Merchants & Artists

Check out the vibrant community of merchants and artists who call South Main Creative home!

Ashli Ahrens

Mailbox Memories

Instagram: @mailboxmemories
Mailbox Memories, based in Little Rock, specializes in the sale and repurposing of antique and vintage postcards with an emphasis on Arkansas cards. Ashli Ahrens began collecting postcards only recently, but quickly became enamored with their variety, printing quality, historic information and personal messages. And will drone on endlessly about postcard types and their history to anyone who asks.

Ann Clements

Sparklythangs

Instagram: @sparklythangsFacebook: Sparklythangs
Sparklythangs is a line of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry combining vintage elements with fresh, creative design. Owner/Designer Ann Clements, driven by a passion for collecting and the love of an object’s story, creates distinctive, meaningful jewelry out of bits and bobs. If you have family pieces you’d like transformed into modern, wearable memories, Ann also accepts custom commissions.

Dave & Judy Durheim

Instagram: @judydurheim

For over 40 years Dave & Judy Durheim have enjoyed scouring auctions & turning overlooked gems into upcycled treasures. Particularly popular are Judy’s endearing folk art dolls, which are handmade from reclaimed linens, fabrics and other vintage finds.

Kandy Jones

Garage Sale Queen

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Kandy is a mosaic artist working in mixed media. Her whimsical pieces incorporate items from everyday life in unexpected ways. She enjoys combining mosaic elements with other sculptural elements like hypertufa, concrete, and polymer clay. Kandy’s pieces are filled with delightful details which draw the viewer in and reward a closer look.

Cassy Christ

Etsy: CassyLeeArtInstagram: @CassyLeeArtFacebook: @CassyLeeArt

Cassy Christ studies art history and studio art at UA Little Rock. Her appreciation of fine art as an art historian and her experiences as an artist drive her to blur the line between ‘fine art’ and ‘craft’. Weaving is Cassy’s main artistic passion and from there she explores the limits of textile art by combining unexpected and found materials to create her unique pieces. Her current focus includes jewelry that combines weaving, concrete, and gold leaf and one-of-a-kind woven wall hangings.

Jonny Stewart

Americana Unlimited

Instagram: @americanaunlimited

Americana Unlimited is a collection of vintage, antiques, and handmade crafts curated by Jonny Stewart.  A Little Rock native, Jonny has returned after a 10 year stint away in LA & NYC and his love of Americana inspired him to bring his antiquing hobby to South Main Creative. His booth is an eclectic mix of uniquely inspired finds: from elaborate needlepoint art pieces to petroliana to state plates, you never know what he’ll turn up with next.

Shamim Okolloh

Mimi Mwafrika

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Shamim (Mimi) Okolloh works with talented artisans in Nairobi to source authentic handcrafted clothing, accessories and other products from Africa. Mimi feels privileged to be able to share the stories of the artisans she partners with and the culture of her homeland with her customers.

Kim Christ

Peace Love Patina

Instagram: @peacelovepatinaFacebook: Peace Love Patina

Kim is Little Rock’s seller of Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint, a lusciously pigmented clay and chalk finish artisan furniture paint. Fueled by her love of rescuing and transforming forgotten pieces, she also sells her own groovy reclaimed vintage furniture and home goods transformed with DIY Paint, as well as a curated collection of vintage items.

Sheila Cabrera

Brixloft

Instagram: @brixloft

After “beautiful,” BrixLoft jewelry is most often described as “unique;” hence, the tagline “Wear Unexpected.” This stems from owner Sheila Cabrera’s passion for pairing uncommon elements such as recycled leather and vintage finds with high quality precious metals and semi-precious stones. Sheila is fearless about the materials she uses, and her goal is always the same: to create a beautifully integrated work of art the wearer won’t want to take off!

Becky Witsell

Studio Werk

A visual artist trained as a painter and printmaker, Becky Witsell’s career has included teaching, designing and fabricating exhibits, creating commissioned fabric pieces and liturgical textiles, and working as a historic decorative painter. Her booth at SMC features Victorian antiques, silver and crystal, antique woodworking tools, and a large selection of resource books, as well as pieces of her original artwork.

Marianne Hedges Hennigar

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Marianne is an artist who lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas. She specializes in bronze and ceramic sculpture, textured wall art, paintings and items for the curious at heart. Her booth also hosts an array of  crystal stones, geodes and fine estate collectibles. “Making is a joy. Sharing that which is made is a privilege.”

Christie Young

Silver n Sage Jewelry

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Art & metalsmithing come together with unique, organic hand crafted jewelry created by Christie Young using precious metals and all natural stones. Each piece is formed by hand: hand forged, hand fabricated, hand carved, and hand designed. Christie’s work in jewelry is an expression of her love of the natural world. The colors, the textures, and the way nature moves all fuel her creativity resulting in rustic, organic designs reflecting Christie’s love of the outdoors.

Debbie Diener & Sabrina Chan

Whispering Wool

Instagram: @whisperingwoolFacebook: WhisperingWool
Whispering Wool is the sister team of Debbie Diener & Sabrina Chan. Debbie has been involved in crafts and art all her life, focusing mainly on ceramics and watercoloring rubber stamp art, and now is fully immersed in the art of needle felting. Sabrina got a later start in the crafting and art arena, beginning with designing and creating jewelry in 2008, before also embracing needle felting. Debbie’s style is more realistic, while Sabrina’s focus is more on fantasy pieces, but they both love the process of creating and working together, exchanging ideas and encouragement.

Catherine Johnson

Orbiting Debris Vintage

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Catherine Johnson is a vintage enthusiast of long-standing. Her first loves are costume jewelry and sewing patterns, but she also offers a nice selection of interesting and unusual vintage clothing and accessories, as well as home decor items, with an emphasis on mid-century modern. On occasion, she’ll also make available select pieces of her own handmade jewelry.

Marianne Kirksey

The Blue Swallow Clothing Company

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Originally from Austin, Texas, with an education and background in textile arts, Marianne started her interior design business 18 years ago in Arkansas. She retired recently to follow other artistic endeavors: creating comfortable natural fiber clothing and metal works jewelry inspired by antiquities. Her favorite materials are fabrics, metals, stones, and gathered objects.

Mena Loya

Ximena & Elle

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Born in Argentina, Mena was 12 when her grandmother first taught her to knit. The next year, her family moved to Belarus and knitting was forgotten in the midst of the adjustment. As an adult with a family of her own, she rediscovered knitting and started Ximena & Elle. At SMC, she sells hand-dyed and hand-spun yarns, knitting needles, and other knitting supplies for fellow knitters!

Claire Barnett

Olive + Sage Vintage

www.oliveandsagevintage.com
Instagram: @oliveandsagevintage

Olive + Sage is a vintage clothing and housewares shop filled with handpicked treasures for wallflowers, wildflowers, and everyone in-between. Owner Claire Barnett loves to give her finds a new story by putting them in the hands of those who will love and cherish them. To her, O+S is more than a shop; it’s a passion project that’s all about reminding people that like her finds, they are also one of a kind!

Don Edwards

DonMart

Don Edwards has a master’s degree in art and is a long-time collector. His booth at SMC specializes in paintings, drawings and artist prints with an emphasis on 20th century Arkansas artists. He also offers an array of 20th century collectibles and jewelry.

Kirby Shofner

Instagram: @kshof
Kirby has been interested in antiques since he was a little boy. As a child going to antique stores with his mother, he had to keep his hands in his pockets to keep from touching anything of value, a habit he’s still trying to break. He likes to find value in things most people throw away, lost things found. Kirby has taught science at LR Central High for many years. He collects baseball cards, Niloak, Viewmaster items, and oddball items he finds.

Dondi Warren

Delta Gilt

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Dondi is an artist, maker, and vintage collector, and has just launched her own proprietary line of art supplies, including gilding materials and chalk paint. Dondi’s art explores the symbiosis of have and have not, highlighting and incorporating many themes from the South: place, heritage, family; beliefs, desires, aspirations, fear; scarcity, resourcefulness.

Valerie Wingert

wabi-sabi designs

Instagram: @wabisabi.designsFacebook: wabi-sabi designs in South Main Creative
wabi-sabi is the centuries-old Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection. It is the appreciation of handmade things and of objects that bear the marks and patina of years of use. One will find treasures ranging from antique handmade furniture to vintage industrial to upcycled lighting in wabi-sabi designs.

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Christen Byrd

Christen Byrd is a lover of all things creative. She is a photographer, graphic designer, obsessive crafter, wedding and party planner. All the while keeping up with three little Byrds and a husband in downtown Little Rock. While she is about the most unorganized person you will ever meet…she can style you a fabulous party in an instant. She is the founder and main teacher for Camp Lovely, a central Arkansas crafting community. She will try just about anything and will always “make it work!”

Dondi Warren

Dondi, a former art educator in Mississippi and Arkansas, has taught painting, drawing, ceramics, art history, multimedia, and graphic design. She has also worked professionally as a photographer, painter, and on small restoration projects. Though experienced in a wide range of media, she is currently focusing on gilding applications, artistic furniture, faux techniques, and mixed media work.

Ann Clements

Ann Clements is the Owner and Designer of Sparklythangs, a line of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry combining vintage elements with fresh, creative design. Driven by a passion for collecting and the love of an object’s story, she creates distinctive, meaningful jewelry out of bits and bobs.

Marianne Hedges Hennigar

Marianne is an artist who lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas. She specializes in bronze and ceramic sculpture, textured wall art, paintings and items for the curious at heart. Her booth also hosts an array of  crystal stones, geodes and fine estate collectibles. “Making is a joy. Sharing that which is made is a privilege.”

Whispering Wool

Whispering Wool is the sister team of Debbie Diener & Sabrina Chan. Debbie has been involved in crafts and art all her life, focusing mainly on ceramics and watercoloring rubber stamp art, and now is fully immersed in the art of needle felting. Sabrina got a later start in the crafting and art arena, beginning with designing and creating jewelry in 2008, before also embracing needle felting. Debbie’s style is more realistic, while Sabrina’s focus is more on fantasy pieces, but they both love the process of creating and working together, exchanging ideas and encouragement.

Anne Weaver

Anne Weaver is a sewist and general creative type, a hoarder of craft supplies and fabric with an inherent need to put even the smallest of scraps to artistic use (or re-use). She’s a mother to an active tween girl and a Crazy Cat Lady and the Queen of Unflattering Selfies. She enjoys sharing her creative bent with others through blogging and through hands-on classes. Find her online at http://sewing.craftgossip.com or http://orangebettie.com.

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