austin handmade: ladybird market

Austin’s newest curated shopping event, Ladybird Market, features a hand-selected group of the city’s finest makers. The market takes place on second Saturdays from March through May (April 11th and May 9th, specifically) from 10am to 5pm at Cherrywood Coffeehouse, providing a cozy and laid-back environment for customers to shop locally-made goods and have a leisurely lunch, coffee or drink.

The family and pet friendly event is held in the outdoor courtyard at Cherrywood. A full listing of participating artists and info is available at ladybirdmarket.com.

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Here are a few of my favorite items from featured Ladybird Market vendors:

This beautiful, modern succulent planter is by BDJ Craft Works, and will be available at this weekend’s market. All BDJ Craft Works pieces are handmade in East Austin from sustainably harvested domestic hardwoods.

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I absolutely love this brain wall hanging by Curious Prints, a purveyor of vintage prints and home goods featuring fine art reproductions of nostalgic public domain images—advertisements, anatomy sketches, botanicals and other quirky finds.

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Our friend Melissa, the crafty mastermind behind Meow Kapow, is at Ladybird Market both this and next month. She’ll have original mixed media collage art like this one pictured below, as well as her signature notebooks, magnets, buttons and cards with collage images.

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Be sure to check out the other amazing artists at Ladybird Market this weekend! The “artists” page of the Ladybird website includes links to their work, as well as indicates which months they’re vending.

Ladybird Market is the brainchild of award-winning accessories designer Anne Marie Beard, who is also a former Shop Crafty organizer and Cherrywood Art Fair juror, among her many other impressive achievements and contributions to Austin’s creative community.

“Anne Marie is a veteran of the Austin craft scene. We know her as an innovative designer, an advocate for local makers, and a consistent presence in all aspects of the Austin handmade marketplace,” says Melissa Stewart of Meow Kapow and The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.

Anne Marie’s goal? “To provide an opportunity for my fellow artists to showcase their work in one of Austin’s most beloved neighborhoods and coffee shops. Austin has such a strong community of handmade enthusiasts and I felt we needed a regular event that highlights the best of the Austin maker scene.” She personally curates the event, noting, “Each artist has been hand-selected and is at the top of their game – you can expect to find amazing work ranging from jewelry to home décor, clothing to accessories, body products and quirky art at Ladybird Market.”

We dig it! Events like this are good for the crafty community, so be sure to stop by and support indie artists during your weekend adventures.

xo
-Jen



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