Local plaster caster adorns Milwaukee homes, landmarks

Published April 15, 2013

You'll find the plaster work of Eugene Orlandini, owner of Orlandini Studios in Walker's Point, at the Oriental Theater, Plaza Hotel, Central Library and many homes. His grandfather and uncle contributed to the Eagles Ballroom and the Marcus Center. Find out more about these talented, behind-the-scenes craftsmen and artists.


Artist Vanessa Andrew creates outside the lines

Published Jan. 1, 2011

Local artist Vanessa Devaki Andrew has her hand in so many things at any one time that it's hard to sum up what she does, or who she is in a few simple words. But Andrew, a 29-year-old whirring ball of energy barely confined inside her human frame, offers up at least one word that fits, "conflicted".


New craft fair aims to encourage emerging artists

Published Nov. 17, 2010

As the popularity of do-it-yourself crafting has grown exponentially in recent years, the scramble to land space at craft fairs across the country has become increasingly costly and competitive. A group of friends and staples of the local crafting community have launched a new craft fair in response aimed at being more welcoming to emerging crafters.


Fine Furnishings show returns to Milwaukee this fall

Published Sept. 12, 2010

Attention Ikea shoppers: You have other options. Milwaukee understands that your desire for style parallels your need for affordability when it comes to interior design, and that's why the city has secured yet another Fine Furnishings show to present a marketplace for the finest in handcrafted furniture, decorative accessories, original art and contemporary fine craft.


Karma Kraft prints custom fabric on demand

Published July 14, 2009

Karma Kraft is a new custom digital fabric printing service based out of Raleigh, N.C., but co-founder Scott Jeffreys says his team of CAD designers and printers are filling orders for customers as far away as Brazil, Australia and France. Creative crafters are taking over the world.


Sparrow picks up where Fasten left off

Published May 12, 2009

The start of the month found Fasten Collective closing its boutique and the end of it marks the final day of Faythe Levine and Kim Kisiolek's Paper Boat Boutique and Gallery. But, there is some good news. The new Sparrow Collective Gallery is picking up where both Bay View boutiques left off and promised to fill the void -- and then some -- left by their absence.


"Handmade Nation" knits together a close community

Published Feb. 6, 2009

The only thing more extraordinary than the showing of the locally made feature documentary "Handmade Nation," was the locally produced buzz and turnout that greeted the film at the Oriental Theatre last night.


"Handmade Nation" premieres in Milwaukee

Published Feb. 4, 2009

Faythe Levine's highly anticipated debut documentary is finished, but before it travels the globe to screen in New York City, San Francisco, Toronto, Barcelona and Melbourne, "Handmade Nation" premieres here in Milwaukee on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Oriental Theatre.


Loop makes the leap to Riverwest

Published Nov. 22, 2007

As of Wednesday, Nov. 21, Loop is located at 2963 N. Humboldt Blvd., inside the new building that will soon house Alterra's roastery.


Fine Furnishings Show comes to Milwaukee

Published Nov. 7, 2005

Milwaukee has been chosen as the location of the second Fine Furnishings Show, slated for Sept. 23 and 24, 2006 at the Midwest Airlines Center.


Open call for the crafty kinds

Published Feb. 17, 2005

After a smashingly successful first show, Faythe Levine will organize a second "Art vs. Craft" on Saturday, June 18. The premier show last November welcomed 1,500 shoppers and more than 100 vendors. Applications are now available.


Loop Yarn Shop hooks hobbyists

Published Feb. 2, 2005

The age-old stigma of Grandma knitting ugly afghans and scratchy sweaters has been replaced with a fresher, somewhat funkier version of the hobby, thanks to places like Loop Yarn Shop in Bay View.


Midwest grows a new crop of scrapbookers

Published March 10, 2004

Ten years ago, two crafty, savvy women took scrapbooking to a new level and since then, the hobby has become increasingly more popular around the world, especially in the Midwest where modern scrapbooking evolved.