A Simple Twist focuses on handmade crafts for both beauty and entertainment, made by local creator Katherine Mendyk. She creates handmade necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings and more using hemp macrame, stones and glass, as well as pieces from “old” or recycled jewelry, bringing a new light to once forgotten artifacts. She also focuses on handmade hula hoops, perfect for fun or exercise. They range in size and weight, and each color pattern is unique. Also, most hoops at A Simple Twist are collapsible, which makes storage and transportation a piece of cake.
8/30, 9/27, 10/11
Alpaca fleece is 7 times warmer than wool and rivals cashmere in its softness. Alpaca Hair Alpacas raises alpacas for this marvelous natural fiber and works with a mill in Massachusetts to make products to resell. Be sure to stop by and visit with their alpacas too!
9/13, 9/27, 10/11
Blade and Wheel produces both pottery and jewelry. Judy created the beautiful and useful pottery. There are bowls of many sizes and colors. The mugs, often large, have designs from nature on the outside surfaces.
The jewelry involves cutting meaningful designs with a jeweler’s saw into coins or tableware. Some of the jewelry is made from fine silver with colorful enamels. John designs and executes these pieces, and will demonstrate on site.
Brookfield Candle Company specializes in primitive hand poured candles and offers over 300 scents. They use all natural soy with a lead free wick.
6/14, 7/12, 8/16
Brooklyn Bath features hand make artisanal soaps and body care, using a combination of fragrance oils and essential oils at a bare minimum percentage. Soaps are not only great but they are designed to be esthetically pleasing to the eye – never boring!
Cheryl Cohen’s unique mosaic creations have been seen in restaurants, arts centers, and galleries throughout Massachusetts. She creates wall art and adorns mirrors, tea boxes, mezuzahs, and other home accessories using tiles, glass, plate shards, and found objects. Come buy her artwork or sign up for her weekly classes to make your own creations.
Cliff’s Cactus offers a range of succulent plants including cactus, aloes, agaves, haworthias, euphorbias, pachypodiums and other easy to care for arid plants grown for their unique shapes and sculptural qualities.Cliff will construct dish gardens on site using plants, top dressing, soil and pottery.A specialty are “hummingbird aloes” that are grown from seeds pollinated by hummingbirds using high quality miniature hybrids.They produce beautiful and unique plants that are not available anywhere else. Don’t miss the Bonsai succulent plants!
6/28, 8/2, 9/6
Colie’s Creations bring handmade tutus, hair bows, hair bow holders, sleeping bags for dolls, blankets and bibs for babies and much more come!
Debra (and/or her students) will be demonstrating either wheel work (throwing) or decorating techniques, and will be selling her Comfort Pottery: functional, earthy, high-fire stoneware pottery (safe for food, dishwashers and microwaves), Reminder Stones, and more…many items for only $15 each!
E’s Beads are fun, inexpensive beaded and wire pieces. Also offered are scarves, headbands, bookmarks, and a variety of other unique gift items. Everything is handmade by Ashland resident Elaine Donovan.
Early Bird Designs begin as porcelain slabs, which are hand-formed into cups, bowls, plates, vases, platters and other tableware. Drawings decorate each piece with a slip inlay technique called mishima. The images are playful interpretations of grandmother’s bone china and 18-19th century botanical and animal engravings. All pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe.
Earthly Wealth jewelry is hand made and one of a kind, based on natural and nearly natural materials such as semiprecious gems, pearls, amber, wood, leather and bone. I use silver, gold, copper, and bronze, recycled when possible, and frequently employ forging to produce unique designs and textures. I have recently added lampwork glass beads in the shapes of lush, delicious-looking fruits and vegetables in honor of the Farmers’ Market venue. Carrots are featured!
7/26, 9/13, 10/11
Artist James Heroux has recently successfully completed his 2013 Word.A.Day.Illustration Project. A self given project where he creates one illustration every day of the year based on a word and its definition. This project has gained momentum and popularity as he offers new original art both thought provoking and humorous. The purchase of all his prints are available and select images are worn on t-shirts, bags, hats and socks.
7/5, 8/23, 10/4
Jamibelina offers handmade and embellished accessories and hair fashions, from traditional to trendy in style. Define your own style with their creations, which include woven headbands and hair clips made with high quality grosgrain ribbon, as well as items like bottlecap art and hair flowers. Enjoy their products, whether you are young or young-at-heart!
Jewelry by Judes offers unique affordable handcrafted jewelry from re-purposed materials (bamboo, buttons, computer keyboards, cork, electronic parts, game pieces, office supplies, recycled plastic and shells).
L&A Designs creates fun and affordable fabric and beaded items for all ages. Many are items you never knew you needed! Check out her reusable snack bags, Swiffer pads, and duster cloths. Stay green while keeping clean!
All products are handmade in Natick. Custom orders are welcome,
Little Man is a family run business that designs and manufactures handbags and accessories by hand from design to final stitch in their Massachusetts studio . Today Little Man products can be found in over 200 select shops and galleries throughout the U.S.
Colorful, textural, patterned porcelain jewelry and small decorative wares for the home, entirely artist-made using a layering process of various techniques and colorants. Having a fondness for pattern, ceramist Colleen Williams uses symbols and globally-inspired design motifs to subtly convey a sense of place. Using colored porcelain slabs, layered with colored slips, pieces are stenciled, etched, stamped and enhanced with glazes and lusters throughout 3 to 4 kiln firings to achieve pattern-mixed surface designs that delight and intrigue.
Handmade American Girl and Bitty Baby doll clothes. Clothes will fit all 16 to 18 inch dolls.
Pottery, photography and more from Ashland resident, Ann Newberry. To beautify your surroundings, Ann creates one-of-a-kind functional pottery pieces, as well as nature photography to adorn your walls and mosaic concrete stepping stones for your garden and yard. With such a variety of art, there is sure to be something you’ll want to take home with you.
Rag Hill Farm creates fiber art with a function. They make handspun and hand-dyed yarn, unique quilted potholders along with market bags and cat toys from upcycled wool. All of their items are handmade and one of a kind.
8/30, 9/20, 10/4
Redback Studios uses found and recycled objects to make resin-based crafts, primarily pendants, key rings and magnets. She also uses her own photography in jewelry and cards. She will also be offering hand-made greetings cards from her husband’s original drawings and watercolor designs.
Handcrafted elegant jewelry in sterling silver, brass and copper with semi-precious stones, crystals and freshwater pearls. Custom rings made on site. Handcrafted garden décor (plant markers, bird and butterfly feeders) from upcycled silverplated utensils, tea sets, and glass wear.
Stell Designs features hand crafted jewelry and wine charms. Artist, Rena Gurski, combines leather, beads, freshwater pearls, wire, charms, tumbled glass, and more to make one of a kind items. Bracelets range from casual leather to beaded wraps that are perfect for a special night out. Tumbled glass wire wrapped necklaces are fun, and a great look. Pair a favorite bottle of wine with our unique wine charms for the perfect hostess gift. Each item is handmade in Natick.
New item alert: Portuguese Cork is quickly becoming a popular material for accessories. The soft, supple, and durable quality combined with the fact that it is vegan makes it a great replacement for leather. Cork is also sustainably harvested– the trees are not harmed in the cork removal process.
Sweetest Hue sells wonderfully unique and fun gifts for that baby or child in your life. Hand Painted, wearable, washable, affordable art! A matching carrot onesie and hat set or a whimsical guinea pig on salmon pink t-shirt. All original designs painted on American Apparel’s Organic cotton line.
All of Heather’s scarves are hand painted, making each one a one-of-a-kind! The Scarfing Artist uses 100% silk scarves that start out white and come out with individual designs awash with color. Lightweight and fashionable, these scarves work for all occasions!
Tiered Treasures can be used to display and serve your scones for a proper tea, mini pastries, fruit, fudge, candies, or even your jewelry, change, sewing notions or just about anything. Tiered Treasures will grace your table and delight your guests.
Fabric speaks to Tobi when building her art work, with its patterns and colors. Her art work is seldom rectangular, but rather takes its shape organically from the picture formed in the arrangement of shapes in the picture. Her knit items include mostly hats, warm for winter, and almost entirely of her own design.
Two Orange Cats Jewelry is handcrafted one of a kind jewelry with a Beach theme. Materials used are genuine unaltered Sea Glass and Sea Pottery, Beach stones, semi precious stones, fresh water pearls, recycled, repurposed and vintage items such as antique skeleton keys, vintage silverplate flatware and 40’s- 50’s Lucite beads. All jewelry is designed with your budget and busy schedule in mind. Most pieces can go from totally casual in jeans to an elegant dinner in the little black dress.
6/28, 7/5, 9/27