Back in December, I did a post about Dose Market, a newish monthly market in the River East Art Center, close to Navy Pier. I’m happy to say that I will be a fellow Doser at the next Market on February 10th! I’ll be selling my jewelry from 10am – 4pm. If you happen to check out the event, go hungry. Trust me, you’ll leave happy. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance online. With your ticket, you get 2 drink tickets. If you happen to go, stop by and say hi!
This time of year is when a few great art festivals and craft fairs open their doors to allow so many talented artists to share their handmade goods. I can’t get enough of it. The last 2 weeks have been so much fun, bouncing around to all the different booths and seeing what treasures people are making these days. Two weeks ago was Renegade, where I found a great handmade something-or-other that I can’t announce since it’s a birthday present for Kyle. This past weekend was the One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart, where we found a laptop bag made from vintage leather by Poetic Earth in Syracuse, NY.
On Sunday, we finally made it over to Dose Market. I’ve been hearing about Dose for a few months now and I can see why. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an indoor market held once a month at the River East Art Center. It was started in 2010 and the focus is food and fashion, with a selective bunch of midwestern artists. It does cost $8 to get in ($10 at the door), but it is so worth it. That $8 gets you 2 drink tickets. Yes, you can drink while you shop the fair. (Bonus: We noticed that nobody seemed to care about the tickets) We decided we were getting the most out of this experience, so we went hungry. There were so many great things to choose from—hand spun cotton candy, popcorn, pickles, chocolate—but we went with a spicy bloody mary from Koval Distillery, a mixed concoction from Bittercube, a stout from Begyle Brewery (a new Chicago brewery), a donut from Do-Rite Donuts, and a couple sandwiches from the Brown Bag Lunch Truck. We are pigs, yes. And it was all too good. Aside from the food, there are seriously beautiful handmade goods for sale like jewelry, posters, knits, ties, clothing, home goods, etc. Think Renegade, but a bit higher quality and price point. All in all, we had a fantastic experience and I’m hoping to be a Doser myself at the February 10th market. I’ll keep you posted if it happens.
Papernomad is a new company based in Vienna, Austria who makes cases for iPhones, iPads and Macbooks using a durable paper composite that’s also tear-resistant. Since they’re made of paper, they’re completely customizable—write, draw or create whatever you want on the surface. They pose a great question: If most electronic devices are designed to last just a couple of years, why do you need a plastic sleeve that lasts for eternity?
Thanks to Amanda Hobbs for sharing!
@SirPemberton: Cavalier Essentials is a line of vintage products designed for the rugged, yet sophisticated gentleman. Cavalier was always briefly explained as–”If Steve McQueen carried a beat-up leather duffle bag on the back of his motorcycle; what would be in it and how would the products look?” This simple idea married an appreciation for lifestyle design and vintage accessories. All of the products possess a hand-made quality while responding to the modern influences of today’s culture. Designed, directed and produced by Taylor Pemberton. Photography and co-direction by Collin Hughes.
Very nice work, boys.