Saturday, September 17, 2022

Fall Vendors Have Arrived!

Meet Daniel Palmer from Trout for Trout...

My name is Dan Palmer.  I am a fulltime elementary school principal, a Dad and a husband.  When I am not doing one of those two things, you will find me either fly fishing or creating products for Trout for Trout.

How long I've been doing this.. About 5 years ago while on a fly fishing trip with my nephew, we were brainstorming ways to fund our trips.  I  went home after the trip and created my first Trout stamped bracelet.  I began to experiment with raw materials like aluminum blanks, leather bands and copper.  I spent hours in my garage experimenting with different designs.  After a few months, I decided to open an Etsy shop.  To my surprise, there were men and women around the country with a desire to purchase items inspired by fly fishing and mother nature.  Trout for Trout LLC was born.  Since our launch, we have shipped items all around  the world and expanded our line of wearables and even dabbled in a few decor items.

What inspires me to create.. I saw a niche that interested me; fly fishing inspired jewelry that can be worn while enjoying the great outdoors.

My creative process.. It started as quite experimental. Now it is more of an assembly-line of filling orders and preparing for shows.

My five year goal..  I would love to see my items carried in fly shops around the country.

The message behind my work..  Nature can inspire everything we do.  When it does, we are more at peace.

Meet Jenni Hunt from Literati Loot...
I am a retired English teacher, current water fitness instructor, and I love to experiment with and share my creative endeavors with others. I sew, garden, make bags, soaps, candles, jewelry, and more. 

I started out making handmade books through a class about five years ago, when I challenged myself to make books as tiny as I possibly could. Having made some tiny books, I decided to make earrings and charms, keychains, and whatnots. I have been a sewist since I was quite young, but started bag making only about a year ago.
I believe that exercising your creativity is like exercising your body; you need to keep it up to stay sharp. I go through periods of intense creativity and others when I feel uninspired. I push through the latter, whether it's picking up a pen and journal, making a new article of clothing for myself, browsing through patterns and my fabric stash for ideas, surfing the internet for ideas, or just cutting out and sewing a new item.

I have always had the urge to create, but since I've retired, I have more time. With more time, I create more and more. With all the creations I've made, I need an outlet to share them. And perhaps recoup some of the cost of materials.

I'm always up for trying new things, but instructors have always encouraged me. From my high school art teacher, craft and sewing instructors, or my best friend (who is far more talented than I am), I have come to feel accomplished and no longer merely a dabbler in crafts. I feel I am an artisan now, rather than just a crafty person.

My creative process.. Simple: I carve out the time to work (or it's carved out for me based on my schedule), and I head down to my basement craft area and get to work. 

The message behind my work.. Carpe diem, seize the day! Life is short, so wear and do what makes you happy in life. Pay it forward whenever possible. 
Meet Hannah Osborn from Pax in Bello...
I am Hannah and I am currently a graphic designer. I have been crafting to help pay for my upcoming wedding and graduate school! I enjoy being busy and I wanted to start Pax in Bello as a family business to provide people with great items that can last generations!

I have been crafting ever since I could remember, but I really started doing it more often during the COVID pandemic outbreak. I first started out with making my Comfort Creatures for people in need of a little more comfort during trying times!
I have been a creator my entire life in pursuit of being a lifelong artist. I have wanted to create things ever since I was a kid. I wanted to provide things to people that would be useful or help them in some way or another. That is why I make so many things that can be used for many different purposes.

I believe that anyone can create. It took me a long time to gain courage to sew. Before a year ago, I had never touched a sewing machine and I had sewn everything completely by hand, including my Comfort Creatures!

I gain a lot of inspiration just from the things around me and life experiences. The rice packs I make are things I actually use to help with headaches and muscle pains.

My five year goal..  I am hoping to just continue to grow and learn how to make more things in the future.

The message behind my work.. anyone can create something beautiful and useful.

Meet Amy Noble from Valid.Creations.Art....

I am an avid dog lover and part time hiker. I love being outdoors and in nature. I like to appreciate the small things in life. I love great books and coffee. All the things that make you smile on a daily basis. I have a husband and a few fur kids to keep us on our toes. Our smallest dog has started to travel with us and it’s my favorite thing. I recently took her camping and was trying work with her on my lap. Easily one of my favorite moments. 

Just a couple years. I always was drawn to the arts but I couldn’t draw or paint without guidance. I loved photography but it became more of a chore. My grandma used to embroider and cross stitch when I was a kid and I always thought it looked really relaxing. I decided to try a kit while on vacation and it resonated with me. I have been in love ever since.
This is my first show! I’m so nervous and excited at the same time. I’ve heard of this show and seen it advertised but never thought I would be apart of it. Such an awesome feeling. 

What inspires me to create.. I find it so incredibly relaxing to work on art. It’s therapeutic in a way I haven’t discovered before. I also love that I can put it down and pick it up so easily. I can pack it in the car or on a rainy day. It’s perfect for when I want to get lost for awhile. When I see people smile after looking at something I’ve made, that’s the moment. It’s incredible to create an item that sparks joy in another person.
How I got into my craft.. My grandmother used to be a master with thread and I always thought that was so far away. I had no idea how to start or what to do. I always thought she must have had this natural talent. It turns out, I was just waiting for the right time. I fell in love with the craft much later than she did, but that’s okay. I do in fact love embroidery, but I just didn’t know it yet. 

How I discovered my talent.. I decided to buy a kit randomly because I wanted to expand my horizons. I had tried photography and painting but it wasn’t my passion. It turns out, I was holding out for a different hobby that I didn’t expect. I did the first kit and was sold. No wonder my grandmother loved it so much. 

How I describe my creative process.. I like to see people smile or laugh. Everyone deserves to smile and laugh on a daily basis, so if I can help with that, I’m there. I want people to light up when they see my work. 

My five year goal.. Best case scenario, I travel state to state with my husband. He has dreams to thru hike and I would love to do craft shows alongside him. That’s the ultimate dream with our pup of course. I would love to eventually follow him in a van and work out of it. That way, we can follow both of our deals simultaneously. 

The message behind my work.. Happiness! I want people to smile and feel happy when they see my work. Maybe it makes them laugh or makes them smile on a bad day. I put all the love and compassion that I have into my work. I hope people feel that when they have it in their hands. 

Meet Hope Oda from Hope's Soaps... 
Hello! My name is Hope Oda and I am the owner/creator of Hope’s Soaps! I am currently in my junior year of college to become a early childhood teacher! I have always loved to be be creative and have a creative hobby! 

I started making soap about a year and a half ago and now I want to get into more craft shows! 
This will be my first Avant-garde art and craft show I get to be a part of and I am so excited! 

My inspiration to create my unique soaps comes from my love of unique and beautiful artwork. I also believe in practicality, and creating soaps allows me to have a wonderful creative outlet, and still feel like I am creating something that is useful in our everyday lives! 
I originally started making soaps as a way to discover a new hobby, but now it has become so much more! 

I discovered my talent for making soaps through trial and error. I tried many different hobbies and trades, and I was good at some of them but none of them struck me quite like making soaps! 
I would describe my creative process as having the mindset of just “going for it”. I gather inspiration from everywhere I can, and when I see something that makes me light up with excitement, I go for it! 

In five years, I would love to have a shop somewhere local and be able to donate a portion of my soaps to the people of the Dominican Republic. 

The message behind my work is that I want everyone to have quality soaps that they know are handmade and locally sourced, soaps that are created with thought and care. 

Meet Joshua Briem from Fine Grain Creations...

My name is Josh Briem and I am the owner of Fine Grain Creations LLC. I am from Lima, Ohio. I enjoy being outdoors, going fishing, and getting together with friends and family. I’m a Cleveland Browns and Ohio State fan…”Go Browns, Go Bucks!!!” I have been creating custom woodwork for over two years!

What inspires me.. Working with clients to bring their ideas to life. I enjoy the challenge of building something that is unique to each individual and being able to see a project progress from raw wood to a finished product.  
I have always enjoyed building things, when I was in high school I worked for a custom cabinet company and learned a lot about custom woodwork and what all is involved in that process. Ever since then I would make some custom pieces here and there but it wasn’t until I was laid off in 2020 that I decided to start a custom woodworking company.  

How I discovered my talent.. I have always had a natural talent for creating things but I think that working for the cabinet shop was influential as to why I decided to get in to custom woodwork.
My creative process.. A lot of my process is getting to know what the client wants, what’s their likes/dislikes. This is especially helpful when creating custom work because from there I’m able to make recommendations/suggestions as to how it should be built and with what materials.

The message behind my work. quality and customer satisfaction. At the end of the day I want my customers to be happy with their purchase and know that it is something that will last!

Meet Sara Martin from Acrylics & Aptitude.. 
My name is Sara. I live in a small Ohio town with my significant other, my two kids, and his daughter. We have four cats and a gecko. Other than painting and creating various craft projects, I enjoy reading and hiking. 
How long I've been doing this.. I've been artistic my entire life. However, my business was started earlier this year. 

What inspires me.. It depends on the piece; summed up "things around me". Sometimes I pull inspiration for a painting from the main color, an idea of a landscape, or a concept I find appealing. For my photography, I love taking pictures of nature and manmade items together to give an aesthetically pleasing view. I like the views that allow you to make a small story of what could happen there. For the other home decor I make, usually I pull inspiration from a certain item and build the concept around that. 

How I got into my craft.. I love to create! But having ADHD my brain doesn't like to niche down to making one type of item over and over. Crafting was a great creative outlet. I can still keep everything in the "home decor" category but create many different types of items. 
How I discovered my talent.. It's just always been there? My mother and her family are very focused on the arts (creating and performing). I guess you could say I noticed my talent was more pronounced than most when I would be in art classes and everyone was impressed with what I created. 

My creative process.. I don't force myself to sit down and make a piece on any sort of schedule. When inspiration comes, I may plan it out a bit to make sure I have everything I need to complete it, then I just start it. As the piece grows, from a blank canvas or a pile of craft items, into my vision for the piece; my excitement grows. Sometimes after I create one piece, that will inspire another piece using other colors, or other topics (such as different flowers).  
My five year goal.. I know it'll still be around because I love doing it! Hopefully, in five years I'll have enough consistent sales to make this my full time income. As of now, I work for the bills and create for the happiness. 

The saying that repeats on my website is "Create your space". I love seeing people find one of my pieces appealing and adding it to their homes. It is so fulfilling that something I created was special enough for someone to want to add it to their personal space to bring them happiness. "Create your space" means to pull all the things that you find comforting and appealing together to create a space where your soul feels at home. I love being part of that process for people. 

Meet Natalie Kozumplik of Steadfast Leatherwork...

Hi! My name is Natalie of Steadfast Leatherwork & I live just outside of Columbus with my sweet husband and fun loving golden retriever. While leather work is a large hobby of mine, I also enjoy reading and eating good food. My favorite book is The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and my go to restaurant is Rebol in Dublin, OH. 

I’ve been doing leatherwork for one year now.  

I’ve been doing leatherwork for one year now. This is my first Avant-Garde show, I can’t wait to meet all the regular vendors and attendees. 

Nature is what inspires me mostly to create. There is nothing like walking through a perfectly shaded path or a bed of colorful flowers that makes me feel more empowered and get my creative juices flowing. 
How I got into my craft..  I went down a YouTube rabbit hole after looking at a bag in a retail store and thinking “I can make that”. Shortly after, I got my first set of leather tools for Christmas and haven’t stopped since!  I have always been crafty. I have dabbled in woodworking, water colors, quilting, sewing, knitting and hand embroidery. I’ve always caught onto creative things quickly and leatherwork was no different. 

My creative process... Simply put, I usually visualize in my head what I hope to create and make a template out of poster board. Then, I cut out the leather pieces and punch & stitch all the seams. 
My five year goal.. Seeing that I recently started selling my work, I just hope to continue providing quality made leather goods to those who are interested! I would love to do more shows year round by 5 years. 

My message behind my work would be simple designs that last a lifetime. That is where my shop name came from, Steadfast Leatherwork. The definition of steadfast by the Cambridge English Dictionary is “staying the same for a long time and not changing quickly or unexpectedly”. Not only are my leather goods steadfast, so is the love of Jesus which is what sustains me each and everyday.

Meet Shay from TABookbindery...

My name is Shay, owner of TABookbindery. I've been crafting since I was very little. I started making German stars when I was eight. 

I've participated in two other Avant Garde Art and Craft Shows selling a few different things.

 I am easily inspired but the Victorian Era is what inspires me the most. I got into crafting when I started sewing at three years old. I am still discovering my talents and making new crafts everyday.

 In five years I'm hoping to be successful enough to have at least one employee. If I could say something through my art it would be to enjoy the little things in life.

2022 Columbus Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, September 18, 2022 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Makoy Event Center
5462 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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Monday, September 12, 2022

Columbus Fall Vendor Shopping, Right Around the Corner!

Meet Marisa Samuel from Risa's Creative Market... 

Hi, my name is Marisa Samuel. I am the owner/creator of Risa’s Creative Market. I created my craft business because I love to make home decor, gifts, and accessories. I love to learn new techniques and try them out. Of course, I can’t keep all of my creations, so I started gifting them to my family. They loved them so much I started to give gifts to others and created my craft shop.

I've been creating since 2019, I opened my etsy shop in that summer. This will be my first Avant-Garde Show.

The world around me inspires my creations. I love to travel and see the “color palettes” all over the world, especially in nature. I’ve always liked to craft and learned different crafts from family and acquaintances. My grandma taught me to crochet when I was seven years old, my mom always had a sewing machine, and my stepmom taught me scrapbooking. I grew up around very talented women, and grew to enjoy crafting myself.

How I discovered my talent.. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t like to be creative, I’ve just always loved to make things with my hands. Friends would ask me to help them with creative projects and tell me how crafty I am. I’m sure most crafty people can relate when I say my family thinks I can make anything! They challenge me often and I happily accept!


My creative process can be long! I usually need to write out a plan, a little procrastination and research, then I get to work! My family plays a big part in this by keeping me company. They bounce ideas at me and give me feedback. 

My five year plan.. I really enjoy my business as a hobby. It makes me smile to make others smile. Hopefully, I can add some of my items to a store on consignment, or grow my online business. I also look forward to doing more vendor shows to interact with customers.

The message behind my work.. I want young women to be encouraged to live their dreams! Start that business! Be your own boss! 

Meet Pamela and Greg Feldman-Hill from G & P Fine Craftory...

G & P Fine Craftory is a husband and wife collaboration between Greg and Pamela Feldman-Hill. We've been married 35 years (‼) and have a daughter, a soon-to-be son-in-law, and two cats. We live in central Ohio, and we have always been “makers.” Greg is an ex-IT Manager who took up woodworking as a hobby in 2016, and turned this into a full-time business when he found himself unemployed due to the pandemic. Pamela is a professionally trained artist who has been self-employed creating artwork and illuminated manuscripts for clients throughout the world for over 40 years. 

Greg has been woodworking for six years, and Pamela has been creating art professionally since 1983. Our collaboration with G & P Fine Craftory was born in 2021 as a response to Greg’s layoff during the pandemic. This is our first Avant-Garde show as exhibitors, though we have participated in several over the past few years as visitors!

What inspires us to create... Adding beauty to our daily lives while we keep our hands and minds busy definitely motivates us to create! While we each “do our own thing,” we also enjoy collaborating on projects that incorporate Greg’s wood craft with Pamela’s painting skills, such as the vanity trays that we create together.

How we got started... Greg started woodworking as a hobby after refinishing some tables and cabinets for the house and discovering that he enjoyed working with wood. His work as an IT manager ended during the pandemic with a lay-off, so he decided to pursue this passion full time. Pamela began hand-painting finished ceramics and tiles as a way to fill time in her studio between her larger commissions. Creating work that was functional and smaller provided a nice outlet, and utilized her love and knowledge of pattern and color in a new way. 

Pamela has been creating artworks since childhood and pursued this passion in college, achieving a BFA in General Fine Arts and an MA in Printmaking. Greg discovered his love of wood working after tackling some home refinishing projects. He joined the Idea Foundry Makerspace in Columbus, took some woodworking classes, and continues to learn his craft through self-study and experimentation.

Our process.. Greg is very methodical, prepping his materials and planning out exactly what he wants to make using computer and design tools, making measurements down to the centimeter. Pamela usually sits down with a wood cut-out or mug, allows it speak to her for bit, and then she just starts painting!

Our five year goal.. We would like to continue doing art fairs and acquiring regular customers to our on-line store. Our products are geared towards gifts, so eventually we hope to get many returning customers and some professional connections for on-going orders.

The message behind our work.. Fine craftsmanship and bringing beautiful creations to daily life.

Meet Mindy Brown from Cambridge Road Crafts...

Hello, my name is Melinda and I am the owner of Cambridge Road Crafts. I am the mother of four boys and a part-time dental hygienist of 20 years. My husband, Ben, and I live in central Ohio and enjoy local sports, traveling, and spending time with our boys. In the past couple of years, I’ve discovered the joy of crafting. 

The Fall Avant-Garde show will be my first craft show and I am really looking forward to it! 

I’ve always enjoyed creating and crafting, but it didn’t really become a passion of mine until just recently. In October 2019, my oldest son passed away, and in an attempt to distract myself from the grief and regain some of my sanity, I starting crafting…..all…..the…..time. I knew if I was going to continue with this hobby long-term, I was going to have to sell my creations. And so, Cambridge Road Crafts was born. 



Although I enjoy making several different kinds of crafts, primitives are my favorite. I love working with homespun and vintage fabrics to create one of a kind, primitive pieces. I especially enjoy designing holiday inspired home decor that has a touch of rustic farmhouse and a touch of old- fashioned Americana charm. 

Seasonal primitive dolls are my favorite to create! Each one is cut and sewn from muslin fabric, stained, painted and sanded, with a unique hand sewn face and custom-made clothes.  I love bringing them to life! Each rag doll is completely one of a kind and is given a proper name that suits them. I hope you’ll stop by and see them at the show!


Meet Jana Kosir from Jana Kosir Art...

My name is Jana Kosir, I am a self-taught artist from Columbus, Ohio. I’m a member of the queer and disabled communities and an avid lover of all things nature. 

I have been making art compulsively my entire life, but I started doing art markets in May of this year.

Although being an artist professionally has always been my dream, I made the jump this year out of necessity. I was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a severe sleep and neurological disorder, in late 2021 after a year of being unable to work. I was sleeping for 18 hours a day and I didn’t know why. I am being treated, but my options are limited so I’m still not able to work full-time in the traditional sense. Being my own boss gives me the freedom to choose my own schedule and take naps when I need to, which has completely turned my life around.

This is my very first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show!

I draw inspiration from my local wildlife, and my personal experiences with chronic illness. Art is how I process and work through struggles, and how I reconnect with my core self. Part of the reason I share my work is to show other people like me that there is a place for them in this world, even if it's a less traditional one, which I think can be even better.

If there was a specific occasion that inspired me to be creative, I was too young to retain the memory. To my knowledge it’s just something I’ve always done. When I was 8 I started making jewelry, I still make it for my sister (with the same pliers!) As I got older I was drawn more towards sculpting and painting, which are my primary mediums today. 

My childhood home had a creek and a small patch of woods just past our backyard. Most of my happy childhood memories are of exploring this little piece of Ohio wildlife. That land served as a place for me to escape to when things were bad, and as a place to cultivate a sense of passion and wonder for life. Those feelings are what I strive to replicate in my artwork, and invoke in each viewer.

When people look at my darker pieces they see themselves and the things that they have survived. They know they are not alone. When they look at my lighter work, namely animal portraits and surrealist pieces, they see beauty and feel wonder. The message behind all of my work is that no matter what you are feeling, there are people out there who understand you, and no matter how all consuming the bad parts of life feel, there are wondrous things waiting to be found when you're ready.

I’ve always wanted to be an artist, and when I was in elementary school I realized I was really bad at drawing, so I decided to start drawing something every day. Thankfully, I got better over time and that skill has transferred over into many other mediums. 

My creative process is chaotic. I start with a vague concept or mental image, then I make a sloppy outline sketch on whatever paper I can get my hands on the fastest. After that, I spend some time considering which medium will be the best suited to express my idea; then, if needed, I’ll collect some reference photos and get started. From there it's left entirely up to chance whether the finished piece looks anything like I initially pictured, I tend to deviate from my plans often.

In 5 years I hope to have at least one artist residency under my belt, and to be making enough money to have a studio to work out of. Both of these things would allow me to explore different mediums I haven’t had the chance to previously, and I’m always looking for new ways to be creative. I also believe that I will continue to do art markets on a regular basis and continue to grow my online audience. 

2022 Columbus Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, September 18, 2022 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Makoy Event Center
5462 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
Visit us on: