Author Archive for Gene Wagendorf III


Daniela Ferri

Handcrafted semi-precious and glass bead necklace and earring sets, earrings, bracelets, ID tag holders and eyeglass holders from the owner of Daniela’s Facial Studio.

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Mia Furlong

I love big bold colors–how they blend and interact. Painting is my playground, it’s my fun, and I hope you enjoy my work. I will be donating all the proceeds from any sales to non-profit organizations (I haven’t decided yet, but I expect to choose one charitable group and an electoral candidate). I hope to see you at the show.


Legendary 70s Chicago Folk Group Tops RAW Musical Lineup

Of Wondrous Legends (or O.W.L.) were a psychedelic folk group fronted by songwriter Stephen Titra in early 1970s Chicago. Their ambitious, self-titled album was  packed with lush, expansive songs inspired by baroque and romantic art. Recorded over six months in 1971, the record garnered interest from labels, including the Elektra and Playboy, but was ultimately deemed “too uncommercial” according to Chicago Reader music…


Cynthia McEwen Design

After a successful career as an Art Director and Graphic Designer, I found hot glass as a medium for creating art with my hands again rather than a computer. Using a tabletop torch, I heat the glass until it’s molten, then shape and decorate it all while it is hot and untouchable. The resulting glasses then annealed in a kiln for long-term durability. I incorporate the beads into wearables that offer a unique handmade style. I try and share a little bit of myself within every piece.


Barbara Dermody Jewelry

Using metalsmithing and wire-wrapping techniques, I create one of a kind pendants and earrings with sterling silver and semiprecious gemstone.


Ovington Glass Studio

I use my lampworked beads with bead crocheted ropes for neckpieces, earrings and bracelets. Ocassionally I work and include felted beads as well.
I have been doing glass in many forms ,stained glass, fused glass and now lampworked.


Little Fox Nerdy Knits

I’m Jackie, the owner and designer behind the brand. I enjoy playing and watching video games, watching cooking videos on Instagram, and watching my favorite TV shows multiple times. You can usually find me knitting or crocheting at home with a cup of coffee…or a cider at night! I learned to crochet first when I was about four or five. My grandmother thought it would be a good idea for me to learn one of her favorite crafts before it was too late for her to teach me. She provided me with my first set of crochet hooks, which I still use to this day. Fast forward to when I was in college and that’s when I taught myself how to knit. I decided to start Little Fox Nerdy Knits after hearing from people around the world on Reddit and Instagram saying that I should sell my creations. At first, it was a fun way to let my creativity out while working an office job. Now, this is my full-time job! I’m able to devote my time and energy into creating beautiful, nerdy products. Each piece is always hand made and stitched with love.


Melissa Sue Stanley

Melissa draws her inspiration from life and experience in the Midwest. Memories of cicadas, storms, and endless fields are captured in drawings and paintings – with a twist of magical realism and using all the tools in her studio. Following this theme, Melissa also creates small creatures out of wool and wire. These monsters and spirits are stitched together from summer evenings. Both bright and dark, they offer colorful delights as well as dark mysteries.



I’m a potter, mostly. I enjoy making functional art from our world’s most basic elements — earth, air, water, and fire.


Rocket Relics

I make 100% natural soy candles using repurposed vintage beer cans, beer bottles, wine bottles, and vintage glassware. I currently have twelve scents and two seasonal scents. I try and focus on local Chicago breweries.


Handmade By Michelle

I specialize in delicate handmade jewelry using metals, resin, stones, and other natural materials. Inspired by the concrete jungle and colorful people around me, I create pieces that are wearable in a variety of settings- from a work day to an evening out. Simple lines, minimalist settings, unique approaches, and splashes of color define my pieces.


SKG Leather

SKG Leather is a collection of “rough-luxe” bags, accessories, and home items. Craftsman Sarah Katharine Green uses ancient hand-lacing and branding techniques to craft premium Horween leather into edgy, sturdy pieces that will last for decades.


Neighborgood Arts

Neighborgood Arts creates fun and vibrant artwork featuring Chicago and its iconic symbols. I work with mixed media: layered paper, marker, and colored pencil. My content ranges from Neighborhoods to hotdogs; Chicago style of course.


Holla! By Hollasch

Making, writing, and sending cards has been such a fun part of my to-do list for several years now. Each card is hand painted (with love!)and takes anywhere from 1-4 hours to make using watercolor paint, paint markers, and embossing tools. Here you can find all sorts of cards that I hope you will enjoy sending to loved ones near and far!


Mathias Spider Schergen Garage Gallery

RAW VENUE #6 – Mathias roams the alleys, railroad prairies, industrial parks, and truck depots that permeate his neighborhood. From these places, he finds and collects indigenous materials that he uses to make art. Discarded household items, drift wood, branches, exotic bits of hardware, broken signs, and debris from cars found along curbs are incorporated and repurposed into assemblages, shadowboxes, and fabric collages that attempt to re-imagine the visual conventions of established art forms through subversive imitation.

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Richard Shipps

RAW VENUE #5 – Richard Shipps is a Chicago-based multi-discipline artist currently working primarily in cut paper abstractions. His expressions also are realized through drawings, sculpture, painting, and kinetic mobiles. His current studio is located on the first floor of the historic Deagan Building in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor.

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a. favorite design

RAW VENUE #27 – a. favorite design was created in 2005 by graphic designer turned letterpress artist, Amber Favorite. Amber specializes in creating letterpress greeting cards, stationery and prints. Each letterpress print is lovingly hand fed thru an antique press 2-4 times in her Chicago studio. The process is time consuming but Amber is committed to craftsmanship.


Pick Up Your RAW Guidebook at These Neighborhood Spots

Can’t wait for the weekend? Pick up a copy of the 2016 Ravenswood ArtWalk Guidebook before the festival by visiting one of the locations below. Guides are stored inside our colorful distribution boxes, all of which were painted and designed by local artists. Guides will also be available at various RAW venues throughout the weekend, as well as the entrances…


Lisa Zschunke

Lisa Zschunke is a Chicago artist based in West Rogers Park. She has an English degree from the University of Illinois and worked in publishing before alighting on visual pursuits. Zschunke followed a self-taught path in fashion design before pursuing art foundation classes at the Evanston Art Center. From artists Patrick Micelli, Riva Lehrer, Jeff Krantz, and Sheila Oettinger, she learned to draw and sculpt, and then went on to study painting with Janis Pozzi-Johnson and Ken Minami. Zschunke currently focuses on both portraiture and still life.
(Portrait commissions are welcomed)