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Featuring the work of over 100 independent designers from around the United States.  Carrying everything from printed tees for men and women and kids, ties, jewelry, soaps and candles, handbags, accessories, gifts, art and so much more. 

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Featured Artist of the Week: Orange Pops

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Tile coasters $10, 4 for $35.

Tile coasters $10, 4 for $35.

This week we are showcasing Milwaukee's own Leslie Phillips, creator of Orange Pops.  Her line of tile coasters, prints and towels are all completely handmade and feature her bright, cheerful style. With designs going from celebrities, to local love, to collage pieces, it is impossible not to find something that speaks to you. Leslie kindly answered some questions for us about her story and what it means to be a maker.

'We can do it' tile coaster, $10.

'We can do it' tile coaster, $10.

1) When did you start being a maker and what inspires?

I have been a part-time maker since I was a kid. I used to draw pictures using the Sunday comics as inspiration, and also made pot holders with a loom kit and gave them away to family members. In January of 2012 I became a full-time artist, the best decision I have ever made.

2) What is your creative background?

Immediately after high school I attended a trade school for graphic design. I attended that program for one year and then decided to pursue other interests. I realized that traditional graphic design was too confining for me, I wanted to have greater artistic freedom. Now, I am mostly self taught. Oddly, forums like YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest have all been great for helping teach and inspire me. 

'Prince' tile coaster, $10.

'Prince' tile coaster, $10.

3) Where do you see Orange Pops heading?

Just a couple months ago, I look a huge leap and moved into a 1,000 sq foot studio space in Riverwest. I always felt like I couldn't grow to the point of my wishes, without having the proper space. I feel like I am living a dream and now have lofty goals for my small art business. I have a new studio assistant that has been a HUGE help, allowing me to focus some of my time in places that needed attention. Currently, I have my work in 12 shops around the state and now in both California and Arizona too. By the end of 2017, I hope to double this number, moving into larger metropolitan areas like Chicago, Denver, and Buffalo. The best thing about my work is that I can tailor it to fit any city in the country. This year I am also tackling Summerfest, which is on my artist bucket list!

MKE Block Print, $15.

MKE Block Print, $15.

4) What is your inspiration?

I get inspired by everything! Nature. Pop Culture. Other Artists. Like I mentioned before, YouTube, Etsy and Pinterest are great resources for artistic inspiration. Also, one thing that has to be considered if making art a full-time career is creating what is trendy. Trendy things sell and that is how I keep my bills paid. I don't always make the things I like the best, but what I know will sell as well.  

Block Print, $15.

Block Print, $15.

5) What is your favorite part about being a maker?

Doing what I love every single day! I feel so grateful that I don't have to answer to anyone else and that if I want to take a long lunch or start work later certain days I have that freedom. Honestly, though, since I became a full-time artist I probably work twice as many hours as I did when I had a "normal" full-time job. I would NEVER trade it, though. :) I also LOVE all the fantastic, creative, and inspiring artists I have met while doing my craft. 

Flour Sack Towels, $12.

Flour Sack Towels, $12.

6) Do you have any advice for other makers?

If anyone wants to do art for a living they have to work really hard, not only on finding those things that sell well, but making sure you keep your passion alive in the process. The more excited I am about my work, the better it sells. Sure, most of us just want to make the art we want to all day long, but that isn't the reality. The reality is that you have to schlep your stuff to art events, even in bad weather. You have to branch out, and talk to people and pimp your work to strangers. You have to have a good business sense, get over any fears about reaching out to shop owners and making good connections. Every single job has elements that we don't particularly care for, but sometimes you have to just suck it up and get it done! There are times when I wanted to give up, but I am SO glad that failure just wasn't an option. 

Bottle Cap Magnets set of 4, $10.

Bottle Cap Magnets set of 4, $10.

We have a constantly rotating stock of Leslie's work, as well as many designs and styles that aren't shown here.  Stop by sometime and check out this amazing artist, or you can find out more about Orange Pops and request custom work at Orangepops.com.

Featured Artist of the Week: Moots Soap

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Moots Soaps line of cold processed soaps, $6.

Moots Soaps line of cold processed soaps, $6.

It's that time again!  This week's maker is a master of all things skin, and I personally have fallen in love with many of these products.  Moots Soap is an Oak Creek run company founded by Jill Gilbert that has everything...soap, lotions, oils, hair products, the list goes on.  If there is something that you desire to pamper your skin, they probably make it, and make it with organic, nourishing ingredients.

The soaps shown above, as well as their awesome line of beer soap, is truly the calling card of Moots Soap.  Using a cold process, the basic ingredients combined with goat's milk,  lakefront brewery beer, and/or oils create a wonderful lather that moisturize and enrich the skin.  Subtle scents and pure ingredients make this a truly fantastic soap.

Men and Women's Deodorant, $8.  Orange Blossom Bath and Body Oil, $12.

Men and Women's Deodorant, $8.  Orange Blossom Bath and Body Oil, $12.

Shown above is the line of deodorant and bath oils that is currently in stock here at Sparrow. The deodorant is aluminum and preservative free, and scented with essential oils. The mellow tones of the bath and body oil is perfect if you are going for a light, refreshing scent.

 

Kaolin Clay, $12.  Coconut Milk Bath $15. Sandalwood Vetiver, $15. 

Kaolin Clay, $12.  Coconut Milk Bath $15. Sandalwood Vetiver, $15. 

There is a lovely line of bath products featured here at Sparrow.  In addition to the Clay mask, Coconut Milk bath and Body Butter shown above, we have various bath salts, bath bombs and teas, charcoal masks and lotions. All designed to enrich the skin, these make perfect gifts or treats for yourself.  

Lip Balms, $4.  Cuticle balm, $6. Roll on Perfume, $12.

Lip Balms, $4.  Cuticle balm, $6. Roll on Perfume, $12.

Perfect for gift baskets or as small buys for yourself, the line of perfumes and balms we have from Moots Soap are a must have.  The lip balms come in a variety of flavors and moisturize well.  The roll on perfumes are coconut oil with essential oils added to create a light, lasting scent.

Moots Beer Soap Candle Collection Teakwood candle, $24.

Moots Beer Soap Candle Collection Teakwood candle, $24.

Lavender Lemon Soy Wax Candle, $15.

Lavender Lemon Soy Wax Candle, $15.

Branching away from skin care a bit, we also carry a line of candles from Moots Soap.  In keeping with their standard, these candles are all natural, hand poured, and long lasting. Our current scents are Teakwood, Lemon Lavender, Hard Cider and Sexy Drunk Goat.

Jill is very community oriented, and can be found at many of the craft fairs that Milwaukee is known for.  Her products are amazing, and I cannot wait to see what comes next!  For additional information, you can check her out at her Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/MootsSoap.