Retail Features

Our retail space supports local artists by giving them an opportunity to showcase and sell their work. Their artwork ranges from hand-made cards, jewelry, purses, and scarves to prints, paintings, ceramics, and more. Meet the amazing artists behind our display, then stop by and see their work for yourself!

January 2017

This month meet Kristina Fjellman, an artist in our shop who sells paper goods – recycled and screenprinted – and unique, shrink-film jewelry. Kristina also creates fine art with fiber, paper, and wire. Read on below to learn more about this fabulous, multi-talented artist!

Kristina Fjellman – positive, creative, multitasker

Tell us about your work. What kind of art do you make? What inspires it?

My inspiration comes from nature and retro design from the 50’s and 60’s. I love color and pattern, but like to challenge myself to find new ways to use these elements on this unusual medium (shrink film). In addition to making jewelry and paper goods, I am a fiber artist and create wall relief sculptures.  If you are curious, you can check out my fiber art on my website: www.kristinafjellman.com

Very cool! So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

Right now, I am working on a fiber art installation as I have a show at St. Kate’s in January (opens Jan. 30th), and another show in February at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.  I then will be working on my third art show of the year this May as I am a guest artist in The Phipps Galleries in Hudson, WI.  After that, I switch gears and will be performing in a theater production about the fabulous artist and illustrator from the 1920’s, Wanda Gag.  So, in between all those fabulous projects I will try to rest a bit and see my husband. 🙂

Find more of Kristina’s work on Instagram @kristinamadeit and at www.kristinafjellman.com.

November 2016

This month, meet Holly Walter and Laura Juul! Both of these lovely humans sell their work in our retail space and volunteer for our retail committee. As part of the retail committee, they coordinate artists, manage inventory, construct the displays, and assist with retail marketing. Laura is also one of our teachers, instructing the silver clay, torch firing, and fused glass classes. Articulture is so grateful for these two and all of the hard work they put into our retail space.

Holly Walter – thoughtful, intuitive cat lady

How would you describe your work as an artist- your mediums, inspirations, and interests?

Textiles drive my creativity and I love showing off unique and beautiful fabrics in my purses. Vinyl is one of my favorite materials to work with because it’s waterproof, durable, strong, and fairly inexpensive. Sometimes people think it’s leather, but nope! Just vinyl!

Awesome! And what are you working on right now?

I’ve temporarily put my sewing machine away and I’ve started beading earrings. I spend most of my days sewing at work, so making earrings is a fun and easy way for me to be creative.

You can find Holly on Instagram @hewdesigns and www.hewdesigns.com.

Laura Juul – knowledgeable, expressive plant lover

How would you describe your work as an artist- your mediums, inspirations, and interests?

Metal clay is what has been my obsession over the years. I typically work with with silver metal, though I recently started working more with fused glass. I have a background in traditional metal techniques and am very inspired by nature.