Author Archive for Gene Wagendorf III

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Technicolor Coffee Studios

Technicolor Coffee Studios is an all purpose art studio, producing everything from jewelry to sculpture to customized stickers and logos. As the name indicates, our work is heavily inspired by the bright colors and bold styles of traditional animation (as well as the magical beverage that keeps us functioning).

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Jungyul Yu

I am currently painting with oil and mixed media such as hair, leaves, flower petals, tree barks, and textured paper. Photography is often a key medium in my work in that it is incorporated with oil and provides another level of visual harmony.

In recent years, I have created quiet compositions on 6-, 12-, and 24-square-inch surfaces, evoking landscapes and landscape-like images in different seasons and times of day. In my work I try to convey memories of travelling and feelings such as happiness, uneasiness, and the status of my mind while painting or during dreams and daydreams.

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h.bune designs

Graphic Design & Screenprinted Lovelies: A graphic designer and self-taught screen printer, I offer a number of paper goods as well as canvas tote bags designed to brighten up everything from your home to your mailbox to your grocery trip.

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Studio Renzi

My love of travel enabled me to photograph the ethereal and passionate movements of tango dancers in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the romance and nostalgic moods on the streets of Venezuela and finally, the ancient and magical sceneries of Italian cities like Amalfi, Cinque Terre, Venice, Cremona, Naples and Treviso to name a few. Some photos were shot on the streets of Chicago, which I now call home. They reveal my fondness for architecture and urban landscapes and the delight I take in playing with composition, balance and perspective.

Over the years, however, my pens and brushes got pushed aside by the time demands of my graphic design career. Until, around 2010, when I reconnected with them while searching for something to help me cope with life stresses. The creative process and the media were, for me, a balm for the soul, much like meditation. When I draw and paint, I am relaxed—and free. Free of rules and deadlines, free of what others might think, free of problems and stress. I think of nothing but capturing what I am seeing in front of me. When my work is completed, I feel accomplished, proud, positive and more knowledgeable about the object or person I have drawn or painted.

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Terry Hogan Ceramics

I create organic ceramic forms that are completely covered with surface decoration. I am inspired by rocks, coral, and nature in general. I enjoy learning and exploring art in the Ravenswood area, both at the Lillstreet Art Center and the Chicago Mosaic School.

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Tomorrowmorrow Design

As a recycler and tinkerer from a very young age, I’ve always been excited by the idea of creating wearable art out of refuse. Tomorrowmorrow has been a slow amalgamation of my interests over the course of many years.

I love sci-fi and the apocalypse and the decoration of oneself from the garbage of yestermorrow. I love pinup and retro styles and mixing magic and space with it. I love shrinky dinks and bright colors and glitter. My craft mixes the old with the new and man-made with nature.

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Que Sera Sarah

Que Sera Sarah specializes in one of a kind handmade and artisan jewelry and accessories. Each piece is designed and handmade by me using a combination of new, repurposed and vintage materials.

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Lindsay Budzynski

Lindsay makes pen & ink illustrations, relief prints, and articulated paper dolls containing hidden narratives.

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Erin Okeson Architectural Illustration

I find beauty in buildings. As an artist who creates imagery to accurately portray the details of an architectural project, through my art work, I hope to promote the merits and splendor of iconic structures using refined linear techniques.

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Mysterious Mannequin

Unique modern style obi sashes and belts. Handmade with eye catching fabric pairings. Each one is constructed with a combination of vintage , brocade and high end fabrics . Obis are very versatile and can be worn for special occasions or simply to add interest to an outfit. Ravenswood is a well established creative hub and the perfect location for an artfest

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Elaina Marie Chastain

My photography work has always been wide-ranging, but my main focuses recently have been geared toward capturing two different kinds of photos: soft, haunting images that capture figures in motion, and images focusing on malleable objects that create larger-than-life entities (such as a pile of suitcases in a hotel lobby or sandstone canyons shaped by years of human-nature interaction). All work is shot with a Nikon D5300.

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Cranky Pickle

“Cranky Pickle Art” consists of colorful, fun and unique original illustrations inside bottle caps repurposed into jewelry, magnets and pinback buttons. Also Home décor items feature acrylic and mixed media paintings made from re-purposed discarded media devices, VHS tapes, floppy disks, cassettes, vinyl records, and mini canvases.

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Ronda Ruby Ceramics

Each lamp is the meticulous culmination of hand-thrown ceramics and contemporary glazes; complemented by a handcrafted lampshade. The end result is a one-of-a-kind lamp to adorn and light your home. All throwing, glazing, assembling and shade construction is completed by the Chicago based artisan, Ronda Ruby Payne.

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StephensDesign

I love the city and find inspiration in items that I find during walks with my dog. I have been working in metals for over 20 years and have decided to share my designs. I work in silver, copper, and bronze and create my own molded and colored plastics. The street inspiration includes all kinds of interesting artifacts which makes my work unique.

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rovePrints

rovePrints was born out of a love for maps, a passion for exploring cities, and the desire to work with my hands (a nod to 6 years of building models in architecture schools). Putting pen to paper and illustrating some of my favorite places in the form of a map has become a tangible way to capture my wanderlust.

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Karen Frueh

My collage glass tile jewelry and greeting cards represent the collage that is my brain.

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Archetype Leather

Long lasting leather goods made one at a time for people who care about quality. Each item is designed and produced by hand in my small Chicago shop using a mix of traditional and modern methods like hand stitching and dyeing to airbrushing . As a local artisan I support my fellow small and US based businesses by using only the finest local and domestically sourced materials possible.