New Beginnings

Today is move in day for all our new vendors, so as you might imagine, the shop is a bit of a mess. It’s really exciting seeing all the new faces and artwork, as well as moving the existing work around. When it’s all finished, everything will look fresh, clean and exciting. I think going into the new year with a little change is an excellent step forward!

Of course, as excited as I am about the changes brought about by adding new artists, we also have a few friends that are leaving us this quarter. Sad as we are to see them go we also want our friends succeed, and are happy that they are taking this step forward with their art and businesses. We wish them all the best of luck, and would like to go ahead and take this opportunity to talk about these friends. I asked each of them to let us know a bit about their work, things they are excited about this coming year, and where you can find them now.

Elizabeth Lemp has this to say about her soaps, which she makes and sells under the name A Breath of French Air.

“Having sensitive skin has always been a problem for me. I’ve tried so many products and they all had the same result…itchy skin!
In 2007 I ventured into making handmade soap. I was hooked right from the beginning! Making soaps with a high content of Olive Oil, and using the freshest oils and botanicals available, has provided me with healthy, well moisturized skin.
All my soaps are made in small batches in my own soap kitchen, which is only used to make soap, body butters, lip balms and other bath and body products. I use only fresh ingredients and most of my items are vegan…”

You can still find her locally at Le Shoe which is located at 2530 Brentwood Blvd. in Brentwood, MO.  They are located next to Seliga shoes, and she will be carrying the exact items that she did at Fusion.  You can also visit her shop on Etsy, or check out her blog to see new items or what she’s working on.

Gary  Eaves, goals this year are to expand his footprint and finish his online presence. Gary just took 2nd place in an online worldwide photo competition, so he’s pretty hyped about that and soon his website will have a whole new look, and an online shop.

Kayla Lynn Jarnac has this to say about her ceramics, which she makes and sells under the name Ghost Cat Studios.

“My work is handmade, made of the earth, and better for the earth than disposable coffee cups/dishes. I like to make new variations on standard products, and put my own aesthetics on every-day items(mugs, bowls, etc.) I am always looking to be inspired by other potters, other forms of art, designs or natural objects. I enjoy making both functional pottery, sculptural pottery, and other mediums of art as well.”

Kayla will be a vendor at the Green With Indie craft show and she will have some new work in her shop  on Etsy soon. After March, Kayla will be taking a leave of absence from the local scene and traveling out of the country to live with her fiance for a while (she don’t know exactly how long yet). She’s looking forward to returning  with fresh ideas, inspired by a new environment and culture!

Thanks for sharing your time and talents with us, and we look forward to seeing you all at shows and shops in the area! If anyone else has any well wishes or questions they’d like to share with these three artists, let us know! Leave a comment, and we’ll be sure to pass it on!

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