The Martha Stewart American Made Awards recognize handmade artists and innovators. This year, Handmade Arcade was thrilled to see several of our own skilled vendors become nominees.
American Made features thriving artists who create crafts, design, food and style. They recognize innovative creations and put local makers into the public eye. Through this program, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living showcase the talent of Americans who are inspiring us with their original products.
Photo taken by: Janelle Bendycki
Redraven Studios is run by dynamic duo Amy and Ryan Hamley. They create a line of beautiful handmade porcelain keepsakes. Amy says she has loved working with clay since she was a teenager, and continues to provide people with one of a kind items. Her expertise has not been overlooked this year.
“Once you submit your nomination, the panel of judges including Martha Stewart selected the finalists, which I was thrilled to be selected for” Hamley says.
Amy says this is her 5th year as a Handmade Arcade vendor, and can’t wait for this year’s event.
“Handmade Arcade has a reputation for being the best attended and well curated craft event in the city” says Hamley. “ I typically have to hold open studio hours for local pick up after the event, it makes up a huge portion of my holiday season sales.”
Photo taken by: Kelsey Kradel Photography
Una Biologicals is run by Jessica Graves. They provide pure, organic beauty & wellness products derived straight from nature.
“We keep you healthy & pretty, using only the best plant based ingredients and a healthy helping of love & positivity” Graves says.
This is Una Biological’s 3rd year as a Handmade Arcade vendor, and now has a team of 7 amazing ladies. They love being a part of Handmade Arcade’s reputation, and have proven themselves as a finalist in this year’s awards.
“There are a lot of people out there working hard to create unique and amazing products, ethically and by hand, this competition and events like HA are an essential conduit to bring these people to the population at large and make the whole of the event exciting” says Graves.
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Worker Bird is run by Kim Fox. Kim is a finalist for the wild card category and does “hardcore quilting.” She says that is a pretty accurate joke, since she collects old tins and uses them to make snowy owls, crows, pumpkins and other cute things. She stays busy as a worker bird, and her efforts have paid off.
“A few weeks after being accepted as a nominee I received an email saying that I had been selected as a Wildcard Finalist by Martha and her team of judges. Super exciting!”
This is Kim’s third year with Handmade Arcade. She is the creative mind behind the amazing tin art turned marketing collateral for this year’s Handmade Arcade event. Her artwork was used to create our postcards, poster, Early Birdie tickets, web ads, print ads and more! She says the collaboration and reputation of Handmade Arcade greatly benefits her business.
“It’s a widely respected show and, as such, it lends credibility to the work that I do.”
Photo taken by: Whitney Traylor
Gina DeSantis Ceramics is run by Gina herself. She creates beautiful ceramics and strives to make “functional wares for the home and table.” She combined her love of the studio and the kitchen, and now creates pieces that have made her a finalist in this year’s awards.
“[ I ] was picked for a wildcard slot due to the high volume of social media shares thanks to my fans!” says DeSantis.
This is Gina’s first time as a Handmade Arcade vendor. Gina found her passion for ceramics in college. She is now a well developed, self employed artist who teaches and inspires others to continue with this craft. Midwest Living Magazine even featured her mugs in their holiday gift guide this year! Her inspiration comes from the textures and colors in nature.
“I want to make objects that make your home happier” DeSantis says on her website bio.
Find Gina’s products for sale on BIG CARTEL.
Photo Taken by: Suzanne Price
Liza Michelle Jewelry is run by Liza Rifkin. Liza makes thoughtfully crafted jewelry by using the world around us. Her pieces are carefully created by nature’s gifts to ensure that each customer gets a unique, quality piece. Her inspiration from the environment led her to become a finalist in this year’s awards.
“Each twig, pine cone, thorn or berry is handpicked from nature and cast in solid metal to create one of a kind piece every time.” Rifkin says.
This is her first year as a Handmade Arcade vendor. She says she always knew she would be an artist, and has been hooked on making jewelry since high school. This year Liza has launched a new branding and a brand new line of pieces. Some even include conflict free, black and white diamonds!
“Each piece is unique and an exact representation of the beautiful world around us.”
Shop Liza’s jewelry HERE.
Disclaimer: These vendors are the nominees that Handmade Arcade found after reviewing the Martha Stewart site. If any other vendors were selected, we want to know! Simply send us an email email@example.com and you will get the recognition you deserve!
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Written by Madison Krupp