DESIGNERS + COLLABORATORS + INSTRUCTORS
We're so lucky to have a talented group of folks stocking our shelves, teaching our classes, and producing our monthly rotating exhibitions, and we want you to know as much about them as possible. Get to know them below, and stay tuned for updates about their work!
Smart + Becker
Ryan-Ashley moves her hands at inappropriate times, speaks without thinking, and often misses the joke, but she's a straight shooter and her heart is 100% in building the maker community in Knoxville and throughout the country.
Her work has been described as, "Playful, yet restrained," and consists of two main bodies of work -- the peyote stitch collection, and the OOAK Drift collection.
She's inspired by patterns, architecture, and unexpected color combination, and compelled by reason, order, and a slightly unhealthy obsession with beadwork.
She recently left her career as a copywriter to pursue a long-held dream of supporting herself and other artists by opening a gallery / makerspace, and she hopes you'll come along for the ride.
Follow Smart + Becker HERE.
Hope Brasfield's passion for embroidery is infectious, and positively supportive makers-heart is, well, heart-warming.
If you're into flat-lays, how-to videos, and subscription kits, HOPEBROIDERY is definitely the ticket, and we're super stoked to have her on the team to teach monthly workshops ranging from stitch samplers to more extensive projects!
If you don't already love embroidery, you will in no time. Hope makes it easy and oh-so-fun!
Find her upcoming workshop HERE.
All pieces in this collection are made by hand in Minneapolis, MN. Materials are chosen for their superb texture and quality, and are sometimes up-cycled or vintage. This results in high-quality, very limited editions, including one-of-a-kind pieces. We believe this adds originality and integrity to the designs.
ACG is committed to the future of ethical fashion. They keep their waste to an absolute minimum, sourcing fabrics as carefully as possible and saving our fabric scraps to be woven into usable textiles.
Some materials are hand-dyed, hand-woven, or hand-printed. These pieces show off the beautiful variations inherent in hand-made processes. When possible the dyes are sourced from environmentally-friendly suppliers. Although everything is done by hand, which can take a lot of time, they try to keep the prices out of the sky. They price everything as low as possible to keep their business going while attempting to please customers from all walks of life.
Grey Goods Studio
Brooke Heuts was our very first exhibitor and we are incredibly grateful to have been able to host her finely crafted and carefully curated textiles for our First Friday exhibition, and we continue to carry her home goods in the retail space.
She's the artist, textile designer, and all around aesthetic genius behind Grey Goods Studio. All the color fast textiles are produced on-demand in North Carolina, and all pillow inserts are cruelty-free.
Additionally, because Grey Goods produces everything with sustainability in mind, even their packaging supplies are eco-friendly... down to the compostable packaging tape :)
Brooke has been making art and working with textiles since the late 1990’s and received her BAD from NCSU’s College of Art + Design & her MFA in Fibers from ASU. As a fine artist, her work examines the need for cloth, the substantial labor required in its making and most importantly, the resulting infinite bonds formed and shared by families and communities and you can often see her work at Light Art + Design in Chapel Hill, NC.
When not making, Brooke can be found cuddling Finnegan the coonhound & probably pruning tomato plants in the backyard garden.
Follow her work HERE.
Crafty Housewife Yarns
Erin James of Crafty Housewife Yarns is a fiber artist, wife, mother, and art history / anthropology lover.
And she's also an incredible spinner, knitter, dyer, instructor, and community-builder.
Her palettes range from earthy and subtle to imaginative cotton-candy combos, and you can tell that, for her, yarn is where the heart is.
Stay tuned for upcoming news about her yarn spinning workshop + spinning wheel demo and follow her HERE in the meantime!
Anna's paintings are psychological landscapes and emotionally complex narratives, and has shared her work with people all over the world.
She combines references to art history, pop culture, natural science and personal chronicles to represent the conflicts of life and the titles are important elements.
Like Anna, the stories are at once funny and sad.
Anna is S+B's April exhibitor. Follow her HERE.
Meghan Joelle's bold, brass jewelry it totally approachable while communicating a refined aesthetic defined by dramatic shapes and clean lines.
Ranging from the perfect everyday pair of posts to sculptural statement pieces, her work balances artistry with wearability and they're truly the perfect 'gateway' pieces if you've been feeling like going a bit bolder with your accessories but haven't been sure where to start.
See her collection on the site and in the store soon!
All elements of her jewelry are hand fabricated in her Minneapolis studio, and you can keep up with her work HERE.
Born and raised in Southern California, Lan had always dreamt in color. With fields of golden poppies and coastal sunsets, her curiosity grew larger within the realms of how things were made and functioned. To Lan, designing a handbag is simlar to solving a meticulous puzzle that is expressed in an artistic way, and, similar to origami, a two dimensional material is created into a three dimensional art form.
"Being a handbag designer is about blending the lines between design and art while finding balance with expression and function. It is about being as free and exploratory as possible with no boundaries."
Lan’s designs are at once luxurious and functional, boasting luxurious, buttery leathers, as well as streamlined functionality in the form of practical shapes, pockets, and adjustable straps. The quality stitchwork and hardware ensures you’ll be able to enjoy her pieces long into the future.
Follow her HERE.
Kaitlin Ryan doesn't just make things -- she makes the things that she uses to make the things. Like, ALL those beads are handmade!
She's based in Raleigh, NC, but her work is well-loved from coast-to-coast, and it's no wonder! Her pieces somehow manage to be subtle and bold at the same time. They elevate the simplest shirt while managing to hold their own at a cocktail party as well.
And the earrings.... Oh, the earrings.
She's curating a small collection for S+B and we can't wait to share it with you!
Kaitlin's real fun and you can live vicariously HERE.
Eli & Barry
Self-taught seamstress, Lily Schlosser, has making and manufacturing in her blood.
Despite experimentation with various mediums, Lily's intentions and aesthetic have remained the same: simple pieces delivered in a deliberate and sustainable way. She hopes to continue to be involved in the slow fashion movement and explore what it means to be a sustainable and conscious brand.
S+B will be starting out with a limited collection and will expand after the Spring line debuts!
Swoon over her work HERE.
Delaney Smith is a visual artist working primarily with paper and bookmaking to create sculptures and interactive books. Smith is taken by the inherent quality in materials, which lead her to use natural dyes, make paper, and work with transparency. She loves the seasonal aspect of natural dyes, the way they are never the same exact shade twice, and how they force her to pay attention more closely.With a focus on aligning process and inherent qualities of material, she explores the ideas of accumulation and transformation through repetition.
We're happy to have Delaney as our July artist and you can learn all about her YES show HERE.
Joanna Warren is a one-woman leather fabrication studio in Knoxville Tennessee that's dedicated to producing 100% hand-made goods.
Joanna has always loved making things but recently discovered leather and loves the durability and flexibility of the material. You can see in the folds and stitches that her inspiration comes from Japan and Scandinavia and all her designs consider function while maintaining a commitment to minimalist design, simple beauty, and organic lines.
Everything is hand cut, punched and sewn, and some materials are up-cycled remnants, ensuring unique, one-of-a-kind details.
By purchasing Joanna's leather goods you are also stating that you understand the organic nature of leather. The marks you see offer character and uniqueness, and why would you want anything else from handcrafted products?