True Partners in Craft

True Partners In Craft Recycled Inner Tube Jewelry

True Partners In Craft started in the middle of winter in 2009. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago I had a lot of free time on my hands and less of a creative outlet. Having heard about Etsy for the past few years I now had the time to open up my own shop. I listed a hodgepodge of items: needle point patches, Polaroid collages, and screen printed bags but little sold.

About a year later a friend requested I sew him a vegan wallet to replace the leather one he had; he brought me a bike tube to make it out of. The Bike Tube Wallet was born. In 2010 I was regularly selling bike tube wallets on Etsy and had begun to expand my bike tube work to jewelry, making the Zig-Zag Bike Tube Bracelet.

Stuck inside for another Chicago winter in 2011 I made a pair of Fringe Bike Tube Earrings for myself. After receiving many compliments I made a pair to list on Etsy, they sold within a few hours. Throughout the next few weeks the bike tube jewelry ideas kept flowing. I was excited to offer a vegan and recycled alternative to the popular leather fringe and feather style jewelry.  Recycled bicycle inner tubes has been a sometimes difficult but exciting and versatile material.  With the help of friends and friendly bicycle shops and the many pot holes and broken glass strewn across Chicago bike lanes, True Partners In Craft will have an endless amount of busted tubes to turn into beautiful jewelry.

purpleandlime

purpleandlime Jewelry and Wearables

purpleandlime is a line of super-fun and luxurious womenswear, jewelry, and accessories created by Rebecca George. Based in Chicago, it features a mix of comfortable separates and couture statement pieces with an emphasis on color and texture. Favorite materials include fake fur, acrylic, and felt. purpleandlime clothing and accessories are easily mixed-and-matched both with pieces in each collection and with items that the shopper already has in her closet.

Rebecca is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Walnut Hills High School. She graduated from the University of Michigan in Art History and Geology and then earned a degree in Fashion Design and Marketing from the American Intercontinental University in London, England. Highlights of her career include having several pieces from her graduation collection featured in the international fashion magazine i-D (UK, Feb. 2007) and working on men’s leather pouches for the movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age (which won an Oscar for Best Costume).

BroadStreet Jewelry

Broad Street Jewelry

Inspired by antiquity, Broad Street transforms folklore into adornment, embracing a unique spirit within each piece of jewelry. Broad Street is a collection of jewelry based on intention and transformation. The collection is a rendition of the manipulation of materials and juxtaposition of organic elements against vintage components. Each piece of jewelry is hand-crafted in Chicago.

Broad Street is the artistry of Sara Bradstreet. With a background in Textiles and Art history, the jewelry spectrum of the collection provides the platform for the continued exploration of the drape and manipulation of various materials into adornment. The addition of gemstones and wellness tools adds another dimension to the collection, combining healing properties with intention and lifestyle.

Broad Street was built on the desire to be independent and free. It was built on the need to create, acquire new skills and develop a brand that connects body and spirit with a unique aesthetic.

 

Elycia Camille

Elycia Camille Handmade Ceramic Art

All of our items are handmade by us, a husband and wife team. We’re Elycia & TJ, of Elycia Camille – Handmade Ceramic Art. This is our full time career, though it hardly feels like work. We absolutely love what we do.

I first discovered the art of ceramics when I was a very young, firing oven bake clay in the household oven and glazing with paints. By no means did I fall solely in love with ceramics at this point. I explored every form of craft and art I could get my hands on. As a child I also fell in love with nature, traveling to southern Illinois yearly for family vacations.

I was able to really jump into both of these interests after moving to Carbondale, Illinois. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with degrees in both Ceramics and Graphic Design. I also received a minor in Art History. My husband graduated with a masters in GIS, specializing in Environmental Studies.

I find our inspiration from the nature all around me. I use a lot of animal, insect and floral imagery in our work. I also tend to work with small, detailed items. I believe the details make all the difference. I am amazed by all of the very small textures, patterns and cooperative details that make up the larger beauty of the world around me.

We love working in our small, efficient studio. We enjoy each others company in our 300 square foot space. Often times we work outside enjoy the quiet noise of the nature around us. We enjoy the company of rabbits, birds and squirrels as they venture near by me as if to see what we are doing, and sometimes to taunt our pup. We have animals that regularly visit us while we work. We just recently updated our studio space with heating and cooling. However we do our best to take advantage of the heat from the kiln firings, the windows & doors to cool down and recycling water that we use. We recycle paper and cardboard and reuse shipping supplies from local businesses. We enjoy the challenge of adapting to our small work space and wasting less. We often find ways to build our own tools to help in our process. Like when I was young, I still explore every crafty venue I can get my hands on. I like to call myself an amateur self-sustainer, which involves a lot of creativity.