Aikin from Lincoln Street Design...
Professionally, I am a social scientist. Lincoln Street Design is my creative outlet for jewelry and fiber works. I fabricate Memento Mori and other jewelry using recycled hardware, hammered copper, silver and brass, found objects, natural semi-precious gemstones, and antique portraits.
My jewelry design is self-taught. I wanted something different than the jewelry I was seeing in stores, so I began making my own. I started making jewelry at Oberlin College in 1980's. I stopped for awhile to finish my doctorate in psychology and started back up again in 2010. This will be my fourth Avant-Garde show! 

My brain is always full of ideas. I carry a sketchbook with me at all times so I can jot them down. I am especially inspired by the costumes and accessories in old movies, photos, and vintage stores. Because I am using pieces and parts gleaned from a variety of sources, each finished work is one of a kind.
My creative process is a combination of science and spontaneity. I ask myself how seemingly unrelated items might fit together. I am constantly looking for connections, trying to see old things in new ways. The message behind my work is that nothing is too broken or too strange to be beautiful. Everyone deserves a piece of joy. 

2016 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 5, 2016
St. Agatha's Parish Hall
1860 Northam Rd
Columbus, OH 43221
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Get Ready to Get Crafty, Columbus!

Meet Ashley Dean from Ashley Dean Design...
My name is Ashley Dean and I am the owner of Ashley Dean Design. I am a stay at home mom with three kids. I am very new to the small business and craft show world. I have only been selling and creating signs for around 5 or 6 months and this is my first show that I will be participating in.
I have loved creating things for a long time. I am always drawing up ideas and making things for myself, so I decided to make a few items for my family and friends. Then, orders started coming in so I decided to take those orders and form a small business.
In five years I would love to take my business and possibly open my own small store front, selling my designs and antiques. I just hope that my pieces bring joy to people every time they look at them and they know they were handmade. 

Meet Savannah Newman from Rainy Day Farm and Studio...
I'm Savannah Newman, the one behind Rainy Day Farm and Studio. Working with my hands is what brings me joy, whether it be through crafting, gardening, cleaning, cooking, or milking goats.
When I was little, my grandma got me hooked on crafting and that has never left me. My passion for weaving began at age 10, after my family invested in alpacas. I then learned to spin and weave, and began creating textiles of all different fibers, colors, and patterns. 
After setting up at my first art show, I couldn't let it go. Through the years, I have ventured out into creating new woven and natural products for the body and home. Over the years, I have always stayed true to using only natural fibers and ingredients in all my products, never synthetics or chemicals. Keeping things as simple, natural, and healthy as possible has always been my goal. 
 At 19, I couldn't be more thankful for having my own business and spending each day doing what I love. The reviews I receive from my customers always inspire me to keep moving forward, create new things, and make me love what I do even more. My goal is to continually grow my business, grasping inspiration from all that surrounds me, while turning a hobby into a passion.

Meet Allison Gavin from Allison Marie Photography...
I'm Allison Gavin and I manage a running specialty store in Worthington. I love traveling and trying new things, and taking photographs of course. A few years ago I decided to go back to school to get my Advanced Photography Certificate from Columbus State. This is the first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show that I have participated in. 
I'm inspired by nature. I enjoy being out doors and working with natural light. I love being able to find those small unique things that most people would pass over. One reason I prefer nature shots is because I like to just take my camera and wander around on my own for awhile until I see something that catches my eye. It's peaceful and stress free.
In five years I would love to have a website where I can sell my photographs. In this modern world of technology, I want to bring people back to basics and remind them how beautiful everything around them is. We spend too much time with our heads buried in our phones, and not enough time outside with friends and family enjoying nature. 

2016 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 5, 2016
St. Agatha's Parish Hall
1860 Northam Rd
Columbus, OH 43221
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Show Season Is Here!

Meet Sherman Dellanbach from Rusty Buckeye Jewelry...
My name is Sherman Dellanbach and I have been doing this since I was little, about 9 or 10. When it comes to my craft, I love being able to have something that I created in the end. Being able to say "I made it".
I got into my craft through my mother! When I was younger, my mom got me plastic pony beads, and I've been making jewelry ever since. I discovered my talent after I took a few jewelry classes in high school. I realized it was actually something that I could take seriously. 

When it comes to my creative process, I really just buy everything (pendants, beads, chains) that I'm attracted to, lay it all out and see what looks good together. 
My five year goal is that I would really like to have a steady Etsy shop. I want to be able to make enough to start thinking about opening my own storefront. 

When it comes to my work, the message behind it is that  I really want people to have something that means something to them, and that they can relate to.

Meet Joe Buzolith from Kelnjo Jewelry...
Hi, I am a 69 year old gentleman who has to keep busy. I have a bachelors degree in business and marketing and work full time as a senior software support analyst for the third largest software company in the world.

While that work is interesting and requires creativity, there is nothing tangible at the end of the day. I think that drove my need to find a different creative channel.
I am new to jewelry making and just started my hobby in July of 2015. I have always liked to watch jewelers work when I went to shows in the past and decided to try it out. I bought the tools and raided the library and internet for instructions and here I am!
My first show was a three day festival in Hocking Hills shortly after I got my vendor license. I only had 10 pieces for sale, sold 6 and received a lot of positive feedback. I was hooked!

I have only participated in one Avant-Garde show, the last show of 2015.  I have participated in other shows since starting my business in July and have exceeded my expectations for 2015!
I specialize in sterling silver and 14k gold jewelry with genuine gemstones. My goal is to offer something genuine and unique at a reasonable price while enjoying the shows and my new hobby.   

I think that it is too soon to define my creative process and message behind my jewelry. I look at the materials I have available to work with, think of what I could do with them to make something I like and put it all together.  I hope others will enjoy the jewelry as much as I do making it!
I really love to meet people at the shows and talk about my jewelry.  I learn a lot from potential customers and other vendors at the shows and get ideas that may lead to another interesting piece of jewelry. I would like to grow this hobby into a business over the next five years to be a retirement supplement.

Meet Sandra Zegar and Lois Brown...
My name is Sandra Zegar. I am a happily married women with three beautiful children. I was born in Jerusalem and I grew up in South America. I moved to Ohio 19 years ago and I am very happy to be a part of the Ohio culture. 
I have always been crafty, and enjoy making beaded jewelry in my spare time. My inspiration comes from the encouragement of my co-workers and the support and love of my family. 

I started making jewelry as a way to support some of my causes including breast cancer, lymphoma, animal welfare and other charities. A portion of each item I sell goes to one of these worthy charities. 
My name is Lois Brown. I am a happily married woman who has recently retired from a 40 year nursing career. My parents moved to Ohio when I was 2 years old from North Carolina. 

I have always enjoyed crafting and hobbies. I made all my own clothes in high school and most of them in college. I was always involved in making crafts to sell as I was a part of Job’s Daughters and the DeMolay boys for many years. We always were looking for crafts to make and sell to help sponsor our charities or activities. 

My obsession with metal smithing began about eight years ago when I took my first class at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center as a stress reliever from my job in the NICU. Since then I’ve been hooked on learning new and improving my skills.
I am inspired by nature, color, and people. My drive comes from my family, co-workers, and people who admire the pieces I make and wear. I feel that it is important to keep your hands and creative mind active as you age to remain mentally sharp and physically active.
Since I just retired I decided that it is time to forge ahead with my jewelry making business. Sandra and I meet by accident a few months ago and decided that we could make a good team. Our styles of jewelry are different and yet complement each other well. 
We would like to get involved in some craft and art shows in the coming year and see if we can make this a working business together. Art and jewelry are a mental and physical outlet and inspiration for new and more creative endeavors.

Meet Jackie Ayres from PeaceLoveShibori...
I am a wife and mother to a 9 year old boy, Jackson and our 2 wild boxers, Max and Milo. I have been in Columbus since 1998. I was fortunate to have gotten my Fashion Design Degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design. I have been in corporate retail design for 15 years. I am a Design Manager by day and a creative dyer by night (and weekends)!

I learned how to do surface design when I was in school at Columbus College of Art and Design. I started dying again in 2014 and didn't really do much with it. I picked it back up and threw myself into it mid-2015. I started doing art shows, craft fairs, etc. at the end of 2015. I opened my Etsy shop January 1, 2016.
I am inspired by color, I love it! I love the entire dying process and doing something hands-on vs. on a computer.

After I threw myself back into dying, I started creating more and more items. The ideas just kept coming. I realized I couldn't keep them all! I was excited to share with friends and family what I had been working on. After the great response from them, I was encouraged to look for new avenues to share my pieces.

I feel like I am still discovering my talent. As a child I enjoyed drawing, arts and crafts. I loved my "Sew Perfect" sewing machine. In my school years, my interest in art and creating continued and I knew I wanted to go to college to study Fashion Design.
As for my creative process, I am constantly researching trends and colors. I get a lot of inspiration from trend blogs, magazines, the internet, Instagram and Pinterest. I also research dying techniques, I love experimenting with new color combinations and dye techniques.

In 5 years I hope that my business will have grown enough so I can quit my day job and focus on my business full time! 
My message through my work is that I want to not only create beautiful pieces, but quality pieces as well. There is alot of "stuff" out there to wear or to have in your home and I want mine to be special for you. That is why I use all natural fibers such as Silk, Cotton, Rayon, Rayon Bamboo, and Linen. Natural fibers feel great on and take the dye fantastic! They also are very durable. I also use professional grade dyes, chemicals, and detergents.

2016 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 5, 2016
St. Agatha's Parish Hall
1860 Northam Rd

Columbus, OH 43221

For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at

Visit us on: