Monday, July 7, 2014

On the Road - SoWa Open Market - Boston, MA

Summer. Sun. SoWa. Three words that go so perfectly together. The end of June welcomed us with a radiant day at SoWa Open Market and Twitch and Whiskers was excited to be a part of it. Rows of tents, talented artists, and beautifully crafted goods welcomed  a steady stream of visitors into Boston's South End.
SoWa Open Market - Boston, MA
fun times three at SoWa
The tall brick building that houses SoWa Vintage Market provided a nice spot of shade for me throughout the day. Many folks stayed cool by strolling through with Italian ices and frozen lemonades. As always, I enjoyed meeting both locals and tourists and sharing new pieces of upcycled jewelry with them. On display for the first time was one of my biggest statement pieces called, "Public Transit." It's a bib necklace that's constructed out of seven white plastic buses and rows of primary colored beads. I also displayed new lenticular, Vari Vue necklaces with moving images.
Twitch and Whiskers at SoWa Open Market
Lenticular, Vari Vue necklaces and Hob Knob rings
Giant vintage plastic toy bus necklace and tin clicker necklaces
Kirsten Scarpetti creates a whimsical world of jaunty foxes, happy pink cupcakes, and prancing elephants with needle, thread, and brightly colored fabric. She's the magical hands behind It's Sew Kirsten Cole.  I had the pleasure of being her neighbor for the day at SoWa. Kirsten offers well crafted items for people of all ages. For the little ones in your life, she hand appliques adorable onesies and bibs with images like animals and places of interest (like Cape Cod and Rhode Island). Her compact sized wall art featuring block letters, collaged scenes, and woodland creatures would look great on anyone's wall or shelf. Kirsten does everything with an eco-friendly bend. She repurposes as much material as she can for her products and packaging. Many of her accessories use organic cotton and other earth friendly fibers. Make sure to check out It's Sew You... by Kirsten Cole on Facebook and Etsy to see all of her items for children and accessories for home and body.
Kirsten Scarpetti of It's Sew You
Cheeky handmade cotton pillows
Hey Cupcake! Howzabout a onesie?
Small appliqued wall art packs a big punch
I love seeing customers play and interact with my jewelry. My current favorite pieces are made out of vintage toys, games, and noise makers. In that same fun category are my Vari Vue, lenticular pieces with moving images. Several animated pieces went home with some wonderfully animated ladies!
Keeping balance with a tight rope walker
Movers and shakers - Vari Vue necklaces
A fabulous family of four came through and picked up my newest creation - a locket made out of an old match safe. Inside, it housed a tiny diorama of a Spanish figural brooch with words from a Spanish translation book (read more about it here). The youngest member of the family looked adorable in her new conversation piece.
Fantastic four
Vintage match safe locket
Hola Senor!
I look forward to returning to SoWa Open Market two more times this summer: July 13th and 27th.

I am taking the month of August off but can't wait to return to shows during my fall/winter season. Stay tuned for a listing of events!

NEW NEWS! Did you know that Twitch and Whiskers is now on Instagram? Follow us here.

But wait...there's more! We have been filling our Etsy Shop with upcycled goodness. Tons of new items have been listed this summer and many more are to come. Check back often.

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