Tuesday, July 14, 2015

On the Road - South End Open Market at SoWa - Boston, MA

The South End Open Market at SoWa was sizzlin' last weekend. The hot summer sun shone down on the rows of tents in Boston as shoppers perused the northeast's finest handmade goods with cool summer drinks in hand. Twitch and Whiskers was set up against a tall brick building and enjoyed the few degrees of coolness that the shade provided. I was so happy to be back at the market again. I arrived just on the heels of a non-stop family road trip, so a change of pace was just what I needed. 
South End Open Market at SoWa
Twitch and Whiskers in Boston
It's always great to be greeted by friends first thing in the morning, especially when they arrive donning your necklaces! Carrie of SepiaLepus and Jen of Zooguu were also set up at the market and were ready to start the day. It had been a month since I'd been to the South End Open Market at SoWa, and I brought a nice new batch of pieces to share.
Carrie of SepiaLepus and Jen of Zooguu lookin' swell in their Twitch and Whiskers necklaces
Vintage toy car, tin whistle, tin clicker, and pinback button necklaces
There's nothing like the warmth and companionship of a pet and artist Syd Hardin of Pop Zoo really knows how to capture that love. Syd and her husband Eric were set up at the market this past weekend and it was wonderful to see them both. Syd's vibrant and highly detailed paintings are full of character and color. She is well known for her commissioned pet portraits. I have been following her on Instagram for a while, and I have always been in awe of her process. Syd carefully paints layers upon layers of zero-VOC latex enamel paint (aka non toxic house paint) with teeny tiny brushes to make each portrait come to life. She pays attention to each pet's unique personality and is skilled at translating features like the curious look in a pup's eyes, the soft curve of a piece of fur, and playful perky ears onto canvas. In addition to paintings, Syd offers prints, coasters, pillows, and note cards. Visit Pop Zoo's website, Etsy shop, Facebook page, and Instagram account to see Syd's amazing work, commission a special piece, and to find out where you can see Pop Zoo in person. 
 Artist Syd Hardin of Pop Zoo and husband Eric Herot 
Cuddle-worth pillows
Vibrant pet prints
Adorable coasters
My favorite materials to work with lately have been tin whistles and toys from the 40's and 50's. Their bold lithographed images and happy colors make them the perfect pendents. I was happy to see that visitors enjoyed these pieces as much as I did and a bunch went home with happy customers.
A 1940's tin bird whistle flew home with this lovely lady.
Tweets and clicks
These two vivacious sisters were on a 5 week trip together. It was great to hear about their adventures. They looked adorable in their wagon whistle and rainbow car necklaces. Happy trails ladies!
wagon whistle necklace
car whistle necklace
Lucky Egg whistle necklace
a one of a kind vintage water warbler necklace
rainbow tin car necklace
Protractor necklaces were also popular picks at the market. 
Twitch and Whiskers protractor necklaces
bird protractor necklace
Pegasus protractor necklace
Rings and necklaces made out of electric guitar knobs,vintage pinback buttons, and other odds 'n' ends found their way home with many folks.
She wore her Hob Knob necklace to the market to get her new ring! How cool is that?
Ready to rock in a Hob Knob guitar knob necklace.
Hob Knob rings
It was a fine day at the market and I thank everyone who came out in Boston to say hello and shop. I look forward to returning to the South End Open Market at SoWa one more time this summer. You can catch Twitch and Whiskers on Sunday, July 26th. 
Just one more South End Open Market at SoWa to go!
Did you hear the BIG NEWS? Twitch and Whiskers is moving! We will be opening our own online store by the end of summer. In celebration, we're having a big moving sale on Etsy. Enjoy 25% off your Twitch and Whiskers Etsy purchase between now and July 21st with the code below:

Visit us each day during the month of July on Facebook and Instagram for more sales, giveaways, and contests. 
Stay tuned for information about our new shop and upcoming fall/winter shows!

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