Just seeing us at the nursery, you might not believe that we can clean up real good, but we can! We’ve selected stunning jewelry, great hand knitted items, and other stylish clothing for our Holiday Market. While buying gifts for friends and family, you might want to grab yourself something too before heading to that special holiday event!
We are thrilled this year to be offering Dilia Salvador’s work for the first time! Dilia finds inspiration for her jewelry in nature, in folk art, in other cultures, and loves working in many mediums. She can look at anything and envision it as a form for jewelry. “Ideas make ideas”, she says, and believes in the collective consciousness of working and sharing.
Dilia learned the craft of metalsmithing in her native Chile. A member of the Boulder Arts and Crafts Cooperative as a jeweler since 1981, Dilia has been branching out into bead-weaving, fiber jewelry (such as the jewel-like bracelets (pictured right) she makes from sari silk!), and combining indigo and eco-dying to make artful silk scarves. Her beautiful cards are monoprints, each one an original, one-of-a-kind work of art.
Our own Engrid Winslow hand knits these soft, warm and beautiful wool socks in washable wool/poly blend and Pashmina yarns, in lovely color blends with reinforced heels and toes, in sizes for women and men.
Quantities are limited – the early bird gets the socks!
Eve has been weaving for several years now, satisfying her fiber addiction and design aptitude by weaving distinctive scarves from unique and unusual natural-fiber yarns. She has designed many of her scarves to feature locally handspun and hand dyed yarns, often from local farms raising alpacas, llamas and sheep.
Eve enjoys working with materials that have a story. Some of her yarn is even from animals raised by Harlequin’s Gardens’ own custom propagator. Her collection includes soft, warm, one-of-a-kind scarves for both women and men, made on a small rigid heddle table loom.
Eve’s friend Sue Hagedorn is a Longmont fiber artist. She has brought us an assortment of beautiful indigo-dyed napkins, scarves, lace shawls, and recycled clothing.
An Anchorage, AK native, she became interested in indigo dyeing at a workshop there and was drawn to its healing and quiet contemplative properties. She has explored dyeing with a variety of natural materials on natural fiber fabrics, table linens, clothing and paper of all kinds. Sue and Longmont artist Stephanie Hilvitz share their passion for indigo and eco-dying by offering wonderful workshops; their latest one is about natural dyeing with materials from the forest floor. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Eve discovered Pebble Art Jewelry when she was lured into their little shop by an arresting display of jewelry made from ancient Roman glass. This year Kate Head brings us wonderful pieces featuring fragments of 1200 year old Roman era glass from the Mediterranean region in gorgeous shades of blues, greens and iridescent pearl combined with modern styling, and at very reasonable prices.
She will also bring a variety of lovely pieces with semi-precious and other natural stones. Pebble is located at 7980 Niwot Road next door to the Niwot Market.
Artisan Renée McDougall of Longmont became interested in crafting with glass while working at the Stained Glass Supply Company. At her home studio, she works mostly in fused glass, a process that can take up to 11 hours from start to finish.
We have her fun and very affordable earrings and hair ornaments, both popular stocking-stuffers every year!
Retuned Jewelry makes striking, stylish bracelets, earrings and necklaces for gals and guys from repurposed, used guitar strings. Did you know that because of the various alloys used to make guitar strings, they are extremely difficult to recycle? At least 700 tons of strings end up in the dump every year. Retuned works with local musicians and music shops to collect used strings that would have otherwise been thrown away. Their jewelry, made by Christina Lacey and her husband in Frederick CO, gives these hard-working strings new life and allows their stories to live on. We think they are a perfect fit for our Holiday Gift Market, don’t you?
Christina says “Music has always been a big part of our lives. When we started Retuned, one of our goals was to be able to give back to the community that has meant so much to us. The Blue Star Connection mission is to provide access and ownership of musical instruments for children and young adults with cancer and other serious life challenges. We’re happy to say, with your help, we are able to help support Blue Star Connection.”
Sondra joined us late in our 2015 holiday market and her fun, original hand-knitted hats and headbands immediately set off a buying frenzy! Eve gets compliments wherever she goes when she wears the fabulous feathery headband Sondra made, even from strangers on the street!
We’ve stocked up on her pieces this year, including her soft, snuggly ‘mobius’ scarves, hats and headbands, as well as her beautiful pressed-flower botanical cards.
Alexa Varano paints her original designs on each individual piece of sustainably and ethically produced clothing with a paintbrush in her Denver studio – no screen-printing here!
We’ve chosen our favorite hummingbird design in two different tee shirt styles. The flattering scoop-necked women’s shirts and the unisex classic crew-neck tee-shirts in men’s sizes are made of 100% hemp, a great natural fiber, durable and soft!
Alexa is a young woman on a joyful adventure in sustainable business that combines her passion for sharing uplifting and healing symbology with her passions for making art and making personal connections through her art and business.