We are so excited to welcome Brooklyn and Philadelphia-based artists, musicians and makers to the Asbury Park Fall Bazaar this weekend! We took a minute to catch up with some of them to learn more about their craft and what inspires them. Be sure to stop by to shop, say hello, and show them some good ol' Asbury love!
Brooklyn-based breadxbutta features handmade upcycled clothing and jewelry. Designer Lynsey Ayala uses a unique process to make the clothes, including hand marbling or shibori dying raw upcycled fabric and then sewing them into garments.
"My goal is to fuse art history and fashion; by using antiquated techniques in marbling and shibori dying, bringing fine art in with each piece being a unique handmade painting and tying in fashion with new modern handmade wearable fine art pieces," said Ayala.
Lynsey also designs handmade jewelry using raw crystals and some upcycled vintage findings.
"Each piece, like the clothing, is unique and one of a kind," said Ayala. "Along with each purchase, the customer receives an informational card on their chosen crystal and the energies it will transfer."
Shop from breadxbutta on Sunday, September 25th.
Georgia Varidakis is a New Jersey newbie, fresh out of Brooklyn and currently living in East Rutherford. She has been designing jewelry for 12 years and has had two stores in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and has done countless shows across the country.
"I love natural stones and use them as a focal point and create around them," said Varidakis. "I often draw inspiration from nature and history. Every item starts from either wax or sheet metal. I have close to zero sketching skills so if a design comes to mind, I either have to make it immediately or write out the formula for it. Wax carving, soldering and polishing have become a form of therapy for me. It settles my mind instantly."
"I like to describe my studio as an organized mess - I know exactly where everything is, but I admit that I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to stones!" said Varidakis.
Shop Georgia Varidakis Jewelry on Sunday, September 25th
Oh Honey features raw local honey and artisan bee products. Owner Darius Plavinskas raises bees on the rooftops of NYC and Jersey City, NJ, as well as the Hudson Valley.
"All our bees are treatment free - meaning we don't use any chemicals or medication on our bee colonies, so we practice organic beekeeping," said Plavinskas. "I have over a hundred hives right now and we harvest only surplus honey. We don't feed bees sugar but allow but let them winter on their own food - which is honey and pollen that they collect over the summer.
As part of its treatment-free beekeeping system, Oh Honey raises queen bees from their strongest stock of winter survivors and creates new colonies of resilient and winter-hardy bees.
Shop Oh Honey on Saturday, September 24th.
Modern Hex owner Rebecca Crouse designs jewelry in her Philadelphia studio apartment. She is also a collector of amazing vintage clothing and goods.
Vintage lovers will find genuine vintage dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry, hats, sweaters & decor. Modern Hex specializes in vintage fashions from the 1940s-1990s.
Shop Modern Hex on Saturday, September 24th
We're also excited to welcome Silent Shapes, a two piece with voices, guitars and handmade beats from Philadelphia and Central Massachusetts. They'll be performing alongside Gringo Motel and Matt Wade band on Saturday, September 24th on the Arcade Stage for Indian Summer music fest and the Fall Bazaar.
Aaron is also an amazingly talented illustrator (and designer of all the Asbury Park Bazaar posters and latest Indian Summer poster). He'll be at both Saturday and Sunday's bazaars selling his limited-edition silk screened art prints.
New Antlers features work such as album and cassette covers, hand-crafted wedding invitations and handbills, and limited-edition silk screened art prints.