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Phoenix Vendor Spotlight: The Painted Ladies

Meet The Painted Ladies: 
The Painted Ladies consists of myself (Jeni) my husband Jonathan and my 3 sons. Jonah who blows me away with what he does on wood and paper canvas. Reid who surprises me with each creative piece, and Cayden who is the youngest and each piece becomes more his style. People ask me what is with the name if I am the only lady, I call the canvas' "Ladies" when I am talking about them,  and The Painted Ladies was the name that stuck when it was tossed out there.

How would you describe your style?  Are there any artists / designers that you particularly look up to?  
I have really never thought about our style and can't seem to put it into a specific definition.we are all over the map in style but our reclaimed wood canvas is the constant.

I am inspired by all artist that perfect their field weather it be clothing, jewelry, painting, baking, sculpting, building, stylist,,,, when someone is passionate about what they do and always aspires to be and do better then they were and did yesterday, that inspires me.

What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own? 
I feel what makes us unique is we use reclaimed pallet wood, we allow the wood to be as much a star as what we paint on the canvas we have created. We hand sketch and hand paint everything, and leave the wood in its raw, aged, battered state. If these pallets could speak there would be some amazing stories to tell.  

What sort of things inspire you?  Where do you look for inspiration?
We are inspired by Arizona, the desert, music, people, our experiences, emotions, and God.  Inspiration comes from within, you will be able to look trough our varied pieces and see the different personalities.

When do you feel the most creative?
For my son it is in the morning, for my husband it is all the time, for me it is the quiet moments whenever they may be. It is seeing a Robin in the yard, a child looking into the eyes of its mother, a gentle touch, the crows song, being in nature.

What is your creative process like?
We begin by looking for the best pallets we pick through many and collect them from the newer ones to the older ones. we pull them apart and painstakingly clean the wood and our master builder (Jonathan) builds the canvas'. We then begin the choosing a canvas and and an image or saying that works well with the wood. we then hand sketch and hand paint. To keep the old look true I then distress the paint which I feel allows for the piece to flow. 

What's the coolest artistic tip you've ever received?
There is no one way to do or be if you are passionate about and love what you do it will flow from you. Be it within and it will be on the outside.

Where can we learn more about you? 
Instagram is the best place on the web to get a glimpse of what we do and find out where we will be, and meeting us at art shows, in person that would be the best way to learn more about me and my family/team and I love to meet new amazing people 

Phoenix Vendor Spotlight: Barclay & Co.

Meet Jackalope Phoenix Vendors, Barclay & Co.  - creators of Spine Wallet.

How would you describe your style?  
I would say our style is sleek, modern and minimalist. We use titanium because it is strong and light.

Are there any artists / designers that you particularly look up to?
I look up to my brother, Caleb Barclay. He is an entrepreneur and designer with a passion for making Arizona great.

What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own? 
We started a little over a year ago and at that point we had most of our process done outside. At this point I am happy to say we have brought almost all of it in house, including the deburring, anodizing, lasering, and blasting. We are able to offer custom pieces at reasonable costs.

What is your creative process like?
My creative process involves a lot of failure. There is so much to learn when it comes to anodizing and lasering titanium. Typically it starts with some frustration and end with a result I am happy with(hopefully)

Where can we find out more about you?

Shop Barclay & Co. at at Jackalope Art & Craft Fair on April 16th & 17th at Steele Indian School Park!

Meet the Phoenix Jurors: Rachel Malloy of Bunky Boutique

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world:

My name is Rachel Malloy and I own Bunky Boutique, a neighborhood shop that has been a Phoenix staple since 2007. Bunky specializes in blending well known lines along with local and indie designers and artisans. I live in downtown Phoenix, love spending time with my husband, enjoy reading, exercising, coffee shops, drinking tea, writing and traveling. The ocean waves on a cold day make me feel alive and the energy of cities makes me feel connected to all of humanity.

 Q: What/who is your biggest inspiration?

My Uncle Tim has been my biggest inspiration since I was a child. He taught me that if I can dream it, I have the capacity to fulfill that dream. He was an incredibly talented dancer and choreographer and he will always inspire me to walk through the fears that come with being vulnerable and taking creative chances.

Q: How did you get into your position in the arts & crafts world?   

As a shop owner, my job is to curate a collection of products that are innovative and unique. I have had the honor to develop relationships and partnerships with local artisans and see their growth and the growth of the arts and crafts world in Phoenix as a whole. 

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours: Weekend activity? Food? Color? Animal?

Favorite weekend activity - drinking tea and reading the NY Times with my husband Jim

Favorite color - burnt sienna

Favorite animal - kitties

Favorite Broadway show - Hamilton the Musical

Favorite people - my team Bunky family: Lauren, RC, and Ashley

Q: What do you love most about the handmade movement?

The people I have met and have had the privilege to work with!  They are hard working and have just the right combination of grit and vulnerability to stick with their passions. I admire anyone that has a vision and knows that one of the most important things to creating a peaceful world is to do the thing that makes you feel joy!  

Q: What is most important feature in an artist’s application for you?  

Authenticity. Being a buyer for the past 8 1/2 years has given me a keen eye for knowing when someone's creation is authentic to their vision and self.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury?

I'm looking forward to seeing beauty and art from a whole new perspective and to get inspired by the bold creativity of the Phoenix arts and crafts community.

Q: Where can we find out more about you?

Meet the Phoenix Jurors: Georganne Bryant

Georganne Bryant opened Frances, affectionately named after her grandmother, in the heart of midtown Phoenix in 2006. She personally curates Frances’ revered blend of unique clothing, jewelry, paper goods and handmade gifts.

Tell us about yourself and your background in the arts & crafts world:
Georganne Bryant opened Frances, affectionately named after her grandmother, in the heart of midtown Phoenix in 2006.  She personally curates Frances' revered blend of unique clothing, jewelry, paper goods and handmade gifts.  Georganne is dedicated to collaborations with other local businesses to enrich the Phoenix community. The award winning annual craft fair, "Frances Crafeteria" has showcased hundreds of independent Arizona crafters and artists.

WIth a loyal following, Frances has been voted "Best Boutique" by Phoenix New Times since 2006. Georganne is also the co-creator of the Phoenix Small Wonders Map, a free guide to local dining and shopping. For her work in the community she was listed by Arizona Foothills Magazine as one the the "Ten Women Who Move The Valley" in 2012. The Frances family shares Georganne's passion for creating a special shopping experience and encouragement of the creative community in Phoenix.

What/Who is your biggest inspiration?
I have to say my parents have been my biggest inspiration. My father was a very successful entrpenuer/dentist while my mom is an artist. Combining their sensibilities and learning from the two of them has helped me build Frances. They were constant and encouraging.

How did you get your position in the arts & craft world?
I started Crafteria, a 45 vendor curated indie craft festival held the first Friday in December, nine years ago after attending the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago.  We also hosted Faythe Levine and her indie film Handmade Nation approximately 7 years ago, I was very inspired by Faythe.

Tell us about a few favorites of yours:
My husband and I love to hike, we love Mexican food and that is why we have to hike!  
I love to hunt for the perfect items for Frances.
Several of my favorite restaurants are: Cibo, Pane Bianco, Otro, Los Compdres, and Via De Los Santos

What do you love most about the handmade movement?
I love that there is a handmade movement still happening, we all know our ancestors handmade items to survive by making their own foods for day to day life or just to make something special for someone.  My mom tells a story of her mom making her a dress from a flour sack and that is when flour sacks were a lovely floral.  It has come a long way from that time in America but the sense of making something with your hands feeds your soul and then taking it into the community for someone to admire and purchase is a beautiful thing.

What is the most important feature in an artists application for you?
Uniqueness, consistency and quality

What are you most looking forward to in being part of the Jackalope Arts Jury?
I am always happy that an artist has an opportunity to show their talent, glad to help the community add another quality event to the Phoenix calendar. 

Where can we find out more about you?   
@francesvintage on twitter & instagram
@georganneb on instagram


Phoenix, Arizona… HERE WE COME!

Like the bird that shares its name, Phoenix is rising into a beautiful new city that embraces Localism, innovation, entrepreneurship, and diversity.

In the beginning days of Jackalope Arts, our team sat together with some of the movers and shakers in the L.A. art scene and talked excitedly about the vision for Jackalope Arts.  One of these notable individuals said they understood why we were in L.A. and Denver with the arts and culture in both cities, but that they didn't know anything about Phoenix and the scene there.  Of course, as a Phoenix native, I proceeded to breakdown all of what Phoenix has to offer in it's rapidly growing and soon to be well known arts economy!

The Jackalope Art & Craft Fair will be making it's home at Steele Indian School Park in Downtown Phoenix, just outside the Roosevelt Row Arts District and situated just steps from the Metro Light Rail.   We will be joining the localist movement in an effort to strengthen the Phoenix community and Arizona economy by growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses.

There has been a concentrated focus on growing Downtown Phoenix and over the past 5 years those efforts have really begun to take hold!  We are on a roll with a 7% expected growth rate, exceptional when compared to other Downtown growth rates in the US (, and Phoenix's Roosevelt Row (RoRo) being named one of the top 10 arts districts in the country by USA Today!

One of the associations in place to help facilitate this growth in Downtown Phoenix and across Arizona is Local First Arizona.  Since it's inception in 2003, Local First Arizona has grown to become the world's largest local business association with over 2,500 members!  Arizonans know how to ban together and make s***t happen and we aim to be a part of that.  

The mission of Jackalope Arts is to create a shopping experience with the highest quality, locally handcrafted goods.  We strive to support local artisans who devote their lives to their creations. We bring a community together to celebrate local artistry, and promote high quality, locally made, artisan creations of all kinds in our weekend events.

Check out this Small Wonders map of the local businesses in the area surrounding our new Downtown home!  We love our Jackalope neighbors :)

Not convinced Phoenix is amazing yet?  Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Love Phoenix from the Phoenix New Times!

The Jackalope Art & Craft Fair will launch in Phoenix with our Holiday shopping event on December 12th & 13th.  
Are you an artisan? Applications are available online and the deadline is September 1st.  
Just an eager local shopper?  Our event is FREE so add it to your calendar and sign up to our mailing list to hear all the exciting updates!

Good Reads & Resources: 

Local First Arizona

Is Downtown Phoenix at a Tipping Point?