This is the second post in our blog series introducing you to the talented folks behind the fabulous, locally made, hand crafted items that fill the Blue Buddha Artisan Market. Also, head on over to our B3 Chicago Retail Store Facebook page and Like it to be notified about new items in the Artisan Market, B3 classes, special events and more!
Cinnamon Cooper taught herself to sew on her Holly Hobby sewing machine and made the cutest outfits for her cats and dolls. But her tastes matured as she did, and about the same time, she had the urge to help save the world. Cinnamon began making and donating bags to raise money for non-profit organizations, which evolved into Poise.cc. She sources 95% of her materials from American manufacturers, which means everything is vegan, sweatshop-free, and eco-conscious. She’d rather you carry a heavy bag, than a heavy conscience.
Another artist we’re proud to have as a B3 team member–Darlene Ostrowski. A lifelong Chicagoan, she wandered into a chainmaille class years ago, looking for a creative outlet to help relieve stress. She wasn’t expecting to get completely addicted to linking lots of rings together one at a time! When she’s not weaving, can be found teaching chainmaille classes, filling orders, and quality-controlling rings here Blue Buddha. She also vends frequently at local festivals, anime events, and sci-fi/fantasy conventions with her handmade gothic and fantasy-inspired chainmaille jewelry.
In 2010, Lucy Clasen–a wife, mother to two grown children, and a retired bank president–took metal smith classes at Lill Street Art Center to enhance her burgeoning artistic education. Today she continues to study jewelry making while growing her art business, working with both metal and fibers. Several versions of her lovely “scarflettes” can be found in the B3 Artisan Market. Last but certainly not least, Lucy is a member of the Chicago Craft Mafia, and enjoys volunteering and traveling around the U.S., Europe, and her favorite, the British Virgin Islands.