Alibi V.19 No.46 • Nov 18-24, 2010 ››
Some of our favorite ABQ vendors on cottage-industry supersite Etsy.com
These animal-like dolls have loads of personality. They're fashioned out of soft knitted fabrics and too-cute buttons. Non-allergenic fiberfill means your baby can snuggle one to her heart's content.
This wire-wrapped jewelry looks handcrafted and polished at the same time. The bow-link chain necklaces are simple elegance, while charm-laden bracelets tell the Christmas story Southwest-style.
Wall sculptures and mirrors have a found/folk art collage quality that's right in tune with Albuquerque's eclectic Western vibe. These one-of-a-kind pieces are a little pricey, but more affordable mixed-media art cards run about 20 bucks apiece.
Indiscretion Street Couture
Street meets sweet in these shape-conscious, graphics-heavy clothing for young women. There are even wallets for the bro in your life.
Jolie Femme Fashions
Purses, tote bags, card holders, wristlet clutches, eyeglass cases—if you can carry stuff in it, Jolie Femme makes it out of eye-catching, girly fabrics.
For those who need a little texture therapy, the KnottyKnitter makes organic cotton baby pullover sweaters, matching scarf and hat sets, even teapot cozies in earthy, calming tones.
Woven by hand on a floor loom, this crafter specializes in "rag weaving" rugs, blankets and place mats out of recycled fabrics. A bedspread and a T-shirt might find their way into your kitchen hot pad.
"Searching for infant dresses in bold, brilliant, beautiful colors was like trying to milk a tumbleweed," says Etsy store owner Heidi. A love of textiles informs her line of clothes for little cutie-pies. Some items—such as the adorable and reversible "Miss Muffet" hat—are made from vintage sewing patterns.
"Gocco printing" is a screenprinting technique that was developed in Japan in the late 1970s. The press looks like a toy and involved flashbulbs. We're smitten. Paper Menagerie works Gocco magic on found stationary, creating greeting and conversation cards with handmade flare.
Make a statement with sterling silver wire jewelry—these message necklaces are cheeky but refined. There are also rings, earrings and pendants, all priced around 30 bucks.
Lighthearted mini-sculpture and jewelry that trade in animal motifs and steam-punk aesthetic. Most are handcrafted from porcelain or polymer clay and finished with thoughtful trinkets such as wooden beads and vintage watch movements.
Peignoirs, knickers and gowns, oh my! Vintage lingerie and "boudoir items" pour on the old Hollywood glamour.
Magnetic fabric flower brooches have an architectural look in a modern color palate. They're strong and feminine at the same time—sound like anyone you know?
R.Potter's "BloKs" are sorta like postmodern lotería cards. Each is hand-painted on a custom 3.5-by-5-inch wooden block and comes in a handmade envelope. A mind-bogglingly extensive line of subjects encourages collectors to build their own "story."
Whimsical crafted goods come in the form of a cat ears and tail costume set, crocheted bees, hand puppets, and prairie dolls. Hats and super-soft knitted wrist warmers are more practical but not less fun.
Sushi tastes better when it's served on a Zenlike fused glass tray. Or serve snacks at a friend's next art opening from a Mondrian-inspired platter. Sunflower's "woven glass" line of plates fuses subtlety with meticulous craftsmanship.
The Wooly Plover
Knitted animals (the little lambs and hedgehogs are adorable), felted ornamental balls, and children's hats and sweaters come in comforting, rich colors.
ybonesy by Roma Arellano
Paintings and linocuts by artists Roma Arellano (aka ybonesy) are transformed into colorful tile-pendant and T-shirt art with más Albuquerque sabor.