A Fond Farewell to Devin Kain: Artist, Maker, Tinkerer, Prankster

In many ways, the decade that artist Devin Kain of LoveHue Studio spent as part of the market family is part of the Brooklyn story of today and the New York story of always: boy has a dream, boy leaves home (Washington) to make it in the Big City, boy finds adventure and community and fun and love that foster his passion and talents, before finally boy gets ready for the next chapter.

And so, on the closing half of the book-end of Devin's departure from Artists & Fleas, we think back and reflect on how this fellow - who started working alongside a vintage vendor in our 2nd market space on North 6th Street (next to where Toby's Estate and Madewell are today) in the mid 2000s, flew the coup for a brief stint to build tree houses in the redwood forests in Northern California before returning to Williamsburg where he married his wit and handiness in carpentry with a kind of madcap inventor whim and creativity to turn analog objects of passion (books and speakers and instruments) into newfound objects of hip, not hipster, desire - was dialed into the zeitgeist of upcycling and reimagining everyday objects into objects of art and beauty before upcycling was a thing that would put Brooklyn (ahem, Williamsburg and perhaps Bushwick) on the map.

Devin and his work will remain part of the market story and part of what fuels us to continue to create a place for more Devins and more dreamers, makers and doers from here on out. ¡Buena suerte! Devin!

- Ronen Glimer, Co-Founder of Artists & Fleas

Some Like it Hot: An Artists & Eats Special

In the spirit of the Maker Culture that inspires our business and community, we embrace entrepreneurs of all types and disciplines at our markets – which is why we’re dedicating seven weekends in January, February and March to featuring the most innovative food entrepreneurs in NYC. 


Some Like It Hot

This upcoming weekend – January 21-22 – Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg is kicking off our biggest and baddest food series yet: Artists & Eats. Drafty apartments won't be an issue – we’ve got the goods to keep you warm and cozy with Some Like It Hot, the theme of our first weekend. Some Like it Hot features treats that will warm, sooth, surprise and delight you with just the right amount of kick.

This category includes food items like hot sauces, peppers, spices, soup, drinks (hot + cold), and more.

Featured Vendors:

Filfil Foods - Filfil™ Foods was founded in 2012 in Brooklyn, New York, with the mission of “Adding Yummy to Life.”

Calcutta Kitchens - Growing up in India, food was a way of life, a way to express love and care, and to work with nature's bounty. 

Health-ade Kombucha - spotlight on their (delicious) spicy flavors like Cayenne Cleanse!

Ukuva iAfrica Ukuva iAfrica's story is a travelers' tale told in flavors: some from the original "Recipes from a Rucksack", some were added by later travelers, because such is the nature of the stories of Africa... there are many travelers and many journeys: many threads to weave into the tale.

Kyle’s Kimchi - Kyle's Kimchi was established in 2014 by Kyle aka Kimchi Monster. Kyle loves kimchi and it's a big part of his life (and he makes kimchi as a full-time job now).

#AFinBK Presents: Artists & Eats

ArtistsandEats

In the spirit of the Maker Culture that inspires our business and community, we embrace entrepreneurs of all types and disciplines at our markets – which is why we’re dedicating seven weekends in January, February and March to featuring the most innovative food entrepreneurs in NYC. 

Stay tuned for a sneak peak at some of the brands who'll be participating! 


January 21-22 | Some Like It Hot: Spicy, steaming and just plain sexy. 

Drafty apartments aren’t an issue this weekend – we’ve got the goods to keep you warm and cozy. Some Like It Hot features treats that will warm, sooth, surprise and delight you with just the right amount of kick

This category includes food items like hot sauces, peppers, spices, soup, drinks (hot + cold), and more. Click here for a list of who'll be joining us!

Jan 28-29 | Save It For Later: Aged, cured, fermented and brined

A moment on the lips, forever in the fridge: Save It For Later spotlights foodie makers with a passion for the art of preserving.

This category includes food products that are cured, fermented, pickled and brined. Think cheeses, pickles, meats, and more.

Feb 4-5 | Super Bowl Favorites/Things That Pop: Snacks that talk back

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the crunch from sweet or savory snacks – much like the satisfaction that comes from your home team playing in the Super Bowl. Things That Pop brings you the snacks you didn’t know you needed to add to your Super Bowl watch-party menu. Who needs a halftime show when you can have a snack-time show?

This category includes popcorn, quinoa snacks, yu-puffs, chewing gum, chips, anything that crunches, pops, snaps, and more.

Feb 11-12 | A Love Story: Sweet Treats

We got hot and saucy during Some Like it Hot, but this one’s for all you lovers out there. Chocolate: A Love Story will entice you with delectable, arousing treats for you and bae to share this Valentine’s Day weekend.

This food category includes chocolates and sweets, teas,sexy beverages, and anything else you’d share with your sweetie on a romantic  evening.

Feb 18-19 | _____ Free: Dietary Restrictions = Creative Opportunities

The world isn’t black and white, and neither are our diets. _____ Free is for anyone who’s ever had to look bleakly at a menu with no vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, peanut free, sulfate free, x-free items. We hear you, and we’re here for you.

This category includes food items that are vegan, gluten free, sugar free, non-GMO, egg free, and anything other ingredients you wish to exclude!

Feb 25-26 | Taste of Home: Family traditions from around the Globe

Some of us can’t jet home for the weekend, so we find other ways to capture what it feels like to be with our families. Taste of Home takes you on a culinary journey around the country and the world to taste the traditions of entrepreneurs from all over.

This category includes any food item that’s not easy to find in NYC, old family recipes, cultural favorites and more.

March 4-5 | It Takes Two: Better together

It Takes Two to tango – especially when it comes to the latest and greatest food trends. Because chocolate wouldn’t be the same without peanut butter, or bacon without eggs, or cheese without crackers... you get the picture. This category brings the best of the best together for some all-star collabs that are sure to delight.

This category brings two or more entrepreneurs together to create something truly extraordinary!

 

 

Next Stop: 2017. See You in the New Year, LA!

It's been a long, great and eventful 2016 at #AFinLA and we couldn't be more proud. We're taking the weekend off to ring in the New Year right (and hope you are too!), but not to fear – we'll be back in DTLA on January 7th for our first show of the year to satisfy your itch for perfect #marketfinds and extraordinary shopping. See you there!