Designers on the Move

Lockhart WorksEvery weekend marks the beginning and, for some, the end of a stint selling at the market. This weekend is no different and we call out 2 designers who’ve quickly become family – Rebecca Lockhart of Lockhart Wrks (see photo) in Williamsburg and Tammy Gia of b5linenyc in Chelsea. Both designers take, make and create their inspirations largely from metals and playfull mix metals in their design of costume jewelry creations. What’s more so, both have made A&F their home and cultivated a following during their residences selling at the markets.

This weekend marks the end (for now…) for Lockhart Wrks of a 3-month long show in Williamsburg; b5linenyc goes on hiatus for a couple of weeks before returning in a big way later this Spring at Chelsea Market. Check each of them out and put some bling into your Spring this weekend.

Artists & Fleas is open in Williamsburg this Saturday & Sunday from 10AM-7PM and daily at Chelsea Market (corner of 10th Avenue and West 15th Street) from 10AM-9PM.

 

Father Panik Industries & Williamsburg’s Other Side

Father_Panik_Industries_Williamsburg_designAsk Scott Machens, co-creator and co-head honcho of Brooklyn-based Father Panik Industries, his take on the past 10 years in Williamsburg and he’s apt to say that you can’t find a decent place to shoot a BB gun anymore now that the whole waterfront condo scene has developed the once desolate wasteland for alternative creative pursuits. Together with partner Mika Kitamori, the 2 have been churning out graphic designs, jewelry and accessories for the darker side for the better part of 10 years since selling back with us during our opening month in December 2003. They’ve steadily cultivated a following – a kind of pre-hipster aesthetic that can be equally at home at the tattoo conventions that Father Panik hits up throughout the Spring and Summer as Artists & Fleas and our cohorts on the Brooklyn market scene. It’s design with attitude and it’s damn good to have them. Get a taste of that dystopic design sensibility at the market every Saturday & Sunday on North 7th Street. Dare you to try and make Scott crack a smile.

Food Artisans: Jessy’s Pastries

Jessy-Pastries-alfajoresOn the never-ending quest for the rare and the sublime, food fans who crave the sweet and savory and a taste of the far-away have been wowed the past few weeks with the arrival of Jessy’s Pastries, wunderkind Jessy Nahmias’ homage to the traditional Latin American sweet treat alfajores. Like most budding food entrepreneurs, Jessy is hip to more than just tradition and after debuting her delicious dulces back in March at the market, she found that Brooklynites have more than just a sweet tooth and want for something different. Her baked empanadas debuted to great fanfare earlier this Spring and they are a Brooklyn original [Jessy holds it down on Saturdays at Hester Street Fair but the empanadas only come out for the cool kids this side of the East River on Sundays].

Check out the love Jessy got on SeriousEats and make sure to give her some love Sundays in the ‘Burg. Yum!

Artists & Revolutionaries: Designer John-Michael

Brooklyn-based-designer-John-MichaelWhen Greenpoint designer John-Michael Schlotter walked away from his corporate design director role and set up his studio to begin the work of turning Artists & Revolutionaries into a reality, little did he realize that his passion and instincts to create one-of-a-kind upcycled pieces from cast-off fabric bolts, reclaimed leather jackets and salvaged cotton fabrics would resonate so fast and so furious. His voice is earnest. His convictions are straightforward. And he makes no bones about what he does and why he does it – check out this video for more.

His collection debuted in Williamsburg at the market in late March and these days, John-Michael is working 5 days a week to design, cut, sew and bring to market more than 50 pieces each week. See what he has in store this weekend.

Rifle + Radford in the Spotlight

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Serious radness has officially arrived in the form of RIFLE + R A D F O R D, designer Melanie RR Edwards homage to the spirit of the Southwest with the soul of a Brooklyn-phile now on display at our Chelsea Market pop-up via Austin. Part lifestyle brand and part design collective, R+R has been developing the brand of “handmade heritage” for several years, creating a collection of rich and brilliant jewelry inspired by nature with necklaces, earrings and cuffs using citrine, turquoise, malachite and other semi-precious gemstones in styles and settings that are both rough rock and refined. Debuting at the pop-up are 3 noteworthy initiatives from some of R+R’s favorite friends and design buddies: handcrafted knits, leather envelope clutches and a meticulously curated collection of vintage Americana housewares and home goods.

Read more about rad gal Melanie on her blog and be prepared to be dazzled by the eye candy, design inspiration and more.

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RIFLE + RADFORD is at Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market inside Chelsea Market on the corner of West 15th at Tenth Avenue, daily through June 3rd.

Williamsburg Vintage Love Crush: Shopping Wildfell Hall & the Greedy Seagull

Wildfell Hall Vintage and The Greedy Seagull only came together recently to create their lovingly curated pop-up vintage shop at the market but dropping in to their booth any given weekend but to watch Giana Stanigar and Amy Thorowgood in action – together – is to witness a bit of that alchemy that happens when 2 lovers of classic styles of the 1940s and 1950s come together to share a passion and build a business.

What turned you on to the vintage life?

Giana: The purchase that turned me on to vintage was a 1950s leopard coat for $35 that I got when I was 12 in Mission Viejo, California. Amy: I had 2 good friends who worked in a rest home (New Zealand for a nursing home) and one of the men they cared for gave them his cardigan collection that they passed on to me. The quality of the work, the classic styles and the feeling of something aged naturally and given a chance to be re-worn and reborn hooked me immediately.

What characterizes your collection and business at Artists & Fleas versus your online Etsy stores?

Giana: At the market, we are the face of our businesses. We get to see what people like because we see how they dress, what items they explore and we can bring our intuitions to bear on what will look good on people. Amy: The market scene and Williamsburg in general brings more high end customers – stylists, trendspotters, buyers. This is a vintage destination.

Wildfell-Hall-Greedy-Seagull-Brooklyn-VintageHow would you describe your style and the style of your shop?

Giana: This is the 3rd time in as many months that we have revamped our display. We love leather. We love the 1940s and the 1970s. We like to make the stuff from the ’40s look more contemporary. We love the romance of it all - Amy: But not the boho stuff.

What items are you planning on bringing out for the holidays?

Amy: We have a wonderful stockpile of little gifty items – little compacts, pictures and photographs, vintage housewares and some gorgeous men’s accessories like cufflinks, whiskey flasks, tie pins and more.

What’s your selling style?

Giana: I really am more curious to know what interests people. I tend to wait and see once they express an interest and then I offer them the story of the piece or the history that led to it. A lot of people do not realize how old things are. And people are interested in how we know all of this. I sell online and people don’t even ask.

Check out the dynamic duo live and in person at the market every Saturday & Sunday or visit them online at their websites or on Etsy: Wildfell Hall and The Greedy Seagull.

Hélène Pé and the New New York Souvenir

This week’s dispatch from @mollsrawks goes global and local and cosmic into the world of Brooklyn denizen and native Parisienne Hélène Pé:

I Love NY complete with the heart. So cliché, pardon the French. Way too cool for your friends and family who are convinced that your zip code equates instant inside information to all that is hot and cool. Be honest, you don’t really want to give ANYONE 5 for $10 shirts from a souvenir shop on 5th Avenue and 34th Street.

Recognizing this sad state of affairs for the alt-tourist set is why Helene Pe is where you should stop for your loving New York needs. Besides adorable rings and lockets featuring a painted cartoon kitty and his consummate love of New York, she also hand paints various other scenes on lockets, rings and canvas.  Cute without being cutesy – it’s hard to perfect that!

My favorite? The latest creation: a card that says I Love You More Than New York. C’est perfect.

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Check out the world of Helene Pe and her characters as they observe with wit and charm the goings-on of New York City from their perch at Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg, every Saturday & Sunday through the end of the year at 70 North 7th Street or check out more images online on her Etsy shop.

 

Breaking Bad with Marz Jr, Brooklyn Illustrator & Pop Culture Fiend

Nestled neatly between IKEA and Etsy wall-hangings in this week’s Time Out NY Home Design issue is Goonies Chuck and the Water Cooler [above], an original illustration by Jason Marzloff, aka Marz Jr, a Greenpoint graphic artist and Sunday market regular. Fresh off his showing at last weekend’s ComicCon, we got a glimpse into Jason’s psyche, his growing portfolio and upcoming additions and goings-on to his icon-inspired oeuvre.

Marz Jr: I’ve always loved to tell stories. As a kid, I’d buy Marvel and DC Comics. After studying sequential design – which is a fancy term for comic books – I worked at a studio coloring comics and eventually got into this.

Artists & Fleas: A lot of your illustrations are references to pop culture icons of the 1980s and 1990s. What are some of your favorites? I grew up loving The Goonies, Ghostbusters, Neverending Story and even some horror movies – the Nightmare on Elm Street and Alien series. The paintings are often visual triggers for people as far as a nostalgic moment or a memory. People look through them at the market and they smile or nudge their friend and say “Hey, remember this!”

Artists & FleasWhen people ask you, how do you define your style? It’s almost naive, like a kid’s drawing – like when you may have had a drawing in your notebook in school sitting in the back of a boring history class. I use acrylic paint and a paint marker which makes for rich, deep colors that pop.

Artists & FleasWhat are the new cultural icons that excite you? I’m working on a series of cars from Breaking Bad - Walt’s Pontiac mini-van, Jesse’s muscle car and his crappy Toyota. The idea being that these objects are recognizable even when the show is really about the people.

Artists & FleasWhat’s in the works for the next couple of months? I’m getting prints made, ready-made and framed and finished art for people to take home and put up on their walls. I’m working on a few prints in homage to Revenge of the Nerds and Star Wars. And I’ve got a group show coming up in November in Venice (California) at Gallery 1988 in a pop culture show called “Post No Bills”, a tribute to Bill Murray. It opens November 3rd if anyone is in LA.

We are geeked about Jason’s tribute to Breaking Bad. To get a sneak peek and to keep in touch with the man behind the markers, find him on Facebook and Etsy and at Artists & Fleas on Sundays throughout the Fall and Holidays.

 

The Not-So Little World of Wearable Terrariums

There are no secrets here. You are dealing with layers and layers of living things.

It’s rare to hear a designer and jeweler be so candid with the process of creating but Tamar Builder’s Little World Designs pulls no punches. Schooled in horticulture and a self-described lover of all things that live at the bottom of the canopy of the forest, Tamar recently started selling at the market, taking what was once only an online and private showing gig to the public, to the market. The reception has been awesome with some exciting collaborations and powerful in-person connections.

You live in Bushwick. There’s a different kind of nature there then what lives in your work. Where do you get your raw materials? I recently went hiking for the week and brought back my supplies — all sorts of things that live in the natural world that I want to bring to my little world.

Do people bring you things they’ve found? Yes. And I love nothing more than to create custom pieces based on the items – sentimental things, found objects – that people bring in. I build around them and get really inspired by them.

Little-World-Designs-Terrariums-brooklynHow did you get started? I’ve created terrariums for years and I wanted to make an actual, sustainable terrarium as a necklace. I tried it and all of my friends wanted one and things happened from there.

What’s it like to be at a place where you can meet and sell and connect with people? The second I put myself out there, its been great. I’m really into getting people to learn and people are coming back – bringing me things, creating a community so that people come in and want to make their own.

These are not your garden variety terrarium. Check out Little World Designs at the market or online and connect with Tamar to grow your own and build your own. She’s holding it down this Saturday & Sunday in Williamsburg, 10am-7pm.

Snacking & Jamming with the Jam Stand

The Jam Stand first set up shop with us in Brooklyn late this Spring with their wit, whimsy and vivacious spreads and personalities and haven’t had a spare second to turn back. The dynamic duo behind the brand is Sabrina and Jessica, 2 long-time college friends and marketers whose travels and home-stays in South and Central America turned them on to the wild world of jams and spreads. Like many a savvy food artisan these days, they schooled themselves in the science of preserves and took their marketing know-how to the markets where they have since built a loyal following working the Hester Street Fair on Saturdays and holding court by us in Williamsburg on Sundays. Here’s what goes into the mix:

What was your first jam? The first batch we made was grape. You have to peel every grape by hand. After that first batch, we realized we would never make grape jelly again. But out of it came our motto: “…because there’s so much more than grape jelly.”

You guys have some wild and fresh flavors – how do you come up with them? A lot of our jamming is about flavor experimentation and getting feedback directly from customers at the markets. They’ll ask us if we have something with a bit of bacon or fig and that gets us back to the kitchen to jam it up.

Is there ever an end to the puns and the jam jokes? One of the things we love is the marketing and fun of it – the jam puns can go on forever and people will come and make a pun of their own and we’ll crack up and say “we love that one! can we use it ourselves?”

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What’s your relationship like with your customers? We have jam sessions where people will come and hang out with us, we’ll snap their photos and post them on our Facebook page. The feedback and interaction we have with customers and friends at the markets is invaluable and makes jamming an experience.

What’s next for you guys? We are looking into the possibility of a storefront…we have this dream of having a jamstand store where we can continue to interact with customers and people interested in the whole jam-making experience. Right now, it’s all about natural growth and seeing where the markets take us.

Check out the Jam Stand weekly at Artists & Fleas. Make sure to follow their exploits on their Twitter page to find out their flavors and schedule.