Crafting in the time of Corona Virus

In light of the pandemic known as COVID-19, I want to post the websites of local artists and businesses who sell local artists’ work in New Mexico. So many arts and crafts shows have been cancelled. Businesses are reducing their workforce or temporarily closing. If you can, please place some orders, share their websites on social media, give them a big shout-out! Let’s all help each other out!

Octopus and the Fox – Since 2011, The Octopus & The Fox has existed to support the Albuquerque arts community by offering a selection of locally handmade art & gifts in a fun, colorful and unexpected retail space We are an artist owned handicraft concept store with a playful spirit and colorful aesthetic.  We are located on Central Avenue in East Downtown Albuquerque, NM. We sell handmade goods produced by a wide community of New Mexican artists and makers.  We carry art, men & women’s apparel, jewelry, housewares, baby & children’s clothing, toys, bath & beauty products, cards and more. The Octofox offers a fun and unexpected boutique shopping experience in New Mexico. Come in and visit us at 514 Central Ave. SE every Tuesday – Saturday 11am to 6pm.

Pamela Enriquez Courts – My “arte” is influenced by my Mexican roots and heritage. But I also have a very contemporary view of the world around me. I was raised in a large family and always surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins and the smell of frijoles, chile y tortillas on the old iron stove outside that my grandmother cooked on every weekend. I have been surrounded by strong women all of my life and they strongly influence my artwork. I hope to one day focus on working with border issues and helping out those in need and who come to this country looking for a better quality of life.

Found on 4th – A destination for vintage and artisan goods with a focus on the unique – so your home reflects your unique style and your gifts reflect your thoughtfulness.

Two Stoned Betties – Two Stoned Betties is comprised of the creativity and work of Sara Romãn and Kayla Mansfield. The two are life long friends bonded by their love for each other as well as their undying need to create bold, colorful artwork and accessories. Their brand was established in 2013 and has progressed and evolved quite steadily since then. The “pot positive” entrepreneurs work out of Albuquerque N.M. and take much pride in showcasing their New Mexican heritage and culture through the many mediums that they work with. Their brand strives to represent the counter-culture well. They believe that their bold artwork and statement accessories empower their customers  and can’t wait to share their work with you.

Sue Orchant Hand Painted Designs on Silk – I have been painting on silk since January of 2000. I have studied many processes of painting on silk including gutta serti, shibori, and soy wax techniques. The intensity of the colors you can achieve and the sinuous, illustrative quality of the resist lines draws me in! Watching the dye flow from the brush across the silk is a wonder! 

J.D. Sipe Folk Artist – j.d. has been a bluesman since 1967 and an artist all his life. he has shown worldwide. Buy his amazing art!

Kenny Chavez Recycle Folk Art – Kenny Chavez is an Albuquerque recycle folk artist. His long-time store, In Crowd, (1984 to 2003) along Nob Hill’s Central Avenue retail strip, stirred the pot of creativity for the Albuquerque arts community for many years.Today that retail space is now called Masks Y Mas where he shows his work and helps manage the store as well. You can find Kenny at Masks Y Mas3106 Central SE Monday thru Thursday from 11 to 6 p.m. “I wanted to make something with my hands, to use raw materials that cost close to nothing. So, seven years ago I got into the habit of going out to the land (anywhere) and salvaging rusted bottlecaps, old cans, bottles, photos, bailing wire, and weathered barn-wood.” These are what I now call my “Retablos.” Traditionally, a retablo is a wall hanging that is for a special place in your home for devotional or non-devotional inspiration.

Santisima – Locally-run art gallery featuring colorful folk art & unique works by regional artists.

Orana Design – As a glass jewelry artist, the foundation of my work is transforming reclaimed glass so that it may be treasured once again. Many commissioned projects involve working with sentimental heirlooms, such as antique plates, pitchers, vases & goblets. My work has become an adventure in re-purposing; creating unique designs & elegant art to wear.

La Rioja Natural Soaps – Made from the best natural oils and ingredients, these soaps smell great!

Liz Miera – I have been digitizing (designing) embroidery for the past 16 years. I work out of a spare room in my house. All of my items are made by me, and hand trimmed. I so love Dia de Los Muertos, so I kind of keep that my main theme. Although, I love tattoo art, Mexican folk art, and upcycled items.

Cirrelda – Clay and illustration = tiles that bring pictures honoring the wild in our lives, to accent sites both inside and out. I started learning about clay as a youngster in Tulsa at Philbrook Art Center. In mid and high school and at the University of New Mexico, exploration continued. Bags of clay and tools were moved whenever I moved. When we settled down in Alameda in 1985, I built an 8×12 foot shed open to the backyard, inspired by “Pot Hollow,” the place for clay at Ghost Ranch. Years later I would have my nephew create a sign for it, “Pot Hollow South” when I began to teach clay classes there in earnest: “cirrelda’s clases de clay.” I have drawn into clay, incorporated texture, utilized combinations of Duncan, Mayco, Amaco, Laguna, Coyote glazes. Inspired by Giorgini’s “Handmade Tiles” book in the late 90’s, I began transferring my drawings to press forms – plaster at first, then switching to bisque-fired clay for the form.

Rebel Tribe Design – Custom Hand-Painted Jewelry & Accessories~Traditional Pueblo Designs with Bits & Pieces of “Urban Flare”

Altared Art – Yes, everything you purchase from me is handmade by me! No outsourcing to a factory here….Buttons, Badges, Magnets, Pins, Hand or Pocket Mirrors, Coasters by Art Altered, Magnets, pins and badges, flatbacks and hair ties or ponytail holders in 1″ and 1.5″ sizesm Magnets, pinback buttons, hand or pocket mirrors and bottle openers in 2.25 inch size, Coasters in 3.5″ size, Choose from pre-formatted images or order custom promotional items for your party or business.Use your logo, photos or artwork for unique and economical custom promotional materials. Perfect for save the date, business give aways, family reunions, party, wedding or shower favors and gifts.

Danielle’s Craft Corner – Super cool hand-painted wood coasters! Check out all that Danielle does on her Facebook page!

Little Tree Handmade – i live in the heart of sunny albuquerque, new mexico where we raise honeybees, chickens, goats, a goose, gardens, kids, dogs and cats. it is my paradise.
i have a design background with a degree in art history. my favorite class was a graduate course in the history of modern craft. ever since i can remember, i have been making craft. as time goes on, i find that i keep coming back to wool and beeswax. i love the way they look…feel…smell.

Western Gothic – I design & hand make Aprons, Dish Towels, Pot Holders, Jewelry, Flower Crowns, Hair Decorations and more for Desert Gypsies, Cowgirls & Boys, Dia De Los Muertos, Revolutionary Sweethearts, Brides & Flower Girls, Mermaids, Divas, Philosophers, Mods and Rockers..


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