The holidays are when folks come out of the woodwork. And it's always a treat to see folks with history at the market - folks whose own history of making and designing charts the story of Williamsburg these past several years. So, welcome back home Pete McGouran from Bushwick's Polluted Eyeball and Susan Lieberman from SPARC Jewelry. A whole slew of old friends are back from more recent memory including Sunset Blvd Vintage with an immaculate collection of fine fur and Irina Corso's terrarium-obsessed world. The "art" in Artists & Fleas is representing this weekend full stop with the illustrious illustrations of C.M.W. Illustration, works of art on paper goods, stationary and more, the gorgeous gift of letterpress from Pete's better half Beth and her design studio, Golden Rectangle Press, and abstract painter Dipak Mistry. Gift-giving goods of the art and design variety never looked so good.
Market fans need their shiny, sparkly fix. And while we always boast and host a crop of innovative jewelry and accessories designers that are market regulars, 'tis the season to bring more to market. Royal Things is Amber Royal's love affair with jewelry and accessories from the Edwardian period to eras both retro and contemporary. Aires Jewelry brings statement jewelry pieces appropriately named like the "Rocker Ring" and "Golden Thunder" that works off of geometric shapes, strong Latin roots (bueno as in aires, ya know) and that ever so fine line between art and fashion. Good stuff for your prezzie lists.
What would the season be without good stuff for your good body? You Da Balm brings it, dig it?
If you haven't checked out the fine fashion, fun vibes and awesomeness pulsing through Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market, this is your last weekend to catch a few folks before a new crop surfaces on Monday. Check out Studio DKS, WE ARE HERE, India & Purry Designs, Dena Pengas Glass Jewelry, Eternal Reign, ArtToGift and the superfly stylings of Jacqui Ehrler before they move on --- located inside Chelsea Market at 10th Avenue & West 15th Street, open 10:30-7.