Love is in the (cold) air

Come celebrate the season of love! The Artist Mercantile in St. Paul is throwing a pre-Valentine’s Day event in February. The Jewelry Trunk Show and Soirée takes place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7–8.

trunk show at artist mercantile

On Friday from 11am–1pm, take in a lunchtime jewelry trunk show, and while you’re there enjoy samples of fabulous chocolate truffles. The mother-daughter team of DeDesigns Jewelry will show their vintage-inspired collection, which is made from materials such as gold filigree, silver, crystals, and rhinestones.

On Saturday from 7–9pm, you can again find the jewelry of DeDesigns and chocolate, plus you can sample some wine. The evening will also highlight my mixed-media shadowboxes, as well as the work of Sarah Wash, who works in acrylic, pencil, watercolor, and Mod Podge. Both my and Sarah’s collage work will be up at Artist Mercantile through March 8.

Spread the word and come share the love!

DETAILS

Friday, Feb. 7, 11am–1pm
Saturday, Feb. 8, 7–9pm
The mixed-media work of Christy Johnson and Sarah Wash will be on display through March 8.

Artist Mercantile
24 West Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN 55102
The Artist Mercantile offers a wide variety of Minnesota-made art and gifts that are perfect for any occasion.


This weekend : Cleveland Bazaar

I’m headed to Cleveland, OH, this week for this weekend’s Cleveland Bazaar. It’s on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, at 78th Street Studios in the SmARTspace on the first floor. We’ll be there from 10am – 9pm on Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday. Among the 100 crafters you’ll find at the event will be yours truly, redshoes26, as well as Larissa Loden and Colette Paperie.

Welcome to Ohio Sign - State Icon by redshoes26

Welcome to Ohio Sign – State Icon by redshoes26

Below are the details of the event. It’s my last show of the year, so come out if you’re in the Ohio area! After this weekend, I’ll be busy making new things in my studio and taking a well-deserved breather. It’s been such a fun year, and I really appreciate all of your support. Thank you, and have a happy holiday!

Cleveland Bazaar (West Side)
78th Street Studios, SmARTspace (first floor)
1301 West 78th St., Cleveland, OH 44102
10am – 9pm Saturday, Dec. 14
10am – 6pm Sunday, Dec. 15


This week : WAM Holiday Sale & No Coast Craft-O-Rama

It’s another two-fer!

From 3-6pm on Wednesday, Dec. 4, I’ll have my State Icons, mini ornaments, and card boxes for sale at the WAM Holiday Sale, which takes place in the Weisman Art Museum’s Riverview Gallery. You’ll also find at this show jewelry by Larissa Loden, and the work of other local artisans.

Weisman Art Museum - State Icon by redshoes26

Weisman Art Museum – State Icon by redshoes26

Then, from 3-8pm on Friday, Dec. 6, and 9am-5pm on Saturday, Dec. 7, I’ll be at No Coast Craft-O-Rama at the Midtown Global Market in Uptown. I’m so excited for this show! It’s the craft fair of the year for Minnesotans, and I’ve tried for six years to get in. I guess the sixth was the charm! I’m really looking forward to it. You can get all of your holiday shopping done at this one show. Find all of the talented vendors here.

Midtown Global Market - State Icon by redshoes26

Midtown Global Market – State Icon by redshoes26

Bring a friend and some comfy shoes!


This weekend : Craft’za

It’s the holiday show season! How do I know? Because I’m updating my blog with show info every week, and my calendar has scribbled show info written on every weekend “block” in my calendar this month and most next month, too! It’s exciting, and I’m looking forward to meeting people, showing my new work, and hobnobbing with my fellow creative types.

This Saturday, I’ll be at Craft’za, the second annual craft fair put on by the folks behind Craftstravaganza. This year’s Craft’za event is taking place at the Grain Belt Bottling House in Northeast Minneapolis. I’ll have State Icons, mini State Icon Ornaments, larger matted prints, new boxed greeting cards, zippered pouches, and hopefully a few other brand new items that are in the works! I’m looking forward to debuting the new work, and my fingers are crossed that this will be the event at which I can do that….

Mini State Icon Ornaments by redshoes26

Mini State Icon Ornaments by redshoes26

 

DETAILS:

Craft’za
Saturday, Nov. 16
10am – 5pm
Grain Belt Bottling House
77 & 79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413

Find vendors such as redshoes26, Adam Turman, Amy Jo’s Handmade, Beckamade, Bruno Press, Cindy Lindgren, Ink Orchard, Julie Meyer, LolaMade Monsters, Made by Michelle Brusegaard, Oh Dier, and so many more!

This weekend : Three shows!

It’s definitely holiday show season! This weekend kicks it off, and you can find redshoes26 at three different spots. At these shows, you can expect to find from redshoes26 lots of State Icons, mini State Icon ornaments, larger matted prints, and more!

Mini State Icon ornaments by redshoes26

Mini State Icon ornaments by redshoes26

Here are the details for this weekend’s shows:

Oct. 31 – Nov. 2
St. Luke Boutique
Thursday, Oct. 31 : 10am – 6pm
Friday, Nov. 1 : 10am – 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 2 : 9am – 3pm
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
7000 Hinton Ave South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Saturday, Nov. 2
Nokomis Urban Craft Fair
9am – 3pm
Lake Nokomis Community Center
2401 East Minnehaha Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Sunday, Nov. 3
1026 : A Grand Shoppe
10am – 5pm
Julie Swenson Beauty
1026 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


What’s in store? redshoes26!

Several new stores are now carrying State Icons from redshoes26, including those in California, Missouri, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.

Welcome to Missouri Sign by redshoes26

Welcome to Missouri Sign by redshoes26

Find my updated shops list here. Thank you so much to the shop owners and buyers who chose to bring State Icons to their shelves!

CALIFORNIA
Collector, Berkeley

MISSOURI
The Foundrie, Chesterfield

MINNESOTA
Artist Mercantile, St. Paul
CorAzoN, Minneapolis
digs studio, Minneapolis
Gallery 360, Minneapolis
Honeyshine, Minneapolis
i like you, Minneapolis
Museum Shop at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
Mill City Museum Store, Minneapolis
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis
Paper Hat, Minneapolis
Roe Wolfe, Minneapolis
Statement Boutique, Minneapolis
Walker Shop at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WAM Shop at Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis

NORTH DAKOTA
Third Street Gallery, Grand Forks
Unglued, Fargo

WISCONSIN
Sparrow Collective, Milwaukee


What didn’t fit : Ashley Kilcher

I haven’t known Ashley Kilcher long. The owner of the clothing, makeup, and home boutique Roe Wolfe in Minneapolis came as a guest to the HAMMS (Help a Minnesota Maker Succeed) Event this past April, and stopped by my booth. It was funny, because I had been thinking about contacting Roe Wolfe about possibly carrying my work, and there she was, handing me her business card because she wanted my State Icons in her boutique. It’s like she read my mind!

Since that time, my little illustrations have been a smash hit at Roe Wolfe, and through Nov. 1 you can actually find my entire collection—more than 100 State Icons—on the boutique’s gallery wall. Also in that short time, Ashley and I have become not only business partners, but friends. I got much more than I bargained for back in April, and I couldn’t be happier.

Ashley Kilcher, owner of and makeup artist at Minneapolis-based boutique, Roe Wolfe.

Ashley Kilcher, owner of and makeup artist at Minneapolis-based boutique, Roe Wolfe.

Hey Ashley! Tell us about you. 
I’m a born and raised Minnesotan, and grew up just outside of the Twin Cities. One of my first jobs in high school was at a hair salon, and I had a manager there who, after work, taught me to cut hair. I went to college for a bit, then decided to go to beauty school. I went to Scot Lewis in Bloomington, and while I was there, I took some makeup workshops from James Ryder. I was invited to his intensive course in Los Angeles, and my love for makeup continued. I worked in a salon for short while after school, and then at MAC Cosmetics. I wanted to get into runway, so I answered an ad for a show. I emailed the lead, asking for an opportunity to assist.

After my husband and I had our first baby, I stayed home and continued to freelance for a few years. Most of my freelance work was in the fashion world, and two years ago, after collaborating with another artist, Roe Wolfe was born. [We opened the shop in Mendota Heights, and it] was a place to center my makeup work and love for fashion.

Tell us about Roe Wolfe. 
We moved the boutique from Mendota Heights to Minneapolis this summer, and we’re loving the new location! It’s bigger, and has a brighter feeling. We love having a location where our clients can come in with or without an appointment to check out makeup and clothes. I think we took the best parts of a department store and the best parts of a boutique, and fit them in one place. We are only brick and mortar right now, but we would love to offer an online store in the future.

On the makeup side, we do applications and consultations in-store and on location. We do lots of bridal, corporate, and print work. Roe Wolfe is mostly staffed with makeup artists, and although we have some ladies that can assist, they don’t do full applications yet. Most of the time, if you’re looking to have your makeup done, you’ll be helped by Jacqueline or me. Jacqueline has been with Roe Wolfe from the start, and is an amazing artist.

The other main piece to the store is the clothing. I’ve always been into fashion, and love being able to share that through the store. My favorite brand is the Pendleton Portland Collection. It’s Pendleton’s contemporary brand, and the line is in its third season. The new fall items will be shipping into Roe Wolfe soon.

I’m also in love with the Chicago-based Henry & Belle denim. The jeans feel like butter, and the company gives part of each sale to charity. Roe Wolfe is hosting a Trunk Show with H&B on Aug. 29. Chelsea from zippedblog.com will be there from 4-7pm for a meet & greet and fashion advice. We’re donating 20% of all denim purchases to Make-a-Wish Minnesota.

We love to support local where we can as well. We carry local jewelry designers Via Patina, Larrissa Loden, and Realia by Jen. One great new feature at the store is the large art wall in the back. Every few months we ask an artist to come in and hang their pieces on the wall. [Editor’s note: For the next two months, it’s State Icons by redshoes26 on the wall!]

What’s the best part of being a small business owner?
For me, it’s meeting and networking with other small businesses. It’s so inspiring to hear their stories, as well as their struggles. There are so many great small businesses and brands in Minnesota, and so many are women-owned.

What’s the most challenging?
I think the hardest part is balancing mom-life and work-life. As an entrepreneur, I’m my own boss, but that also means I dedicate loads of time and energy to the store. I’m grateful my girls are proud of the store, and love to come hang out!

And now I have to ask, what are your favorite pair of shoes?
My favorite shoes are my Coclico booties. They have delicious wood soles, and are handmade in Spain. We’ll bring shoes back into Roe Wolfe later this fall, and I can’t wait! We have some cute booties on the way….


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