Meet the makers of our 41st Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

Meet the makers of our 41st Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
By mattc

Our Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is the holiday season’s can’t-miss shopping experience. The festival will showcase more than 100 local makers and creators selling handmade goods including jewelry, accessories, art, housewares, pottery, and much more. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to find gifts for everyone in your life while supporting local artists and our community. 

Curious about the makers you’ll meet during our Winter Festival? Here are some of the talented artisans you may see on Dec. 4 and 5! The full vendor list is also available online.

 

1.by.liz

Makes: Clocks made from recycled bicycle gears, textiles, and vintage topographic maps

What inspires you to make and create?

“So many things! My own children. The maker community. Playing with possibilities. Using my hands. Thinking of creative ways to reuse materials. Supporting the local economy and other small businesses.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“I love the energy! The hustle and bustle of people moving through each space, the sound of footsteps on the wooden staircase, and the way the scent of cedar and pine from wreath sales hits you as you enter the building.”

 

Betty Zou Art

Makes: Modern colorful art prints, cards, and hand-painted terra-cotta pots

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“I’ve been drawing since I was a child. I’m a self-taught artist and became more dedicated after having children. I started painting terra-cotta pots during the pandemic. Like many others I picked up a craft to keep my mind busy and my heart light. Ironically, I’m not very good at keeping houseplants alive. However, I find the plant pot to be a fun and accessible canvas, one that I can experiment on with abandon and whimsy.”

 

Blue Water Pottery

Makes: Vibrant and relaxed functional pottery

What inspires you to make and create?

“I started throwing pottery in high school, when, spring semester of my senior year, I had to take an art class to graduate. I went off to college, but found the lure of the pottery wheel kept calling me back. I’ve has been making pottery full time since 1997. I’ve designed and built several kilns since then, for firing with wood, gas and soda. I want to credit some key influential teachers for giving me the confidence to forge my own way in ceramics, namely Martin Tagstath, Kris Bliss and Tom Rohr.”

 

Careful It Bites

Makes: Plush fleece-y furry critters of all sorts

How did you get involved in making and creating? 

“I have always made little creatures – since I was a little kid! Started out with pinecones, puffballs, and hot glue but have since honed my sewing skills…and materials have definitely gone up in quality. 😉 ”

What inspires you to make and create?

“Animals. There are so so many strange and wonderful creatures in the world – and I have some at-home inspiration with my own weirdo felines, as well!”

 

Chj Ceramics

Makes: Handmade modern ceramics

What inspires you to make and create?

“I love the process of turning an idea that exists only in my head into an object someone can use and feel connected to. It’s special to make unique pieces for people, knowing there’s only one exactly like that because I made it with my hands. And the clay itself, literally a piece of earth, is inspiring, pretty infinite with possibilities.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“My first one! This is my neighborhood and I really love our part of town, so Phinney + PNA + handmade = splendid.”

 

Coxswain Press

Makes: Hand-carved linoleum block prints

What inspires you to make and create?

“I’m inspired by the lush botanical natural world of the PNW, pulling imagery from flora and fauna I see on my walks and adventures.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“Being able to connect with people at craft fairs and share with them my love of linoleum block printing is one of my favorite things. You can usually find me at markets with a half-finished block and my carving tools sharing with customers a first-hand experience of the process.

 

Crawsister Jewelry

Makes: Hand-sawed sterling silver earrings, rings, and charms

How did you get involved in making and creating? 

“In 1991 I started a class in metalsmithing at The Evergreen State College and this was the beginning of my love of metal shaping and creating. It is great fun to heat up silver and bend it into different shapes. At this time, I also found that I was really enjoyed sawing metal with the fine metal jeweler’s saws. I could create cloud shapes, add fine details and make a pattern in a larger shape, like a bowl or spoon. Then came jewelry creating and more designs to try like spirals, birds and trees. My love of the outdoors climbs into my jewelry designs. I get inspired by the little birds like tiny wrens or large ones like herons and I find out if I can hand saw them into earrings, charms or rings.”

 

Crystal Angels

Makes: Healing crystal jewelry

What inspires you to make and create?

“I appreciate the beauty of nature I’ve found living in Tokyo, Hawaii, and Seattle, and am inspired through that nature to use natural stones. The energy and vibration of crystals is very useful for healing, and so my wish and what inspires me to create healing jewelry is for as many people as possible to smile, through love and healing. That is why I only choose energetically cleansed crystals, and my jewelry is designed to style and empower.”

 

Dana Bettinger Studio

Makes: Paintings and notecards

What inspires you to make and create? 

“Unsurprisingly, I’m a visual person and I love to keep my eyes open for unexpected combinations of color and texture. I pay a lot of attention to what catches my attention (and to why). In my own practice, I typically paint from instinct and experimentation, sometimes building long series of paintings that are in conversation with each other. A new piece often responds to what I have just finished, and I also enjoy working on multiple pieces at once so that I can layer color and multiple media in a single piece.”

 

Dare to Dream Clay

Makes: Handmade polymer clay earrings

How did you get involved in making and creating? 

“I’ve been always into arts and crafts. At the beginning of this year, I was searching for something to take my mind off of work stress. I wanted something that would allow my creative mind do its magic and take me to another world. One day as I was searching for handmade statement earrings on Etsy (I am obsessed with earrings), I came across polymer clay earrings. I got curious and started doing some research on how these earrings are made. Before I knew it my apartment was filled with different polymer clay colors and tools and I was obsessed with making earrings myself. Several months later, I am excited to be showcasing my work and share my passion for art, crafts, and earrings with other artists and makers and the community.”

 

Donna Linn, Artist

Makes: House blessings and wall hangings

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“I started with the Jewish tradition of mazusahs. I found the idea of a blessing of our homes, our loved ones and our surroundings an inspired idea. I felt that this concept could be enjoyed more universally.”

What inspires you to make and create?

“I loved making beautiful things and using a myriad of supplies. I especially enjoy creating one of a kind objects that are imbued with spirit, magic and wonder.”

 

Dragonfly Creations

Makes: Mixed media art – decorative boxes, ornaments, and party animals

What inspires you to make and create? 

“I specialize in decorative arts. The products that I create and sell include ornaments as well as mosaic and embellished boxes. The imagery and subject matter depicted come from nature and I typically use bright colors and incorporate multiple textures and recycled materials. I sometimes include inspiring, empowering quotes in my work. As I have gotten busier over the years, my mom has started helping me make my star ornaments! As I have grown and developed as an artist, I am hearing more and more often that people are moved by the things that I create. The fact that my creations are affordable allows my customers to purchase items that uplift their spirits. This makes me really happy!!!”

 

Fat Dragonfly Collection

Makes: Home goods and wall art using mixed medium art

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“I have been a creator/maker my entire life. I attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing (FIDM) out of high school, but soon learned that fashion was not my medium. In my 20’s I began building and painting home good items. I later incorporated illustration as a medium. I started my company, Fat Dragonfly Collection, when my children were small, so that I could be a stay at home parent. My children are now grown, and I enjoy selling my art at many art shows and markets in the Pacific Northwest.”

 

GlōGoods

Makes: Handmade lamps and nightlights

What inspires you to make and create?

“My ideas come from just about anywhere; from images in nature to images in media. I see certain patterns or color combinations that I’ll turn into a lamp.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“Since I mainly sell on Etsy, I love seeing people’s reactions to my lamps in person. I’m happy when they buy them, but it’s still really gratifying just to have someone tell me that they think they are beautiful.”

 

HRH Press

Makes: Original letterpress cards and art

What inspires you to make and create?

“What do I love about letterpress printing? I am allowed to have fun with images, to be a little quirky or whimsical, and to design and create things that make me happy. But, I also have to solve problems, do some math, visualize things backwards, upside down, or stacked on top of each other. It is so manual—hands-on carving and setting type, mixing just the right color of ink, cutting paper with a 750 lb. Peerless Gem, rhythmically pressing the treadle on the Chandler & Price. And, it is okay to get inky and make a mess in the process!”

 

J-Pod Prints

Makes: Hand-printed block prints

 How did you get involved in making and creating? 

“Years ago I took a printmaking course at a local community college. I was hooked right away with the process and technique. I find carving the blocks meditative, and I love pulling the first print of a new carving!”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“This my first time participating in the PNA Winter Festival. I’m excited to take part, and excited to see the art of the other participants.”

 

Jenna Creates

Makes: Modern watercolors

How did you get involved in making and creating? 

“I have always been drawn to creativity and challenged myself to paint or draw every day for the last 7 years!”

What inspires you to make and create?

“I am highly inspired by tattoo culture, music and the immense unpredictability of the way watercolor flows across the page.”

 

Jennifer Elizabeth Studios

Makes: Pacific Northwest-themed paintings

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“I grew up drawing alongside my talented aunt, but over the last several years I wanted to focus more on creating tangible things with my hands since I spend so much time in the digital world for my day job. Painting with watercolors has become a great medium for me to dive into since it pairs well with my busy schedule and I can escape for a few minutes or a few hours and have minimal cleanup and prep work. I started selling my work only a few years ago after some encouragement from local businesses and my cheerleader husband.”

 

MCreativeJ

Makes: Whimsical and modern embroidery kits

Melissa Galbraith of M Creative J was born and raised in the desert of Washington state, where her mother instilled a love of making things by hand at an early age. She loves sharing how anyone can embroider with her embroidery kits, patterns, and virtual workshops, and seeing makers fall in love with the needle arts. Her favorite part about participating in the Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is the community and fellow makers!

 

Michelle Aitken Ceramics

Makes: Contemporary hand-constructed ceramics inspired by the costal landscape of the PNW

How did you get involved with making and creating? 

“From a very young age I loved to create things. I took my first pottery class in 4th grade at a local community center and from then on I was hooked. I studied art at college and found that sculpture and ceramics suited me best. After college, ceramics took me into the world of manufacturing, and on to the UK where I worked with many international ceramic artist while further developing my own ceramic practice. My ceramic work has come full circle, back living in the Seattle area, in the home I grew up in and where my studio is now. I am continually inspired by the coastal landscape, from the shapes, forms, colours and textures that are both naturally created and the man-made things that are left behind.”

 

Misha Zadeh Illustration & Design

Makes: Housewares, paper goods, and textiles with my artwork on them

What inspires you to make and create? 

“I really think surrounding ourselves with visual beauty can improve our mood and outlook. I find so much pleasure in creating things that people use in their daily lives and that can bring a sense of happiness and joy. Everything I make has a teeny bit of my soul in it.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“It’s a great community of kind and generous attendees. People are genuinely so excited to explore and shop with local artists. Many of our PNA customers continue to follow and support us after the festival and look for us at future events. We love the conversations we have and the people we meet over the two day event. It’s our absolute favorite holiday market!”

 

Mudmum Handmade Ceramic

Makes: Handmade ceramic table wares, cake stands, coffee cup sets, soap dispensers, and oil bottles

How did you get involved in making and creating? 

“I started working with clay since sophomore year in BFA in Taiwan. Graduated from University of Sevilla specialized in sculpture. I would like to bring the piece of art into daily life, pottery is best media that I can reach my goal.”

What inspires you to make and create? 

“I am always seeking new ideas between two cultures, relation to the nature, light, looking for reflection on its own definition to modern world through the ancient materials.”

 

Old Pandoras Box Creations

Makes: Dichroic glass jewelry, holiday ornaments, and jewelry/trinket dishes

What inspires you to make and create?

“I have always had an eye for glittery and shiny (ok, expensive diamond like) things. I learned how to make my shiny-loving heart happy by crafting my own jewelry and costumes, turning thrift into treasure. My current choice of medium, fusing dichroic glass, has certainly satisfied the glitter bug in me.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“After 2 years without my makers community, I am excited to be surrounded and inspired by my fellow artist. Having the opportunity to share my art with them and the Phinney Community, feeds my soul.”

 

OOliva

Makes: Soap and skincare

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“In 2008 I started the (ongoing) process of removing harsh chemicals from our home and food. It didn‚Äôt take long to realize the only way to truly accomplish this was to make everything by hand. The pantry provided ingredients that would become OOliva. Olive oil, our namesake, coconut oil, beeswax and cocoa butter. Friends and family enjoyed the fruits of this endeavor for eight years and urged me to bring these products to the market. Then something unexpected pushed me to take that leap. After moving into a home infested with toxic mold I became ill. So much so that I stepped down from my university teaching career of 15 years. I spent 5 years undiagnosed and much of that time on bed rest. An exhausted body and an active mind inspired OOliva, a small batch skincare company that makes luxurious products by hand with ethically sourced, truly clean ingredients.”

 

Origabi

Makes: Origami wall hangings, mobiles, 3d canvas art, and jewelry

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“My babysitter taught me to fold in kindergarten and I have stuck with it ever sense.”

What inspires you to make and create?

“Sharing art with the people I love and my community.”

 

Queen Fayzel

Makes: Handmade, textured greeting cards, gift tags, and bottle tags

How did you get involved in making and creating? 

“In a previous life, I had a career in public health and learned about the determinants of health – one of which is social and community context. Social and community context has to do with relationships between people, and how connected – or not – people feel to each other and to their communities. I know I want to feel connected to people, and I know I feel better when I am connected to people. But, it can be hard to know how to build those connections, or how to share with people what I’m feeling. I eventually figured out that making and sending cards to people is a way for me to share how I feel and give someone a tangible representation of those feelings.”

 

Rain Shadow Jewelry

Makes: Handcrafted jewelry inspired by the mountains

What inspires you to make and create?

“I am endlessly inspired by nature—the shapes, forms, textures, and colors all speak to me on a deep level and I strive to reflect this inspiration in each piece of jewelry I create.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“This is my first year joining the PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair and I am looking forward to connecting with this community. There’s a special connection made when shoppers and makers get to meet each other and see the people behind the product!”

 

rue Santé Mindfulness-Based Self-Care™

Makes: Self-care for mind and body

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“My journey to health gave birth to rue Santé. I was suffering from a health condition, and was trying to avoid harmful ingredients in my self-care. I wasn’t satisfied with what was available commercially so I started to make my own natural, organic, vegan and sustainable products. After sampling to friends and family, a business was born.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“I love the PNA Winter Festival because of the connection to the community. The entire neighborhood comes out for this event. It feels intimate, cozy, and inviting instead of commercial and transactional.”

 

Rusted Element Design

Makes: Handmade home goods made of wood and resin

What inspires you to make and create?

“The number one thing that inspires me to create is that I love delighting people and making things they truly enjoy. There is nothing better than making someone happy and especially with one of my handmade products. Seeing that smile is priceless.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“Oh my gosh! The people! We have done several other shows and this one, by far, has the friendliest clientele to work with. Everyone is so kind, patient, and friendly. The PNW staff and other vendors are also worth mentioning, all are so friendly and easy to work with. We always feel welcome.”

 

Ruth-Anne Ford Cakes + Confections

Makes: Giftable sweets

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“I have always been a creative person. I started baking and learning from my Great Aunt when I was a child. I went to pastry school after college and I have been baking ever since!”

What inspires you to make and create?

“Creating and coming up with new ideas makes me feel alive!”

 

Sea Diamondz

Makes: Necklaces using vintage beads and objects found on beach walks

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“After leaving a career in film & TV in Los Angeles, then moving to San Diego to be with my Mom, I found my self in need of a creative outlet – even when I worked I was making bracelets I called Lovelets. After my Mom passed and moved to Seattle on one of my morning beach walks it all came together and started making sea glass and stone necklaces from pieces I collected at Golden Gardens as well as on the drive up from CA stopping in Fort Bragg.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“This is my first one – I’m excited to be a part this year and be safely among fellow sellers and buyers – and great to see in-person reactions to my inspired necklaces.”

 

Sunlan Designs

Makes: Handmade jewelry

What inspires you to make and create?

“I am influenced by my history and surroundings. My Raindrop hoops are my love for Seattle and my fortune cookie charm speaks to my culture. I know the cookies are not really Chinese but growing up working in a Chinese restaurant is part of my DNA.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“I love the community here and what this center means to my Phinney neighbors.”

 

Technicolor Dino

Makes: Handmade ceramics and textiles

What inspires you to make and create?

“My work plays a balance between simple forms and colorful glazes which makes it hard to describe what exactly inspires me. Inspiration can come from anywhere, it’s scrolling through Instagram, hiking in nature, or wandering the city.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“This is my first market at the PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair! As a newcomer to Seattle and this market, I am super excited to see the community that shows up and look forward to chatting with everyone.”

 

uzura

Makes: Eco-friendly screen-printed apparel

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“I’d been making things mostly just for myself, and one day I was shopping at a local store with one of my own handbags. Up until then, I hadn’t really thought of making them to sell, but the clerk asked me if I might want to start selling them there.”

What is your favorite part about participating in the #pnawinterfestival?

“I like meeting the customers, vendors and staff there. I always get a warm, homey feeling from the show.”

 

Wandering Soul Knits

Makes: Handmade luxe knitwear for your head and a variety of seasonal knit decor

What inspires you to make and create?

“I am inspired by my love for the outdoors, specifically the PNW. I am a born and bred east coast girl who loves the slower, more wandering pace of life that the west coast brings. The fiber I use is unique, hand dyed in small batches, making each knit slightly different. The feel of 100% Merino and Peruvian wool makes it easy to lose myself and truly be immersed in my element. Ultimately, my three girls are the greatest inspiration. I strive to use other small and handmade businesses for the materials I need to source and support woman owned. I want to empower my daughters to pursue their dreams and hold their convictions. Meeting, inspiring, being inspired by, and relating to others along with the way is an added bonus.”

 

Wood Goods PNW

Makes: Wood art pieces inspired by the Pacific Northwest

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“We are friends who met in graduate school for community mental health counseling and school counseling. In addition to our love of providing support to people within our community, we also have a passion for art. What started out as a hobby and creative outlet for both of us has become a business we are so proud to share with all of you!”

What inspires you to make and create?

“We are inspired by the Pacific Northwest, Mid Century Modern Art and Geometric Design. We love to combine our passions for woodworking, hand-sewing and painting as we create unique one of a kind pieces.”

 

Zorrito Classic Wooden Toys

Makes: Classic handmade wooden toys built for all ages

How did you get involved in making and creating?

“For my dad [William] it was a self-teaching process of playing with wood. He is a graphic designer and this came natural. I enjoy supporting and helping him in the process in whatever way I can.”

What inspires you to make and create?

“Seeing the interests of my little one is a great way of gaining inspiration.”

 

Thank you to all of the makers for joining our Winter Festival & Crafts Fair community! 

 

Winter Festival & Crafts Fair artwork by Sandy Nelson Design