About the Artist
My inspiration comes from creating products that are completely re-imagined. Today, we live in a world where most things are made to be disposable and this is having a very negative impact on the Earth. I hope to awaken everyone to this reality and help us rethink how we made and use products throughout the world. All of my products are completely recycled, and every point of production is tuned so that my products are made in the most environmentally and socially responsible manner possible. I hope to inspire all to change their habits with disposable products and consider the entire life cycle of the products they use.
My other mission as an artist is to reveal to others the beauty that can be found in objects many consider outdated or trash. I accomplish this by redesigned old objects into something completely new, that still resembles its previous life.
I created my own tools which allow me to bend silverware very consistently and without damaging the silverware. I am constantly redesigning the tooling to allow for new and more complex bends. Check back regularly for new designs.
tori's bitty bows
Heather Polcaster, lives on the northwest side of Chicago and is the creator behind tori's bitty bows. She keeps very busy running her small business and managing her daughter's gymnastic events. Heather joined us last year and has been a great addition to the store with her line of Chicago flag t-shirts!
The Story behind tori's bitty bows
My daughter, Victoria Grace or Tori, was born December 9th 2006. Soon afterwards I began making bows on baby bands for her little bald head. Everywhere we went everyone loved her bows. I began making them for friends and soon formed tori’s bitty bows. Tori is growing up fast and business is booming. Strangers stop us in stores for a peek at her bows. I have since expanded to make big girl head bands, clips, flip flops, sun hats, purses, bow holders, cheer bows, t-shirts, onesies, tutu’s, costumes, fairy wands, wings, crocheted beanie hats and bucket hats and skull caps for boys.
I love doing festivals and shows but am currently looking into selling more wholesale.
tori's bitty bows t-shirts, onesies and hats featuring the Chicago flag.
substance designs jewelry, an indie collection made from handpicked and globally collected materials, is assembled by hand in the Chicago studio of Carolyn Healy. Great consideration is given to the materials, textures, colors, the way light reflects or passes through each, and the source of the components.
With years of creative experience making stained glass, a Masters in Literature, and a Design education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Carolyn combines creativity, discipline, and keen eye for simple lines to create the substance designs jewelry line.
- every piece of jewelry you own can be a favorite.
- where we source materials matters.
- giving is a powerful act.
- if you want to live in a country that makes things, you have to buy things your country makes.
- life is a commitment to change.
About her work
All gold-filled and sterling silver chain, beads, ear wires and findings are made in the USA
Gemstones are ethically sourced from USA, India, Brazil
Gold-plated and rhodium plated components are ethically sourced from S. Korea
All packaging including earring cards and hang tabs are made in the USA
Meet Kimberly Polka the artist behind The Glass Station, maker of jewelry, night lights, wine stoppers and more
Here's her story:
I first took a jewelry design course in high school and became infatuated with creating beautiful unique items to wear that i could say i made. sadly, after high school there was not really a place for me to create and real life began – working to pay bills and having little to no time to create.
Fortunately, i have energy unlike most and have always worked more then one job (sometimes as many as 5-6) which unfortunately, left me with very little time to be creative in any way. As far as making jewelry, there was not only the lack of time, but the lack of money and space for the expensive equipment and materials. Until one day some coworkers came into the office wearing the cutest beaded necklaces proclaiming “i made it” when i took notice. They had taken a stringing class at a local bead store – immediately i was in love and the epiphany that i did not need a ‘studio’ to create was realized. Well, a decade later and I have a studio where I lampwork (melt glass in a torch), fuse (warm glass in a kiln) and do silversmithing. I continue to take classes to increase my skills and strive to come up with new exciting designs.
I am very close with my family and friends and without them would not be where i am today (literally since some of them are my best customers!) additionally, i have the most supportive husband a girl could ask for. He told me my creations were amazing and oogled over my glasswork long before it was anything to be too proud of and he often makes life bearable when i feel like i am coming apart at the seams. We have two cats, two dogs and a lizard – although, sometimes i wonder if they have us. Being home is like being on the discovery channel some days.
I left my job of nearly twelve years in may 2012 to do what i love. Hopefully you find my creations a necessity affording me the ability to continue doing what i love to make a modest living!