meet the gang
Artists, craftswomen, entrepreneurs & independent brands featured at CURIO
Kb illustration is Kristen Barnhart and Jared Peers. Kb focuses on illustration and product design and jp is the technical side making sure everything is running smoothly by keeping track of inventory, doing web stuff, or helping with orders. Also he keeps her sane. They are in love if you didn't know. They make, pack, and ship everything from their home studio in Denton, Texas.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Danielle hand makes leather bags and metal jewelry in her small studio. Her line is inspired by bright colours, organic shapes, and simple silhouettes. The line is designed for not-so-serious people who like fun, well made accessories. All items are made in limited editions, with careful construction and lots of love :-)
Kansas City, MO
Earwack is designed, created and operated by artist, Hannah Carr. Hannah Carr is a interdisciplinary artist and designer based in Kansas City. Working in both visual art and functional wearables, her work is best known for loud colorful forms as well as an experimental use of materials and print. In her most recent work she explores how analog techniques can create simple illustrations of digital artifice. She completed a two year Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency program after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute (Fiber ’14). Hannah has shown locally in Kansas City at Paragraph Gallery, Bunker Center for the Arts, La Esquina Gallery, as well as nationally at LVL3 Gallery in Chicago, IL.
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL
The process of letterpress starts with an idea. We'll sketch an idea and then transfer it to a digital format. That digital file then becomes a printing plate. We’ll put the plate onto the press and let the machine work its magic. The machines rollers will ink the plate, moves the paper into the press, and debosses the design into the paper. This creates a texture that is exclusive to letterpress.
Another printmaking process we offer is Hot Foil Stamping we have a Heidelberg GTP from 1972, and it’s a beast. This technique parallels letterpress. The machine heats up a copper die and then presses the design into foil and lays it into the paper. Foil allows for color to pop. Foil stamping allows for light colors to appear on dark paper.
Printmaking feels special in that it allows for a handmade touch. The old technology of the presses combines with new graphic design techniques. This pairing creates something that feels one of a kind and is something that you will want to hold onto. M.C. Pressure products are handcrafted by Ryan Tempro, Dani Simmons and resident good boy & K9 companion, Winston.
Palate Polish is a line of small-batch, "5-free" nailpolish with food-inspired names. Created in Portland, all Palate polish is vegan, creuelty free and eco-friendly. From classic, to envelope-pushing bold colors, Palate lets you have the best of the nail world without toxic chemicals that are bad for you and the world around you.
MODERN GIRL BLITZ
Beginning as a graphic design major in art school, Midge did her senior thesis on Riot GRRRL zines, which kickstarted her career of making feminist art. Modern Girl Blitz specializes in wearables (buttons, pins, patches, brooches and more) for feminists, badass babes and weirdos.
ANHAICA BAG WORKS
Made in a small local workshop, Anhaica is the creation of Marina Mertz. By combining her two passions of biking and sewing, Marina has created a line of waxed canvas bags that don't have to sacrifice style for function. Each bag is made by hand by strong women here in Tallahassee. Stylish, durable and practical Anhaica bags array from small wallet sizes up to large touring bike bags and duffles.
Notre Dame, IN
Jen E. Dwyer is a ceramic artist who makes socially engaged functional art objects and sculptures. Recent works and exhibitions focus on the current political and social climate following the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump. Jen's work sets itself apart by its strength and ability to speak volumes through physical form. Goods available in the CURIO collection include tumblers, mugs and other functional art intended for daily use.
OHME began in the fall of 2014, over the course of many late nights and with a few simple tools, ideas, and glasses of wine. Since then the tools have gotten a bit more complex and the ideas have gotten a little bigger, but at its core OHME is still the product of our dedication and love for the work we do.
We strive to make pieces that are beautiful and easy to wear, and that embody our feminism, optimism, and even our sense of humor. As we continue to grow and create, we hope you will find new pieces to love amongst our old favorites.
Mia Stephenson is OHME's founder and chief fabricator. She has been making jewelry since she was old enough to not put beads in her mouth, and cherishes her time spent forming metal into wearable statements to send out into the world.
Originally operating as The Drift Designs, Mia wanted to find a name that embraced her history and influences and left room for new growth and evolution. OHME is the combination of her grandmothers' initials, and for us it is a celebration of the women that shaped us and started us down our path today.
A Tea Leaf Jewelry
Ever since Alissa was little, she loved to make things with her hands. This started out as drawings and paintings, and then lead to majoring in Graphic Design in college. After a few years in the real world, her husband and she (and cat, Yoshimi) packed up and moved to Portland to be surrounded by music, nature, and amazingly creative people.
The Pacific Northwest immediately began to inspire her artwork. Alissa started creating collage work with found papers & botanical drawings under the name A Tea Leaf. She also got interested in the idea of making my art/designs wearable and began learning about jewelry making. She found that jewelry allowed her to explore art from a whole new perspective.
Today, A Tea Leaf jewelry is still inspired by nature and exploring the Pacific Northwest as well as vintage touches. As a "one woman shop", Alissa does it all: from concept to creation to packaging and shipping.
PEOPLE I've loved
Small printmaking workshop run by Carissa Potter & Heather Van Winckle specializing in hand-printed & assembled objects such as cards, prints, pillows, textiles and more. All made in an Oakland farmhouse. People I've Loved wishes to "facilitate the communication between real, tactile people" with their one-of-a-kind products.
Sleepy Mountain is an accessories brand designed and operated by Thais. She designs cute pins and jewelry of your favorite things -- food, movies, culture and more!
Twill and Print
Twill & Print textiles was founded by Tiffany Kerr in 2013 and is based out of her hometown Montreal, Quebec. Tiffany studied a variety of creative disciplines including illustration, graphic design, lithography and screen printing, before falling in love with textiles. This ongoing collection was founded based on a love of color, natural fibers and ilustrative patterns.All Twill & Print patterns start out as hand drawn illustrations, each item is hand printed and/or naturally dyed by hand in our studio. All our printing is done using water based pigment inks, mixed by hand for the perfect shade. Natural fabrics and fibers is the very heart of Twill & Print, most of our products are made out of certified organic cottn, or include a blend of linen, hemp, bamboo, or tencel. We use natural vegetable tanned leather, as well as some vegan suede alternatives. All our materials are carefully sourced to ensure sustainability.
HH & co.
Owner Kierstin started making one-of-a-kind and custom jewelry pieces when she realized that her style didn't quite fit the main-stream. Many of her items are made with vintage findings, beads, fabrics, etc. HH&co feels that these types of materials give an item so much personality and uniqueness. If it's vintage, quirky, odd or just a little different, it's HH&co. Kierstin decided that she wanted to share her love of all things "off center" so that's how HH&Co. came to be.
Lark and Raven
New york, NY
Inspired by her grandmother—a brilliant, bold, and often outlandish artist—Ali Macdonald founded Lark+Raven in 2014 to showcase designs that gleefully toe the line between cheeky and chic. Like the morning lark and the mischievous raven, her one-of-a-kind patterns and illustrations are a delightful blend of sweet and sometimes bawdy. In 2015, Ali introduced a custom and bridal section to her shop called Love Lore, named after her mother.
Prior to creating her own bold and bright world with Sharpies, Ali got her start in the industry as a designer for Jonathan Adler. It was there that she gained experience working on products ranging from greeting cards for Paperless Post to graphics for company pillows & packaging.
Ali resides in New York City with her muse, the ever dapper and darling dachshund Dusky.
Chunks was started in 2019 by accessories designer and artist, Tiffany Ju. In her prior life, she was living the Maker life, hand dyeing ombre tights under the brand name B.Z.R. Shop. By 2018, she had dyed over 15,000 pairs of tights. Right out of the gate, her ombre tights were in heavy flotation on Pinterest and Tumblr and gained international recognition and press from BUST Magazine, Refinery29, Design Sponge, Glamour Magazine, Anthology Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, Brit + Co and many others.
She graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design. Aside from designing and running CHUNKS, she is focused on her art practice which you can check out at tiffanyju.com.
San Francisco, CA
Drifter Organics is the beauty and apothecary brand of mother-daughter duo, Dawn & Micaela Hoo.
Micaela is a lifelong sufferer of autoimmune disorders. In 2014, she was diagnosed with leaky gut caused by what was suspected to be Celiac disease (the body's inability to process gluten), but ended up being dysbiosis (an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in the gut) which forced her to reevaluate her choices of food and skincare products. Soon thereafter, she started homemaking body butters—now known as Drifter Organics—with her mother, Dawn Marie Hoo. Shifting to a plant-based diet and using homemade skincare products cleared up Micaela’s skin and digestive issues and changed her entire outlook on life. Micaela’s mission is to prove you can live a holistic life without sacrificing style. She is also the founder of popular fashion and lifestyle blog, ohmydrifter.com. Dawn Marie has no known allergies or health issues. She’s also never broken a bone, sprained an ankle or had chickenpox, mumps, measles, rubella, or whooping cough. However, Dawn Marie still wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The determination to heal Micaela’s gut took their awareness of healthy food and skincare choices to the next level. Unsatisfied with the “high quality, dermatologist recommended” skincare products on the market, Micaela and Dawn Marie started homemaking body butters together. And so Drifter Organics was born.
New york & California
Baggu's original and best-selling item is their namesake ripstop nylon shopping bag. Based on the construction of the plastic grocery bag, the Standard Baggu is durable, lightweight, and can hold 2-3 times more than a traditional grocery bag. The company's vision is that everyone has a Baggu with them all the time, eliminating the need for plastic shopping bags.
BAGGU has studios in California and New York, and is led by the creative team that started the company in 2007. Baggu is an independent brand leading the way in sustainable, re-useable bags.
Los Angeles, CA
Gentle thrills is a curated line of wearables drawings, stationery, gifts and more all hand-drawn by creator, Isa Beniston in downtown Los Angeles.
Get distracted by darling things! Darling Distraction creates a carefully curated line of designs that are certain to make you smile. Pins & patches, fun gifts and all things darling from Portland! Find designs inspired by some of your favorite bands, movies, cute critters and more!
Stationery and gift line based out of Atlanta, Ga featuring the original illustrations of Leela Hoehn Robinson. All NB products & materials are made in the USA, with the majority of items produced in in Atlanta, GA. Native Bear got it's beginnings on Etsy. Since starting her shop the brand has expanded from block printed stationery and custom stamps to a line of full color greeting cards, art prints, and screen printed cotton goods.
Daisy Natives is a lifestyle brand for champagne clinkers, confetti throwers, and the ones who have too many revolutionary ideas keeping them at night.
Daisy Natives was created by Sarah Eckett- a girl with a constant nacho craving and a love for oversized tees.
Items from Daisy Natives include tees, pins, stickers and more.
Bang up betty
Little rock, AR
"Bang-Up Betty started as a big mess in my living room floor in March of 2013. I’ve always been pretty crafty, and my first job was at my local bead store, so I knew quite a bit about making jewelry, though I didn’t possess too much finesse at the time. I wanted to make funny, cheeky jewelry for my sailor-mouthed friends, so I picked up a set of stamps, my dad’s old hammer and got to stamping. Three years, several smashed fingers, and a lot of tears later, Bang-Up Betty, Inc., is the real deal!
You can find Bang-Up Betty jewelry and apparel in boutiques across the United States as well as in the pages of Bust Magazine, Cake & WhiskeyMagazine, and numerous Arkansas publications. You can also find my jewelry on Buzzfeed, The Frisky, POPSUGAR, Bustle, and more.
Oh! And Betty isn't my name. Betty is my cat. My name is Stacey."
Eythink is an apparel and accessories brand designed by Lindsay Eyth: "I like to draw letters and put them on things found in everyday life. Whether I'm making personal adornments or useful objects, my goal is to support women, queers, and anyone who's pushed to the margins in— loving themselves, loving each other, feeling seen + validated in the world, not taking shit, getting laughs in where they can, surviving + thriving, and doing the damn thing." Find Eythink pins, koozies and more in our brick-and-mortar and webshop!
Simply put, Haute Bauble began out of a love for jewelry, a passion for vintage and an obsession with fashion. Nothing makes a statement more than a great piece of jewelry. No matter how small or how big you want to go, a special accessory can change the dynamic of a good outfit and make it great. Haute Bauble sources vintage findings, charms and components to create original jewelry for the girl who wants to wear something that is truly one-of-a-kind. Haute Bauble pieces are designed and crafted by owner Leah Buller.
San francisco, CA
Elizabeth Woll is a California-based artist whose line of jewelry and accessories reflects facets of mid-century design. Her practice incorporates innovative laser-cutting technology and traditional metal-working techniques. Often drawing inspiration from vintage bakelite jewelry, Woll features bold, bright designs that are perfectly timeless.
Jen Zeano Designs
We are the free spirits and the wild hearts. The game changers and the movers. The Latinas and the doers.
JZD is a Texas based lifestyle brand with a mission to create rad things for the free spirits. JZD believes in kindness, girl power, staying up till 2am, adventure, Latina magic, and celebrating every tiny victory, which is why we strive to create a brand that celebrates all of you.
Owner, Jen, is an adventure seeking flower child! Mexicana and proud. She believes any occasion is good enough to celebrate and will never turn down an opportunity to spread kindness. She advocates love, peace, and equality and refuses to live by society's norms. She is a wild spirit and a happy soul.
San francisco, CA
Born and raised in Taiwan, Yaling Hou Suzuki loved to draw and sew from an early age. She moved to San Francisco to study design when she was 21, after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in English. Her life took an interesting turn, however, with Yaling earning two master’s degrees from San Francisco State University (MA in TESOL and MA in Instructional Technology). Finally, in 2005, Yaling returned to school to pursue her passion for design. She chose textile design because it allowed her to combine her love for graphic design and fashion. Yaling earned her BFA in Applied Textiles from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2007. She was named grand prize winner in the SURTEX 2007 International Student Design Competition and formed the Flowie lifestyle company in the same year. All products are handmade (and made-to-order) in Flowie’s California studio. Flowie products have been featured in Sunset Magazine, 7x7SF, Design Sponge, and Country Living.
Lucky horse press
Michele Lee is a designer and printer and much of her creative inspiration comes from music, memories and funny and irreverent things. Her first fun gig was painting a pep rally banner for her high school class. It featured many peace signs, some variation of the Woodstock bird on a guitar, the original Kiss members, glitter paint and blob lettering. It was not sports or school related but her class thought it was pretty neat (maybe even cool).
Years later, having learned letterpress in New York City and screen printing from old art class instructions, Lucky Horse Press was born with the mission to create general happiness for all. Michele makes all of the printed goods available in the shop from her studio in the Garden State, where some of the best things in life are easily accessible—beaches, yard sales, bowling alleys and family.
LOS ANGELES, CA
In 2008 we created ban.do because we loved laughing, connecting and designing things that made people happy. Over a decade later a lot has changed, but why we do what we do and who we are hasn’t. At our core we are and have always been optimists who aspire to be better than great and less than perfect and firmly believe that being upside down is much more fun than being right side up.Joy comes in many forms—color, music, confetti, great conversation—and we believe it sparks creativity, connects people, and makes us more resilient. It lives inside of all of us, sometimes it just needs a little encouragement. So we create and curate products to inspire it. Gone are the days of cool meaning exclusive and elusive. We think it’s defined by championing others and supporting individuality. We’re consistently teaming up with independent artists and companies to celebrate you and your unique brand of cool. Ban.do was co-founded by fellow FSU alum, Jen Gotch. (GO NOLES!)
Established in 2017, MACHETE is a line of eco-conscious, affordable jewelry for everyday wear. Machete is frequently featured with Vogue, Bazaar, Instyle, Atelier Doré and throughout publications worldwide.
The tortoise shell acetate we source is high quality and non-petroleum based, imported from Italy. Cellulose acetate is a natural and renewable material, providing an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based materials.
Cellulose acetate is made by extracting cellulose fibers from cotton and wood pulp to create a transparent paste. This paste can then be colored, processed, and molded for a variety of industrial applications. For our jewelry, it is cut from a large block into thin sheets, and then cut again into smaller rectangular blocks.
Jennifer J Matchett, Designer and Creative Director of MACHETE, graduated with a degree in Art History from Gainesville, Florida.
SNASH JEWELRY is a line of unisex urban accessories for fans of unique and edgy street style. Based in Brooklyn, New York, designer and owner, Shanna Nash designs each piece in-house and 100% of production is done within the United States.
ALL BAD DAYS
All Bad Days is owned and operated by Breyell Dawn Payne. What started as an inside joke fueled by self deprecation & lots of junk food, All Bad Days quickly grew into a force of combined sadness and politically charged apparel that benefits multiple mutual aids. Originally from Tucson, AZ, Breyell now lives in Portland, OR and is a full-time small business owner, creative director & designer.
At Aviate Press, we believe in long lasting friendships, inside jokes, and love letters. Our mission is to make you LOL through our handmade paper and lifestyle products. We're most inspired by girl power, everyday magic, and pop-culture. Ava Puckett is the illustrator behind Aviate Press, whose favorite things include petting other people's dogs, playing soccer, and hanging out in coffee shops.
Los Angeles, CA
Lovely little things for all the Creepy Gals out there-- pins, tees, buttons, patches and more. Taking cues from vintage Valentines and modern politics, owner and designer Elle Chen brings sarcasm, socio-political ideas and a ton of pink to her line of clothing and accessories and creates a creepy-cute wonderland of her own.
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Taking inspiration from her Puerto Rican roots, Natalia creates apparel and accessories highlighting feminism and latin culture. Based out of south florida, all products are designed exclusively by Natalia and screen printed by hand. Find shop destruya tees and pins in our brick and mortar and webshop!
REALM is the brain child of Vanessa Crook, a fashion school drop-out creating textile work in Austin, TX. With a degree in studio art and anthropology; she focused her studies on soft sculpture and textiles, constantly incorporating heritage craft and needlepoint into her work. A lover of process, Vanessa creates pieces based on the direction of each textile, the inspiration of a picture, or a story overheard. Her way of creating graphics draws on that love of one liners and playfulness, acting on impulse and drawing heavily from her sketch books. The pieces that are not hand embroidered are created from her own hand drawings. REALM specializes in embroidered bags, clothing and accessories.
Founded by Leah Harrington after searching for years to find natural skincare & bath products that were not filled with harsh synthetic parfumes, fillers or preservatives. Whole Apothecary uses 100% natural ingredients, each with a specific purpose to benefit your skin. Every product is handcrafted, from scratch, in small batches to uphold strict quality standards. Leah specializes in clay masks, body oils, cleansers, essential oil blends and more.
Natural Annie Essentials
NaturalAnnie Essentials is an all-natural skin and hair care company. A certified aromatherapist and born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica, Annie is no stranger to oils and herbs.
All products are made in small batches in Annie's home studio and are uniquely blended with pure essential oils, natural butters and infused herbal oils. They contain no nasty chemicals- no parabens, no sulfates, no phthalates, no weird dyes or fake perfumes, and the products are never tested on animals. All products are designed to be simple, easy to use, and super effective.
WORD FOR WORD
Los Angeles, CA
Word for Word is an artist run print & accessories brand. Specializing in pins, prints and greeting cards that celebrate the funny, infuriating, sad and fantastic little things that fill up your days.
Love wine, whiskey, weed & cats? A feminist fighting for equality? W4W has got you covered! Word for Word buttons are printed in small batches and hand-pressed in Los Angeles, CA. Prints & greeting cards are run in small open-ended editions. Word For Word strives for quality craftsmanship and consistency, and they remain priorities every day, along with keeping things fun.
root & willow
Sara Rampersaud is the owner and chief formulator at Root and Willow. Inspired by the power of simple affirmations and a long-standing love affair with botanical ingredients, she set out to create a line of skin care products that change the way we experience self-care. Root and Willow is a small batch skin care line designed to pamper the skin and nourish the spirit. Every product R&W offers is inspired by a specific self care ritual and daily mantra, elegantly printed on the back of their bottles. Root & Willow believes that every swipe of lotion, every long hot bath should be an act of affirmation, practiced with mindfulness and deep appreciation for ourselves. And so they bring you thoughtfully formulated skin care indulgences, skillfully crafted with natural, beneficial ingredients in the hopes that they will awaken you to a new form of self care. When owner Sara is not in the Root and Willow studio or laboratory, she can usually be found playing with her 2 children or curled up somewhere with a good book and a soft blanket.
Mama coyote ceramics
santa barbara, ca
Mama Coyote was born in Joshua Tree, California beside a roaring campfire in the middle of winter.
All pieces are handmade, packaged, and shipped by Jessica Graybill in Santa Barbara, California. One of Jessica specialities is her handcrafted boobie catch-all and jewelry dishes that are designed in all colors, shapes and sizes-- just like us.
Female owned business based out of Austin, TX. Founded in 2016. Spreading female empowerment, body positivity, and self love across the world. Specializing in apparel and accessories. Founded and owned by Caroline Kolbe.
BODY STUFF is a NO BS skincare line. Their refreshing philosophy is to simplify the beauty routine with fewer, better, multifunctional products that are natural, non-toxic and awesome. They offer the basics: moisturizers, scrubs, toner/cleanser, lip balms, bath salts, massage candles, soaps, that are handmade, fresh, unisex, and good lookin'. Find their innovaive test-tube face masks and face steams in-store and in the CURIO webshop!
Specializing in affordable eyewear that highlights the best designs of the past, Obscura Eyewear strives to provide the stylish classic and modern designs with high quality materials at prices suitable for every budget.