Author Archive for Gene Wagendorf III



Gilasi engineered recycled glass stone is a maintenance free, stain resistant solid surface, offering superior performance and durability along with a natural beauty to enhance any interior decor.


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 line of hand-laced leather goods created by Chicago craftsman Sarah Katharine Green. Sarah crafts Horween leather using ancient hand-lacing techniques to create beautiful, sturdy accessories 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!


Halsey Onstage

RAW VENUE #6 – Halsey Onstage is a design studio specializing in professional costumes for Ballet, Theatre, Circus, Quick Change, T.V., Film and more. We build and ship worldwide. From the most breathtaking ballets to the opening number of Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart Tour we dress it all!


Alternative Schools Network

RAW VENUE #20 – Located inside one of Ravenswood’s quirkiest buildings, Alternative Schools Network is a not-for-profit organization that works to provide quality education to urban children, youth and adults. ASN and supports community-based and community-run programs and schools to develop and expand training and other educational services in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods. For Ravenswood ArtWalk, the organization will host a rooftop party featuring student artwork and a rare chance to explore the famous Airstream trailer that sits atop the building, ever visible from the nearby CTA Brown Line tracks.


John Roggari Studio

RAW VENUE #13 – Roggari’s work celebrates dark beauty, the mysterious and the unexplained. Drawing on a life-long obsession with fashion, art and culture, his latest work explores beauty in chaos and draws attention to the struggle between our private thoughts and public personas. He makes use of mixed mediums to juxtapose layers of imagery that flirt with life and death, and push us to question our own mortality.


Mathias Spider Schergen Garage Gallery

RAW VENUE #7 – Mathias roams 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 the things he calls 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.

Mathias’s work is a seamless hybrid that integrates the aesthetic and self-taught techniques of his childhood with his disciplined studio practice and self-aware identity, which he developed as a student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mathias attended SAIC in the 1970’s and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

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Richard Shipps

RAW VENUE #6 – 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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Ben’s Woodshop

RAW VENUE #TBD – Ben runs a small, one man woodshop building everything from home bars to dining tables to charcuterie boards. His focus is on providing quality, handmade, customized designs that illustrate his passion for woodworking.

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a. favorite design

RAW VENUE #26 – 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)


Marissa Neuman

Marissa Chris Zain Neuman is a Chicago based visual artists. Her work manifests in the form of ceramics, fiber, wood and sound. She spends her practice considering the ontology of objects and creating installations that provide space for contemplation and reflection. Marissa is a graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Loyola University where she received her BA in art history. Her work can be found at her upcoming solo shows at For the Thundercloud Generation and Roman Susan Gallery.