Monday, October 25, 2010


Hittin the books this month!

Alphabet Eyes: a zine of alphabet sonances
MYtinerary: 3rd Ed!
Charactionary: an interactive character activity book!


Monday, October 18, 2010

{PANTALOONS} in flight

Step 1: Take off your trousers.
Step 2: Replace them with Madam Chino Pantaloons!
Step 3: Step it up a notch with out ever moving a step.

BLACK scarecrow pantaloons

BLACK taperpleat pantaloons
BLACK taperpleat pantaloons

BLACK scarecrow pantaloons

See the rest of the HEsHERs SET: these are new Madam Chino Original forms created by upcycling t-shirts!

Available now at Look Nook and soon on Etsy.

Special thanks to Model Stephanie Alderson!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

{MMECHI at MIM} hotshots

Made In Milwaukee! 2010
Angela Andrew in Madam Chino!

Made In Milwaukee! 2010
Chartreuse Litgens in Madam Chino!

Made In Milwaukee! 2010
Justine Andrew in Madam Chino!

Made In Milwaukee! 2010
Sam Sanborn in Madam Chino!

Made In Milwaukee! 2010
Angie Graf in Madam Chino!

Made In Milwaukee!
Stefani Alderson in Madam Chino!

You're next!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

{KNICKknack!} Talk the Walk!

What a great weekend! We had a lot of fun people participate! Look Nook and Project M are both working with Stonefly to bring KnickKnack to regular event status! The venue is so huge and very neat to see it transformed for multiuse. Once brunch picks up and the summer arrives again, the possibilities are endless! I know this is the first year I'm ahead of the holiday shopping train with great gifts.

ASHLEY ELLEN: Holiday Fare!
Young Ashley has been a devoted model for Madam Chino since the age of 17. She is foxy and always makes my clothes look amazing, enfusing her energetic character in the garments! She started making holiday stockings and this was her very first craft fair! She is currently working on developing a line of items and I spent my morning at Rochambo giving her the whole mini-business runthrough. I love to see this budding!

STACIAN: Unmanned Ship Cassettes!
Dania Luck is thee coolest lady back in town from chicago, and we are stoked. Shes the amazing musician STACIAN, selling her teal blue split cassettes with highly detailed hand screened sleeves along side a listening "STATION". In addition, a line of clever undies and shirts under the label HERBAL GERM

SPINSTER CRAFTS: Beardana Bandit!
You really can't go wrong here. This lady is witty and clever. Everything in her line is something i've never seen anywhere else. From the bottlecap acorn ornaments, to the knitted cupcakes, to this infamous BEARDANA, Laura Gorzek MPS Artist Resident is the lady with the idea.

SET APART ART!: Knitwits!
I don't know what's sweeter, these affordable and daring crocheted earrings and hats, or Trair, the lady behind the label. She taught me about infinity scarves; closed circuits that double up on your neck! Her work uses super soft colorful yarns brought together into theorized color sets with creative knotting that combines both variety AND consistency. I can't wait to get a special line at the LOOK NOOK! Her work is currently available at both Project M and Boutique Revolution

Kelly and Bree are super cool ladies with their heads on their shoulders: The best accessory a body can have! But then, on top of that, they deck it out. Some of the most texture and variety I've seen in both inventory items and techniques: from silky ruffle brooches to dazzling blingy glitter headbands. Project M houses mid-west artists right across the street from Stonefly! What a great resource.

EUGENELYNN: Simon weaves baskets!
Nicole and Simon McConnico stunned me with their crafty ways. This husband wife duo busts off with some rad clads: Recycled crayons in the form of Female Busts, Pin-ups, Seasame Street Characters, and Starwars guys; all from the cast away nubs of children in Nicole's classroom. Simon has a great "funny face" when he makes it, and was using it while doing some onsite demos weaving baskets out of rolled newspaper and pressing books!

Kat Charneski has been selling her amazing plastic canvas jewelry at the LOOK NOOK, which currently houses her necklace collection. Galactic Apache also makes insane "feather" (featherstitched plastic canvas) headgear to be worn off to the side like a twisted crown. Thanks to the powers that be, Kat has traveled back from the future to bring us these new shapes.

VONN: Bows!
Vonn is Lisa G. She is a good friend, and I encourage her to start an online shop frequently, but she seems to prefer to work on a face-to-face basis. Find her work at LOOK NOOK and Sparrow Gallery where she is an excellent tailor and does affordable repair work! We are working on a clothing repair event at LOOK NOOK in January.

PENNY SPENCER!: Feeling Organized!
The night before the show, I found great and lasting satisfaction in creating all new tabs for the portable caddy files of my work: postcards, miss you cards, thank you cards, recycled mini spirals, handdrawn/screened patches, and all my books and zines. This is, the gift that keeps giving! hahaha.

Ill be writing again soon!

xo, essa