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A Traveling Handmade Market Puts Down Roots

A Traveling Handmade Market Puts Down Roots
Since their first market nearly two years ago, the Urban Folk Circuit has been an ambitious endeavor. Setting out as Chicago’s only year-round, traveling handmade market, the circuit has been committed to spreading handmade goods to a wider variety of Chicagoans and providing opportunities for local artisans. In a recent press release they state proudly, “We believe that handmaking is powerful;... 

The Young Historians: Marcy Thomas

The Young Historians: Marcy Thomas
The Young Historians is a series exploring the lives of recent art history graduates with ties to the Chicago area. In this fourth installment, I spoke with Marcy Thomas, who was one of the earliest graduates to receive a degree from North Central College in art history, a major established in 2010. She is currently preparing to enter Northern Illinois University’s MFA program, focusing in fibers. ZJ:... 

Happy Birthday Inkling!

Happy Birthday Inkling!
Customers make a quick purchase during the festivities. June 3, 2011. (Photo Credit: Zachary Johnson) On June third, Inkling, a handmade gift shop in Lakeview, was full of life. The air inside was thick from the heat that comes with a large group of people engaged in lively conversation. In the back sat a generous display of cupcakes and beer and people were not shy about taking seconds. It was Inkling’s... 

Craft Up Chicago

Craft Up Chicago
Image Credit: Zachary Johnson. On Friday January 14th, eight people made it over to Inkling, an arts and crafts gift shop in Lakeview, for the first Craft Up Chicago of 2011. Organized by Columbia senior Casey Champion and yours truly, Craft Up Chicago aims to inspire everyday creativity and to create a greater sense of community within the Chicago craft world. From seven to nine pm, participants snacked... 

Lakeview East First Fridays

Lakeview East First Fridays
Brandy Agerbeck The city’s newest art walk is happening in a neighborhood most Chicagoans would assume has no art scene to speak of. Still, it seems enough people were aware of Lakeview East’s First Fridays to create healthy crowds in each of its four locations. Launched last month as a collaboration between Inkling, a local art and craft gift shop, and Loose Leaf, a nearby café, the walk also... 
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