celebratinG the talent and resilience of our city’s creative community
Because of your support, our first ever online Holiday Artisan Market was a tremendous success! Over twenty Chicago artisans who have been impacted by the COVID-19 industry shutdown showcased more than 200 homemade wares in a virtual pop-up shop. One hundred percent of proceeds from the market are going directly to the artisans involved—from onstage performers, to backstage technicians, designers, and community artist partners from the Theater’s annual Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program.
Though the market has ended, you can still follow and engage with these incredible talents—see links below.
A Board member for Chicago Shakespeare’s community partner A.B.L.E. (Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations), Avery served as the Ceramic Director at Lillstreet Art Center for 18 years, where she still teaches intermediate/advanced ceramics classes. Her work as teacher and Art Director has also driven the growth of Lake Forest’s Stirling Hall Art Center during the last five years.
Over the past 15 years, Melissa has been a professional costume craft artisan. At Chicago Shakespeare, she worked on Ursula’s undulating tentacles for Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a variety of beautiful millinery pieces, armor of all kinds, and much more. She started her Etsy shop after the birth of her son, to sell her practical, unique, pop-culture accessories and gifts. Find her work on the Etsy shop: PetesMomMakesStuff.
Daniels has pursued her craft professionally for 15 years, having studied at The University of Chicago, Evanston Art Center, and Northshore Art League. She has a studio at The Fulton Street Collective, a Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks community partner. Her medium is oil and/or acrylic on canvas, through which she explores a wide variety of subject matter and styles. Find her work online at www.daniels.design.
This Chicago-based independent theatrical crafts studio makes hats and masks (the fun type) for theater, opera, and dance in Chicago and beyond. Nationally, the studio has worked on the hats for 5 Hamilton companies (including Broadway), and a variety of other regional and summer theaters, operas, dance companies, and tours. Find her work on the Etsy shop: ElizabethMillinery.
ACCESSORIES + HOME DECOR
As an actor in and around the Chicagoland area, Harazin has been in six Chicago Shakespeare productions, from Henry V to several Short Shakespeare! tours. He has also been a woodworker for many years now. His artistry ranges from custom bed frames to tables, floor-to-ceiling shelves, cutting boards, and earrings. See his work on Instagram and Facebook.
A stitcher in the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University and freelance costume designer, Hofer creates one-of-a-kind aprons, combining a love of colorful vintage textiles with creating in the kitchen. She has a degree in Theater from Michigan State University and one in Fashion from Chicago’s International Academy of Design and Technology. Find her work on the Etsy shop: KitschenKouture.
Inspired by the simplicity of the Chicago Flag, Paisleyandglue creates holiday pieces that celebrate the experience of living in such a vibrant city. Hofmann’s talents as a theatrical costume maker have often been featured on our stages—most recently in SIX (Aragon, Boleyn & Cleves), the Witches of Macbeth, and the royal finery for King Charles II in Nell Gwynn. Find her work on the Etsy shop: PaisleyAndGlue.
Kirkpatrick is an artist and educator specializing in abstract art and contemporary painting, working primarily with vibrant colors and geometric shapes. She explores repetition and multiples to find the subtle variations that can happen within them. She is in residence at West Town’s Fulton Street Collective—a Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Green Show partner. Find her work at dailkirkpatrickart.com.
Kochaver has been a ceramic artist and instructor in the Chicago area for over two decades. Her work centers around a type of sawdust firing called saggar firing, where carbon and metal salts create unique marks on the fired surface. In 2011, she made a dozen chamber pots for Chicago Shakespeare’s production of The Madness Of George III. Find her work at pattykochaver.com
Hook Me Up Design Co.
Hook Me Up, Design Co. offers personalized yarn work items, including scarves, hats, and ear savers. Klyce is passionate about making crochet items that are beautiful and deeply personal. She is a frequent Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks collaborator and has performed for three years as the Green Show artist at Tuley Park. Find her work on Instagram.
Iris Atelier uses bold fabrics and colors to create gorgeous hair accessories including headbands, hair ties, and hats that are fit for any occasion. A Chicago-based designer and maker, Linsmeier works in her West Town atelier at Fulton Street Collective (a Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Green Show partner) to create every unique piece by hand. Find her work at Iris-Atelier.com or on her Etsy shop: IrisAtelierCouture.
Murphy received her BFA in Theatre with a minor in Studio Art from Knox College. In addition to creating earrings, stickers, and digital artwork, she is Social Media Manager for Pocket Theatre VR, Marketing Assistant for Murphy Pavement Technology, and merchandise designer for bethsimps. She has also served as a valued member of Chicago Shakespeare’s Guest Services team. Find her work at www.murpthart.com and murpthart.redbubble.com.
Maria Clara Ospina
Recently seen in Chicago Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Ospina is originally from Medellin, Colombia. She co-founded Kawami Jewelry with the purpose of bringing attention to her birthplace’s beautiful style of earring threading. She is majoring in Theatre and constantly finding new outlets to bring art into the world. Find her work at www.kawamijewelry.com.
Pascual loves to shop second hand and make things. A Chicago-based freelance costume designer, she is currently making face masks while the industry is on pause. For over 20 years, she has been designing costumes and sharing her talents with theaters throughout the Midwest.
A Chicagoland native, Power received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Her primary areas of study were Figure Sculpture and Drawing. She currently teaches Ceramic Figure Sculpture and Hand-building at Lake Forest’s Stirling Hall Art Center, a home to both adult and youth art programs.
Having spent many years working locally on theatrical set design and construction, as well as having served as a commercial illustrator and advertising executive, Skiersch is now an exhibiting and teaching artist. His classes in tile making, mold making, and slip casting are offered at LillStreet Art Center in Chicago and Stirling Hall Art Center in Lake Forest. Find his work online at skierschstudio.com.
HOME DECOR + JEWELRY
Smith has led production departments in theaters across the country—including Chicago Shakespeare. She traded in all of her 80’s plastic and started using glass in all of her jewelry design. Wanting to create one-of-a-kind pieces, she took a Glass Fusing class to make her own pendants. That decision grew into the beautiful art she makes now. Find her work on the Etsy Shop: JenSmithGlass.
HOME DECOR + JEWELRY
Stephan’s work as an actor has been seen at Chicago Shakespeare in the new musical Emma, DreamWorks Madagascar - A Musical Adventure, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Her favorite way to bring people joy when she cannot be onstage, is through creating unique handmade gifts. Find her work online at www.theelfshop.net
Black Luxe Candle Co.
Black Luxe Candle Co. was inspired by Taylor’s love for self-care, and has now evolved into a sophisticated brand with luxurious fragrances, handcrafted in small batches on Chicago’s South Side. Taylor recently participated in the Business Development Cohort hosted by Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce, a Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks community partner. See her work online at blackluxecandles.com.
JEWELRY + ACCESSORIES
Inspired by the unique charm of vintage buttons, Uber creates one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, including earrings, necklaces, wallets, and hats. A gifted theatrical costume maker, Uber’s handiwork has been seen on our stages in Roxanne’s billowing gowns for Cyrano de Bergerac, sizzling showgirl attire for Gypsy, the kings of Henry V and Henry VIII, and more. Find her work on the Etsy shop: Betherella.
Homegrown Wrappings Gift Company, LLC
After nine years as an integral collaborator and leader of Chicago Shakespeare’s Props department, the resilience of artists and small businesses inspired Westover to set out to build a company that would highlight amazing, homegrown products all year round. Her design and crafting skills, as well as a passion for eco-conscious choices, make these gifts feel good—both giving and receiving. See her work online at homegrownwrappings.com.