Marketplace

The marketplace at the Great Lakes Folk Festival features hand-made goods with folk wisdom and functionality.

Juried by the MSU Museum staff, the marketplace showcases vendors who specialize in traditional/folk or green arts.  Folk or traditional art is generally learned by example from a family or community member, through imitation and repetition, rather than through formal instruction such as classes or workshops.

Traditional art, as practiced by ethnic, regional, occupational, familial, and religious groups, refers to the traditional expressions through which these communities maintain and pass on their shared sense of beauty, identity, and values.
Green artists take used or recycled materials and upcycle them to make art or functional objects. The products convey the artists’ wisdom, skill and creativity for conserving the planet and using materials in a sometimes recognizable, or a sometimes surprising way.

Silver Talisman

Jewelry
Atlanta, GA
Jewelry made by the artists of Silver Talisman

Silver Talisman is the product of three generations and 42 years of family traditions and hard work. Creating handmade sterling silver and copper jewelry with approximately 60% recycled metals and stone, they are a perfect representative of both the green and traditional aspects of our festival.

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The Beauty of Pandau

Handmade Goods
Warren, MI
Festival logo, 2017

The Beauty of Pandau creates traditional handmade Hmong reverse appliqué on purses, wallets, hanging bags and more.

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Gypsy Rose Studio

Jewelry
Bellaire, MI

Gypsy Rose Studio is consciously aware of the impact fashion can have on landfills; instead they seek to create styles with a sustainability that will endure fashion for many years by creating the trends instead of riding the current fashion roller coaster. Creating eco-art encourages both the wearer and the spectator to think about how plant mediums can be used as alternatives to plastic, metals or precious stones.

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The Camel’s Hump

Handmade Goods
Warren, MI
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Dianne Johns is motivated by environmental concerns but admits that it is just plain fun to create something of value out of valueless objects. She creates her pieces of art by decorating old windows with broken glass, old mirror frames with junk jewelry, and I make faces out of old pots, pans, and lids with hardware and household junk (Potheads).

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Whimsical Wit

Handmade Goods
Warren, MI
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Whimsical Wit creates state inspired home and gift products created from recycled clothing.  They make pillows, tea towels, and other home and gift products from recycled clothing found at thrift stores or from donations, all while showing state pride!

http://whimsicalwit.etsy.com/

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Mary Acton

Handmade Goods
Warren, MI
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Mary creates traditional and original designs on the shells of eggs of all sizes from chicken to ostrich. She uses the Ukrainian egg dying method of applying layers of beeswax and dyes of all colors.

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Anshu Varma – Henna by Design

Marketplace
Henna design applied to visitors hand

Anshu Varma was born in north India and grew up in Calcutta and New Delhi. As a child she was fascinated by the tradition of meh’ndi, a paste of henna used to decorate the hands and feet with ornate patterns, the result being like a temporary tattoo.
Greatly inspired by her mother’s artistic meh’ndi creations, Anhsu learned the art of meh’ndi, sometimes simply called henna, at home.

Henna plays an important role in maintaining cultural and traditional identity in India.

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April D. Bates

Recycled Clothing
Saint Petersburg, Florida

April Bates does surface designs on recycled and new clothing using dye, ink, and acrylic paint.

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St. Stephen’s All Occasion Aprons

Clothing
East Lansing, MI

St. Stephen’s AllOccasionAprons makes all occasion aprons for men, women and children in various fabrics and print theme collections, e.g., Food/Drink, Flowers/Gardens, and their newest collection–Wedding Cake Aprons (TM).

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The Glossatteer

Handmade Goods
Warren, MI
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Brian makes up-cycled jewelry from vintage and antique objects. He loves working with old, neglected objects that were never meant to be worn.

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Soulful Earth Herbals

Herbal Products
Lansing, MI

Soulful Earth Herbals began in 2005 from a passion for learning how to create personal products and simple herbal medicine without the use of chemicals and other potentially harmful ingredients. It started with the idea of a connection between nature and the ability to listen to our body. Kathaleen believes everything comes from Mother Earth with purpose and we just need to become educated on how to use her resources without harm to the environment or ourselves.

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ACT Uganda

Handmade Goods
Warren, MI
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ACT Uganda is a non-profit organization that works with the Ugandan women to bring the handcrafts to Michigan markets and the money is returned to them to provide their livelihood. Items are handmade by the women of Ugandan villages and include colorful baskets woven with raffia and papyrus, jewelry made from woven paper beads and cow horn, sewn items made from African fabrics.

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Enchanted Earth Studios

Jewelry
Laingsburg, MI
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Mel Swartz learned how to wire wrap rings from other artists by observing their methods and results. Copper is one of her favorite metals but she also works with silver, silver filled, gold filled, and brass.

Copper metal and wire used to be commonly recycled by artists and craftspeople into jewelry and many creative objects. Now that its value to commercial recyclers has increased, it often has to be purchased by the artists to continue their art and craft.

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Capital Area Lace Makers (CALM)

Lace Making
Lansing, Michigan

CALM is an organization for those who enjoy the art of bobbin lace making. Members of the organization come from several states and countries. Those who live close to East Lansing, Michigan enjoy spending time together during the week making lace, sharing knowledge, and encouraging each other as they work on their various projects. Weekly lace-ins are held Wednesday evenings and bi-weekly lace-ins on the first and third Fridays. CALM is a friendly group of lace makers who enjoy teaching those who are new to the art.

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