Creative Envy

Sunday, November 29, 2009, 9:58 pm
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My parents and I popped in to Rochester’s Second Storie indie market last Saturday to check it out. It was pretty great and very similar to Columbus’ Tiny Canary event. It’s always so inspiring to see people making their living (or just some extra money) through handmade goods and art.

These were some of my favorite vendors at Second Storie.

Based in Portland, Oregon self-taught photographer Abby takes pictures of her everyday using old film cameras she’s picked up in thrift shops. I was completely drawn to the subject matter of her prints as well as the color tones in her work. They are vivid yet still have that vintage softness that I am so drawn to. I picked up a pack of her winter card prints.

Foundling’s owner Betsy creates jewelry using pages from old books, vintage patterned fabrics, timeworn beads, and recycled silver. I am in love with her product photography style and have my eye on this necklace and these pins. (Great site too).

Dani and CharLee are the design team behind Pearl & Marmalade’s charming cards and stationery. Their designs and sentiments really stand out to me in the ever-growing world of letterpress. I love their little manifesto too:

We love shadowy grey inks, lively greens, Jane Austen, thoughtful typesetting, Cy Twombly, fresh cut peonies, clean lines, whiskey & gingerale, quirky graphics, vintage trophies & Vera textiles, NYC bagels, salt water taffy, square knots, and a rich cup of Intelligentsia coffee on Sunday mornings in mighty Chicago.

Overall, it was a great show and I gathered up lots of business cards so I don’t forget to keep up with the vendors. I’ll definitely go back next year.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 8:55 am
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I don’t remember how I stumbled upon it, but I was so excited to discover that my home town of Rochester, NY has an indie market called Second Storie. From their web site, it seems pretty comparable to my beloved Columbus-based annual indie design market, Tiny Canary. A shopping experience centered on unique, crafty, independent artists. I’m so psyched to attend Second Storie’s event over Thanksgiving weekend (11/28 & 11/29) while I’m in town visiting my family.


I love discovering stuff like this and seeing the indie movement spread across the country. Second Storie is also hosting a screening of Handmade Nation that same Friday to kick things off. (Hopefully my family won’t mind not really seeing much of me that weekend!)

SS_webWay to go, Roch-cha-cha!

P.S. I love their site set-up with the Polaroids. Super cute.