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Small Businesses Led by MICA Community Members

Buy jewelry, clothing, housewares, prints, stationery and more from MICA students, alumni, staff and faculty.

Posted 10.14.13 by mica communications

Cypress Fine Handmade Albums and Boxes. (Photo by Yvette Roman Photography)

Many members of the MICA community showcase their creative and artistic talents through their own small businesses and product lines. Just in time for Small Business Saturday  on Nov. 30, and in preparation for the holiday shopping season, below is a list of businesses with ties to MICA. Check back often, as new enterprises are constantly in the works.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out the list of books and publications by MICA alumni, faculty, staff and students (including the MICA History Book) for some great reads.

JEWELRY, APPAREL, TOYS & HOUSEWARES

A Fiber Circus

Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Rachel Beckman'11 (fiber)
A Fiber Circus is a collection of handwoven and illustrated textiles for the body and home. My goal is to create pieces that are all at once elegant, classic, quirky, and fun, while maintaining high standards of tradition and craftsmanship.

A Little of What You Fancy
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Darcie Book '04 (painting)
A little of what you fancy is a line of jewelry designed and handmade by artist Darcie Book. Unique designs and unusual color combinations make each item special, and no two items will ever look the same.Available online, and at the occasional art fair.

Aisha Voya Dolls
United States
MICA CONNECTION: Catherine Gretschel '10 (interdisciplinary sculpture)
Aisha Voya Dolls is a one artist company that produces hand-crafted poly-urethane resin ball-jointed dolls. Each doll is finished to be a one-of-a-kind art doll with painted details, custom clothes and accessories. 

Andrea Bocchio Jewelry
Brooklyn, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Andrea Bocchio '08 (fiber, art history)
Brooklyn-based Peruvian designer Andrea Bocchio makes a bold and fresh look with her jewelry collection. She uses bright colors, lush textures and unexpected details along with traditional knitting and crocheting. The business started as a hobby with her mother and now has expanded to a collection sold in select boutiques and online.


Art Drought
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Arthur Drought '79 (crafts)
Arthur Drought fabricates custom furniture and cabinets. He uses domestic hardwoods and metal to make products for use in the home or office. Drought's goal is to create pieces to match his client's needs and style.

Image caption: Master bedroom work by Arthur Drought

 

Brittney Posternock wearing one of her crochet necklaces.

B.Pos Jewelry
Columbia, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Brittney Posternock (Certificate in Jewelry)
Brittney Posternock makes handmade jewelry and scarves that she sells online as well in some local boutiques.

Image caption: Brittney Posternock wearing one of her crochet necklaces.

Besh Besh
United States
MICA CONNECTIONS: Sara Beschle '10 (experimental animation)
Cute, cuddly and maybe slightly disturbing! is the Besh Besh motto. Besh Besh's shop is full of adorable Gothopi that need loving homes. "What's a Gothopus?" you may ask. A Gothopus a cross between an octopus and a bat. Besh Besh makes all her plush Gothopi lovingly by hand. Don't see exactly what you want? Besh Besh also does custom orders.

Billie Bee
Germantown, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Jaclyn Leo '11 (general fine arts)
Hand-made and embroidered aprons, dish cloths, table squares and more! Vintage-chic accessories for the modern gal.

Carlybird WeavesHandwoven Scarf by Carlybird Weaves
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Carly Goss '04 (fiber)
Handwoven scarves! Handwoven cuffs! Handwoven cloth of all kinds! Carlybird Weaves textiles are designed and created one line at a time in Baltimore by fiber artist, Carly Goss. I am a handweaver, who specializes in bringing a new, modern aesthetic to traditional weaving patterns. In my shop you will find handwoven wrist cuffs, pocket scarves, scarflettes, hand dyed silk scarves and more.

Image caption: Handwoven Scarf by Carlybird Weaves.

Clever Betty
St. Louis, Missouri
MICA CONNECTION: Lauren Enkelmeyer ‘12 (Business of Art & Design)
Clever Betty is a collection of handmade fabrics and designs offering everything from scarves and bags to nursery items and home décor. As one of Anthropologie's newest vendors, Clever Betty's new 2014 calendars can be purchased via Anthropologie's website as an online holiday special and at the Clever Betty site, along with all other merchandise.

Cotton Monster
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Jennifer Strunge'04 (fiber)
Cotton Monster is a line of 100% one-of-a-kind stuffed creatures with utterly unique bulging eyes and gap-toothed mouths made from recycled clothing and bed linens by Jennifer Strunge. She began making monsters her senior year at MICA in 2003/4 and has been populating the world with handmade beasts ever since!

Damn Good Doormats: Art you can wipe your feet on!
Baltimore, Maryland

MICA CONNECTIONS: Spoon Popkin '90 (general fine arts)
From geek to chic...
Personalized outdoor door mats are the perfect gift for weddings, housewarmings and the hard to shop for man. Funny doormats, elegant entrance mats, rustic outdoor rugs- it's all here! Geeky, goofy, chic, ironic, hip, with over 250 styles and counting, Damn Good Doormats is your home for doormat delights. Make your outdoor entrance unique!
Custom orders are welcomed!

Dreadnought Workshop 
Baltimore, Maryland 
MICA CONNECTION: Brett Lojzim '97 (painting) 
Brett Lojzim creates men's accessories from his studio in Baltimore City. He inspired by the city, American history, and the things he experiences living in an urban setting. Brett's new line of belt buckles, tie clips, and cufflinks are made using various metal fabricating and casting techniques which he has learned through studio exploration. He is a painter that expresses his work in metalsmithing.

Etymology
Brooklyn, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Natalie Jacob '11 (art history theory & criticism)
Etymology jewelry is designed by MICA alum Natalie Jacob. The jewelry pieces are all handmade by her in Brooklyn, NY. The pieces feature vintage findings, natural stones, and fair trade beads, assembled in a way to evoke a mixed media aesthetic. Etymology is sold in boutiques all around the United States. For all inquiries related to Etymology, contact Natalie at nat1489@msn.com. 

Firehouse Tileworks 
Vashon Island, Washington
MICA CONNECTION: Clare Dohna '78 (sculpture/ceramics)
Clare Dohna, owner of Firehouse Tileworks, creates tile and mosaic work for both interior and exterior applications. Her work is whimsical, colorful and durable, bringing floors, walls, fireplaces, kitchens and gardens to life.

Flat Vernacular, Dandelion Creatures

Flat Vernacular
Brooklyn, New York
MICA CONNECTIONS: Payton Cosell Turner '08 (painting) and Brian Kaspr '06 (general sculptural studies)
When Payton Cosell Turner and Brian Kaspr met at MICA, little did they know they'd be forging a personal and business relationship. Today, the newlyweds are enjoying the success of Flat Vernacular, a hand-drawn, hand-printed wallpaper business that has already been feature in the likes of Elle Décor, The New York Times Home section and W.

Image caption: Flat Vernacular, Dandelion Creatures.

Frances Mackey Studio
Denver, Colorado
MICA CONNECTION: Frances Mackey '66 (crafts)
Functional porcelain for the home.

Image caption: Low-serving bowl.

Greenbridge Pottery

Dayton, Maryland

MICA CONNECTION: Patricia Berry '06 (environment design)
Greenbridge Pottery is made up of a small team of potters who enjoy making art with heart with 10 percent of their sales supporting local and global charities. Having sent pottery around the globe to every continent, Greenbridge is determined to continue to spread peace, love and pottery to loyal customers and beyond.

GreenWork Handmade
Online
MICA CONNECTION: Jennifer Hughes '89 (fiber)
Art and accessories made by hand of found, salvaged, upcycled, and created materials. We make items with a vintage rustic vibe for people who enjoy one-of-a-kind artisan made goods.

Jenny Liz Creative
West Chester, Pennsylvania 
MICA CONNECTION: Jenny Liz Parks '94 (general fine arts)
Jenny Liz Creative, started in 2011 by Jenny Liz Parks (a.k.a. Jennifer Harrington), creates decorative and lifestyle art pieces for her brand Rain&Sprout.

Katie Burley Couture Milinery
Oakland, California
MICA CONNECTION: Katie Burley '02 (fiber)
I am an artist and milliner in the San Francisco Bay Area. I hand block and hand trim hats, headpieces and bridal adornment. My work stems from the undeniable beauty in nature, self exploration and the passage of time.


Katherine Rohrbacher

Los Angeles, California
MICA CONNECTION: Katherine Rohrbacher '09 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
I am a full time artist working in Los Angeles. You can view my paintings at www.katherinerohrbacher.com. I make garden gloves, dish gloves and oven mitts that are available in my Etsy shop www.katgallery.etsy.com. My garden gloves have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens DIY Magazine, Mother Earth Living Magazine and on the television show Hart of Dixie on the CW.

Kimbertimbers
San Antonio, Texas 
MICA CONNECTION: Kimberly Kennedy '07 (graphic design)
Hand drawn patterns and hand dyed silk scarves are the essence of Kimbertimbers. Kim enjoys working with her hands to escape the computer use of her daily life as a graphic designer. Because of her design training, she likes creating interesting patterns on her silk products. She also enjoys photography which she creates greeting cards out of.

LDP Studio
Baltimore, Maryland / Brooklyn, New York / Online
MICA CONNECTION: LaToya Peoples '09 (general fine arts)
I create handcrafted mixed media artworks, screen printed clothing, accessories, and jewelry for purchase online and at art fair events across the east coast.

Lizards Jewelry
Lovettsville, Virginia
MICA CONNECTION: Elizabrth Hall '84 (crafts/jewelry)
Hand crafted art jewelry, one of a kind works made in metals, polymers and PMC. Selling online and in select galleries.

Loaded Objects
Los Angeles, California
MICA CONNECTION: Ryan Weigner '03 (ceramics)
Loaded Objects Ceramics creates sculptural and functional art. The use of plaster mold-making and slip casting leads to visually seductive and thought provoking pieces for your home.

Madame Faaborg's Voodoo
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Sherri Faaborg '92 (visual communications)
Madame Faaborg's Voodoo is a one-artist shop where good wishes and inspiration are bestowed through enchanting dolls. Each doll is a spontaneous creation that expels positive energy through beautiful, funny, serious, animalistic and sometimes frightening figures.

Margaux Lange Jewelry
Beacon, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Margaux Lange '01 (general fine arts)
Margaux Lange's Plastic Body Series Art Jewelry collection utilizes salvaged Barbie doll parts in combination with hand-fabricated sterling silver and pigmented resins. The series is the result of Lange's desire to re-purpose mass produced materials into handmade wearable art meant to examine and celebrate her own as well as pop culture's relationship with the icon known simply as: Barbie.

Image caption: Quote Bubble Necklace in White, by Margaux Lange.

Michael Gilbert Studio
White Hall, Maryland 
MICA CONNECTION: Michael Gilbert '77 (fine arts) 
Maker of hand graved water gilded picture frames, and other objects

Michelle Lipson Woodworking
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MICA CONNECTION: Michelle Lipson '96 (fiber)
Michelle Lipson, since 1999, runs her own company based in Philadelphia and creates custom and commissioned furniture.

*might & mightyPigeon
MICA CONNECTION: Danamarie Hosler '00 (illustration)

Baltimore, Maryland
mightyPigeon is the illustration studio of Danamarie Hosler and the home of the Under Appreciated AnimalsTM series of educational toys and games, which use the alphabet to introduce young audiences to animals who don't normally enjoy the limelight. *might is the place to find one of a kind hand knit dolls known as Knitimals and other unique plush for the young at heart. 

Image caption: Maxwellll the Knitimal.

Minás Gallery and Boutique
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Minas J. Konsolas '85 (visual communications)
Minás is two venues in one: a boutique and an art gallery. It has been around Baltimore since 1992, originally in Fells Point, then in Hampden. It is located on 36th Street, known as "the Avenue", an urban village main street featuring cool, quirky, locally owned shops and restaurants.
Visit Minás Gallery at 814 W. 36th St. Baltimore, Maryland

Mother Made
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Hannah Brancato '07, '11 (fiber, M.A. in Community Arts) and Julia Di Bussolo '06, '07 (photography, M.A. in Community Arts)
Mother Made is a cooperatively operated business that designs and constructs textile products in Baltimore City. Our mission is to promote the financial independence and job-training of low-income woman.

Myrtle Dove VintageMyrtle Dove Vintage
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Mary Walsh-Reynolds, manager of MICA's Writing Studio and the Learning Resource Center.
All her life, Mary Walsh-Reynolds loved thrift-store shopping. So when an opportunity came for her to open a store of her own, she jumped at the chance. Along with her sister Michelle Walsh, Walsh-Reynolds opened Myrtle Dove Vintage in July 2011. The store offers vintage clothing and accessories for men, women and children as well as retro housewares and kitschy knickknacks.
 
Image caption: Mary Walsh-Reynolds of Myrtle Dove Vintage.

Once Again Sam
Greenville, South Carolina
MICA CONNECTION: Sarah Mandell '05 (environmental design)
Sarah Mandell is the brains and busy hands behind Once Again Sam, an indie craft business where she makes leather jewelry using upholstery scraps and thrift store clothing, giving the material new life, once again, in a whole new way. Sarah is also addicted to the time-intense craft of needle felting. Her fiber art pieces, known as "felted curiosities," range from anatomical hearts to realistic-looking plants and quirky animal sculptures made of wool. 

P‚querette
Madrid, Spain
MICA CONNECTION: Veronica Casado Hernandez '12 (fiber)
P‚querette is a small e-store slightly itinerant. Our aim is to bring a little bit of beauty and good mood to quotidian details, be it a pair of earrings, socks or a necklace. We specialize in accessories for the body (and for the home, in a future) made by small brands and makers. We are interested in ethical production that does not disregard design.

Image caption: Chunky Necklaces by Hands and Curls.

Patti Dougherty Hand Made Glass Beads
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
MICA CONNECTION: Patti Dougherty '85 (Mount Royal)
Marine inspired hollow glass beads fashioned into Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets, and Fascinators. Custom work & commissions welcomed.
Image caption: Patti Dougherty, Bubble Necklace on stainless steel neckwire.

Pbody Dsign
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Whitney Sherman, Director, MFA in Illustration Practice 
Pbody Dsign is a collection of housewares created in limited editions. New designs are created each year and sold privately and at selected art markets.

Saratoga Trunk
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Vicki McComas '78 (graphic design, illustration)
My shop is composed of antiques, collectibles, unique objects and my clay sculpture and handmade jewelry. We have been in business for over 20 years.
Visit Saratoga Trunk at 1740 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Shanware Pottery
Rumney, New Hampshire
MICA CONNECTION: Richard Wetterer '68 (sculpture)
Shanware Pottery features finely crafted stoneware & porcelain pottery. Many standard designs as well as one of a kind pieces in a wide variety of glazes. Lead free, microwaveable and dishwasher safe. Open year round in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Group tours available.

Image caption: Shanware Pottery Studio & Gallery.

Sheep's Clothing
Dunkirk, Maryland 
MICA CONNECTION: Darcy Norton '72 (graphic design, illustration)
Since 1981 Sheep's Clothing has offered the finest in Pottery, Crystal, Hand-loomed Throws, Toiletries, Jewelry and Fine Casual Clothes all imported from Ireland, Scotland, England and France and from U.S. Artisans.Gifts & Accessories from $5, $10, $15 and Up.
Visit Sheep's Clothing at 1620 Shakespeare St., Baltimore, Maryland

SkullerySkull jewelry
Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Marisa Rand '10 (interdisciplinary sculpture)
Hand cast replica skulls and jewelry created with them. 

Image caption: Magpie and sparrow skull necklaces.
 

Small Roar
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTIONS: Director of the Center for Design Practice Mike Weikert '05 (Graphic Design)
In 2005, after the birth of their daughter Maya, Mike and Stephannie Weikert realized that new parents could express a point of view through their baby's clothing, and saw an opportunity to create fresh, innovative products. Mike developed Small Roar as his graduate thesis project at MICA and then took it to the marketplace. The family grew again in 2007 with the birth of their son Eli. Small Roar is the fusion of graphic design, free speech and baby clothes. Using the graphic t-shirt as an inexpensive way to make a visual statement, Small Roar gives babies and their parents a voice.

Sooma Studio
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Jessica Schimpf '10 (interdisciplinary sculpture)
Hand-blown glass balls with spider plants grown in hydro-cultural methods, created in 2011.

Spaghetti Kiss
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTIONS: Michael Bracco '01 '02 (illustration, M.A. in Teaching)
Illustrator, author and teacher Michael Bracco uses his unique science fiction illustrations to adorn men and women's apparel.

supah.com
United States
MICA CONNECTION: Amy Beth G. Payne '99 (Digital Art)
Paintings of cats in business suits and other pets. A variety of other fun handmade jewelry and tchotchkes all crafted by Amy Beth Geerling Payne.

Talking Walls
Brooklyn, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Micheal Loughlin '00 (painting)
Talking Walls is a painting company that specializes in custom patterns and designs to be installed in interiors. We would love to Talk with you about how you want to transform your interior into something worth Talking about. Talking Walls was started with the idea of creating unique and one of kind patterns for interiors, custom designed and tailor fitted so it speaks to you and its surrounding!

The Elegant Chessmen
Catonsville, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Shawna Chesser '04 '05 (general fine arts, Teaching)
The Elegant Chessmen is a clothing/costuming company that specializes in Renaissance style clothing. All pieces are handmade (though machine sewn and serged for lasting quality). Ready made items in a variety of sizes, as well as custom work available.

Image caption: Peasant Bodice.

Tigerlillyshop 
Baltimore, Maryland 
MICA CONNECTION: Allison Fomich '98 (general sculptural studies) 
Preserved Botanical Jewelry. Ferns, petals, and feathers pressed into copper, brass, and silver. Electroformed copper necklaces, each one of a kind specimen is encased in metal. Bronze and sterling line cast directly from nature.

Our Lady of Spades
New York, New York 
MICA CONNECTION: Yumi Barak-Vong '05 (general fine arts) 
This handmade line of rosary-inspired jewelry is crafted with the finest materials and created with the utmost care. Each bead is carefully picked and coil-wrapped with non-tarnishing wire. Necklaces may also feature a sterling silver medallion of St. Christopher (patron saint of travellers) or Saint Mary (protector of women, mothers and travelers). Our Lady of Spades rosaries and necklaces serve as protective charms as well as a reminder to all women to respect themselves, care for others and travel safe.

 

Zipper Jewelry by Kate CusackZipper Jewelry by Kate Cusack
New York, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Kate Cusack '01 (general fine arts)
Kate Cusack sees ordinary items as potential materials that can be transformed into something new and exciting, creating what she calls sculptural wearables. The body is my canvas: "I am fascinated by adornment and excess." Cusack said. As a jewelry designer I don't set out to make a necklace with beads or sterling silver; but instead I manipulate the zipper into shapes that are like beads. I can see the material for what it is what it 'should' be used forand then I can decide how I want to re-imagine it.

Kate Cusack's sculptural necklaces are made from "expendable" zippers.


GRAPHIC DESIGN, PRINTMAKING, PHOTOGRAPHY, STATIONERY & BOOKS

AdPrintiques

Middletown, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Carroll Khene, Jr. '60 (advertising design)
There be treasure in the waters of the Chesapeake. Pirates! Picaroons! Scallywags! Under the command of Captain John Bloodsworth, a vicious and daring pirate, they plunder the ships of the Chesapeake Bay during the harsh Colonial times. In this tale, after taking the treasure and burning one galley, Bloodsworth sails away to celebrate on Bloodsworth Island and later London Town. He buries the treasure only to battle with the local Susquehanna Indians on Kent Island. Will Captain Bloodsworth make it out alive? Will the treasure on Kent Island's Bloody Point ever be found? Find out in Buried Treasure, a Pirates Tale. Grades 2 to 5.

Almanac Industries
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Whitney Cecil '06 (photography) and Jacob Cecil '05, '07 (sculpture, Art Education)
Almanac Industries is a husband and wife company creating handcrafted goods in paper, leather and cloth. Including letterpress stationery, screen printed leather accessories and zip cases. Classic and utilitarian with a bit of color.

Image caption: Screen-printed raw leather wallet, Day 1 vs. Day 365.

Applegate Gallery and Custom Framing
Vienna, Virginia
MICA CONNECTION: Sara Minarik Applegate '97 (printmaking)
We offer museum quality custom framing to protect your artwork and better your presentation for sales. MICA students and alumni get a discount.

Image caption: Applegate Gallery and Custom Framing shop

AP Visuals
Miami, Florida
MICA CONNECTION: Alain Porven '99 (BFA, minor in Illustration)
AP Visuals provides lawyers the Graphical design aid to mediate or Represent their case Visually as a digital display or printed demonstrative in trial.

Artsbygary.com 
Baltimore, Maryland 
MICA CONNECTION: Gary Eddington '70 (sculpture) 
Gilder, hand painted signs of all manner. Logo design, temporary graphics a specialty.

BALtees
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Brendon McLean '02 (graphic design) and Alexandra Pearson '13 (graphic design)
We create limited edition apparel for a unique audience. Each print is inspired by a piece of the city, conceptualized and designed to tell Baltimore's story. We are artists who love this city and its eclectic style. If you love Baltimore as much as we do, show it off with a BALTEE.

Baltimore Print Studios
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTIONS: Printmaking Studio Manager Kyle Van Horn 'o3 (painting) and Kim Bentley '08 (Graphic Design)
Kyle Van Horn and Kim Bentley co-own and run Baltimore Print Studios. Together they offer letterpress and screenprinting workshops, studio rental hours, tackle commercial work, and occasionally get to print for themselves. Kyle Van Horn works full time for MICA, overseeing a growing Printmaking Department. Kim Bentley works full time as a graphic designer and also teaches part-time in MICA's Graphic Design Department.

Beth Blinebury Design
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MICA CONNECTION: Beth Blinebury '08 (Digital Imaging)
Based in Philadelphia, Beth Blinebury Design specializes in branding, print design and website development working with local and not-so-local clients who include writers, artists, non-profits and small businesses.

Borrowed Blue Photography
United States
MICA CONNECTION: Natalie Nadozirny '97 (photography)
Borrowed Blue Photography is a wedding and portrait studio located in Hampden, Baltimore, Maryland. Two photographers capture your most intimate and candid moments.

Image captions: Wedding at the Cloisters

Bowerbox Press
United States
MICA CONNECTION: Val Lucas '05 (general fine arts)
Val Lucas runs Bowerbox Press, a one-woman letterpress shop specializing in woodcuts and printed images. Her work is mostly woodcuts, and incorporates birds and patterns with hand-set metal type. Printed work includes a line of greeting cards, hand-painted woodcut prints, reduction woodcuts, larger printed posters, and hand-made journals with woodcut covers.

Image caption: King Midas, by Val Lucas, woodcut with chine colle.

Cypress Fine Handmade Albums and Boxes. (Photo by Yvette Roman Photography)

Brinkbit
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Bryan Bamford '13 (graphic design) and Justin Livi '13 (interactive arts)
Brinkbit specializes in web, design, development, apps and games. With an experienced team, the local company has published more than a dozen apps/games to the Apple App Store and Google Play app store. In addition, Brinkbit is always working on a number of in-house products, as well as accepting client work.

Colorhammer
United States
MICA CONNECTION: Matt Stocking '90 (visual communications design) An innovative design and marketing integrator, Colorhammer brings together diverse creative, print and production resources, more effectively executing marketing projects, efficiently managing print production, delivering more affordable options and realistic solutions. Colorhammer provides more innovative options and a simplified approach to making brands happen.

Cypress Fine Handmade Albums and Boxes
Los Angeles, California
MICA CONNECTION: Dena Robertson '94 (painting)
After having trouble finding the perfect album to display her wedding images, Dena Robertson poured her heart into researching and creating an elegant, museum-quality book for the photographs. The result was an album made with exquisite Swiss ribbons, luxurious Japanese bookbinding fabrics, and papers repurposed from a mill on the East Coast. That album became a prototype for Cypress Fine Handmade Albums and Boxes, a business that now employs 12 artisans who work round-the-clock to create intimate, personal albums.

Cypress Fine Handmade Albums and Boxes. (Photo by Yvette Roman Photography.)

Dana McQuillan Artworks
Crofton, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Dana McQuillan '99 (fiber)
Affordable, handmade artwork perfect for children and whimsical grown-ups.

Image caption: On My Doorstep, by Dana McQuillan, hand cut paper and acrylic on wood, 5 x 7.

Ditto Paper's work for a Texas-style BBQ wedding. (Photo by Johnny Miller)

Ditto Paper
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York, New York
MICA CONNECTIONS: Lauren Richel Kelly '06 (graphic design) and Gina Dean '06 (graphic design)
Ditto Paper is two girls sharing a love for clean typography, bright colors, and all things paper. We believe that finding beautiful, custom-designed wedding invitations shouldn't cause a headache (You've already had enough of those while planning your wedding). We found that there were enough run-of-the-mill, traditional invitations out there - so we set out to design playful, sophisticated invitations that capture the personality of your wedding, that are created just for you. Invitations that your guests will totally gush over, that you will want to frame and keep forever.

Image Caption: Ditto Paper's work for a Texas-style BBQ wedding. (Photo by Johnny Miller.)


Fantasy Draft Gear.com
Simpsonville, South Carolina
MICA CONNECTION: Kate Fowler Nichols '96 (painting)
For the Fantasy Sports enthusiast, our ready-to-use football draft kits, basketball draft kits, and baseball draft kits come complete with everything you need for draft day for your fantasy league. As the commissioner, you will be organized and look like a star with everything you need to conduct any league format draft.

Image caption: Fantasy Draft Gear.com logo

Gilah Press + Design, Jublee card series

Gilah Press + Design
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Kat Feuerstein '99 (graphic design) and Allison Fisher '11 (graphic design)
Gilah Press + Design is a boutique letterpress and design studio. We're dedicated to giving our clients the very best marketing and design solutions out there. We like to think our eye for design is rivaled only by our attention to detail.

Image caption: Gilah Press + Design, Jubilee card series.

Holler & Whistle
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTIONS: Zachary Thornton '01 (general fine arts) & Erin Fostel '04 (drawing)
Holler & Whistle is a little art company that specializes in paper cut greeting cards, wall art and ornaments. Each product that we create begins with a hand cut design that is duplicated using a laser cutter. Our goal is to keep the artists hand visible, but create a more affordable product.

Hope M. Myers
United States
MICA CONNECTION: Home M. Myers '11 (illustration)
I am a freelance illustrator who writes my own children's books, works on set designs for theater companies and produces paper art for selling.

Infinite Creature Designs
Portland, Oregon
MICA CONNECTION: Sara McCormick '05 (fiber)
Infinite Creature Designs is dedicated to the unique digital art of Sara McCormick. Each image is created on the computer and generated by mathematical equations. In our shop you'll find professionally matted open edition fractal prints, perfect for decorating your home or office. You'll also find a variety of great gift items like fractal greeting cards, magnets and buttons.

Jolly Edition
Columbia, MD
MICA CONNECTION: Laura Schema ‘07 (painting)
We've been operating for the past two years, but now we're a one-stop shop for custom wedding stationery! Our fleet of illustrators each has their own style; we are able to offer unique, custom wedding stationery. Several MICA alumni & faculty are involved.

Kalimat Magazine
Canada
MICA CONNECTION: Danah Abdulla '12 (Social Design)
Kalimat Magazine is committed to rejuvenating Arabic culture by providing an outlet for political, cultural and social expression within the Arab region and its diaspora. At the same time, it is a visual communication tool that serves to change Western perception of Arabs. The purpose is to be an open outlet for expression and to increase participation within the cultural/creative scene, therefore, the content is created by Arab people, the writers are Arab, the editor is Arab, the people featured are Arab.

Kimball Prints
Austin, Texas
MICA CONNECTION: Carolyn Kimball '03 (general fine arts)
Kimball Prints prides itself on being a boutique operation that provides artisanal, hand-crafted products. Each piece is handled by the artist through every step of the design and production process: starting with an original painted or carved design, then screen-printed by hand and individually packaged in the studio. Kimball Prints is committed to using sustainable natural materials.

Longstocking Design
Portland, Maine
MICA CONNECTION: Beth Taylor '11 (graphic design)
Longstocking Design works on print and web, textile and motion projects. Based in Portland, Maine, we are deeply embedded in the creative economy and love working and love living.

NedSparrowBooks.com
Online
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Ned Sparrow
Professor Ned Sparrow (Language and Literature) has been teaching at MICA since 1995. He has been collecting books forever. In 2004, he started to sell, hoping to reduce his eclectic collection, including art, history, literature, and first editions. The inventory soon doubled to over 10,000 books. Ned extends great deals to the MICA community.

Image caption: Ned Sparrow store and house.. circa 1890.

NessART
Tulsa, Oklahoma
MICA CONNECTION: Janessa Bookout '04 (sculpture)
Janessa Bookout runs her own custom fabrication business, NessART, creating custom interiors, furniture, film sets, themed environments, exhibits, and signage - tapping expertise she honed as an exhibit fabricator at the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum in Oklahoma.

Pixels+Points
United States
MICA CONNECTION: John Welker '00 (graphic design)
Pixels+Points is a Baltimore-based graphic design studio located in Hampden. We specialize in logo design, web development and mobile apps with a regional and national client roster.

Post Typography
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTIONS: Nolen Strals '01 (general fine arts) and Bruce Willen '02 (graphic design)
Originally conceived as an avant-garde anti-design movement by Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen, Post Typography specializes in graphic design, conceptual typography, and custom lettering/illustration with additional forays into art, apparel, music, curatorial work, design theory and vandalism. In 2007, Strals and Willen incorporated Post Typography as a full time design studio, where they continue to work for a variety of clients including the New York Times, U.S. Green Building Council, and Random House.

Readyluck
United States
MICA CONNECTION: Lindsay Hite '07 (photography)
Luck is being ready - in life and in love, as we carry ourselves along with open eyes, hearts and minds. Readyluck is a collective of photographers whose passions lie in creative, articulate storytelling told through a diversity of talents. To be in the right place at the right time involves preparation and an acute awareness of light, form and detail. It also requires an agreement of chance, of unknown paths crossing synchronistically, a coming together. Being invited into your life to document the immensity of this miracle is a privilege that's not lost on us.

R|S Design
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
MICA CONNECTION: Rachel Schimelman '04 (photography, graphic design)
R|S Design is a small design firm specializing in website design, graphic design and photography. With more than seven years of experience offering a variety of design [both web and print] and photographic services with the highest quality, speed of service and attention to detail for a reasonable price.

signsoutloud.com and artsbygary.com
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Gary Eddington '70 (sculpture)
Signs that communicate, gilding of all kinds, hand painting on all levels.

Small Oak Press and BinderySmall bound journals
New York , New York
MICA CONNECTION: Carrie Tuccio '10 (printmaking)
Small Oak Press exists in basements, bedrooms and occasionally backyards. Each book and album is handcrafted using traditional binding techniques and tools. I use quality art papers for all my books, even the tiniest have a lightweight watercolor paper, so they can handle just about any media you like to work in. Being transient myself at times, I like to keep my journals and sketchbooks at a good size to travel. Some fit in pockets others in a purse or day bag, that way you never miss an idea or a chance to sketch!

Image caption: Mini journals made by Small Oak Press and Bindery.

Small Talk Studio
Online
MICA CONNECTION: Alyssa Nassner '10 (illustration)
Small Talk is the online shop of illustrator Alyssa Nassner. Products includes hand sewn items, stationery, screen prints, and digital prints all featuring Alyssa's original, and recognizable style. All items are made with love, and Alyssa strives to keep her products colorful, fun, and affordable. It is Alyssa's ultimate goal to brighten someone's day, and add a bit of fun to the home or work space.

Speak Life Greetings
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Robyn Short '12 (Business of Art & Design)
Speak Life Greetings is a Maryland-based greeting card brand that believes in the power and beauty of the printed word to provide inspiration, encouragement and endearment to the recipient.

Image caption: Holiday card by Speak Life Greetings.

Sugar Paperie
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Monica Stroter '01,'02 (fiber, M.A. in Teaching)
As a child, Monica always had her hand in the cookie jar. These days she has turned her affection of sweet things into Sugar Paperie, a collection of decadent stationery, handcrafted in small batches from an array of vintage and modern materials. A devoted collector, Monica scours thrift shops and estate sales, rescuing vintage trims, discarded books and maps, and all things pretty. With these lovely castaways, she playfully juxtaposes her collected findings with boldly colored papers and patterned ribbons. Her delicious combinations exude vintage charm and a modern sensibility.

Sycamore Book Arts

Baltimore, Maryland

MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Allison Fischbach

Original hand bound journals and altered tomes are the forte at Sycamore Book Arts. Clean lines, natural colors, and sketchbook quality pages are the hallmark of this one-woman operation. Browse the shop's book boxes, one-of-a-kind bindings, and more.

Image caption: Faux leather bound journal.

Tamera Lawrence
Santa Monica, California
MICA CONNECTION: Tamera Lawrence '88 (graphic design)
Tamera Lawrence designs Mobile Whimsy, a distinct line of contemporary and smart greeting cards. Who says a greeting card needs to be a flat experience?! Tamera's hand assembled mini mobiles are a 3D circus of pictorial whimsy and witty wordplay. For sale online at http://www.tameralawrence.com and in finer retail stores and museum gift shops in the US and Canada. For the Maryland locals, visit the Baltimore Museum of Art Shop for a wonderful selection!

The Drawing Zoo, LLC
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Brittany Roger '11 (illustration)
Drawing from observation is a required practice for artists. But how many times can a student draw vases and fruit before he or she gets bored? The Drawing Zoo is a traveling team of animal handlers that bring live exotic animals into classrooms and studios for artists to use as models. The animals provide a variety of challenges and learning experiences because they do shift/move every couple of minutes.

Image caption: The Washington School of Photography enjoys The Drawing Zoo in their Nature Photography workshop.

To Boldly FoldTo Boldly Fold journal
Massachusetts
MICA CONNECTION: Melissa Chao '09 (photography)
Melissa Chao's work is a constant homage to the art of paper. In her work as a bookbinder and artist she infuses a deep respect for the boundless potential of paper. She constructs beautiful creations of not just paper, but canvas, leather and many other quality materials into hand bound books, cards and a constantly shifting variety of small paper goods. Her belief is that every person deserves to create their own hand-made history and is honored to be a part of their biographical journey.

Image caption: To Boldly Fold - Handmade Books & Paper Goods.

Typecast Press
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Mary Mashburn (Printmaking Department faculty)
Typecast Press has a reputation for creativity and wit, for crafting printed materials that stand apart for their beauty, whimsy and affordability. We have years of experience in graphic design and copywriting as well, of taking projects of all sorts from idea to completion, with an emphasis on personal service and attention to detail. By combining modern graphic design and platemaking methods with the old tricks of the tradesman, we're working to make these antiques - and the lovely work they can create - relevant again.

Will Work for Good
Brooklyn, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Karisa Senavitis '02 (general fine arts)
Will Work for Good is an art and graphic design studio working on projects that support creative endeavors of inspiring groups/individuals: independent record labels, musicians, artists, galleries, comedians, non-profit organizations, friends and neighbors.

Wooden Nickel Press
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
MICA CONNECTION: Andrea Skyberg '00 (fiber)
Wooden Nickel Press is an independent publisher that specializes in books with high artistic creation blended with engaging, lesson-driven stories. We are invested in working in partnership with our artists and writers to craft sophisticated books that function holistically in text and image. Many books are created through collaborative projects which have an artist or author working with schools and other public organizations to develop a portion of the writing or the artwork for the book. Wooden Nickel Press publishes Children's Picture books, Middle Grade Illustrated Novels and Adult Fiction Novels.

Fine Arts

Alice Andrews 
Boxley, Arkansas 
MICA CONNECTION: Alice Andrews '89 (painting) 
I am a painter. I work primarily in oil...nonobjective paintings and paintings with images of landscape. Colors, and the effect they have on each other, are so important in the landscapes. The nonobjective work of late has been very subtle in color.

Art by Anna Guiles
Waldorf, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Anna Guiles '06, '07 (painting, M.A. in Teaching)
Art by Anna Guiles is an online store selling original drawings, paintings, prints, greeting cards and custom artwork. Paintings and drawings in the store explore traditional subject matter such as still life, landscape and cityscapes of Baltimore and other areas. As a high school art teacher in the Washington DC suburbs, Anna is able to use her online store as a way to continue to be a working artist and show her students how to enter the art business.

aRts Abound Publishing
New York, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Sam Smith '70 (graphic design, illustration)
Through the aRts Abound Publishing moniker: Anything having to do with fine-art, design of brochures, posters, exhibition announcements with specialty in book design and printing. At my web site at artbreak.com, under the moniker of 'samfot0', are personal fine-art photo-visuals, signed photo prints are sold as either signed prints, or mounted matted, framed, signed works. Also on this site are personal graphic designs, usually related to current events, or timely issues.

Artwork by Briana Bainbridge
Ventura, California
MICA CONNECTION: Briana Bainbridge '06 (photography)
Briana Bainbridge sells original paintings, prints, accessories, and mosaics. Bainbridge also enjoys doing custom work and showings in and around LA.

Image caption: Briana Thumbs, by Briana Brainbridge.

Bronwen Sexton Photography & Associates

Chester, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Bronwen Sexton '93 (photography)
Bronwen Sexton has an Etsy shop where she sells accessories and Photographic Canvas Collage pieces. In addition to this, she also has a full-time occupation as a freelance photographer and graphic designer.

Caricatures by Jim Rehak
Seaford, Deleware
MICA CONNECTION: Jim Rehak '78 (general fine arts)
Caricature entertainment for parties, events, openings, bar mitzvahs, weddings.....!

createdbybarbara
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Barabra Joann Combs '11 (M.A. & M.F.A. in Community Arts)
Invest in Fine Art | Original images, quality materials and craftsmanship | Charcoal drawings| Watercolor & acrylic paintings | Mixed Media | Linocuts, Monoprints & Monotypes with Chine Colle | Photography | Sculpture

DCJ Fine Arts
New York, New York
MICA CONNECTION: David C. Johnson '80 (painting)
I offer commissioned works as well as my own paintings. Commissioned works include children and adults-preferably from live sittings, but from photos when need be. While I work primarily in oils on linen, I also offer drawings.

Image caption: Father Angelo, charcoal with red and white chalks, (detail).

De Soleil Fine Art Studio
Woodstock, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Margarete de Soleil '82 (general fine arts)
Fine art nature drawings of Catskill artist Margarete de Soleil.

Image caption: Mutable Stones with Red Plate, pastel/ink on Arches rag paper.

Deborah Kommalan
Pasadena, Maryland
MICA CONNECTIONS: Deborah Kommalan '70 (graphic design) 
I am an artist, my medium is oil. Generally, my paintings are realism, even photo-realism, although I have tried other styles.My other job is as a kilt maker. I have been making, altering and repairing kilts throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC for 36 years.

George Edwards Art, Best Party Caricatures
Essex, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: George Edwards '74 (general fine arts)
A variety of fine art related services: oil paintings, pastels, charcoals, digital graphics, digital photography and party caricatures. Usually related to depicting the human face, or in the case of photography, Baltimore scenes, specifically Fells Point. But I do cover the whole range for all the above, even into the abstract.

Image caption: George Edwards, Cloudy Baltimore Skyline 

Glen Kessler
United States
MICA CONNECTIONS: Glen Kessler '98 (painting)
Glen Kessler is a professional artist whose work combines traditional methods with cutting edge concepts. His recent work Modern Worlds have garnered four "Best In Show" prizes this year, including The Artist's Magazine Annual Art Competition. On Small Business Saturday ONLY, all giclees of  Modern Worlds are 20% off.

Heather Clements Art
Panama City, Florida
MICA CONNECTION: Heather Clements '07 (painting)
I am a full time artist living in Panama City, FL. Recently, all of my artwork has been cut paper. I am in love with how minimal and yet infinite the medium is. The interconnectedness of the paper relates to the nature of my themes of human beings' relationship to the natural world.

Jacqueline Maloney IllustrationPurple Starfish
Hampton Bays, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Jacqueline Maloney '10 (illustration)
Jacqueline Maloney (or just Jackie if your tongue is prone to twisting like hers), is a watercolor painter living and working out of Hampton Bays, NY. Jackie graduated cum laude from MICA with a BFA in Illustration. She is the owner of Jacqueline Maloney Illustration, a business committed to bringing bright, yummy, happy art & art pieces into your hands!

Image caption: Purple starfish pillow.

James Singewald PhotographyOld Town Mall in East Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: James Singewald '10 (Photographic & Electronic Media)
I'm a local photographer currently living and working in Baltimore. I photograph old architecture and urban landscapes in cities like Baltimore and Philadelphia. My photography is meant to leave you not only with a sense of the condition of our cities, but also a feeling of urgency to see that they are improved and preserved and that the rich history behind the architecture and the community is not lost, but rather embraced. These images represent pieces of our history and the changes that continue to shape our future.

Image caption: Old Town Mall in East Baltimore.

Jeanean Songco Martin Fine Art
Boyds, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Jeanean Martin '80 (painting)

Joan Waters Studio
MICA CONNECTION: Joan Waters '81 (general fine arts)
Phoenix, Arizona 
My paintings and welded steel sculptures explore forms and textures found in nature, without directly representing easily recognizable objects or forms. I find inspiration in African art, rhythm and music (esp. Latin), the sculptural forms of desert plants, and patterns of light and shadow in nature. Each work embodies a powerful physical presence and spirit, which evolves over time from the process of manual labor and working the materials intuitively. I seek to convey a sense of exuberance and vitality, which may help the viewer reconnect with their own sources of positive energy in the world.

Image caption: Spot, welded steel with powder coating. 

Joanna Barnum Portraits & Illustration
Parkville, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Joanna Barnum '06 (illustration)
Providing commissioned watercolor portraits of people, pets, and homes as well as a selection of affordable artwork.
Image caption: Pet Portrait of Autumn.

Karly Fae Hansen Fine Art and Limited Editions
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Karly Fae Hansen '08 (general fine arts & print concentration)
Karly Fae Hansen Fine Art and Limited Editions specializes domestic and international sales of drawings, prints, and art objects made by the artist Karly Fae Hansen. Karly Fae Hansen works in a Baltimore City school by day and is an artist living at home with her dog by night. Though native to and residing in Maryland, whenever there is a chance they like to hit the road and explore nature especially long the Hudson River. She graduated magna cum laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008, and is currently interested in the art of living well and good stories.

Laura Nugent Studio LLC
Kansas City, Kansas
MICA CONNECTION: Laura Nugent '92 (painting)
I have been a full time artist and studio business for over a decade. I sell my paintings to individual private collectors and corporate clients. My images are licensed for artwork reproduction to the trade as well as greeting cards and gift items.

Image caption: Two Hearts Arrested, acrylic on canvas, (detail).

Laurence Chandler Fine Art
Lanham, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Laurence Chandler '68 (graphic design/illustration)
Through Laurence Chandler Fine Art, a company just minutes from the nation's capitol, you have access to originals and limited editions by Laurence Chandler. Finding myself in admiration of those who give free rein to impulse and chance. They are the pioneering Abstract Expressionists. The jazz greats. And insightful poets. So I focus on the active process of artistic creation rather than the end product.

Lovelace Studio
New Market, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Deborah Lovelace Richardson '76 (general fine arts)
Deborah has been a dedicated plein air landscape painter for most of her art career. Her recent work has focused on the landscape of the National Battlefield Parks of Monocacy, Antietam and Gettysburg, and barns in the landscape in and around Frederick County, Maryland. Her paintings can be viewed by appointment at her New Market, MD studio.

Image caption: England Farm, New Market, MD.

Mad Propst! Production
United States
MICA CONNECTION: Brian Propst '10 (painting)
Brian Propst is a Sports and Portrait artist. Large scale paintings, murals and other works have been commissioned of NFL athletes, Craft Breweries, Liquor Brands, local city organizations and more. The sensational works of this young artist have been sought after and are part of the collections of many art enthusiasts, sports collectors, private collectors, hotels and restaurants--nationwide.

Image caption: The Baltimore Artist Behind Baltimore by Brian Propst.

Made by Alissandra: nice things for your eyes, hands, and heart.
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Alissandra Seelaus '09 '10 (illustration, Art Education)
Alissandra Seelaus is a self-described artist / teacher / all-around good human. A full-time K-12 art teacher, she keeps her personal artistic practice healthy by making a small drawing everyday. Specializing in paper goods and illustrative and hand-lettered works of art, she creates love notes, postcards, prints, and home decor items that she sells on her Etsy shop and at MICA's annual Art Market.

 

Marie's ImpressionsNorth Branch Show
Annandale, New Jersey
MICA CONNECTION: Maria Cyburt Taluba '72 (designer craftsman/education)
Earthenware Pottery & Clay Jewelry. Unique, and nature centered work. Facebook under Marie's Impressions & www.myspace.com/122861515. Sell work at art & craft shows and annual home show, and will take special e-mail orders.

Image caption: Photo of the North Branch Show.

Mission Media
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Todd Harvey '98 (general fine arts)
Todd Harvey is the principal and creative director for Mission Media, the company he founded just two years after graduation. Named by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of Baltimore's most active design firms, it's a multi-media creative hive with services ranging from branding an advertising to web interactive design to film, video and audio production.

Morning Burst
San Francisco, California
MICA CONNECTION: Allan P. Friedlander '10 (printmaking)
I am an independent painter of landscapes, floral, and abstract.

Paul Alan Bennett
Sisters, Oregon
MICA CONNECTION: Paul Bennett '72 (general fine arts)
I sell original paintings, prints and greeting cards of my art work.

PulseóLifecasting
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Paula Jaworski ' 76 (crafts)
Capture a moment in time with PulseóLifecasting. Professional artist Paula Jaworski creates three-dimensional body casting of babies, children, adults and even pet paws, as well as sculptures of hands, feet, faces, pregnant bellies and torsos. The outstanding feature of lifecasting is the high level of realism and detail. Lifecastings are safe and easy for everyone, including babies. The casting compound is non-toxic, non-allergenic, and biodegradable. Lovely keepsakes that are unique and beautiful one-of-a- kind pieces of artwork. A perfect anytime, holiday or special occasion gift, PulseóLifecasting is a participation art form that is affordable and fun!

Image caption: Siblings. 

Studio of Gian Andrea
Santa Fe, New Mexico
MICA CONNECTION: Andrea Bacigalupa '50 (general fine arts)
Online gift shop is independent of our Santa Fe gallery. Online shop features inexpensive gifts -- greeting cards, mugs, pendants with reproductions from my original works in oils, bronze and ceramics.

The Schulman Project
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Thomas Doyle '13 '1 4(ceramics, M.A. in Teaching)
The Schulman Project represents leading craftsmen and fine artists from Baltimore and around the country. Its mission is to support those in the artistic community whose well designed forms and thoughtfully crafted surfaces push their mediums while respecting their traditions. The Schulman Project is located on the Avenue in Hampden across from Spro Coffee.

StudioSwanNetter, plexiglass front mounted photograph, 2011
Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia
MICA CONNECTION: Gail Foster '78 (painting)
I am a working artist - 100% of my income comes from the creation then sale of my art work - drawings, paintings, mixed media and photography.

Image caption: Netter, plexiglass front mounted photograph, 2011.

Thuss+Farrell
Brooklyn, New York
MICA CONNECTIONS: Patrick Farrell '95 (general fine arts) and Rebecca Thuss '95 (general fine arts)
Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell launched a successful design and photography firm, THUSSFARRELL, with clients that include the New York Times and Proctor & Gamble.

Wills Creek Studios, Ltd.
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
MICA CONNECTION: Linette Childs '00 (interior design)
Fine Art, oil paintings, prints, drawings, graphic design, portraits and photography are the focus of the company. As an integral part of an overall interior, the works I create, as the sole owner and operator, are coordinated with the interior space.

Image caption: Linette Childs, detail of an oil painting on canvas, in progress.

Galleries and Art Centers

Artifacts Gallery
Trenton, New Jersey
MICA CONNECTION: Marge Miccio '78 (painting)
Established in 1986, Artifacts Gallery offers archival custom framing, specializing in vintage and antique frames and prints. Featuring the original art of gallery owner Marge Miccio, we also carry memorabilia of historic Trenton and vicinity, ephemera, vintage treasures and unique finds. Please visit our Victorian storefront, our online store, or our Amazon listings for more information. Visit Artifacts Gallery at 1025 South Broad Street, Trenton, NJ

BENNU StudiosWord Warrior-ess; June Jordan, mixed media
Roxbury, Massachusetts
MICA CONNECTION: Napoleon Jones-Henderson '05 (Mount Royal School of Art)
Active studio where Fine Art prints, enamel on copper, hand made books, enamel jewelry and textile arts are created. Workshops and residencies are services we offer for all levels of participation. In addition to the above,  we are available to conduct lectures and demonstrations in the media and disciplines offered at BENNU Studio.
Visit BENNU Studios at 12 Morley Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts

Image caption: Word Warrior-ess; June Jordan, mixed media.

Hampton Art Space
Hampton Bays, New York 
MICA CONNECTION: Jacqueline Maloney '10 (illustration)
Hampton Art Space is a paint your own pottery studio in Hampton Bays, NY. We welcome all ages (0-178) and skill levels to come and create something unique! We have tons of ideas, stencils, stamps, fun techniques, & more to get you on your way to creating a masterpiece.We also feature an artsy boutique full of art and jewelry from local artists, art supplies & super-cute kid stuff! Come on in, relax and CREATE!

 

International Center for Artistic Development, Inc.
Columbia, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Cameilla Blackwell, Ph.D '77 (Art Education)
International Center for Artistic Development, Inc. (ICAD)  is a non-profit, fine arts, educational and cultural arts organization devoted to promoting the arts through public programs for diverse audiences of the world. To encourage personal and professional growth of artists, and art enthusiasts, projects such as art exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and cultural exchanges have been produced by ICAD, in conjunction with other art centers, museums, galleries, and artists, locally, nationally and internationally. Activities, events and programs are planned for adult and student audiences. All of the programs are open to the public and many of them are free.
Visit International Center for Artistic Development at 6001 Jamina Downs, Columbia, Maryland

K-Town Studios
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: faculty member Mina Cheon '99 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
K-Town Studios is located at the heart of Korea Town in Baltimore, Maryland, offering artists clean and safe studio space. The goal of the building is to provide a healthy and productive studio culture for young and professional artists in the area with affordable rent. With both studio and office spaces in the three-story commercial building, owners Mina Cheon and Gabriel Kroiz, are able to provide peaceful work space for MICA alumni who are contributing to the Station North Arts District programs and sharing spaces with other Baltimore artists.

New York Drawing School
New York, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Melissa Staiger '00 (painting) and Sarah Schrift '00 (painting)
New York Drawing School introduces a variety of traditional and experimental drawing techniques, exercises and materials to students. We have small class sizes to give individual attention and constructive criticism. We welcome beginners and advanced students who want a dialogue about their work.

Image caption: Sarah Schrift teaching a Life Drawing Class at New York Drawing School.

Omni Art House
Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Mary Lee '12 (Business of Art & Design)
Omni Art House strongly believes that art should be affordable and accessible to a larger group of consumers. To accomplish this, the gallery is set up as a participant-driven, online gallery featuring small, original works of art for sale at small prices. As a way to give artists an inexpensive outlet to market and promote their work, Omni Art House also provides themed exhibitions that are quick and easy for artists to create for. Portfolio sites and blogs don't allow viewers to fully interact with artists' work. Omni Art House is a great way for artists to get their work out of the virtual world and into the hands of their audience!

Studio 18Virginia Erdie
Pembroke Pines, Florida
MICA CONNECTION: Virgnia Erdie '89 (printmaking)
Studio 18 in the Pines is an 11,000 square foot facility dedicated to showcasing contemporary art and serving the community. The studio offers affordable space for emerging and mid career juried artists. Studio 18 hosts exhibitions, workshops, lectures and classes. The main gallery and classrooms are available to rent for private functions. Art openings are held on the first Friday of every month from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Artist's studios are open during First Friday events and receptions. First Friday events are free. For more information call 954.961.6067.
Visit Studio 18 at 1101 Poinciana Drive, Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Image caption: Virginia Erdie in her Florida studio.

Stumptown Studios Inc.
Portland, Oregon
MICA CONNECTION: Rachel Wright '08 (sculpture)
Partnering with Samantha Wilson '12 (photography), Rachel Wright created Stumptown Studios to provide Portland artists with a supportive artist collective with private and communal space for artists and bands to facilitate their work. Gone are the days of artists paying to apply and show their work! Members of Stumptown Studios are able to utilize our gallery/active space to experiment with new concepts and mediums FOR FREE. We are creating sustainable, collaborative partnerships between the creative class and the city of Portland! We are artists advocating for artists.

Subbasement Artist Studios
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Jennifer Tam '12 (art history, theory & criticism, painting)
Subbasement Artist Studios (SBAS) is an alternative art space located in downtown Baltimore. Founded in 2003 by Director Emeritus Jeffrey Kent, SBAS has been dedicated to supporting regional and international artists as well as emerging talent. By bringing these artists to downtown Baltimore, we also help enrich the culture of the community.
Visit Subbasement Artist Studios at 118 North Howard St., Baltimore, Maryland.

Volksboutique
Berlin, Germany
MICA CONNECTION: Christine Hill '91 (general fine arts)
The Small Business features a 4-meter long oak apothecary counter filled with an inventory of talismans for visitors to consider. Christine, the proprietor and service provider, provides a file box of »attributes« on flash cards, and together with the visitor assembles them a care package that consists of the objects they've selected with the character traits they've assigned them.

Miscellaneous

Adashmore Creative
Lutherville, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Jennifer Dodson '12 (M.P.S. in the Business of Art and Design)
Adashmore Creative is the marketing solution for small to mid-sized businesses. From print to web, we increase brand awareness and achieve results.

All Things Creative, LLC
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Robyn Short '12 (Business of Art & Design)
All Things Creative is a communications consultancy, specializing in strategic thinking for printed and online communications. Its purpose is to make your ideas tangible, your designs impactful, your projects functional and your ventures sustainable. The company provides branding, design, interactive and marketing services.

Applegate Gallery & Custom Framing
Vienna, Virginia
MICA CONNECTION: Sara Minarik Applegate '97 (printmaking)
We offer museum quality custom framing to protect your artwork and better your presentation for sales. MICA students and alumni get a discount.

Art Collector's Athenaeum
Based in Mid-Atlantic - Provides services nationwide
MICA CONNECTION: Hilary Hatfield '86 (interior design)
Provides effortless access to information for the private collector with museum-quality Digital photography and user-friendly databases, skillful organization, research and scanning of Support Documents that appraisers, estate planners, dealers and insurers recognize when evaluating a collection, and design services for proper installation, lighting and display of fine art and antiques.

Image caption:  Red abstract banner, by Hilary Hatfield.

Art of Luis Diaz
Minneapolis, Minnesota
MICA CONNECTION: Luis Diaz '99 (illustration)
I have been working as an Illustrator since I graduated with some moonlighting as a graphic designer from time to time. Since 2004, I have had an online shop, but recently moved my store to the storenvy.com platform. My online shop sells Art Prints, Trading Cards and Sketchbooks with many other products in the works. Currently I am carrying over 300 items. 

B²OA
New York, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Andrew Blaize Bovasso '09 (photography)
B²OA is a new space located under the Highline Park in Chelsea, dedicated to presenting original work from a wide breadth of emergent artists. Without agenda, limitation, or boundary, artists will be invited to explore the 1000-square foot lower-level space on West 26th Street. Founded by four partners, primarily focusing on solo-exhibitions, B²OA will have approximately eight shows a year. Andrew Blaize Bovasso is the sole-operator of the gallery, working and collaborating with the founders on this collective-oriented program.
Image caption: B2OA from the street

Baltimoron Productions
Massanutten Village, Virginia
MICA CONNECTION: David Rood '70 (sculpture) 
Stories, songs and poems to entertain and provoke thought.

Be.Jessed, LLC
Arlington, Virginia
MICA CONNECTION: Jessica Schipp '12 (Business of Art and Design)
Be.Jessed is a small business consulting company that specializes in organization.

Blue Lined Designs
Baltimore, Annapolis, & Washington, DC
MICA CONNECTION: Nicole Mueller '11 (painting) and Lee Nowell '11 (painting)
Blue Lined Designs is a mural painting team based in Maryland that has completed projects across the country for both commercial businesses and residential clients.

Image caption: Kids' play area in the lobby of Adventure Dental, MD.

Casa Amanecer Bed and Breakfast
San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica
MICA CONNECTION: Christopher Panzer '86 (graphic design) 
Located in the coffee-planted hills of San Ramon, just forty-five minutes from the San Jose International airport, our modern teak and concrete abode awaits you. The house, which took way too long to build by its owner, was published in the March 2009 issue of architecture magazine Su Casa. We offer banana plants, passion flowers, fresh ground organic coffee and vegetarian fare. Day trips include, waterfalls, horseback rides, Quetzals, coffee tours, zip lines, hot springs and a very active volcano named Arenal.

Image caption: Casa Amanecer's Verandah.

Chic Communications, LLC
Annapolis, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Kristin McMahon '12 (Business of Art and Design)
Founded in 2009, Chic Communications, LLC, is a boutique firm focusing on public relations, marketing, special events, and social media outreach. Our expertise deals with fashion, beauty, and luxury lifestyle brands. Chic Communications separates itself from others in the industry by establishing and formalizing strong one-on-one relationships with our clients. Our main goal is to nurture our clients' immediate and future wants and needs by planning and implementing successful, tasteful events as well as executing marketing, branding, and social media campaigns.

Clever Betty
St. Louis, Missouri
MICA CONNECTION: Lauren Engelkemeyer '12 (MPS Business of Art and Design)
I sell handmade and DIY crafts, fabric and sewing supplies. All products sold in my shop are exclusive to cleverbettystudio.com and are designed by the owner, Lauren. Products range from handmade home goods and accessories, to printable sewing patterns and sewing supplies.

Diliberto Inc
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Micheal Diliberto '75 (Graphic Design)
Founded in 1996, Diliberto Inc is a Baltimore advertising/ design creative service specializing in print, TV/video, collateral, web design, direct response, branding and corporate identity. Diliberto Inc serves the online and offline marketing needs of a diverse national, regional and local client list that includes: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, Nassau/Paradise Island and Chesapeake Urology Associates. Today, we're in a unique position to offer clients the depth of experience of a big agency, combined with the energy and enthusiasm of a boutique.

Earth Paints
Ashland, Oregon
MICA CONNECTION: Leah Mebane (formerly Rachel Fanning) '02 (illustration)
Earth Paints is an eco-friendly natural paint company using pure, natural earth pigments, millions of years in the making. The naturally colored clay was collected from the ground, dried, crushed and sifted into pure pigment. We sell a professional quality Earth Oil Paint Kit and a water soluble Children's Earth Paint Kit. This pure, non-toxic paint has greater UV resistance, longevity, purity, and luminosity than synthetic paints, and it yields a rich, unique luster on the canvas.

Eephus LeagueScorebooks
Auburn, Alabama
MICA CONNECTION: Bethany Heck '13 (graphic design)
The Eephus League is a site filled with baseball minutiae and sells baseball scorebooks, posters and other merchendise.

Image caption: Scorebooks made by Eephus League.

Equation Arts
United States
MICA CONNECTION: David Cohen '91 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting)
Equation Arts provides marketing consulting as well as unique services that combine personal coaching with art creation. Cohen makes and sells doodle art in a variety of formats.

Image caption: Bunny by David Cohen.

Faith At Law, LLC 
Towson, Maryland 
MICA CONNECTION: Tim Faith '97 (painting)
Tim Faith is a small business attorney and adjunct professor at MICA. He provides assistance to businesses that are just getting started, need help with contracts and/or intellectual property issues, or who need representation in litigation.

Firehouse Tileworks
Vashon Island, Washington
MICA CONNECTION: Clare Dohna '98 (ceramics/sculpture)
Clare Dohna, owner of Firehouse Tileworks, creates tile and mosaic work for both interior and exterior applications. Her work is whimsical, colorful and durable, bringing gardens, floors, walls, fireplaces and kitchens and to life.

Friends of the Web
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Andrew Mangold '11 (graphic design)
Friends of The Web is a four-man, one-desk team building websites and mobile applications for ourselves and others in Baltimore, Maryland. We are passionate about making practical products that are delightful to use. Our flagship product is a Wikipedia reader for iOS called Wikiweb.

Gloria Shin Designs
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Gloria Shin '07 (graphic design)
A freelance design studio, dedicated bringing you high-quality print and Web design work, with a targeted focus towards nonprofits and social enterprise.

Hatcher Design Office
Towson, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Laura LeBrun Hatcher '98 (visual communications)
Hatcher Design Office is a comprehensive design firm dedicated to creating elegant, intelligent, and evocative design. Whatever media, brand tools, or social networks you employ, a thoughtful creative strategy is critical to success.

Infinite Creature Designs
Portland, Oregon
MICA CONNECTION: Sara McCormick '05 (fiber)
Infinite Creature Designs is dedicated to the unique digital art of Sara McCormick. Each image is created on the computer and generated by mathematical equations. That's right. These images are based on MATH! Here you'll find professionally matted open edition fractal prints, perfect for decorating your home or office! You'll also find a variety of great gift items like fractal greeting cards, magnets & more! Larger custom order prints are always welcome as well!

JP William
Alexandria, Virginia
MICA CONNECTION: Cindy Ahlstrom '92 (general fine arts)
JP William empowers small businesses with the tools they need to grow and prosper - email marketing, social media, and strategic story placement.

Kelly Leigh Miller Studios
Louisville, Kentucky
MICA CONNECTION: Kelly Miller '11 (illustration)
Kelly Miller is a freelance Illustrator based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Clients include Kentucky Living, Beer Advocates, Baltimore Magazine, Queen Bee Studios, Her Mind Magazine, Hacking Health and many others.

Kramer Installation
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: John Kramer '95 (general fine arts)
Kramer Installation, Fine Art Services. Art Pick Up / Delivery / Installation. Picture Hanging, Art Placement, Consultation, Mirrors, Two Story Foyers, Family Photo Walls, Sculpture Installation, Art Moving Service Security Hanging, Commercial / Residential Cable Hanging Systems. Kramer Installation, Inc. is a fine art services company that strives to offer the utmost care and professionalism when handling and installing works of art. We work with prominent interior designers and galleries in the Baltimore area and get called on by many nationally recognized firms. We pride ourselves in offering expert service to our private collectors and have been recognized by Baltimore Magazine as Baltimore's Best Art Installer.

Illustrating Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Emily Shaw '00 (painting)

Laurie Alcock, LMT Massage Therapy
Ellicott City, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Laurie Alcock (Pomerantz) '81 (general fine arts)
Massage therapy for natural health & wellness,providing assorted massage therapy services by appointment. On site corporate massages, massage parties available. Gift Certificates. Small retail gift items, hand made soaps, crafts, ...

Lindsay Bolin Illustration/ LB Craft
Centreville, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Lindsay Bolin '10 (illustration)
A love of drawing, watercolor, and journaling, with a curiosity for tying these elements into daily applications, Lindsay Bolin Illustration aims to document a sense of place via the narrative of its characters, architecture, and history, while LBo Craft is an extension of these explorations, meant to produce objects that celebrate life's richness and experience.

Ltd Comp
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Melody Often '05 (illustration)
Ltd Comp is a creative studio and hypermedia outlet founded by musician/producer Nick Often and comic book creator Melody Often.

Magnolia Designs
Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
MICA CONNECTION: Felicia Zannino-Baker '87 (Interior Design)
Magnolia Design is an residential and commercial interior design firm with studios in both Baltimore and DC.

MediaVenture, LLC
Simpsonville, South Carolina
MICA CONNECTION: Kate Fowler Nichols '96 (painting)
MediaVenture is a highly specialized media planning and buying company with skilled staff that have over 15 years in planning and buying media for all types of businesses, and in all types of media.

MixtumMixtum - Play Real in Chance Times
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Yutaka Houlette '05 (general sculptural studies)
Mixtum is a tool for randomly selecting a trio of symbols to help generate unexpected ideas. It is meant for use by all ages and for a wide variety of environments, from classrooms to art studios. The tool is intended to emphasize and strengthen our ability for flexible synthesis. Mixtum was created by futures-studies researcher Heidi Gustafson and illustrator Yutaka Houlette.

Image caption: Mixtum - Play Real in Chance Times.

OtherPeoplesPixels
Online (based in Chicago, IL)
MICA CONNECTION: Jenny Kendler '02 (general fine arts)
OtherPeoplesPixels is a portfolio website service designed especially for artists by artists. Getting an OPP website is easy, stress-free, and our clean & simple designs let your artwork take the foreground. Originally created in 2005 for our artist friends, we're humbled to say that OPP is now widely considered the most loved & respected website service for serious artists ó and from The OPP Fund, to The Maker Grant, to promoting artists on the OPPblog and Facebook page, we're into showing that love to the arts community in return!

Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Michelle Fleming '12 (graphic design)
Red Emma's is a worker-run, worker-owned bookstore, cafe, & vegetarian restaurant. Several MICA alumni & faculty are involved. Emma's has recently relocated to Station North, across from the MICA studio center. This new location incorporates Thread coffee; a Baltimore-based, transparently traded small batch coffee roaster.

ROOT Dog Training
Highwood, Illinois (Chicago Northshore)
MICA CONNECTION: Sara Berry McLoudrey '98 (photography)
ROOT Dog Training specializes on quick, accessible, easy to implement positive dog training so that even the busiest of people can have a wonderfully trained dog. No matter the issue, we can help.

PrettyPts
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Joan Rief '86 (Photography)
I am a floral designer. I do small dinner parties and Freelance for several very talented Designers for bigger events.

Sadeyedartist
Baltimore, MD
MICA CONNECTION: Michelle Labonte '03, '04 (art education, M.A. Teaching)
I consider myself a painter, although I work with a lot of mixed media, from metal washers to fine embroidery. A lot of my work deals with Baltimore with both urban and psychological themes. I have 8 years of teaching experience, and a particular interest in Baltimore youth, particularly boys, whose stories are seldom told. An area of focus for me as a teacher has been visual journaling, from middle school age (typically older: 12- 13) on up. Although I have no formal experience teaching adults, I have an interest in doing so.

Image caption: No Wonder I Can't Fly, by Michelle Labonte

Sea Grape Bath + Body
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Maria Vashakidze '09 (painting)
Sea Grape Bath + Body is a company (a one woman show, really) dedicated to promoting education, wellness and happiness with the use of natural botanicals. Using the highest quality healing oils, butters, herbs and essential oils, these products are as pure as they get.

Scott Ponemone
Baltimore, Maryland
MICA CONNECTION: Scott Ponemone '78 (MFA Printmaking)
Artist making watercolors and relief prints, as well as floorcloths. Custom framing also offered.

Smart Hive
Minneapolis, MN
MICA CONNECTION: Carla Januska '85 (visual communication)
Smart Hive partners with brands and organizations with complex communications, abstract strategies, lost brands and tricky content to create visualizations and creative content that are both interesting and beautiful. We believe in the power of images. We believe in the value of visualization. We know that data is complex; we believe that complexity brings opportunity to those willing to work through it. We relish that role.

String Tinkers
Putnam, Connecticut
MICA CONNECTION: Anthony Foronda '93 (drawing)
In 2012 my partners and I began making/selling cigar box guitars, ukuleles, dulcitars, canjos, and folk stringed instruments. We opened a music shop this year in the northeast Connecticut town of Putnam. We sell vintage, used, new stringed instruments and musical instruments, as well as our own hand-made unique cigar box instruments. We have been featured on FAB.com, Vintage and Modern, Hatch, OpenSky and other sites. We have instruments in the hands of Fiona Apple, Ricky Skaggs, and Doyle Bramhall II.

Image caption: String Tinkers. Makers of Fine Musical Instruments.

Sugar Whipped Bakery 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
MICA CONNECTION: Stephanie Samuel '00 (ceramics)
Sugar Whipped specializes in cupcakes, whoopie pies, cake pops and gourmet marshmallows using as many local ingredients as possible. The bakery also has gluten free and other allergy-friendly baked goods available.

The People's Pennant
Brooklyn, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Jessica Karle '12 (Graphic Design), Tim Hoover '12 (Graphic Design) and Eric R. Mortensen '12 (Graphic Design)
Lazy Sundays. Star-gazing. Picnics. Whatever it is that makes you happy, we want to celebrate it. The People's Pennant elevates the pennant from the confines of sports to celebrate the everyday.

Tom E. Wilson Illustration
Online
MICA CONNECTION: Tom Wilson '90 (illustration)
Editorial & Commercial Illustration, Wildlife & Sporting Art

Underground Editions
Brooklyn, New York
MICA CONNECTION: Adam Void '12 (Mount Royal)
Underground Editions is a publishing team focused on releasing work from contemporary artists who have disengaged themselves from Corporate Media. 

Zwiebach Creations
Washington, D.C.
MICA CONNECTIONS: Debbie Lynn Zwiebach '73 (general fine arts) and Felicia Zannino-Baker '87 (interior design)
Felicia Zannino-Baker of Magnolia Designs has partnered with Debbie Lynn Zwiebach, another MICA alum, to create a product line including original designs from Zwiebach Creations. Original art, wooden puzzles and handbags are part of our offerings. Please visit website for further details or call 301.370-0115.

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