1871 Project

1871 Project

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1871 Project

1871 Project started with a creative passion and love for Birmingham. Alex Joganic is a Birmingham graphic designer and uses '1871' as his creative outlet.

He and his wife screen print everything they sell. Creative thought and effort is put into each and every detail resulting in high quality, hand-made shirts and hats and other keepsake items.

With love for the Magic City and its rich history, 1871 Project strives to be a symbol of inspiration to others. Their roots lie in the simplicity of artisan craftsmanship and the incredible city that is Birmingham!

Batik by Laura

Batik by Laura

Batik by Laura

Birmingham's Laura Stacy creates vibrant batik designs on natural fiber fabrics. She then transforms the two dimensional fabric designs into wearable art. From messenger bags, evening clutches and daily wear purses to diaper bags - no two are ever exactly alike.

Laura tells us that the inspiration for her batik designs was born during the 1970's. A creative friend taught her the magical- but time consuming art- of batik and she's loved it ever since.

A member of Alabama Designer/Craftsmen, Laura continues to hone her skill, producing beautiful, nature inspired batik art.

Beads by Me for You

Beads by Me for You

Beads by Me for You

Birmingham area artist Lee Anne Jones creates wearable and decorative art using polymer clay. Polymer clay is synthetic clay that comes in a variety of colors.

She builds canes using various techniques. The canes are then sliced and used to make earrings, necklaces, bangles and small ring dishes. She also uses the canes to cover an assortment of odd shape glass vessels and small metal cans.

Lee Anne and husband Randy make items for everyday use, creating colorful and interesting patterns.

Bendy's Cookies and Cream

Bendy's Cookies and Cream

Bendy's Cookies and Cream

Bendy's Cookies and Cream is a Birmingham-based food truck serving scratch-made cookies and ice cream. Their specialty is made to order ice cream sandwiches in which you pick any two cookies, your favorite flavor of ice cream, and optional toppings to make it your own.

Ben and Wendy Treadwell, or "Bendy" as their friends call them, began their business in April 2016 after many years of dreaming and planning. They have been blessed by the response of the Birmingham community and are excited to be part of the Makers Village and Pepper Place!

Birmingham Henna

Birmingham Henna

Birmingham Henna

Birmingham Henna provides traditional and modern henna tattoos as well as craft henna supplies to Alabama and across the U.S.

Adrianne Morrison Hogan, owner of Birmingham Henna, is Alabama's own Internationally Certified Natural Henna artist. Adrianne is passionate about henna as a craft, and she is always exploring the limits of what henna can do.

Birmingham Henna's craft henna paste includes innovative yet recognizably Southern ingredients such as beetroot and red clay.

You can catch Adrianne Morrison Hogan and Birmingham Henna doing henna body art, teaching about henna, and selling natural henna in easy-to-use kits at markets around Alabama.

Biscuit Leather Company

Biscuit Leather Company

Biscuit Leather Company

What began as a hobby turned into a full-time business. Like so many other artisans, Becky Luigart Stayner first made items for close friends. but like so many other creative artists, her styles had other noticing. Soon strangers started asking Becky to make handbags for them and Biscuit Leather Company was born.

Becky's workshop is still located in Homewood, Alabama, and she creates custom clutches, totes, journals, belts, keyfobs and overnight bags. She says the bags she makes are for life!

All leather is sourced in the United States from the oldest tannery in America. Each and every bag is handmade, each and every step. Becky likes to say the leather she uses is soft and buttery like a fresh, hot biscuit.

Bison Art Studio

Bison Art Studio

Bison Art Studio

Professor, cowboy camp cook, actor, artisan and owner of Bison Art Studio. David Byland leads a western life right in the heart of the south.

Just like everything else he does, David works hard to perfect his art and continues to develop his craft as a master leather smith.

He makes custom leather notebooks, portfolios, accessories, hand-sewn leather bound books and western and cowboy goods. He has worked in various media over the years, like wood, photography and digital art. But he says when he discovered leatherwork, he knew he'd found the medium that united all of his passions.

David is a member of the Alabama Designer Craftsmen and is a true Alabama maker.

Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center

Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center

BLACK BELT TREASURES CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC) is the centerpiece of an arts economy revitalization involving artist development and arts education located in the heart of Alabama's Black Belt. A region rich in cultural heritage, bountiful in natural resources and gifted with a diverse group of artists. It is also one of the most impoverished areas in America.

 

MEET THE ARTISTS

Allen Ham is a sixth generation potter and the youngest member of the Ham-Millers family of potters. The Miller family pottery history has been documented on film, in books, magazines, and newspapers. Often using ash glaze clay from Perry County, Allen makes each piece by hand. His family has been sourcing clay locally for six generations, using the same old fashioned method of producing wheel thrown stoneware pottery... read more


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Betty Bain has always been enthralled with basket weaving. Using woods such as ash, cane, reed and white oak, Betty creates baskets that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are useful. She gives each basket a name in order to personalize and describe the use of the object. Betty uses dyes and uses acrylic paints to enhance her designs and stains or waxes the finished products... read more


Deborah Carter learned basic quilting techniques from her mother. After Deborah's husband retired from the military and they moved south, she took up her needle and began creating her own works of art using the same method as her ancestors. She recalls picking cotton and removing the seeds so that her mother could use the soft white blossoms as batting in such quilts as the "britches quilt", which was pieces from old denim trousers. Deborah uses scrap fabrics that she cuts in strips and squares depending on the design she sees in her mind... read more


Jessie LaVon's folk art paintings reflect the disappearing scenes of the South from her childhood. In her art, she captures her family's way of life from the early 1900s through the 1970s. LaVon began painting as an adult after spending a month in a coma. When she awoke, she had memories from age 11 to her early teens. She began painting as therapy. In her paintings, LaVon recalled the stories of her childhood, such as the process of making moonshine, when Pa traded the cow, and when kin and neighbors killed a snake... read more


Kathy Nelson fell in love with the delicate craft of pine needle basketry after attending a class in 2012. She harvests her own long leaf pine needles, brown and green, and makes them in to functional and beautiful baskets. She doesn't usually start with a pattern or plan, but allows each basket to develop on its own as she is coiling. Most recently, she has begun dying her pine needles, which is expanding her color pallete even more... read more


Like so many young women growing up in Gees Bend, Alabama, Mary Pettway's inspiration and knowledge of quilting came from her mother, Lucy Pettway. She says that making quilts, clothes, aprons, and bags was a necessity as well as a way of life because you were "using what you have to make what you need". She has spent the past 39 years using this motto as her guide. Quilts begin with a design and colors are chosen from materials that are available or sometimes purchased. Then, pieces are cut and the sewing begins! Mary uses cotton as well as other natural and synthetic materials. Mary's rewards for her work come when she sees "the joy in people's faces when they see what can be created from scraps and pieces of material - all it takes is a little time."


The art created at Anvil Forge is a collaborative, twenty-year effort from the husband and wife team of Mary Virginia and Dannie Pettway. They use many different materials in their work, such as wrought iron, wood, fabric, and more.
Mary Virginia Pettway recalls, "As a team, we started by creating different items for our home. Years back we purchased an antique iron bed and couldn't find two connective rails to fit, so I came up with the idea to split the foot end of the bed and had Dannie weld the two pieces to the headboard to make a settee... and we haven't stopped creating since."... read more


"Green Chair Clay" is the studio name of ceramic artist, Randy Shoults, who currently lives in Montgomery, Alabama. Shoults works primarily in clay, but sometimes is inspired to work in a combination of media. The theme of his work is about function, good design, and a unique use of color and texture. All of his work is made from very durable stoneware clay - and all glazes are developed and made by Shoults, and then fired to cone 6 (high fire). This leads to strong work that is dishwasher safe and microwave safe. While most of his work is part of a limited series, no two items are exactly alike!... read more


Welding is a trade that Trey Culpepper learned from his father, and all of his art is made from old parts found on his family's farm. With much of his inspiration from from his wife and mother, Trey creates dragonflies, cats, birds, dogs, necklace holders, stocking holders, coffee tables, and horse shoe gun racks. Most recently, he has begun making vintage farm tractors. He dedicates the limited edition tractors to his grandfathers and father, all of whom were farmers and who cultivated his love of agriculture. Trey says that the most rewarding part of his work is seeing people enjoy something that he has made - something crafted from machine parts and old things he sees every day... read more

Bluefire Stoneware

Bluefire Stoneware

Bluefire Stoneware

Wendy Conover, owner of Bluefire Stoneware, is a stoneware artist from Sterrett, Alabama. This Shelby County potter specialized in creating beautiful stoneware using the Japanese style. This method calls on Wendy to use local clays and made from scratch glazes.

Her pieces are baked in very high heat - 2,350 degrees F with a low oxygen atmosphere in a gas fueled kiln. After 48 hours of firing and cooling, the results are breathtakingly beautiful.

Wendy's method produces deep, rich colors that can vary from browns and greys to blues of every hue. The colors vary depending on where they are placed in the kiln and what kind of glaze is used. The happy result of all this amazing sculpted, wheel thrown stoneware is that it is as beautiful as it is useful!

Bohanan Art

Bohanan Art

BOHANAN ART

Having never attended a formal art school, Brian Bohanan calls himself a "life-taught artist". The basis of his art is true to his life's journey, influences, and lessons. Bohanan is driven by reverence of nature and his mother's spiritual teachings. Since childhood, he has been drawn to painting and building collages with natural themes, and the Tree of Life is a cornerstone of his paintings.

Bohanan used a wide range of painting techniques from the conventional oil on canvas or acrylic on board, to the more unorthodox method of mixed media collage using found objects like tin, tiles, wood, and shingles. Reusing materials in many ways complements his style of art whether it's through a handmade frame, or using re-purposed materials as the canvas.

Brian currently lives in Shelby County, Alabama with his wife Meghan and their three children.

Botaniko Skin

Botaniko Skin

Botaniko Skin

After over 30 years of experience in the aesthetic, cosmetic, and medi-spa industries, Deborah Stone founded Stone Hollow Farmstead.

The farmstead began as a small European Horse Breeding facility. When not busy with the horses, Deborah was developing her skills in product formulating, creating a line of skin and body care products while growing her own organic botanicals to include in her formulas. By growing, harvesting, and processing her own natural ingredients, she would be assured of the quality of products being produced.

Botaniko Skin was born from this desire to produce pure, natural skincare products. Deborah takes her herbal and floral extracts and further enhances them with the inclusion of cosmeceuticals such as Retinol, Alpha Hydroxy, DMAE, Vitamins A, C, and E and other powerful antioxidants.

Botaniko Skin is the perfect balance of botanicals and cosmeceuticals. Botaniko Skin is luxurious, effective, and beautifully aromatic.

Bourbon Pens

Bourbon Pens

Bourbon Pens

Joel Lockridge, owner of Bourbon Pens, says he is addicted to woodworking. His love of crafting has led him to create his own line of wood-inspired pens.

Joel says all wood tells a story - where it has been, what it was made from, what it was before it was a pen. He loves what he calls "story woods" and each pen he makes has its own unique story to tell.

He says that when you hold one of his pens, you are holding history in your hand. From barrel woods used in whiskey making to olive wood grown in Israel to ancient bog oak (older than the Pyramids), Joel offers unusual wooden pens handmade just for you.

His finished pens have been called "stunning" and "amazing". Colors and styles vary from dark browns to deep blacks. Joel crafts modern roller pens as well as old fashioned fountain pens. He incorporates unusual styling as well, from skull topped pens to bolt action bullet pens.

Celeste Amparo Pfau Artworks

Celeste Amparo Pfau Artworks

Celeste Amparo Pfau Artworks

Celeste Amparo Pfau is an interdisciplinary artist who makes fine art as well as interactive public art installations. Her work is often inspired by the diverse natural and human cultural worked found in Birmingham.

Through printmaking and various textile techniques she creates one of a kind pieces that can be hung on the wall or worn on your person.

Celeste gathers all the plant materials she uses for the print making process during trips around the state of Alabama. She also uses fabrics and paper from many different places nationally and internationally. She is always on the lookout for locally, handmade paper she can use in her art.

Celeste values creative collaborations and enjoys creating work with other makers. Celeste enjoys showing these collaborations alongside her personal work.

City Arts Bham

City Arts Bham

City Arts Bham

Brooke Fleming, owner of City Arts Bham, pulls from her hometown community for inspiration and ideas. Living in the Crestwood area with her husband and son, Brooke spends her creativity on handmade sewn arts.

She is passionate about preserving the craft of handmade art and encouraging other artists and creative professionals in attaining business skills to effectively promote themselves and their artwork.

In 2013, Brooke co-founded Birmingham Creative Roundtable, a group of creative professionals and entrepreneurs that meets monthly to share best practices to promote business success.

Creative Montessori School

Creative Montessori School

CREATIVE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Creative Montessori School (CMS) is dedicated to providing the most authentic Montessori environment for our students. Because we value each child's unique potential, we can nurture our students' inherent ability to meet challenges with divergent thinking skills, self-confidence, adaptability, and resilience. Children at CMS learn all the same things that children in a traditional school will learn - plus practical knowledge such as conflict resolution, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship. It is how they learn and how they feel about learning this quite different and truly valuable.

Crestline Bagel Company

Crestline Bagel Company

Crestline Bagel Company

Don't try to tell Jennifer Yarbrough that persistence is futile. After working at Crestline Bagel just out of college, she realized the potential of a bagel shop in a charming Village like Crestline was something worth being persistent about. So once a year, for five years, Jennifer called the then-owner, asking if he would sell. In the end, he relented and she and her husband Ralph have been running this Bagel gem ever since!

DaySprings Pottery

DaySprings Pottery

DaySprings Pottery

Opelika, Alabama's DaySprings Pottery Dianne Benefield creates hand built pottery using real leaves. She presses the leaves deeply into her clay and the results are lovely. Although she was a wheel potter for many years, hand building with clay allows her more freedom of expression.

Dianne enjoys using odd or unusual leaves as well as those that grow in her garden and flower beds. Each leaf is a one of a kind creation. They are all high fired using food safe glazes. Dianne wants people to enjoy using the leaves so they are also microwave and dishwasher safe.

Dianne says the French theatre instructor, Delsarte (1811-1871) said it best, "The object of art is to crystallize emotions into thoughts and fix them in form."

DIGS Design

DIGS Design

DIGS Design

In 2011, Homewood residents Zade Denny and Becky Denny founded DIGS Design as a product design studio. Although they continued to design for private label brands, they were both interested in exploring different media for handcrafted products.

Zade discovered her love for woodworking, designing furniture, turquoise inlaid wall and home decor, as well as jewelry. Together, she and Becky developed, and continue to evolve, a line of kitchen towels, with designs ranging from local lakes to sassy urban sayings and humorous themes.

Earth Creations

Earth Creations

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earth creations evolved from an ordinary bike ride. One day after a storm, Joy took her mountain bike out for some off-roading and ended up covered with Alabama red dirt. Despite many tumbles through the washing machine, the shirt, socks, and shoes remained stubbornly stained by that mud!

When Joy and Martin met years later, Martin was intrigued by the strength of that red clay. Where most people saw ruined clothes, Martin saw potential. Armed with his background in chemistry, concern for the environment, and a natural curiosity, Martin began experimenting with the clay as a dye for T-shirts. That was 20 years ago.

Our garments are still colored with natural clay dyes using the process Martin originally developed and made just outside Birmingham, Alabama. From the first "Alabama Dirt Shirt" tinted with that infamous red clay, earth creations has grown into a full line of organic T-shirts dyed in a rainbow of colors for men, women, and children. We also have a complete casual wear line for women made from sustainable fibers.

EarthShip Tye Dye and Fiber Arts

EarthShip Tye Dye and Fiber Arts

EARTHSHIP TYE DYE AND FIBER ARTS

Victoria Tuggey found tie-dying in the 1980s while living in the Florida Keys. She started working with cold water dyes on tees, rayon and silk. She thought she had several good techniques and ideas but didn't stick with the craft. After an injury sidelined her years later, Victoria rediscovered tie-dying. Vibrant, happy colors and designs that connect with nature are her signature looks. Victoria's works are beautiful to look at and fun to wear!

Eiley Grae Fabric Co.

Eiley Grae Fabric Co.

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EILEY GRAE FABRIC CO.

Eiley Grae Fabric Co. was started by Lindsie Mosley, her mom, Julie Woods, and grandmother, Penny Hallmark. They specialize in custom quilts and clothing for little boys and girls. All fabrics are handpicked by Lindsie and everything is sewn in-home. The three generations loved to sew for Lindsie's kids by wanted to share all of the handmade goodness with other littles locally and around the country.

Feather Wild

Feather Wild

Feather Wild

Sarah Conklin began sewing alongside her mother as a young child growing up in Staatsburg, New York. Exploring beauty outside and creating inside was always part of the rhythm of her days.

Artist and writer William Morris, of the the Arts and Crafts Movement, claimed to have a golden rule for everything that inspires her: "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

With this in mind, Sarah began the process of making textiles with free-hand drawings inspired by river rocks, patterns in nature or books - creating Feather Wild. She transfers these original drawings to natural and up-cycled fabrics which she often will hand-dye. This is followed by hand printing the fabrics with water based ink at Green Pea Press.

Sarah finishes the fabric at home in her studio. There, she will cut and sew her designs with skill and love into long lasting, useful everyday objects that are beautiful pieces with a soul. All proudly designed, printed and sewn in Huntsville, Alabama.


Fire Light

Fire Light

Fire Light

Fire Light owner, Taylor Melzer is an artist based in Waverly, Alabama who makes custom lighting, furniture, jewelry, as well as window or wall panels. Taylor uses woods that are reminiscent of stained glass. He works predominately in reclaimed or foraged pine.

Taylor's lighting and art are created in a unique process which he developed. They method consists of slicing super resinous pine so thin that light passes through it illumintaing the true beauty hidden inside wood. The resulting ppieces can vaty from solid golden hues to stunning kaleidoscopic 3D arrangements. This work is a new process in the field of woodworking. You could say "he sees Heartpine in a totally different light".

Flannel and Floral

Flannel and Floral

Flannel and Floral

Flannel and Floral is a husband and wife team of woodworkers who create unique wooden items for everyday life.

Shannon and Megan Brantley live in South Alabama and have their hand in just about everything. From photography and clay sculpting to wood working, pottery and music. This couple works hard to make unique, quality items which bring joy to all. Much of the wood used in their hand-made projects are locally sourced, right here in Alabama.

Golden Eagle Syrup

Golden Eagle Syrup

Golden Eagle Syrup

After experimenting with various mixtures of corn syrup, molasses, honey and cane syrup, the first can of Golden Eagle Syrup was produced in October of 1928.

Victor Patterson, Sr. and his wife wanted a recipe that was flavorful but mild and they perfected their recipe mixing their syrup in their home six days a week. When demanded outnumbered supply, the Patterson's decided to build a plant in their hometown and go big. Their Fayette, Alabama plant opened in 1944 and it hasn't stopped since!

The historic building remains the home of Golden Eagle Syrup today. Mr. Victor Patterson, Sr. died in 1960 and his wife, Lucy, picked up the reins and ran the company until her death in 1972.

Golden Eagle continued to thrive under the direction of the Patterson's children until 1986. The Blevins and Bowling families purchased Golden Eagle Syrup so that it remained a family-owned, family-run business; having a strong commitment to preserving the tradition and quality of Golden Eagle Syrup. Their mission is to continue to produce Golden Eagle Syrup in the manner of the founder's vision, "A Syrup with No Equal".

Great Bear Wax Co.

Great Bear Wax Co.

Great Bear Wax Co.

Jake Carnley has a mission. He wants to provide customers with the highest quality products while fostering a healthy and inclusive local community.

Jake's process is simple. He takes high quality American-grown soy wax, an all-natural braided cotton wick, and the highest quality essential and fragrance oils on the market, and combines them to make a candle that will add ambiance to any room.

His inspiration behind each fragrance ranges from old memories to his passions such as the great outdoors.

Green Mountain Ceramics

Green Mountain Ceramics

Green Mountain Ceramics

Adam Snyder is a ceramic artist running a small business called Green Mountain Ceramics. The "Green Mountain" in the same signifies Vermont, where he and his wife lived for many years.

Since 2007, Adam has made Homewood, Alabama his home and has his studio there. Adam's work is mostly in porcelain and some stoneware, with either colored slip designs, covered by a clear glaze, or multiple and accented glaze designs.

All functional work is food, dishwasher and microwave safe. His aim is to make work that is both beautiful as well as functional, so his pieces can be displayed when not being used, and bring pleasure to the eye, and colorful design into the home.

Green Pea Press

Green Pea Press

Green Pea Press

Founded in Huntsville in 2011, Green Pea Press was the first community print shop in Alabama. Their printmaking studio and retail shop is located at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, the largest independent arts center in the nation.

Green Pea Press offers workshops and artist memberships, as well as custom orders and on-site screen printing for events. Everything they create is printed by hand, one piece at a time.

They tell us that above all else, they are print-makers; keepers of living history, preserving and renewing the craft for current and future generations. Green Pea Press does what they love, and love what they do!

Harvest Roots Farm and Ferment

Harvest Roots Farm and Ferment

Harvest Roots Farm and Ferment

Lindsay and Pete have known each other since fifth grade having both been raised in Harvest, Alabama. After another 15 years of formal education, farming and traveling, they reunited to begin Harvest Roots Farm and Ferment.

They love foraging, fermentation and each other. Harvest Roots Farm and Ferment is dedicated to southern fermentation culture as well as the preservation of heirloom fruits, and sourcing through foraging wild plants.

Today, Pete and Lindsay call Mentone, Alabama home.

Hero Doughnuts

Hero Doughnuts

Hero Doughnuts

Birmingham chef Wil Drake and partner Jason Wallis are the brains behind Birmingham's Hero Doughnuts. This organic, seasonal delight uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Unique flavor combinations make for a great doughnut - like none other around.

Hero Doughnuts are made in a French brioche pastry style. The recipes change frequently and can be anything from chocolate crunch, blood orange, brown butter crumb to lemon and cardamom or classic glazed.

Wil says the name "Hero Doughnuts" is a shout-out to those who share the love all things doughnut.

Hillary Floyd Art

Hillary Floyd Art

Hillary Floyd Art

Originally from Monroeville, Alabama, Hillary Floyd grew up always making art. After graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts (Studio), she was able to work and travel while simultaneously picking up inspiration from people, places and events in her life. Currently she lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and will be attending U.A.B.'s Master's of Occupational Therapy program beginning in August 2016. Her artwork usually begins with a watercolor under painting and is followed by layers of mixed media, both wet and dry. Her most recent work includes painting cities where she has lived as well as commissioned locations.

Hot Damn! Jelly Company

Hot Damn! Jelly Company

Hot Damn! Jelly Company

Raised in south Alabama, Jessi Norwood loves nothing better than good, southern food. One of her favorite things is traditional pepper jelly.

After much trial and error, Jessi came up with her own pepper jelly recipe - with a twist. Her friends and family loved it so much she just knew she had to make it into a real business.

Using home-grown peppers, local-seasonal produce, pure cane sugar, and lots of love, her pepper jelly is not just good - it's hot damn good! This Auburn, Alabama girl never cuts corners. Each jar is hand poured, contains no preservatives, and is made 100% from scratch every time.

Idyllwilde

Idyllwilde

Idyllwilde

Nadene Mairesse is a designer and maker living in Florence, Alabama. After working in Los Angeles as an apparel designer for over a decade, Nadene returned to school to study architecture. She worked as an architectural designer and community development intern at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio before moving to Florence.

She founded Idyllwilde, a clothing and home provisions company, in 2013. Named for a small mountain town in California where Nadene spent her childhood summers, Idyllwilde is a collection of domestically produced apparel and home provisions. Hand-dyed natural fibers, such as cotton, wool, and linen are mainstays of the collection, which fuses traditional textile arts with modern design.

iiis

iiis

iiis

The owner of an optical shop in Birmingham's 5 Points South, Kris Childs has been at the helm of iiis since 1993.

She has been able to observe the design elements connected to the eye wear industry and fill in where no one has created.

Kris has developed her own line of eyeglass cords which she calls "hangers". She custom creates and hand assembles two ways to suspend eyeglasses. Her cords are colorful and creative.

She uses a variety of materials from leather and rubber to metal and nylon. Her designs are simple, clean and minimal. 

Infinite Soaps

Infinite Soaps

Infinite Soaps

Infinite Soaps was founded in Tuscaloosa in 2013 by Christopher Funderburk. While attending the University of Alabama, Chris began making his own hand-crafted soaps. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, he moved to Birmingham.

Chris continued to refine his recipes and in 2016, he branched out to sell at markets and other public outlets. Infinite Soaps is a small batch, artisan bath and body business that makes all of their products by hand to ensure the highest quality.

Infinite Soaps uses nourishing coconut, olive and avocado oils to ensure your skin is as moist and smooth as can be.

Jill Marlar Intaglio

Jill Marlar Intaglio

Jill Marlar Intaglio

Birmingham's Jill Marlar is a teacher, artist and small business owner. Her business teachers after-school art, drama and music classes to children ages 3 to 10 years at local Birmingham schools. Her primary art focus is Intaglio printmaking.

Jill returned to school later in life to study printmaking and embraced the process of intaglio for several reasons: one of which being it's long tradition in method.

Most of Jill's work reflects images from the mid-twentieth century. She typically works from historic, found photos - sometimes combining images to create a desired final design. Jill's images are most often glimpses into Birmingham's past.

Karim Photography

Karim Photography

KARIM PHOTOGRAPHY

Karim Shamsi-Basha is an award-winning photographer and writer. He was born in Damascus - Syria in 1965, and immigrated to the United States in 1984. His work as a photojournalist has been published in magazines all over the world including: National Geographic Traveler, Sports Illustrated, People, Time, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Portico, The New York Times, The Washington Post.

Karim has traveled on assignments to countries including China, France, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Turkey, Italy and Chile. In 2001, he founded Portico magazine in Birmingham, Alabama, which quickly became the fatest growing magazine of the state. He was a professor of Photojournalism at Samford University in Birmingham for ten years. He is a single father to three precious children and lives by the motto: Carpe diem - seizing every moment of this beautiful gift called "life".

Lana B. Hobbs

Lana B. Hobbs

Lana B. Hobbs

Lana Hobbs is a clay artist and art educator living and working in the Birmingham community.

In 2008, Lana encountered clay for the first time and what started as a hobby resulted in a career change. She decided to pursue a career that allowed her to use both her passion for teaching and the arts, and in 2014, graduated with her Master's degree in Art Education from the University of Montevallo.

As a clay artist, she works on the pottery wheel, but also enjoys hand building and creating wall sculpture. In her wheel thrown work she likes to explore the connection between function and beauty and the mix of an ancient art form with modern surface design.

Lana creates and teaches out of her studio at Artist on the Bluff in Hoover, Alabama.

Lavender + Cotton

Lavender + Cotton

Lavender + Cotton

Birmingham's Heather and Haley Nock are sisters who grew up in a creative family. Their mother is a local artist and she nurtured a creative environment for the girls as they were growing up together.

The sisters started Lavender + Cotton about a year ago painting mostly nature inspired watercolor pieces. They have evolved their style over the last several months and are starting to work more with acrylic.

Their works are now taking on a more abstract quality, with a look that makes one think of marble and feathers.

Left Hand Soap Company

Left Hand Soap Company

Left Hand Soap Company

Tuscaloosa, Alabama's own Left Hand Soap Company has 17 years of natural soap and skincare experience. They work with local growers to bring you natural, effective skincare. Their soaps are gentle enough for sensitive skin, but strong enough to clean off the dirtiest of adventures. You got skin, they got soap.

Lucy's Inspired

Lucy's Inspired

Lucy's Inspired

Lucy Farmer, an Alabama based jewelry and interior designer, has been featured on HGTVSouthern Living, and Good Grit Magazine to name a few. Lucy married passion for beauty and timeless design to create Lucy's Inspired jewelry. Her love of travel, unique salvage shops and flea markets are the perfect venue for discovering list elements and forgotten memories. From vintage chandeliers, architectural salvage, and found keys, each piece of Lucy's jewelry is handcrafted to awaken the past.

Lula Woodworks

Lula Woodworks

Lula Woodworks

What drives wood artist Craig Skowronek? He says he can't answer that! Craig works from the inspiration of the moment.

With his sidekick hound, Linus, in tow, Craig says he never knows where the creative juices will take him once the two of them are in the workshop.

Craig doesn't use template designs and never makes the same piece twice. He says every piece of wood is different and his work reflects the various qualities in the raw wood. As the creator of Lula Woodworks he finds inspiration in nature - and from the wood itself. Craig says the raw wood tells him where it wants to go and he is simply the vehicle.

Lula Woodworks never uses stains or dyes. The natural colors of the wood needs nothing more than a coat of mineral oil to make it pop. Craig takes pride in his hand crafted cutting boards and enjoys the creative process with mother nature.

Magic City Sweet Ice

Magic City Sweet Ice

Magic City Sweet Ice

David and Wani Shaw developed a love for Italian ice while living in Delaware, and were disappointed when they had such a difficult time finding it after moving to Alabama.

A few years later, the couple began operating their own Italian ice business at local events from a push-cart, and it was a hit! Within six months, David and Wani were able to open a brick and mortar in Homewood. Their place has since developed into a full-service dessert cafe.

Magic City Sweet Ice now serves freshly baked pastries and made-to-order beignets on the weekends. In addition to their shop, David and Wani continue to sell their hand-made Italian ices from push-carts at events through out the Birmingham Metro area.

Max and Mila

Max and Mila

Max and Mila

Artist and graphic designer Amanda Nicholson has extensive experience in both creative and business world. But after the birth of her first child, she began looking for ways to express her creativity while staying at home. After experimenting with different genres, Max and Mila was born.

What began as a simple creative outlet has now grown into a full time, at-home business. Amanda says the success she has found through this home-based venture, never fails to amaze her. With an online Etsy store, sales at local farmers markets and art fairs, Max and Mila has kept Amanda busy and has been financially rewarding!

Amanda designs posters and prints for framing, greeting cards, invitations and logo designs; calendars and other paper goods. Her inventory is constantly changing and developing. Her highly designed, simple presentation appeals to a wide range of tastes.

 Mimi's Sodas

Mimi's Sodas

Mimi's Sodas

Jonathan Brasher developed a passion for Birmingham's local produce and wild foods from years of cold juice pressing and cocktail experimentation. The idea for Mimi's Sodas was born to make local fruits and herbs accessible by making sodas fun again.

No one expects fruit flavored soda to be made from actual fruit. But Jonathan thought to change that way of thinking! Mimi's Sodas brings Alabama's best foods to the marketplace in inventive soda and ice cream flavors. Always fresh, with unique flavor blending, Mimi's Sodas are unlike anything you've ever tried.

Mimi's Sodas is named for Jonathan's grandmother - a woman who is always ready for fun and adventure! The goal is to make every flavor as fun as Mimi.

Mud Mama Designs

Mud Mama Designs

Mud Mama Designs

Leslie Martin Smith loves clay for its simply organic composition. She uses textiles to transfer texture onto the clay and glazes to color the pottery. All of her work is slab built or wheel thrown. After over twenty years of working with clay, Leslie still feels as though her exploration of the medium is just beginning. Her work is inspired and derived from her love of texture, asymmetry, imperfection, and a desire to create utilitarian artwork from materials that are found within our natural elements and transformed into something of beauty and function. Through her art, Leslie hopes to create works that nourish the soul, engage the sense, enhance the visual aesthetics of one's culinary experience, and, of course, cultivate conversation.

Original Birmingham

Original Birmingham

Original B'ham

Created on a whim, the Original B'ham logo made its first appearance as a bumper sticker in 2013. It was an instant hit as a bold, fun and instantly recognizable reference to the city's popular nickname.

The Original B'ham logo is more than a play on a nickname and much more than a funny bumper sticker. The good folks at Original B'ham believe pride in their community is vital to the success of the revitalization of Birmingham. Their desire is to celebrate the city and contribute in their own unique way to the ongoing effort to make Birmingham better than ever!

Pencilpress

Pencilpress

PencilPress

Artist Susan Shoemaker is a print maker and sculpture artist from Birmingham. But after college, Susan found herself a print maker without a press. So she took her drawing skills and began to create unique pencil works which she dubbed "PencilPress".

Using her pencil, Susan create beautiful works, with her primary focus on animals. She says drawing animals can be tricky. Susan tries to capture the sense of humor many animals often portray while keeping true to her presentation.

Piper & Leaf Artisan Tea Company

Piper & Leaf Artisan Tea Company

Piper & Leaf Tea Artisan Tea Company

This family run local tea company got its start in North Alabama. They've refined the art of creating gourmet blends that are simply divine. Served with joy, this group of tea lovers thinks there is nothing better than sipping iced tea on a steamy summer night, or serving it hot on a long winter evening.

All of Piper & Leaf teas are blended with as many local ingredients as possible, straight from the garden, farm, forest, and briar patch. Whether it's tea bars at a party or a mail order tea subscription, this Huntsville based company is changing the way Southerners take their tea!

Prodigal Pottery

Prodigal Pottery

Prodigal Pottery

Prodigal Pottery is handmade at King's Home (formerly Hannah Home and King's Ranch) by women fleeing domestic abuse and homelessness. Prodigal Pottery provides full-time employment to five women from their domestic abuse shelter who are unable to find stable emplyment elsewhere.

The mission of Prodigal Pottery is to foster artistic expression in each member of the King's Home family by equipping them with skills in the field of pottery and ceramics in a Christ-centered, safe, and therapeutic environment.

100% of the proceeds from Prodigal Pottery directly supports the women who craft the pieces, as well as support for the ministry of King's Home as a whole.

Seeds Coffee Company

Seeds Coffee Company

Seeds Coffee Company

Seeds Coffee Company began when a group of friends started roasting coffee in their kitchen using a popcorn roaster. What originally started out as a hobby quickly developed into a passion. The desire to learn as much as possible about the roasting process became an obsession.

Through trial and error, through online research and training sessions, these friends learned about detailed aspects of coffee, including sourcing, roasting, and tasting - always seeking out "a better cup".

Seeds Coffee Company is a direct trade roaster and cafe located in the heart of West Homewood, right on West Oxmoor Road. Seeds Coffee Company is committed to crafting an excellent product, pursuing ethical sourcing and trade, and creating a special environment for all customers.

Signal Woodworks

Signal Woodworks

Signal Woodworks

Blake Ellis started Signal Woodworks in early 2015 as a simple way for him to fund the hobby of woodworking. After a few months and several successful appearances at local markets in the Birmingham area, this hobby has quickly grown into something bigger than ever anticipated. Blake aspires to make products with thoughtful design and quality craftsmanship. Everything that comes out of his shop is built with a focus on quality for a lifetime of use.

Southern Natural Soap

Southern Natural Soap

Southern Natural Soap

From Remlap, Alabama, Southern Natural Soap is owned by Rod and Jeri Anne Huffstutler. Jeri Anne suffered with eczema for 12 years and when she learned about goat milk soap, she began using it and her skin cleared up immediately. Rod and Jeri Anne ended up buying goats and started making soap, because it made such a big difference with Jeri Anne's skin.

Southern Natural Soap now has many customers who love their soap and who have received help with many skin issues like psoriasis, eczema, dry cracked skin and rosacea.

Jeri Anne's soaps are made with natural fats and oils and are gentle enough for babies.

Sprout and Pour

Sprout and Pour

Sprout and Pour

Sprout and Pour is a family owned and operated juice business based in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama. They have been sowing seeds among Alabama's local farms to source fresh, local and seasonal produce into fresh cold-pressed juices.

They are Birmingham's first cold-pressed juicery. Amanda Blake Turner started juicing the winter of 2013 after weeks of unexplained sickness and was amazed by the benefits. Amanda and her husband Andrew, strive to create delicious and inviting cold-press juices and whole-food smoothies. Their menu is one that continually changes to feature the most healthful, flavorful and in-season ingredients, farm-to-bottle.

Susan Gordon Pottery

Susan Gordon Pottery

Susan Gordon Pottery

Artist Susan Gordon specializes in small batch pottery. Her studio is full of her special collections of dinnerware, serving ware, decorative accents, and handmade jewelry. Her work has an organic quality that is detailed, modern and timeless.

A firm believer in the restorative power of beauty, Susan finds joy in creating small objects which will become part of someone's daily life. Her work can be found in boutique retailers in cities across the country and also in Canada, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Sweet Woodworks

Sweet Woodworks

Sweet Woodworks

Alan Sweet started working with wood over 20 years ago. His early work focused primarily on furniture and cabinets. It started as a hobby and he enjoyed making things for family and friends - chest of drawers, valences, tables, cabinets and jewelry boxes.

About ten years ago, the lathe caught his attention as a means of turning out decorative parts for some furniture. This led Alan to eventually start making useful house hold items like salt and pepper shakers, holiday ornaments, pens and vases.

But it was the style and shape of kitchen items that hooked Alan. He was drawn to the flowing lines and distinctive curves of the lowly pepper mills, coffee grinder and vase.

Sweetsap

Sweetsap

Sweetsap

Sweetsap is the work of Shana Sweet and Forrest Millsap. The two artists produce what they call "life accessories". Many of their handmade items are inspired by nature and the great outdoors. Sweetsap enjoys working with concrete and agate, and use these substances in many of their handmade planters. This creative duo also produces beautiful handmade knives, stained glass pieces and various cast and forged pieces. No two are alike!

Taproot

Taproot

Taproot

Mike "Taproot" Tapley has been making custom cutlery for 35 years as a serious hobbyist. Orders are made to specifications of the client and each knife is truly one of a kind. In addition to custom knives, Taproot also hand hews bowls out of reclaimed trees from the farm using hand adzes. A limited number of the maker's top selling designs in knives will be available at Makers Village, or clients can order one made to their specifications and cutting application. Bowls in maple, cherry, and sugar berry will also be for sale. Mike is a graduate of Auburn University and a retired marketing consultant. He is an avid bow hunter, who lives with his wife, Vickie, live on a farm in rural Elmore County where they manage timber and wildlife.

The Three Graces Studio

The Three Graces Studio

The Three Graces Studio

A native of Mobile, Alabama and University of Alabama graduate, Erick Forsyth has made Birmingham his home for the past nine years. Initially moving here to work and focus on philosophical writing, the city's history inspired him to take up metal art and historic photographic processes. For the Makers Village, he will be offering a mobile portrait studio for participants to experience the incredible 1860's Wet Plate process. In the past decade or so, the method has experienced a resurgence due to the vibrant and seemingly soul revealing qualities of the images.

ThimbleTree Studio

ThimbleTree Studio

ThimbleTree Studio

In 2015, Kyle and Camille Wick's dream to create and share their handmade home goods became a reality with the launching of thimbletree studio. With a genuine drive to provide fun, functional and unique items paired with a commitment to reclaim, re-purpose and to reuse materials and scraps whenever possible, the mother-daughter creative team offers a wide variety of unique, one-of-a-kind items including aprons, tote bags, place mats, hand-stitched greeting cards and hand-knitted blankets and scarves.

To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company

To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company

To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company

To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company is an organic, sprouted flour company located southeast of Montgomery in Bullock County, Alabama. Started by Peggy Sutton, the company began like so many others do, in her kitchen at home.

Peggy began baking for friends back in 2005. Word quickly spread and she was soon baking for customers through local and regional C.S.A. and co-ops. Within a year, Peggy had a commercial kitchen built in her barn and her company was off and running!

Now, To Your Health supplies to outlets all over the world. From Whole Foods Market, Arrowhead Mills, the Hain-Celestial Group, Anita's Organic Milling, and Kellogg.

This woman-owned business was built from the ground up by hands-on experience and research. No matter how busy she gets, Peggy says hearing from customers makes it all worthwhile and reminds her why she continues to do what she does so well.

Tom Beckbe

Tom Beckbe

Tom Beckbe

Tom Beckbe is the brainchild of Birmingham local resident Radcliff Menge. Each of the USA made "Tensaw Jackets" has a waxed cotton outer shell with a liner dyed using Alabama red clay. Designed with sportsmen in mind, the Tensaw Jacket is equally suited for work and home.

Tre Lilli

Tre Lilli

TRE LILLI

Tre Lilli is a line of textiles for apparel and home goods that celebrates joie de vivre. It is a father-daughter collaboration between artist Tres Taylor and designer Lillis Taylor. In 1989, Lillis lived with her father Tres in Aomori, Japan for a year, and during this time, they turned their dining room into a painting studio. Tres encouraged Lillis to draw, paint, and write. The two often painted together while singing along to The Beatles, Lyle Lovett, and Aretha Franklin. The creative bond between them is so strong that they work together today, still listening to The Beatles while they work.

Tre Lilli is the company Lillis started in 2010. She takes images from a database of her father's paintings and manipulates them using photoshop. She lays the artwork out in files that are used to digitally print her fabric. Once the fabric is printed, Lillis cuts and sews her creations. The initial inspiration for any given article of clothing or wearable object is derived from her father's art. Yet Lillis also draws inspiration from an assortment of visual ephemera collected from her travels.

Urban Pops

Urban Pops

Urban Pops

Urban Pops is a family owned, gourmet popsicle shop located in Hoover, Alabama, that offers infused flavors such as strawberry cheesecakes and cookies and cream. Their signature flavors are much more exotic with names such as the "Akbar Mashti Pop"! Urban Pops is one of the only places in America that makes the Indian style popsicle flavors.

We Have Doughnuts

We Have Doughnuts

We Have Doughnuts

We Have Doughnuts was founded by a group of friends who are obsessed with mastering the art of the "old fashioned" doughnut. While most doughnut shops make their product from a box mix, We Have Doughnuts spent months developing a unique made-from-scratch recipe using high quality flour, and local, seasonal ingredients wherever possible. Currently, they have a location in downtown Birmingham and are featured in bakeries and coffee shops around the city.

Zkano

Zkano

Zkano

Zkano is the offspring of small family sock manufacturing business that has been making socks in Fort Payne, Alabama since 1991. Spearheaded by Gina Locklear, Zkano offers various styles of mens and womens footwear, all of which are made with 100% certified organic cotton.

Zkano socks are great for performance or everyday wear, while offering the utmost in quality and comfort. Their socks are sweatshop free and finished without the use of heavy metal dyes. All products are made in the Locklear family's company, Emi-G Knitting, located in Fort Payne, Alabama, formerly known as "the sock capital of the world".